“You Don’t Own Me”

When I was a child, I dreamt about being a pediatrician. It was pretty much all that I could think about. Now, this was way before Doc McStuffins and all of the other shows that showed the multiple career fields that children could go into. But, there was Doogie Howser, M.D. It was something about this young child that was in the medical field that was solving problems and finding all types of medical breakthroughs. I used to picture myself working side-by-side with him helping people. That was all I wanted to be. However, I did not grow up in an environment that would cultivate this desire that I had but, I had the determination. 

I was not the best student in the world mainly because I had so many issues at home that prevented me from staying focus. However, I knew what I wanted to do but, I just did not know how to get there. I had a lot of people close to me tell me that was never going to make it. I even had a family member tell me that I was horrible in school and that I would not make it to college. Man, I tell you, I heard so many “You can’t do it” in my life I thought that it was normal. I was even told that I was not strong enough for the military (funny right?). 

I did join the Air Force and I was good at my job. I think that it was because I had a point to prove actually. I was so tired of being told that I was not good enough and that I did not measure up. It was not until I found that I was fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of GOD that I realized that I can do ALL things through Christ (Psalm 139:14; Philippians 4:13). 

Once I realized that I was allowing individuals that never even started to tell me what I was capable of, it clicked. I was allowing people’s insecurities and apprehensions to control me because they could not control themselves. They haven’t even scratched the surface of what you are attempting to do so, why in the world did I ever allow them to have a say-so in my desires in life. 

When I finally got myself together, I started moving. I went back to school and you know what? I went on to major in the pre-med track and completed it. I met so many great people during this time and had the opportunity to mentor so many of my classmates that thought about giving up. I had to go through all of the naysayers so that I could inspire someone else. I had to be there but, I had to get there. 

While I did not pursue medical school, there is nothing that anyone can tell me about my goals. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE MY GOALS!!! That is the same for you. Your destiny is yours to travel. It may be a difficult one but, it is yours. Stop allowing people that are afraid of failure to tell you what you can or cannot do. Find your people. Find your person. Shoot, you may have to be your person. Encourage yourself. Be your cheerleader. Whatever you do….DON’T GIVE UP!!! KEEP RUNNING THE RACE!!! Remember, many are called but, few are chosen. 

Published by April Bailey

Hi Friends!! I am April B. Welcome to Pretty Thoughts and thank you for coming. I bet that you're wondering who I am and what is Pretty Thoughts. Well, I am here to give you a brief "about me". I am just your typical wife and mother who is still trying to find a way to keep my family functioning. Through this journey, I have learned a lot and failed just as much. I know that nothing in life is easy and since my birth, I have been witness to this. Going through my adolescence, I never imagined that I would serve in the military. But,let me be the first to tell you that I am so happy that I did. Once I joined the Air Force, I met my husband Philip and after 3 short months, we married and have been for over a decade. Through our "not always" blissful marriage, we welcomed two boys who keep me on my toes each and everyday (like literally tho!) "Pretty Thoughts" was born from a segment of the "Bailey Gang and Friends" podcast (if you haven't already check us out wherever you listen <3 ). From there, it dawned on me, "Our world needs more pretty!" In the society that we live in, there is so much emphasis on being the best or the greatest. But, sometimes, we just need to change our way of thinking and changing them into "Pretty Thoughts". I hope that you gain a new perspective from this site and remember to change the negative that we've been taught into some "Pretty Thoughts" Friendly Yours, April B.

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