You may have recognized that I’ve, yet again, revised the blog from Tiarra Talks: Weight loss & Motherhood to Tiarra Talks: Living Purposefully. Over the past year, I’ve watched the evolution of me through my own eyes for the first time, and it has been amazing to see myself step into the woman that God has called me to be. Therefore, it’s only natural and necessary that my blog evolves a long with me. I thought Tiarra Talks was about finding peace and synergy within myself so that I can be the absolute best version of me. Oh, but God! He saw it differently. God led me on this journey so that in being my best self, I can truly live with purpose and be the person that He has called me to be. I’ll be honest, I’m not religious or well-versed in the bible, but I’ve always had a spiritual connection with God. I’m so excited to share how He’s been preparing me for this moment, as the spiritual being in me has been awakened by God’s voice.
I have a testimony! Last year, I published a book of poetry and started blogging because I felt lost and needed an outlet. Blogging has revived my passion for writing and desire to help others while also helping me to step out of my comfort zone and show my vulnerability without fear of judgment. While blogging, I gained self-confidence and finally put my foot down about losing weight, which has propelled me into a complete transition of best self. I even started posting videos on Instagram in my most unfiltered self sharing the successes and challenges of my journey. Y’all, I’ve never shared videos of myself talking into the camera before now; I simply didn’t have the confidence to do so, because I was so critical and judgmental of myself.
Stay with me now, because God is working on me! Simultaneously, my cousin/mentor had a vision to create a career consultant business, Thompson & Associates Career Consulting, for which our like minds can collaborate to help others achieve their career goals. You see Him working?! Since birth, she has been influential in my development as woman and professional, and, today, that hasn’t changed as she continues to push me to color outside the wall of lines that I’ve tried to box myself in.
But wait, He’s not finished! Although gainfully employed, I feel stalled in my career, so I’ve been applying for jobs, but I can’t seem to close the deal. With complete humbleness, and I mean this with utmost sincerity, I always get the job. I’m experienced and interviewing is one my strongest skills, but I have not been successful in landing a new role. Meanwhile, I decided it’s time to write my first self-help book (Coming soon in January 2019). This led me to the realization that I want to work for myself as an author, speaker, and consultant. I’ve always found security in working a 9 to 5. It’s something about that steady paycheck that has kept me bound from the unknown of entrepreneurship. But, the way my life is set up, I’ve realized that I need flexibility and most importantly, I need to love what I do, yet still not realizing God was telling me this all a long.
I promise I’m almost there! A year ago, another cousin suggested I create a podcast to expand my Tiarra Talks platform, but I was too afraid. That was just too tall an order than I thought I could handle. However, on my way to work on Tuesday, I “randomly” prayed for the first time in a very long time. I’m being slightly facetious because nothing about God is random. But, seriously, I really talked to God in a way that I never have before. I acknowledged that I see him leading me somewhere, but wasn’t entirely sure of the designation.
When I arrived at work, God told me that I need to share my message with more people. A podcast maybe? Well, that’s an idea LOL. I had never listened to a podcast before, so He led me to Tatum Temia’s podcast, Blessed & Bossed Up, Episode 91 in which she talks about God knowing our talents and our purpose even before we are conceptualized in our mothers’ wombs. God had been telling her that her talent is her voice, but she was an introvert growing up and did everything to avoid what God had called her to do. She finally listened to God and His message became clear. Y’all, God used her to speak directly to me! Won’t He do it!
So, let’s talk. Are you prepared to take on what’s in store for you? Have you followed the path that was designed for you? Or, have you use fear to avoid the signs right in front of you?
Listen. I’ve never understood what it felt like to hear from God. I just figured he only spoke to certain people who were maybe more religious or understood his language. However, I wasn’t able to hear God speaking to me because I wasn’t ready to listen. He was preparing me this whole time to use my talent. . .my voice, be it written and/or spoken to help others, but the noise and chaos of what was happening in my life impaired my ability to see God’s vision for me. But, the moment I removed the distractions and fully opened my heart to him was the moment He began to pour into me. I shouldn’t have been looking for a new job in the first place. I’m supposed stay right where I am while I build my brand and put things in place to fulfill His assignment for me. Furthermore, taking time to figure out who I am and creating a synergy of my mind, body, and soul allowed me to be open to His call. And, I’m ready! You can expect great things coming from me very soon! As we continue on our journeys, because this is only the beginning, I ask that you quiet the noise and stay focused on the signs that are right in front of you. And, no matter what, keep going because you’re worth it!