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Day 27: Purpose #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 27: Purpose #SteeleThankful Challenge

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Your purpose keeps you awake at night.

Your purpose requires sacrifice.

Your purpose is not about money.

Your purpose is larger than you.

Your purpose is your gift to the world.

The Final 48 Project documentary and photography campaign has completely changed my life.  I documented the most stories this year.  The support and willingness to share the stories of African Americans dealing with grief is something I never saw myself doing.  It has absolutely changed my life, and the life of those around me.

The documentary has evolved in a way that continues to bring awareness to the dynamic of the black family, and its affect on the world as a whole.

My purpose.  Lord knows I’ve tried to run from it.  I can write, publish, and even travel my life away, but I know that this project is apart of the bigger purpose for my life.

I’m #SteeleThankful for the sweet voice of my purpose in the midnight hour reminding me to keep going.  The world is waiting on my gift!

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

What’s your issue?

What’s your issue?

Let’s see. Where do I start? I’m not sleeping at night. 
More and more I’m realizing that your dreams will definitely keep you awake at night. The dreams or purpose that you need to focus on during the day instead keeps you up at night. 
When I’m not able to secure an appointment for my current project, or I didn’t meet my goal of book sales for the month I don’t sleep. I’m constantly thinking where did I fall short? What can I do better for the next week or month?
Don’t be afraid to venture into the unknown. I need to revisit my plan. Revise and seek counsel. So, on this first Monday in May I’m ready to switch it up! 
I’m excited about working with my mentor this month. I need clarity in some areas of my projects, and I’m open to all of the feedback I will receive. 
Remember to surround yourself with people that believe in your vision, and aren’t afraid to tell you when you’re wrong. 
What’s your issue? How can you switch things up? May is the month of miracles. Be ready to receive!

Day 10 – “Purpose” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

Day 10 – “Purpose” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 Days of Thanks)

What is your purpose?  Do you know?  The last time I spoke about purpose I was on Periscope crying.  Don’t worry I saved that video, because I want to reflect on that breakthrough.  I may share it again publicly one day.

I certainly didn’t arrive at what my purpose was overnight, and sometimes I feel that my purpose morphs into other things, but arrives at the same end point.  Storytelling.

Yesterday, I discussed being thankful for my passion.  Yes, I believe there is a difference between your purpose and passion.  Now, hold on, work with me.  Your passion is what you love to do, and your purpose is what you were put here to do.  Can they overlap?  Sure. Mine certainly do.  Does it take some time to figure it out?  It depends.  Once you accept your purpose, the journey is not easy, and that’s why I’m #SteeleThankful.

My passion is clearly history.  I mean, no brainer, I have other passions, but that’s definitely #1.  My purpose, I wrestled with it for a long time. A LONG TIME!  I used to joke about having a “trusting face.”  I said people trust me with their life stories, even strangers.  How can I be an example and let them know everything will be okay? When I arrived at the notion of being a filmmaker, it almost frightened me.  Documentaries intrigued me.  The art of capturing a story and telling it in such a succinct way was the challenge.  Was I up for it?

When my first documentary project idea came along I thought, “yes, that’s it, I’m going to change the world with this one.”  Life happened.    The loss of my dad shattered my own world, and I wasn’t sure if I had the strength to relive a moment that we shared together.  I was in my room one day and it hit me.  All the videos that I recorded were for a reason.  It was for this divine purpose.

I changed my focus.  It was no longer about changing the world, it was about providing closure, one person at a time, and that changes their world! If I could provide a safe place for someone to share their story and in turn impact others, I was on the right track.  Only one person besides myself has seen my home videos.  That was my test.  Could I do this?  I’m asking others to be vulnerable but was I able to do the same.  Goes back to walking in your purpose isn’t easy, oh but it’s worth it.  Your purpose can keep you up at night.  It had me sleeping with my journal next to my bed every night.

I still struggle with it sometimes.  The comfortable 9-5 lifestyle be calling me.  Then I ask myself, am I running into these roadblocks because I’m not obeying my life’s journey, and not trusting what God told me.  God clearly told me to have faith, you know the size of a mustard seed.  Do you know how SMALL that is?

My purpose is listening.  Listening leads to understanding, understanding leads to wisdom, and wisdom leads to one heck of a journey, impacting one person at a time.

What are you #SteeleThankful for?