As I sit here writing this post, I realize I have been up for, almost, 24 hours. I don’t say that for sympathy or to, even, condone not getting the proper amount of sleep. I say it to make a point. For as long as I can remember, my father has drilled, in my head, three ways to look at life. One of those key points is “Short term sacrifice for long term gain.” When I was working on my master’s degree, I thought about quitting. I had four months left and was tired, stressed, frustrated, and burned out. I had been in school, by that time, almost 25 years (kindergarten forward). Due to my procrastination (my fault), every Monday, for 18 months, I didn’t get any sleep. I waited until the last minute to write my papers and get them submitted by the cutoff. Being a single parent, working multiple jobs, being in a relationship, and taking care of three dogs was getting to me on so many levels. I went to my parents to tell them I wasn’t going to finish my degree. My father said, “Natasha, you’re almost there. Why would you quit, now?” I went home and thought about it. If I kept pushing, if I managed my time better, I could get through it. I had to be willing to give up some things to get to where I was trying to go. I had to see the bigger picture…what I was going to be accomplishing. One of those things I gave up, sometimes, was sleep. There are people who go to college and get eight hours sleep every night. I applaud them. That’s not the way my journey was set up. I decided to tough it out and I got my MBA with concentration in Health Care Management.

Since June 1, 2015, I’ve been on a new journey. I’ve written out my vision, I’ve made my dream board, and I’ve started the journey to see and make those things come to fruition. I read the Word, daily, I have created a LLC, with three DBA’s I’m building (they all tie in together), I’m back in school working on additional certifications and diplomas, have an active teenager, and planning a wedding. There are people who tell me I have too much on my plate and, I understand, to them, I do. To me, I’m making some short term sacrifices for long term gain. You see, for a long time, I saw no hope in my future. What I saw was darkness and gloom. I, now, SEE, after developing a relationship with God, there is a brighter day for me, my family, and those I help. There is a future of prosperity, hope, and abundance. You’re not going to, always, feel like staying up late, missing girls night out, working out twice per day, working that extra shift, etc, but in order to get what God has for you, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices. I know it is not going to be easy…BUT, I, also, KNOW it is going to be worth it!!! In order to change our lives, for the better, we have to be willing to change our ways.

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  ~Phillipians 3:12-14~

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