Welcome to Our 5-Part Affirmation Series


This is a 5-part series about a few affirmations that have assisted myself and others during times of adversity and challenges. Each affirmation is inspired by an uplifting poem. Maybe you can lean on them too when facing your own obstacles in life.


No SWEAT! I’ve got this.

Have you ever been in a moment in your career when you were ready for the next step? A change for the better may have been just what you needed to ensure yourself that you were on the right path in life. You probably even planned your life out with “dotted-i’s” and “crossed-t’s” only to have your plan savagely interrupted by any number of life’s events. Go on. Pick one or maybe even two.

What if instead of wallowing in the reality of what circumstances were, you pushed against opposition and created your own new pathway to success? Individuals who have managed to achieve great success most likely persevered through tremendous struggles in order to emerge on the other side of a seemingly impregnable veil of resistance. They have a grit and grind about them that allows them to outwit obstacles while simultaneously using them to leap forward over the hurdle.

Believe in yourself and your ability to surprise yourself by how strong and capable you are.

Keni Dobbs
photographer, videographer & blogger

Being your own cheerleader can be the hardest thing to do in the face of vicissitude. The funny thing about difficult trails is you have the opportunity to prove to yourself that you can make it through even if you completely fall apart in the process. If what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, then why not give yourself every shot at achieving your highest potential?

Sweat, it’s what we shed after pushing our bodies past the limit of comfort. It’s how we know we have worked, pushed and tried. Sweat can even be a reward to remind ourselves that we have the ability to make things happen on our own accord. It shows us that we have what it takes to change our realities even if our circumstances put up a fight.

The next time you feel you are ready to make a difference in your life, try to remember you are made of SWEAT:

  • Scrupulous (diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to detail)
  • Wise (having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgement)
  • Educated (intellectual, moral and socially aware)
  • Astute (ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage)
  • Talented (having natural aptitude or skill for something)

Dare to go after your dreams and achieve your goals. Remember that you are in your own corner even when things are amiss. Tell yourself that you deserve to accomplish all that you set your mind to achieve. Believe in yourself and your ability to surprise yourself by how strong and capable you are. Lastly, know your worth and never be afraid to request a well-deserved raise!

Please enjoy our inspiration for this affirmation!


Still I Rise
You may write me down in history 
With your bitter, twisted lies, 
You may tread me in the very dirt 
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells 
Pumping in my living room. 
Just like moons and like suns, 
With the certainty of tides, 
Just like hopes springing high, 
Still I'll rise. 
Did you want to see me broken? 
Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops. 
Weakened by my soulful cries. 
Does my haughtiness offend you? 
Don't you take it awful hard 
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines 
Diggin' in my own back yard. 
You may shoot me with your words, 
You may cut me with your eyes, 
You may kill me with your hatefulness, 
But still, like air, I'll rise. 
Does my sexiness upset you? 
Does it come as a surprise 
That I dance like I've got diamonds 
At the meeting of my thighs? 
Out of the huts of history's shame 
I rise 
Up from a past that's rooted in pain 
I rise 
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, 
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. 
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear 
I rise 
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear 
I rise 
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, 
I am the dream and the hope of the slave. 
I rise 
I rise 
I rise.

Maya Angelou

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Published by Keni Dobbs

I'm an entrepreneur who loves to capture the essence of my surroundings. Whether it be events or real estate, painting with light is the perfect medium to provide the best visual experience. I invite you to take this journey with me as I navigate the world of photography in an effort to grow and expand Kaptured by Keni Photography.

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