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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Back On The Wagon

24 hour bug gone!!!  I wonder if my body just needed sleep.  I have been working really hard on this project and I haven’t been getting much sleep.  Not that I get a ton of sleep in the first place – I am not a big fan of sleep.  I’d rather work now and sleep when I’m dead.

I missed my deadline and I feel horrible 😦 all I can do now is try to get it done within the next day or two.  It sucks because I am right in the thick of it.  You know when you are in the climax of a project it feels like it takes forever to reach the finish line from there.  That’s where I am now pushing through to the end, which seems so far away.  This is going to be a huge triumph for me when I’m finished.  I can’t wait so I can come out of hiding.  I’ve locked myself away until it is done.

Well, I am going to keep this short because the longer I stay away from my work the longer it will take for me to finish it.  Good luck to you all with your projects.  See you on the other side!

Sacrifice

Some people say, anything worth having is worth waiting for.  I say, anything worth having is worth fighting for.  I’ve found that if you really want something in this life you have to be willing to go to battle for it.  You have to be willing to not sleep, not eat, not spend time with your family pretty much sacrifice everything for it.  Kanye West writes in one of his songs that before he made it he locked himself in the basement doing five beats a day for three summers.  That is a sacrifice.  Tyler Perry spent his life savings and slept in a car for two years, that’s a sacrifice.   The results of these two great men sacrifices was success beyond measure.  So much wealth that the sacrifice didn’t seem like it was too much to give up once on the other side of the rainbow.

Are you willing to do that?  Are you willing to go to war for the desires of your heart?

I am! This is sacrifice season and I am knee deep in my planting.

Voyage to Oprah’s Couch Ep_11

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. For this episode of Voyage to Oprah’s Couch I decided to highlight them and hear what they have to say about me and my quest to success. We continue to track my weight loss however this week with all the Thanksgiving festivities I failed to lose any weight and actually put it back on. See for yourself how it all turned out.