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(As written by Chanel Ellis)

“Know who you are to know where you’re going.”

I heard a woman say this in church this past Sunday. It made me ask myself, “well… who are you?”

If you would have asked me that question a few years ago, I would have said that I was broke, tired, lonely, and disgusted. I was angry at the world. I hated my life.

…and my life reflected exactly how much I hated her.

I was laid off from my job, experienced poor relationships, didn’t have any money, and was evicted from my apartment. I cried a lot. My body ached so much that I took baths instead of showers because it would hurt to stand up.

I was depressed.

But one day, I got tired of who I was and decided to be someone else. Little did I know that “someone else” was me all along. I created this person in my mind and became her. All of my dreams and ideas became my actions. In essence, I became me!

Who am I? One day, I thought I would become an entrepreneur. So, I became that. I thought that I could be a writer. So, I did that. I think about love and happiness. So, I live that.

I am even the person that hasn’t fully evolved yet. I am a wife, I am a mother. I am on your TV, known by many. I get paid extremely well to help others. I live my life exactly how I want it right now with gratitude. I live it because this is who I am.

I’m going big places. ‘Bout to experience some big things. I think big, I dream big, I live big.

“…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” -1 Corinthians 2:9

I am in love with Life and Life is finally loving me back.


Chanel Ellis is an Independent Inspirational Journalist based from Chicago.