December – Moment of Reflection

Hey Fam!

I hope each of you are doing well and had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.

Today, I’m bringing you something a little different. I’m writing this one straight off the dome as it comes out and giving it to you like it is.

I took a mini social sabbatical in November because I needed a break from comparison. I wouldn’t dub it as the popular “social media fast.” I was still on Facebook and Pinterest. However, I deleted the Instagram app for the month and stepped away from blogging.

Sometimes, people just get overwhelmed with life and that was where I was in November. I’m a super emotional being. I can’t get into things if I don’t “feel” it (which is probably something I should get over at some point, but now is not that time). Because of my heightened emotional mind, any combination of the smallest things can overwhelm me. One of those things was that I had started comparing myself to other bloggers and creators on Instagram. I was beating myself up because I’m not where I’d like to be in my blogging journey, financially, physically or in my career really and it became a bit too much in my mind. My consistency isn’t as consistent as it should be and I struggled with getting into “blogger type” things that don’t truly resonate with me.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the type to want to sell all these courses and things that people are getting into these days. If there’s some way my words are one day worthy of monetization, great! But right now, online courses and the like are not my cup of tea.

I simply want to be one who uses her experiences and heart to help someone else along the way. I realized that I had lost sight of that because I was consumed with “all the things”. Everyone is a “boss” and an influencer. Everyone is making six figures from home and taking all these wonderful photos (and there’s nothing wrong with that).

I needed November to remember that at the core of Cortney, at the core of Clarity and Strength – the mission is to share my heart so someone else can be encouraged to make the positive, life-affirming decisions necessary to move their lives forward and in the direction of Christ.

Yes, I’m officially back in this thing. Sorry for the super random rant but 2020 is going to be better. 2020 is going to include more of this authentic me because honestly the world needs more people being honest and not trying to sell them something or sell their personality to them.

I hope as you begin to plan your next year, you remember to tie those plans to what rings true to your heart. What’s going to be important to you when you’re retired and sitting on the porch reminiscing about life? What physical state will you be in? Who will be with you? What of the things you’ve accomplished in life will matter the most to you? Will you be concerned at all about the state of your spirit and relationship with Christ?

I know a lot of us want to “run the world” and have seven streams of income but while you’re making those plans, pray and listen to what your heart says as well.

Here’s looking at you, kid.

Cortney

4 thoughts on “December – Moment of Reflection

  1. Hi Courtney, I am happy you were able to remind yourself of the purpose of your blog! Continue to do you and don’t compare to anyone else. I appreciate your authenticity thus far, and that’s why I continue to follow your blog. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your posts in 2020.

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  2. I read this post in disbelief of how similar it is to the post I just shared! *clap* It *clap*is *clap* rough*clap* out*clap* here! I can definitely relate to your struggle of comparison. For the record, I love your content and I have seen you grow this year alone. I do realize that as we do research and are exposed to the people who are on another level, it makes us feel small. I’d like to encourage you not to see yourself as a grasshopper in your eyes as the Israelites did when they saw the giants in Canaan. Keep your eyes on what God promised YOU through the vision and mission he gave you for YOUR ministry through this blog. Love you sis! Stay encouraged and thanks for always sharing your heart and experiences here! You’re helping people, I’m sure of it.

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    1. Thank you Kiana! You’re so right. Thank you for bringing that out about the Israelites. So on point! I appreciate the encouragement. You do the same! So proud of you for stepping out this year the way you did. You’ve been an inspiration! Love you sis!

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