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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...

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...

MY JANES WHO FOUGHT DRAGONS

When I think of books throughout my life, a clear picture comes to mind. A young girl with wild, curly hair waves a stick in the air. Others observe a child at play, albeit not the kind of game they intended. But for her, this is important. After all, who will be the hero if she is not? She slays dragons while wondering where her beautiful, faithful steed went (this horse was specifically Friesian and fully armored for battle, naturally). The boys were bested by quick swings and thrusts of increasingly large sticks as her body grew, and she was a prize fighter to have in their “army.” My head spilled over with stories and ideas like the waters that gush from fire hydrants. Books were the vehicle through which I discovered the world and its holdings. And yet, this was not to be the greatest...

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...

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...

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...

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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