Okay, I know what you're probably thinking, "here's another new year inspirational post" -- but just hear me out real quick. :)
We've made it to the middle of January. (Success, am I right?!) I know some of us started out pretty strong at the beginning of this month -- and I'm sure a lot of us are still on path, still sticking to all of our resolutions we set for 2018. But to some of us, it feels as though life has already gotten in the way. Already. We have all of our goals and what we hope to achieve and then life quickly happens and tries to alter our hustle, our visions, our goals in some way.
I wanted to share a few things I consider and try to remember when this happens, a few tools I keep close.
I remember my herd, and to surround myself with good people. I remember my vision board and to journal. I remember that the shift does and will happen, and to remain open to that, in whatever form it may come in. I remember wellness, along with stillness and silence and know that within that space, I am able to see and hear more clearly. I remember who I am and my God given gifts.
- Your click, your pack, your homies. Like the others listed, your herd will seep into who you are, and will help shape you throughout this new year. The company you keep is huge! It can be hard, just as in school, to make friends as an adult, especially if you move to a new city or change jobs.
I've been in L.A. for a few years and I'm still shifting through mine. It changes. As I change, my herd changes -- and that's okay. I've become more aware of the types of people I want and need around me.
Surrounding yourself with good people is a key to a successful and fulfilling life. There will definitely be people in your life that are only meant to be around for a short amount of time, whether it's you teaching them something or vice versa. And there will be the ones who show up and who will try to alter who you really are and steer you away from your truth and your path. Learn what you need to about yourself from those experiences, but cut them loose quick.
When the lifers, the ones meant to be in your life for a long period of time come into your life, make sure to keep them close. Your soul brothers and soul sisters. The ones you know that God planted in your life (and you in theirs) for specific reasons. Your herd will help you, champion you, lift you up, pray for you, be there for you.
Vision Boards + Journaling.
- I've had a vision board for many years now and it often changes. Some of it has come to fruition and other parts are still a work in progress, as I am as well. And of course it grows as I grow. I've become more of a journaler recently as well. Writing things down, daily, is therapuetic and helps me to visually see and make a plan of action and plan of attack for my life, for my days. I also speak aloud my visions.
I want to encourage you to start journaling (as I often tend to mention in my posts), if you haven't started already. Also, make a vision board and believe in what God has placed on your heart. Along with working hard and praying, speak the life you imagine into existence.
Journal about it. Speak on it and pray on it.
- Stay open to life's shifts. This is another big one for me. Shifts that may seem like they're unwarranted and don't seem too appealing at first, will inevitably make way into your life. They often come right in, and blow everything up on occasion. This has happened to me, and I'm sure it will continue to happen. That's life. Things change, things happen, things shift.
The shift comes in many forms, some good...some not so good. The shift might make you aware of someone you need to cut out of your life or something that's not serving the purpose that's set up for you. Sometimes the shift is bigger at times, sometimes it's smaller.
I want to encourage you to stay open to whatever form it may be. Check in with yourself, reassess, and stay open to new possibilities. Know there's a bigger plan at work and don't get discouraged if it seems like your path is shifting in a new direction. Dreams evolve and that's okay.
Stillness + Wellness.
- When things start to get crazy, the constant hustle, the hurdles put in the way, or whatever it may be, I try to remember to reset & reconnect with myself. I welcome stillness and silence, for I know through stillness, things become more clear.
I also try to be more aware of what I'm eating and my physical activity levels. Food and movement can and do have big impacts on us mentally and emotionally.
Try to incorporate stillness and wellness into your weekly routine. Make it a habit to check in with how you're doing.
- Life will ultimately make way for your God-given gifts. It always does. They will come to fruition if you stick with them and don't give up. They might come about in a different form, one that you might not have envisioned at first, but trust your path and trust your gifts.
I've seen so many of my friends and family members become successful with their talents because they believed in what they've been blessed with, they believed in themselves, and they believed that they would reach their goals with their gifts.
If you already know what your gifts and talents are, you're already ahead and already on your way! Nurture those gifts. Stay at it, keep pushing through, stay focused -- and remember who you are.
To quote one of my favorite songs of the year from award winning songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek (from The Greatest Showman):
"When the sharpest words wanna cut me down,
Gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out-
I am brave, I am proof-
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me."
No matter what comes your way, believe in who you are -- you are well equipped to achieve what's been placed on your heart. Stay open to life's shifts, remember stillness, keep good people around you, and stay at it. Stat hungry, stay on path.
Believing in our victory!