By Shaneisha Dodson:
Around 2015, I walked away from my six-figure income to pursue my God-given purpose in the arts. It was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life. The journey was full of ups and downs. But, I never gave up on me. I put a plan into place and boldly stepped out on faith.
Everything was going great until I started to get sick. A car accident, a cancer scare and two surgeries later, I was swimming in debt. My savings dwelled down to almost zero. My main source of income came to a screeching halt. My family helped as much as they could, but I just couldn’t catch up. I would take one step forward, then get knocked back ten. No matter how much I tried to fix the situation. I couldn’t. Therefore, I went into prayer and received a message that it was time to shake things up. I reflected on my life and evaluated everything that had happened after I left my job in 2015. It appeared that every time my life got hard a huge blessing was waiting for me on the other side. It didn’t take me long to realize that my setbacks were really a set-up for greatness.
I prayed for direction, and God revealed to me that it was time to move. I applied for jobs on the east and west coast. I received six-figure offers from both directions. My closest friends lived on the east coast. But, my heart was leading me west.
I prayed some more, and God said go. I packed up my car and moved to Los Angeles, California during the middle of a pandemic. I know it sounds crazy, but I knew in my heart that I made the right decision. God showed me that even in the midst of chaos, He was still in the blessing business. He gave me back everything that I lost and some. I continued to pray. God said in order to thrive in this season, I had to get into shape and create content. I started working out and changed my eating habits. I lost weight and made more time to write. I distanced myself from people who bought drama and negative energy into my life. I focused my energy on people and things that made me happy. This allowed me to thrive even when it felt like the world around me was at a standstill. This gave me a sense of peace. No matter what challenges that came my way. I remained faithful because I knew that God had my back.