Certified Life Coach Markita D. Collins Words of Encouragement During Depression Awareness Month
During Depression Awareness Month, it is crucial to spread words of encouragement and support to those who may be struggling. As a certified life coach, Markita D. Collins is privileged to witness firsthand the transformative power of her work. Not only does it provide her with a reason to be grateful, but it also fulfills her purpose of helping and impacting the lives of many individuals.
In this assignment given by God, Markita has the opportunity to assist women, couples, families, and even small communities in navigating through their challenges. By offering guidance and support during difficult times, she strives to bring hope and positivity into their lives.
As we observe Depression Awareness Month in October and all year round, let us remember that there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow. Reach out for support if you or someone you know is battling depression. Remember that you are not alone on this journey — there are dedicated professionals like myself ready to assist you every step of the way.
What is it about the work that you do that has given you a sense of gratitude and purpose?
Markita: The work that I do not only gives me a reason to be grateful but it is purpose-fulfilling! I know that I am completely obeying God in my assignment in this work. I am helping, and impacting many women, couples families, and even small communities virtually. I also understand that with the work that I do and how I help them, empower them, lift them up. I know that how I teach and minister is truly an act of service. Serving people is my ministry. The fulfillment I have comes from within. I feel a “job well done” from heaven. Then there are those moments where people turn around and say I appreciate what you’ve done. I appreciate your sacrifice and your outpouring. That makes what I do easier because I know that while I’m living on this earth, I will simply multiply God through my works and my gifts in the human form.
How do you maintain a work-life balance with the many impactful roles you’ve acquired such as Wife, Mother, Best Selling Author, and Relationship Strategist?
Markita: This is such a great question, and I think I answer this knowing that I’ll never balance anything. Balancing means that everything has equal parts and it’s impossible to balance the life of a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an entrepreneur, a Prophet, a speaker, a teacher, and a group leader. It’s impossible to do that but with the wisdom of God, you can prioritize what needs your attention in that moment, day, week, and month. What I tend to do is think through what’s on my schedule and sometimes I’ll even give myself the grace to say I’m not doing anything today. I’m just going to take care of myself. I am not putting myself through burnout and stress and extra burdens and extra weight. It’s very important as a wife and as a mother.
All the things that I do I’m sure other women do as well. You should be good to yourself and not allow the pressure to over-perform to destroy the things you accomplish. We are out here doing the best we can with what we have. So I maintain this life by focusing on, again, what needs my attention at the moment. I maintain my mental health, my emotional health, and my spiritual health by being good to myself and by allowing God to give me the wisdom to navigate through what I have to navigate through and not overburden myself to complete everything at one time.
Please tell us about the upcoming Walk In Her Conference and what attendees can expect.
Markita: I am so excited about being invited to the Walk In Her Conference that’s going to take place at the National Harbor on November 11, 2023, at the Capital C hotel. It’s going to be so amazing! The young lady that invited me to the conference name is Ashlee, she is a mentee of mine. She has such an incredible vision for women to walk in one way but leave another way. Some walk in with great expectations and high hopes or walk in feeling burdened or even confused. You’re going to leave changed, transformed, and blessed. I believe that my assignment is to do the soul work, help women do the deep soul work, and also give them the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is my job as a preacher to give them the gospel of Jesus Christ and to also coach them, give them natural things that they can do for their mental health, and also give them spiritual food that they need to help them and guide them through the things of this world. It’s going be amazing.
What other endeavors or initiatives are you working on as of late or have in the works?
Markita: Right now I’m just allowing myself to be open to people inviting me to their cities, states, and countries to do what I do best and that is to help set the captives free to stand flat-footed on what God has instructed me to do with no fear, with no shame, and with no intimidation. I believe that what I’m waiting for is the green light to just go. What I’m working on outside of that are some digital products and some merchandise that I believe it’s going to truly bless others as well. I have some ideas that I’m working on which I don’t want to talk about right now just as of yet, but it will be dropping soon. I believe that it is important to diversify and to have other ways to make money so I am not going to be selling other people’s products anymore. I’ll be selling my own very soon, so stay tuned.
As a Keynote speaker, what topics are vital for you to touch on with your national audiences and why?
Markita: Oh, you are asking good questions! As a keynote speaker, the topics that I feel that touch audiences is what God is telling me to say and that may sound so what does that mean but it’s very simple to me. I pray, and I read the word of God. I’m understanding what’s happening in the world, and what’s happening throughout our country but I’m also connected to what’s happening to us locally and within our communities.
God loves us! There is hope and there are also decisions that we have to make as a people. We have to have a moral compass. I preach Jesus, I preach the Bible, I teach Jesus, I teach the Bible and I’m also trusted to speak to people who may never walk in a church because I talk to them and not at them. I walk in wisdom, and they feel connected to what I’m saying, so I always want people to feel when they’re in my presence that first of all feel the love of God coming out of me towards you.
Feel the peace of God and the joy of God. God is not a magician, he’s not a genie in the bottle, he’s our father and he’s our God. The Bible says our father, who art in heaven, so with that being said, we have a responsibility to build our relationship with him and we have to develop that relationship. We have to pour into that relationship too. It’s not one-sided so when people leave my presence, I always want them to know that God loves you and you absolutely should love him, but you have a responsibility to build that relationship with him and be accountable. I’m being obedient to my assignment, and I walk away, knowing that the assignment is always fulfilled.
October is recognized as Depression Awareness Month. As a renowned Certified Life Coach, what words of encouragement would you have for our readers who are currently going through trying times in our current climate?
Markita: As a life coach, and as a clergy member in the Lord’s church I must say this, I’m not a licensed therapist and I am not a degree counselor. I have an advantage because I have wisdom and experience. I am a people person and I’m trusted so people have a tendency to associate me with being a counselor. I just want to say that I’m not a counselor.
What I will say about this month and about any month is that people go through depression all year round. They go through seasonal depression, and they go through grieving during a certain time of the year. Depression is real, it is not fake, and it is not something you can wish away. Sometimes people require therapy, sometimes people require medication, sometimes you get through with prayer, sometimes by studying, or reading, or going for a walk. Don’t run away from it, confront it.
Do not allow depression to be a bully to you. Make sure you surround yourself with people that understand, make sure that you’re being honest, anf make sure that you’re doing the work. Don’t become victim to it, become victorious in it.
How has 2023 been so far overall for Prophet Markita Collins and what do you see the rest of the year being like for you?
Markita: 2023 has been one of the fastest years I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean it was just January and now we are in October getting ready to hit November. We are in the last quarter and what I’ve been seeing is the pressure of people feeling like they have not accomplished anything this year. There was a lot of heaviness and a lot of sadness for some people and then there was a lot of celebration for others. So I would like to say that 2023 is the year of the door where I believe God is showing us that he is opening doors for us. He is also closing doors. He’s creating doors, and he’s building doors.
Have the faith to believe that you can walk out of anything and you can walk into anything. If you’re waiting.. praise him in the hallway honey. I believe that this last quarter if you’ve been feeling inadequate, if you’re feeling like you did not overcome anything, or if you did not accomplish anything… the year is not over for you. You can have a reset right now. I also believe that people are going to be blessed like never before. In the midst of what we’re seeing globally, God is still good in the midst of what we are experiencing in our neighborhoods.
All is still well so stay prayed up and take care of your bodies. Make sure that you’re eating well; make sure that you’re drinking your water. Make sure that you’re taking your vitamins. Make sure that you’re spending time with your family. Make sure that you are pouring into the things that need you to nurture it. Stay away from toxicity, stay away from things that cause you stress and pain.
This is still the time for you to build and to heal and to see what you work so hard for. If you drop the ball, pick it up. If you throw in the towel, pick it back up. Now is not the time for you to give up. I also believe in 2024 and 2025 you’re going to experience some of the greatest years of your life.
What else would you like for our readers to know at this time?
Markita: I want the readers to know that you are so seen, that you are loved, that you are cared about, that you are not forgotten, and if you’re reading this, that God took time out of your day to make sure that you know that you’re worth it. You can do anything you put your mind to, you can accomplish anything. It is never too late for you no matter how old you are. Prepare yourself for some rest and do not compete or compare yourself to anything, or anyone. Work at your pace and be good to yourself. That’s what I want the reader to know. Also. speak well over yourself, don’t beat yourself up, and don’t be your own worst critic. You do right by you and then you’ll do right by others. God bless all of you! I love you and I mean it.
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