by: Yanni Brown

Yanni brown


Sometimes life will force you to slow down.

As some of you may know I recently became a full time entrepreneur. What some of you may not know is that I’m also hard headed and strong willed. That translates to I have a hard time relaxing and doing what I suggest to so many others. Things such as enjoy life, do something that you’ve always wanted to do, enjoy a walk on the lake. These are things that I’ve always wanted to do but conveniently never found the time to do them.

So here’s the blog… A hard head makes for a soft butt, so Katie Brown has told me time and time again. I finally have the time to do all of the many things that I said that I would do if I had the time. That sentence alone makes me laugh. Looking back I realized that it was something that was easier said but I didn’t’ think was needed. Well I’m here to tell you that God has a way of tapping you on your shoulder gently or not so gently in order to hear the message that is needed.


After 12 years my position at work was phased out. I had a laundry list of things to do when this happened. A budding entrepreneur with BIG DREAMS! I told myself NOW IS THE TIME… What happened next was anything but the list. No one forewarned me that there was an emotional roller coaster that accompanied this awesome transition.  There’s no real preparation for transition even when you’ve prepared for the transition. So I decided to do what I always to! I gave myself a pep talk. I’m a go getter, a mover and a shaker! I need to make some things happen so  I said to hell with being patient, having faith and actually pursing my passion, it’s time to get back in the work force. In my mind, I had work to do! It’s amazing how we become conditioned to rely on things that are consistent. We also are quick to turn our noses up at the very things that we ask for once they are delivered to us.

Just as sure as I willingly turned my back on my passion for the consistency of 40 hours a week and a paycheck, I was hit by a car. Knocked down to the ground and my only thoughts as I laid in the street was wow he said “SIT DOWN” Please keep in mind that so many other feelings went through my mind at that time but the one that has me writing today is “I said sit down and take a little time and enjoy life for you!” I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason and this series of unfortunate events is no different in my opinion. Right now I am facing my biggest challenge to date and that is to get out of my own head, not have all of the answers and to sit back, relax and wait for the plans to be revealed to me. The challenge is my help, my input, my work ethic, my hard head and strong will is not required or wanted in this process. So I’m being forced to take it slow. Slow enough to learn what having faith feels like, enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass, wind blowing the trees, walks on the lake, early morning meditation with the sound of waves in my ear, conversations with God, things that I would never enjoy on my own.


Sometimes it is necessary to S L O W D O W N  in order to enjoy life simply because so many of us focus on tomorrow and tomorrow is not promised to anyone. So for now I’m slowing down enough enjoying life for me, myself and I one day at a time.



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