Quotes and Inspiration

NO WORK IS LESS

I challenge you to take up a job as a cleaner or a watchman or, for that matter a hostess. You must be thinking I am crazy or probably having this one question in your head: “Why would I do that?” But my question to you is: “Why not?” I  took an initiative of a “one year challenge” to try out all odd jobs present in the society. It was not as easy as it seemed to be. It was a challenge not just to try all of the odd jobs out, but also to change perspective of the way we look at small jobs like a clerk, watchman, waitress, etc. I started a blog with the theme “NO WORK IS LESS” in which I have taken up a year’s challenge, wherein I will try out different “odd” jobs. The purpose is to prove that every job deserves respect and no job is small, be it of the CEO of ...

I’M GETTING MARRIED IN SEVEN MONTHS, AND NO, I’M NOT GOING ON A DIET

It’s 65 degrees as the sun sets in Glen Arbor, Michigan. My boyfriend and I are on the beach, finishing our picnic with our instafamous Bernese Mountain Dog, Maple, when he asks if I want to go for a walk along the shoreline. He grabs my hand. We walk a few yards down from our blanket. I see a heart drawn in the sand. He gets down on one knee, sticks his hand into his pocket, and I don’t even hear what he says other than, “Marry me,” because I’m crying, and then he’s crying, and all of a sudden a ring is on my finger, and HOLY CRAP IT FINALLY HAPPENED! A few weeks later we’re having fun picking our venue, photographer, florist… and then I get to go to a stunning wedding dress boutique downtown to try on dresses. Yes, I was that girl who binge-watched Say Yes to the Dress. Mimosa, please! I...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: MAY FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Visit Women That Rock’s new website, https://www.womenthatrock.co and follow WTR on Instagram at @womenthatrock to stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! Hollie Col Hollie Col is an Australian singer/songwriter officially on the rise. With finger-picked melodies, palm-muted groove...

LADIES WHO LUNCH

The women in my life are nothing less than powerhouses. They are community advocates, doctors, entrepreneurs, wives, artists, yogis, teachers and therapists. They face each day as they did the last- with elegant exhaustion. They maneuver through their daily world of board rooms, aging parents, soccer practices and self-care. They may not always make it look easy, but that only adds to my admiration for them continuing to show up each day. I am blessed to have these women in my life, for they constantly inspire me to show up in my life as well. To keep fighting for a life full of chaos and spaghetti stains and sweat and bliss. It is out of my love for these incredible women that it equally amazes me how often the topic of diets, food and body shaming continue to dominate our dialogue. Our t...

PEACE WITHIN: A TALE OF ACCEPTANCE

I used to think I was invincible. Nothing could hurt me without me fighting back. Then I realized I was my strongest when I accepted pain, when I saw ‘letting go’ as a state of being and not a forced action, when I listened to my heart for not just running fast at something or someone, but listened to it for slowing down, taking a breath…for protecting it against what doesn’t feel right anymore. I realized peace in the middle of a trail run, surrounded by tall greens and dancing waters. The night before felt like four months prior; constricted in a bar by a person who wasn’t there. That night, things, moments flickered fast. I recognized the Vance Joy song, Georgia , on the radio. My friend called his number from her phone, he answered. At a gray booth within a smal...

A LETTER TO THE THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME

Dear women around the world, Thank you for becoming an inspiration to everyone that strives to be brave. To stand up for themselves and the issues that they believe in. You bring a voice to those who need a little more encouragement. You promote self-growth, beauty, confidence and teamwork. With a growing community of activists, business leaders and anyone who has a voice, you are one of my inspirations to be brave and to follow what I love to do. Dear past relationships, Thank you for showing me what kind of person I am to myself and to you. We’ve had our good moments and our bad moments. We saw each other’s bad habits while teaching other wrong from right. We understood what it meant to have love and lost then to never love at at all. With all of the experiences, lessons, tears and heart...

APRIL SUPERWOMAN: ALEXIA WINFIELD, FOUNDER OF THE COLUMBUS BOOK PROJECT

I walked into the open space, artwork of all kinds hanging on the exposed brick around me. The concrete floor was empty aside from a folding table and the chair where Alexia sat, and two books stacked on the table. It was a welcome emptiness from the humidity outside. The books were black and white, and the spines aligned to read “COLUMBUS.” That’s exactly what’s inside of them: the city of Columbus broken down into its artists, restaurants, the fashion scene and more. Alexia Winfield is the founder of The Columbus Book Project, which was conceived out of a move from Florida to Columbus post-graduation. Alexia said she often gets asked why she traded Florida with its sunshine and beaches for Columbus, Ohio, I was wondering the same thing myself. “Coming to Columbus, I saw a grittiness that...

BEING YOU IS BEAUTIFUL

You could ask your mama and you’d swear she’s lying to you. Ask your papa and he’ll lock his eyes on yours and whisper “Darling, you are the most beautiful girl I have ever laid my eyes on.” And even though you know what they’re going to say in advance, you ask anyway. You ask because hearing someone speak those words might really make you believe it. But you know deep inside that you will never, ever, believe it. Sometimes you’ll ask your friends or your brother or sister, but you could never ask society. You won’t have to ask society, though, because society will always be one step ahead of you. Society won’t look you in the eyes, but rather from your hair down to your toes, and it will never like what it sees. It will tell you your hair should definitely be brown; change the blonde to a...

WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Women will prevail in the harsh masculinity of the world through the cognitive enlightenment of strength in intellect. Equal rights will flow through an egalitarian society- but whereas now, slavery has entrapped the feminine quality. Oh, how society indulge in such falsehood! Men look only through the eyes of chains when seeing that of a woman; such fools of deprivation. Women appear to men as frail, delicate creatures with curves and soft edges, but in my experiences and life, women have been hard workers and loving caregivers. To be equal in marriage is to be equal in partnership and growth, not of individual superiority but of  equivalent counterparts. Women are women, not objects to show off and dance around in the public eye.  Women are strong and sensible and should be characterized...

MARCH SUPERWOMAN: KRISTA SUH, CREATOR OF THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT

The image is hard to forget: women standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity as they marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., an army donning bright pink knit hats with cat ears. Pussyhats. The Pussyhat immediately became a symbol of the Women’s March and the women’s movement as a whole, and it’s hard to imagine that the creator of The Pussyhat Project had trouble finding the confidence to use her voice for change. But Krista Suh, now the author of “DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World,” admits that it was something that she struggled with. “Honestly, it was perfection,” said Krista on what was silencing her voice. She had ambition, but she harbored a fear of messing up. Krista felt that the Women’s March was time to speak up after self-p...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: MARCH FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Follow Women That Rock on Instagram at @womenthatrock and stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com!   Sharkmuffin Sharkmuffin is a duo of Brooklynite sirens Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, both bred from the waves of the Jersey shore. Their music has been dubbed “opti-mystic g...

THE TEAM THAT WORKS

My family is the old-fashioned type. My dad wakes up at four in the morning every day and works until eight at night. Growing up, I was taught that you can be anything that you want to be, as long as you work hard. Over the last two years, the truth to this has become evident for me. My father owns a small auto racing team. Our budget is about $100,000 compared to our competitors $700,000-2,000,000 budget. There is absolutely no reason why we should even be a factor. That part is true. We are not just a factor. We are one of the top teams in the country. We are not just one of the top teams in the country because of money, we are because we work more than anyone else. The Day It was the day of the biggest event of the season. We won the night before, but tonight was a new night. More impor...

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