Rest, Release, and Proceed

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For the upcoming year of 2021, we’re getting ready for the unknown. 2020 has kicked a lot of butt for some, and for others, it taught valuable lessons. As we continue forth, it is important to rest and release. “Out with the old and in with the new.” “Let go and let God.” As cliché and worn out those sayings are, they hold much value and truth. 

2020 kicked butt for me, but in those tribulations I learned a lot:

2020 taught me to get comfortable with the unknown. As much as I believe I am a free spirit, go-with-the-flow kind of gal, I also realized when things don’t go my way or the way that I expect them to, I have a hard time accepting it. Like why is it not going my way, helloooo God, I made this perfect plan in my head.

Ultimately, God had to show me that things don’t always happen the way we want, but it’s the way HE wants and planned because His plan is bigger and better than anything I could have conjured up.

2020 has exposed me in ways unimaginable and made me vulnerable. I had to learn that it’s okay to ask, and accept help. I can’t do everything alone. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but emotional strength. It takes a level of intelligence to process your emotions and release them in a positive way, instead of self destructive habits. 

2020 stripped me from my material wealth. The very things that gave me a sense of comfort or ease, were now gone with the wind. I felt as though I lost my sense of purpose or value. Everything that I once knew was dismantled, and I had to start all the way over. A 2020 reset.

As a result of the transgressions set before me, I needed to rest. To hone within, mind, body and soul, and ask for help. To pour into my own cup. Turn my words into action, and practice what I preached. I had to release my ways and give it up to God, truly let go, and execute blind faith.

In my period of rest, and surrendering to the will of God, I could not give up. I had to get back up. Rest, release, and proceed. Even though everything around me was crumbling, I had to know that my pain was for a purpose. God was cooking up something and I wouldn’t be able to savor the fruit with the old mindsets still holding me back. 

In 2020, God was trying to show that I am enough. We are enough. He is enough, and He is all we ever need.  Not the stuff we hang on to, or the people we think we need, but just our very existence and persistence to strive to be better, is enough. 

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2020 melted my core down into gooey warm candle wax, and God began to do the work in molding me. Shape my wax into a new stronger base. Getting rid of my icky smelly core, and giving me a new sweet aroma and 3 fresh new wicks. My flame can shine brighter than before and my new aroma will touch the lives and hearts of those around me. 

In 2021, I will have taken the lessons learned in 2020 and I will continue to be strong and believe in my own power.

With this mindset, you too can release the old and welcome in the new. Find your power and step into 2021 knowing that you can conquer whatever comes your way. Don’t give up or give in to the pressure, you are a diamond in the rough. You are facing hard pressures, so when it is your season to shine, your haters will have to put their blockers on!

Rest, release, and proceed. Go into 2021 strong and courageous! For God is with you, and he will never forsake you. 

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Welcome 2021 and God bless you all!

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Thoughts of a Recovering Perfectionist

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Unfortunately, when trying new things or embarking on a new journey such as entrepreneurship, you experience a great deal of loss! You have to take the L’s and stumble before you get better, practice makes perfect. 

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Even though I am fully aware, Rome wasn’t built in a day, that still doesn’t change the fact that I am hard on myself when I make mistakes. “You should’ve known better” echoes in my head, as I relentlessly strive for perfection. 

I am here to tell you, don’t be like me! Learn from my mistakes, and save yourself from those early gray hairs!The journey of entrepreneurship is just that, a journey. A new path and adventure full of unknown. However, I see all these great moguls before me and can’t help but feel like I need to be where they are despite the fact that I am fresh out! Oftentimes I get discouraged and the negative thoughts creep in, thinking I’ll never measure up or be successful. (Very wrong)

One thing that I have to constantly remind myself is, comparison is the thief of joy, this is a marathon and not a race, and I will be where I need to be when I need to be. Right now I need to enjoy the ride, the growing pains, and all the bumps and bruises along the way; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. 

Your mindset and the thoughts and words you feed yourself have so much power. It is imperative to speak life into your craft and vision and watch them grow. Learning to water your own roses and not seek external validation. Understanding that any harvest goes through ALL seasons, and each season is very vital to the longevity of the crops. Seasons of drought, pruning, growth, and reaping, all necessary. 

The Law of Attraction is simple, the more you seek for abundance and think abundantly you will attract such. Manifest and believe in yourself and everything else will fall in line. When things seem as though they are falling apart, God surprises you and shows you it was all a part of the plan and things are indeed coming together. Don’t be discouraged by what’s not happening, but focus on what you can control and do the best at that. What separates the winners is the drive and dedication. The relentless desire to not give up and keep going no matter what obstacles stand in the way.

When you want and strive for more, and do the work, God will meet you halfway and exceed your expectations. 

From one recovering perfectionist to another, dont beat yourself up. You are your own worst critic! When life knocks you down and you feel like you can’t keep going, it’s okay to slow down and rest. Take care of yourself, but don’t stay down. Cry today and get back to work tomorrow. Your future is waiting for you. Your impact and legacy is needed for others tomorrow. Continue tending to your garden and slowly but surely it will bloom.

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