Determined to meet my Destiny

When I began my journey to becoming determined to meet my destiny, I didn’t know that what lied ahead was a journey that I could not or would not be able to face without a relationship with God. I thought that I had it all together; I loved God and reverenced Him in all His Glory, Dominion, Majesty, and Power, I had a “good job” and was working towards becoming the person my heart secretly desired to be. The dreams of becoming an accomplished writer lay dormant, the plans to own a healthy soul food cafe; yes I dreamed of introducing the oxymoron that soul food could be low fat and healthy if prepared and eaten properly. “Everything in moderation” that’s what I was taught.

Then the world as I knew it began to change, I lost my job of nearly four years, I lost my father who was the first man to show me how a woman should be treated, and I lost my oldest sister who was only 46 years young and although she was terribly addicted to heroin most of her life, she was still my best friend and a great mother to her children. My world was rocked and shaken like an earthquake; but my instincts led me to the Bible, I immersed myself into the entire book of Psalms, it comforted me, counseled me, and strengthened me for the next leg of my journey.  

Within 3 months I had to lay my father, sister, and my sister-in-law (my brothers’ wife) to rest. That began my journey into the darkness, and even though it was a dark place I was determined to find my destiny through this. I thought I had experience, I have been here before I told myself; in 1989 my oldest brother was shot and killed and I made it through that so I could make it through anything. I had purposed in my mind that I would not allow my brothers death to be in vain as to my own personal life, so my solution was to become disconnected from the “inner city black culture” and I eventually moved to the suburbs. Now, nearly twenty years have passed since I laid my loved ones to rest, I have lived a life riddled with unanswered questions, half-truths, biased perspectives, and eluded endeavors, but I am determined to reach my destiny. Its a daily walk, and I seek out the truth of Gods Word, the knowledge of connecting with the others on a global level, the wisdom to learn of those things that others are not courageous enough to research and study, the character to stand in the face of my obstacles, my valleys, my darkest hours of adversity and even in calamity and still have the determination to reach for my destiny.

I hope you too will find the strength to reach inside yourself and find the instinct to branch out into the deep places, into the recesses of your mind. The place your inner-child-self always dreamed of; a child never stops seeking the answers to their questions, so you must be inquisitive and irreverent in your search to meet your destiny. A child has an imagination to create and from nothing it becomes something special; use your instincts to create something from nothing. And finally my friend, I challenge you to do something this week that you have delayed, procrastinated, feared, dreaded, or just didn’t want to do but instinctively know its the right thing to do. I challenge you to branch out your comfort zone; I just did. 

Be well, grieve healthy, keep living and above all be determined to reach your destiny!

Yvette~ <3

This post is dedicated to Bishop TDJakes; thanks for always inspiring us to stretch our faith!

 

Honesty Is Liberating

I sincerely believed that I would find the time to blog daily, 30 days later I find myself regretting my first post.  I am such a perfectionist that I sometimes inundate myself with long lists of things to do, places to go and people to see.  My needs wants and desires are a faint thought or a fleeting vision of what I would like my day to be, instead I write business plans, complete new venture projects, research and read others blogs.  My insatiable appetite for knowledge and wisdom push me to my limit every day. “Study to show thyself approved” this is my mantra and everyday I’m learning more and more. But when is enough information enough? Is there ever an end to learning? I say not, Socrates says; and I paraphrase- Child like thinking is what causes us to question why? When we stop seeking the answers we stop learning and growing.  

I realized tonight that even though I had the longest week ever and the most challenging day today, I refused to end my day without sending this into the land of cyber.  My first blog promised and vowed I would write every day, well, I have but not in blog and not in social networking, it’s like I only have time for those things that seem of utmost importance, but tonight I realized nothing is more important than pursuing my true passion-writing.  

Although I write to earn a living, creating projects, assisting others in business development and leadership training initiatives, I still find a deep yearning for “writing for free” when I write from a place of serenity my words flow and seem to never end.  Thoughts, ideas, songs, poems, mantras, and affirmations swirl around in my head.

The words that come to me are audible, they filter from within my heart and are carefully composed they are meticulous, precise and emanate from within me with the intent to motivate, encourage and send support to anyone who seeks this kind of prose. I hope you have enjoyed my post, and I hope that with the changing of a new season from spring to summer; so shall my consistency in sending you positive thoughts of encouragement.  “Pursue your passion and the profit will come.” ™

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog…..Be well :)

So You Wana Be a Writer? Making Words Work

I have become fed up with not being a part of the blogging community and I need your help! I am an aspiring writer and I have reached my threshold for watching the world of blogging and social media and networking pass me by! Please help by commenting, suggesting and engaging me on this journey as I now realize that I also have something to say to the world and I trust that each day of my blog will invoke you to return and read it daily, it is my hope that you will share and repost if you like. I’m still learning all there is to know about social media and with my tenacious and inquisitive nature I am hoping I can write to connect with you, every day I hope I can become more and more transparent in my writing because I never thought my dream of becoming an accomplished writer would come to pass.

I always believed that my success would look something like a New York Times Best Sellers List, or any other prestigious award given for a body of writing work. However, now this is the part I really hope that you catch a hold of because it took me years to realize I was holding myself back by not connecting to the outside world of social media and networking, I had a severe case of what I call my “lack of openmindness.”

Since 2007 I have been writing professionally for various business owners in my community; business proposals, letters of reference or recommendation, researching and writing grants as well as consulting and executive coaching for both business and personal.  This required me to prepare and write content rich documents, agreements, and many other forms of business writing.

Today I had an epiphany; I am an accomplished writer. I now understand that being an accomplished writer doesn’t require fame and fortune because for me the benefit is the therapy of sharing my gift of “making words work” in a way that the accomplishment of freelance writing is the payoff.

I suppose being well known is the plight that some writers endeavor to achieve, but I love words so much that I have worked my entire 23 year career in business devoted to writing for others. Today I understand that my dream is self-actualized and realized; it’s just the aesthetics that are different than I dreamed them to be. Fame and fortune are a fleeting fantasy, but leaving a legacy of a body of written work is bigger than fame and fortune and that to me is the best payoff.  Supporting others and writing for them has allowed me to lead and guide them to accomplish their goals that’s the awards and accolades for me.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my thoughts, for truly this blog began with a thought. There is power in conveying your thoughts to others and it has taken me many years to realize my dream and even though it may not look the way you imagined, I encourage you to reflect on a dream that you have and see the level of progress that you have made. Let my blog inspire and empower you to live your dream no matter what! Never stop seeking for the best you that you can be. Practice working from the inside out and your dream and destiny will chase you, but sometimes we need to slow down long enough to let our inner man catch up to our natural man and allow them to converge. I started this blog as an experiment to see who if anyone would read it today and although I am excited to find out the results I know that even if no one reads this, I accomplished my goal of blogging.

Be Well