Just about every person I know has the desire to be great. Whether that means being the best, being well known, or simply being happy – the burning desire is always there. Which leads me to ask the question – “What does greatness look like to me?” Over the last 2 years, my family has seen quite a few ups and downs. For those of you who followed the Spiritual Journey series I did last year, you know a little bit about what I am referring to. For those of you who are new or haven’t read it, I highly suggest you go check it out. But I will give a quick recap.
Last year, during my last couple of months of pregnancy with my first child, my then employer sent me home for early FMLA without pay because they didn’t want to accommodate my work from home orders given by my OB. After having my baby and not working for about 4 months, I decided to seek new opportunities instead of going back to that employer. I got hired with a new company and started in early January 2020. Well God decided to throw everyone for a loop this year and due to the pandemic and the oil price war, I was let go in May. At this point, I was 5 months pregnant with my 2nd child but this had no effect on my career. Now we are in October and I am 9 months pregnant, due any day now. My newlywed husband and I are excited to welcome baby girl into our growing family. However, I have to admit that I am a bit anxious about how we’re going to juggle our new lifestyle. We will have 2 baby girls under 2 and both of us are looking to work full time while knocking out some college courses. Needless to say we will be VERY busy. So how can I be great while transitioning into this bigger role? And again, what does greatness look like to me?
When I say I want to be great, I am saying I want to be content in who God has called me to be and what God has planned. I don’t want to go on my own accord because I know that’s just failure waiting to happen. I look at other bloggers and social media influencers and I get mixed emotions. Part of me is inspired by their ability and drive to be consistent and connected with their followers. The other part is ashamed because I haven’t given that time to my own craft that I believe so deeply in. Where do my failures, and faults reside from? Why am I not giving my all to something that I think God has called me to do? Part of it is fear. It’s scary to put yourself out there in front of the world. It’s even harder to open up your personal life for strangers to make note of. But isn’t that what makes this world so amazing? No matter who you are or where you are, there is at least one person out there who is feeling exactly how you feel. I know God has something for you, me, and whoever finds themselves on my blog site. I believe that God had me create this space for every one of us to be great in our own way. I want to be able to help people find their way. And I believe that if I stick to my guns and God’s plan, he will create a path of everything that he feels is due to us.
In order for me to stick to my guns and give the best effort – I need to stay organized. I used to be one of those women who could breeze through the day without any plans or hard-set to dos. However, between the pregnancy brain (which is very real) and the family, I have found that I am quite forgetful and neglectful of my goals. A few of my favorite IG influencers and friends have been pushing the idea of keeping a planner to stay organized and on top of things. So, in ordinary 2020 fashion, I went straight to Amazon to search for a planner that would have a few key components. I wanted my planner to have tabs separating the months, a generous notes section, and it had to have enough room for me to be able to write out notation on specific days. I linked a few down below that range from $8-$20. One even comes with stickers for those who like to bedazzle their planners. I mean, who doesn’t want a picture worthy planner right?
Another thing that I’m implementing in my strive for greatness are devotionals from the Holy Bible app. I’ve mentioned this in previous blog posts and I am a true advocate for these things. The Holy Bible app has many different devotional plans for everything under the sun. From intimacy in your marriage, preparing for a shift, transitioning into new roles, etc. I recently completed one titled “7 Guided Prayers For Your Husband” and it instantly changed my mindset from day 1. I’m still looking for a new one in relevance to my goals so drop your suggestions in the comments if you have one. In the meantime, I will post the devotional on my social media accounts once I find one suitable to my needs.
As we enter this last quarter of 2020 – ask yourself what it means to be great for you. And then go to God and ask him to guide you down that path. Don’t sleep on yourself or God. We’re taking charge in this last quarter and claiming victory over ourselves.
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