Try Something New

Try Something New!

Check out the Resist the Urge Podcast

A few weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to be a guest of the Resist The Urge Podcast, hosted by my dearest friend. It was the first time I’d ever done anything like that. I mean, she and I often have really meaningful conversations about lots of deep topics but this time it was different. I don’t know if it was just the fact that I knew I was being recorded or the knowledge that lots of people would later listen to what I said, but it was different. It didn’t stop me from doing it though. I tried something new and I have to say I loved it.

Interestingly enough, the topic of the podcast episode that day was also “Try Something New”. Listen to the Episode here!

As most of you know, I’ve recently ventured into some new business avenues. At the beginning of 2020, after hearing a sermon at church, I dubbed this year a year of Decisive Moves! I decided to go after everything that I’ve dreamed about, thought about, been inspired to try, etc. I made the decision, that this year I would work for what I wanted and stop waiting on life to hand me things. I made the decision to Try Something New.

I know you’ve heard the saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results” – Albert Einstein. This year what I figured out is that this doesn’t just apply to you doing the same thing expecting different results, but it’s watching others do the same thing and trying to do it just like them expecting something different to happen.

Wisdom is not attained only by your experiences and mistakes, but also by the observation and learning from the experiences and mistakes of others.

I’ve witnessed generations of people, family, friends, neighbours, who have worked hard at the same thing over and over and still poverty consumes their lives and mediocrity is like a dark cloud over their heads. This year I decided that this narrative would not be my story, my legacy.

When I first started this blog, I was so hesitant because I didn’t know anyone else who was doing the same thing. Sure I’ve read and followed other blogs but in my own circle and community, I didn’t know of one person who was even interested in blogging; but I was. At first I as so desperate to fit in and so afraid of criticism and ridicule that I almost didn’t do it. But then I pushed ahead and I tried something new! (Read the full story here.)

I don’t want to live the rest of my life working for “the man”; and I don’t want to live my life from paycheck to paycheck; and I definitely don’t want to live my life working a job the rest of my days that I don’t like. And I don’t think God wants to me either. So, I tried something new!

First I started an Etsy store. I know that to many of you that might not be big deal, but again it was something that no one in my circle or community was doing. I did a lot of research, especially since I live outside the US. Then after all my research was finished, I finally opened Passion Purpose Prints, an etsy digital downloads store where I mainly produce inspirational wall art and beautiful designs of scriptures. At first I didn’t want to tell anyone I had opened it because of fear, but then I did it anyway and you want to know what happened? So many people I know were so interested in my designs and some even wanted to start their own stores and I was able to help them.

Then I started my very own journal line on Amazon! Y’all know I’m all about journaling. I believe it’s one of the greatest ways to get out emotions that feel troublesome or overwhelming (whether that be negative or positive). I’ve also learned that journalling is a great way to see how far you’ve come compared to where you were at another stage in your past. It’s amazing to be able to read your previous journal entries and either realize that the pain that seemed completely consuming at the time has now dulled or disappeared completely, or something you were hoping and praying for has come to pass.

And I’ve recently started a merch store on Redbubble! This one I’m really really excited about because I’ve always wanted to offer my own merch but I didn’t know how to go about it, but now I do!! You should go and check out my Merch Page!

So I’m not telling you all of this to brag, although I am very proud of my accomplishments so far. I do want to show you that you can do anything! Trying something new doesn’t mean automatic failure and even if you do fail the world won’t fall apart. Too many times we’re afraid of stepping out and putting ourselves out there to do something we’ve never done before, afraid of falling or failing, but why not think instead, what if I don’t fail? What if I fly? What if I succeed? What if this thing works out and its great and people love it and it brings me joy?

So try! Sometimes the thing you want to do is meant to touch just one life, to bring a smile to one face, to make someone’s day just a bit brighter than it was before, and that is beautiful! That one life, is worth it. That one smile, is worth it! You deserve to give yourself the chance to see how great you can be. Why does it have to happen for everyone else and not for you? Why does everybody else get a shot at their dreams and you don’t?

Every big thing started in a small place.

Your dreams start with you. One action, one shot, one decision to Try Something New!

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Encourage Yourself In The Lord

Hey guys, so this is actually going to be a full length post but I’ve been thinking about something that I wanna share with you.

Encourage Yourself!

Sometimes we have desires, or goals, or dreams that we are so excited about and it just feels like something we need to do. And then we share it with a loved one or friend and their reaction pales in comparison to our enthusiasm.

It’s easy to get discouraged or feel like maybe they don’t think it’s a great idea or maybe they think you can’t do it. And a lot of times we allow these few seconds to destroy months and even years of dreaming, strategizing and planning.

Don’t do it. Don’t allow your dreams to be crushed by people who don’t have your foresight or vision. Everyone in your life is not meant to go on every adventure or journey that you take. And sometimes the ones you start with aren’t always the ones you end. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Every person has a season that they spend in your life, some are longer than others yes, but when one person’s season comes to an end it doesn’t necessarily mean something negative. It could just mean that whatever God wanted you to get/learn/grasp from your interaction with them has been attained and now its time not only for you to move on to the next step but for them as well.

Sometimes the support is minimal and the congratulations is grand and in those small moments you have to encourage yourself. Pat yourself on the back. Remind yourself of the dream. Remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing. And press on. And if the congratulations come in the end, accept them with grace and know that what you’ve accomplished is yours and yours alone to the glory of God.

You don’t have to wait for anyone else to do it. Just look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself “I’ve got this!”

For more encouragement read the story of David in 1 Samuel 30 and see how he had to encourage himself in the Lord in a time when it seemed like he had no one else in his corner!

Remember to live positive Chroniclers! I love you all.

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Waiting on God

We live in an age where “instant” is key. If it’s not instant connection, then it’s instant meals, or instant entertainment, even one day delivery. Life is moving on the fast track because “time is of the essence”. Many of us, probably starting with the millennial generation and now including Gen Z, don’t quite remember what it means to “wait” for anything.

Back in the days of my grandparents, you couldn’t just jump on your smart phone and message your loved one in New Zealand while in the Caribbean. You had to write a letter, journey to the post office, mail the letter which would probably take a month to arrive and then wait another month to get a response. I don’t know about you, but ain’t nobody got time for that. “It’s my ‘everything’ and I want it now“. If I order a dress on Amazon I expect it to get to me by tomorrow, and how dare YouTube take more than a millisecond to load my video!!

Instant gratification is the thing of this age and anything less, isn’t worth it!

Most of you would probably think I’m being extra, but if you really think about it, that’s how we’ve become. And sure, the advancement in technology has afforded us that mentality, but is it really the best way to approach life? Is it really that beneficial?

Lately, having to wait has been the bane of my existence. Waiting for my online business to take off (although I just started it this year); waiting for my IG follower count to increase; waiting to catch a break with sales in my journal line. But everything is just moving so slowly!! And to tell you the truth I was starting to get super frustrated.

But then something occurred to me. If as I christian I believe that God is in control of my life, and I’m getting frustrated because things aren’t moving as quickly as I want them to then, in essence, I’m frustrated with God! Now…there’s a new perspective. Frustrated with God? Say it ain’t so!

But it was so. In essence I’m telling God that he is not moving fast enough for me. The Bible says that,

“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17

So if I believe that God provides everything that’s good and perfect for me, and I’m expecting this good thing to work and it’s not yet, am I saying that God is withholding his goodness? If God has made promises to me about what my life is supposed to look like, and has given me direction and inspiration in order to move along that path of His perfect will and destiny, but things seem slow moving, do I doubt that his promises are still “yes and amen”.

The thing that I’ve realized is that every good thing takes time. There are so many examples of that in the Bible. Take for instance David. He knew that he was anointed to be King long before he ever took the throne, and there were many things he had to endure before reaching that destination. And in all this time he could’ve gotten frustrated or angry with God for making promises and not delivering, but he didn’t do that. Even after knowing he would be the next king, he had to go back to the fields, and when he finally got a chance to go to the palace, it was only to play guitar to soothe King Saul’s tormented soul. Then he went up against Goliath and won and got praise from all the women of the time which brought upon Saul’s jealousy. In essence, David was just living his life, then he as told he would be king and had to go through so much drama before that could eventually happen (including King Saul trying to kill him for no other reason that his own envy). David could have easily gotten angry and ask why God would put him through all of that after he never even asked to be King. But, he didn’t. He took everything in stride, trusting that God would have his back and fulfil his promises. And there was so much he learned along the way, including faith in his God, that helped him to be a better king. (Read the story of David in 1 & 2 Samuel)

You see when we focus on our own lack, our hearts suffer despair, which sometimes causes us to try to fix the problems on our own. This often leads us to sin. But when we focus on God, and keep our eyes fixed on him, working through the waiting, we find so much satisfaction and joy in the process and there becomes an opportunity to grow confident in knowing that the Lord will provide what is best.

Sometimes there are lessons in the waiting that need to be learned in order to properly steward the blessing on the other side.

Easier said than done, I know, trust me. Waiting is hard, and as humans self preservation and “security” is high on our lists so sometimes waiting on God is difficult. It’s a war between our flesh and spirit. Whether it’s waiting on a prayer to be answered, waiting on a job, waiting on a spouse, waiting on your finances to turn around, it’s all still waiting. We have to constantly work on our propensity to focus on the object of our desire, rather than the Provider.

My hope for myself and for all of you, is that we give up trying to drive from the passenger seat. Be patient in your waiting, but not passive. Continue doing the last thing God told you to do. So if that is to watch videos and read books related to marriage in preparation for a spouse, or work on your craft until you can get recognition for it, or just to keep fasting for the breakthrough… Do your part and trust God to take care of the rest.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:33

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