Starting From NOW: Recovering from setbacks

Let’s see if I can write this post without crying. I was running along at first half the year 2012 like a young gazelle in the African savanna. I was making moves. Big ones. I had plans to take this blog and my design business to a whole other level. Then it was as if someone came along with a poison dart blower and shot me in the butt. In an instant I was down. The pain of my heartaches was almost unbearable. Staggering and woozy, I spent the latter half of the year playing catch up to my dreams.

2012 stretched me in ways beyond what I could have ever imagined. Husband hospitalized twice due to a chronic illness. Baby son had a terrifying accident and had to be rushed to the hospital. Mother and two uncles and husband’s grandmother passed away within months of each other (Actually, grandma died three days before mom, two funerals in the same week.). Went through the stress of buying our first home. Gained new friends, lost others. Throw in some of the normal stresses of life, and what do you have? A recipe for a breakdown, perhaps? No, what you have is an opportunity to claim victory! Why? Because I made it. I’m stronger, I’m wiser, I’m better, much better (If I can steal a line from Marvin Sapp).    
Starting from NOW
How do you pick up the pieces of your life? For me, it started with the decision that quitting was not an option. In this moment of “NOW”, I may not be at the momentum I want, but I can at least make a step.(How do you climb a mountain…one step at a time.) I can get up in the morning and thank God for another day. I could ask for guidance and grace. Regardless of what your situation may look like, keep reminding yourself that there is greatness in you. Every action you take reveals just a little bit more of that greatness.
Make yourself accountable. You cannot seize the moment of your “NOW” without being accountable. When I first started Love Your Naps, I had no clue about blogging or how much work it would be. All I knew was that I was having success with my natural hair and I wanted to inspire others to do the same. I also knew that in order to stay natural I needed accountably.  It became too easy for me to just throw on a wig if I was having a bad hair day. However, every day should not be a bad hair day. I had to make a decision to confront my hair and deal with it on a daily basis. I am accountable to myself to make sure my hair looks nice and I’m accountable to my online community.
What’s New?
Love Your Naps is about self-discovery. It’s about falling in love with our hair and ourselves. We plan to deliver content that makes us feel good. More color, more positivity, more enlightenment, more styles and trends. Be on the lookout for a new look and some awesome projects that we are cooking up. Come along for the ride. Subscribe and stay connected. We also want to hear from you. What would you like to see more of this year from Love Your Naps? (Please comment below.)
And no, I couldn’t get through this post without crying. However, I can end it with a smile. I’ve learned to take life one day at time. I am full of hope and faith. I know if God has carried me this far, he will see this through to end. So take the first step, whether in your career, hair goals, personal development, recovering from a bad relationship, etc. Start from your “NOW”, whatever it looks like.
What steps are you taking to start at “NOW”? Please share in the comments below.
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