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Hello My Friends –

My favorite color is purple. My nails, Bible, journal, room are all purple. Purple is the fusion of the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. My father is the calm in my life and my mother is the fireball, which is one reason why purple is a great representation of me. It also is associated with royalty, power, and ambition. Purple has helped me throughout 2018 thus far.

If I am honest, 2018 has just been #EH. I am currently back at Hampton University finishing my degree in Strategic Communications and preparing for May graduation. Yes, it has been exciting to hang out with all my friends but it has been rough balancing it all with my 24 credit hours. I have had to step down from different organizations, tell my friends “no” at times, and constantly remind myself that I am not perfect. I accredit my sanity to God, my family and friends, and the color purple. Every time, I see the color purple it reminds me of who I am. This simple reminder has help generate the following affirmations for myself,

1. I am royalty – Through my devotional studies, I am constantly reminded that I am a child of God. However, it has been hard for me to grasp that my Heavenly Father is the Kings of Kings which means I am in the line of royalty. 1 Peter 2:9 says “but you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim excellences of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” When I read this scripture, I envision children with crowns running to their Father whom is draped in purple cloth. When I think of the opinions and thoughts of others – I am able to remind myself that Tiara is the daughter of The King. Just this simple thought allows me to walk with my shoulders held back and held high, when I am feeling low.

2. I am ambitious – Taking 24 credits hours and planning for post-graduation has been a lot for me emotionally and spiritually. One of my favorite songs to listen to in the morning is I Am Here from the musical, The Color Purple. Throughout the song Cecile, is affirming herself of the inner strength that she has inside her. Even though, she might not have her life all together, she is able to confidently walk in a room and declare that she is HERE. That strength that she has within her somehow transfers to me through my IPhone. Every time, I doubt myself and God’s plan for me – I remind myself that God has equipped me to execute the plan that He has designed for me.

3. I am powerful – Purple also reminds me of all the people who have come before me and who will come after me. I am reminded of trailblazers like Winnie Mandela, Cicely Tyson, and my own mother. These women have been able to push through every obstacle set before them with humility. They also were ordinary at one point and then were shaped and molded to do extraordinary actions. As I remind myself that I am powerful, I also have to remind myself that I cannot be powerful by myself. I must humble myself to ask for resources and mentorship in order to accomplish my purpose. Throughout this season of my life, I have had to remind myself that I cannot conquer this on my own and simply just ask for help.

It might seem silly that purple has generated these affirmations in my life, however you must see the deeper meaning of the color. Purple has helped shape how I see myself in the mirror. For you, your reminder might be a flower, book, or even a quote. However, this week I challenge you to find your symbol that reminds you of who are you are in God’s image.

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