The Recharge Challenge by RTS

Happy Monday loves!

Guess what?! I am participating in my first Instagram challenge, the Recharge Challenge, hosted by The Rising Tide Society.

I'm usually not very good at committing to these type of activities but I figured, as we countdown to the new year, now would be the perfect time to begin reflecting on my creative journey and planning for 2017. It's day 1 and I'm already thanking myself for joining in this mini movement.

As a warm up session, we were asked to research a few inspirational quotes and select one that will keep our business anchored in 2017. I selected one of my favorite scripture verses and it will anchor me in my professional pursuits and in my personal journey.

Let all that you do be done in love
— 1 Corinthians 16:14

If you're following me on Instagram you've gotten the quick 4-1-1 version on why I selected this particular quote and here's the full story!

  1. FEAR
    When I rang in 2016 with a boisterous 'HAPPY NEW YEAR', I was unaware that my year was locked and loaded with the worst kind of ammunition I could think of: FEAR. I celebrated the new year In Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a beautiful ball drop and fireworks affair which left me feeling mildly nostalgic and hopeful. Tennessee was my last-stop on my cross-country relocation trip from California to Maryland. Maryland awaited with more uncertainties than I cared to admit, but I approached the new year with a bring-it-on attitude. I wasn't ready (Kevin Hart voice-over lol). My determination and positive vibes were being depleted at a quicker rate than I could restore. What kept me going? My love for community and creativity surpassed my fear.
    In 2017 I will be implementing a few Created to Love initiatives. Yes I know, it's about time! My focus will be on enhancing the well-being of our fellow sisters and strengthening our sense of community. I want us to be more intentional with our expression of love for each other. Stay tuned for the details. 
  3. LOVE
    I love love. It's fuels me.

What about you? Do you have an anchor quote for 2017?

I AM EnougH

How many of us feel inferior, unworthy and insignificant?

How do we navigate our feelings while dealing with the nuisances life throws at us in our relationships, academic pursuits and work environments? 

How do we move beyond our low threshold of self love that demands we question our value?

Anna Marie Quindlen, author, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner agrees that we do not have to fall into the trap -- the revolving door of feelings of insecurity and mediocrity. It's time we tire of logging around negativity towards ourselves and proclaim, WE ARE ENOUGH.

After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.
— Anna Quindlen

Take this challenge with me; let's counter every self deprecating thought with three simple words, until we mean it and believe it, I AM ENOUGH. This is one situation where I am advocating for a little self-brainwashing therapy. We deserve to start each day with squared shoulders, lifted chins and complete confidence.

How do you confront your negative feelings?

I do whimsy, Kirby-JC

This post is part of my Created to Love initiative: a love campaign dedicated to promoting love for one's self and comradery among women.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 
— 1 Corinthians 13:13