Thoughts and Reflections of 2020

2020 was a year like we’ve never seen before. It was year of major challenges for most, yet for some, great successes. It took me a moment or two to decide what to say as we enter 2021, this New Year. So, I’ve chosen to share some of my thoughts and reflections of the first few months of 2020. In January, we welcomed the first year of a New Decade! A year of self-empowerment. A year for us to have the confidence, in who will are and what we are capable of, and to take at least one step closer to our goal, dream and purpose.

In February, we were stepping outside our comfort; realizing that Nothing is Impossible, if we believe in ourselves.  We discovered that “It’s always the right time for us to seize the opportunity to learn, grow, and be empowered to make our dreams a reality!” Then by March, we found ourselves in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and our lives would never be the same. From a very practical perspective, we needed to make major adjustments to having everyone in the house all the time. We had to focus on managing our households in our “new normal” by being innovative, creative and with careful planning. We needed to create living spaces that made us feel at ease, yet productive. This meant that we may have had to create new habits, which included a different daily routine and a more flexible schedule.

Here we are ten (10) months later and each day is a new adventure… Recently, I heard a preacher say, “Now don’t leave 2020 empty handed!” He was referring to a story in the Bible, when the children of Israel left Egypt after 400 years of bondage, with all the riches of that country. We can’t afford to go through all that we went through in 2020 and come into 2021 with nothing. We may not have monetary riches, but we definitely have a wealth of knowledge of the strength and resilence that we may not have known that we had… Now that we’ve taken just a few moments to look back, let’s begin to look forward into what the future holds for all of us.

We Welcome the 2nd Year of a New Decade!
What is the one word you would use to describe 2021?

I pray that you enjoyed this time of thoughts and reflections of 2020. I am going to begin a new series, comprised of excerpts from my 2020 Order Your Steps newsletter. So Stay Tuned for…

My Thoughts, Reflections and Revelations of 2020″

The Birth Your Dream Event Series Backstory

MP FB event cover 505x266As you may or may not know, the Lord has had me in a season of obedience, since 2018.  In May, I hosted my first Ordering Your Steps (OYS) women’s workshop, entitled “A Mother’s Perspective”.  I must admit that it was a struggle initially, because being who I am, I wanted to control all the details and I had my own expectation of the outcome.  However, my lesson in obedience required just the opposite.  I had to listen to the Lord’s direction and allow Him again to Order My Steps!  Let’s just stay that the event was very interesting.  In my eyes, I can’t honestly say it was successful, but I am confident that it was just what God had planned.   In September of the same year, I began writing Order, Organize & Obedience, another very interesting experience, one I’ll never forget.  Ultimately, what God revealed to me, had nothing to do with the book itself.

DYM graphic 800x800-02In 2019, my 2nd Annual OYS event, “DeClutter Your Mind” was absolutely AMAZING!!  This time, I found it much, much easier, just to let God do what He does best.  He orchestrated every moment, from the idea to the event itself.   The Lord began to show me more and more about how the overall mission of Order Your Steps is evolving into more than just the opportunity to minister to individuals one on one, but to have the opportunity to reach women in many other areas of life.

Then around the middle of last year, I was asked to accept the position of president of our Business and Professional Women’s Federation (BPWF) for the DC Jurisdiction of our church.  The mission of the BPWF is to strive to provide business minded women with an opportunity to put their professional abilities to work to achieve their dreams and God-given purpose.  This was right in line with what the Lord has shown me as He expands my role as owner of Order Your Steps, to reach even more women.

door lightIt was shortly after my appointment that I was listening to a message by Bishop T.D. Jakes.  He was talking about how the Lord will show us our dream or purpose, but we must do the work to achieve it.  “The Door is Open but You Gotta PUSH”!  He used the analogy of a woman giving birth and although the womb in open, we must push really hard to birth our baby.  By the same token, we must push really hard to birth our dream.  The Lord continued to impress upon me to share with my audience, who are primarily women, the idea of putting forth all of our efforts, through the pain, frustration or disappointments, to birth what He has put in us.

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As a result of the Lord’s prompting, in April, we will host our 3rd Annual Ordering Your Steps Women’s Workshop, entitled “Birth Your Dream”.  This workshop will focus on tapping into our God Given gifts and talents that just waiting to burst through, those things that God has put in us that are waiting to be birthed.  Whether a promotion, a thriving ministry, starting a new business, etc., we must acknowledge the Lord as the true owner of our career, business or ministry and view ourselves as just a steward over it.   We want this event to spar and ignite the participants to take at least one step closer to their goal, dream and purpose.

In January, 2020, I was reading my daily devotional from the Spirit of Prophecy bulletins by Marsha Burns and this is what it said:

Expansion is the order of this season.  You can reach higher, go deeper and search wider to know Me more intimately and to accomplish that what is set before you, says the Lord.  Refuse to allow a sense of not being capable to cripple your efforts.  Go forth with courage and expectation.

Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.”

Once I read this, I soon realized that what began as one event, would become a three-event series.  Again, the Lord has orchestraed every moment according to His plan.  Therefore, in the works is a July 18th “Live Your Dream” networking event, which will be an opportunity for all current and potential entrepreneurs to get to know each other.  This will be a chance for us to share our successes and lessons learned.  It is critical that we support each other and not compete with one another. We are much better together!  Then on October 10, we will host the BPWF Women’s Conference entitled “Pursue Your Dream”.  Stay tuned for the AMAZING details that are evolving as we speak

We are sooooo super excited about what the Lord is doing through us.  We will keep you posted as we proceed.  Tickets for our Birth Your Dream April event will go on sale on February 15th, in only two more days.  You don’t want to miss it!  We hope to see you there…

Financial Planning

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Or Lack Thereof….  I thought that I should add just a few thoughts with regards to “The Dream”.    My reality is that I did not properly plan financially for my retirement.  I understand that if you are my age, we need “MILLIONS” of dollars saved in order to live comfortably when we retire.  In my attempt to be transparent and hopefully, help others, my savings does not even come close to “MILLION” (singular).  My 401K took a beating like many of ours over the past several years and so did many pension funds. 

But, as the Lord would have it, I was eligible for the early retirement buy-out when it was offered and I had reached the retirement age in accordance with the guidelines of my company (which by the way, I achieved in Sept., 2011… Coincidence, I think NOT!)  So I will be drawing my pension, but I will have to wait on Social Security… No, I won’t hold my breath!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not flying solely by the seat of my pants.  I have figured out how much income that I will need to bring in from “Order Your Steps” (more info to come on that).  But although we don’t have any credit card debt, we do still have a mortgage. 

So without telling you all my business, I am sure that a LOT of you are thinking… “SHE MUST HAVE FALLEN DOWN AND BUMPED MY HEAD!”

I would love to hear your thoughts and I promise to take the constructive criticism with an open mind  🙂 ……