Wow, it’s been quite a year! The entire decade, really… So much has happened, not only this past year but in the past 10 years…
It’s hard to believe that 10 years have already come and gone. Where in the world did they go?!
Today, I’d like to share with you how it all unfolded for me in the hopes that it will inspire you to do whatever it takes to design your very best life because when you have dreams that are backed up with non-negotiable options, nothing else matters and you become UNSTOPPABLE.
In a nutshell, here’s how it all went down…
My Decade in Review
2010: I broke through my limiting beliefs, was accepted into the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and decided that I would do whatever it took to never have to work for anyone, be restricted, limited or be taken advantage of by an employer ever again.
We are unlimited beings with our own unique gifts to help us design the life of our dreams. We were meant to live a life of abundance, not be limited or restricted from living life to the fullest or doing what we love.
2011: Became unemployed after being given an ultimatum from my job to pretty much either choose my job or school. I chose to continue going to school full-time. Nothing was stopping me now!
2012: Came close to losing my unemployment benefits because of a governmental decision to end them short. Despite the challenges, stress and overwhelm, I continued to stay focused and positive and keep my vision in sight.
My unemployment benefits were extended one more year! 🙌🏼🙏🏼
2013: I became a UNCC graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice! This was after overcoming some major hurdles which meant getting through my biggest challenges of Math and Research Methods (both of which I did not like in the least. Therefore, made it very difficult for me), which at one point, I had no idea how I was going to get through it. I just knew I HAD TO!
2014: So much happened in this year alone! For starters, I struggled to find a job leaving me to question if going back to school was truly worth giving up my dead-end job, house and steady income. A lot of changes took place this year…
I wasn’t expecting to be unemployed for so long
I wasn’t expecting my parents to move back to Florida which left me in a bind since I was counting on having my daughter and I with them until I could get back on my feet.
I took a job in Jacksonville with a previous mentor from when I worked as a behavior specialist in Florida only to make such a move and find out that the picture wasn’t as pretty as it was painted to be. They were only giving me 10 hours a week (if that) so I was living off of my savings. This put me in an even bigger bind.
Thankfully, I had a friend back in Charlotte who allowed my daughter and I to stay with her indefinitely.
Here’s the flipside… The apartment that I took up in Jacksonville was owned by my daughter’s best friend’s aunt’s boyfriend at the time (Yikes! That was a mouthful!😂). He was nice enough to let me break the lease so I can get out of the jam I got myself into in an attempt to find my career path.
When I got back to Charlotte, I was quickly depleting my bank account in order to survive and my patience continued to be tried but it’s the shift in my mindset that helped me push through, fuel my strength and fire up my faith.
As a result, I landed a steady paying job that would help me begin to get back on track. Although I wasn’t making much, it allowed me to get my daughter and I into our own apartment. It put me further away from work where I would have to commute 2 hours daily round trip but it was worth it. We were in our own space again.
It wasn’t long before I landed a corporate job that would be doubled in salary, closer to home and ultimately, my last job. You see what happens when you get your mind right and shift that negative focused mindset?
A positive shift in thoughts + focus = Great outcomes!
2015: My entrepreneurial journey began. I went on to become a certified Holistic Nutrition and Natural Health Practitioner. My brand, Raw & Alive was born. I self-built my first website to serve as a health coach and to share my knowledge through blogging as well as my social media channels. I gained my first two coaching clients.
2016: I proceeded to work on building an online business. Had my website redesigned professionally. I wrote my first eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Health and without knowing any better, I quickly overwhelmed myself by continuing to create project after project, program after program. None of which brought in any income. I was giving away free advice and helping so many people at no-charge. I tried everything I knew how and would learn through free training and webinars. I lost a ton of money in an attempt to invest in a business that wasn’t growing.
2017: I made my last attempt in launching a lifestyle webinar that would abruptly flop due to technical issues after investing almost $1000 and 8 months of all-around-the-clock work in creating it.
The highlight of the year… I quit my corporate job to pursue my entrepreneurial journey full-time and went down to Florida to stay with my parents for 8 months. I proceeded to work on building an online business for the next 4 months there on after.
2018: After continuing to try and build an online business which wasn’t working, I shifted to working on landing live event opportunities. As a result, I landed my first 2-hour live workshop, It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Diet at a yoga studio in South Florida. From that, 4 people bought into my 21-Day Detox program and I landed my first 12-month coaching client.
Life was great and I was finally on my way (so I thought)! It felt great to connect with others face to face versus behind a single post. It truly gives the connection power and fuels credibility.
I came back to NC, once again and continued to land speaking opportunities while trying to find new ones. I found myself trying too hard and feeling stressed again. I really thought that I was on route and things were finally coming together only to be disappointed, yet again; and again..
2019: I put Raw & Alive to rest. Nothing was coming out of the Raw & Alive brand as it quickly became more about food than living a wholistic lifestyle which is what I had envisioned for my business from day one. Somehow, that vision got lost along the way.
In an attempt to shift away from “food” and get away from being related to just food, I transitioned into women empowerment. That is when Warriors on the Rise was born but was also short lived.
I realized I needed to shift away from Raw & Alive in order to come back around full circle and back to the vision I had initially started out with. This time it would be fine tuned and rooted with clarity.
Had my website redesigned again. This time turning it into a blog as I had initially wanted to do from the beginning.
2020 and the new decade that awaits: HERE I COME!!!
The past decade was all about exploring, fine-tuning, growth and learning. The new one is going to be about rising and making a come back!
“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising!” – Rumi
We are all on our own individual journey with no comparison to anyone else’s. Some are further along than others and that’s OK. Just trust that you are where you are meant to be. Embrace it and keep moving…
Believe in yourself, know that you are more than enough and more than capable of achieving all that you desire.
Only YOU can create your best life so why not design it the way you dream it?
You have the right to live your best life and have the powerful ability to create it. Don’t let that superpower go to waste. It’s yours for the taking. The time is now and present – only you can make it happen.
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My word for 2020 is RISE, what’s yours? Post it in the comments below!👇🏼
Cheers to living your best life! xo