Hold On...We're Going Home12/11/2013
It's been months since my last blog post. I've been distracted, disconnected, and to be honest discouraged. I am not always inspired or motivated to push toward my goals. Why? Usually because I allow something or multiple somethings to shift my focus. I don't do this intentionally, it just happens. In October, I got an unexpected promotion on my job. This was definitely a blessing but I have allowed it to cause me to lose sight of things a bit. It's slightly deterred me from my path; my way home.
I'd like to think of my dreams as a type of home. Think about how you feel when you are at home. If you are anything like me (a homebody), you love to be at home. You are usually warm & comfy there, free of any rules or stipulations. Free to wear what you want, do what you want and be completely comfortable. We often hear people say things like "there is nothing like coming home after a long day's work." That is exactly what it feels like to pursue your dreams and do what you love. When you do what you love, you are in control. You dictate your own schedule. After a certain point, you can control how much money you make. More importantly, you are able to actively engage your passion each and every day. Doesn't that sound like a wonderful place to be? Sounds like a place I want to be; it sounds like home.
Today I am officially making more of a conscious effort to keep on my path to get home. I can no longer allow life to get in the way of that journey. Although this will take a great deal of effort, I must commit to it. I must persevere through my feelings and march forward. I am so blessed to have a great example of what it is like to pursue your dreams fiercely in my husband and his brothers. For about a year and a half now, they have been working to further Barlowe Basketball, their business which provides basketball coaching and training for all ages. Specifically, they have been working with a professional basketball player to help him get back to the NBA. Together, James and his brothers have trained this client tirelessly. At one point, they were working out at 1:00AM 2-3 times per week. To be clear, these workouts were sometimes 3-4 hours long. At times, James was very discouraged and wondered if their hard work would ever pay off. Now, just a little more than a year later, their client is signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. I couldn't be more proud of James and his brothers. They wanted to quit plenty of times, but they never did. "It's easier to quit than to keep going," my brother-in-law said when I texted him to congratulate him on the good news. He was right.
My book was supposed to be printed by now, but it is not. Although this frustrates me, I will not give up. I will keep working towards this dream. I will keep pushing and moving forward, ignoring all distractions and not listening to voices of discouragement (even if they are my own). I will not stop and my testimony will reach the masses. I will continue to journey on, all the while reminding myself that it will happen soon. Reminding myself that God's timing is above my timing. To all of my fellow dream pursuers, hold on...we're going home