Optimism, a secret weapon you can use when life is just too much!

          Let’s just face the fact that life can be downright hard sometimes. If you’re anything like me, an over achiever who is constantly working towards unfulfilled desires and the societal pressures to become a better person, then I’m pretty sure you can attest to that! I’m a 27-year-old single mom and college student who works a part time job, with dreams bigger than my current debit card balance! Nevertheless, I continue to strive towards what sometimes seems to be a place I will never reach. Life is unpredictable in many ways. Uncontrollable circumstances can delay you from achieving your goals within the time frame you desire. Nevertheless, there is still a driving force within that tells you “don’t give up”! For me, that force has been my passion and belief in myself that I have what it takes to make my dreams a reality. However, once life knocks you back and forth and even down a few times, you may come to realize that having passion alone, won’t get you entirely where you want to go, because even passion has to have a driving force behind it.

            Now I’m no expert on life or anything like that but I do think I have enough positive life experiences to share. For me, the power I needed to drive my passion when the going got tough was optimism! Yes! The ability to stay positive in negative and hopeless situations. You see, ever since I could remember I’ve always been a dreamer. As a kid, I saw myself as this larger than life person fit for the movie screens! I dreamed of being an actress. Which later changed to wanting to be an artist, then a teacher! You see where this is going don’t you? I was the epitome of a dreamer. What I wanted to be when I grew up was always on my mind. In fact, I missed important information all throughout school due to my chronic daydreaming. Fifteen years later, I’m somewhere in life that I never saw coming. My straightforward road map at 12 years old just wasn’t able to make reality’s cut. However, not all of those wonderful dreams have wasted away. Even though I never made it to Hollywood to become an award-winning actress, my desire for teaching is still in the works. I’m currently pursuing a career in Education and I feel that this is my destined path. Not only that, but I am also a freelance artist. I write blogs, poetry, articles, and I’m practicing my new hobby, photography! Nonetheless, my long-term goals within these fields seem so far away. An although I am very passionate about my future and the impact I will make, I can’t say that I haven’t had thoughts of throwing in the towel.

          My passion has never burned out completely but there have been times when I felt it would. During these times, I realized that I needed something else. I needed to remain optimistic at all costs or I would never see the end of my journey. What optimism did for me was teach me that I am not always in control of my destiny. There will be delays, and detours. Setbacks, and failure, but by remaining positive during negative times I would get through it all. Positive self-talk has become my therapy! I am determined to win and in order to do so I must keep a positive mind set! So, if you’re out there in blog land pursuing your dreams and you hit a brick wall, I want to encourage you by saying, in this world there are two asses to be kicked, yours and life’s, don’t let it be yours! I hope you enjoyed this piece. Until next time my friends. Peace, love, and happiness!

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Slowly stepping into my destiny.

Baby steps are going to be some of your most important steps to make in life. You must realize that although we live in a fast paced world, not everything worth having is going to come as quick as you’d like. Things do take time. An yes I know you’ve heard that before. I mean, who hasn’t? I’m inspired this afternoon. I have finally been able to begin pursuing some of my dreams. I’ve recently purchased a camera and laptop. Now that may seem small but I have big dreams for these electronics.I plan to pursue a career in writing and photography! However, my big dream won’t be my reality overnight.  I’, just glad to be slowly stepping into the things I’m passionate about. Hey, lets see where it goes!

It’s just that simple!

“Just be yourself”. This is an all to familiar saying isn’t it? Actually, it can be a very scary thing to do. How can WE possibly be ourselves when we don’t have the slightest clue who we really are? I mean it’s not like life comes with a manual. Or does it?

As I type I am reminded of a verse in scripture, yes I said scripture…that says “For I know the plans that I have for you. Plans to prosper you. Not to harm you. To give you an expected end”( Jeremiah 29:11). You may be wondering what does this possibly have to do with being yourself? Well, I’m glad you asked.

The day you discover the fact that you are not a misfit, mistake, or misfortune (despite your misfortunes) is the day you can slowly begin to find out who you really are. You see, God created you to succeed. He created you to carry out a particular purpose that was destined and designed specifically for you. Who you really are can be found in Him.

His plan for your life is perfect. Despite what you’ve been through or what you may currently be going through. I encourage you today to take some time out of your busy schedule to reflect on how your life has been thus far. look back at all the times you ended up in some very bad situations & somehow seemed to be rescued from them all. I mean it could have been a whole lot worse right? Nevertheless God’s perfect plan for your life prevailed. If you truly want to know yourself so you can be yourself, then get to know the one who created you! It’s just that simple!