Lesson 16: I MATTER


Before I was my child’s mama, I was Tanika Monique. Before I was my husband’s wife, I was Tanika Monique. Before I was my students’ teacher I was Tanika Monique. As a new mom, I find myself thinking about my child constantly and less and less on myself. I felt like I lost myself in taking care of my child that I stopped taking care of myself. I had to pause the other day and remind myself that I MATTER too.

This is something that I have struggled with for a while—making the time for myself. My baby can be clean, fed, have on a clean diaper, while I’m sitting here hair looking a mess, needing to pee, and to take a shower. As a person who takes my commitments very seriously I put my all into what I do. It dawned on my the other day that I need to recommit to myself. Get back to me. Give my all to myself. Even before I had a baby I noticed that once I started teaching, I started to put things that were once important to me on the back burner—this blog, exercise, cooking, writing, etc.

People always say “#NewYearNewMe. I don’t want to be cliche, but I know that in order to give my best to my relationships, I have to give to myself first. InshaAllah (Godwilling) 2018 will be a year where I be the Tanika Monique who makes time for herself on a daily basis.

Your commitments to family, friends and work are important. But guess what, SO ARE YOU! You are a uniquely beautiful creation who matters just as much as the everyone else. Take some time to do something you love each day.

Be healthy. Be happy. Be the best you possible.

Love Always,

Tanika Monique

Always & Forever

Forever & Always

(P.S. I know this lesson is out sequence. I recently realized this and I’m fixing it now.)

In case you missed it Lesson 15: Have GODFIDENCE and Lesson 17: There Are Blessings in Each Day


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