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Stay on Course

So as my mother and I waited at the bus stop this afternoon, we spotted a deer just a few feet away from us. We began to get nervous because it was huge and pretty much stood there. We weren’t sure which direction it was going to go in. It dodged the cars, stood in the middle of the street, then galloped into someone’s yard. As we stood there, my mother wanted so badly to leave the bus stop. She even left me standing there by myself, while I tried to sneak a picture. I convinced her to come back because I didn’t want to miss the bus and be late for work. A few minutes later, the bus arrived. While we were on the bus, we talked about my writing and how I needed to post a new blog this week. I thought about some ideas of what I would write about and she said “why don’t you write about the deer.” I sat and thought about it for a while after she got off the bus and I stayed on heading to work. It was the middle of the afternoon, we had things to do and places to go, yet the deer had no care in the world just galloping around as if it were normal.

Then it came to me, curveballs, issues, stumbling blocks, etc., just come. Regardless of what’s going on or how well your life and your journey might be going. They just show up, as if it were normal. However, that doesn’t mean we have to stop what we’re doing. We most certainly pay attention, and try our best to avoid the worst, but we can’t allow it to stop us. Say we left the bus stop and I ended up missing the bus. Although, I’m pretty sure I would’ve been ok at work, I would’ve had to alter some things. I could’ve missed something important because I allowed that deer that was down the block stop me.

I shared all of that to say, no matter what comes your way during your process, what ever you do don’t stop. Keep moving. Be vigilant and cautious, but continue down your path. Stay on course!

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You’re Right Where You’re Supposed To Be

Last night I was up extremely late and my mind began to race. I was in deep thought about my life and how things have gone. Some things/events I never thought would have taken place had you asked me a couple of years ago. I even started to wonder if I regretted anything. As I began to look at the lives of others, I started to think, “well, what if I would’ve done things that way” or “yeah, that’s the right way to do it.”

Then the very words I’d spoken earlier that evening in a conversation came to me. “Some things happen because it was meant to happen.”
I began to think on it. My life has not at all been perfect and sometimes I wonder why certain things happened or why I got myself into certain situations. It then dawned on me that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. Although I thought I’d take a different path and certain things I wouldn’t experience, it happened. And there’s still purpose behind it. It’s building up a testimony within me. Something I can share with others. Something that will help someone else who’s gone through the same thing and believe they’re stuck because of it.

Too often we try to compare our lives to the lives of others, thinking because we haven’t done things the way we thought we would, that we messed up completely. Then we beat ourselves up, and we become mentally entangled. But we have to accept that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we have to go through things we didn’t even anticipate to produce greatness. The process isn’t always going to be the way we’ve planned, but trust it’ll all be worth it when you see the purpose behind it. So I encourage you to stop comparing your life to another and beating yourself up for the things that you’ve gone through, it’s certainly for a greater purpose!

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We’re Better Together

When I originally started this post, weeks ago, I wanted to make this a women’s empowerment piece. After attending an event called Battered 2 Beautiful, I immediately felt the urge to write about women’s empowerment. However, as I began to think, I see a generation as a whole that needs empowering. There are too many people wandering without any sense of purpose or direction.

Recently, I’ve been attending networking events. I’ve been trying to take advantage of the moments. Not only was it beneficial to my career, but it helped me realize more, just how important networks and support groups are.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve encountered various people who are going down or have been down the path that I desire to. It’s was great to be able to hear and see the different avenues they went down and what ways they thought were best to get there.

The day of Maya Angelou’s death, one of my friends asked me how I felt about it being that I too am a writer. As we began to talk about her, he said he feels bad for this next generation. He shared how there’s not as many people around for the next generation to look up to and somewhat pave the way. I then said, “so it has to be us.” We have to be the ones to help lead and direct this next generation to success. If we see the need, we have to be the ones to meet the needs. Whether it be something we created or recommending something that someone else created.

As I join networks that cater to helping me in my writing career, such as NYC writers network, we too can help those around us find their niche in their desired field.

When we have someone else to call who’s doing what we’re doing, it gives us that extra boost that we need to keep going. Or even having positive people around us who are moving towards greatness.

It’s so important to join as well as create different social/support groups and networks. Not only will it benefit you by having like minded people around you, but it will help push others to greatness.

So I encourage you today to look beyond yourself and see the needs of those around you, and the next generation. Let’s help empower and grow them to the next level as others have done with us!

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Letter from Miss Jones [Update]

First, thank you all for following and taking this journey with me. Your support is greatly appreciated!

I just wanted to update you all on what’s been going on with me. As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I was asked to do a web radio interview to talk about my writing and my blog. I contemplated posting the link because in my mind, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to. As I thought about it, I realized I had to share it. This is what I do. Not only did I have to show my gratitude for the opportunity, I had to realize someone may receive something from the simple words I shared.

I really am extremely grateful for every opportunity that I’ve received to share with others in hopes to encourage and inspire.

The interview aired on Monday morning and I waited until Wednesday to share it on other social media networks. I’m so glad I did. I received a few great messages regarding it.
Sometimes we beat ourselves up about something we could’ve done better at and stop someone else from getting something from it. Had I not posted the link, someone wouldn’t have been encouraged.

Remember, all that we do is a learning lesson. We’re not going to be an expert at something the first time we do it. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t substance in what we’ve produced.

I had to realize that for myself from this interview. So check out the interview on Top of the Morning Radio Show. Here’s the link; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pastor-maureen/2014/05/26/top-of-the-morning-weekly-inspirational-show.

There’s still more to come!

-Miss Jones xo

Success Starts When you Step Outside of your Comfort Zone

We as a people love a place of comfort. A place where we feel safe. A place of security. Although it’s understandable, I’m at a place where I’ve learned that so many things become possible when you step out of your comfort zone.

Staying in a place of familiarity can keep you from so much. When we chose to stay in this place, we are deciding that we don’t want anything better in life.

Going outside of the place that we’re safe can be very difficult. Fear is the number one reason we chose to stay in the position that we’re in. We may feel as if we will fail if we take that step out.

As I’ve somewhat shared in previous posts, I’ve allowed my insecurities to keep me closed into the place I felt most comfortable. I was comfortable with people not knowing my name, or the things that I desired to do. I was afraid that I’d fail if I put it out there.

However, my passion became greater than my doubt and I went ahead and stepped out. I began to share my writing. When I did, I began to reach others. Opportunities also began to open up for me. I was able to connect with other writers who were going the same route as myself, as well as others who had gotten to the place I desired to be. I was given the opportunity to write for someone else’s blog, as well as be interviewed for a web radio show. All of these things are leading me to a place of success. I haven’t always been comfortable being as social as I’ve become, but I’ve learned to believe in what I’ve been given and trust that it’ll take me places.

So I encourage you to believe in your gifts and abilities. Take a step outside of your comfort zone and see will it’ll take you!

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