Skip to main content


A very good friend of mine gave me some advice once. He said, "Laura, you know you get stressed over all these people and their problems. It's too much weight. GIVE LESS OF A F#$K. " At the time, I thought he was being extremely dismissive. Like he must not have heard what I was trying to say. 

I had another conversation with a family member about a year later,  we were faced with an extremely dramatic family situation. It was then that my family member told me, " Laura, you will do nothing, you have too much to lose, focus on YOUR life. Seriously, do nothing." 

SistaGurls, when I tell you, I could never be a "do nothing" person, please believe me. However, what he meant, was different from telling me to lose drive and ambition, it was more like STOP TRYING TO FIX EVERYTHING. Even the things that aren't your problem. Especially the things that aren't your problem! 

I am very certain that a lot of you are like me, silent superheroes' fighting for truth, justice, and other's people's MESS. Walking around with an unchecked duffle bag full of baggage that isn't even yours right? The motivational speech would start here normally, but this is the end of the year, so we're going to be more transparent.

I wish I could say that those 2 conversations awakened a "New Laura", but truthfully, it took about 36 years and over a million conversations to realize that I, Capt SistaGurl, had taken on too much. I first had to dissect and triage my issues to decipher which ones I had "inherited" from years of problem-solving; and which ones were my own. The problems I THOUGHT I was solving were COLD CASES. A series of unsolved trauma, guilt, and insecurity,  that I allowed the people around me to dump on me. I wasn't really fixing anything, I was simply allowing the people in my life take up storage in MY CRIB Some figuratively and some literally. This wasn't their fault, this was mine. NO one, literally no one had any idea how much of their pain I internalized. 

Furthermore, when you sign up to be a superhero, you accept the turmoil because of the PERKS that come from the cheers and adoration. "Thank you, Laura. ", "I appreciate you. " You are so amazing."  "How did you get so smart!?!?" Oh SistaGurls, how I reveled in it! But, like Superman line, "With great power, comes great responsibility". If you follow DC you know that Superman died SEVERAL TIMES. Doomsday and a few other gnarly guys HAD HIS NUMBER. He was on many a cover a bloody disheveled mess with poor Lois devasted. 

Was there an arsenal of civilians banded up to save Superman from DEATH? No friends. He had to crawl up out the rubble get to some sunlight and GET HIS SHIT TOGETHER ON HIS OWN. He chose this life. 

I'd like to think the same for myself. I chose to be the ear, shoulder, back brace, and everything else in the lives of others. None of this was wrong but it left very little time and headspace for me to take care of myself. It got so bad that when someone asked me, "When is the last time you did something for yourself? " I was left without an answer. 

Motivation Time 
Ladies and Gentlemen, I want you to know that it is very okay to practice the following in 2020. I worked on all these things simultaneously in 2019 and I am a much better person because of it.  They cost you zero dollars and you can do them RIGHT NOW if necessary. 

1. SAY NO - If you're not 100% down with doing something and it doesn't directly impact your livelihood, do not do it. (If you haven't mastered "No"s yet, try via text, or just don't pick up the phone.) 

2. REST - Seriously, regardless of what career you have or how important you are at work, if you do not rest, eventually, your body will feel the burden that you frequently carry on a daily basis. 

3. SET GOALS (JUST FOR YOU) - For those of you who have families or are responsible for businesses, or multiple people, this one might be challenging. I personally had a hard time with this, but I'm working on it DAILY. Jot down simple things you want to do for yourself, then every quarter, add more. When you've completed a goal add another one.

By the end of 2020 you should have at least 20 things on your list and at least 10 you have completed. Lisa Nichols advises, that we should set small goals weekly. That way you're going to get used to the idea of writing down your vision and the benefit of seeing it to completion. 

4. LAUGH - Don't take yourself so seriously all the time. Find something to laugh at every day. Coach V said, "If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." 

5. SPEAK UP - Yes friends, this is very important, if you don't like something, if it doesn't feel right, if you want something, SAY IT. We spend a lot of time worrying about how our thoughts will be received by our loved ones or the public. Truthfully, concealing your thoughts and desires, aren't helping anyone. 

BONUS: Not an action, just a statement. YOU DESERVE THE BEST. When we look back at our life, usually we think about how we've been wronged, what steps we didn't take, how we treated someone, but everyone and I do mean everyone deserves good things. You deserve to be around people that don't bleed you dry, you deserve to have love, trust, intimacy, and consideration. Don't waste any more time looking backward. Just let it go. Seriously. I release it from your life right now. It's gone. Let's move on shall we? 

*** I should note, there are side effects to making changes this drastic, the crowds that cheered you on might be thinner, and there could be murmurs that you're acting brand new. But guess what, YOU WILL FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! You will have more FREE TIME and VISION. 

2020 is a new decade, and within a few hours, you will be a witness to a new day. It's all about your vision in 2020. It's about what YOU WANT. It's about where you're going, what YOU NEED, and how hard you are willing to work to take what's yours. We can always claim the typical "New Year, New Me." motto. It could work. But some habits are very difficult to break without considering how they became habits in the first place. Maybe instead of trying to be a newer version of yourself, plan to be a better one! Accept yourself, flaws and all, and make an effort to LIVE. YOUR. LIFE. 

I wish you nothing but success, health, love, and light, this year and always. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! #vision2020 *** Use this hashtag and tag The SistaGurl Blog on Facebook and IG. We want to track your progress! So if you celebrate a win, or you've renewed your focus let us know. 

XOXO - Capt SistaGurl


Popular posts from this blog

Ladies, Make Him Act Right! (From a man's perspective)

So ladies, we have a tendency to get advice from women about MEN far more than we should. So I have a special treat today. We're going to get some advice on how to entice, encourage, and exalt a man from you guested it.. A MAN. I picked one, who speaks with the sole purpose to educate. So some of his language may be a bit harder than you're used to but.. you will not be disappointed. Capt SistaGurl Out!  Introducing Tikko Brohey  Ladies do you feel like “dudes ain’t shit” or “dudes don’t act right?” Have you ever thought about the things you do that contribute to that? The answer is probably not.  Now granted there are dudes out there who just ain’t shit, and that’s just what it is. Majority of men are good men. But his partner can often determine just how good he'll actually be. Every woman deserves to be treated like a queen, as every man deserves to be treated like a king. The disconnect comes from when there’s an argument all the King and Queen shit is out the

Why the Death of DMX Hurts

By Capt SistaGurl Laura Miller DMX has always been a friend to the youth, specifically young black men growing up in the age of Hip Hop who needed someone to help explain the daily pain that they were experiencing. They had X in his edgy brilliance. He didn't walk around pretending to be someone he wasn't. He was someone who we’ve watched soar to the highest of heights and fall just as fast and hard.  Before DMX I don't think there was any rapper who had explained the pains of feeling abandoned better. He resonated with a generation of black males who were born in the '80s, '90s , and 00's UNLOVED. Our community often grazes over young black men in this way. Supported by no one but themselves. He touched them, and he also touched the women and men who understood this type of pain. His lyrics were true to who he was and who he would always be. A real ass dude trying to figure it out. Trying to understand the pressures of his celebrity. Navigating through The agon

The Church is Failing: The Young Black Male

This is a taboo subject. That I’ve thought about quite a bit but never had the courage to really vocalize. Courage and fear are funny things because one of them is just as strong as the other, it’s just a question of which one you choose to live in. So today, I choose to live within a courageous light. Why, being a black woman, and an active christian would I have a fear vocalizing my opinion on how black men have been failed by the church? Messages are often misconstrued based on the perception of the reader. Additionally, it’s best practice to NOT add any fire to the flame of those that question institutionalized religion. However, in this case, I think I’d like to get this out with the hopes that some black man, within a particular age, will utilize this post as a reason to do better in reaching young black men. There was a time when the core of the civil rights movement was centered around black men and women within religious faiths. They actively worked together,