by Sherrell Dorsey of Organic Beauty Vixen

When I graduated from college in 2009 I had a decent job in my hand, a freelance gig and the New York City energy to keep me motivated and excited about the next phase in my life. Then a few months later it all ended. After being laid off, breaking up with my boyfriend, moving into a new apartment I could only afford with my new job, and no prospects for future employment, needless to say life really sucked.

I know for many of you struggling in this economy trying to beat the downfall of this job market, hang on to your houses and adjust to a new way of living, things can get pretty tough. I never thought I’d be heading back home to Seattle to re-group. Never thought I’d be freelancing as a regular source of income and I never would have expected that even after doing the college thing and earning my degree, I’d still be competing for jobs alongside my mom’s friends who are under employed.

Looking at things as they are, it can be easy to be distracted and discouraged. But I choose not to be. Sometimes we have to speak things into existence and give life to our situations even when everything around us – our family, finances, careers, etc – seems to be decimated and destroyed.

How do you choose to stay motivated? To live your passion and fulfill your purpose? Even in the midst of many obstacles how do you continue to press forward?

I’ve come to find peace and motivation in the following ways:

Working out – There’s something about a near death experience that keeps my mind focused on all of the things that I am able to do. Whether I’m hitting that mile on my morning run, trying to get through my squats or simply survive through a rigorous personal training session, I’m focused on the end result and not all the clutter in between. Not to mention that maintaining a regular routine also helps to reduce stress!

Prayer – Prayer is powerful ladies I promise. My girls and I get on our prayer conference line (courtesy of and spend 15 minutes every weekday morning praying together, praying for each other and seeking miracles to happen in our life. Open your communication with God and I guarantee He will do you a solid!

Brushing the dirt off your shoulders – Jay-Z was a genius when he told the entire world to “get that dirt off your shoulders”. There is nothing in this world worth giving in to. We all have our storms but when you stand up, dust yourself off and move forward you have to know that these rough times are building your character.

Doing nothing – Sometimes, in order to get motivated I have to spend a day or two doing nothing. I get my nap on, eat ice cream, catch up on Desperate Housewives on Hulu and spend my entire day not being productive at all. Giving my brain, body and spirit a rest I am able to rejuvenate and kick my motivation back into gear the next day.

All in all I’m simply stating that you have to stay encouraged even when the situation looks like there is no way out.

What do you do to stay motivated?

Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site, Jones Magazine, and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at and connect with her on facebook at