Disclaimer: Many of you have heard my take on the Law of Attraction. If not, simply I believe in parts of the Law of Attraction, however, I don’t believe the “universe” manifest what occurs in your life. I believe your faith in God and His promises manifest life occurrences. Other than that, the Law of Attraction has proven to be very fundamental in my life and those I work with.

I usually begin working on my vision board around the end of November beginning of December in preparation for the classes I offer during the first quarter of the year. This year has been no different. Last week I took my current vision board off my wall and examined it. I went over each aspect as to identify what worked and what didn’t. What was accomplished and what wasn’t. What manifested from what I placed on my board in comparison to what actually happened.

If you follow me on social media, you know that I am a glass half full type of person and I strive to pour into people daily. I will be the first to admit there were some rough bumps in the road this year. Let’s be real there were some large man holes and I fell into some them. Although I wrote about them, I didn’t always make them public. The writings were to help me see areas in my life where I needed to surrender my will to God and move forward. You will find links thoughout this blog where you can take a glance at some of them. I’ve learned that through my transparency, not only was I able to heal but was able to help others seek healing as well. So, I don’t share them to receive sympathy or even empathy, I share them to help others see they are not alone in their struggles.

This year I was attacked in practically every area of my life. My health was challenged. My parenting was challenged. My morals and values were challenged. My marriage was challenged. My self-worth and the way I viewed myself was challenged. My insecurities were challenged. My spirituality was challenged. My purpose was challenged. My deliverance was challenged.

I remember asking God, “why was all of this happening?” It seemed to all occur one after another. I didn’t feel under spiritual attack, this felt personal “real personal” and I was NOT winning. I wanted to give up and throw in the towel. I was through!!! But over the last few days, I’ve come to understand, it wasn’t about me at all. The things I was going through was to teach me how to overcome obstacles so I could help others persevere.

Now back to the purpose of this blog. As I mentioned each year I create a vision board and choose a focus word to center my board around. This year was no different. I prayed hard to come up with the perfect word and once I had it, excitement flowed over me. The year before my word was PURPOSE and I was able to define my purpose. This year I would strive to master my purpose and “work my purpose”. So, what better word for this year than PERSEVERE!!! Persevere means to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.

After taking a hard look at my board, I sat in the middle of the floor and cried. I finally understood. I finally got it! The hurdles I faced this year were not to destroy me, they were to strengthen me. They were to build me. They were to strengthen my purpose and my belief in my purpose. They were to equip me with the tools I needed to help others. They were to push me. They were to grow me. They were to build a deeper relationship with God and to learn to trust Him and the process He was taking me through.

It was during my mother’s hospitalization that I learned I’m not superwoman and I don’t have to be. It was during the recovery of TWO surgeries that I learned selfcare is important (read about it here). It was my own choices that left me feeling defeated spiritually. God had not forsaken me as I had thought (read about it here). It was His love that keep me afloat and able to get through what seemed like one of my darkest moments and I had many this year. But God brought me through.

It was hard but looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I learned some valuable lessons. I learn to trust myself again. I learn to trust God again. I learned to be patient with myself and those around me. You see, creating a vision board is not just putting pictures or words on a large board. It’s providing a place for you to show God you are willing to make the steps as He directs your path.

I’ve heard from many that this was a tough year. If you are one of those, I encourage you to look at it from a different perspective. What did you learn this year? Did you grow? Did you move into a deeper understanding of who you are and what your true desires are? Did it make you rethink the way you “play” life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you, my dear, did not have a tough year; you had a year of growth that pushed you to the next level. And above all – you made it!!! You made it to the end. Now what are you going to do with the knowledge you’ve earned?

With so many people offering vision board parties, I decided to do something different this year.  This year I am encouraging you to “Host Your Own Vision Board Party”. I will be there to facilitate it. It will be just as strong if not stronger than any of the parties I’ve hosted in the past. But here is the thing… you will invite your friends, your women’s group, your peers, your colleagues – YOU CHOOSE WHO COMES. You choose the location. You choose the atmosphere. This is your event – I’m just here to make sure you leave with a vision for 2017!!!! This makes for a more intimate party and also provides you with accountability partners should you need the extra push throughout the year.  Here is the link to see what dates are still available.  I also encourage you to reach out to me as the dates are filling up fast. Click here to schedule your event.

If you are ready to allow God to grow you and push you to the next level, make a vision board. God has something miraculous in store for you. Allow Him push you forward and create an even better version of you. I’m here to help guide you to becoming the best version of yourself when you’re ready to do the work.

Until Next Time,