5 Things NOT To Apologize For In 2018

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Can you believe it’s already May? Where has all the time gone. If you’re anything like me, you’re feeling like you’re somewhere between catching up and slowing down. Understandable. We live in a society that forces us to work to live. Working is not my personal favorite thing to do. However, I do enjoy all the perks of earning a decent living from my hard work. I guess you could say I’ll take the good with the bad.

As the year progresses, we have to refocus and readjust our goals. After all we want to accomplish all the things we set forth in the beginning of the year. It’s one thing to talk about your dreams and goals. It’s a completely different ball game when you put action behind your words. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve created goals to complete within a month. Unfortunately, within a week or even a few days later that awesome list of goals get lost in the abyss of my busy life. Sounds familiar? Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re doing the best you can today. However, you have to admit or acknowledge where you can improve. Maybe you’re like me with an overly ambitious imagination or you’re easily distracted and lose track of time. We all have something to improve . One of the toughest things I struggle with as a mompreneur is finding a happy medium between putting all of my energy into my work and finding the energy for motherhood.

Often times I find myself working so much that my days run together, my eyes hurt, and all I want to do is sleep during the in between moments of my life. It’s tough trying to build a career ,raise a family, and trying to be cute at the same time. Luckily, I manage . LOL! I often find myself apologizing for missing a birthday, not interacting enough online, or wanting to stay in doors on a Friday night. Sometimes I apologize out of guilt. Other times it’s just out of instinct. I’m not perfect. I’m a continued work in progress. Here are a few things I’m not apologizing for in 2018 :

How I invest my time : Time is a valuable resource. How we spend our time is a direct reflection of the direction we’re heading towards. Although I’m at the beginning of a career and probably a rookie compared to most moms. I’m giving my time to the people and things that have a top priority in my life. It’s not impossible. It just takes a little work to put a schedule or routine that is effective to your lifestyle. Your time will produce positive or negative results. Choose wisely.

How I choose to love myself : I love myself! But, I didn’t always no how to express the love I had for myself. I, usually gave all of my love away to my partner, kids, friendships, and family. I used the little that was left to love on me. It wasn’t much left. That all changed a few years ago. I started loving on myself more. How? Taking time to pray in the morning, positive conversations with myself, sprucing up my living space, or recognizing my limits. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

How I choose to say no : I’ve never been a huge fan of the word no. I associated the word no with disappointment, dissatisfaction, and disaster. I’m guilty of being a people pleaser to a certain degree. I like offering my help. However, I had a problem recognizing when I needed to interject the word no. I learned no helped me to establish boundaries for myself and others. I could still offer help and not feel abused in the end.

How I choose to move forward in friendships : My friends are like my family. We disagree and agree often. Their there for me during the good times and bad. However, over the years I’ve realized that at some point you will outgrow your friends. Growth is apart of our success strategy in life. Anything that doesn’t grow or change will eventually dissolve. Unfortunately, friendships are not the exception. As I grow more purposeful in my actions, my friendships are evaluated often. I love my friends. However, I have to know what’s best for my mental and spiritual growth. Sometimes we have to release our friends in order to blossom.

How I am sacrificing my choices: Social media is a choice. Netflix choice. Dining out choice. Everyday we make choices. Some choices are easier or harder than others. Those choices shape our reality. I, intentionally make choices that will impact my future for the greater good of my future. Sometimes we become so distracted by our leisure time that we lose focus of our priorities. It’s okay to occasionally fall short or slow down just a bit. But, don’t get stuck in a downward spiral of poor choices or bad ideas. We only get one shot to make the most of a lifetime.

Apologizing is acknowledging a wrong. However, it’s not wrong to want better for your life. Don’t apologize for being ambitious or striving to do something that other say is impossible. We are not here to please others. We’re here to praise and honor God with our lives. Be intentional with your actions and your words. Whatever your heart desires, it’s possible to have in your life. Today is the greatest gift you will ever receive, open it with enthusiasm!

What are you not apologizing for in 2018? Leave a comment.

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