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Shake it off!

“Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off.”

Yes, I just quoted Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” lyrics!

It’s New Year’s Day and I just spent my early afternoon watching her “Reputation” tour with my eldest daughter Bianca, a somewhat reluctant fan. Despite her issues with T-Swift, she still cannot help but like her! I could understand why. (My apologies to all you “Swifties.”)

This morning, as we watched the concert and Taylor sang “Shake it off,” I was reminded of a time last year when feuds stirred up at my work place. During that season a coworker sent me an email. “Rosa, like Taylor Swift, you need to shake it off!” The email made me laugh, but in all seriousness, at that moment it was the exact sentiment I needed.

“Shake it off!”

You see, I had major work business to attend to, and I couldn’t allow simple disagreements or misunderstandings to keep me from getting my job done.

I am a thick-skinned, let-it-roll-off-me, resilient kind of south side Chi girl! But still, there are moments when the daggers cut just a little too deep. I get all up in my feels, and forget to– rise above, shake it off, and focus on what God says of me!

Last New Year, I set out to not allow unhealthy relationships or boundaries to consume my 2018. “I want to remain focused,” I wrote. “There is no need to be involved in everything, no need to defend or explain myself, no need to feel accepted or understood. This year I am standing on the ROCK, and I am not leaving it. No more detours! It’s a year of completion! No more stepping away! It’s time for some GREAT WORK, or what I like to call GOD’s WORK!  #Nehemiah6”

Did I completely accomplish this goal? I would like to say, “why yes, I sure did.” But, I didn’t. Did I improve at all? I think so.

A few days ago, I wrote, “Sometimes we have to CHOOSE to be above reproach, mature, & better than our flesh wants us be. God’s word should be the measuring stick we use to measure our choices. Regardless of the unfairness in life and the shade it throws at us (even when it comes from the people we love), we must choose to be obedient, and not let circumstances keep us from God’s plans… #toriseabove #nehemiah” 

Without planning, I made a full circle on my Facebook page.

I am NOWHERE near perfect! But God is doing a mighty work in me, and I am welcoming His pruning in my life. At times it hasn’t been easy, but I am finding that the more I keep my eyes on my creator, the more I vividly see His promises for me! So, like Taylor, I am going to continue to “Shake it OFF!”

“Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalms 62:6

“I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.” Nehemiah 6:3

 PS: As I post this on New Year’s Day, I feel it necessary to add while I like Taylor’s song “New Year’s Day”, I much prefer U2’s song of the same name.

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Rosabel Sanchez is a woman who loves God- serves Him with great humbleness, loves her family and friends- serves them with great love, and love life with such a great appreciation for all that she has been blessed with. She, her husband and 4 children lead two churches on the southwest-side of Chicago, where they all live. As I embark on this new journey, I pray and hope I can become a part of one of your daily practices- your morning inspiration, your afternoon break from the world, or your evening cool down. So join me with a cup of your choice- coffee, tea, chocolate- and you will be blessed with encouraging words to warm your heart & soul.


  1. Zuniga, Laura says

    Good day Rosa, I reasd your post today January 3, 2019 and it hit home. Over these past two weeks of rest and relaxation with my family, ny rock, the people I love, that God gave me I realized that I had been taking on a lot of the negative vibes my friends and co-workers share with me. I too have to shake it off at times to not have that negative monkey on my back. One of my colleagues thanked me for being the mama bear, but with that comes a great responsibility. I do try very hard to keep it positive when they need a hug or an ear, but sometimes their bad moments or bad day becomes mine. I am realizing that in my empathy and compassion I take on their burdens, but need to reflect on them quickly and shake them off so that I do not take on the negativity as my own. Thank you for your post. I too pray to God every morning and throughout the day to give me wisdom and patience to do better, to be better, because unltimately he made it my choice.

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