A Word of Encouragement! “Don’t Let Your Struggle Stop You From Moving Forward!”

Hey Everyone! I hope all is well! I recorded this message on the way home from work one day so please excuse some of the noise in the background…I contemplated sharing this for various reasons but I know it will bless someone who may be struggling to overcome something in the career or personal life that is holding them back from getting them to their best self! So enjoy…#BeInspiredGoInspire #YouAreMoreThanAConqueror

 

The Struggle Is Real!!!

Hey Folks! I know you’re probably thinking what struggle is real?! Well I’m glad you asked! The struggle I’m referring to is the struggle to work out on a daily basis!!! Working out is something I know I should do but to be honest it’s not high on my list of priorities after a long day at work or other after work activities. However, I do manage to fit some work out time in at least 3 times a week…good right? Absolutely not! How am I ever going to meet my ‘Get Fit’ goals if I’m just working out 3 times a week now???

Hmmm…Let’s focus on that word now…I did not always have this struggle thought of working out so let me take you back when I use to be an athlete and run track, back when staying fit and exercising on a daily basis was my thing…or  when I was in college and went to the gym with friends to ‘get it right, get it tight’…back when I was getting in shape for my wedding in 2016 when I was super focused…so focused I lost 30 or so pounds and had to stop dropping weight so I would be able to fit in my wedding dress, especially since I had my last fitting about 3.5 weeks before the wedding….

So like I said previously, I know I should work out more if I want to meet my ‘Get Fit’ goals BUT I also know I need to work out if I want to reduce stress in my body from work on the job or whatever I may be dealing with in life.  If you didn’t know already stress is a silent killer and will cause your body to react in negative ways.  Bottom line is that stress is not good and working out on a daily basis is a great way to combat it if you are in a high stress work environment.  Trust me I know, I had joined a project team that had hard deadlines, worked long hours and everything but I still managed to find time to workout which gave me a sound mind, body and soul; however, the hours begin to pick up even more and we were short staffed so my workouts became nonexistent which was not good for my mind, body, and soul.  Long story short, when I incorporated my daily workouts my mind, body and soul was less stressed and I felt like I could function much better because I had released the stresses from my job through my workout.  Also, I found that I performed better on my job and thought clearer.

So all in all working out is great and should be considered a part of your self-care regiment.  Not only am I inspiring you to work out on a daily basis, I’m inspiring myself to work out on a daily basis #NoExcuses  In my last post I discussed the importance of having affirmations for your life so I developed my Top 5 Workout Affirmations and of course I’m going to share them with you! Please feel free to use them as your own to help you combat the struggle of working out on a daily basis!

Work Out Affirmations

 

 

Affirm Who YOU Are Because Of Whose YOU Are!

The statement ‘Affirm Who YOU Are Because Of Whose YOU Are!’ is a statement that I tell myself and other all the time.  This statement simply means we have to declare and believe who we are because we are all God’s children.  Therefore, YOU can do whatever YOU put YOUR mind to no matter what! I believe we are what we believe we are and we have to continuously affirm that and remember to continuously pray, trust and believe that with God everything will be just fine!

Everyday I recite out loud my personal affirmations for my life, career and family. Reciting my affirmations daily is an important start of my day.  My affirmations get me going, get me pumped, and get me ready to conquer whatever life throws my way! (Self-Disclosure Alert!!!-A daily affirmation I have for myself is that I am a confident and successful full-time entrepreneur that will help people by using the gifts God has bestowed within me) You see the fact is  I am not currently a full-time entrepreneur yet (part-time entrepreneur-yes I am) but I will be and I believe I will be but I am taking steps daily by investing in myself to become one.  I refuse to let the ideas that God has given me to stay rent free in my-head!

What are your daily affirmations??? If you don’t have any I encourage you to create them! To help you get started download my Affirmation Alphabets bookmark! Enjoy 🙂 Feel free to download on your desktop or print it out and sit it on your desk.

Another quick story before I end this blog post…My affirmations have truly changed my mindset and outlook on life especially in my career.  There have been situations I have had to experience as a professional working woman that have made me feel unworthy, belittled, and have me saying ‘really, this can’t be life right now’ or ‘did that really just happen’ In just about every profession there is a hierarchy in positions or level of responsibility (e.g. intern, staff, senior, manager, etc.).  There have been many times I have observed or heard horror stories of senior employees  talk down about or sometimes barely acknowledge that junior employees are in the room. People say well that’s just how it is or that’s the norm but I’m like well let’s break that ‘norm’.  At the end of the day we are all people and have feelings and should all be respected no matter what level we are (we are people first, employees second). By now you should know that I’m not a title driven person (I honestly just care if you can get the job done with great quality)…with that said I’ll respect your title and the person who has it HOWEVER if you are not living up to the responsibilities of that title and are simply performing sub par then ‘Houston we have a problem’..Nina Turner (Former Ohio Senator) said it best ‘Titles are good BUT results are better.’ Reciting daily affirmations will remind you who you are, will increase your confidence, and will calm your soul when witnessing certain things in the workplace…#AffirmWhoYOUAreBecauseOfWhoseYOUAre (Click here to purchase the affirm who you are because of whose you are product collection!)

 

 

Getting to Know Crystal!

My name is Crystal Williams and I am a philanthropist , entrepreneur,  fun, loving, and adventurous woman that is always striving to live my life to the fullest! I was raised in Chesapeake, VA #757 but I currently live in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.

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One thing I enjoy the most is inspiring others through my life experiences.  In particular, through my educational and professional career experiences.  What better way to do that than through a blog to touch the lives of others!

My main motivation behind starting this career inspiration blog came from the constant chatter of family, friends, and colleagues about being unsatisfied with their current situation whether it was regarding their education, profession, or their life situations. I consistently found myself encouraging them to push forward through the situation they were facing at that point in time and would always remind them that God would not bring them this far to leave them.  By encouraging others I also encouraged myself to move forward and not dwell in a negative situation.  I know too well from personal experiences how it feels to be depressed, defeated,  fearful, full of anxiety, and have a spirit of doubt when it comes to pursuing educational and professional career goals. Only through leaps of faith, prayer, determination, and my faith in God was I able to get through these tough times and become more than a conqueror! This blog, Crystal’s Career Inspiration Corner, will be one of my vehicles to inspire people and showcase my creative skills, talents, and love for God.  I pray my words and insights will inspire YOU daily to take leaps of faith to get where you want to be in your educational and professional career!!!

There are 7 key words or phrases that embody who I am:

Courageous-It has taken and will continue to take a lot of courage to tell my story.  I used to let fear stop me from telling my testimony but I have realized that through various revelations and confirmations now is the time to share because God’s been and continues to be so good! #CourageousSoul

Resilient-Despite failures and set backs I have experienced in my educational and professional career, I realized it was just God’s way of molding and shaping me into the woman I am today.  Now I’m obligated to tell my story to inspire and impact the lives of others. #ResilianceIsInMyDNA

Young-at-Heart-Although I’m a serious minded woman when it comes to my career and business, I enjoy having fun and tapping into my inner child when appropriate. #YouAreOnlyAsYoungAsYouFeel 

Savvy-Although I hold two degrees from prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Bachelors in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and her Masters in Business Administration from Morgan State University), my eagerness to increase my knowledge continues.  I am a life long learner always striving to better myself in order to keep abreast on topics within my current industry (e.g. personal branding, image consulting, career coaching, non-profits, etc.). I recently completed my certification in personal branding and personal image consulting! #SophisticatedAndSavvy

Talented-Through lifes journey, l have discovered my love for inspiring and encouraging others, singing, dancing, and poetry writing.  I can not wait to share my talents and God given gifts with you! #GiftedAndTalented

Ambitious-I am a go getter that has goals and dreams that I want to and will achieve!  For example one dream of mines was to develop a non-profit that educates students on the importance of personal branding in the workplace and I did with the help of a few of my friend in grad school.  The non-profit is entitled, The First Suit Project, Inc. (www.thefirstsuitproject.org) and it is becoming very prosperous and impacting the lives of students in the HBCU community. My desire and determination to achieve my goals is higher than ever and I know through God’s grace and mercy I won’t fail!  I hope through this blog I can ignite your ambitions. #AmbitiousSpirit

Led-by-God-I was led by God to start this blog to inspire the everyday individual to push forward and stay encouraged despite the negativity the world may throw their way. There is a purpose behind everything I do and the purpose for this blog is to simply encourage, uplift, and share my knowledge on how to excel in your career and life! #GodHasTheWheel