Updated: Nov 14, 2021
Make sure you celebrate your victories. I'm celebrating four years of being an author and two years of being a business owner.
In 2016, I was 33 years old, married, and a new mother. My daughter was nine months old. I was a stay-at-home mom and used the opportunity to make my dream come true.
When I decided to make this goal happen, I didn’t hesitate to put it in motion. I gathered my inspiration messages, poems, and lyrics. I sorted through them and transferred them into a manuscript. I taught myself how to format the pages, and I stayed up late nights editing the work. I remember sitting on my bed working those late nights while my daughter crawled around.
I shared the excitement with family and friends but didn’t receive much support or feedback. It was discouraging at first, but I overcame it. And four years later, I’m still excited about accomplishing a major goal.
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Just two short years ago in 2018, I hit rock bottom. It was a tough year for me. In the midst of the storm, I decided to start my own business. My daughter was 2 years old and my son was 3/4 months old. I was broke, on maternity leave, my car got repossessed, and my children’s father was living his best life someplace else.
I knew I had to break out of my situation. And two years later, I’m still making it happen. I had choices to make, and I chose to start a business. I returned to the part-time job at a radio station, but I knew returning wasn’t going to last. I quit. I could’ve applied for another job, but that wasn’t God’s purpose for me. And I wasn’t going to settle for any job after settling for 10 years.
I applied to nursing school at Utica College that year. I registered for classes and was shopping online for books when I realized going back to school wasn’t the right decision at that time. I also applied to get my doctorate at Liberty University, but upon research, I decided that wasn’t the best choice either. Starting my business was the right choice for me & my children.
As a mother of two, an entrepreneur, blogger, and author, balancing motherhood, my career, and life can be challenging. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to the Lord for directing me, and I’m blessed to be where I am today.
It’s no surprise or shame that this pandemic affected my business, changed my plans, shifted my focus, and gave me a new perspective on everything. There were days I needed to step away from my work, and days I poured my all into building my businesses.
I stayed focus on achieving some goals, and this pandemic allowed me to do that. Although it has been difficult, I prayed and pushed through the downfalls. Instead of dwelling on the downfalls, I choose to celebrate my wins.