Everyone has been venting about how horrible 2016 has been so I feel kind of ashamed to say that it was a darn good year for me. Personally, it was a little rough but professionally I killed it! A huge deal with AT&T, multiple speaking opportunities, and hosting my own mental health event! Yeah it was pretty much all the way lit!
The only thing I would change about 2016 is my lack of intention. Even though I had a great year, my success wasn’t intentional. Therefore, I have declared 2017, my year of Intentional Resilient Growth #IRG2017. Watch my video to learn more and see how you can join the movement!
I know you’ve seen posts about self-proclaimed success in 2017. We all should claim it, I’m an avid believer of speaking things into existence. However, I also believe that you can’t progress without being grateful for what you already have. The future is enticing because we assume that we’ll have the chance to “Do things better.” Then once the future becomes the present we still aren’t grateful for it. This way of thinking makes no sense but it is amplified during the celebration of every new year.
This year I challenge you to join me in celebrating our wins for 2016, so it will set us up for a fantastic 2017. Check out this video to see what inspired me to adopt this lifestyle.
My success and impact reached greater heights when I stopped allowing the comparison devil to make my thoughts his. The old me spent countless hours obsessing over the blessings being received by others instead of focusing on my own unique journey. We are all familiar with the cliché saying, “Compare yourself only to who you were yesterday.” Allow me to be a living testimony for how true that phrase is. All the energy I poured into beating myself up for not gaining the same opportunities as other content creators, instead became the fuel for me to obtain my next goal.
Y’all know I hate being cliché right? I know you’ve seen at least 10 posts today about October signifying the last quarter of the year. Everybody is trying to get their lives right so they can be ready when 2017 hits them. Do you want to know a little secret? A couple of months ago I loathed people who did that. The progression of one date on the calendar, made you all of a sudden want to get your life right? It seemed like an overrated epiphany to me….until I had one of course. Now, October 1st is meaningful to me, with only 91 days left in the year- I am proud of my accomplishments but I know there are more goals that need to be annihilated.
When you visualize your goals, it makes them easier to obtain. A year ago when I launched my movement, #BlackMHM Black Mental Health Makeover, I envisioned eventually moving the dialogue from online to in person. Blog posts and YouTube videos were a great way to get people talking, but I wanted to connect in person. I thrive on human interaction.
Now here I type, almost a year later- I am 31 days away from the mental health event I envisioned. Let me tell you, it feels good as hell! Continue reading
What do you love the most about your hair? I love the natural texture of mine when I wash it. These coils are to die for! We all have something different to celebrate about our hair. When I see women killing the game with their hairstyles, I always stop them to tell them how good they look.
When I’m confused and can’t see what is next on my path, I always ask God to send me clarity and confirmation. It can be as simple as seeing an inspirational quote on Instagram that speaks to my situation or finding $40 on a busy NYC street (yes, this has really happened to me). Regardless of the form in which God decides to send His message, I always listen and express my gratitude for the plan He has for my life. A couple of months ago, I was discouraged about the future of Don’t Die Afraid but after becoming an ambassador for AT&T’s #InspiredMobility I realized the importance of my message. My message truly is a catalyst for change and I need to own it!