It’s September All Ready Sheesh…

September

Man where has the year gone…it seems like this year has flown by.  So much has happened and I am still processing it all everyday.  But life is pretty dang good these days and I am just living one day at a time.

Now lets get to September, as I told you at the beginning of August, at the beginning of the year I titled my months because I wanted to live on purpose and be consistent in 2016.  My word for the year is Consistent and the word for September is Intentional.  When I started naming them I wasn’t strategic in naming them I just knew what words I wanted to live by during this year and implement into my life.

As I sat in my car trying to figure out what I wanted to be intentional about and how I was going to get it across to you all, my faithful few. I came up with nothing 😳.  But as fate would have it I had to take my braids out that same night and instead of watching one of my favorite shows “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” as I always do on Friday nights, I decided to get on YouTube and try to get some direction and wisdom.  I came across a video of Oprah Winfrey giving an empowerment talk at the 2016 Essence Festival. One of the main points that she drove home was that there came a time in her life that she decided to be intentional in every aspect of her life.

Now I was about to figure out what to change the word to if I couldn’t figure out how to explain and use this word for September and then it clicked while I was in the shower.  I have to start being more intentional with myself, with my time, with my space, with God, with prayer, with my family, with my finances, with my business, with my love, and with my life completely.  Although I have been accomplishing a lot of my goals this year, I’ve kind of just been flowing with the waves of life lately.  So September is the month to be more intentional – with you and everything that you want around you.

Goals for September:

  • Be intentional in scheduling my days.
  • Be intentional with my Bible study time.
  • Be intentional with branding and building Simply My Purpose.
  • Be intentional in building different streams of income.

Living For You

I am who I Am

So much of our time, energy and attention is wasted trying
to convince other people how wrong they are about us. We
want them to know we are not ignorant, lazy heathens. We want
them to retract the untruth that has been told. We try to
convince them that we have a valid history, a rich culture
and that our ancestors have valuable contributions to the
development of the world. We spend so much time trying to
show them who we are not, we lose sight of who we really are.
It is not our responsibility to prove to people who we are.
Our job and responsibility is to “be.” What you do is proof
of who you are; manifestation is realization. People have a
right to think whatever they choose to think. Just because
they think it does not make it right.
You must live within your sacred truth

-Unknown

So I am not sure who the author of the above write up is but I really like it.  How many times have you caught yourself trying to please others only to realize that they will never truly be satisfied with what you are doing or have done?  Yeah, I’ve been in that spot and I have been the person that seemed to never be satisfied as well. But when I realized that I cannot make others happy and I can’t expect everyone to make me happy without first making myself happy it was a really freeing experience. Don’t get me wrong I love the feeling of pleasing others or serving others but it cannot consume you.  You can never live your life for others.  Well I won’t say never you can do it, you just won’t be completely happy.  How do you feel when you accomplish something that you truly wanted to do verses something that someone thought that you should accomplish?  Do your goals and dreams represent your core and passion or what someone else thinks it should be?  The first step in making yourself happy is spending time with yourself and finding out who you are.  Keep in mind that this will definitely change as you go through your life.  No one should ever stay the same…  Your life should always reflect growth.  When you stop growing you should be dead (blunt but truth).  I believe in order to convince others of who you are is not by speaking it but just living your life according to you and the purpose and passion that God has placed in you.  Actions tell more of a story than words do when living your life according to your dreams, goals and purpose.  At the end of your life do you want to look back and say I was a great imitation of what they wanted me to be or I was the greatest ME that I could give the world and that is enough for me?  Things to think about … Leaving a legacy is something I value in living my life but I don’t want it to be a legacy of imitation and convincing others of what they think I should be.  Spend time with yourself developing you and living your life according to your path.  Don’t waste time on convincing others of who you are, if they are truly interested they will take the time to watch and get to know you.  Live your truth and it will definitely shine.  Keep shining people!!!!

Thanks for reading my thoughts.

Zony

Previously written on my blog SimplyMyLifeZ on 5/19/14

 

It’s A Checkup

It's A Checkup

I know that June was supposed to be the 6 months check up but I had so much going on that I didn’t get around to reflecting on where I am with my goals so far.  This year has been good with getting things done, accomplished and in progress.  I am super excited about the progress that I have made so far.  I do feel like I am a little behind on some of my goals but its okay because steps are being made.

My word for 2016 is consistent.  I have been so good all of my life with starting something but not so good at finishing things.  So this year I got really tough with myself and I am determined to start and finish everything.  I wanted to be consistent in my life and everything that I want in it.  2016 has definitely been one for the books so much has happened in these 7 months but it has been cool.  I am proud of what I have accomplished and here are a few of my goals and where I am with them in no particular order.

  • Daily Devotional – I haven’t been as consistent as I would like to be with doing my devotionals but I have incorporated more prayer time and super honest conversation with God.
  • Track spending and budget – I have been doing very well with this. My bank has an amazing app for this and I use it faithfully.  No shopping this year so far oh but when I hit them stores buddy I believe that I am going to do some damage (just kidding, maybe).
  • Increase my credit score – This has actually happened and let me tell you I feel like an old person checking my credit score every week sometimes every day. Priorities honey got to check them on the regular.  I actually signed up with Credit Karma and they are amazing with helping you dispute and keep track of your score and reports. Still making strides to get that number where I need it to be for some other goals that are in the works.
  • Lose 60 lbs.- I have lost 28 lbs. so far this year so I am on task for this goal (doing a little dance)
  • Exercise 3 days a week- I actually have gotten up to 2 miles a day 5 days a week.
  • Finish my degree – This is a work in progress. I am testing out of my last classes so I have bought the study materials but I haven’t started studying but I definitely plan to get this done before the end of the year.
  • Read one book a month – I got behind with this goal this year but I have gotten 3 books down and I don’t know if I will catch up on the other 4 months but I will be staying on track with the remaining months.
  • Build my business and website – Well you are reading this on my website YAAAAAAAAA… The website launched on July 4th and Simply My Purpose is open for business. Super, major accomplishment, this was the scariest thing that I have started so far but I am up for the challenge and so excited to build this into the best life coaching business and motivational website ever.
  • Find a coaching and business mentor – I am still on the lookout for these special people to be in my life.

There are more on the list and they are going pretty well.  Excited for Consistent 2016 to continue and only get better.

What are some goals that you have for this year?  How are they going?  Comment and let me know.  If you need any help with them I am also here to help.

Talk you all soon,

Zony

My New Thing

Simply My Purpose

“You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way
You made a way”
 Travis Greene

For the past 2 months I have woke up around 4 in the morning with the above lyrics going in my head, almost like my internal alarm clock.  I honestly didn’t appreciate it or understand it until this morning.  I purchased this domain in October of last year and I attempted to start building it.  This became the most frustrating process of my life at the time.  Some days I wanted to throw the laptop across the room nothing was making sense to me, even the tutorials were like Greek to me, so I just stopped working on it.  But it wasn’t until June 30, 2016 as I was thinking about launching my website that God revealed to me that even though I was able to purchase the domain, the hosting and all of the elements to building a NEW website, a NEW business, a NEW thing … I wasn’t ready at all.

I’ve had conversations with a couple of people lately about being ready for what they are praying for and I’ve learned over the years that although we say that we are ready for something, our lives and our actions may not reflect it, so it isn’t going to happen.  I wasn’t ready, my life wasn’t ready, and my mental definitely wasn’t ready.   My life was in a frustrating place. It was almost like I was walking around in a fog and of course I knew how to get out of it but it became my normal. On the outside, I looked happy, I know how to do that look more than any other look. I was cool, no problems but on the inside I was breaking down like never before.  I was so exhausted from my life and I didn’t recognize the person looking back at me in the mirror.  I just wanted my real happy back.  But then my world blew all the way up and what I thought was the end was actually the very beginning.  I now know that it was more of God pushing me out of this space that I had become comfortable in, it was my “normal” and for whatever reason I was okay with it.  I didn’t see it at the time but God was really prepping me for these last couple of months in my life.  I lost touch with Him and in January I watched War Room, can you say AMAZING and a true blessing to my life.  So guess what I did, yep I created a prayer wall and I ran out to the LifeWay Christian Bookstore and bought up the devotionals associated with the movie I was oh so serious you guys lol.  I would wake up early to get the devotional in before leaving the house and I spent time in my prayer corner before bed.  It was really making a difference slow but it was getting through to me.

Simply My Purpose was given to me a couple of years ago, it has been a couple of names however, but Simply My Purpose is very fitting for the business that I am building and the way that I am living these days.  God and I had a shower conversation (disclaimer…God and I have the best conversations in the car and the shower) and I wanted my original launch date to be July 1st but He said nope July 4th.  The day that we celebrate our Independence because You are free to be who you dream to be.  I don’t know if you all know that feeling but it gives me flutters and it just makes me smile from ear to ear.  This is the start of so many things to come.  God has truly made a way in my life and I don’t know how He did it but I am truly grateful for it all.

Simply My Purpose is here to help you maneuver through the fog.  It can be rough and I know how it feels to be in it and feel alone.  So when you feel like no one understands just know that I do and I am here to help you move through it and live an amazingly FREE life!!!!!

I hope that you enjoy the sight.  Reply back and let me know what you are grateful for and how He brought you through.

Zony