WHO CARES WHERE YOU STARTED {Sunday Affirmations}

Hey Kindred Spirits!

path_grass_skyHow is your weekend going?  Did you fit in some “ME” time?  I have had one of those crazy annoying cricks in my neck, but I managed to push through it and enjoy my weekend anyway.  For our Friday night movie choice, we watched “The Iron Lady“.  Have you seen it?  I highly recommend it if you’re in need of some serious ‘Girl Power’  inspiration.  I was inspired on many levels!  For starters, Meryl Streep’s talent is awe-inspiring.  She’s been one of my favorite actresses since I saw her in “Sophie’s Choice” when I was little.  Then, Margaret Thatcher…well, where to start?  Talk about courage, moxie, gumption, bravery and an undying belief in herself.   That sets the tone for this week’s inspiration.  What is your level of belief in yourself?  What are your thoughts about yourself and who you want to be?  {PAUSE} Really think about that.  I have always been inspired by Margaret Thatcher’s quote….

“Watch your thoughts for they become words.

Watch your words for they become actions.

Watch your actions for they become… habits.

Watch your habits, for they become your character.

And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

What we think we become.”

It got me reflecting on my journey.  How did I get to where I am now?   Like all of us, my journey as been long, but thank God– year after year– I grow a bit more and I’m truly liking…no, loving the woman I am becoming.  I own the fact that I’m a work-in-progress and I’m totally cool with that.  Isn’t that what “destiny” is truly about for all of us?  Becoming the person God intended for us to be.  See, I started out my life living in a trailer.  Now to clarify, it wasn’t one of those trailers like Eminem lived in on his movie “8 Mile”.  I don’t want you to get the wrong picture.  We lived in a nice, family-friendly trailer park complete with a tire swing out back, but nevertheless, a trailer– about 30 minutes east of Houston, Tx in a small town called Channelview.  Let’s just say, it was the epitome of  ‘humble beginnings’.  Thankfully, my Grandpa passed down his National Geographic’s to me and from an early age, I was mesmerized by the photos of the great big world outside my small Texas town.  I wanted to see it all and luckily because of my first career, I have seen most of it.  On a side note, I was most fascinated with Australia so it’s not a coincidence that I married an Aussie!  

Ok back to the topic…. I’ll never really know if it was the Nat Geo’s or that tiny glimmer of belief I had in myself or the simple fact that I felt suffocated in my small town that propelled me on my path and destiny.  Maybe it was a combination of all those things.  I teach young women in my empowerment courses that it doesn’t matter where or how we start out in life.  The important thing is how we finish!   Yes, we should always remember where we came from and I’m grateful for that trailer, the tire swing and the ditches we went ‘muddin’ in, but I knew I wanted more for my life.

WHO CARES WHERE YOU STARTED!  ARE YOU BECOMING SOMEONE YOU CAN BE PROUD OF?  ARE YOU FULFILLING YOUR DESTINY?  Margaret Thatcher started out as a lower middle class daughter of a grocery store owner then went on to become the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  She is the only woman to ever hold that position.  Woop Woop!  Brings out the cheerleader in me and I want to ‘show some spirit’ and do a toe-touch and a herkie!  GO GIRL POWER!   You may have started out with the chips stacked against you and perhaps you came from the wrong side of the tracks.  The beauty is…..you don’t have to finish on the wrong side of the tracks or in the trailer or wherever it was that could potentially hold you back from fulfilling your destiny!  The lesson here is to never get stuck.  Keep moving along your journey.  Keep striving toward your destiny.  

THIS WEEK I WILL….

  1. Let go of any self-defeating illusions of my life.

  2. Keep on keepin’ on!

  3. Not allow my past to define me.

  4. Refuse to stay stuck and move CONFIDENTLY toward my destiny.

  5. Be grateful for my humble beginnings.

  6. Believe in myself more than ever.

  7. Be more mindful of my thoughts, words + actions.

  8. Live the BIG life God intended for me. Screw a little life!

  9. Stop getting in my own way.

  10. Embrace my journey and stop comparing it to everyone else’s.

  11. {WRITE YOUR OWN AFFIRMATION+ SHARE}

This week, I challenge you to get creative and write your own #11 affirmation and share it with the Sisterhood.

Are you striving toward a big life or do you feel stuck?  I really appreciate your thoughts + comments.  Please like, tweet and share this with your friends.  SOS is all about inspiring others to be the BEST they can be!

Love, Tiff

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