Every morning that I awake I grab my phone to check my text messages and emails (which has become my routine). A while back I subscribed to the Joel Osteen Ministries to receive daily inspirational messages and the message that I received yesterday really spoke to me. It touched on the subject of “People Pleasing”. It stated how in life there are people who try to mold or pressure you into being someone who they want you to be. The reason why this topic touched me is because throughout my teenage years and half of my adulthood I aimed to please everyone I came in contact with. I tolerated friendships and relationships that weren’t suppose to have my energy and I did things that were outside of my character just to fit in. At this point in my life I have grown to realize that you can not, (I repeat) you can not please everyone. If it is not God or my children I no longer care about pleasing you. I’ve learned that you will never win over all of your critics and that if someone really cares for you, they wouldn’t expect you to change who you truly are just to be the right friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, and wife for them. Stay focused on who you are as a person and the goals or purpose that you have set for your life. Acknowledge those that acknowledge you, befriend those who can be beneficial to your life and your circumstance, and still love those who does you harm for they know not what they have done. Just because you free yourself from people pleasing does not mean you have separated yourself from the world, it only means that you have realized your priorities and the importance of self satisfaction. You got this!