Quotes and Inspiration

AN ARTISTIC RESPONSE TO A LOSS

Domestic violence is a cowardly act, yet strong enough to slowly weaken the confidence of another’s abilities and self-worth. This unwarranted need for power and control typically takes place behind closed doors. Even though the victim’s loved ones suspect or know of the physical and mental abuse, it’s frustrating to battle against the years of manipulation and brainwashing by the perpetrators. After many years it’s still difficult, but the loss of my only sister and sibling in a domestic violence incident pushes me forward to help people see the value they have to offer. My sister never realized that she was a beautiful, wonderful person. I am very grateful that just months before the incident we had a chance to talk about how much I admired her. After some time passed, I step...

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S NON-RESOLUTION TO YOU

January brings us into a new year. Did you know that January is named after the Greek god Janus? Janus was often depicted with two faces, one looking back and one facing forward. Although being two-faced is often seen as a bad trait, it could prove helpful at this time of year. As we ring in 2017, we have the opportunity to reflect on the year behind us, and look forward to a fresh year ahead. By now the drone of Christmas carols has given way to the fervor of New Year’s Resolutions. Are you going to resolve to lose weight, get out of debt, unplug, spend more time with the kids or finally learn how to play the harmonica? Recent statistics tell us that of the 45% of Americans that usually make New Year’s Resolutions, only 8% are successful in achieving their resolution. So I resolve not to ...

PLEASE JUST GIVE US A BREAK

Fueled by intense, passionate feminine hormones, I’m totally embracing the fire that is being created within me and putting my fingers straight onto the keyboard. You know what really annoys me, is the lack of respect for the Winter/Spring part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The lack of respect for the whole menstrual cycle in general irritates me. The lack of respect and care from the people in your life especially from people like; your father, brother, boyfriend. Maybe even your girlfriend, mother or sister, as there are still so many woman who do not fully understand or respect their own beautiful cycles, especially the overwhelming Winter & Spring phases. So instead of ranting about how a lot of people (which sadly, includes many women) still don’t understand and ...

FEMINISM IS NOT FOR SALE

“Ooo ooo me! My turn! How about something that has nothing to do with the election but super relevant to our current buzzword culture: feminism. I’m scared of the word because I feel like we’ve lost touch with the meaning. It is your right as a human being to shake your scantily clad booty on stage or whatever (yes what up Bey!). But please, as a courtesy to women and girls everywhere, please don’t do it in the name of feminism. It sends a very confusing message. Feminism is not for sale. End scene.” After the election, people were fired up. My (everyone’s) social media was blasted with emotional commentary in all directions. For the first time, I was inspired to post something—something that had been weighing on my mind for a long time, but I could not quite articulate. ...

BE THE CHANGE

Being a preschool teacher and having to entertain seventeen 4 to 5 year olds every day can be exhausting. However, in the beginning and the end of each day, I remind myself how much of a difference I am actually making in the lives of these children. YOU are their first impression of being in school and away from their parents for a full day. YOU are the one teaching them at a young age that learning can be fun. YOU are the one holding their hand from the first day of school and teaching them how to be independent little individuals. Since the beginning, I have received many hugs and thank you’s from parents telling me how much of an impact I have made on their kids in such a short amount of time.  In just a matter of my first 2 months of ever teaching, I have had a student bring me flower...

GRACE WILSON…DARK SKIN BEAUTY

I recently had the chance to interview Grace Wilson, a student at Houston Baptist University and a beloved dark skinned girl. She is a force to be reckoned with! Grace Wilson took me on a journey back to her adolescence about the time she was teased and mocked for her dark skin tone.  She remembers being shamed by four African American boys in her choir class in the 6th grade. “In the 6th grade in my choir class, there were a group of 4 African American kids who for some reason always wanted to pick on me because I was so dark.  They teased me every single day of middle school. It would be little things that would hurt me. For instance, when the teacher turned off the lights to try to show the class a movie or something, kids would say ‘Oh where did grace go?’ or ‘Grace, your parents left ...

ALL THE SINGLE LADIES. THE FEMINISTS. THE “NOT KID PEOPLE”.

Please be mindful… Just because a lady’s life veers from what many would categorize as typical or traditional, it doesn’t mean that A., it is wrong, and B., that is was even something she had a choice in. When a female isn’t the sort to offer to babysit children, or cuddle babies, or volunteer in the children’s hallway at church- it doesn’t mean she hates or dislikes kids. She probably adores her niece/nephew. Her friend’s children are adorable. That just isn’t where her life is… and honestly, it may never be. Please, that doesn’t mean its fodder for offhanded jokes or remarks. Sometimes you read articles or hear people going on about how selfish single people are. Disposable incomes and piles of time, both completely untrue in many cases; I work full-time, always have, I work HARD, and st...

ADULTING FOR BEGINNERS

I recently visited a local elementary school as part of a speaking engagement. In my introduction, they mentioned that I was 22 years old and a recent college graduate…cue audible gasps in the crowd. While this gave me a chuckle at first, such a reaction soon settled uncomfortably into my very being. Sure, when I was in second or third grade I thought all 22 year olds were put together, professional, and were probably already fighting the effects of aging. Without being able to put in into words, I assumed those of this ripe age were mature, sure of themselves, and just plain loving life. And then…there’s my current reality. As a working woman battling confusion and angst, I am the living definition of a hot mess — unsure of my future and working hard to adjust to the lif...

DECIDING FOR MYSELF: HOW APPLYING TO YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CHANGED ME

I realize that at 20 years of age, I am by no one’s definition old. However, I often find it difficult to even consider that by societal standards I am an adult. There are probably multiple reasons for this, but I’m sure one of the largest is that I’ve made very few major decisions for myself. That’s not to say that my life is completed dictated by the will of others, but it could be said that I’ve never truly made a choice without first consulting someone else. That trend probably would have continued until I decided I wanted to become a certified yoga teacher. Yoga grew to be a passion for me at a slow pace. I had dabbled with the practice slightly throughout my high school years, but I never practiced regularly until my freshman year of college. I was alone at a huge school, I had very ...

ESCAPE

My dear friend went through this experience, and more too. This is a tiny snippet of her life as a teenager in California. Names and places have been changed. —– ESCAPE I am seventeen years old, and I am fleeing the country, the United States of America cannot protect me anymore. It is 3 a.m. I am creeping down the wooden stairs and praying the dogs do not hear me and wake my father, who will surely deliver a near-fatal blow if I am discovered. Don’t bark. Don’t bark. Don’t creak. Don’t breathe. The sliding door to the kitchen is cracked. I left it that way on purpose, last night. Otherwise, the alarms in place to keep me here will sound. God-willing, my foresight will prevent the telling “beep beep beep” of my coming and going. Only going now. With a one-way ticket to Copenhag...

WHY FINDING YOUR WHY IS SO IMPORTANT

WHY FINDING YOUR WHY IS SO IMPORTANT It’s incredibly inspiring watching a person’s face light up when they explain what they are passionate about. Hearing what led them to this passion, and their overall background story is extremely exciting. The source behind that fervor is called “Your Why”. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your profession is, every person has a Why – a source of motivation that drives you to be the best version of yourself. Whether it is family, faith, friends, or a burning desire to succeed within your field, identifying your Why will help you achieve your goals. When pinpointing your own personal Why, ask yourself these questions: What motivates you to work hard? Who do you think of when you need inspiration to power through a long workday? What are ...

THE CORNER MAN

THE CORNER MAN In boxing they have a term called “The Corner Man.” This individual acts like a coach. He stands in the corner observing, analyzing, putting days, months, years even of hard work into action just to make sure his teammate wins the battle. Most people overlook this team member even though they are perhaps the most vital part of the team. The boxing athlete returns to their side time and time again. Refueling them with words of empowerment. Motivation. Encouragement. To fight. Fight. Fight. Win. Win. Win. Squirt some water into the athlete’s mouth and all eyes are off of The Corner Man and back on the boxer fighting the fierce battle. What most oversees is the critical part in the entire match The Corner Man plays. The entire time this individual is analyzing not only their te...

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