That is such a fitting title especially since Queen Bey just came out with her world stopping album Lemonade. A lot of people missed her whole point behind her visual album, but I understand where she’s coming from. The saying goes, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” I like to say when life hands you lemons, make lemonade then, sell it! You might as well make a profit off all that sourness. (Actually, that’s exactly what Beyoncé did.)

I have been handed so many lemons in life…so many. Most people would give up hope or quit since that’s the easier option. I made lemonade after my mother died when I was 21 years old. Now everything I do is to make her proud in her absence. I made lemonade when I realized that I didn’t have enough money to go to college, so I joined the military. I made lemonade out of being married at 19 and divorced at 24. I now know the true meaning of marriage and what it takes to sustain a commitment like that. My next husband will be a blessed man. I made lemonade out of people telling me that I would be another statistic and doubt me in my youth by becoming a woman that they can’t even spar with.

I am not arrogant, just confident. You have to be confident in yourself. Anyone that confuses confidence with arrogance will be intimidated by a confident person. So when life hands you lemons, make lemonade and know that it’s the best lemonade out there. Everybody is going to want to buy your lemonade! In this game called life, we can all learn from each other. At times I get scared and nervous, and I don’t think that I can do something. That’s when I look to God and ask for his help. I know that with Him all things are possible. With trust in God and belief in yourself, you can do anything. I hope that this helped you in some way. As always remember that you’re beYOUtiful, and life is meant to be lived abundantly.

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