A few years ago I created a list of 101 goals to achieve in 1001 days. You can read that post and list here. Setting goals are a great way to be intentional with your life and your decisions. Writing those goals down not only makes you accountable, it puts the wheels in motion. Once it’s out there, it’s a signal to God and to self to get the process started. The 101 in 1001 list definitely activated some things for me. I sat back and watched my own words become my own reality. Once the list was created, I subconsciously started to move in the direction of achieving those goals, simply because I spoke them. If you don’t get anything from this post, please get that your words are powerful. What you say, you will convey. Since we have to power to create the life we live, use that power to create the life you WANT to live.
Take a moment and create a list of 101 goals you would like to achieve and allow yourself 1001 days to achieve them. They don’t have to be huge, just make a list of desires from your heart. In the end, if there are a few left over that went untouched, don’t be hard on yourself, just carry them over to the next 1001 days.
I have created a list of a few my goals for you, below and I decided to keep some to myself. Everything isn’t for Everyone. 😉
Start Date: October 9, 2018
End Date: July 6, 2021
Trip to Sierra Leone
Go hiking at Zion National Park
Take a trip to Tulum
Travel to Serengeti for Migration
Visit and Camp at Yosemite
Consistently write CGAL daily newsletters
Host “Black Bay Area Bloggers” Dinner Party
Attend one networking event per month for 3 months
Take the Podcast on a road tour
Take a public speaking class
Purchase riding bike
Workout 3 days a week for 2 months
Drink only water for one week, for 3 months (No coffee)
Gain 15 pounds (muscle)
Journal every day for a month
Read 1 book per month for 6 months
Finish every goal on this list
Join/Donate to Lamar University Alumni Association
Send 5 handwritten “Just because” letters
Clean and arrange all of my files on my laptop & desktop
Inspire someone to participate in 101 in 1001
Get a dog
Save $20 for every goal reached
Buy a new car
Purchase Residential Property
Become 100% Debt free
Mail a handwritten birthday card to all friends and family for a year
Send someone flowers, just because
Have lunch/brunch/dinner date with friends at least once per month
Visit The Potter’s House in LA
Expand the Church Girls are Lit Ministry
Join a wine club
Host, or attend, a flower arranging class
Go to Museum of Ice Cream – San Francisco
See The Nutcracker
Reactivate Sorority Membership
Learn to swim
Take a makeup class
Purchase Warriors Season tickets
As you can see, my goals range from lighthearted to life changing. I hope you all decide to join me in this challenge and level up!
Listen, the last year and a half has been an emotional roller coaster, to say the least! When I moved from Texas, I was not fully prepared for the state of mind, discomfort, and eventually growth, I was about to embark upon. In my time of isolation, I mapped out a plan to make The Bay my home. By following through with this plan, my journey has become a lot easier to bear.
The three areas of my life that shape and heavily impact who I am, and eventually who I become are, friends/family, spiritual growth, and servicing my community.
I am deeply involved in ministry in both the church I attended in Texas and now the church here in California. It was very important for me to find a church community that was not focused on religion, but focused on relationship. A Church that cares about the community, the people, and the Kingdom.
Obviously, all of my friends and family are in Texas and not having that support system near me took me waaayyy out of my comfort zone. I think that was the hardest adjustment for me. Although, I love being alone, having a community and a support system is crucial for the psyche. At the end of the day, we need people.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Serving my community brings a great deal of satisfaction. I’ve been extremely blessed in my life and to not share and serve others is a disservice. I’m working on this last phase of truly becoming acclimated in my new home. Now that I’ve found a great Kingdom building church, amazing friends, I’m seeking ways to serve. My first step, reach out to the local chapters of my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. If you’re reading this, you’re in the Bay, and are a member of AKA, holla at your girl!
Although these phases were applied to my life due to my relocation, you can definitely apply them to your life, wherever you are. Start where you are. You are not a tree, move. Move your place of residency. Move your state of complacency. Move your current relationship. Whatever it is and wherever you are, if you are not happy and/or growing…MOVE!
SHOP THE LOOK: Y’all know that I’m not shopping this year, so there are a few items, pictured, that are no longer available for purchase, but I have linked similar items that I would most definitely purchase, so I suggest you do too! FYI: This jumpsuit is on sale in both colors at 30% off!
Black women really are magical. No for real. Is there really nothing we can’t do?? I don’t think so. The problem is, not everyone is exposed to this knowledge. The BIGGER problem is not every BLACK woman knows their magic, sees their magic, or even believes in their magic.
To be clear, a black woman’s magic encompasses the beauty, power and resilience we all hold, as defined by the #blackgirlmagic phrase creator CaShawn Thompson. CaShawn goes on to explain, “I say ‘magic’ because it’s something that people don’t always understand. Sometimes our accomplishments might seem to come out of thin air, because a lot of times, the only people supporting us are other black women.”
For the record, women, in general are forces to be reckoned with. However, I make it my duty, as a black woman, to first look to a black female creator, curator, artist, designer, and, or business owner whenever I have a need. I take extreme pride in building a team full of BLACK. GIRL. MAGIC! And you better believe that I’m sharing all of their goodness….When I know, you know.
It’s too often that we don’t get the recognition we deserve, the funding we qualify for, or the platform we’re worthy of. It’s up to black women, to push other black women to the forefront and market them, support them, acknowledge them, share them, and most importantly, spend their money with them.
Black women are out here killing the game, taking over all industries, and saving lives. Literally! Recognize your own magic and celebrate the women around you. Sprinkle it everywhere.
(Black) Women who created the magic
Photographer: Rena O Productions
Makeup Artist: Wendy Bhola
Manicurist/Pedicurist: Face and Body Day Spa
Headwrap: Chi Chi Lamour
Earrings: Xpozher Accessories & Home Boutique
Watch: Big Chop Accessories
Sequin Jacket: Melodrama Boutique
I. Am. Woman Shirt: Black Vibe Tribe
White Denim Shorts: Vici Dolls
What female black owned business are you digging right now?
Photos shot by Rena O at the Le Meridien Hotel in Houston, TX