Thoughts racing uncontrollably. I got so much to accomplish yet I don’t fully understand where to begin. I’m nervous, anxious, ready, & even more TIRED. How should one change without proper guidance? Many chances that I have had to change into a better me has been taken & I have most def changed. Although positive, I still remain stuck in a time zone that I cannot escape. It’s like trying to get to the light, but instead you keep getting yanked back the closer you get. It’s worth the fight, but being 25 only makes this the beginning to my end. I just wanna end on a positive aspect, raise my kids & be successful. Whole time, I want my lil sister next to me conquering life.
In an ideal world, I'd like to achieve this:
If you are in Scotland-the same as me- you will still be in lockdown! If not, I will give you the run down. We are currently allowed outside for unlimited exercise and to meet with a couple friends or family, as long as you are two metres apart. No shops, restaurants or businesses are open except for online shopping and takeaways. We have been in lockdown since March twenty third and today is currently June sixth, so we have been inside for a while now! However, I am glad we are still in lockdown as I feel it is not safe for people yet. It is the best option for the health and safety of the people in the country.
When lockdown started and I was (luckily) furloughed from my job, I started googling loads of productive things I could do with my new-found time. Since graduating nearly two years ago in the creative sector, I'm always looking for new ways to build upon my skills and make myself more employable for my "dream job".
Publishing something every. single. day.
When I was growing up the only woman of color widely known during that time for her “curve appeal” was Jennifer Lopez. Ms. Lopez’s beautiful face was still not enough to change what was considered the ‘right’ body image for many of us non-famous women with full-hips and big butts. Young men still preferred skinny. As well as, the modeling agency’s and fashion industry.
The art of inspiration isn’t always easy to come by. Inspiration can come from unknown places. From nature to watching something, in reality, can light the smallest spark. Sitting while staring at the monitor in hopes of inspiration strikes just to trigger thoughts & past experiences is like trying to remember what you ate last month at the restaurant you last visited.
Standing up for what you believe in can be hard when everyone is telling you that doing so will hurt you in the long run, however, letting your opinion be known will always help not only you but those around you know that they can say what needs to be said. It can be difficult to know when the right time is to speak your mind, most people will pick a time of turmoil and talk about that, and when things are somewhat good not say anything at all. If this is how you feel then you say so no matter when the time is, life is too short to live a box only coming out when it suits you or you can be heard the loudest. Quietly sitting back while others struggle to get their point across when you could join them and make a loud statement that people will hear for miles around is only going kill a piece of your soul. Speak on the issues that matter to you and don’t let others try to stop you from getting your message out to the ones who need hear it; at the end of the day what will be left when you are dead and gone are the messages that you left and the impact that they had on the people that heard them.
I had a dream. Not a famous one but an ordinary dream. A couple of dreams actually. In those dreams feathers appeared. Now, I’ve always heard the quote “when angels are near feathers appear” but I hadn’t seen it, until now.
Everyone has at least one person that inspires them to a certain extent. I have chosen 3 people that truly inspire me. The first person is my father. He is a compassionate, hard-working, intelligent and driven man. He is an entrepreneur, owning a successful business doing IT work for the common people and car dealerships. There are truly a plethora of reasons as to why he is inspiring. I think, one of the most inspiring things is how he can leave his work at work. He comes home even when he hasn't had an ideal day and loves his wife and kids.Treats them with respect, and spends time with them. Another attribute that is inspirational, is his faith. He has gone through dark times and come out a better man due to his faith. He has a strong relationship with God. I aspire to have such a deep connection with God one day. As I mentioned before, his business. His reasoning behind the business, is he is called to help people. My father, has found two concepts that he is passionate about. IT. Which is always changing. And helping people. He then found a way to implement those two into a business. The second person I find to be inspiring is Jon Acuff. Jon Acuff is New York Times Bestselling author of six books and runs StuffChristiansLike.net, which has over 3 million readers. I find him inspiring for numerous reasons. He has the ability to input humor into serious topics. In this interview with Jon, he mentions that he uses humor and pairs it with unfunny topics. Jon Acuff: "It’s research-based, but it’s really really funny. I mean, there’s a reason comedians like Jim Gaffigan endorse my books. It’s because they’re humorous. My niche is to write with humor on a fairly unfunny topic." Humor is a value of mine. His words inspire me. Putting humor with topics that I can learn from. Put's his words in a whole different perspective. His book, Start, was one of the most influencing books I've read. At the time, I was going through a dark time. I was feeling hopeless. That book is what guided me how to start a new chapter. Fear is what held me back. I learned that from his book. His connections with Dave Ramsey are inspiring too. Jon was a small blogger at one point. Just like me. His career took off, and he started working with Dave Ramsey. It's remarkable to think that a blogger, who didn't have a fan base at one point. Used to work with Dave Ramsey. A world renowned speaker and author. I grew up listening to Dave Ramsey. It's incredible how connections . The third person I find to be inspiring is Tony Dungy. He is the author of a book called uncommon. Along with my dad, that book has shaped my beliefs. Tony has a powerful faith with God too. In uncommon, Tony mentions his ideal ways of living and how to live them. In correlation to his faith, of course. Tony shares the same beliefs with parenting, loving your children, having integrity, etc. Which, has been instilled into me by my parents. His accomplishments as an ex-pro football star and coach are also admirable. All these people hold a common ground. They share the same beliefs and hold them to a high standard. My dad doesn't come home and love his family when he wants to. Jon doesn't just have faith in God when he wants to. He holds his standards with integrity, which creates a value. These three men are uncommon, as Tony would say. They love their families and haven't been absent fathers. They are doing what they love and making sure they do it well. They help people that need help, sometimes without realizing it. These men are my inspirations. That is why.
The challenges of life will never stop. They only get harder and harder as you get closer and closer to what you want. We are constantly being tested. Life can throw us off course from time to time, and it seems like we are in a constant battle with ourselves; because that is the truth. As soon as I feel like I am on top of the world, something happens and I get setback. I get back up again and setback again. It felt like a never-ending pattern. But I had something in me that kept me moving forward, I believed all these setbacks were to make the comeback that much better!
One of the most fascinating aspects that I learned about productivity stems from a study that I discovered a few months ago. The study looked at a group of runners and measured their performance time for running a circuit.