2017: Recover and Rebuild

December 31, 2016

2016 was a hurricane.

…we tried to brace ourselves, but the winds whipped up faster than we anticipated. Before we could batten down the windows, we realized we were being struck violently. The rain came harder and faster. We looked up to heaven wondering how so much water could pour down relentlessly for so long. It leaked under the door and that’s when we realized there was a possibility we’d all drown.

Slowly, steadily the rain subsided, but the winds kept us from securing our balance. We became stronger; we learned how to live life a little off balance. When it was finally safe to emerge we surveyed the damage.

We lost some things.

We lost some people.

We even lost a little bit of ourselves.

…but there’s always a blessing in the clearing.

When I think about the new year, I’m excited about the possibilities it holds. A force greater than any of us swept into our lives when we needed it most. We had to make room for greater things; without force, most of us wouldn’t have been courageous enough to do it alone. So, 2016 had its way.

I can only say this in hindsight, of course, but I believe there’s power in being able to say it! Sometimes we have to experience devastation, disappointment, and loss in order to let go and to do something different, something new, or something better. Between the piles of rubble, pieces of our best selves are glinting in the light of the sun. We would be foolish to cut ourselves trying to pick up shards of old habits and desires when such newness has been uncovered. Pick up the pieces of your future and begin to assemble a masterpiece. You deserve it. Rebuilding won’t be easy, but 2016 taught us we can do hard things. So do it.

Here are a few of my goals for 2017, some of which I’ve already been working on.

  1. Kill it with confidence.
  2. Trust until I have a reason not to and even then I will trust again.
  3. Pray and pause before every major decision.
  4. Do the hard things.
  5. Continue being consistent & committed to whatever endeavors I pursue.
  6. Remain teachable.
  7. Love, always.
  8. Forgive myself and others quickly.
  9. Stay true to my passions.
  10. Remember that “no” is a complete sentence & say it often.

Let me know what goals you’ve set for 2017. I’d love to hear them. And yes, I have financial and professional goals, but to me, that stuff is easier to attain. This year, I’m working to become a better me on the inside because I know it will manifest on the outside.

Happy New Year everyone!  Stay up, stay blessed.


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  • Reply
    January 1, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Great goals. I want to enjoy the day to day more often this year. Savor all the moments.

    • Reply
      Erika Kimberly
      January 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      I love this LaNeshe! Savoring the moments is absolutely a must. Keep me posted on how you’re accomplishing this.

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