When we finally reach midnight into 2018, remember a few things going forward:
1. Appreciate the lessons of 2017. God does not make us go through things without a lesson.
2. If you do a resolution, make realistic goals to challenge and make you better. Don’t just say lose weight or be healthy. Say you will take walks three times a week. Practical and easier to stick to.
3. Find a word, motto, or verse going into 2018. Mine is Be On It. With different areas of my life, I want to take control (with God’s help), take intentional steps, and go at it.
4. Appreciate what you have while working for what you want (awesome quote). May you enjoy the good blessings and make intentional steps for your goals.
5. Be easy on yourself. You are only person and there are 24 hours in a day. Intentional steps will not lead to perfection but progress.
Have a Happy New Year Everyone! May you be blessed and prosperous!!!
Christmas can be over in less than ten minutes when the presents are opened, breakfast is eaten or dinner is eaten. I remember as a kid being like, “Christmas is over…now what do we do with ourselves.” It can get depressing. Well here is something to remember: There are more memories to share with the ones you love not just Christmas but the days leading up to 2018 and beyond. Know that you have more love in your heart than just 24 hours for Christmas.
Take the time to enjoy the present.
Laugh at the memories.
Cherish the blessings in your life.
Hug the ones you love a little tighter
Say “I love you” and “thank you” a little more than usual.
May everyone have a great Christmas with your loved ones. Spread love today, tomorrow, and beyond.
It is miraculous
how our test becomes our testimony
how our struggle becomes our strength
how the haters become the admirers
how the valley becomes the mountaintop
how darkness turns to light.
It is no shock to God because He created us miraculously out of the dust of the Earth. He sent us a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace to give us victory in ALL circumstances. So be encouraged, there is a WAY out of no way.
My mom is one of the wisest people I know. She has lived longer and has seen so much. Before I would roll my eyes (in my head), but now I value of her sage advice. A lesson I hold on to is never lose your calling.
God has a plan and a purpose.
He gives us all gifts and talents that should not go to waste. They are not for you but to give to the world. For God’s sovereign plan to be executed.
Never let anyone diminish you and your purpose. If someone causes you to doubt your value and calling, that person does not need to be in your life. If God is for you, who can be against you? No One. Not even one if you don’t allow them to.
If God is in the mist, you will win! Hold on. It gets difficult. People will not understand you. People will betray and slander you. Just hold on. If God is for you, who can be against?
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?-Romans 8:31
A quick thought: In this political climate, I have seen more chaos and rage between friends, family, and acquaintances played out on television, social media, radio, and any communication outlet you can think of. It is easy to say “I’m RIGHT, You’re WRONG.” But remember friends, it takes so much energy and time to rage. You do not need to fight every battle with every person on the Earth.
Instead, take a step back, breathe, listen and hear them out. You do not need to agree with them. Respect them. Find common ground. Relate. Maybe not the conflicted issue but something else. Find things that unite rather than divide us.
There are times where change can result from thorny situations. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it scars. A scar does not have to a stain of shame but a source of strength. Don’t let the thorns let you bleed out and forget that something better is coming. The joyful moments do not come without thorns and difficulty.
The people you start with may not be the people you end with. Some people are meant to be in a season for a reason. It happens. Personally, a new season meant letting go of the people and things that do not fit or pose a threat to my personal change. It is hard but it is needed. Educate yourself of what you need to change. Your future self will thank you. What are the things you need to remove in your new season?
Thrive each day of your life. Be a better version of you. It does not need to be grand. Make an intentional, daily decision to not stay the same. Transform! Be magnetic and attract the good and repel the bad. Yesterday is the past. Today is the present. What are you waiting for?
Don’t just wake and exist.
Actively inhabit your season of life.
Declare your goals.
Walk daily with the intent to achieve.
Know that it’s up to God and You.
My last semester of law school is HERE!! Here are my reflections of law school.
- Law school is a new environment not matter where you go so ADAPT to your surroundings.
- Not everyone who smiles at you is your buddy. It may sound crazy or mean but here me out. Some are after sabotage and manipulation to get the better grade. There are quality people and mentors you will encounter who will bring out the best parts in you. I have met the best people who had my best interests at heart and who rooted for me (You know who you are). It is a small handful of people but it’s enough for me. Guard yourself.
- Do what works for you. Everyone is different. What works for you is FOR YOU!
- Tears are the steps to your growth. I have cried on a few occasions but I dusted myself off and kept going. My visceral fear and failure could not be permanent or I would come to my own ruin. The resilience makes you stronger so keep going.
- Breathe. It will all be worth it. The blood, sweat, tears, and lack of sleep will pay off when I walk across that stage to receive my diploma and when I get sworn in as a licensed attorney.