Why Being Basic Won’t Do…


The Corona Virus issue has made us feel so many emotions with the ebb and flow of uncertainty; staying at home has become the new normal. This new normal has caused America to put everything on pause where being still is the cure. Many schools have closed around the world, people are now working from home, and some people no longer have a job. Although it can seem to be an uncomfortable time for the world, confronted with the reality that this is the time to let go of things no longer serve our lives.

In America, we are taught that being busy and living life on auto-pilot is acceptable. We choose to operate in a world encumber with a fast-food mentality, a microwave vision for our lives. The self-quarantine gives everyone a chance to slow down, saunter, and come to a shimmer. We no longer can follow the crowd but is challenged to do something different. I believe in this time of  the shutdown, we will not go back to normal.

This transformation will cause us to become a better version of our self. We can start by self-reflecting in every area of our lives. For me, it has taught me the valuable lesson of living in the present moment.

People’s lives are being transformed because we are now finding our passion, spending time with family, connecting with friends, and doing things we were too busy to do. When the curtain rises off this center stage play we call COVID-19, how will we move forward? Will everyone go back to being “basic” or will we embrace our new normal?

Below are three ways we can release ourselves from the “basic life” to the “extraordinary life.”

1. Write The Vision. While being at home, this is a perfect time to write a plan for yourself to make some changes in your life. (Ex: If you decide to start your business now is the time to create your website, draft a business plan, etc.)

2. Execute. There is no time like the present to start being intention by putting action in your new life. Use this time to start capitalizing on not being at work. (Ex: If you are working from home, let your paycheck build up, so when all this comes to an end, you will have enough saved to live your job.)

3. Live. Before the Corona Virus, many of us were going through the motions of life; however, with the shutdown of social events and going out; we will be more present in our lives. We will have more fun living life versus existing in it.

In the end, I am optimistic the self-quarantine will bring out a better America, where we are healing, there is more joy, peace, kindness & love to spread!


Resilience: The Ability to Bounce Back!

In the past several months I have personally endured things that have challenged me, made me cry, mentally wore me down and made me wonder where was my life headed. However, through all the cloudy days in my life God has consistently allowed the sun to peak through on certain occasions. The tough patches in my life has made me resilient and taught me valuable lessons about myself.

I believe the biggest lesson I have learn is that rainy days are preparation for the beautiful sunny days. Nothing we go through in life is permanent. We do not have to embrace the negative days but we can gracefully go through the process  understanding something greater will be manifested out of the pain. I believe pain is the catalyst utilized to shift us into our predestined place .

During my wilderness experience I knew how important it was to change my mindset. Our mindset or mental view of what we see can defeat us or we can defeat it. In spite of the negative attacks I learned that I did not have to settle for what was being handed to me. Often in life we become comfortable in our struggle. We sometimes allow our identity to become our struggle.

Life troubles will not dissipate but you can decide to maintain your joy in spite of hardship. During the difficult seasons of my life I have learn to cultivate a stronger spiritual relationship. While cultivating a more intimate spiritual bond I have learn that God gives us strength in the midst of our weak moments. Resilience is the power of elasticity. When you are bent, stretched, pulled or twisted out of your regular form resilience gives you buoyancy through the storm.

No matter how hard life may get remember these three important things:

  • Nothing in life is permanent.
  • Change your mind change your life.
  • Resilience is the bridge to keep you from gaping.

So, when life gets a little uncomfortable make it up in your mind to endure the process gracefully with a dose of resilience!