I love social media. I’m not going to lie. I have a very unique approach to it. I go on it about 1, maybe 2, times a day, celebrate my friends that are baddies and sympathize with those who have had hard things going on in their lives before I post and get off. Even with all of that, it still has the power to take me down the rabbit hole and leave me feeling less than glowing when I exit stage right. It’s one of the many reasons I take time off at the end of every year.
Social media, business, and life in general can move entirely too quickly and drag us with it, running behind feeling breathless, unless we take time to reflect. I know you know the feeling. It’s why I take time off every year at the end of the year from social media and business, in general if I can help it. I take time off during Q4 every year so that I can slow down, show some appreciation for what transpired throughout the year, and renew my mind so God can speak to me about the upcoming year. It is amazing, and just writing about this right now, is giving me all the feels and making me miss it.
This past year was different though. You see, I have struggled with this odd, quirky dynamic that I have for what feels like my entire life. I am an intensely passionate person who grew up on old school R n B and still has a penchant for early 2000’s ratchet rap songs. I am a nerd who loves to read and can have a whole conversation about theater, Biblical exegesis, and Jane Austin with you, but I have this little history with rebellion and fighting in my past. I am an oxymoron where apparently contradictory terms meet to make a connection within me. It’s always bothered me. I don’t exactly fit in any one place, and this past year, I questioned if it was causing me to miss out on ministry and business opportunities.
Thankfully, God gave me a new strategy for life, business, ministry, and marriage at the beginning of the year, and I have been running with it ever since.
He said, “Be yourself and have fun.” It’s a word He’s been telling me for years now, but this year it hit differently. It hit differently when Holy Spirit woke me up with a song in my head for the reel I was going to record that day…because I thought about it so hard, I began to convince myself I’d heard it in church. I. Had. Not. LOL. Yet, He moved because during the clean chorus of All I Do Is Win, I was able to give people a new glimpse of His personality and remind them that winning is in His character. And that’s just one example!
It has taken me years to love my personality.
After all of the rumors, gossip, and issues I had with others who made me feel less than and left out, it took years to realize it is okay to like yourself…In fact, it’s more than okay, it’s necessary. What never ceases to surprise me is that God loves my personality, too!
I know you’re looking for a new strategy for the ministry you’re launching, the business you’re opening, your Clubhouse, IG, and TikTok accounts, but what if I were to tell you, the secret to your success lies within you? Within your pursuit of loving yourself as a compliment to God? Within the joy that you have as you light up the world every time you share what He placed on your heart? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I know it’s not popular, buttttt…it’s time to stop obsessing over the numbers, the analytics, and the strategies. It’s time to be yourself. It’s time to have fun doing what you were created to do. It’s time for you to love your personality, Dear Heart, and all the quirkiness, all of the things that set you apart, and all of the things that could never be replicated by anyone in a million years. You may not be for everyone, but you are for someone, and that is better than good!
You are fearfully and wonderfully made and He loves you just the way you are. Go out there and have fun!
Here are a few questions for you to consider…
- What do you love about yourself?
- What have you been obsessing over growing and developing lately?
- How have you been intentional about enjoying yourself in the area of growth you’re seeking?
- When was the last time you said thank you for those whom you do get to work with, influence, and grow among right now?
How can you honor God by showing love to yourself in the middle of the process right now? After all, you are His creation, and it is good.