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Listen to Snoop Dogg and Thank Yourself

Snoop Dogg has been up to quite a lot. Earlier this year, he released a gospel album titled Bible on Love. He co-hosts the VH1 cooking show Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party with the infamous Martha Stewart. He just released an Amazon-exclusive track “Grateful” featuring E-40 and Tyrese. In October, he released his cookbook From Crook to Cook featuring 50 of his favorite recipes—what a wonderful world we live in. According to the book’s online description, “The Doggfather’s got you covered.” The name of his cookbook speaks to the “Doggfather’s” continued efforts to leave aspects of his controversial past. He is no longer banned by the British government from entering the country. I certainly think that’s a sign of self-development!

On Monday, Snoop Dogg finally received his hard-earned star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a career spanning nearly 30 years, he has transformed the music industry and established himself as a rap legend. Fittingly, he paid tribute to influential figures in his life such as his wife—and high school sweetheart—Shante Broadus, Jimmy Kimmel, and Dr. Dre. Then, he paid his last tribute to the man who made all of this happen: himself. He said, “Last but not least, I want to thank me for believing in me. I want to thank me for doing all this hard work, I want to thank me for having no days off, I want to thank me for never quitting, I want to thank me for trying to do more rights than wrong, I want to thank me for just being me at all times.”

I think we can a learn few nuggets of wisdom from Snoop Dogg—beyond how to drop it like it’s hot. First, it’s never too late to move on from aspects of your past that you don’t want to be a part of your present. You certainly cannot erase them, but you do have the power to stop ruminating about what has gone wrong and start working towards making things go right. Second, it’s nice—and quite necessary—to thank the people in your life who have helped you succeed, but it's also just as important to thank yourself. We often look for praise and validation from others whenever we achieve something great, but why don’t we praise ourselves for being so dang awesome. If we can be overwhelmingly disappointed in our failures, why can’t we be overwhelmingly proud of our successes? We could all use a little bit of self-love. Treat yo’ self.

So, this holiday season, be thankful for how far you’ve come and for how hard you may be working to go even further. Who knew we could learn so much from the D-O-Double G.

A gal who likes to read, write, and listen to Rihanna (the three Rs).