November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I have learned and seen with my own very eyes that gratitude breeds a healthy balance of mindset that meets a million forms of confidence. Confidence in yourself that you have enough, that you are enough, that the people you choose to surround yourself with make you feel happy, confidence that you can sing as loud as you want even if you can’t hold a tune, confidence to try that bold red lipstick with the shimmer unicorn gloss, confidence to rock that denim jacket with a teal collar, and confidence that it is okay to be silly and imperfect!!!
October 22, 2018
I was always comforted by words, whether it was talking, reading, or writing. Mom was a journalism teacher so I grew up in a grammatically correct household and a mom with a red pen in her hand at any given time. She taught me to write like I speak, and to avoid getting too wordy. I vaguely recall one of my grandmas making a light assumption that I would make a great writer one day, as if I was destined for it. One grandma was an avid reader and the other was a well crafted poet and writer who was valedictorian. Writing became a part of my upbringing and eventually became a cathartic outlet for me.
October 17, 2018
I remember at the start of junior high school when my mom all of a sudden switched me from regular classes to AP classes. She later shared that she believed I could do well in those classes and would likely be surrounded by students who really appreciated learning and getting an education. She wanted me to be surrounded with a circle of influence and give me my best chance. I later saw a pattern in myself when I would make friends with people who were better than me, or would be a good influence on me, or would be the type of person I wanted to be.
June 24, 2019
Remember that song??? Kind of makes me want to bust a move and shake my tail feather….not really, lol. I don’t mean dance necessarily, though you can if you are so inclined, I mean give it your all and be true to YOU.
Listen to your inner self and follow your heart, bring it to every conversation, every email, every “Good Morning” greeting, and smile like it’s 1999. (Ok, Ok, I am having too much fun, and even possibly showing my age.)
August 4, 2020
I made a deal with myself! I now do my hair and make-up at least twice a week! Why? Because it reminds me of who I am and who I want to be!!! It’s not just about the make-up. It’s that I look good and feel good! It gives me that spark of inner strength to do "all the things". It sets the tone to move forward and to live life as we know it, this new life I should say. It sets the tone to cope with this quarantine mode. It is our new normal, will it ever go back to how it was? I am not giving up on the version of me I have worked so hard to become, quarantine or not. I still have to look at myself, and I live with people who have to look at me every day.