Saturday, August 7, 2010

Not Only for ME

I used this same title in high school when I wrote an essay for a scholarship application.

The essence of the essay was how I aspired to go to college so that I could use my education to come back and help further the community. So, the support of the scholarship would not only bennefit me, but will benefit the entire community.

I still stand by every word. However, now its a little more personal, now that I have nieces that I would die for.

I am beginning my first year of Law School. I have a wonderful support system, great family, wonderful friends and sorors. That in itself is a blessing! I recognize that, and I understand that everyone is not as fortunate. That is why I strongly advocate for mentorships.

In life we aspire to do many things. We search the world in search of ourselves and our purpose in the world. Lets take some time to reflect on the people and the experiences that were influential in that process and send them a random word of gratitude, if you have not lately.

Lets also remember that we too will play some influential role in someone else's lives around us. Be it a positive or negative influence, is up to us. As much as we may like life to be all about us, someone else is watching our every move, looking up to us and mimicking the things we do.

So our attitudes, our goals, our aspirations, our lifestyles are not only reflections of us, but also examples for the people around us.

As for me, I aspire to be great. I aspire to be a positive role model for my nieces and any child from a single parent home, to show them that any goal they wish to achieve can be accomplished with hard work. With God all things are possible, and no matter what anyone says, if you want it you can have it!!

Author's note: I won the scholarship contest and the above picture is my little niece trying on a pair of my heels and my boots!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

1st of the month MOTIVATIONAL: King of your Jungle

AUGUST is here!! My favorite month!! I'd like to wish all my fellow Leos a Happy Birthday!! You Totally RULE!!!

In this month summer break ends for those of you in school or have children going to school.  Time to get back into the routine.

Before you do that, take some time to reflect on the plans, goals, and accomplishments you are looking forward to this upcoming season.

If you can't think of anything that you're looking forward to, no aspirations, that's ok take a moment to create some.

What will motivate you to get out of bed every morning besides your alarm clark?!?  Will you dread each and every day or will you be enthusiastic about the possibilities each day will bring?

A little motivation can go a long way.  Plant a seed and our subconscious minds begin to feed that seed to grow and create all the possibilities we imagine.

You may be motivated to graduate this year with Honors, join student council, get a job promotion, increase your income/wealth, become more social, pass a standardized test, volunteer, network, move to a new home, etc.

Whatever the case, let's find our motivation this season, set our goals, keep our eyes on the prize, and remember why we're getting up each morning.  You hold the key to your desires, your happiness, and your world.

Here is a little prayer that may be helpful.  It was in my church bulletin last Sunday.  Whenever your mind is boggled with trouble, doubt, or fear there is a place you can go for guidnace... PRAYER!

"Eternal God, you have demonstrated your faithfulness to us in so many ways.  Empower us to work to accomplish the specific things you have in mind for us.  Help us to respond to you in faithfulness, love, and gratitude.  We ask these things in Jesus' name.  Amen."