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9 May

The Best Is Yet To Come

The best is yet to come

Yes, The Best Is Yet To Come!

Wow brandistas, 2017 is blazing by but the best is yet to come. I welcomed the year with a clear mind and open heart. I accepted  great things were on the horizon and the best of life was within reach.  The best of: experiences, relationships, career success and most importantly our own beliefs we carry about ourselves. Time appears to be on fast forward since January 1st, and there are no signs of slow motion in the near future. Meanwhile,  before I go further into my thoughts on staying focus, and being committed to our goals for this year and your life; I’d like to reflect back upon 2016. Something interesting transpired with me the later part of December which shocked me to my core.  I consider myself a faithful, grateful and appreciative person. Considering those aren’t such difficult characteristics to possess when things are going well; I challenge myself to find positive perspectives in things even during times of adversity.  Most times I’ll realize there’s a lesson that I needed to learn, other times, I chop it up as a consequence of a bad decision I’ve made. Either way, it’s the cycle of life. We win at somethings while we lose at others.  With that understanding, I can usually count on myself to have a healthy perspective toward how my life unfolds. I aim to take full accountability for the situations I find myself in and the experiences I’m apart of, because I believe our thoughts, beliefs, and the actions we choose culminates into the life we have.

 

2016 Had Her Moments, But The Best Is Yet To Come.

When 2016 rolled in, I found myself living in Chicago excited about the new change in scenery, my relationship with my fiancé, and enjoying Jala’s senior year of high school. I embraced various monumental moments that came along with having a high school senior. There was the obvious college applications and visits, basketball season, and me mentally preparing to send my baby girl off to begin a big and  bold new chapter in her life. By mid-year she was graduating high school, end of August I dropped her off at Syracuse, and less than two weeks later she would meet me in San Juan, Puerto Rico as I marry the man of my dreams. The rest of the year I spent in marital bliss and enthusiastically penning my first book, Make Your Mark: Personal Branding Through “On-Purpose” Living.  It was a great year, actually an extraordinary year, presenting some of my life’s greatest achievements and treasured moments.

So I had the audacity to find myself uncomfortable a few times in December, yes more than once, in conversations with friends or colleagues around how bad 2016 was. Although I too was deeply saddened by the deaths of family members, a friend, and celebrity icons that I deeply admired and have great respect for. My presidential candidate did not win the election and I found myself in the hospital twice.  I felt extremely blessed to experience more great moments than troubling ones. Of course, I had moments of frustrations, and disappointments, but overall 2016 was incredible. However, instead of me acknowledging my year for what it was, there was something in me that in those particular moments of hearing others talk so much about how dismal 2016 was, I somehow felt that by honoring my reality it would devalue theirs. During the first conversation revolving around all the deaths the year brought, I agreed with a friend that the deaths were troubling and expressed my hopes for less loss in 2017. But by the end of the second conversation and two glasses of Riesling, I knew everything unpleasant that happened to my friend in 2016 and I felt drained and sad. For some reason, it’s sometimes more comfortable  to connect with others to share struggles of lack and unfortunate experiences. Which is ironically the opposite of grateful and appreciative.  I’ve checked myself and made peace with those occurrences but there will be none of that in 2017. Honoring our experiences good or bad, doesn’t devalue the next persons. We should be happy acknowledging we’ve had a good day, season, or year, and is doing well; after all, isn’t that what we want? So when things are great, we must own it, acknowledge it and enjoy it. The cycle of life will certainly continue. And, nothing and nothing ahead is promised.

I’ve Accepted The Best Is Yet To Come, Have You?

With that, 2017 is bringing it! I’ve never had more clarity around the work I find soul in, the people I’m choosing to serve, and the goals that are possible when we put in the work while having faith, a grateful heart and an appreciative spirit. I’m excited about the book tour, my first year of marriage, watching Jala grown and exciting travels on the horizon. I don’t know how the remainder of the year will unfold, that’s not up to me, but I’m committed to being my best, doing my best, and giving the best way I know how. And,  I encourage you to do the same. With that brandistas, let’s aim to commit to staying faithful, grateful, and appreciative for the gift of life!

 

XOXO,

 

 

The Best Is Yet To Come

Courtney Rhodes

Courtney R. Rhodes is an author, brand building and marketing strategist, and speaker with a passion for style, traveling, and sharing interesting and informative content. She is founder of The Brandista Guide + www.CourtneyRRhodes.com; a volunteer for women development and empowerment initiatives and a student of the arts, humanities, and the pursuit of happiness. Courtney is a graduate of Morgan State University ('98) and The University of Baltimore M.A. ('03).

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