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Marching Forward Into 2012

Today’s date (1-2-12 ) is indicative of what this year is about for me. I’m all about progress—almost to a fault. If I’m not making progress, I’m irritable, short with everyone, and generally not the best person to be around. Progress energizes me. It’s better to me than your best cup of coffee. Coming off of a year like 2011—where I experienced more heartache, loss, and transition than anyone should at one time—I believe that if I survived all that, I better march into this year like someone chased me out 2011!

I have no reason to be looking back and living in the past. So when I got up this morning and said today’s date to myself, I heard it differently. I didn’t hear “one, two, twenty-twelve”, I heard the rhythm of the individual numbers, “one, two, one, two.” And as I sat here journaling, I began to picture myself in a parade with a marching band behind me. You know, you never see people walking in a parade looking back at the float to see if it’s following too closely behind them. They just keep marching steadily forward, “one, two, one, two,” trusting that whoever is behind them is doing the same.

That’s how I want to approach this year, as if I am at the front of that parade, with the marching band behind me, “one, two, one, two.” I have to keep moving forward, one foot in front of the other.  I can’t look back. I’ve gotta keep my eyes in front of me, all the while hearing that gentle rhythm, “one, two, one….” Can you hear it? Can you hear that gentle rhythm pushing us forward into this amazing new year of possibilities? If so, then march with me. “One, two, one….”

If you like this post, maybe you’ll like some of my other work.

An empowering way to start this year off right is to set a reasonable resolution that you can keep, and post it somewhere that you will see it every day. This is why I created these customizable beverage mugs. 2012 Resolution MugI have a great example of a reasonable resolution printed on this mug. It states, “I resolve to do more of what energizes me and less of what drains me.” You can use this one or create your own and have it printed directly on your mug! It’s not too late to set your resolution and march steadily throughout 2012. Click the image to order yours today!

 

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No Apologies

The Creator designed each of us with different finger prints for a reason. It’s as if “He” was giving us ten constant reminders to be the individuals He created us to be. But we spend so much time trying to fit into a mold of who our friends want us to be, who our families want us to be, and what we believe society expects us to be. The reality is that self acceptance begins with… you guessed it, yourself. The only way to live a life of true joy and freedom is to be the real you, the person you were created to be, with no apologies.

Today, I created a design for a t-shirt that I have been fighting against creating for some time. I kept thinking to myself, “who am I to say this” and “who am I to think I can just create a word and expect it to become a movement?” People are going to be questioning my intelligence and saying to themselves, “That’s not even a word.” But today, I got up and said to myself “2012 is the year that I am unapologetically me.” I thought to myself as I was posting my design on my facebook page, “Beyonce’ created a word (“bootylicious”), Lil Wayne coined the term “bling bling” and Martin Lawrence has the whole globe saying, ‘You go, girl’, why can’t I say  “unapologetically me?” And with that thought, I decided to stop holding back. If I’m not willing to do me, how can I tell anyone else to do it?

So that’s the story behind this design. Of course, there’s a part of me that’s still a little self conscious about it, but the greater part of me wants to be free to do what’s on my heart regardless of people’s responses. I definitely hope you will like it, but more than that I hope you will embrace the message—that life is not about everyone else (in the sense of fitting in). Life is about being who you really are and sharing that great truth with the world around you.

This is my first big step into my new outlook for 2012. I resolve to make 2012 the year that I am me, with no apologies. How about you?

P.S. Here’s the tee. 🙂

"Unapologetically Me" Tee

Live life authentically, with no apologies.

 

 

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