Smiling While Being Hated On

It’s a skill. Do you have it? Can you smile while being hated on? James 1:2 says Count it all Joy. Can you smile at your boss after you’ve been fired? Can you pray for the woman in church that started that ugly rumor about you? It’s hard, but – yes, you can. You can do it. Within your spiritual journey, you will check this box complete. I promise you!

Trials & Troubles
Like most of us you grew up in a tuff, chaotic and complicated situation. Listening to fighting, screaming and cussing. Feeling helpless, while watching drunks, drug addicts and gang violence. Being emotionally devalued, mentally manipulated and physically assaulted. But something made you different. Something made you want better. Something made you stronger. Something stopped you from being another number, a statistic. Looking back I can see a number of things that set me on my course at an early age to do whatever I needed to do to get out. To create a better life for myself. To accept nothing short of peace in my own home. You and I have a charge from God, to change Generational Curses into Generational Blessings!

Spiritual Revelation
Because of my spiritual process, I can now say I understand what James meant when he wrote, “count it all joy” in Chapter One, Verse Two. God afflicts us, not to break us but to bend us toward him. Whatever it is you are going through, know change starts with a decision deep within you. Once you make the decision, believing you can is determined by the faith you hold within. If you can look at your situation, your environment and know that you know God meant a better life for you, you have faith. And that small amount of faith is all you need to give you hope. You CAN change your circumstances. Hope gives you energy to dream. Dreaming gives you energy to plan. Planning includes strategy. Strategy includes steps that you take, to get to where you want to be. While your executing step one, be planning step two and three. Then just do it, one step at a time.

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Anita Washington

CEO & Founder at That Anita Live
Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A., CEO & Founder of That Anita Live, LLC, host of the TV show That Anita Live and The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live provides a platform for women to learn, laugh and more importantly heal emotionally by learning from the challenges and successes of others. 

A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.

Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life's most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction so they can build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.

In her newly released ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, Anita shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life.

From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition lifecycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.

Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.
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