Let’s Start This Year Off Right!

It’s 2020 y’all! Aren’t you excited? Personally, I’m very excited about what this year has to offer me. Like many others, I made resolutions for this year and I’m hoping to see them through this time around. I know, I know...it’s hard enough to keep up with one resolution, right? I totally agree, but I’m trying something new this decade. I bought a new planner from https://unapologeticallyauthentic.com/shop/2020-vision-planner-black/ and made a short list of realistic goals for myself. This planner is amazing by the way! If you haven’t bought one already, I highly recommend purchasing one and using it as a daily vision board. Writing helps me to retain information, and it also eliminates that “I forgot” excuse that I like to lean on. (Honestly, I need all the tools I can get my hands on to keep me on track these days because that “I forgot” excuse is more of a reality after three kids.) So, let’s get into it.
  1. I saw a post on Instagram a few months ago that read, “Stop saying yes to shit that you hate.” That post really hit home for me because I am the QUEEN of doing things I don’t want to do. To think, I used to get upset with my husband for this very same thing. He has never felt obligated to go places or do things to satisfy other people. That used to kill me! Now, I have to admit that he was on to something. Starting now, I’m putting my happiness first regardless of how others feel about it. You can’t pour from an empty cup. My happiness is the key to my family’s happiness. I have to have something left to give them at the end of the day and it’s unrealistic to think I can give them the support they need if I spend my time attempting to please others. My family deserves to experience me at 100%, so it’s my job to recharge, which means doing things that I personally enjoy.
  2. Y’all remember the OutKast song that goes, “you need to get up, get out and get something, don’t spend all your time tryna get by...” That part. I’m not outgoing by nature. I get really anxious when I have to meet new people or even when I have to be around a lot of people at once. And when I say a lot I mean like 4. I don’t know where this anxiety comes from but it’s definitely holding me back. Especially when it comes to growing my business. So, one of my goals is to put myself out there and get active about making Elevate Activewear a success. I’m going to get outside of my comfort zone and really go for it. This is so important for me because I want to be a good example to my kids, particularly my daughters. I’m teaching all of my kids about entrepreneurship and financial independence because, let’s be honest, most minority children don’t grow up knowing that entrepreneurship is attainable. I’ve always had big dreams but saw very few of my people doing those things. The thought of entrepreneurship was beyond me. I couldn’t think that big. As an adult, I have figured out it’s not as far fetched as I once thought. I have to instill that into my kids now. They need to actually grow up KNOWING they can do anything they want and with hard work their dreams can come true. But first, I have to get out of my own way and work hard to bring my dreams into fruition.
  3. It’s 2020. Time is flying and I’m not getting any younger. I’ve got to stay on top of my health. After the birth of my baby girl I was on a mission to get rid of those extra pounds. The problem is, once I lost them, I also lost my exercise regimen. Exercise is so good for you. Not only is it good for your body but it’s good for your mind. It’s a good release and you never regret it. I have three children so I get busy...and tired...and stressed, but I’m putting those excuses behind me. Black women face so many challenges that are not acknowledged. We’re affected by heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, stress, high blood pressure and the list goes on. We have to take control of this. We are mothers, sisters, wives, mentors, friends and bosses. We need to control the things that we can control. I will continue to make healthy food choices and start to exercise more regularly because it’s the responsible thing to do. It’s not about vanity or dress size. It’s about my family. There are too many people depending on me to be here for them.
So that’s it. That’s my 2020 vision. It’s tangible and impactful. This post (and my new planner) will serve as my accountability partner. How about you? What are your goals? I encourage you to write them down to keep yourself on track. We will not quit on our goals this year. My dad told me long ago, “winners never quit and quitters never win.” We all deserve a win this year.

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