It’s all about timing, God’s timing. Live while you wait. ~ Shaun
Seems like this has been one long month; or rather, this month has been one long week. Honestly, it seems as if the hours and tasks have been never ending. I believe I have done more this month than I’ve done in an entire year, two years even. Maybe it’s because things are opening back up, or because I’m finally getting back out. Probably the latter.
I’m not going to lie, it feels good to socialize again. Didn’t realized how much I needed to be around people other than family. I’m a people person. I love meeting people and holding random conversations. So getting back out felt really good. I actually felt like I was living again.
Well, with that said, “living again” has also been very draining, physically as well as mentally. In certain environments I have been able to socialize mask free; however, COVID-19 has always been at the forefront of my mind. Are they vaccinated? Where’s my hand sanitizer? Where’s my mask? Why are they not wearing masks? Social distance, please! Whew, it’s been a lot!
I guess you can say from here on out it’s back to business as normal but with precautions. This coming Saturday my son has another campus tour. Meaning we have to be around people. Then, next week, I have another conference to attend. Which means even more people. Yeah.. no more bubble for me. It’s back to business as usual.
Thanks for reading and please enjoy the rest of your week!
Question- Are you living? Or are you on display?
It’s my hope that you are living. ~ Shaun
Yes… What a year! Listen, I have to confess, I had the idea of reblogging last year’s end of the year blog and adding an overcomer’s intro– “This is where I was but God brought me out!” Sorry to disappoint or save you– it’s not going to happen. This time last year, I was really down and depressed. Had good reasons to be, but WOW! I had no idea I was that far gone. With that said, I will acknowledge that was where I was; however, I am so grateful I am no longer there. This year I am going to end things on a high note, you know, just in case I decide to reblog it next year. Gotta be intentional. Lol! Here we go:
First, and utmost importantly, I would like to thank God for all of His wonderful blessings. I cannot lie, He has been so good to me! Instead of giving a detailed review about everything He’s done, I will only highlight some of the key moments-
March 2020 – Purchased my home.
May 2020 – Decided to make my blogs public.
June 2020 – Turned 47 and decided to be my true, authentic self.
August 2020 – Invited to be a contributing author in a book anthology.
September 2020 – Became the Principal Investigator on one of my research projects.
October 2020 – Did my first live interview promoting myself. It was for the book, but it was all about me.
November 2020 – Did another presentation for the same company that left me feeling inadequate for two years. (That was major! Had to face that bull head on.)
December 2020 – Decided to live my life to its fullest! No regret!!
Needless to say, I don’t know what 2021 holds. None of us do. However, I will say I’m entering 2021 with open arms, an open mind, and an open heart, expecting to receive more blessings than hurts. Yeah, I’m entering 2021 knowing that whatever comes and whatever goes, God’s got me. That he will NEVER leave me.
Before I end, I wanted to share this with you. It’s a little off topic, but, for me, it is so timely. Wanted to write it here in case I don’t get around to adding it to A Research Diva’s Journey. Again, being intentional. So, I’m reading this book about the United Nations, “The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session” by Yasmine Sherif. It’s about the underlying founding principles of the United Nations – vision, hope, peace, love, and humanity – everything I’m passionate about. Y’all, it is so important that we do not allow negativity to obscure our vision for the future. Listen, no matter how dismal things may appear, please embrace the positive and hold on to hope. In the words of the great Reverend Jesse Jackson, “Keep hope alive!”
That’s all I have for you today. Going to end with a quote from the book.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done. There is no passion found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela
My word for 2021 is “Live!” Can’t you hear Tim McGraw singing, “Live like you were dying.” I can.
Happy New Year’s Eve!!