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Over the past few days, I’ve been learning how to live my life more abundantly. Up until these very days, I haven’t been living my life to the fullest. I’ve been watching videos by mother Oprah Winfrey, Marshawn Evans Daniels, Lisa Nichols and in just a few hours, read Steve Harvey’s book, titled Jump to get me on the right paths. I’ve been speaking positive affirmations to myself and over my life every morning when I wake up to start my day. I’m going back over my vision board I created in January and activated my faith and doing the work to see my visions, manifested in the natural.
Now, what led me to this new mindset you may be wondering? I can honestly say it’s been a mirage of things, but mostly, my desire to be a full-time writer. For the last month, I’ve tossed and turned all night, woke up every hour, cried some nights cause going to work not doing something I love, kept me up, literally. I just wanted more for my life than a regular type of living. My former job took a lot of my physical and mental time and space in my life, that I was on empty when I got home and couldn’t do nothing but go to sleep. That’s not a healthy way of living!
I believe God was trying to get my attention each one of those nights that I couldn’t sleep. I can recall seeing visions of me standing before crowds of women talking, empowering them through stories of triumph over adversity. I could literally smell the women in my dreams perfume, and then I would wake up — the DREAM would be over, and back to reality. Reality being, going to a job that I no longer felt valued and losing sleep for. But, because just like a first time high, I wanted to dream those dreams again and again, where I was living my life in abundance.
When I say, “living my life in abundance” I’m not talking about just financial gains, although that is apart of my dreams. I’m mainly talking about making space in my life so that I can put the work in and have my dreams become my reality. I bought a gold sparkly poster board and started tapping words of affirmation that I read every morning, to help me Speak those things into existence….. I believe that when you speak words of affirmation, you are putting into the universe, what will be given back to you…positive energy.
Next, I quit my full-time job and took the offer of a part-time position so that I can spend more of my time …..writing….networking….putting myself in environments of where I want my dreams to intersect with my reality. Yes, there will be a pay cut but that’s how serious I am about living my life more abundantly. I don’t start my new job for another week (I made that request for this much needed vacation during the interview). So my first two days unemployed, I have indulged my brain soaking up so much knowledge reading books and watching videos of people who are living their best lives now, and those same people also have gone through adversities and are living to tell us about their journey’s.
So now a days, I’m feeling good, even posted videos on Instagram in my stories (which I never do) looking a mess cause I had been getting my life snatched. I was motivated to get out there in this big world and write. Write to the faithful 8 viewers on my website, the sixty plus people who show up at the Playground Theater to see my stories, the thirty-something people who like my praise reports on my Facebook posts and my favorite, the two or three people who I inspire by telling my stories on whatever platform and share their stories with me, that keeps me going. That keeps my pens glued to paper, to help me write more stories.
I’m more excited by the impact of my stories than I am about the number of likes or viewers, on my platforms. I struggle at times posting on this site cause naturally I think, only 5-8 people are going to view it. It takes too much of my time, preparing my posts for only 5-8 people to view it, not comment or even share the post …no shade readers/viewers just speaking facts. But then I look at the careers of Luvvie Ajayi, Necole of Hellonecole, Myleik, etc., and these are black women who are successful bloggers and thriving in this blogging industry. I’ve heard their stories of them starting out, and I too have faced some of their same struggles and that gives me confirmation to, keep writing.
Writing for me is a place where I can just be myself. It’s the place where my life experiences meet other people along life’s journey and we connect, if only briefly and through my writings, I am able to connect families closer together, heal the broken hearted, break cycles of abuse or dysfunctions, or high-five someone virtually who is thinking about relocating, scared but because I had crazy faith and relocated unexpectedly, they too have relocated, and are living their best life, now. Writing for me continues to open up doors of opportunity for me. Being a student of life, I am determined to keep living and learning how to get the most out of each moment and every opportunity that I’ve been given, that will ensure my success in all areas of my life and I’m here for that.
Steve Harvey said in his book Jump that, “There should be nothing bigger than your dream.” I am declaring that today, moving forward, my dreams are going to be my priority. Living my life in abundance means being a better version of me, including a healthier me (pray for me cause me and exercising are like learning a foreign language, it’s going to take some work) and putting in the work to live a purposeful life and leave an impact on someone’s life with my legacy.
How are you living a life, more abundantly? Let’s discuss it in the comments.