I haven’t arrived, nor do I try to pretend that I have reached some pinnacle of success or destination in life. And if no one’s every told you, “You’ve still got a long way to go baby!” Let me be the one to tell you, you’ve still got a long way to go baby! If you feel like that’s an incorrect statement – you should probably get moving onto a new endeavor or get you some business. 😉

But there are a few things that I hold true when the list of things that I’ve completed seem long and the recognition for my efforts seem short.

1. I keep going – It’s in those impatient moments of watching the coffee pot drip that I learn that my anxiety and stress doesn’t help the machine finish its goal any faster or make the finished product more delectable.

Each milestone in my career or personal life propels me to the next, but sometimes I continue working even if I can’t see the finish line or even the next milestone. Be open to adventure, working toward a goal. But you’re not uncompromisingly set on anything for your future.”

I like, many others, hate not being recognized. Heck, we were raised on participation ribbons! So, a rewards system is engrained in our being. It’s in the moment that you see no trophy or bonus that you must keep going until you see a way out. The only way out is through. Your reputation depends on it. Don’t quit because you feel overlooked. You’re seen and valued by someone and all of your daily efforts will add up to something beautiful!

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

2. I practice intentionality – We are all familiar with the statement “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day,” and it’s true anything worth your name being attached deserves you sacrificing your energy. (Not that your name needs to be attached to everything.)

Our mere existence, this world, your language, culture, family, education…etc. wasn’t built in a day. As a twenty-something it’s easy to be in a rush. A rush to take the next step, jump into the next relationship, acquire your next ego boost, earn another degree, and the list goes on. I’m guilty, but I’m curbing my appetite to gain accolades by setting my sights on being intentional. I’m intentional with my time, who I text, what we talk about, and when I need to go out into the world versus when I need to stay home and recoup.

Relax. Grind. Rest. Progress. Repeat.


Jasmine Shanice