I’ve got to be honest. I’ve been incredibly frustrated over the past year or so with balancing a 9-5 and my freelance career. Almost to the point of giving up my dream (that passion inside just won’t let me!). On top of my work, trying to get my health right, and maintain somewhat of a personal life, I feel like I’m always being pulled into a million directions. There are quite a few days where I’m just legit over it. I stopped complaining to others, but my internal frustration has been at an all-time high lately. Does that sound familiar to you?
One day, I felt something tell me to shut up about it, get it together, and keep going regardless of how I felt. I honestly felt God tell me, “How am I going to elevate you to the next level if you can’t handle what you have going on now? How are you going to be prepared for where I’m taking you?” Y’all, that rocked me to my CORE. I (as I’m sure all of us do) want a good life for myself. I want to do be able to do what I love and live well. I’m doing good now, but I want to be at a whole other level when it comes to my writing and Imperfectly B. But how can I manage that without struggles along the way? How am I going to be ready for the major hits that are sure to come if I don’t take a few bumps and bruises right now?
We all want success and to be at a higher level when it comes to career, finances, relationships, etc. But are we will willing to put in the work that comes along with it? Are we ready to face the trials that are going to hit us? Are we going to push through the times we want to quit? Are we willing to sacrifice certain things to get ahead? Are we really bout that life?
It’s real simple and cliche, but it’s true. NO PRESSURE, NO DIAMONDS. One of my favorite quotes speaks truth: “Everything that you’re going through is preparing you for what you asked for.” I’m a firm believer that everything in your life happens for a reason, and that your struggles, your trials, and your delays along life’s journey are there to build you up into a stronger person truly ready to take on the world. Because it’s rough out here Over these past five years since graduating from Loyola (I STILL can’t believe it’s been that long already), I’ve learned so much about who I am and who I want to be, what I want for my life and what all it’s going to take to get there. So no matter how hard it gets and no matter how I feel about it, I have to keep going if I really want these new levels as bad I’ve said I do.
The same goes for you guys. It’s about to be a new year. None of us can go around talking about #NewYearNewLevels or #NewYearNewMe, and not be willing to put in the work and handle everything that’s going to come along with it! That “new you” ain’t gonna happen without some new grind and new hurdles. It’s just not. Are you really ready for it?
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m trying to shine real bright in my days to come! I’m on the glow up a little bit right now, but I know I can do more. Which means more work and struggles are coming my way. I already know it’s inevitable. It’s hard to do, but I’m working on handling all of the frustrations and heavy workloads that I’m currently being dealt in a better way. I believe that greater is coming my way, and for you too! But to get there, we have to embrace the pressure that comes with it.