Happy New Year!!!

 

Family, family, family! That’s what New Year’s was for me. I pretty much spent the entire month of December with my family, and that’s exactly what I wanted. Being pregnant has made me appreciate my family even more. They are such a great support system and I feel so safe and loved when I’m around them.  There is nowhere else I’d rather be but in their company.

As I reflect on 2016, I am so grateful for my experiences and accomplishments. I am a person who has high expectations for myself and I take it hard when I don’t meet my personal goals, but I can truly say 2016 was a good year for my career and personal life.

Last year the only goal that I set was to publish my first novel. As happy I am to say that I did that, this year I believe my goals may be a little more ambitious, especially with a baby on the way.  So, I’ve decided to share them so that I will be accountable for reaching them.

Here they are:

  1. Restructure, Rebrand, Revamp, By Renee Visions Publishing House & the Shireal Renee brand
  1. Publish the second book to the “Me & My Man’s Wife” trilogy, “Dodging Deliverance”
  1. Enroll in school for my Masters Degree
  1. Buy a big girl car i.e. my dream car
  1. Rewrite, Produce, & Star in “Wide Open”, stage play
  1. Take the books and the play on a national college tour
  1. Balance all these things while being a great mom and wife!

As I’m listing them out achieving all of this seems pretty ambitious and a little unattainable. But my mother always says, “Nothing beats a failure but a try.” Yes, I know it will be difficult and I will probably hate myself at times for trying to do so much, but I know for sure it’s not impossible.  With the proper plan and a lot of discipline I can do it. I can do anything.

Besides, it’s not just for me this time. It’s for my son too. I want to be a good example for him. I want him to see that his mom never let anything stand in her way and that he will be able to have anything he wants in this world with hard work and dedication. There are no limits to what he can achieve as long as he keeps God first, stays focused, and doesn’t take no for an answer. I will prove this to him by my actions.

Happy New Year everyone! Make your list out and work through yours with me. Lets make 2017 better than any other year – Remember, nothing beats a failure but a try!

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“Outside Myself”

What does “Outside Myself” mean? Well, in my line of work there are so many times that people have an opinion about me or what I do whether it be positive or negative. And many times I make the mistake of taking those opinions in. When doing that what happens is I start to let those feelings of others shape my perception of myself and it changes me in one way or another. On top of that I am my worst critic. It is very rare that I am 100% satisfied with myself or my work so most times I am walking around with a weight on my shoulder that I just can’t shake.

That weight gets heavy and sometimes I have to stop and put it down for a moment and look at what it is that I am carrying around. “Outside Myself” is exactly that, putting down the weight that has been on my shoulder but not just one weight, all the weights. I am putting down every weight that has ever burdened me in my life, placing it in front of me and calling it out.

It is time for me to step outside of myself and acknowledge the pain, let it go and allow myself to leave it there and heal. I think everyone needs to do that at some point in their life. Just put it all out there and grow. I want a new story a more fulfilling one. One that I am in control of and the only way I can get that is by letting the old one go. I am very ready to do this show to let it go. My one expectation that I have for anyone who sees this is to be touched and hopefully they can be find healing in my story. This show is going to be life changing and career changing for me. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my life is after this.