None of this will be easy.

The unpleasant reality is that none of this will be easy.  Now that we have that out of the way, let’s focus on a more important question.  Do we really need it to be easy in order to take action?  Nothing that will maximize our potential while we are on earth is going to be easy.  Don’t believe me?

Ask a person who made the agonizing decision to permanently walk away from a toxic relationship with a family member.

Ask a person who mustered the discipline to make better food choices, kept showing up at the gym, even though he was severely overweight, and, as  result lost seventy pounds and fully regained his health.

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens **
  3. The Dumb Things Smart People Do by Jill Schlesinger
  4. Women with Money by Jean Chatzky
  5. Broke Millenial Takes on Investing by Erin Lowry **
  6. 52 Weeks for Living a Passionate and Purposeful Life by Jack Canfield
  7. Go Together by Shola Richards (In Progress)
  8. Prince Charming Isn’t Coming **

One of my 2019 goals was to read fifty books this year.  Yes, that is correct. 5-0.  I’m close to a fifth done with that goal, but I am clearly a bit behind.  I’ve finished seven books so far and am close to finishing my eighth book.  I’ve double astericked the books I couldn’t put down.  These book were glued to my hands the entire time I read them!  I thought they were amazing for a variety of reasons.  For one, I’m trying to be smart about how I invest moving forward.  My parents didn’t teach me how to be financially savvy, if anything, it was the exact opposite. So reading these books have been eye opening for me.  I feel like I’ve been growing up on my own, have managed to get lucky in some parts of my life, but really feel like I’ve lacked a sense of compass and direction.  My book choices are obvious examples of that feeling.

I have two more exams before the end of my Spring semester.  I’ve been working full time, directing a non-profit part time, acting as the primary bread winner, and have been going to school full time.  So getting two B’s and an A are grades I’m okay with.  So it’s safe to say, I’m pretty stoked for my summer “break.”  I’m pretty hard on my body, so giving it healing time is pretty important for me.  I think all of this has taken a hit on my physical body, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

I feel a bit off, like everything is falling apart in front of me, and I can’t do anything try to put the pieces together anymore.  When there is that deep pitted feeling, I feel helpless, but I know that everything is in God’s hands.  These types of life-shifts are never easy.  If they were, we’d all be doing them, right?

Love and light,

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