Can I trust you with a secret? Okay good. I figured, but I wanted to be sure:

I don’t always feel inspired, motivated or encouraged.

Some days I’m busy, tired, and just want to kick back and mind my business.

I know, shocking right?

“But Vannesia, you have a motivational blog…”

Yeah I know. But you know by now, I’m also about keeping it real in Moxieland!

Now because I know me, I learned to develop a process when I have periods of uninspiration (I made that word up to drive my point home, but don’t use it in real life).

What I am going to share with you is part of that process and one of my main measuring sticks I use when benchmarking any success or failure.

I use this secret when I say things like:

Why am I doing this Moxie thing?

Why do I blog every single week?

Why did I host a free course? F-r-e-e?

Am I just repeating myself in my blogs?

Even more importantly, I use this secret when others reach out to me and say things like:

I can’t do this anymore, I need your help.

I’m burned out and want to quit.

I can’t do it like you, Vannesia. I’m just not motivated.

Do you want to know what it is?

It’s the past.

I know I’ve told you this before, but looking back on who you were can be a powerful measuring stick to use when putting your own growth into perspective.

The late Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

Additionally, many “chronologically mature” church members often say, “I’m not what I should be, but thank God I’m not what I used to be!” (shoutout to you if you just finished that sentence before you read it! haha)

You see, the only thing constant is time. Regardless of where you thought you should be right now, may I submit to you the idea that you are right where you’re supposed to be?

Is there room for improvement? I’m sure, there’s always room. But, the mere fact that you’re reading this blog, this sentence, this word right now is a promising fact that you have so much potential yet to unfold.

I wasn’t that inspired to write today, but I went and looked at my very first published blog on a major outlet, this one right here. I remember where I was when I wrote it. I remember calling my sister and my friend to see if it sounded okay. I remember how geeked and giddy I was when I got the email that it would be published. I responded to every single person that wrote a comment on the Facebook post. Back then, I didn’t have a website, I didn’t have a weekly blog, and I used selfies for my promotional graphics – selfies from an iPhone 4 at that. But baby, I had a published blog and shared that link with everyone!!

By remembering who I was, I was so inspired to write to you as I am.

I encourage you to take a lesson from the old you.

Even if you feel like the past houses your glory days, I ask you to consider how much you didn’t know back then compared to the wisdom, wit, and common sense you have developed (oh how I wish I could return to age 17 knowing what I know now!).

Although other people may encourage you externally, you must possess an internal applause when the claps from the crowd die down. Always cheer for yourself, and when you can’t muster up the energy on the hard days…know that the old you is always rooting for you.

God has purpose written all over you. Remember how dope you are.


Hi, I'm Vannesia. I quit my job in 2016 because I knew I was purposed for more than tweeting. Now, I get to encourage creatives and entrepreneurs while helping them use what they have to level up in their life and business. Be careful, signing up to receive my messages may cause you to start believing in yourself. Only click the button if you're about that life.

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