"The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
With 2017 being only 2 days away, today I want you to just focus on the positive attributes you were able to produce this year. Along with that, I want you to think about all the obstacles that attempted to hold you back but couldn't stop your ultimate success. That deserves to be CELEBRATED!
In life, we don't always get the chance to accomplish every single goal we set out to achieve. Sometimes one major milestone can led to a trickle down effect to even bigger ones, but it's just a matter of starting somewhere.
It's obvious many of us had high hopes for 2016. As I look at my vision board for this year, I see a lot of goals that were achieved, but also some setbacks along the way that must be addressed in 2017. Nevertheless, I choose to celebrate my accomplishments more than acknowledge my shortcomings. This is because I want to have all the positive momentum I can get to push me into 2017. This isn't to say I completely disregard where I fell short. As with anything, I must take the good with the bad. But instead of condemning myself for where I lack, I can choose to be kind to myself and find positive solutions to those shortcomings.
Within the second half of the year I found myself in awe with how God turned so many thing around in my favor. My conference was a success. My debt was eliminated. My network grew. I was able to travel again. My stress was relieved when I left my 9-5. And who knew that I would be celebrated for my work to be inducted into the Demoiselle 2 Femme 40 Under 40 Young Women's Professional League. Yes, from where I started in 2016 I'm glad things are ending on an extremely high note!
But can I let you in on a little secret. My self-doubt and self-judgement began to kick in strong. Thoughts in my head started telling me I didn't deserve to be recognized. That I wasn't good enough or had as much credibility to be amongst some of Chicago's most elite women. Even had the nerve to downplay all the success Hey Mz. Lady accomplished this year simply because I wasn't able to accomplish every goal I hoped to achieve with her for this year. I almost gave into that negative self-talk. But thank God for true loved ones in my life. They reminded me that if God saw fit for me to be recognized for any & everything I have accomplished in this year - or my entire life for that matter- , then who am I to say that God is WRONG or made some type of MISTAKE!
That's the blessing that comes with being a child of God.
Favor doesn't have to be fair when you're connected to the Right Source!
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
We can definitely be our own worst critic. But we must call truth to what is true and dispel lies to what is wrong. I deserve to celebrate myself! I take honor in the fact that even when everything was being thrown at me that I stood strong and fought back! And I give glory to God that He didn't allow my circumstances to over take me! As I look at how far I've come in 2016 I must say, just like any other year, I've changed for the better!
So ladies, do yourself the biggest favor and be sure to honor yourself for all that you have accomplished and overcame in 2016. Only you know how challenging this year was for you, but yet and still God saw fit to let you make it to the end of the year, fully prepared and capable for a prosperous 2017!
So pat yourself on the back. You DESERVE to be Here!!!