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The Year Of The Rise

Updated: Jan 3



move from a lower position to a higher one; come or go up

Hey Tribe!

We made it to a new year; 2022 has come and gone! The blessings and lessons I learned will stay with me forever. So much happened last year, but I can sum it up with one word: RISE!

In March of 2022 my husband and I moved to Houston, Texas. We decided we needed a change and a city that could house our BIG dreams. I cannot say it was an easy move, but it was necessary. We packed our two-bedroom townhome into our car and prepared to make the drive. We got rid of our furniture and most of the decor items I had acquired over the years. If you know me, you know that was HARD! I love making our home feel like HOME by adding different decorative pieces. I also got rid of most of my clothes and only kept the essential items. However, if you want something different, you MUST do something different!

So, we headed to Houston on prayer and faith. We were ready for our fresh start. My husband already had employment lined up. I planned on substitute teaching while working on building my business. Substitute teaching seemed ideal as I wanted to break into the education field with my books. I signed up to substitute and was approved, but could not talk myself into doing it. I decided to start applying for jobs at schools instead. This one particular school was hiring for a teacher assistant. I decided to apply for the job even though the salary was not what I was looking for. I was invited to interview and it went well. The interviewer asked me to come back for a second interview. The assistant director interviewed me this time and seemed to like me. However, she told me that I should be an administrative assistant. They told me they wanted me to come back for a THIRD interview with the head of the school. At this point, I knew this job had to be mine. I completed the interview and she says that she thought I would be a great paraprofessional for a different department at the school. She thought my books were cute but I should stick to administration.

She proceeded to set up an interview for me with them. I found myself sitting in the same school for the FOURTH time. This time the interviewer liked me and wanted her director to interview me. I am now headed to interview number five with this school. I know you're thinking, why did you keep going back? Especially after they called being an author "cute" and suggested I should stick to working at a front desk. I later found out that she always wanted to write a children's book but didn't know how. It's funny how people project their fear of failure to your future and success. However, at this point, I was invested. So, I go back for the FIFTH time and complete another interview. This time, she told me I needed fingerprints before I could begin working. I then asked what date I could start if I had the fingerprints. She said tomorrow! So, I went and had the fingerprints completed. I emailed the confirmation and waited for her response.

Two days later I get an email from them saying they went with another candidate. It's important to note that I also completed and PASSED an extensive background check during the interview process. All of this took place over two months. I had spent TWO months chasing a job that didn't see the value in what I had to offer. Truthfully, I didn't see it either! If I did, I never would have kept going back. I had missed opportunities and time to work on building my business. I missed the window to apply for everything that I needed and that window would not return until 2023. At this point, I am devasted and frustrated. About a week later, I received a call from a school I applied to while interviewing for the other school. I applied to be a paraprofessional at this school because that's what the head of the other school told me I should be. So this new school scheduled me for an interview. I go into it immediately with doubt because of what I had just gone through. However, after they scheduled the interview, they said we moved you to the teaching fellow position based on your resume. They said my experience automatically qualified me to interview for a higher position and pay grade. At this point, I am already grateful to hear that. The other school made me feel inferior and unqualified. Fast forward to the day of my interview with this school. I completed the interview and they asked me to hold on for a minute. They come back on the call and told me it was a unanimous decision to hire me. Not as a teaching fellow but as a Lead Kindergarten teacher, which was double the salary!

I get off the call and I immediately fell to my knees in tears!

I went from feeling unworthy to being shown that I was WORTH IT."

I love how God always has a plan. A lot of times we set out to do things but we don't have a clear plan. God always sees the bigger picture and he ALWAYS has us in mind. It may sound cliche, but when you can't trace him, you have to trust him! I had to take a moment and reset. During this time, I was reminded of who and whose I am. I decided on what I wanted and said no to everything that wasn't that!

Don't let anyone tell you what you cannot do! Know your worth! Most importantly, know the difference between what you're getting and what you deserve! 2023 is the year of the RISE. No more shrinking or holding back. You deserve great things! Hold your head up high and get ready to walk into the best season of your life. I know I am!

Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work!"

I have so many exciting things to share with you this year. Stay tuned!!

Until next time -

“We are what we believe we are.” – C.S. Lewis

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