Quotes and Inspiration

CAROLINE FRANCO: AN INTERVIEW WITH A HEALTH SUPERWOMAN

January in Columbus is bleak; when the wind isn’t whipping snowflakes through the bitter air, it’s raining. The clouds are gray, people are bundled under mountainous layers of warmth. But there is one person who does her best to find the sunshine in every day, and her name is Caroline Franco. Caroline is a food, fitness and lifestyle blogger on Instagram who just happened to sit next to me on the first day of a communication lecture with 400 people. Before knowing that she had more than 8.5 thousand people following her workout videos, beautiful pictures of healthy food and positive advice, I came to know her as the girl who loved working out and was unafraid to answer the professor’s questions confidently from the back of the lecture hall. Her personality was contagious. Her fans already ...

WHY KATHARINE GRAHAM FROM “THE POST” IS YOUR NEW FEMINIST ICON

If you’ve seen “The Post” already, you know how wonderful it is (and why I cried through most of it). While the movie centers around the publishing of the Pentagon Papers and freedom of the press, there is one character whose transformation we should all be in awe of: Katharine Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post (played by Meryl Streep). Here’s why she should be your new feminist icon. 1. She took over “The Post” in the midst of an unexpected tragedy Graham never anticipated being in the job that she ended up in; her father sold the family paper to her husband for a symbolic one dollar, and she was content raising their children. After her husband’s suicide, Graham took the position to keep the business in the family. 2. She was quite shy, but rocked her position anyway Despite b...

YOU CAN STILL SING AND DANCE IN THE RAIN

There was a time last year when a friend of mine had decided to dance in the rain. It was just after class, late into the evening. It had been raining really heavily then, and most of my classmates were either complaining about getting wet or whining about how much more expensive the cab fares were. My girls and I didn’t really care – rain meant more long bus rides. And so there we were, exiting the air-conditioned part of my school and stepping out into the even more freezing shelter when one of my girlfriends did something we didn’t expect: she ran right out into the rain, screaming. At first all of us just stood there, slightly bewildered and wondering whether or not stress was getting to her and making her lose a screw or two. But then she turned to us, hair sopping wet with a maniacal...

THE WOMEN’S MARCH: WHY IT MATTERS

A year ago this weekend, women across the nation gathered in their respective cities and many traveled to Washington D.C. to unite together in protest. A movement of more than two million women and their allies across the globe became known as the Women’s March of 2017. They stood for, and continue to stand for, women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, human rights, disability rights, worker’s rights, and environmental rights.  It was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history and it’s returning this weekend across the nation. Many people believe that the March was organized to protest Donald Trump’s first full day in office. This is true, to an extent; the movement intended to send a message to the administration that their voices would not be silenced in the wake of threa...

DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE IN 2018!

Being real, I hate making New Year’s resolutions. Nobody ever keeps them, and I’m too much of a planner to follow them. I’m more of a long-term and short-term goal kind of control freak. However, in 2018 I just might have to make an exception, I should have made it a long time ago. My New Year’s resolution is to not let anyone rain on my fashion parade. Now, there is a backstory to this: flashback to freshman year when I thought I had fashion all figured out – I didn’t then and still don’t! Anyway, freshman year in one of my fashion merchandising classes my teacher asked the class to define our personal style in one word and present why you think that. The class went on and all the other students described themselves as “preppy” or “edgy.” When it was my turn, I walked up to the front of t...

PROUD TO BE A MILLENNIAL

In today’s society the title “Millennial” has begun to require an apology. My generation is commonly described as entitled, lazy or coddled. I recently entered the workforce and was faced with such a derogatory stereotype. Never during my years in college spending countless hours slaving over projects, studying for exams or volunteering did I think I was lazy. Now, with any stereotype there may be some truth. There are Millennials out there who are lazy just as there are lazy Generation X-ers and Baby Boomers. Laziness isn’t confined to the stereotype and it certainly does not entitle anyone to make a generalization. It’d be the same as saying thin people are anorexic or the rich are greedy. We know these statements to be untrue because we personally know people who don’t fit the stereotyp...

I AM SERIES

As a business owner, there are often times where we go through hardships and thoughts of being down. It really is like a rollercoaster. Sometimes we are over the edge happy, excited and can’t wait to start the day. Other days we are just down and wish we were “further.”  I try to create a positive environment for myself and also to take care of myself. I do this by meditating and doing yoga; I need to make sure that I have time to myself. During these times, I create motivational thoughts in my head to help me get over the hump that I am in.   This is exactly why I created these “I Am” series. They are to remind me of the times when I know I am capable of so much more. I know that as I am on this journey others feel the same way as I do. Others get these feelings and thoughts that can affe...

WHAT IS THE #METOO FOR ME?

It’s 7 a.m. on a Sunday.  The sun is almost up and shining. I am looking around for my friend, but she is not here. I know for sure I was the last one getting out of the club, they closed the door behind me. Well, can’t be that hard to find my way back to the hotel.  While looking around where to go, this cute guy comes to me:  “Do you need any help?”  I remember him from the club, he was dancing with us at one point, but I am not really interested in hooking up with anyone.  “No, it’s fine, I was looking for my friend, but I think she ditched me for some guy. I will just head back to my hotel.”  “I can accompany you if you want!” I am thinking, it’s daylight outside, people are walking around, what can happen?! “Sure, why not!?”  “Wher...

THE BEST AND WORST OF TIMES

On the evening of June 3, 2016, four of my closest friends and I sat in a restaurant off Borough Market celebrating a Hen party for the first one of us getting married that summer. We drank wine and reminisced about that time we locked our history teacher in his store cupboard, and the time the bride to be laughed so hard in a café that hot chocolate came down her nose! The times we had late night BBQs on the beach, the time we arrived in Florence and let a random Italian man we’d just met take us in his car to his favourite pizzeria, our sleepovers, our fallouts, our break ups, all these important memories that made us who we were. But more importantly, we made plans. We planned out when the rest of us would inevitably meet “the one” and get married. We planned which country w...

YOU CANNOT ALWAYS BE THE FIRE TYPE

I’m glad that you’ve finally begun to understand that you cannot always be the fire type. The wild, sparkling, bursting, high and superior type. You cannot always be the wanderer walking on a faint road in the middle of the night. You sometimes need to nestle yourself into the soft blanket, lose all the weight of your head to the soft pillow, close your eyes to all the hardships of your life and let relaxation fill these moments of silence. I know you sometimes like to sleep and not go out to a nightclub till 4 a.m. in the morning. I’m glad that you’ve finally begun to understand that the tent in the most beautiful part of a forest can only be adventurous for a night or two. That adventure can never give you the contentment that you get from lying on the floor of yo...

THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE

Diane Von Furstenberg wisely said: “I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.” Each and every single woman has special traits that distinguish her and set her apart by her beauty and singularity. There is no woman like me, just as there is no other woman like you. An even though we might not be where we are meant to be yet, we all know who we are and who we want to be. This, by itself, already gives us an immensurable value. When I was younger, in my final year of high school, I acquired the habit of searching for inspiration for everything I would do. I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be: elegant, intelligent, career-driven but still quite feminine – yet, I didn’t know how to become her. I would read books and b...

IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY

“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia  It’s okay to not be okay.  I know that might be hard to believe sometimes, but it really is. We’re in the age of social media, where you follow people who seem like they have this perfect life, the life you strive for, but sometimes we forget that those people are the same as us. Social media is just a small glance into someone’s life and they only show the part they want you to see. I’m here to remind you that it is perfectly okay if you don’t have that glamorous life. It’s okay if you don’t take those flawless pictures and get to travel whenever you please. That might sound silly to say, but I know that I am one of ...

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