Yes, you see me on the stairs. All decked out and ready to take on the world ahead of me! I have closed the doors of 2018 and am moving boldly onto 2019.
Notice, I kept my promise to you: The website is finally here! Check it out and let me know what you think :)
2018 is the year I became an entrepreneur. FINALLY!!! I asked God about this many years ago, He told me to take the jump, but I was afraid. Late in 2017, I jumped and early 2018 I started my own organization: MeUnfinished.com, LLC is now a company. It has many different areas to it and this blog/website is one of them.
Besides developing Positivity Seminars and Perfectly Unfinished events for women, I have decided to continue my work with families (especially with children).
Today, I am a certified Early Interventionist for children from 0-3 years old and provide developmental therapy. It did not take too long before my volunteering at the Equity Institute turned into a larger contribution to help lower the infant mortality in my county. And finally, I am also involved in helping pediatric clinics improve their services to provide a variety of resources alongside medical care in order to foster a well-rounded environment for the families they serve.
Whoooh! That was a mouthful!
What did that teach me?
1) Yes, you CAN do it if you don't give up.
I have been working on this website since mid-year and thought I would have been done in just a few short weeks. But I started to doubt myself and my ability to bring something complete to you...
You may notice that there is still room for improvements. So, would you please drop a comment or email me at email@example.com to let me know how I can bring more value to you? So, what do you think? Does our website look decent? (LOL!)
It also took about 10 years to become certified by the state to deliver Early Intervention services to the kiddos. Not giving up and climbing over my failures as stepping stones brought me the results I needed. It was a tedious process, but tenacity paid off!
2) I started reading again. At times I felt tired and did not want to keep learning anything. My mind felt dry like a desert with plaques of dried mud crackling all over... There has been a lot going on and a lot has changed, so I was on go-mode all the time and there was no stopping in sight. I needed to re-elasticize this mind of mine, so I turned back to reading. Boy, what a fountain of happiness that is! It felt like breathing again. I will tell you in a following post about the books that flooded me with encouragement, knowledge, and hope.
3) There is so much I can do. You know, with all the changes going on, I thought I had to do it all at the same time without taking a breath. Of course I know better, but it felt like that knowledge was a burden as well... You know, you know you are tired physically, mentally, and emotionally; but you know that if you don't keep going the world would fall apart. Yes, that feeling. Until you realize that you actually can take a few minutes to chill. So I started scheduling my yoga time and then my relax time. It was the best thing ever to start implementing and although I am not yet boss at it, I am certainly on my way to better balance what I do in life!
4) Finally, to go with what we just talked about in 3) there was accepting myself. I have been on this journey for a very long time and I think that I am finally starting to feel comfortable with this process. No, I am not perfect, but I am me. Learning to accept who I am and not to always try to be what I "should" be was a very narrow passage for me. This does not come naturally to me at all since I have only recently started "unlearning" to be a chameleon... Although it has been a fight to stabilize Martine, it is now becoming easier to BE Martine.
This blog's motto is that "We are all a work in progress"and I wanted to illustrate just this with this post. I hope you are inspired not to give up while on your journey. With some failures, come success if you only build upon them and never give up. Although I have quite a lot more to learn, and am not at all at the coasting/resting point, I know that those lessons have been fueling me to look forward to the future.
I leave 2018 with one quote to also ignite your fire:
"I might not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be!" Joyce Meyers
May 2019 bring you many blessings and may you know how to receive and use them!