Y’all!!! In my 7+ years of blogging, I have never been this sporadic. I’ve had a few people to reach out to make sure I’m ok and for that I’m grateful. We’ve gone from 2-3 posts/week to being lucky if we get that in a month. So I thought now would be a good time for a little life update.
Ever since I’ve been battling my issues with dyshidrotic eczema, typing has been a battle. And while I’ve found products that have helped me manage it much better, it’s still a battle. When the flare-up is bad, I have very little use of my hands. So obviously that means I’m not typing as much.
There is so much content I have been wanting to share and have had in draft mode but just haven’t been able to finish editing it/posting it. I’m working on it though! And I hope to get back to regularly scheduled posts soon 😁
On top of that, there’s been other life changes and challenges I’ve been working through. What I’ve learned is that life keeps going even when life gets hard. And judging by various timelines across social media, there are a lot of people going through some hard times.
So I’m sharing 3 Things That Keep me Focused When Life Gets Hard
1. Pray + Positive videos and affirmations
When it comes to pushing through, I’ve learned that you have to be able to build up a strong mindset. But it comes with practice. I recently attended a conference and the speaker mentioned that we are faced with 35 thousand decisions to make on a daily basis. If we can’t quickly control our thoughts, it is easy to go down the rabbit hole of negativity. I’ve learned to recognize these thoughts and immediately replace them with positive ones.
If I can’t think of anything, I turn to my Bible app or YouTube motivational videos (anything from Priscilla Shirer, Eric Thomas, Les Brown, Joyce Meyer, the late Dr. Myles Munroe to name a few. Staying in constant prayer really helps when the going gets tough.
2. Surround yourself with people that ask you how YOU are doing?
No one is exempt from tough times. Some people are better pushing through them than others. I have always been that friend to lend a listening ear to. But when you’re going through tough times yourself, you need people in your corner that you can let your hair down with. People that ask you about you when they call and don’t just talk about their own issues. Relationships are a give and take. And I’m learning to invest my time in the people who understand this without me having to explain it.
3. Keep goals + daily action plans in front of you
It doesn’t matter whether I think I’ll need them or not. 99% of the time, I don’t go anywhere without my planner and my journal. My planner has my goals and the action items I need to be working on on a weekly basis. My journal is where I can keep track of ideas, client info etc. These two tools are always with me, and whether I open them up, the things that I’ve written down are subconsciously with me. It makes it so much easier to say no to things/opportunities when they don’t align with the goals/action steps I’ve written down.
It’s the second half of the year and there is still plenty of time to make magic happen. That’s exactly what I plan to do. How about you?