Hello! I’m LaMaya Harris
I have worked in the information technology field for over ten years. The I.T. industry can very unforgiving with long hours, late nights and tight deadlines. I am often left feeling depleted physically, mentally and emotionally. In others words I’m drained constantly feeling as if rest is always eluding me.
The first five years of my career I was a permanent employee. Afterwards I started contracting. I am currently now working as a permanent employee. If I’m honest with myself the truth is that I wanted a change after those first five years of my career. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I’d made a career of I.T. and that’s what I knew. So, I started contracting with the idea of being able to take my skills to different companies would be the solution. It was not!
Contracting was great in the beginning. But as the job market continued to down spiral, it became more increasingly difficult to find work with three months turning into six months and six months turning into a year. Before I knew it a year and a half would have passed of unemployment.
As a result I depleted my savings and liquidated my 401k account. Eventually, I made the decision to sell my home. So there I was pretty much starting over again. Everything that I’d worked so hard for was gone. I was angry, hurt, confused, and tired of the fight. Now even more I wanted out of I.T. and the corporate arena. Yet, I still wasn’t sure what my next step should be.
As the days went along things got better. I picked up the pieces and forged forward. But there was still this increasingly heaviness on my heart that if I didn’t start putting something into place for my future I was going to be in trouble. I would have to work for the rest of my life. The thought of that kept me awake at night. I’d seen elderly people who could barely walk working! Surely, they weren’t working because they wanted to be. It was because they had no choice for whatever the reason. I had lost all hope that I would ever have the life I’d always wanted. Clearly my life hadn’t turned out the way I had thought. Surely this wasn’t going to be all that life had to offer, was it?
I remembered that Jesus said: “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” So, I began to ask myself if I’m supposed to have the abundant life, why don’t I have it?! I started confessing that I was going to live the abundant life! I started fervently praying to God asking him to direct my path, open a door, give me an idea so that I could live more abundantly and be fulfilled.
Several months later God presented me with two business opportunities. After looking into it for a day or two and confirming this was truly God, I leaned in and hit the ground running. Wouldn’t you know that after I hit the ground running my hope was restored and that heaviness I felt in my heart was lifted! I could now see myself having the life I wanted complete with fulfillment, financial freedom, time freedom and peace. PEACE – I could write ten pages on peace. But I’ll just say this: peace is something we take for granted until we no longer have it. It is then that we realize how invaluable it really is. My goal is that others would also experience renewed hope in “Living More Abundantly.” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it :-).
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