Dream Your Next Adventure into A Reality

As I type this out I am in my rented space where I collect my thoughts. I am beyond blessed to have a roommate who has given me the freedom and space to find myself and next step.

Twelve months ago I was flexing my #HustleMuscle juggling a consulting business full time, part time retail job, and a part time contract job. Working six days a week with 15-hour days was the routine I made for myself. I dashed from appointment to meeting and rushing through personal time to stay on track.

Was it worth it? It was exhausting. I exhausted all my energy in places where it wasn’t benefiting me as a whole. My bills were being paid but my soul was aching to make a difference.

And then three months ago I got the e-mail… We need to talk. Two clients decided not to renew contracts and my contract job had a hold on funding.

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I didn’t take this news personal because it was a business matter, but boy did this hurt my ego. My hard work was coming to a halt. I mediated on it and knew it was time to save money and start dreaming again.

Where there is peace, there is hope. Where there is fear, there is no room for growth.

Sometimes life needs us to write down our next dream or goal so we can receive it. The world is full of possibilities waiting for us to take charge and ask for it to come our way.

What dreams are you proclaiming for your life? Your situation may not change overnight but your thoughts can change in an instant when you allow hope to cast out fear.

Dear Life, let’s write a new adventure until it gets here.

Where Are You Going?

It happened again. I was asked the question, “Where are you going in life?” The answer always seems to make sense in my head, but never out loud. Maybe if I write what I am thinking out, receive feedback, and take action than maybe it can become clearer where I am going.

I am investing my time part-time at a retail job I have been loyal to for nine years. Nine years. This was my “first” real job that saw potential in me before I saw it in myself. This brings in a steady paycheck when I need it. Some people don’t make it past 4.4 years.

I am building a business that allows me to have freedom. This freedom comes at a price. My effort, work, and time come at a price that does not always equal a paycheck. My résumé is full of experience and growth that words cannot describe until you hear about my journey.

I am growing and developing relationships. No, I won’t work on your marketing for free. I do want to learn from you and hope you can learn from me. You can define this as a friendship or working relationships because I saw value in you and like being around you. Don’t take advantage of me for telling you that.

I am paying bills that don’t seem to end. I have 13 more car payments until my car is mine. There is no co-signer on my loan, it is just me. My 2006 Honda Pilot was my first investment toward my future and it isn’t going to be the last. Sallie Mae is flooding my e-mails, so she will be the next investment to pay off after my car.

I am saving for a better future. I heard about an opportunity to rent a place near the area I have always wanted to live. The truth is, I don’t know if I can afford it long-term. I could make it work, but not knowing for sure is what worries me. The reality is my savings is scarce to support my business and it hasn’t paid me back, yet. I don’t have a nest egg from my parents like other people I know.

I am trying not to be negative. I see other people putting down payments on houses, moving in the next stages of their lives, and yet I am still in this season. The season of not knowing where this road will lead but it is the road I have traveled on for some time.

So, where am I going? The truth is, the road ahead of this one isn’t clear enough for me to know. For once I have peace knowing it’s all going to work out. I have my dreams that remind me of a vision I have for myself. When I move into the next chapter of my life, I can look back and see when and where I took the jump. Until then, I am growing and finding inspiration to keep moving toward my dreams.

Thank you, mom, Thelma and Jason for not making me feeling alone. And for everyone else, thank you for reading this and may we help one another find out where we are going together.

A Mind in Motion Stays in Motion

I have heard my mom tell me that a body in motion stays in motion for as long as I can remember. After not giving my mom enough credit, I started a new workout routine that involves running. I loathe running. Running is the most painful thing I can put my body though an extended period. Trust me, I have done the HIIT/Bootcamp/CrossFit training before, but running is a whole new ball game. After a few weeks of hitting the pavement, I must say it is finally getting easier to go the distance.

So what does all this have to do with the mind? I decided to use the same logic for my business goals. It’s one thing to write them down and “work” on them throughout the year while it’s another to start reaching them. Once I sent out my first proposal of the year, I was looking forward to sending out my second. Success doesn’t come overnight, but the mentality you have to keep moving gets you there.

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Today, right now, are you happy with where you are in life? What needs to change? Do it.

Got an excuse?

Tell it to someone who is in the same boat as you and you won’t grow.

Tell it to someone who was once where you were and they will encourage you today is the day to make a change.

Here are some practical ways to keep your mind in motion:

  • Define success. What is the vision you have when you reach your goal? Describe as if it were today.
  • Make a plan to get there. Take steps, sometimes it takes one day at a time but keep moving.
  • Reward yourself. When you take a step further than you were yesterday, reward yourself without taking a step back.
  • Share results with your peers. It is only fair to share with your peers when you fail and succeed.
  • Ask for an accountability partner. This is the push you need when your mind is battling the old-thinking and new-thinking.
  • Encourage others. When you encourage others, it is a self-motivator to keep going yourself to be an example. It is not a pride thing, but a sense of respect others may have toward you.
  • Find a mentor. Invest time with him or her to help you grow in the areas you are not able to on your own.

If you LIKE my business page on Facebook, you will see a common thing happening on Fridays I call a “Friday Focus”. The topic varies by what you suggest or what comes to mind. My goal is to help YOU, the reader, to take away something valuable than you may not have considered before.

Motivation. What’s Yours?

When I made a decision to chase my dreams, this is what I told myself.

Has everyday life gotten any easier? No.

Have I found time to do all the things I want to do? Not exactly.

Is it worth it? One day, I’ll see the fruit of my labor.

What keeps you going? The path of my future gets closer with every step.

Reasons to smile  (:

Keep chasing your dreams.

Fall into a routine that will keep you sane.

Don’t give up because you’re worth investing in.

Live the life you want to live.