Is it just me, or does it seem like folk are hella pumped for 2016? I’ve been blessed to ring in 25 new years so far, and I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed the level of optimism and enthusiasm that I have this year. From people creating vision boards to sharing inspiring testimonies, I’m already loving the spirt of Sweet ’16. I think 2015 was the year a lot of folk — myself included — got legit schooled on life.
For me, 2015 was like five whole seasons of Scandal crammed into 12 months. I’m talmbout emotional breakdowns, excessive wine drinking, B613, the whole nine. No lie.
OK, I’m lying (sort of) — my life was a lil cray, but it wasn’t Liv Pope crazy. In all seriousness though, 2015 was a year of intense spiritual growth and self-discovery. Twelve days before my 25th birthday, I got baptized, which was one of the most beautiful, overwhelming, life-changing experiences of my life thus far. Folk who I had never met before were randomly approaching me after the ceremony, prophesying to me as if they had known me my entire life. Mind you, there were like 19 other people getting baptized that day, so the fact that random people were singling me out was mind-blowing. One lady came up to me and said something like, “All I see when I look at you is greatness. You got some serious power over your life.” What’s so crazy is the fact that I got baptized during one of the most vulnerable points in my life. People who didn’t even know me saw something in me that I didn’t even see in myself.
Breaking up with my ex — which happened literally a month after I got baptized — was another huge turning point for me last year. After going through a series of ups and downs that wound up becoming a constant uphill battle, going our separate ways seemed like the best thing for the both of us. It hurt like hell because I wholeheartedly believed that this was the man I was going to marry. But I didn’t like the person I had become during the course of our relationship: this overemotional, insecure, moody chick who I didn’t recognize anymore. So after we broke up, I basically had to press the reset button on my self-esteem and start from square one. It took a lot of prayer and patience, but eventually I learned how to genuinely love myself and experience pure, relentless joy — the best feeling I’ve ever had.
Last year I made two vision boards — yes, two (you can never have too much vision, honey) — one for my bedroom, and a smaller one for my desk at work. Both were filled with positive aspirations and personal goals, which helped to restore my faith and self confidence, and become more aligned with my vision and life purpose. Some of the goals I included have already come to fruition (i.e. staying committed to my blog and gaining a following, paying off all my medical expenses from when I was sick, and traveling outside of the country), and some of them are long-term goals that will hopefully happen at some point before The Rapture hits (i.e. becoming totally debt-free, flourishing in my career as a writer/entrepreneur/mentor, marrying a God-fearing man who is equally as fine as — if not more than — Michael B(ae). Jordan, and buying a house large enough to comfortably fit approximately 3 to 4 little munckinheads).
I’ve been big on creating vision boards since I was in college, and a lot of the things I wanted to achieve wound up happening (i.e. pledging Delta, becoming a magazine editor after graduating, starting my own blog). I’m a firm believer that when you put your vision out into the universe, whether it’s verbal or on paper, it’ll come to light. All you gotta do is keep working towards your goals, trust in God to bring forth the results, and the rest will fall into place.
This past weekend, I made a new vision board which mainly focuses on goals I plan to achieve throughout the year: continuing to grow stronger spiritually, mentally and financially; building my A2K subscriber base, finishing the manuscript for my first book and getting it published, launching my mentorship program, and traveling abroad.
2015 was a year of growth, reflection and self-discovery. 2016 will be a year of manifestation, prosperity and renewed thinking. And I am READY, honey!