When I was in 6th grade, I failed my school state test, and self-doubt started invading my thoughts. As a 22-year-old, I felt overwhelmed, having to quickly transform into my mother’s care giver, all while trying to survive being a college student with no job. For several months, I performed fasts and prayed for my purpose and the deeper reason on why I felt inadequate. I realized I was my own worst enemy; I gave my past failures the power to constantly hinder my thoughts. So I decided to make a change and stopped being so self-critical, and practice self-love by giving myself credit for my accomplishments. During this time, I felt God repositioning my heart to be selfless and give back to others. My pastor strongly pushed me to start encouraging others through my own YouTube channel. Initially, the idea was intimidating, but I remembered 2Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” With these inspiring words, I created my YouTube channel: “The Leah Show”. The intent of the show is to encourage and uplift everyone in whatever situation they are in. Every Tuesday, I release a new show. Each topic discussed on the show is something I’ve gone through personally, and tips on how to bypass negative thoughts. Beforehand, I could only text or email encouraging words and scriptures to my loved ones; now I have a platform that allows me to reach more people. Although the show is meant to help others, it has also helped me. The show gives me life and makes me feel as if I do have purpose. I would have never thought I would be able to do this, until I did this.
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