Tonight is the last night I will be 47 years old. The night before my birthday I always reflect on the year. I think about my trials, tribulations and triumphs. My goal is to be s better me every year, and vow to not let the same things that caused me to stumble this year, cause me to stumble next year.
I have dealt with some things that I have never dealt with before, and some things that I thought I would never have to deal with again. I look back in amazement that I’m still standing. Like Marvin Sapp says in his song “Never Would’ve Made It.”
I’m stronger, I’m wiser
I’m better, much better
When I look back over all you brought me through
I can see that you were the one I held on to
The you that I held on to is God. I don’t know how anyone can navigate life without Him. I’ve been through some things this year that I could have legit lost my mind, BUT GOD said not so!!
I took control of my health for real this past year. Not how I had done in the past, but with consistency. Little steps turned into bigger steps and now I see my progress. I’ve lost 75lbs so far!
I’m trying to live a life of quality not quantity. I don’t want to live a long time aided by medication. I want a quality life that includes living life to the fullest while healthy.
As I reflect, I have no regrets. Every test has become a part of my story. My story shows the essence of Annjanette. My story has helped develop the strong, God-fearing confident woman I am today.
I’m ready for Chapter 48 of the book titled “Annjanette.”
We all face challenges that can cause us to forget our goals and dreams. We can allow obstacles to slow and even stop our progress. Along our journey, we can allow life, family, friends, limited finances, and our present social status to hinder our progress. What’s hindering you?
Have you figured out what’s stopping you from reaching your goals? You have to determine the root cause of why you haven’t reached your goals, and move those obstacles out of your way! We have to be determined to let nothing and nobody block our progress.
I’ve learned that sometimes we don’t want to figure out what’s hindering us because we will have to deal with whatever IT is. Sometimes we don’t want to face that we will have to let dead weight go. That dead weight may be family, friends, a significant other or even that job we have had for 20 years. We have to be willing to let it go.
Choosing to let go is never easy. We like to operate within our comfort zone, but if we want to excel in every area of our lives, we have to choose to operate outside of our comfort zone. Operating outside of our comfort zone included battling fear and the unknown. We can do it! We can face whatever obstacles that are hindering us and overcome those obstacles!
Make a resolution now to remove every hindrance to your success in every area of your life. Don’t delay. Start right now!
When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
There’s a leader inside of you that wants to manifest in your life. Leaders have certain characteristics that set them apart from everyone else. There are so many leadership characteristics, but the characteristics that resonate with me most are honesty, positive, good communicator, integrity, confidence and transparent. What leadership characteristics resonate the most with you? You will notice that the leadership characteristics that resonate most with you are the characteristics that you will recognize most within yourself.
You may be wondering how do I know there’s a leader inside of you. There’s been an argument that will probably continue forever between leadership scholars. One school of thought is people are born leaders, and the other school of thought is people can learn to be leaders. I believe each of us has the ability to be a leader. The issue is do we want to be a leader.
Some find out because of challenges or adversity in their own lives that they are leaders. Others seem to have a natural gravitation to leadership. They always seem to be placed in positions of leadership, or are expected to lead. Are you a leader? Do you want to be a leader? What events will have to happen for you to demonstrate you are a leader?
Listen, I know I may not speak for all women, but I’m ready for this to end! I feel like I’ve done my time. I contributed to society by having two children that are contributing members to society and the economy. I shouldn’t have to suffer month after month. It’s time for my period to end! Be gone already!
Since the age of thirteen, my period has been a constant companion. If I can’t depend on anything else, she’s always right on time. Now that I’m older she makes her entrance a monthly surprise. She comes when she wants too, or not at all.
It’s time for us to part ways. It’s been real, but enough is enough. I don’t want to buy another pad or tampon. I want to take that money and buy something else with it. I’ve been living for the day when I will be period-free! I believe the day I decided I didn’t want anymore children she should’ve went away quietly.
She doesn’t go away quietly. She does her best to wreak havoc in your life before she leaves. She sends false signals that she’s leaving. Then she comes back with a vengeance. What kind of hocus pocus magic is this? Leave and leave now.
I’ve decided when she finally leaves and stays gone I’m throwing a party in honor of her departure! I’m inviting everybody! I’ll be giving away every pad and tampon that I still own, and I’ll even by some for party favors. My gift to those who still need them. My party will be a celebration to the entrance of menopause. I can’t wait!
I have been participating in a course titled Blogging 101 via WordPress, which has been excellent so far! I am a few days behind and this post was for day nine. My assignment was to write a post inspired by my About Me page of my blog. I worked for a few hours on my About Me page and learned about the website about.me When you have an opportunity, please check it out. I could talk about a lot of things, but I want to talk about the three things that inspire me about me:
1. My outlook on life – I am living my life to the fullest without any regrets. I strive to live every day as if it were my last!
2. My love for myself – I love me! If I don’t love me, who will!
3. My sense of humor – I love to laugh. Laughter is good for the soul!
What inspires you about you? Think about it and let me know.
We spend so much time focusing on others that we forget about ourselves. We forget about our dreams, visions and passions. We place ourselves on the bottom of the priority list hoping that one day we will be able to pursue our dreams, visions and passions. It is important that we begin to invest in ourselves.
Investing in us means making ourselves a priority. No longer will we place ourselves low on the priority list.
If we don’t think what we want to accomplish is a high priority, no one else will think our dreams, visions and passions are a high priority.
It’s time to assess our current situation and determine it’s time to pursue our dreams, visions and passions.
It is time for self-reflection. What are we allowing to hinder us from pursuing our dreams, visions and passions? When are we going to take the first step and make ourselves a priority? What are we waiting on? I was watching a video yesterday and the speaker said the graveyard is full of unfulfilled dreams, visions and inventions. We don’t want to live this earth without being able to say we did everything we wanted to do, and we diligently pursued our dreams, visions and passions.
Let’s make a new pledge to ourselves that we will no longer place ourselves at the bottom of our priority list. We will invest in ourselves! We will dust the cobwebs off of our dreams, visions and passions and immediately begin developing our success plan.
I decided to begin blogging to share my musings with all that need encouragement, affirmation and even a good laugh. I love to encourage and share my expertise as it relates to character building, self-esteem lifting, education and furthering your goals in life. Everything I share is for me first, and then for those who want to benefit from the information provided. Each of us has some type of knowledge or experience that we can share to help others be successful. Join me as I begin this new year with another chapter in my life journey, and along the way I will share information that has helped me along my path.
Teaching is my passion. However, by day I work in the Customer Service field. I don’t think there is anything that can compare to facilitating learning of others and witness the illumination of the light bulb of learning. Feel free to share your positive thoughts and constructive criticism as you read my blog. Constructive criticism can only help me be better. How do you feel about constructive criticism? What does effective constructive criticism look like to you?
Check out this link that provides some good information about constructive criticism: Constructive Criticism