I’m Aware Moving Forward 2017: DISCIPLINE

If you are like me, every year when your birthday rolls around, you spend a day or two or weeks reflecting on the years passed and the years to come. It’s important, I believe, to get a balance sheet, if you’ll entertain my finance mind, of where you are in life, where you have been, and where you’d like to go.


I have spent the last year undergoing an examination I call “Journeying to 30.” Yes, today, February 19, 2017, is my 30th birthday.


As I reflected on the first three decades of my young life; what I could remember, what I enjoyed, and what I wanted to forget, my finance mind took the reins again, and I began to analyze, via valuation instead of rationalize via judgement, all my life experiences. The difference being that to judge my life thus far would have falsely allowed me to label experiences negatively and positively. Instead, my process of valuation focused on highlighting the value in all my experiences.


Recognizing that I cannot change the past, I chose to mined it for gold, rubies, and silver in the form of wisdom that I can carry forth into better days. By now, I guess you are wondering, what gold, rubies, and silver I found.


I only have one word to share in regards to my mindset moving forward and my focus for 2017 kicking off this 4th decade.




No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11

As I looked back over my life, I noticed a trend. Everything that mattered to me relationships, achievements, a life lessons, and major decisions all had one thing in common, discipline.

From my emotional state, to my mental state, to my spiritual state, to my family life, my education, my friendships, and my career, even entertaining myself, all were majorly influenced by my discipline or lack thereof.

Take an inventory of your own life? Where are you disciplined and where are you lacking discipline? How are these truths influencing your experiences in life?

It has been imperative for me to be consistent, persistent, work hard, train my mind, my body, and my heart to be open and ready to enjoy the best of what life has to offer and to put into proper perspective what the worst days of my life came to teach me.

Without discipline physically, fiscally, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, my life gets pretty chaotic. From the people I build relationships with to the food I eat, to the thoughts I think, where there is discipline I have prospered. Where I lack discipline, I am overwhelmed.

Does this ring true for you? Message me or leave a comment. I’d love to keep the conversation going.

So, moving forward I will be focused on maintaining and enhancing my life’s experiences via love, faith, and discipline. These three things have blessed me beyond measure.

I am praying for us all that we can discipline our minds to always in all ways be conscious of God’s love and grace for us. This, I believe, is the most important training in life.

Recently, I was interviewed at The USC Annenberg School of Communications. See the link “Clarissa Joan Interview – From Studio A.”

In this interview, I candidly speak about her life as a graduate student at The School of Cinematic Arts, Interactive Media, motherhood, family, The Clarissa Joan Experience, and what it’s like pursuing it all.

When you have a moment, watch and let me know your thoughts. I truly thank you all for your support of The Clarissa Joan Experience!


Peace and Blessings