I’m excited to have my first feature on the blog & it’s someone that I connected with through her blog. A couple weeks I read Jamie’s post via a Facebook post which linked to her blog. After reading the post I posted on my Facebook the following (click the link below the picture to view her post) …
I’m definitely getting in contact with her for an interview to post on my blog! Her blog post is so authentic! Share with people how you got to where you are , not just that you have arrived ! … Whether it be dream jobs, marriage , happiness, etc. You could change a life if you would just share your journey !
- How old are you and what is one word that describes this age /time of your life?
I am 25 years old and I would describe this time of my life as focused. I believe this is the time that I should be honing my gifts and aligning my plans with God’s purpose for my life.
- How have you bloomed? What is the biggest change you’ve made in your 20’s so far?
I have bloomed by learning from all of the mistakes I’ve made. Up to this point in my life, I’ve faced so many challenges and made some right, and a lot of wrong decisions. They have all helped me to learn and grown into the woman I am today. The biggest change I have made is to decide to be more selfish. I’ve always been a very helpful person to others, but I feel like it’s important to take time to really focus on myself and my goals for a change. I don’t want to depend on anyone else for my happiness.
- If you could talk to yourself in your early twenties or before you started your twenties … What would you tell that version of yourself?
Don’t worry. Stop trying to do everything and make every decision alone because you don’t have all the answers. Give it to God and know that no matter how bad it hurts, it will work out for your good.
- Who or what inspires you the most? Why?
God inspires me the most. He has come through for me in so many ways. I couldn’t imagine myself being where I am today if it wasn’t for His grace and favor.
- How do you make a comeback from setbacks?
I don’t give up. If the front door isn’t open, I try the back door, or the window, or the doggy door. (Haha) Even if the odds don’t seem to be in my favor, I operate by faith and not by sight.
- Best relationship (romantic, family, or friend) lesson you’ve learned so far?
Life is too short. My brother passed away at just 24 years old. Now that I have made it to 25, I realize just how short his life was. I have so much more to live for and so many things I have yet to accomplish. I won’t take it for granted.
- How do you stay focused on your goals/ what keeps you going after your dreams?
So many people have reached out to me to tell me how I inspire them. Whether it’s a comment on a post or a message in my inbox, I have received a tremendous amount of feedback from my blog. This is why I keep going. Giving up on my goals means I’m giving up on everyone who I inspire and I’m giving up on God, who gave me the vision. I can’t let them down.
- Greatest advice you have received in your 20’s? Who gave you that advice?
Courtney, who was my advisor when I served as Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, recently told me to remember to allow God to lead me. She is so right. I can be very stubborn and will try to figure things out on my own, but I know His way is always better than mine.
- Currently, what is your biggest hurdle & how do you plan to overcome it?
My biggest hurdle right now is figuring out how to turn my passion into a paycheck. It’s not that I feel I need to be compensated for inspiring and helping people, but it would be awesome to be able to devote all of my energy into what I love to do. It’s difficult to stay focused and find time for my passion when I have to work a full time job elsewhere just to pay my bills. I pray that I can find a way to put these two together.
- How does a sunflower/twenty something make it out the middle or embrace being in their twenties?
I embrace being in my twenties by realizing that I don’t have to have it all together right now. With 30 seemingly right around the corner, I feel so much pressure to have a great career, a husband, kids, and my whole life figured out. I refuse to give in to that pressure. I understand that I have more than enough time to accomplish my goals. With no time limits set, I don’t have to stress about it.
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