For the past few months I have not been able to blog as much as I would like to due to it being my last semester in my Masters program. As I count down the days (5 to be exact) until graduation, I would like to share a bit of my heart with you all. This has been a journey filled with both very amazing moments and not so glorious moments. Many times as we strive to receive the things we want in life, we begin to place our identity in those things. As for me, graduating gave me the motivation to tell others the secret I have learned, which is the total opposite.
The secret is, with or without the degree, you are still important and you have a purpose to fulfill. A degree does not suddenly fill a huge void in your life, making everything perfect or complete. A degree is another possession, it does not make or break the purpose you have or the person you have the potential to be. The secret to success or receiving the things that you want in life are not "things or possessions," it's YOU! You are the secret to anything you want to accomplish. Yes, I am blessed to have a degree and to have had the chance to receive a great education. But the degrees I have do not define who I am or where I am going, the experiences from my journey while obtaining my degrees making me the woman I am today, is what defines who I am and where I am going.
"No dream is too little, too big, or too hard for you to accomplish when you invest daily into yourself."
Your main goal has to be bigger than receiving material things, because when you run into adversity, those things won't keep you motivated or help you persevere. You have to invest in yourself and the skills, knowledge, and abilities you possess will create longevity and help you persevere through adversity. Every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, and year, YOU HAVE TO INVEST IN YOUR DREAMS. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't be great or that you do not have what it takes to do the things you've always wanted to do. The secret has alway's been YOU and the time you invest in yourself! It has never been what type of car you drive, the home you own, the degrees you have, or the money you obtained. At the end of the day those things are great, but they are just things!
So what does all of this mean? It means that to get where you want to be, you have to first invest in YOU! Know who you are and know that who you are is not defined by the things you have, but by your character, drive, and determination. All of the things that you want can only be conquered by your hardwork and effort, so YOU are the key piece to the puzzle. Meaning that the biggest investment you can ever make is in yourself. Dedicate your time to becoming a better you! Invest in your dreams by becoming the person you've always aspired to be. Ever day complete a task that your future self will thank you for. I am very proud of the accomplishment of receiving my Masters, but I am more proud of who I am today, because I chose to invest in myself.
"Things do not define who you are, YOU define who you are."
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Have a great week and as always I will be praying for each and every one of you! - Love, Rissa
Clarissa C. Burton, M.S.W
Devoted to guiding others toward living a life they don't need a vacation from.