Friday, June 17, 2011

Quitters Never Win- Toya




Yes Lord Jesus let it be! Loose us from the bondage that is the 9-5 hustle! Umm…I mean, we are so grateful for our jobs and the income that they bring but Lord if you would be so kind…

This is Toya and I want to give you guys some insight as to what’s been going on with Tia and me. Tia has shared with you her frustration of wanting to be really passionate about something and discovering her purpose. I have shared my frustration of wanting to at times shave my head, move to India and go sit in meditation for a really, really, REALLY long time. In the meantime,we have been working hard lately behind the scenes to make BGLU all that we believe it can and is supposed to be. We think you all will enjoy the improvements that are around the corner.  Bottom line: where we are as individuals just isn’t cutting it because we know there’s more. I often think that discontentment is a blessing. Sometimes you don’t move on something until you just can’t take it anymore.

We are really proud of BGLU and it’s only because of the feedback we get from our readers. We love receiving your emails and comments. Please keep them coming. I think when this blog first started we wanted to encourage women to just be happy being themselves. Now eight years later and with hundreds of readers, some who aren’t black or girls, we want to encourage everyone to be their best selves. We want to encourage this because this is something that we are striving to do ourselves.

With all that being said, we want to engage you on this journey with us as we strive to go from our day jobs to our dream jobs: running this blog together full time as well as fulfilling our dreams in other areas separately. I am taking a huge leap of faith and going into television. Tia is interested in music supervision and writing more. Starting this week, Tia and I are going to start reading Jon Acuff’s latest book “Quitter” and chronicle our journey as we strive to be in a whole different place next year. We are excited/scared to death/exasperated all at the same time. One of my favorite quotes is “Do it afraid”. As I said in a past post, Lord willing (I say that a lot now since Maurice died), I have three years until I am 40. I want those to be three big years that count.

If you are not quite where you want to be in life and want to make that transition from your day job to your dream job then we want you to join us. Who’s ready to be a quitter?

11 comments:

Niki said...

I'm ready! 3 and a half years from 40 myself and I'm trying to do the darn thing!

melanie said...

another good book is "48 days to the work you love" - mainly for inspiration. from a girl who quit her money job to go to africa, went back to school, and is starting her own gig with a STRUGGLE - what they don't tell you is that your initial leap of faith will require several others. keep leaping.

Southerngirl said...

Do it!!!! I've been self-employed for the last 11 years (I'm 34 now). It's great. I'm not saying it's not hard, and that I don't fall on my knees and cry out to Jesus A LOT. lol But it's a blessing and I can't imagine going back to the 9-5 ever again. I'd be fired so quick!

Prodigal Jon said...

I love it! Thanks for reading Quitter and for sharing your story. I'm really excited to see where your journey leads!
Jon

ToyaBGLU said...

Thanks Jon! We'll be sure to keep you up to date with our progress. I've read the first chapter and am so pumped!

Tor Constantino said...

@Tia and Toya, this is a great idea! I finished Jon's book a couple of week's back, and have begun incorporating his ideas into my own life.

Like you, I believe that God will perform a transformational work in my life. Blessings to you both.

betsega said...

I love this on so many levels... Not just for what this will bring about in your life, but how you will inspire others as you always have. Love you two! Now get to it! The world needs what's in you.

Erica M said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I followed you here from a Dave Ramsey tweet (whose book I plan to read next on my way to becoming debt free) and I love the feel of this blog.

I am stealing Friday Rodgriquez, and Go Mavs!

Lindsey said...

I am SO in! Let's do this. I really respect Jon. It's been so interesting to see how God has prospered and blessed him in his journey. Following dreams is so much less about self-fulfillment than it is about surrender and obedience to being who God purposed you to be rather than who you think you should/ want to be. I'm excited to join you on the journey.

Tia said...

@ Erica M - I'm so glad you're working on getting out of debt. I am also.

I've read Dave's book and I'm currently using the cash system. I've already paid off one credit card and will soon have paid off another. My goal is to get out of debt, so that at least one aspect of quitting is quite as scary.

Doing what you love is one thing. Doing what you love without a mountain of debt over your head is another. :)

Anonymous said...

Love the article.....and I gonna buy the book for sure!