The Lessons I’ve Learned in 2016

Man, it’s the last day of 2016 and this year has truly exceeded my expectations. As I reflect on my wins, I’m reminded of God’s goodness and faithfulness toward me, every step of the way.

I declared that I wanted 2016 to be “The Year of Firsts,” and trusted that God would grant me the desires of my heart. Lesson 1: You must claim what you want and trust and expect that it will happen. 

For the second year, I started a Blessing Jar in January and as the months went on, I wrote down my wins and placed them in the jar. Lesson 2: Find a way to track your successes. It is a reminder that you are actually winning and helps you remain motivated and optimistic. 

I thought about what I wanted to accomplish this year and put a plan in place to make it happen. I wanted to bring the new year in another city, attend my first NFL game, cover the Dove Awards in Nashville and go on a nice vacation. Lesson 3: You must set goals for yourself and do the research so that you know exactly what to do to bring them into fruition. By the way, I accomplished all of these goals (see the photos via MissyB_Live on Instagram.) 

One of my biggest lessons of all is that I was holding myself back. God had already given me everything I needed to succeed, I just needed to step out in faith, trust in my abilities and simply, go get it! Lesson 4: No one is going to do it for you, but God will do it with you. You have to believe you can do it and then go for it with all you’ve got. 

As I think about 2017, I know that God won’t withhold anything from me that he said I can have, so I just have to stay focused and continue to put him first. My prayer is that someone will be inspired and encouraged by my journey and will choose that they too can go for their dreams. Lesson 5: Life is not only about you, but for those who will be touched by your fearlessness and drive. Someone needs to see you winning so that they too believe they can win. 

I am super excited for the new year and I look forward to sharing my wins and lessons along the way. Many blessings to you and yours. One things is for sure, I’ll continue to be on the move.