Tika Sumpter

Health (USA) - - Great Food -

You have to sur­round your­self with peo­ple who are go­ing to re­plen­ish you, not peo­ple who will take away from you. My friend­ships—my girl­friends— are en­cour­ag­ing and lov­ing. They make me want to be a bet­ter per­son.

There isn’t al­ways go­ing to be some­one to help push you to­ward your dreams— you have to be your own cheer­leader. There was a time that life felt like a grind. I re­mem­ber hav­ing an apart­ment and hav­ing no fur­ni­ture and ask­ing my land­lord to give me an­other week to pay him. It was al­most to the point when I felt like, “What the heck is next?” All I had was prayer and hope—hope that to­mor­row some­thing would be dif­fer­ent. I learned to lis­ten to that voice in­side telling you to get up and go.

I jour­nal to stay men­tally fit— it helps me get out my feel­ings and dump ex­haust­ing thoughts. When I want to pro­tect my dreams and well-be­ing, I just write and write. It’s amaz­ing.

Now that I am where I am in my ca­reer and a mom,

I look back at my younger years, and I re­al­ize I was al­ways chas­ing what other peo­ple were do­ing.

You have to take a mo­ment to ap­pre­ci­ate where you are in life be­cause it’s fur­ther than you were yesterday. Those lit­tle steps, the tiny vic­to­ries, are su­per im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge.

Tika, 38, stars in No­body’s Fool, now in the­aters.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.