As I reflect on this year, I can’t say that I have any regrets. I have pushed hard, learned lessons, and I’ve watched myself grow spiritually as well as watched my music career progress. This year wasn’t easy, but the experiences that I’ve come through have molded me into a better person and a better business woman. God has blessed us in so many ways, I don’t even know where to begin with my assessment of this year.
In 2012, I have:
Finally begun to lose weight the proper way. I haven’t been on some crazy diet trying to lose a ton of weight only to gain it all back later. I have started a lifestyle change that will help me lose weight slowly and to keep it off in the long run. I have educated myself on a lot of things regarding the science behind food and exercise. I have found some inspiration from some ladies that I’ve never met on YouTube. They helped me understand that I didn’t put on the weight in a day, and I can’t expect to lose it that quickly either.
Learned to take things slowly when it comes to making decisions for my music career. So often, there are people waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting artists who don’t know the business. There are several “get signed now” businesses that sell artists the dream to make money off of them. If an opportunity is real, an artist will have time to evaluate the situation and make an informed decision. Nothing comes easy, and we have been working our butts off to build something that will last.
Learned to ignore some people. Those who don’t know the business or anything about it will often make comments that are sure to upset the passionate artist, but if we understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, we can charge the negativity to their ignorance and keep pushing through.
Learned how to properly care for my husband and my home. Before, I was doing it the hard way…fighting. I tried to reason in every situation, but the bible says to pray about everything, and I just wasn’t doing that. Things were getting rougher, until I stopped and surrendered everything to God. It was at that moment that a lightbulb went off in my head. All along, this is what I was supposed to be doing. Now, I know to go to God with everything, and I live a much more peaceful and pleasant life.
Learned who my supporters are and aren’t. This, though I hear stories all of the time, I didn’t see happening to myself. Everyone talks about haters, but I didn’t think it would happen with me. I love everyone, and I have no reason to be hated. Right? Wrong! I’ve learned that people will hate me simply because I am doing something that they are afraid to do…I’m living my dream. Because I am goal oriented, business minded, chasing after what I want and not allowing anyone to stop me and not caring about what anybody has to say about it, I am viewed as some people’s enemy. Oh well!
Learned to forgive. People say and do things out of ignorance. Some don’t understand how to filter themselves or to control their emotions. I had to learn that their negativity has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with who they are and what they’re dealing with. I’ve been the same person all along, and when those people feel that I have reached a certain level of success, they start to change their attitude toward me. That further proves it had nothing to do with me.
Learned to keep my eye on the prize. God gave me a vision, and ever since, I have been so excited to see it come to fruition. I have been working diligently to reach that goal. God blesses those who don’t faint when times get a little hard. I haven’t and I will not give up. I’m determined to tell my full testimony and inspire others to chase their dreams as well.
Every reason to be grateful. My life, this year, has been all about my spirituality and my music. Both of these things have grown tremendously, and I am so grateful to God. He has been blessing me left and right throughout this year, and I have no reason to believe that it will stop any time soon. God has promised me the desires of my heart, and I am starting to see all of those things come into reality. I joined the church that I have been wanting to be a member of. I have great spiritual leaders. I have been able to help others, even in the beginning of my spirituality journey. I have performed on some platforms that are sure to take my career to another level. I have met some great people. I have touched some amazing people through my music. These are all GRAND things. in 2013, I expect to take things even higher. There are no major changes that I feel I need to make. I need to continue to do what I have done throughout this year and see if I can’t amp it up a bit!
What have you learned/accomplished in 2012?