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Sometimes the uncertainty of life can seem to be a bit of a challenge. Existing in an environment where you may have little to no access to things like excessive amounts of money or material wealth may make you question the meaning of your very existence. But, I want to tell you not to worry.

One of the most motivational and memorable messages from a sermon that I can remember came from the following seven words, “You have everything you need to succeed.”

These quoted words were (and still are) music to my ears, and have since stuck like glue to my heart. Once you get to a place in your life where you can stop, be still, listen, and most of all, take a good look around you, you will find this statement to be true to its very core.

Whether in natural or spiritual possessions, you will always have what it takes to make it through life. Often times the things you thought you needed have been right in front of you all along. Just take a look around.

My mom always said that life is FULL of choices. It’s all about how, when, and what you choose to do. Speak the language of embrace by choosing to have a positive attitude and seeking out the best in any given situation.

Always imagine the possibilities. I encourage you to seek self-care and nourishment. The care and keeping of you is of the utmost importance. Take time to focus on what your soul needs, what brings you joy, peace, happiness, and love.

In order to better yourself, and live your best life, you must be willing to learn, and grow to appreciate and care for yourself from the inside out. By doing so, you place yourself in a position to attract and allow the benefits of all that life has to offer. As an immediate result, you are then able to be a benefit to others. When seeking answers, the beauty of your courageous journey should come from deep within your heart and soul in love.

My ultimate advice to you is to be confident in who you are. Each day that you look into the mirror, know that you are an original, one-of-a-kind, and everything that God has created you to be. Give yourself credit for the positive things like being creative and intelligent (because you are). Have confidence and trust in yourself, and never second-guess the wise decisions that you make daily.

Take a step each day on the journey to follow your dreams, as you strive to be any and everything that you someday hope to be. Practice your God-given gifts and talents daily, as this builds confidence and increases your self-esteem. Seek out books and information designed to help you be the best YOU that only you know how to be.

Continue to reach for your dreams, fight for what you believe in, and stand up for what’s right. I wish you well on your Journey.

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Andrieka J. Austin is a Speaker, Author, and Founder/Facilitator of Journey Girl, LLC, specializing in personal and professional development training and programming for girls and women. She is the author of The Journey Girl Guide to Teen Self-EmPOWERment; Girl-friendly Tips, Tools, and Tidbits, encouraging teen girls with positive information to help them live self-empowered lives.

Through her work with Journey Girl, she provides practical strategies to effectively deal with the conflict and level of stress that comes from bullying, peer pressure, poor health and hygiene and other teen-focused topics and issues like finding a mentor, social networking, discovering their gifts and talents and more.

Since 2007, Andrieka has traveled more over 3,000 miles serving more than 2,500 girls and women around the globe. She is on a mission to make a positive impact in the lives of young women everywhere. Her popular Facebook page and website continues to inspire thousands around the world.

Andrieka also writes blogs, articles and inspirational columns for women’s magazines.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Andrieka – nice summary of the positive results attained with confidence, wanting to learn, self-care, selecting what you choose deliberately, striving, and being appreciative. Thanks.

  2. Just what I needed to hear today! I am 80 yr old, a 3 yr widow of an incredible 60 yr marriage, mother of 7, 5 the 1st 6yrs of marriage, 2 more after I was 40, I am writing a book, learning to teach Ho’onoponopono, learning new dance steps, dating, dancing, and dining! Tell all I meet that my 1st 80yrs were so incredible, can’t wait for my next 80!!!! But was in a funk the last few days, so thank you for the LIFT!!!!

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