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REAL PEOPLE. REAL ARTIST. REAL STORIES.
REAL PEOPLE. REAL ARTIST. REAL STORIES.
TheLoveProjectt® Balance & Self-Actualization
TheLoveProjectt® has become a series of my journals expressing my growth, my thoughts, my feelings, my relationships and my dreams. Following the journey! Here are some random, undisiplend, commentaries and stories I shared. TheLoveProjectt book is hoped to be public July 13th 2021
Writer, Artist, Creator, Entrepreneur, Dreamer
|Posted on January 18, 2021 at 7:10 PM||comments (728)|
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|Posted on December 19, 2020 at 12:05 AM||comments (453)|
Some of the things I’ve been fighting in my life have been pornography, cursing, alcohol…and just sobriety in general. As a Christian, I do have a struggle that I fight.
I was watching Bishop T.D. Jakes on Youtube, honestly reflecting on what resonated with me the most was the dying part of Christianity. I don't focus a lot on the dying part of Christianity. But I know that’s what Christianity is in its raw form. He reads in Romans chapter 7 in which ill summarize that it was Paul being thoughtful and transparent about the nature of man. Think duality, and he is reflecting on this dwelling bad in us, this evil, the sin in our nature. But however, peace with God he says, by faith we have a choice to walk clean. And he asks how do we live in this body sold to law of sin (flesh), but a mind sold to Christ? (spirit). If we’re in this dead body, how do we live therein? We get baptized, right? When we’re baptized it is a symbolism of us putting the old flesh away (which has been controlled my sin/fleshly desires) and our struggle to nail that dead body of ours on the cross.
This is about a struggle. Bishop T.D. Jakes goes into detail and talks about that struggle. It made me think of my own. I had to really think. Pornography, cursing, alcohol…and just sobriety in general. In our journey as Christians with this struggle who are we crucifying? (a question he asked that stuck with me). He gave a “Throne and Cross Perspective”…If you are on the throne, then Jesus is on the cross. But Jesus shouldn't be on the cross, he finished his part on the cross. If we’re self-enthroned by our sins, then we’re not struggling to hang our flesh on the cross and letting Jesus sit on our throne.
All this to say that I have to fight harder, I just haven’t been conscious enough to think and reflect and get better because it hasn't been effecting me in a huge way. But it has…I’ve been feeling empty lately, unconscious of God and it seems as though I’ve fallen in an automatic schedule daily accomplishing my diet/exercise/writing goals.
Considering the weight loss/cleansing journey I’ve been on I have to admit that not drinking alcohol or smoking has been hard, (getting up early has also been hard) I haven’t put a spot light on it until now, while watching Bishop T.D. Jakes. I guess watching it reminded me of who I Am and who I want to be. My goals are getting accomplished, and my boo says I inspire her… but how come I don’t feel inspired? Sometimes it even feel dreadful.
Maybe because I’m bored. I’ve been bored…
I want to see some results soon, so I will keep up with my diet and exercise…
I’ve drank 2X this month when I said I wasn’t going to drink at all. Luckily not alone (alone=overindulging=porn=guilt/defeat). One time was with my uncle—it was rare occasion! I had to pull out the drinks! Second time was with a friend who took me out to a late birthday dinner @ Sushi Delight. She said I could get whatever I wanted! So I did! I got Sake…(and they gave away another free, canned Sake to-go! So, we had two). I went beyond that and started making us more drinks…I could've stopped at the Sake.
But I didn’t struggle, unconscious, not spiritually sensitive, weak. I should fight harder. Why did I start all of this to get comfortable? I have to fight harder, I’ve just been bored.
Lord, help me to stay motivated, conscious and aware of the big picture…or what victory will I ever achieve? Victory with no struggle? Come on now…
The holidays are coming up…I know discipline is everything! I gotta fight harder. I’ve been DOING GOOD! But stay in the fight and fight harder. You gotta show them what you’re made of.
|Posted on December 2, 2020 at 12:15 AM||comments (65)|
Today was my 1st day of my December cleanse, I am going the whole month without alcohol and I've started a program to help me eat healthy and stay active. I don't like to be open about my diet and routines because people always have something to say, and honestly that doesn't matter as long as you know what works for you. However, when I post my results and if anyone is interested, then I will disclose that information. As of now, the only people who know are the the ones doing it with me and my support groups.
Speaking of support groups, I've been so grateful to be in at least 3 of them! Honestly, I've just been putting myself out there to people who are on the same frequency of cleansing their bodies, losing weight, and getting more active. This has been my soul's calling for a minute now as you know and the progress has been so intensifying. Making today my 1st day was the best decision because when I woke up this morning, everyone I had previously reached out to, to begin my program was just as ready as I was. To name a few, some are detoxing from sugar, some are doing a smoothie cleanse, and some are a bit of intermittent fasting. It's great! My life has changed instantly already! I am surrounded mostly by women who are all on the same journey as me in regards to getting healthy.
On a spiritual note in regards to all of this, God has been breaking me. Not only am I financially broke during this pandemic (and I know I shouldn't speak on my life like that, but it's true!) I have no job! But in efforts to survive and stay a float unto I reach the next island, I have been breaking and crashing through into new habits, new routines, new people, and new work ethics. God is breaking me into a new lifestyle.
It's been some time now since I've been getting up routinely at 5am to pray, read, and NOW to start my day officially because of my Program. I've been disciplined on walking my dog between 7-8am, which is now an incorporated pre-workout on my off days. I am sure to edit at least 2 hours a day (no pressure if I miss a day), I've been reading and studying more and now I am suddenly surrounded by a tribe of Get Fit people. God is breaking me into a new lifestyle
When I look back to before I even began writing my book, that's when it all began! This journey of becoming who I'm meant to be couldn't have happened at a better time. In my reading/study time, I've been covering the subject of God's Providence. I believe God is telling me (and who ever is reading this) that we are right on time! We are right where we need to be. Providence is the timely preparation for future eventualities. (To whom it may concern, I have been learning from Bishop T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen).
Today was a very unique day for all of us moving forward in our journey's to wellness because God has been carefully orchestrating and preparing us for His future eventualities (idk who I'm speaking to), but this definitely spoke to me. I have been making sooooo many small and large changes to prepare me for a more wholesome, healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. That is a goal for many of us. A today was a very uniting day to bring a lot of us together on that same frequency who have been making small and large changes themselves, ultimately getting us to that big goal(whatever that is for you, you may comment below and let me know!) For me, it's publishing my book and looking/feeling better than I do now. 2021 is going to be a NEW YEAR, NEW ME.
Being on this God-speed frequency is about Action, its about Discipline, it's about Reflecting, it's about CLEANING! And through it all it is about maintaining that energy and staying inspired. When you do this long enough, you will suddenly realize you have leveled up...but It is a breaking process and experience. You are breaking old habits, whatever that may be! And I mean, really breaking through them and staying on top of your game. It's about your character and integrity. How bad do you really want it? This is how we will change and I want to be a living proof of that along with my other friends who have inspired me. I want to give a shout out to my new Get Fit Tribe (w/ my friend Ashley R.) , T. Le Sure's Cleansing Support Group and my Girls Group family. Thank you for helping and supporting me! If I am not living proof of what I am talking about, then why am I even talking?!
So, today was Day 1, it was complete! If I gave you the details of my results today it would be TO MUCH INFORMATION! (TMI) LOL. I will probably check back in on Day 7 or a couple weeks later on this specific journey. I'll also be showing my "before" and "after" photos when the time comes.
|Posted on November 22, 2020 at 7:40 PM||comments (70)|
Anxiety is building the more I learn. I am a little anxious because I want to reach my deadline, July 15th 2021, but the more I learn, the more TIME I see in this and I am not the one to settle, I know myself as a perfectionist when I want what I want and I set my mind to it.... but i'd HATE to miss my deadline. So...I'm just going to have say that, if, for some reason, I don't make my deadline it's because I still want to get some things in order and be true to my vision. At the end of day, having time on my side is good and expected (i've given myself PLENTY of time), but the project is what's more important so if I must publish after the date, we are still going to get the book. Trust me, I am going to pray that this goes easier than I imagine, I just have consider everything. I've never been down this route before and I don't want it to happen too easy. This is what I've been preparing for all these years.
I usually like to think this way, anything an everything can be thrown at me. So I am going into this thing with a vision and coming out with a product no matter what it takes. This is my magnum opus.
I been doing my research today on the foundations of my next step. So much mainstream information out there...I need someone who can and will take the time to listen and understand what I am envisioning and what I am wanting to create. This gets personal. This is where your passion has to drive your project. This gets expensive, I must consider. My soul doesn't lead me to submitting my manuscript or ideas to just anyone and anywhere. This person can't be searched and found on demand, they have to be discovered. A hidden gem. You have to tumble upon them in your search with what you already have and admire. Dig deep and you gotta reach a little higher in the sky and hope for something bigger to connect with. A connection that is unique to you and your career aspirations and vision for your magnus opus. I believe if you dig deep enough, God will send you someone you deserve. This is the kind of faith I have, I don't know where its going to come from, but I always know I gotta find it. And when you do, you just know it. (Or maybe it's just the next step in what you're looking for).
I found someone I really hope to connect with. I am hopeful and excited. As always, I put my heart and soul into to reaching out, told them everything. I hope I get a response back. This experience definitely gave me the direction and atmosphere I wanted that doesn't feel mainstream, noisy, and untrustworthy. In fact, it is highly validated and credible. I want this. I'm anxious at how much it's going to cost me, but, you ain't gotta worry about that. When it's done, it'll be worth every penny.
This has just been an update on my journey. Super happy, thanks for reading If you're like me, anxious about anything, I'll share this scripture with you to encourage us both. Enjoy your journey. Peace and blessings
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God" -Phil. 4:6
|Posted on November 17, 2020 at 5:10 PM||comments (145)|
I decided and felt the journey of this season shifting to solitude and self-care. It’s awesome when one walks in the spirit and remains conscious of their soul speaking that you begin to shift with time and do what’s best for you.
First, I felt the urge to ease off of social media as I get real with myself. It doesn't feel scary, it feels exciting. I’ve witnessed so many new beginnings surrounding me in my circle that I feel deep in my soul it’s time for me to get ready as well.
As I’ve been embracing this change though, something has been holding me back. Something old…and overdue. That led me to the second revelation in this seasonal shifting; I haven't been taking (i’d say myself) the best care of my well-being. And if I am to evolve within my soul’s calling I need to listen to myself and follow the steps,…to getting ready. These past couple days, I haven’t been happy with the way I’ve been looking and feeling. Eating everything, left and right, since my birthday! To the outside world with my family and friends, sure, it's no problem, maybe i'm "overreacting" . But at the end of the day, you are the one who KNOWS what makes your soul happy and what your body truly needs. And for me, that was attaining a better active lifestyle. I want to lose weight, I want to be more fit, sexy, and energetic because that’s who I am deep down. I want and need that to show with my books (taking myself serious).
Not only am I taking something from deep within and publishing it to the world, but I am constantly striving still BE WHO I AM. I feel this is the last step (don’t get me wrong, life isn't over)…but this is the last step into…more of a MATURE, independent, passion/purpose driven ADULTHOOD I feel I want to embrace (I dont know about you, and maybe someone reading this is far ahead of me).
It’s hard work, but the more I embrace this journey I want to take, (which has been going well) the more I seclude. Perhaps, that is revealing more true of who I am. I’ve always been an introvert, and Covid didn't have to tell me that. Now that my sister has moved away, I guess I have more space to discover who I am without her. She is my other half…where ever she went, she represented me and wherever I went, I represented her. But together, apart, we must BECOME who we are. This is that. The journey, the beginning
I am excited for the journey and the more things to come. (Spoiler alert: I can’t wait to be an auntie!)
I want to disappear in the name of self-love and self-care. My love life is solid, my financial stronghold is solid, my family is solid and I want to continue developing my book in peace and with patience, making it more fulfilling for myself and my audience. God is doing a new thing. I love self-reflecting, if you know yourself, then you know me very well and it’ll be easy to follow. But what makes me different from you? (that’s what I also want you to think about as you journey with me). We are the same, but very different. That’s interesting.
So you won't see me much on social media, here and there, and maybe posting my word of the day….But I will be doing some positive soul work (getting rest, getting exercise, sunlight, water, food, flossing, moisturizing my hair and skin, and doing what I love). #selfactualizationprojectt #happinessprojectt
And lastly, I am so proud of my family and friends with their growth and new beginnings. I want to give you all shout outs but I don’t know if that’s a good idea, putting all your business out there. You know who you are. If your reading this, please show some love and let me know you're there, tell me how you're feeling, what are you up to in short words? Otherwise, I’ll see you soon kinfolk and friends.
|Posted on November 11, 2020 at 11:50 PM||comments (33)|
95 pages. 84, 956 words...
I sure hope I'm making that much one day becuase I literally wrote all of this. I learned that some authors don't even write their books. They hire an editor to actually write the whole thing, a ghost writer. I didn't even know that was a thing! I always wondered how and why everyone wrote books. I've always been on the side of writing your books. If you're a writer, you write. Write AND be an Author. That inspired me to take pride in what I'm doing because it's not the easy way to write a book. 95 pages. 84, 956 words...Good God.
I'm meticulous? THIS is one of those most meticulous pieces of work I've ever done, and it's not complete. My soul feels there's more. When I think of the book overall, it's a powerful point in history for me. But when I go in word for word, it's just hard to believe. A little TOO meticulous, but I want people to understand the process of writing your thoughts. I wrote them word for word and sometimes they can be a little awkward to say out loud or...too fragmented for a book. But this is art and that's the authenticity of TheLoveProjectt that can be appreicate as one grows with the Character I was back then. Authenticity is her words and in the way it is expressed. I'm going to do my best to debreif and summarize the story and self-reflect on what it meant to me growing up and how one can understand and intpret it for themselves because everything I went through, we ALL went through at some point in time, and percieved it differently...or the same!
Or I dont know maybe I'm just nervous. But I have to keep going...
|Posted on November 6, 2020 at 2:50 PM||comments (73)|
Well guys, this is the moment we've all been waiting for. Now that the book is complete, it needs to be released. This will be a process in itself that I will journey through in the universe. But the goal is to have it as divinely set as possible. July 13th 2021. This was the day it all began and this will be the date you all begin to follow my journey. Book 12 consists of a season of time from July 13th 2011 to November 6th 2011 (today's date). We will be completely 10 years apart from then to now. Exactly how much can change in 10 years? I am excited to discover with you this journey my character has went through. This is my passion. I'm so excited and ready to connect with all of you on such a deeper level, "real time"!
Well, I thought it would be important to share where I am on this journey and update you all on whats going on. What's about to happen now in these last 3 months are going to be a lot of hard work on editing, meditating, chopping though, purging and getting real deep and writing out the foundation for you all on what you're about to get into, because once it starts, its no going back. It's going to feel like I am sculpting a very important, fragile, archaic art piece. Please respect the time it will take, I will have to do the same, as excited as I am. Patience is necessary.
TheLoveProjectt book isn't even about highlighting my "faboulous" writing skills, or awesome story telling. No, this is about a growing record of my thoughts and experiences that have made me who I am today. It is about my thought process, my mindset, and who I am. Today and forever, I am Love. Think of it as raw poetry. And I am not sugar coating words and rhyming, I'm giving it to you straight, so at first it may be a little uncomfortable, but I'm hoping to gain your loyalty and respect on this, if not? Then maybe this just isn't you business. TheLoveProjectt isn't about selling books, it's about leaving my footprints, my legacy. What has been written has already happend, good or bad,...so, in essence, during the editing process I probably will not be able to edit as much even if I wanted to because that would "change my life". That's not how life works, you can not change the past, you can only accept it and change your future. I will have to edit my character here in the year 2020 before I edit who I was in 2011, maybe I'll need to be more accepting of who I was back then...I was naive. I cringe sometimes at the things I've done:lol:.....But this is where we ALL start.You dont just become a pro overnight in anything. In fact, I've read that it takes 10 years experience to become an expert at what you do.
So that time has home, I am ready. I didn't plan this, it was destined. During this time of my growth and flourishing, I accept to my best ability everything I have been in my past that I am ready to let it go and become who more of who I am meant to be on this earth. This day was inevitable, it is November 6th...and I hope you are ready.
I am TheLoveProjectt, to know me, is to read me.
|Posted on May 13, 2019 at 2:30 AM||comments (150)|
With the art of story telling for television, I believe all the magic happens in the writers room. No duh, right? But how does the process go? I presume that each writer relates to OR IS an individual character to write their story...and that each writer is assigned or created a character. And in this art of writing it is a process in which you have to get REAL, authentic and personal with LIFE and the problems and/or insecurities that we all have! So how does the writing interaction go?
Story telling to me is real life situations highlighting the unique relationships between unique characters with unique personalities that we don't usually see in real life but can imagine and relate to in our heads. Being unique is a key! The writers know the big picture of the story and it can be so simple, so they have to get creative and some even become teachers and sponsors in the writing process. That is what I believe the art of story telling is.
In the process of building the story, they should communicate the growth and direction of the overall big picture that the viewers will discover. If that’s the case, they do this via the unique performance and placements of these characters. That's an entirely different art in itself that I presume to be paired with the writing of course. That is also what I believe the art of story telling is.
To give an example of unique character performance and communication of the growth and direction of story telling, the body language matters. The way they sit, stand, their facial expressions, the way they walk, think, and reminisce, it ALL communicates some growth or direction of the story. And the writers make it interesting for the viewers with unique personality performance.
They also make sure to pose great symbolisms to things that we know certain characters will relate to in their journey. Side note? That is an art of storytelling beyond just the writing because you have a viewing (i.e TV) as a bigger platform to express the story(i,e. not only in words, but in visible tangible objects)
In the 2018 Comedy Tv series, Good Girls, ill give you an example of great symbolism with the use of a tangible object , that is performed by the perfect mother character, Beth. In Season 2 episode 10, When Beth decided to quit her life as a potential felon, we realized the inception to when she began to miss that old “book club” life(intangible memory/scene). Her traditional book club friends had no clue what to do without her and giving her all the control. You can tell by the dreamy music, and the fading away of the voices, that Beth was going inside her head into the past from when she was a real bad ass, boss bitch. She missed her old "book club" life. She was also realizing or having an epiphany that her position in traditional book club wasn't any different as a boss bitch, expect she used to be better! Long story short, and so that reminiscing feeling performed itself out by her stealing a chapstick. This is the art in motion intertwining with symbolism of an object (no words and body language). And its such a cute gesture in how they made a tangible object(chapstick) symbolize her intangible memory. This little act of stealing was so simple , easy, and not even close to half as bad as how she use to be. So she gets away with it, now having this secret to herself that only the viewers now know. When she uses this chapstick in public, to anyone, that's just a purely innocent act. However the viewers who are watching see this as an interesting plot twist or what have you. That purely innocent act of using chapstick is now a symbolism into her inner secret bad ass that we now know. In this art, she's found a way to connect with that past when she misses it simply thru the use of chapstick. And so now we’ve been grown into an possible direction of this story,and where will it lead? I’ve already finished the episode so, it’s kind of no surprise, if you're interested.
Not to mention, as I conclude, with Beth’s little secret symbol into her dark, troubled yet exhilarating and rewarding past, we can't forget the outside world; she also has family and friends, the same shit we all have in our lives to deal with. This makes Beth’s story so interesting! Don't we have secrets of our own? Are yours as big as hers? We never know that how real life can be for us “normal” people. For the record, I am not a secret drug dealer. But it makes us think, what would we do in her situation? It’s a lot to think about and enjoy while watch this show. And if any of you haven't gotten in board with it by now? Stop what you're doing and go watch Hulu or nbc.com. (see? Now I'm sponsoring) That is what I believe the art of story telling is.
|Posted on May 7, 2019 at 4:20 PM||comments (66)|
Purple: Spiritual Domain of Health
When you think of all great healthy loves out there in the world?(and I was thinking of at least 4 family members in my family that have a healthy loves: my sister and her husband, my mom and stepdad, my dad and stepmom, aunts and uncles)…I noticed this similarity in all of the relationships in that they know God; They are spiritually conscious to some degree of knowing who God is. As a result, they know themselves and they know what their likes and dislikes are, they are not about playing mind games on anther person, and they recognize when love is happening and if they are abiding by it. In other words, mature?
This is unlike people in toxic love relationships, involving people who don't entirely know themselves enough to handle how a healthy relationship is suppose to be, therefore having issues in their communication because they do not know how to express themselves properly. Healthy communication is everything in keeping relationships as smooth as possible, because whether things are going good or bad, you can always end things on a good note because you were mature about it. Healthy communication (i.e not lashing at one another and being honest no matter what). So anybody can be in love, but it doesn't mean its always healthy. In other words, immature?
In all mature loves, I believe the couples are whole and balanced; spiritually conscious. Thinking further however, What if you two are both spiritually conscious, and love doesn't work out? I think that at least you two won’t allow each other to become toxic/immature…perhaps. And that’s because I feel you two know God and/or you two are somehow in tuned with how love and destiny are to feel with you personally. Sometimes that “feeling” wont match that other persons “feelings” for love and destiny. That “feeling” is like a spiritually calling unto someone…and when you know, you just do.
Do all healthy relationships have God intertwined?
Im open minded , could there be healthy minded atheist?
|Posted on February 11, 2019 at 2:35 PM||comments (48)|
I've been wondering a lot lately about myself as an entrepreneur. Like am I cable of being of making the right choices in this journey, or if I even possess the drive that it takes to roll it out and be successful. Then I look at all my associates on my social media and I see them launching off big projects, clothing lines, books and music videos and wonder if I'm even doing enough! It drives me crazy half the time so I just stay off social media and I focus on my own path as a reserved, introverted loner entrepreneur; one with big dreams and a lot of ideas and thoughts to share from my knowledge and experience. This will be written in SKY BLUE as it will be coming from my intellectual life domain...
I Just took this online survey, developed by Psychologists called “Values in Action”, for short, V.I.A. It provides a RANKED list of you 24 strongest qualities…They encouraged the test takers to think about how you might use your top 5 strengths in your relationship, at the office and in your free time. People who consistently apply “signature strengths” experience less depression and more happiness. It’s also an easy way to refocus your efforts to better set you up for success…To whom it may concern…
So these were my top 5 Values in Action
1). Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence:noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performances in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to EVERYDAY experience.
I related to this and began to notice this within myself. My home, for example has a “LIFE” theme in which I appreciate the beauty of life. My TV shows pictures of Nature (waterfalls, birds, flowers, lightening, deserts, city lights etc). I have a wall mount entitled “LIFE A-Z” and it just tells you what life is about from A-Z: A—art, B—balance, C—choices, D—dream, E—education etc. All the way down to Z—zest. These are essentially things to value and appreciate in life. And go figure, I chose to spend $200 on this art piece. It’s because of my #1 strength that I’m growing a poppy flower on my patio…and it is so cute and awesome. It’s because of my #1 strength that I choose to have water as my center piece on my coffee table. Let me tell you about water... Water is one of those vital things in life, it makes up about 71% of the earths surface, oceans hold 96.5% of ALL earths water! Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in US and your dogs (who doesn't love dogs?). Water is definitely something to value and appreciate. Water is life. Not to mention, I’m also a Water sign!
I love the moon. I have this 7 panel wall canvas of a full moon because the moon is an awesome and beautiful star…And lastly what really amazed me was see that my strength was illustrated in my logo I designed. TheLoveProjectt Life Domains gives attention to all aspect of life that make us whole! Because the mission and belief is this: If an individual is well balanced in the 7 LIFE domains (i.e. Spiritual, Financial, Intellectual, Environmental, Emotional, Social, and Physical) then the individual is more likely to feel more self-actualization and passionate about what they do in life OR DISCOVER a passion for what they want to do in life.
It’s a mission to be your version of WHOLE and TRANSCENDENT. Synonyms for TRANSCENDENT: Extraordinary, Ultimate, Accomplished, Boundless, Consummate, IDEAL, Completeness, Evolution, Purity, EXCELLENCE, Crown, Wholeness. etc). Antonyms to TRANSCENDENT are: Uselessness, Incompleteness, Start, Beginning, Failure, Flaw, Deficiency, Damage, Imperfection.
To be clear,, it’s not “mission impossible”, it’s your story…your own unique version of self-actualization, i.e. the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.
But those words: Realization and Fulfillment are transcendent synonyms.
Appreciation of beauty and excellence is my #1 strength but how do I exercise that in my entrepreneurial journey? Well, it is for this reason I can design and envision the perfect environment for people to succeed, be in awe, or simply have fun! Designing and envisioning seems to be my strong suit within this strength. I hope I am making you curious about your own...Which brings me to my next top strength.
2) Hope: Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it; believing that a good future is something that can be brought about
Once again, this character strength falls under the transcendent virtue. And how can I make money using hope? Lol perhaps plenty of ways, this gives me something to think about...moving on.
3) Judgement: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions being able to change ones mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly
4) Prudence: Being careful about one’s choices; not taking UNDUE risks; not saying or doing things that might be later regretted.
I think 3 and 4 go hand in hand. I think I may have had a hard time accepting these things about myself as an entrepreneur; Prudence especially. I don't know too many prudent entrepreneurs in my circle. I’m the only one. Which makes me feel like perhaps I don’t do enough. For one, I don’t take UNDUE risks…I only take risks that have been carefully thought out, premeditated on and planned. Like a chess move…and so for that, it may take months in between moves (sometimes we’re talking spending BIG money too!) This is where my judgement kicks in. For these two strengths are probably the reasons why I don’t move as as fast as the other entrepreneurs in my associate and social media circle. Would you consider yourself prude?
Synonyms for Prudence: CAUTION, diligence, tact, wisdom, conservatism, foresight, judgement, calculation, coolness, concern, reasoning etc…
Antonyms for Prudence are: SPENDING, squandering, (like most entrepreneurs I know); Neglect, negligence, and recklessness…etc. I don’t want to sound too negative.
I am not one of those “starving artist” entrepreneurs who just spends on undue risk just to make money! I prefer to work smart and be patient. I save, and think about the value my product and service can and will have to my family and friends and to their family and friends. But what I learned is that, my strength in judgement and prudence is not something to beat myself up over, it’s just what makes me different. And when I see how those other entrepreneurs are in my associate and social media circle? They’re stressed, they look tired, they were once homeless…Is that something to be proud of? To prove to us that you work hard?
Work smart, not hard
Judgement falls on the virtue of wisdom. Would you consider yourself wise? Synonyms for wisdom are: insight, common sense, SANITY, knowledge, intelligence, PRUDENCE(there’s that word), understanding, experience, stability etc…there’s a lot of words, the list can go on and on…
Prudence falls under the virtue of temperance. I’m not too familiar with this word. Synonyms for temperance are: self-restraint, abstinence, control, self-denial, frugality, moderation, happy medium, self-discipline, etc…
I see the trait of prudence and temperance especially in my personality and in my entrepreneurship! I can’t help myself, and I beat myself up over it. Yes, I feel self-denial a lot…more than people know and yet I’m accuse of being arrogant; and I believe in taking my entrepreneurial tasks in zen moderation… But that doesn't make me any less successful that the profile next to me. It DOES takes the frustration off my shoulders knowing where these confused, “not-good-enough” feelings come from. Now I can stop putting myself in a box of how an entrepreneur is “suppose” to be—and comparing myself to my associates. Now I can change my perspective on the matter and look at perhaps the benefits of being a prude entrepreneur. This bring me to my last top 5 value in action.
5) Perspective: Being able to provide wise counsel to others (including myself); having ways of looking at the world that makes sense to oneself/others.
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