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Get Off the Ground Floor and Thrive

I’ll be talking about how to thrive. I will, but I gotta give you some backstory first:

I was born an old soul and I’ll remain one until the end.

In other words I’m a little old lady at 32.

I watch old people stuff and I listen to old people music and I watch reruns! One of my favorite shows has got to be The Jeffersons: what’s not to love?

Think about it: You’ve got George, the smart ass entrepreneur, his equally witty wife, their hilarious maid, and a circulating cast of memorable friends and neighbors.

And who could forget the theme song??? The soul clap and the lyrics are branded in my psyche!

Well, we’re movin’ on up,
To the east side,
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin’ on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.

Who couldn’t dance with a theme song like that?

Contrary to popular belief, I did NOT bring you here just to reminisce on ’70s television (Wasn’t it fun though? Come on, admit it). You see, I was reflecting. This is my seventh year since my diagnosis with depression, and ADHD. It hasn’t been an easy seven years.

What I’ve Learned on My Journey So Far

I have to admit, over the past seven years, I’ve learned to be better. I’ve learned to manage my time, and let go of shame. Also, I have learned to stop suppressing my emotions, and learned how to manage hypersensitivity.

With all that I’ve learned, it has been easier to manage my life. Survival is great. The problem is, I don’t just want to survive; I want to thrive! I realize that sounds very motivational speaker/prosperity gospel-esque. It’s not though. I’m ready to move on up! You see where the Jeffersons come in, right?

You won’t need your hymnal for this.

Now the question is, how we you do it? What does it mean to thrive? Is it financial success? Controlling our tempers? Speaking more kindly to ourselves? Maybe it’s better self care. The answer is going to be different for us all, but we all have the same ability.

Here’s 3 suggestions to get you moving on up:

  1. Find a mentor – someone who can take you under their wing can answer your specific questions and get you growing SO MUCH FASTER in an area. Don’t believe me? I have been working for two weeks on my BGLK Pinterest account; if it weren’t for mentors I would be in a padded room. We all need a hand to hold sometimes, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  2. Do some research– you don’t have to spend all day in the library if that isn’t your thing, but go learn. Get creative! You have internet access if you’re reading this, go out in these interwebs and find somebody who is doing what you do. You don’t have to copy anyone’s style, but you can learn from it.
  3. Get out there and have fun– Stop being so damn serious! Think about this: most of the time, no one has any idea what your vision is. If you don’t perfectly accomplish what you intended no one will ever know.  Dave Chappelle once said of his cult classic, Half Baked, “Half Baked didn’t come out the way I wanted it to come out. I was real upset about that, cause it was a real cool script, and then I saw it, I was like, ‘Hey, man, you made a weed movie for kids and it wasn’t for kids, the script, you know?” If Dave hadn’t said it, I never would have known that the product didn’t match the vision. Put it out there. Have fun. Experiment. Screw up. They don’t even shoot people for screwing up most of the time. It’s ok, I promise.

“Half Baked didn’t come out the way I wanted it to come out. I was real upset about that, cause it was a real cool script, and then I saw it, I was like, ‘Hey, man, you made a weed movie for kids and it wasn’t for kids, the script, you know?”

We have the basics worked out, but nobody wants to stay basic.

Thrive, people.

What’s your vision? Leave me a comment, I’d love to help you brainstorm on ways to achieve it! Let’s move on up, and finally get a piece of the pie. Don’t forget to Pin this post so you can come back whenever you need to!

Until next time,

René

With all that I've learned, it has been easier to manage my life. Survival is great. The problem is, I don't just want to survive; I want to thrive | Black Girl, Lost Keys. With all that I've learned, it has been easier to manage my life. Survival is great. The problem is, I don't just want to survive; I want to thrive | Black Girl, Lost Keys. With all that I've learned, it has been easier to manage my life. Survival is great. The problem is, I don't just want to survive; I want to thrive | Black Girl, Lost Keys.

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