The decision to consciously keep a track of self growth, has been the best decision these past couple of years. I go to bed at night thinking "Have I been a better person that I was yesterday? Did I treat everyone I love and admire right? Did I treat myself right? Did I achieve what I wanted to achieve today?" Some days I nail it. Some days I easily exceed my expectations. Some days it's a resounding failure. But if it was consistently the same everyday, where would be the room for improvement? Hence, keeping up with my fairly new New Years tradition of having one resolution per year and keeping up with it, as well as carrying the resolution of the past year, I vow this for 2018: #KeepUp2018 From #HustleThrough2016 --> #BringIt2017 --> Keep Up 2018. I worked my ass off through 2016. Accepted all challenges you threw my way in 2017 (some I won, through some I learnt). Now, keep up with my enthusiasm, 2018. Keep up with my level of pigheaded-ness when I want something. Keep up with my passions. Keep up with my drive. Keep up with my thirst for knowledge, for become better than ever before. Keep up with how I will make, and maintain my relationships. Keep up with my dreams. Keep up with me. This year, the ball is in my court. This year, is mine.
As a very wise mentor reminded me..... “Success is not owned. Success is rented and rent is do every single day.” . So whether you had a not-so-good 2017 or it was an awesome one, either way, today is a brand new start. So it’s ultimately up to YOU on what you choose to make of the new year. As for me.... while majority of the world sleeps, I GRIND!💪🏼💦 #newyears2017 #thechoiceisyours #bringit2017 #selfdiscipline #womenshealth #whateverittakes #fightlikeagirl
The Star Struck Superstars 😍😍😍 #dancers #blackgirlmagic #bringit2017 #melanin #protectivestyles #braids #cornrows #tribalbraids #cwkgirls #healthyhairjourney #naturalhairstyles #naturalhair #hairstyles #hair #fashion #dance #dancers #danceface #dancerlife #hiphop #majorette #africangirlskillingit #wildnout #xscapetour #xscape #beyonce #tiffanyhaddish #fashionpost
Grinch please! No grinch is gonna take my Christmas away. And this Etta hat ❤️ shout out to @miskunn for creating such a lovely pattern. literally can knit this one on repeat. Shirt:@stitchnbrus Hat: @stitchnbrush Hat pattern: @miskunn #grinchmas #grinchplease #merryandbright #nogrinchhere #happyholidays2017 #countdowntochristmas #ettahat #knithat #knitwarm #knistagram #makerstrong #makersofinstagram #pnw #christmasattire #christmasvibes #winterwishes #firstdayofwinter #grinchstolechristmas #santaclausiscomingtotown #herecomessantaclaus #keepingwarminwinter #christmasready #bringit2017 #holidaycheer #kenyounot #madeinoregon
END STRONG CHALLENGE DAY 11 (1) a minimum of 20 minutes of intensive training: 45 minutes of the AMAZING spin class on You Tube with @whipfit YOU. MUST. TRY. IT. 🚴🏻 - yes, the pupster and sonshine were watching keeping me honest! 2) at least one clean, raw organic meal or juice a day: great raw salad of kale, avocado, beet and broccoli (skipped the dressing and used lemon) fromhttps://cookingquinoaintheutilityroom.wordpress.com/gluten-free-dee/ 3) one communication of gratitude towards an individual or community daily: thankful today for finding my inner calm (and calm mama voice) amidst the craziness that mamahood can be when all buttons are pushed. And you?! #endstrong2017 #besomebody #strongisthenewpretty #howwegotitdonetoday #calmintheparenthoodstorm #girlpower #lifeofatrainer #annapolisfitness #annapolistrainer #bringit2017 #idoitformykids #sarahjohnfitness #mindfulmothering #teenybuttonpushers #calm.com #beetsaremyjam
January 2nd will always stand out to me. Going into the 2012 new year, Tim & I had SUCH anticipations about FINALLY adopting Joy & being able to begin the process to bring her home. We expected it to be the best year after a long year of waiting. I remember us writing out our dreams on NYE for everything we were believing for that year. Then bam. Not even 2 days into the new year, we received the news that would shatter our dreams, & change not only the course of our lives forever, but of Joy's too. The answer was no. Joy was staying at the orphanage & we weren't going to be allowed to adopt her. It brought about a very dark time in our lives. We were confused, we were depressed, we were lost, we were grieving. 2012 was the hardest year of our lives. I remember screaming out to God with how angry & hurt I was. I remember telling him there was no way he could redeem this. I didn't want a consolation prize. (No - I am not a "perfect Christian" haha. I believe in allowing yourself to truly FEEL everything you need to. God's big enough to handle it). I wept almost every day & had to force myself out of bed in the mornings. In my mind, there was no way that God could turn this absolutely terrible thing into something good. Anyone else glad that they're not God? I could never have imagined the craziness that would unfold over these past 5 years. Some horrible things, some fantastic things. But here I am regardless, 5 years later, about to go visit Joy in Uganda with my youngest child, to spend time with her and to gather information to move our adoption process further. Like, WHAT?! I will repeat, I am so glad I am not God. I could have never come up with that miracle ( & that's coming from a control freak, mmk?). Life will never be easy or mess-free. The world is imperfect. I won't be the one to say the cliche "the Lord always has a plan!", but I will tell anyone and everyone, God WILL work EVERYTHING out for your good & for His glory. Even the really bad stuff. Joy spending the first many years of her life bounced around from caregiver to caregiver isn't ok. The pain or suffering you may be enduring isn't ok... (Continued in comments below 👇🏾)