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Why Not Now?

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Good people, we are halfway through May! In the thirty days since my last post, the state of Georgia has set the tone for being the most embarrassing state in handling COVID-19, I now wear crocs with anything and have run out of excitement for the days when we can brunch again. I am steadily trying to find my footing. My mind is continually running with all kinds of questions about work, my future, loved ones, and the world as a whole. We are all conquering the new normal for whatever it looks like, and I have to take a moment to acknowledge each of us for at least waking up with the desire to try. The message today takes all of the current chaos out of the equation.

A few days ago, my good sis Amber went on a mini Twitter rant about loathing the question “Where do you see yourself in five years” because the future is filled with so much uncertainty now. However, it got my wheels turning! If we are all cogs in the machine, then maybe this pandemic is necessary to activate a level of self-motivation for those that felt stagnant or needed the space to make time for exploring what they enjoy. Each day I’m seeking new ways to pivot into my purpose, although I still do not have a clear idea of what that entails. We have reached a mental reset and must prioritize action items that otherwise would be pushed down the priority list. There are so many bomb ass people in my life that are not taking a chance on themselves! I hear about these fantastic ideas to start a podcast, pursue a culinary program, or even write a children’s book, and momentum fades. We have nothing but time to plan. Go ahead and see what small wins can be made to do what you’re putting off. I know how draining the never-ending cycle of virtual meetings and emails for work can make you say, Ma’am, you have some nerve, but I’m not coming from a place of false positivity or to push a “Wake Up Now” narrative. It’s just the inception of the thought, WHY NOT NOW?

Even if my only subscribers are my two sisters that read and hate every blog post from now until forever, at least I can say I took the chance to do it. This unfiltered authenticity is my contribution to the universe. I’m learning that even the most well put together person has at least one facet of their life they question.

Comparison is the thief of joy!

Put your inner critic on vacay and seize the day. Then, when asked where you see yourself in five years, you can confidently own the wins and losses that mark the path of what's to come. There is no perfect answer to how you experience life, but we can all gain from letting go and living!


Thanks for reading this week!

xo Mia Shantel

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I see you sister!!! Way to step out and encourage others and at the same time do exactly what you are also encouraging others to do. I'm working on it 😊

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Mia Shantel
Mia Shantel
20 may 2020

Maya—You of all people have the potential for greatness! I know once you get started you’re going to be an undeniable force

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Love this! Especially the part about only your sisters reading, such a mood lol! Starting to get that mindset of I’m about to do what I need to do regardless of who’s watching! Great post, Mia!

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