From Graduation to Greatness

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Hallelujah! That’s probably how you felt when you handed in your last paper and took your last final.

Flashback about 30 days ago you were in great anticipation of walking across the stage, shaking hands with the president of the college, turning your tassel and celebrating commencement with your friends, and family.

Today is different.

Graduation has come, your moment on stage has passed, and the fanfare has died down.

Reality is starting to settle in; YOU’RE FINISHED.

You’ve graduated. Congratulations.

Did you know that the word graduation has its roots and etymology with the Latin word ‘gradus’ which means to STEP toward?

Fascinating, huh?

When you graduated from college you actually stepped toward something, so my question to you is what are you stepping toward? Before you answer that question the first thing I want you to do is to stop, reflect and appreciate yourself as a college graduate. Truly embrace your inner genius, your fortitude and courage that you’ve employed to get to this point in your journey.

Trust me when I say this, you’re an anomaly.   Almost 50% of people who enter college end up dropping out, but not you.

You pushed through.

You stayed the course.

You worked two jobs, juggled an internship, stayed up late and wrote papers in the middle of the night.

Women like you are SUPER FLY or as Maya Angelou would say, “You’re a phenomenal woman.”

I’m actually gushing over your exceptional drive, your beautiful spirit and extraordinary determination, because I truly understand that your graduation is a result of grit and grace. I applaud you.

But, I want to get back to my original question, what are you stepping towards?

I strongly believe that graduation is your step towards GREATNESS.

Greatness is about being “big in size.”

Graduation is about having a degree of knowledge in a particular field of study.

Greatness is about showing up alive, full and in your true power.

Graduation is about releasing you into your new career path, completely prepared to become a practicing journalist, a remarkable teacher, a creative director, or whatever unique and innovative career path that’s calling you.

I remember the morning of my graduation. I was ridden with excitement, a tad bit nervous and totally unprepared for the dreaded question, what are you going to do next year? I had ten minutes before I had to meet my friends in the quad, but my nerves started getting the best of me, I suddenly felt a strong tingling sensation of butterflies in my stomach. I stood in the mirror, and took one last look at my room. I realized that I would be moving out within 24-hours. I looked down at my watch, and quickly sectioned out the last part of my hair, picked up the curling iron and wrapped my hair around it in attempt to get the perfect curl. I threw on my cap and gown and flew out the door. Walking across the stage was surreal for me and after receiving a bachelor’s degree, a California Clear multiple subject teaching credential and a Master’s Degree in Human Development over the past ten years, I can say with confidence that if you don’t undergird these achievements with inner greatness you’ll never become the woman that God has called you to be.

I urge you to ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What am I stepping towards?
  2. How can I use my gifts to create a career filled with purpose and passion?
  3. In what ways can I show up bigger, better and bolder?

As you answer these questions, you’ll know without a shadow of a doubt what you’re stepping towards.

I commend you.

Rise

And

Shine.

Queenie Johnson, is a Female Success Brand Strategist & Mindset Mastery Maven. She is the founder of sheRISES.org and works with corporate leaders and modern women that are on mission to change the world with their God-given gifts. Her VIP coaching and business consulting clients learn how to break through their glass ceiling, unlock their hidden genius and increase their influence so that they can build a career and business they absolutely love. You can contact Queenie at queenie@sheRISES.org .

Finding Time to Date

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The life of the contemporary professional stylista can be pretty busy. How does a lady (and gent) find time to be successful and traverse the dating scene?  Here are 6 tips to have a successful dating life and career:

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1. Prioritize your time and dates: Being organized and planning out your time has probably helped you achieve success in your career. The same can be true for dating! Just as you have done with your career, write out your goals for dating. Do you want a relationship or are you just having fun? This may sound harsh but rank your dates? Is he a guy you’re interested in becoming serious with or just a good time? This will help you determine who gets your time and how much time you should give.

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2. Schedule it: You schedule everything else, allow yourself time to go out and date. If your weeks are long and busy, perhaps Friday nights or Saturdays are best? Maybe you are willing to catch a short happy hour on a weekday. Maybe Mondays are less busy at work and you actually get to enjoy a lunch break? Make a mental note of when you are most available to go on dates and communicate that with your romantic interests.

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3. Sometimes you have to say no:  To work and to dates. Sometimes you will trade-in late nights at the office for hanging out with a love interest and that’s okay! It won’t take you off track to your journey to  becoming CEO as long as you don’t neglect your work duties all the time. However, if you do want to be the CEO you probably can’t say yes to every free meal and good company. It might save you a few dollars now, but you may miss out on big a promotion if you spend all you spare time dating. Balance is key.

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4. Dinner, lunch, Breakfast: Efficiency is key lovelies! You have to eat, so restaurants are a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone! And be sure to try places you have never been! This is a great way to expand your repertoire.

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5. Happy Hour: One of the greatest inventions for career women. An organized time to drink! After a long work day or week, meeting a date for drinks is a good way to relax with good company.

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6. Bucket List: I’m sure there are plenty of fun activities that you can’t do on a regular basis. Dates offer the perfect opportunity for your to try new things, go new places, or enjoy activities that you don’t always get to partake in. The movies are nice, especially if it’s a new one you’d like to see but that’s so cliche. Mix it up a little! How about horseback riding, sailing, sporting events, boxing, traveling? You’ve been working hard all week, your dates should offer so form of excitement! Let down your hair and live a little!

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