Category Archives: Motivation

Why Being USED can be a Good Thing

AuuBannerImage2011FBProfileWhen I was younger, I always made sure my homework got completed on time and studied for every test.  Well since everyone knew that, a few would want to copy my homework or cheat off of my test…and I wasn’t having that! LOL!  My philosophy was, “Oh no! You’re not going to use me!  I didn’t work my behind off while you were out having fun so that you could just copy my work!”  Years later, I noticed that I developed a problem with sharing, always afraid of being taken advantage of.

So fast-forward to today, one day before the one month anniversary of the loss of my stepfather.  Sometimes that word “stepfather” can have a negative connotation, like it’s a step below or beneath your biological parents.  So I’ll call him my “bonus” Dad!  He was in my life since the age of 1 years old.  With Father’s Day around the corner, it hit me while I was shopping for Father’s Day cards that I don’t have to get two cards this year.  I usually get one for my Dad and one for my “Bonus” Dad.  I can’t lie; I shed a couple tears walking out of the store that day because the fact of the matter is… he’s gone.  I’m pretty sure that when his birthday comes around and when we hit the major holidays it’s going to be tough.  But one thing that gives me joy is that he’s basking in the glory of HEAVEN!  And we will definitely meet again!

With the death of my “Bonus” Dad and the recent death of Dr. Maya Angelou, it really hit me, more than ever, that life isn’t promised.  We won’t be here forever.  God has blessed us with so many gifts and talents and has provided an abundance of wondrous things in this world for us to view and explore.  Don’t be afraid to share what God has deposited in you because you’re afraid of people taking advantage of or belittling what you have to offer!  Get used up!!  When your time has come, you shouldn’t want there to be anything left to give!  Live life in a way so that everything that God has deposited in you will be planted as a seed which will grow and bless many generations after you!!  Be USED, Be BLESSED, and Be a BLESSING!

Elle Zsanee

Why the idea of being #1 Scares You?

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The word “first” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is defined as preceding all others in time, order, or importance.  “Afraid” is defined as feeling fear or anxiety; frightened.  The root of fear is most commonly the unknown; and  let’s face it, I don’t care how much of a daredevil you are, we all want to have a slight idea of what to expect when going into a situation!

As you continue reading, keep these three words at the forefront of your mind:

  1. First
  2. Afraid
  3. Unknown

The African American Network at my company hosted a Black History Celebration honoring elementary students who wrote essays regarding influential African Americans in our history.  Garrett Johnson, CEO and co-founder of SendHub, was invited to be the guest speaker.

Initially I was expecting Garrett’s speech to be centered only on SendHub.  However, it was an extremely inspiring speech on how he went from being an undergraduate at Florida State University to a Rhodes Scholars Recipient (1st African American Male at FSU), to the Senate, and now an entrepreneur!  The most inspiring piece of advice that he gave was simply this:

“Never be afraid to be the first.”

As simple as that may sound, so many of us have not taken action on our dreams and our passions because we’re afraid to be first; afraid of the unknown.  Being first, means being a trailblazer.  Being a trailblazer means blazing a trail of unknowns.  Blazing a trail of unknowns can make us afraid.  It can be a trail of being the first person in your family/social circle to: graduate from college, create a new invention, become a multimillion dollar entrepreneur, become a famous actor/actress, and the list goes on and on…

Don’t let the fear of the unknown be the reason why your dreams continue to be just that….dreams and NOT a reality!! Never be afraid to be different, to be bold, to be singular…to be the FIRST!

Garrett Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of SendHub and I at the Black History Celebration
Garrett Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of SendHub and I at the Black History Celebration

Be Blessed!

It’s OK to NOT be OK…

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I’m the person people call when they need encouragement.  Whether they are upset, need advice, have relationship issues, career issues, or overall life issues.  This is the main reason why I started this blog.  I believe that I have a God-given gift of being uplifting, positive, and encouraging and I wanted to embrace that fully.  If I can uplift or inspire one person, that is a reward in itself.

Even though I try to maintain a positive attitude, I’m human.  I go through life issues too!  And I must admit, I’m a little tired ya’ll!!  I’m a single woman, and  trying to navigate this single life, while keeping your mind and heart in check can be draining!   On top of that, my Stepdad has been battling cancer for about 2 years now.  It’s not only extremely  tough on him, but the family as well.  An 8-5 job, working on new business ventures, exercising 3 to 4 times a week, participating in community programs,  Sorority commitments, family commitments, etc can  just become a lot to manage at times.

I’ve just been feeling spiritually drained lately.  Have you ever felt tired even though you’ve gotten physical rest?  To me that’s a sign that you are spiritually tired…an inward type of tiredness.  I know I’m not the only one going through life issues, as a matter of fact, I know people are going through much worse.  So all I’m saying is that there are days when I’m not OK, but it’s OK.  We all go through valleys in our lives, we just need to not be consumed by them.  Here are a few steps to help you with “not being OK”…

  1. Admit that you are feeling some type of way.  You don’t even need to know what that “way” is.  But by acknowledging it, you give yourself an opening to explore and understand your feelings freely without any additional feelings of failure, guilt, or shame.
  2. Say a “May I”.  This is something new that I came across while watching a YouTube video of Tracee Ellis Ross.  A “May I” acknowledges where you are at,  yet invites you in a gentle way to where you want to go.  A “May I” can be anything you want it to be.  One of Tracee’s most popular “May I” is: “May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.”  Tracee’s You Tube channel has really been giving me life!  Subscribe to her channel if you want to get great little nuggets of knowledge in a quirky way!
  3. Last but not least, keep God FIRST.  Every time I get out of sorts, it is a direct sign that I’ve taken my eyes off the prize.  Mathew 6:33 says, ” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  When God is first, he will put all your broken pieces back together in a way that makes an even better picture!  I actually just signed up to do the 3030 Challenge with Joyce Meyer.  It’s time for me to get my focus back in order… God first, and then everything else.  If you would like to take the challenge with me, feel free to sign up here!  Life can be draining at times, and the Word is the only thing that can truly refresh your soul.

Hopefully, after following these steps, you will become much better than OK!  Don’t get consumed in the valley…the mountain top is just ahead!! :-)

Be blessed!

Elle Zsanee

 

 

What I learned from a near death experience…

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Yesterday morning on the way to work, I almost caused a major accident!  I decided to take a different route to work since the interstate traffic was backed up into the main highway.  It was the second time this week that it rained during the morning hours, and this was the second time that there had been a backup.  Due to this, and the fact that I was already pressed for time, I went another way.  While sitting at the light of a major intersection, I accidently start to drive forward thinking that the light had turned green…but to my surprise it had not!  Have you ever been at a light and automatically assumed that the light had turned green because the traffic opposite of you had started moving??  Well…that was me.  The light had turned green, but only for the turning lane!  So there I was, maybe a couple of feet away from a line of turning cars in the middle of the road!!  After a moment of shock, I reversed my car and waited for the light to turn green before moving again.  But before this happened, while sitting at the light, I had decided to check my phone.  I always thought that it was safer to use your phone at a stop light than while driving, but obviously, I proved myself wrong.  Even though you’re physically stopped, a cell phone can still divert your attention.  If I hadn’t checked my phone, I would’ve been more aware of the stop light before moving.  With that being said, I would like to share with you my 3 takeaways from the morning’s event:

  1. INVEST in a hands free cell phone device or DO NOT engage in any cell phone activities while on the road, regardless of if you’re driving or physically stopped.  Here are a couple of hands free devices you can try.
  2. PRAY!  Every morning I pray for my family, friends, myself, and the world in general.  I always pray for traveling mercies, and He came through for me big time!  They say that God watches over babies and fools, and I was definitely the fool!
  3. Our lives have PURPOSE!  The fact that I am able to write this post is a miracle in itself; I and others could have died yesterday.  God saw fit to spare our lives, which is proof that we are all put here for a purpose.  He will not be satisfied until our purpose is fulfilled; therefore, it is our duty to continually push toward finding and living out our gift…our purpose!

 

Be Safe and Be Blessed

Elle Zsanee

 

Get Over the Hump

Don’t let this become a weary Wednesday…continue to move confidently toward your goals and get over the hump!!

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Theater Life!

So this past weekend, I went to see Porgy and Bess at the Peace Center Theater!  It was an awesome musical!  What made it even better was the fact that the story is based out of my hometown of Charleston, SC.  As some of you may know, my New Year’s Journey is centered on the following theme… to expand, explore, and experience.  Taking the time to explore different things such as seeing a musical is a great way to enhance your life experiences.  It exposes you to new people, places, interests, and ideas.  I truly believe that once you reach out and touch the world around you, you will discover how to impact the world around you; thus, getting one step closer to living out your God-given purpose.  When the opportunity knocks to try something positive and new, whether it be attending a Broadway play or skiing the slopes, open the door!  You never know what new things you’ll discover about yourself when you do!  What new things/experiences do you have lined up for this year?!

Porgy and Bess

Be Blessed!

Elle Zsanee

How to CELEBRATE your FEAR!

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Hey ladies and gents!!  As we embark on a new week, we may encounter some obstacles in our path.  It could be something as small as waking up late, or as big as having a major financial crisis.  Now anybody who knows me, knows without a shadow of a doubt, that I believe in positive thinking and the power of the tongue.   With that being said, I am in NO WAY wanting those things or any other negative thing to happen to you this week!  I do and will continue to, pray blessings over your life!  I mention these things in order to set the stage for what’s to come .   If you’re visiting this blog, you must have some interest in living and enjoying your gift, your life, your passion, your purpose.  When I scroll through any of my social media pages, I see so many people working on living their lives to the fullest.  Many are investing in a new hobby, becoming physical fit, seeking spiritual growth, working on entrepreneurial pursuits, advancing professionally, and so much more!  During our pursuits, whatever they may be, we will run into setbacks and possibly get knocked down.  However, don’t let setbacks and knock downs keep you back or keep you down!

When we run into not-so-pleasant situations, many of us become cautious…cautious of people, situations, etc.  While at times it is smart to be cautious, don’t let that cautiousness transform into fear.   Fear will stop you dead in your tracks!  Even though the road might get rough, we have to travel that road to get to our destination.  The only way to travel is to move!  Fear will serve no other purpose but to stop you from moving.  So I wanted to leave you with this, when you feel fear beginning to creep into your psyche, begin to dance!  I know you are probably thinking… what the heck?!  Dance?!  Yeah I said it, DANCE!  You dance by being OPTIMISTIC!  Optimism is like a celebration going on in your mind! It’s an understanding that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a Cha-Cha!!  Remember,  it’s all in the way you look at things!  So Cha-Cha slide around that obstacle and keep on moving!!  Have a WONDERFUL week!!  :-)

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Be Blessed!

Elle Zsanee

 

Don’t Spoil It!

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Appreciate the journey…Appreciate the moment.  You may not have gotten from point A to Z this week, but you can still find joy in making it from point A to B! Small steps are still movements!!  Have a blessed weekend!! #TGIF