It’s a new year which means new beginnings, different journeys, elevating to a higher self and conquering the unknown. Even though the start of my new year has been very challenging and rough, each day I take it step by step as I continue to push onward. When I began planning for the new year, I started putting my short term goals into perspective. I then realized I hadn’t set a plan for myself in quite some time which led to me brainstorming my long-term goals as well. I kept asking myself what do I want to accomplish this year? how do I go about seeing that those goals come to fruition? and where do I want to be within the next five years? These questions were important for me and I needed to search myself for the answers. It all came down to what do I want to do with my life.
I came up with a few different things,
- Finish + release my first self-published book:
I have been writing since I was taught how to use a writing utensil. It has always been my great escape, my therapy, my solace, it is my safe haven. As I grew older I realized it was another gift I was given and I knew I wanted to share it with the world. I knew I wanted to be an author but I was holding me back because of fear. I have always protected my sanctuary (my words, thoughts, experiences, and emotions). In the words of the great Erykah Badu, ” I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my sh*t.” I have come to the realization that even if my words are judged, loved or misunderstood it doesn’t change the fact that my work is and will always be my truth.
- Commit to blogging more:
I actually started blogging years ago but stopped after I lost interest in music journalism and celebrity gossip. It just became draining for me. Chasing stories, trying to keep up with every album and single release. I did it for a while but it wasn’t for me anymore. I stopped caring and took a break while searching for my niche in the meantime. I lost my passion for that category but never my passion for writing. I realized I want to connect more by sharing my words, journey, and truths. With the hopes that you can take something of value with you in each passing.
- Self Care:
There is always room to love on me a little bit more. I’m not perfect and I have my moments but know I love me some me. I worked hard to accept me and love me the way I do. I want to make sure I continue to teach myself how to be more gentle, more kind, and more loving with myself. Taking time to do things just for me like treating myself out on dates, doing yoga, meditating, improving my credit, speaking to myself with positivity, taking better care of my skin and my natural hair. Loving on me more is deeper than what’s simply on the surface. It’s about continuing to grow, continuing to build confidence and continuing to shower myself in love. (Feeling Myself: How I Tapped Into My Self Confidence)
The time is now. I decided I can no longer allow procrastination or my own fears and reservations hold me back from reaching my fullest potential. These three points may not seem like much but there’s more than what meets the eye. So many parts come into play so that these points can correlate. I have always set goals for myself and whether I have succeeded or failed, I have always done what I said I was going to do. I contribute that to following the visions I desired for my life and I’m still following the four reasons to craft a vision for your life. I started planning the previous year but it’s never too late to get a jump start towards turning your goals into reality. Just as I am doing you have to learn to get out of your own way.