Celebrate Your Journey Sistah! Terri May 5, 2016 This month’s theme on the Mocha Girls Pit Stop blog, is Celebrating Your Journey. If I had to take a guess, you and I have a lot in common. We have dreams, goals, ambitions and we simply want to be happy. Oh and of course, we desire to make a positive impact on the world. And if you’re anything like me, once you achieve that goal that you’ve been chasing so fervently… it’s on to the next one. With little celebration. With barely any appreciation and admiration for self. We look to our planner and start mapping out the steps for our next achievement. Memories in My Hometown I haven’t been to San Diego in years but I had the opportunity to visit a few weeks ago. I met up with old friends, my old Pastors and after catching up and telling 15 years worth of stories, I was reminded of where I came from. And I cried. Sometimes when we’re so busy chasing after our dreams we forget to pull over to the side of our journey and take a look at the past. It isn’t wise to pull over for too long but it’s necessary to take a look in the rear view mirror every once in a while and remember where we came from. “Pull over to the side of your journey, take a look at how far you’ve come and celebrate you!” Celebrate Your Journey Last week I sent my Mocha Fam (the amazing subscribers of my weekly newsletter) about chatting with me by phone and I was pleasantly surprised from all the responses. I had the pleasure of speaking one on one with some incredible Mocha Girls! Shout out to Mekeva, Josephine, Sharon, Carla, Angel, Azsherae, Erin and Janine! Speaking to these amazing women from my community, again, reminded me of where I came from. One question that came up in almost every conversation was, “What made you start Mocha Girls Pit Stop?” That’s a loaded question that I dive into here, but to make a long story short, I struggled for years to find myself and my purpose. There were many lonely nights were it was just me and my tear soaked pillow. I didn’t like myself. I didn’t understand why I faced so many obstacles and I felt worthless… until I started this blog. This little ole’ blog saved me. Well, not really the blog, but the community who makes up the blog and I will forever be grateful. This month, I’m making a conscious effort to sit with myself and reminisce on the journey. For the journey, though painful and unpredictable, made me who I am. My Challenge To You: Take about 10-15 minutes this week and reminisce on your journey. Where did you come from? What have you overcome? What have you accomplished? Be gentle with yourself and remember, you may not be where you want to be, but you can look back and be thankful that you aren’t where you used to be. Give yourself some credit! You’re much smarter, wiser and most importantly, you’re still here. You made it this far! Reflection Questions: What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome? How do you plan to celebrate you and your journey this month?