“These are the times of your life, don’t you know who you are?
You can be anything you make up on your mind.
Don’t feel bad about your past, it made you who you are
You can change anything, and you can start today.”
– ‘You Can Change’, Purple Wondaluv
After three months and twenty eight days, I’m happy to report that Operation #HireChasity has officially come to an end.
And while I’m grateful and excited for this new opportunity, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this unique experience I’ve had these last three in a half months.
When I lost my job in July, I knew that finding another position would take some time, but it was the ultimate goal. I’ve never been one to not be picky or to settle easily, so I was quite choosy with which things to dedicate my time and energy to. I started to write more, connect with new and trusted mentors, and just enjoy the time that I had to test the waters of what it would be like being a creative full-time.
I’ll keep it 💯 – the life of an entrepreneur is far from glamorous. Yes, it may seem like you have all the time in the world and you’re doing what you love and enjoy, but to be successful at this #TrepLife takes discipline, focus and patience – all traits that I know I am constantly working on improving within myself.
I’ve grown a hell of a lot in these last three months, and I’m so grateful for it.
And while I may have chosen to extend my talents in a new direction, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to negate my personal obligation to fuel my passion in empowering my generation to be a better version of themselves.
One lesson that I will undoubtedly take with me into this next chapter is this: your family, friends, associates and even strangers will all have their own perfect vision for how you should live your life. But truthfully, their opinions must sometimes (if not all) respectfully and lovingly take a back seat. YOU are the main character in your story, so don’t feel bad if you must go left when everyone else wants you to go right. You have everything you need to determine what happens next in your life, so be selfish in what you want and work hard to make it happen. Make yourself proud, and be prepared to kick some serious ass in order to make those dreams come true.
2015 has taught me to confidently go in the direction of my dreams, accept the plot twists that life throws my way and believe that the next chapter, the next opportunity, the next experience is always going to be than the last.
To those who have encouraged me, kept me lifted and prayed with and for me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are greatly appreciated.
This next chapter is going to be amazing – I’m claiming that here and now.