It Starts With You

Hi Beautiful!

it’s time for a change, what’s holding you back?

Guess what? I know I know exactly what’s holding you back. It’s not money, it’s not timing, it’s not others holding you back, it’s not a million other excuses that you are probably trying to come up with right now.

What’s holding you back is YOU! Let’s just take a step back and think about it. You will really need to let go, clear your mind, and step out of your comfort zone and really do a Self Evaluation and become “Self Aware”.

Vanessa’s quick Note: When I feel like this or become aware of myself coming up with a million excuses as to why I am unable to do something; I take a step back, pray and ask God for clarity, and meditate.

It’s time for you to get out of your own way and start living life as you are now. Take 5 minutes out of your day and ask yourself these 5 questions, and allow yourself to feel and really evaluate what is going on in your mind and with your emotions as you answer these questions.

  1. Who are you?
  2. What are your values?
  3. Do you care what people think of you?
  4. What drives you or what motivates you?
  5. Do you love yourself?

If you are stuck, feel free to email me at LivingLifeAsIAm@gmail.com and I can help you through.

Now think about where you want to be in life in as much detail as possible. If you need to write it down, go ahead and write it down. Think about it as if it were the life you are living now. Feel it, live it, dream it.

Now that you have done a quick evaluation of who you are, what is holding you back from living your life as you picture it?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you can now start taking the steps necessary to get to the life that you want, all while living your best life as you are right now. It Starts with You!

Intro to Vanessa and LLAIA

 

If this is your first time here at LivingLifeAsIAm.com, let me introduce myself. My name is Vanessa and through LivingLifeAsIAm.com I hope to inspire and motivate you to live your #BestLife in your current reality.Now that you know what my goal is, let me give you a little more insight into who I am or who I was.

For as long as I can remember, I lived life day by day with a smile on my face at all times. If I was having a bad day or had a million things on my mind, no one could ever tell. I was always known as the always this “positive”, “happy”, “giving” person and I allowed people to take advantage of me in ways that I never realized.

Growing up I never wanted to upset anyone, let anyone down, or be a burden on anyone. You can say I was a “people pleaser”. I cared so much about what people thought of me and really valued their opinion of me, and of course, I wanted their perception of me to be positive. It got to a point in my adulthood that it really took a toll on me physically and mentally. But let me tell you…If I knew back then what I know now, I could be running the world.

As I reached adulthood, I truly felt like something was missing and I felt so empty. I went through a really tough time that gave me so much anxiety, and I would constantly be playing a reel of these questions through my head constantly.

  1. Am I good enough?
  2. Why Me?
  3. Is this where I am supposed to be in life?
  4. Am I pretty enough?
  5. Am I smart enough?
  6. Should I work harder?
  7. Why do they have such a better quality of life than I do?

It wasn’t until I got married, actually, it wasn’t until years into my marriage that I was able to just “Let Go and Let God”. Literally.

Mind you, I grew up going to church. Or shall I say, going through the motions of going to church with my family. I really never understood what was going on in church. I could never really follow what was going go on. I just knew that Jesus is the son of God, Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and I knew God spoke to me at the age of 10 and at that time I got baptized. And of course like most people growing up getting into the pre-teen and teenage years going to church and building my relationship with God was just not important as Cheerleading or being the best Dancer I could be.

It wasn’t until I met my husband that I would develop a whole new understanding of who God is, what Christianity really means, and who I am in the image of God. My everyday struggles slowly melted away as I grew my relationship with God, things in my life became so clear.

I will go so much deeper and open up much more as I share with you all how to live your best life where you are now.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me just a little bit in this post. Through this blog/website, there will be support, fun, love, and all things positive shared weekly. There will be a few series that will be fun and for entertainment when you just need a break. There will be a few series sharing helpful information on how to get out of your own mind, how to be your best self, how to get the job that you want, how to start a virtual assistant business from home and be successful, etc.

I hope that as I begin to share with you, you will share with me and the other readers so that we can grow a beautiful and safe community for like-minded people.

If there is anything that you want me to write about or any questions that you would like me to answer please leave a comment below or email me at LivingLifeAsIAm@gmail.com

Prudential #WomenInspired: Taking Control of my Financial Future

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I was blessed with the opportunity to attend Prudential’s #WomenInspired event last Thursday September 22, 2016 by DiMe Media. And let me tell you…I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing this event was, and how much I learned about getting my finances together. Also, not to mention having the opportunity to meet the #MoneyMaven Patrice C. Washington and learn some amazing tips on taking control of my finances  (If you do not know who she is, you better google her!).

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The #WomenInspired event was a huge eye opening event for me. The first thing I learned as a woman who is currently building her brand is that I need to know my worth. I should never sell myself short when it comes to my current career and my blog. I also must know exactly what I bring to the table and be able to back it up and explain what it is that I bring for the price that I am negotiating.

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Second, I was the type of women in my marriage that allowed my husband to take on our finances. I completely trust my husband, but I know now that I need to be right there with him knowing what’s going on and doing research with him when it comes to investing and preparing for our financial future. So Ladies, get involved with the household finances don’t push it off to your husband. If you need some help getting started planning for your financial future reach out to a financial planner, you may want to try Prudential Financial to get started.

 

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Lastly, I have learned that mindset is everything. I do not know how many times I have said this in my blog and vlogs, “MINDSET IS EVERYTHING”. As you know I am a huge believer in personal development and positive thinking, but I never really associated your mindset with your finances. But I have learned that finances and mindset go hand in hand  if you are looking to be successful in your finances as well as life and business.

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Oh My Goodness! When I say I have learned so much and have been awakened to how important me as a women being in control of my finances is. I can’t even tell you how inspired I am to get it together. I met so many amazing women at this event and I have been inspired to start living in my passion.

So I challenge all of my Savvy friends to get inspired and start taking control of your finances and start planning for your financial future TODAY. Start where you are and start today!

Remember a Positive Mind = A Positive Life

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Learning To Love

I figured now is a better time than any to share one of my biggest struggles that I have been fighting to over come for the past few years.

Over the past 5 or so years, my body has gone through some major changes, and I have had the toughest time embracing the changes that have occurred. I am ashamed to say that I am one of those girls that only post pictures from the shoulders up, so YES I am like the selfie headshot queen!

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I have come to the conclusion, that I have spent way to much time dwelling on the stupid stuff. I am not the same girl I was in high school, people get older and change. It’s life. Now I must focus all of my energy on living the life that I love and not worrying about what everyone else will think of me and how I look. If you have a problem with me or the way that I look, then that’s your problem not mine!!!

Over the past few weeks there has been so much going on around me, it seems like so many people have past away and more and more people are being diagnosed with  cancer or some kind of life threatening illnesses. I am so thankful that I am very healthy physically and mentally and I have been inspired to live my life to the fullest with no regrets.

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So lets make a promise to live every day like it’s your last and get rid of any negativity that is holding you down.

 

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