• Etinosa J Ogbevoen

You're Only limiting yourself... To be honest.

I can't believe summer is almost over. In terms of that, I mean school is starting back up this month. I think the worst part about adulating is the summer time. You don't really get a summer anymore. Work kind of just gets in the way. I'm fortunate enough to be in a school setting so I had the whole month of June off which was great. I was still working my second job and trying to studying for the GRE but besides that I was a free bird and it really got me thinking about a lot of things happening in my life.

Right now I'm all about lifestyle changes. Back in March I declared that I was changing my old habits to become the woman that I envision myself to be. To radiate confidence and positivity. In August I am declaring that my vision and my dreams are bigger than anyone can fathom. I'm tired of hearing others opinions or seeking out their approval. I'm living my life for me. I'm stepping up my game and I'm putting in the work that needs to be done to get to the next level. There have been to many times where I felt like other people have limited me and in actuality I have been limiting myself. They have told me that I shouldn't do this or that. That I don't have the will power or the determination to get certain things done. After every conversation I felt discouraged and angry. I let myself get complacent and I keep living my life. I'd analyze my surroundings and ask myself if this is what I wanted for the rest of my life and every time the answer was no. I stress when I have to pay for incidentals or even just spending the little money that I earn. I think about all the things that I want to do in my life and if I stay here I'll never be able to do them.

The dream is to travel the world and make an impact on the people that you meet while ballin with the love of your life. That's my dream at least. I purposely read articles about inspiring women and I surround myself with those same type of women. Why? So that I'll never forget that I have to keep working and pushing. The other day was Black Women Equal Pay Day, and it hit me thinking that as a black women my work is not only unappreciated but it's also undervalued. What do you mean I have to work all of 2016 and all the way up to July 31st to make the same as my white male counterpart. That realization hit me like a brick wall. What is it about them that says, "I'm so much better than any black woman." It's that sediment that enrages me and forces me to do better.

I'm going to be real with you. I'm not the most determined or motivated person. Procrastination was my middle name a couple years ago and still tends to creep up every now and then. But the difference now is that I recognize it and that's when I hit the reset button. I'm 23 years old. I have a lot of life ahead of me. But in order to get the life I want I have to put the work in now. If you know me or ever have the chance to have a conversation with me you'll figure out that there's a lot that just circulates in my brain. (Half the time I'm pretty sure I'm a genius.) I have skills and knowledge that people would love to have but I'm not utilizing them correctly. I'm not maximizing my potential, which is funny to me because it frustrates me when other do the same thing. If you've gotten this far in this piece that means I'm resonating with you in same way, shape , or form. You see I created ENHANCE to inspire and encourage people to rise to the next level. This is not a post to put you down, it's a post to make you question yourself and the direction your steering your life. Are you doing everything in your power to get to the next level. Are you vibrating on the same frequency of your dreams? Are you surrounding yourself with the right people? How do you motivate yourself? These are all questions I ask myself when I get frustrated with my current situation. I know I can do more and I Know I'm destined to be more but, I have to do the work. You have to be ready to put in the work!

For August make a declaration to yourself and say I'm going to do my best to be the best version of myself and to reach the dreams and vision that only I can see. You got this. I believe in you. (Damnit I believe in myself!) That's all that matters, and if you can't see it for yourself hit me up because I'll help you realize your potential and how to make it reality!

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