When I think about 2016 I feel a little overwhelmed, with some anxiety, and enduring hope during the year. At least that is how the year began in a very fast-paced and non-stop busy way. I felt an overwhelming responsibility to complete the divine assignment that God has given by being an excellent wife, mother, blogger, and business woman. However, 2016 proved to be a year that I had to actually pull back, because while focusing on my business endeavors as a result, my marriage and family began to suffer in the process of building a legacy for my children. I had to go back to the “blue print,” that I created at the beginning of the year and truly find the reason why I am working so hard in life. I am still a work in progress and a master piece simultaneously, so this is a story that continues into the New Year. I have to continue to measure when I am presented with a wonderful business opportunity, and if it will honor my family and household?
Also, this season was a time where I realized that I really required more help, that I could only continue to move so far on my own, and that I had to start building a cohesive support system from others while utilizing valuable resources. Consequently, I reached out to a therapist to not only help in my marriage, but also help me individually on my goals in life. I believe that going to a therapist is healthy for growth and development as a person. In addition to working with a therapist for personal issues, I worked with a growth coach to assist in building my Pinterest coaching and blog consulting business.
I felt that working with a growth coach was such a huge blessing. My growth coach could see my business through her eyes and advise on working smarter and not harder to have a clear and concise vision for my clients. This is something that I value so much as a first generation entrepreneur! Last but certainly not least has been my accountability partner. We are in two different industries, but we have the same mind-set towards success. She is awesome with keeping track of weekly goals, and holding each other accountable with completing them to the best of our ability each week.
We started working together at the end of 2016, but I am certain that we will continue to encourage, motivate, and support each other this first quarter of the year.
During this pull back year, I totally and utterly leaned on God and not my own understanding to guide and protect my steps on this entrepreneurial and life journey. I began to do the things that feed my spirit:cooking, painting, running half marathons, working out, yoga, and getting my spiritual house in order! I had to begin going back to self-care and really working on myself in order to help others in my life.
I found myself setting boundaries in my marriage, business relationships, community activities, church responsibilities, and in my child rearing practices. I really had to step back in 2016 and take the time to press the reset button, to learn from my mistakes and move forward to 2017. I am sure that I will learn more life-changing lessons in 2017, because growth continues and so does learning!
But here are my 16 awesome lessons from 2016. I am super positive that I have absolutely learned more than 16, but these are the best ones that I have shared across my social media channels and personally in my journal for 2016.
16 Awesome Lessons
1. Put God and HIS beloved son Jesus over everything.
2. If you are good to God, God is good to you.
3. God is love.
4. Trust in God and lean not in my own understanding.
5. Continual favor flows to those that understand purpose.
6. Observe, Watch, and Listen.
7. Therapy is very necessary for growth.
8. Position myself for greatness.
9. Create a Strategic blue print and plan for life and then remain open to opportunity that comes my way.
10. Healing is a process.
11. Walk by faith and not by sight.
12. Forgiveness is for you, not the other person.
13. Freedom is a state of mind and a mind-set.
14. Take care of home before I take care of business.
15. Give back to others, the way that my mentors have given to me.
16. You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit!