HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2K21
January 9, 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY NEW YEAR my loves! I typically don't roll with the "New Year... New Me!" motto.... but this year, I think I will. Without a doubt 2020 was one of the most challenge years EVER! One way or another, it was a year the worldwill not soon forget.
Through it all, I must say that God is good and STILL in control.
In the midst of chaos, uncertainty and odds stacking against us... We had moments to realize just how strong we are. We had moments to build. We had moments to sit still and hear direction with clarity like never before. As we were forced to make adjustments collectively, we were presented the opportunity to grow individually. For myself, I realized just how much I take "TIME" for granted.
If "I'mma Do It" was a person.... HI! I'm it. Well, at least I was....
Procrastination... say it with me.... Procrastination is the devil's gateway of stealing so much from us.
Time we could spend with loved ones. Time we could spend mastering our craft. Time we could spend etching our goals. Time we could spend going over all little steps. Procrastination and the spirit of "I'mma Do It" held me captive longer than I care to admit. When it came to attacking a task for others - it was an immediate need and would be handled right then and there. There would be no hesitation or conflict that would become a hurdle. But when it came time to do something for myself!?! It would be on the TO-DO list for a week and I would readjust until I eventually got around to it.
March of 2020, God began showing His hand of protection over me more so than ever. He spared me from hurt, harm and danger and whispered "Do what I told you to do... NOW!" As I began working the plan to bring the vision into fruition - LIFE would begin to shift in ways to where my procrastination was no longer intentional... if that makes sense. Whereas I would once say "I'mma do it!" and just make plans to do it later.... Nah... LIFE happened as I was finally attempting to complete the delayed tasks at hand. I had to dig deeper and focus harder on completing the task! I'd been given the vision to ink my fourth book P.O.O.F. (Power Over Obstacles Forever) and it was not as easy as I'd planned it to be.
I constantly battled with ending the chapters. Each chapter meant so much and I wanted it to be as transparent, vulnerable and inspirational as possible. However, the more I wrote of having Power Over Obstacles Forever, obstacles kept meeting me at every turn of events. I'm grateful God blessed me with the vision, molded me through turmoil and inspired me to inspire others to keep swinging.
During all of the changes, one thing remained the same, I desired to keep the line of communication open and stronger as ever to keep my family and friends informed and even entertained during these difficult times. The LaTangela Show made its way back on the tube and TanTune Productions is becoming the production house I intended it to be. Although we were no longer able to broadcast live on location, from our station or even at small functions, through eliminating the excuses and procrastinations, I was granted an extra avenue to be a vessel.
This year opened avenues to be impactful and bring change in areas we roamed within our new reality.
Guests from around the world took time to chat on the #TanLine about issues we were facing collectively. From the pandemic of COVID-19, the unrest within our communities due to racism, violence, presidential elections... through eliminating my spirit of procrastination, I was able connect with you weekly through the podcast.
In the time of a crisis, the needs our communities were faced with don't just magically disappear.
They amplify. I found a true highlight working with my friends at Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers on our Leadership Academy that provides so much love and support to the Non-Profit organizations across our state. Although we were unable to gather in a large, in-person setting due to Covid-19 and safety precautions, we were able to gather virtually and still manage to chat, learn and serve. I'm truly blessed to have friends in my circle that inspire me to do and be better even when things become difficult.
The more and more adjustments I began to make, the more challenges began to present themselves.
Getting my steps in mentally, physically and spiritually became more necessary than ever. Upon doing so, I discovered for the first time in my life I would soon find myself under a surgeon's knife. This blog is becoming lengthier than intended so I won't go into detail here...But trust and believe me when I say God is AMAZING.
My family and friends that stood in the gap and prayed for me, spoke life into my situation and inspired me to rest and heal... I am beyond grateful that 2020 revealed just how strong our bond is. I also discovered that Super Heroes do exist. Dr. Charles Aycock and his team over at Women's Hospital took such amazing care of me. Take time to say "THANK YOU" to those who serve on our front line and dedicate their lives to ensure the best care for our loved ones while they are at their worst.
Everyone on their team reassured me things would be ok and I would be better by 2021!.
Well, here we are... 9 days into the new year and in spite of it all... I am excited to see God's work take this clay and craft something beyond our wildest imagination.
Tonight as I reflect, I choose to walk away from 2020 prayerfully. I choose to walk away from 2020 with a spirit of gratitude. Grateful for the lessons learned, support & reminders that love is the universal language we all crave and understand...
Leaving you with a scripture that I was once tasked the learn:
1 Corithinas Chapter 13 - read and digest it and breathe it.
13 If I speak in the tonguesa]">[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b]">[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
I love you and will be excited to hear of the great things headed your way ALL 2K21!