Reflections (Pushing forward to achieve goals)

Whenever you are feeling exhausted, that's when you have to push forward to achieve your dreams. A good friend once told me that and I've never forgotten his words. Those words have made a significant impact in my life because in moments of exhaustion or in moments when I have felt that I must give up, I've been able to pull through by staying focused on my goal.

I'll give you an example. About a year and a half ago, I was in the worst shape of my life, health wise. I exercised minimally, if any at all, and I had very poor eating habits. I basically ate what I wanted, without thinking of the consequences such as having poor health. My energy was low and because I didn't exercise, I was always stressed.

Another good friend (my best female friend) confronted me and said that she cared about my health. She wanted me to live a happier, longer life. "You have to do something about it," she said. "I'll help you," she added. I know it wasn't easy for her to tell me the truth but she cared about me enough to take the risk. I was a little sad thinking about how I had allowed myself to get this way, but I smiled behind my tears and I accepted her proposal.

For months, Patricia would text me or call me every day. She wasn't going to let me slip. She motivated me. We talked about the slow, steady progress I was making. She shared with me her knowledge about making healthier choices when it came to food and encouraged me to exercise. Patricia was not going to allow me to fail.

That push and the faith that my friend had in me was exactly what I needed to achieve my goal. I'm not a skinny girl but I weigh fifty-plus pounds less than I weighed a year and a half ago. I reached my goal and continue to practice the habits that I learned.

My point is that there were moments that I felt like giving up, but because achieving my goal was non-negotiable, I was able to break through the challenges that were keeping me from achieving my goal.

So I've applied what I learned through this experience to other things in life. "I can do this" is what I tell myself. So whenever you're about to give up, push forward. Whatever your heart desires is waiting for you. You can do this.

 

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.

I'll give you an example. About a year and a half ago, I was in the worst shape of my life, health wise. I exercised minimally, if any at all, and I had very poor eating habits. I basically ate what I wanted, without thinking of the consequences such as having poor health. My energy was low and because I didn't exercise, I was always stressed.

Another good friend (my best female friend) confronted me and said that she cared about my health. She wanted me to live a happier, longer life. "You have to do something about it," she said. "I'll help you," she added. I know it wasn't easy for her to tell me the truth but she cared about me enough to take the risk. I was a little sad thinking about how I had allowed myself to get this way, but I smiled behind my tears and I accepted her proposal.

For months, Patricia would text me or call me every day. She wasn't going to let me slip. She motivated me. We talked about the slow, steady progress I was making. She shared with me her knowledge about making healthier choices when it came to food and encouraged me to exercise. Patricia was not going to allow me to fail.

That push and the faith that my friend had in me was exactly what I needed to achieve my goal. I'm not a skinny girl but I weigh fifty-plus pounds less than I weighed a year and a half ago. I reached my goal and continue to practice the habits that I learned.

My point is that there were moments that I felt like giving up, but because achieving my goal was non-negotiable, I was able to break through the challenges that were keeping me from achieving my goal.

So I've applied what I learned through this experience to other things in life. "I can do this" is what I tell myself. So whenever you're about to give up, push forward. Whatever your heart desires is waiting for you. You can do this.

 

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.