Yesterday, I interviewed a young lady who recently opened her own boutique. Prior to opening her own business she had had several fashion experiences that provided her with the knowledge to open her store. The more she shared her story, the more I noticed how self-reflective she was. She talked about how she'd kept a journal since she was in first grade! What an accomplishment! I wish I had done such a thing. Journaling provides you with an written opportunity to survey your growth as a person. (I HIGHLY suggest doing this, if you do not already.)
As the year grows close to an end, we should all aim to be more self-reflective - seeking ways to intentionally grow. Here are a few questions that I think are great to ponder on:
1. What's my calling? More important that working any ole job, we need to know how it fits in a larger plan. Knowing what we are destined to do is vitally important - mostly because it gives us hope day-to-day. Listen as Yolanda talks about how she discovered what her calling was in life.
2. Do I believe in a higher power/existence? For me personally, I absolutely believe in God! But this may not be true for you. Nonetheless, with all the chaos that's happening around us, I find it crucial that we have something to 'look up to.' Someone to lead guide and direct us when our intentions have failed us. It's easier to turn to God and say, "Oh dear heavenly Father, I messed up and I'm not sure what to do" than it is to turn within and face the guilt, hurt, pain and shame we often put on ourselves.
In a six-year Web MD study, they found that people were 51% more likely to live longer by attending church at least once a week. Listen as Keara explains how she doesn't make a single move without first consulting God about what is best.
3. What is my social responsibility? Founder of The Radical Monarchs shares how when she was younger, there was no group she could join to talk about the social injustices she faced, like being bussed to a different school everyday. Because of that, she felt her social responsibility was to provide such an opportunity for young girls who are now about the age she was then.
As the year closes, what are you reflecting on? What are you thankful for? How will you create LASTING change in your life in 2016?