Getting Back That Feeling?

Hello Beauties!

Welcome back, I’ve missed you! Today’s post is the first of many for this new year, and I couldn’t have chosen a better day than my birthday to kick things off! Yep that’s right, today I turn the big TWO-NINE! This is my last year in the roaring 20s, so I have to make it count… just like every year, only a tad bit more. Look out 2017 here I come!

Today’s post “Getting Back that Feeling?” was inspired after browsing through some pics of myself from last year. I began to think back to where I was at that time in my life, in comparison to where I am now just one year later.

Early 2016

Looking at pictures from a year ago, I see myself and I look seemingly happy. But for what? Thinking back to that time, I was about 6 months into my blogging career, and was struggling to find enough time to invest in it. I was going thru a major change with my day job that left me feeling a bit stressed and unsettled. I was trying to make certain moves in my life, but with every step forward, I was forced to take two steps back. But still… through these photos I smile, and I appear to be very happy.

Early 2017

Fast forward to today… I’ve become a bit of a pro at my new role, though it still isn’t my career of choice. I’m going on a year and a half of blogging, and though I set some pretty good goals for it’s growth and success last year, I wasn’t able to achieve them all. But I look at photos I’ve taken recently, and I still smile that same beautiful smile.

The Comparison

Last year I experienced some major lows. Lows that I thought would keep me in a funk for much longer than they did. But after every negative outcome, every heartbreak, every feeling of defeat and betrayal, I was gifted with a new blessing that would pull me back together. When I lost friendships, I gained new ones. When I began to lose my faith, I gained it back through the power of prayer and church community. When my husband and I began to grow restless after months and months of trying to build our family, our prayer was answered, and we are now expecting our first baby… Extra excited about that last bit!

I guess what I’m trying to say is, that no matter how low your lows are, pay close attention to the blessings that follow. When I first saw those pictures of myself a year ago I said “I’ve got to get back that feeling.” Then I realized, I never lost that feeling. I was going through things then and I don’t expect this new year to be any different in that regard. There will always be new challenges, and there will always be something or someone trying to discombobulate you. Ultimately, it’s up to us to see life for the blessing that it is. Message of the day beauties, keep your heads held high, and press forward. We got this!

xoxo Jamela

“She walks with her head held high.”

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