What do you know?

Dear Beautiful Soul,

When I began my first ‘real’ job at 16 serving buffalo-style chicken wings at a popular eatery, I knew that this wasn’t all that my life would be. My choice to work was brought on not because I was saving for a car or to go on a trip. I worked because my family needed the income and it was either working or living on the streets.That same summer in addition to working at the chicken spot, I took a job as a camp counselor. During the week I would spend the nights on the couch of a good girlfriend and would travel ‘home’ to the other side of the city on the weekend. Even though the end of this chapter wasn’t in sight, I knew that there was more to life than this.

When I began at Vanderbilt, I knew that I was going to have to work hard. While desiring a ‘normal’ college experience, I had to work to provide for my needs. I balanced a full course load with a job on campus. By my senior year, I was student teaching (40 hours a week), co-president of our campus Habitat4Humanity chapter and working full-time at Panera…I was the dorm bagel dealer. I would be in school form 7-3 and at Panera 4-11. I didn’t know when, but I knew the hard work would pay off. I knew that there was more to life than this.

When I took my previous position with a large government agency that focused on international development, I thought I had made it. Despite a positive first day, I knew this would not be it. While the position lasted longer than I had expected, I knew when it was time to leave. A year ago, I left that job and generous salary to walk in my purpose and to live in my truth. When I left I knew I was free.

So what do I know? I know that when you have a vision for greater and a desire to be more, do more, receive more, it is possibleI know that when you think you deserve better you receive better. I know  that God works in our favor when we surrender and allow ourselves to be ledI know that our mind is key to getting what we desire so we have to train it to work for our highest good. I know that we are more powerful than we believe and worthy of what we desire. 

As I celebrate my one-year entrepreneur-sary, I invite you to celebrate with me. Look at how far you have come and the challenges you have overcame. Be proud of what you have accomplished and know that there is still more to come. Know that where you are is not where you always be if you don’t want to be. You got this is and I am so excited and know that the best has yet to come. 

Wishing you blessings and bliss,

Courtney

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