My sister and I were having another one of our insightful conversations when she brought up a powerful lesson my father taught her.

 

She wanted to ask him for something but was hesitant to ask because she didn’t want to hear him say no.

 

My father perplexed at her hesitancy, took the time to teach her a powerful lesson that stuck with her and has gotten her through some of the most challenging seasons of her life. He said:

 

“If you want something, just ask. Don’t be afraid of hearing no. Has a no ever killed you?! If you hear a no, at least now you know.”

 

When my sister shared this with me, it felt like it was the missing piece to my puzzle. It caused me to realize my fear of hearing no (really, my fear of rejection) was holding me back from getting the things I wanted. I immediately felt a release to simply ask.

 

This week, I challenge you to ask. Speak up and ask God, family members, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and even strangers for what you want. Remember, the worst you can hear is no but at least you asked.

 

Remember to ASK for what you want this week!

 

Your brave is showing,

Emem

 

“This is who I am and I make no apologies for it.”

There comes a point in life when you realize you must let go of the things that weigh you down in order to become obedient to who you really are. This is freedom. Becoming unapologetic is vital to this process.

In this latest podcast episode, I talk about the following:

1.) Learn to let people go

2.) Surrender to who you are becoming

3.) Affirm yourself often

Lastly, I remind you about the monthly letters I send entitled Your Personal Letters. It is a letter personally written by me; a chance to communicate on a deeper level. If you are interested. sign up below.

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Emem

Well hi there!

It’s been a while hasn’t it?! I am so excited to be back with season 2 of my podcast. I took a much needed break and I AM BACK! I am genuinely excited to bring you fresh weekly content.

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Recently, I share this tweet (pictured above). It was inspired by a show that I was watching with my sister. In the episode, I detail the events of the show that lead to the tweet and I further break down what I meant by the tweet. Additionally, I talk about what mentorship really means and how to know if you are ready for it.

Lastly, I remind you about the monthly letters I send entitled Your Personal Letters. It is a letter personally written by me; a chance to communicate on a deeper level. If you are interested, sign up below. 

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Emem

Hi Friend,

Happy Happy Happy fourth of July week. Oddly enough, I enjoyed this fourth of July holiday. I say it’s odd because I didn’t do much of anything. I honestly spent much of it with my sister and eventually just myself and I LOVED it. Truthfully. I cooked, I watched movies, and I relaxed. It took me a long time to get here but I am here. I FINALLY enjoyed my own company. I finally acknowledged that I am never alone, that God is truly always with me annnnddddd I watched some pretty cool movies. It felt really good.
How did you spend your fourth of July? I hope you had a blast! I hope you got to see some amazing fireworks. Chances are, if we follow each other on social media, I got to see them too. So thanks for sharing 🙂 And if we don’t follow one another on social media, we should change that 🙂
Moving on…

On a very lazy Wednesday evening I was laying in my bed, absent-mindedly perusing twitter, when I stumbled upon the Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna debacle. Now, I am not one to speak publicly on situations I know nothing of, but I felt there was something here. I felt in the midst of the “juicy” drama, there was a lesson that needed to be emphasized. So of course, I grabbed my handy-dandy recording tools and I got to work. The result is what you hear on the most recent episode of my podcast.

Take a listen and share your thoughts.

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Hi Friend,

Okay, okay. It’s been a while AGAIN. Don’t throw your shoes at me.

Let me explain…

I fell ill. I don’t know how but I did. So, I listened to my body and took some much needed time to get well, relax and rejuvenate. Clearly, I needed it. But I am back now and honestly I felt compelled to record this current episode of my podcast.

After the reveal of the non-guilty verdict of Philando Castile’s killer, it left me asking, what hope do we have?! As a nation, as a people, where can we find hope and stability during such unsettling times? From Ariana Grande’s concert bombing to the burning of Grenfell tower and MUCH MUCH MUCH more, fear has the opportunity to grip ever heart it encounters.

So again I ask, during these times, where can we find hope?!

I attempt to answer this by sharing my process of dealing with these crazy and scary times.

Listen, be inspired, and don’t forget to share your thoughts.

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Emem

 

Okay it’s getting real. This is the part of the journey that I soak up EVERY encouraging word I can get. I desperately need it.

When I set out to pursue purpose, I was so enthusiastic. I was ready to take on the world and I just knew everything was going to line up in my favor as I continued to work hard.

As you have probably guessed, things have not quite worked out the way I expected.  Truthfully, as of late, there has not been a day that I have seriously not considered quitting. If you are taking a shot then you know this crap is HARD. It just is. And NO ONE prepares you for how hard it is when you begin pursuing purpose. But God will just not let me quit. He is that small voice in my heart telling me that I need to carry on, that this is MUCH bigger than me.

So here I am again, with another episode of my podcast. 

So let’s begin again…

Hi friend,

You’re here! You’re doing this thing! You are FINALLY taking a shot. Unfortunately things aren’t panning out the way they should and your once enthusiasm is beginning to wane.

Maybe it’s time to look at things from a different angle. Maybe it’s time to redefine success.

As I have stated before, I never present you with information as an expert, but rather I come alongside you to share what I am learning as I am taking a shot myself. While in prayer, ready to bow out gracefully, I got these encouraging pointers that is currently changing and re-framing my thought process and I know it will do the same for you.

Listen, be inspired, and don’t forget to share what you are learning on your journey as well.

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Thanks for taking a shot with me!

 

Emem

And just like that, the week has come and gone!

Hi Friend,

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed your week thus far. I know I have (well.. kinda). Honestly, I’ve had a week of growth. I experienced another lesson life threw at me that quite frankly, I didn’t want to or feel like learning. But I did anyway. I learned that I’ve got some serious trust issues lol. That in order for my relationship with friends, family, loved ones and God to move to a deeper level of intimacy, I need to let go and trust. Trust, even when I don’t understand. Genuinely trusting is such a vulnerable yet powerful place. AND it is THE hardest thing to do when one’s trust (my trust) has been violated over and over again. But again, like I said, I am ever learning.

Ok. Moving on…

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Today I am releasing another episode of my podcast Take A Shot! with Emem Joy Emah. Side note, I am so proud of myself for my consistency thus far. These things are hard as crap to make and put out, ESPECIALLY on a consistent basis and the fact that I am eight episodes in, feels like a miracle (Thanks be to Jesus lol. But for real though).  This time, I get a little personal as I talk about the value of the struggle. I reminisce on a recent time when I got to see the fruit of  my struggle. And I remind you (and myself) that change is coming. Seriously, I can feel it!

Listen and let me know what you think!

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You are seriously so awesome for reading and listening.

Thanks for taking a shot with me!

-Emem