Starting our Journey to GiGi’fication

In 2014, I decided to stop looking at the world and searching for what I now consider, scapegoats. I wanted to find the most valuable way to own how my decisions had contributed to what I have and have not contributed to what I have or have not accomplished in my life. In having a discussion with a friend,  I expected her to give me some encouraging words that would drive me to not beat myself up so bad. Instead she joined in. She suggested that I listen to Brene Brown’s TEDTalk.  Much to my surprise Brene Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Initially, I couldnt quite relate my shortcomings to how these four factors contributed to where I am in my life versus where I want to be, both personally and professionally. My curiosity drove me to pick up Mrs. Brown’s book THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTIONMuch to my surprise I had epiphany, realizing that it was time for me to stop dwelling on what I hadn’t accomplished at my mere 33 years of living. I needed to, rather, engage my head and heart and explore ways to develop the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

This started my journey to truly tapping into “what I want to be when I grow up”. Among all things I want to be worthy of being loved. Furthermore I want to love myself, as I am, enough to be as good to me as I am to others. I realized that I am a longtime sufferer of codepency, I needed to understand that I could no longer be upset with others when I put their prioroties before my own priorities.

Reflection:

Check out Brene Brown. Understand that there is power in your imperfections.

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What does it mean to GiGi’fy

So you may wonder how did i coin the term “GiGi’fying”. Well it’s simple yet quite complicated in some ways. In the last 12-13 years I have typically been the go-to-girl when people have issues. I have been able to creatively help a couple of hundred people change their lives and experience both personal and professional growth, just by being a second set of eyes to their life’s situations. I’ve helped both friends and strangers overcome obstacles by giving advice that helps them take the emotion out of tough decisions. I’ve helped people with everything from career growth to accepting the truth about who they really are and how they contribute to their own chaos, be it in a divorce or a simple technology challenges . Furthermore, I’ve helped many come to a true understanding of how they can best accept the truth and adjust accordingly. Lastly, I’ve been asked to “GiGi’fy” messages that would typically be tough to deliver.  The complicated part is that, in doing all of this, I have lost direction of what I want for me and realizing what makes me happy on a day-to-day basis. Thus, I have typically been able to fix everyone but me. I love being a resource for other’s, however, it has truly drained me emotionally causing me to drop the ball on things that are most important to me. The one thing I hold near and dear to my heart, is my incandid ability to inspire and motivate others.

My personal GiGi’fying Aspirations Are To do the Following:

  • Live a Healthy Lifestyle (Financial, Fitness, Mental)
  • Learn when to say no
  • Become more strategic about my career goals
  • Create valuable relationships that support my GiGi’fy aspirations

Thanks for reading!

Happy GiGi’Fying

I have a UNICORN!!!!!

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In thinking about the things that I need to reframe/gigi’fy who I am, I realized that a cheerleader would be amazing. I’ve typically been the cheeleader and life coach for most of my friends and family. I’ve done everything from helping friends with school to helping friends with divorces. However, over the years I have slowly deteriated, in that, I forgot to be my own cheerleader. I recently decided to secretly audition for who I would choose to be my cheerleader. Much to my surprise I would get much more than a cheerleader!! I got a UNICORN, yall!!! I real life, rainbow spreading, pixie dust sprinkling Unicorn. World meet my Unicorn, Sherri. She is truly amazing. I cant quite remember the last time someone came into my office or called my cell and asked a question that was not for thier personal benefit. My unicorn is always concerned with me and how I am doing. She makes me feel like I can conquer the world. My Unicorn comes with all the bells and whistles. She is equipted with state of the art motivation, fun, and a wide range of social butterfly’ism. Ford and Chevrolet better step up thier game.

Reflection: In order to GiGify your life, you will need a unicorn. Start secretly auditioning for your unicorn. Your unicorn will most likely be someone that calls you or stops by to see you soley for checking on you. Your unicorn will often inadvertedly teach you things about you or remind you of things that you forgot made you happy.

Hello World!!

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I’m GiGi. I’m a wife, mother, HR professional, & college instructor. My page will be primarily centered around reframing who I am, and identifying the decisions that I have allowed to guide where I go and have gone in life, and lastly learning from my decisions and being more intentional about engaging in activities that make me happy. I am always so preoccupied with what’s best for others that I forget to take care of me.  I am GiGi’fying me!!!! Best part about it, I want to help my followers be the best them!!! I plan to do this by blogging about a variety of things that we haven’t considered to be the contributing factor to so many mishaps and milestones in our lives. In doing so, I pray that my followers find the strength and willpower to look in the mirror and own who ultimately holds the power, YOU. Stay tuned as you learn more about me as I began my voyage to re-GiGi’fying me and helping you GiGi’fy you.  I hope that you enjoy a variety of post that will venture into both personal & professional development. We will grow together, but we are going to have fun doing it, dammit. 🙂