I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. . . . I have built my own factory on my own ground… I got my start by giving myself a start… There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
When I watched this video, it resonated with me so much because of my own journey. As some of my readers know, I’ve been “Dream Chasing” for the past 4 years with an idea that all began on a piece of paper… I’ve done several different jobs to make ends meet in between. I even went back to school to get a second degree because I believed that the training would add to my ability to help my dream come true (which it really has enhanced my skill set). But I ended up all over the place and doing all the things that I thought would be pleasing to other people. And I knew that it had to STOP. Most recently, I found myself at a crossroads of which direction I wanted to head with my life… and I chose to narrow everything down to one idea, one area of focus.
After watching Tyler Perry explain that his success was based on him focusing on accomplishing one goal, and believing in that goal no matter what his physical reality was, is the reason he is where he is today, I was beyond INSPIRED. In comparison to my own journey, I would have to say that he’s right. Since coming to grips with what I am wanting out of life, and making the decision to focus on just that, I have seen many doors of opportunity open up… And it only gets better from here.
I came across this awesome video on ThisIs50.com, rapper 50 Cent’s online blogging community. As an attendee of the Watch the Throne concert at the AAA (Where the Miami Heat play) in Miami, I can’t even begin to explain the level of high energy throughout the entire show. It was like the best party that anyone could ever go to… THE ENTIRE SHOW!
In this video Kanye talks about the vision that he has always had for himself in terms of music, and the responsibility that he now bears as a result of his success. I love that he recognizes that celebrity is just a stage to use one’s talents and gifts as a platform to better mankind in some way because of one’s very presence… Yes, even if it is just to inspire them to pursue their dreams.
Check out the video below.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting fashion extraordinaire, and true dream maker, Josie Natori at a luncheon hosted by The Commonwealth Institute, a support organization dedicated to women CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and senior corporate executives. I had been invited last-minute by a mentor and colleague from the University of Miami’s Launch Pad center for student and alumni entrepreneurs, Susan Amat. Thanks to Susan, I am forever a fan of Mrs. Natori’s amazing story and journey of becoming the successful business mogul and inspiring woman that she is today.
As the keynote speaker for the event, Mrs. Natori shared her story of growing up in the Philippines and being surrounded by female entrepreneurs. Figures such as aunts and cousins, and even her own mother selling things in the local market painted a picture of independence. It also helped that Josie was taught at a very early age by her grandfather, “don’t ever depend on a man.”
These seeds led her to persue an education in America, and later to become the first female president of investment banking firm, Merryll Lynch. After working on Wall Street for several years, and with no experience in fashion whatsoever, she began selling uniquely designed night gowns from her home country to department stores that would eventually become the 35-year old fashion empire known as NATORI. This family owned and operated brand represents all things free spirited, fierce, and fabulous!! And NATORI is coming to a Target store near you this season!!!
I was so inspired by Mrs. Natori’s story that I politely walked up to her as she was leaving the stage to introduce myself. I told her how much I admired her work, and how inspired I was to hear her story. I was also bold enough to ask her if she would be a mentor to me, and she gracefully replied, “But dear, I’m all the way in New York!” Of course that isn’t an issue for me, and so I replied,”That’s fine, we can make it work long distance.”
Optimistic I suppose, but I’m a believer of speaking and going after the things you want even when they seem impossible.
After completing this post, it dawned on me that approximately 6 months ago I was inspired to design my PR portfolio after coming across a beautifully designed bedding set. The story is that I was searching for a new comforter set to redesign my room. I wanted lots of color that made me feel warm and in touch with life. I saw this the following bed set and fell in love with it!!!
But it was much too expensive for a college student such as myself. So because I could not afford it, I loved it so much that I used the colors from it to inspire how I present my professional work.
The irony was that I had no idea who or what NATORI was, yet it was the name that was plastered on the tag of this bed set. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and I end up meeting the same person who inspired me months ago… and I had NO CLUE! Nothing in life happens by coincidence… Im convinced. Thank you NATORI!
See original Spring 2012 Josie Photo Shoot post here.
“Your time on this earth is limited, don’t live someone else’s life, live by your vision.” -Steve Jobs
“Every time you hear something is “incurable,” know that they have not yet discovered a cure for it and you must go within to find your own solution. Know that there is an Intelligence greater.”-Louise Hay
This post comes just hours after news of the loss of Steve Jobs, a great American icon who changed the way that we view apples forever (founder and former CEO of Apple, Inc.). His story of how he helped changed the world by believing in himself and his vision is beyond inspiring. It is uplifting, re-assuring, and outright BOLD. Words can hardly describe what his presence on earth has really meant for me, but I am grateful that we live during this time when technology has become a major part of our everyday lives, and much of that can be attributed to this man.
I was inspired to write this post because of the very thing that eventually took the life of such an amazing being, cancer. It’s a disease that has consumed the lives of many, especially in this day in age when day-to-day life is much more taxing, stress levels are high, people struggle to cope with life, pollution and contamination has made a home in our planet and in our foods, and the true power of human beings has become largely tainted and blurred by the nothingness of what we once thought meant something.
Oftentimes when we deal with issues of health, we are trained to rely heavily on traditional medicine, which varies according to a person’s religious or spiritual views. But what happens when the diagnosis is labeled as “incurable”? When we break down the word for what it truly symbolizes in its essence, “in” is a prefix that means “not” or “inside,” “cure” means to “relieve of disease” or “remedy/restore health,” and “-able” means “capable of.” Incurable means “to cure within”
When something is incurable it means that we are capable of, or have the ability to restore health from within.”
When we hear the daunting word “incurable” slip off of the lips of our trusted physicians, it then becomes our duty to take back our power though the understanding that since nothing outside of us can heal what it is that we are dealing with, we must go deep within to do work on levels beyond the physical. We must then rely on a SOURCE much greater, and capable than man himself.
Although our species has been gifted with immeasurable power, there is a SOURCE from even whence we’ve come, and it is far more powerful than we could ever imagine, and it lives within us all. Our SOURCE is what every philosopher, Saint, religion points us in the direction of. And based on what we know as humans, through our SOURCE all things are possible… Yes, even a cure. And many people are living testaments of just how powerful this very idea has been for them, even in the face of the “incurable.”
Steve Jobs is one of these people, for when he was first diagnosed with this incurable form of cancer, he was told that he would live only a few months. However, 8 years later, we would learn that it was largely his desire to live, along with the help of traditional medicine, that carried him the extra mile. Millions of other people can also attest to the power of “will” and the mind in terms of determining their fate.
Thankfully one of those people is a woman by the name of Louise L. Hay. She is known as the woman who cured herself of cancer, through lots of spiritual, health, and mental work. She has been a pioneer in the part of science that has been largely ignored for thousands of years, metaphysics (the study of the connection of the mind and body). She’s taken the spiritual approach to get people to understand the true power of the human mind and body in her literary work titled,YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE. In the same ways that Jesus tried to let man understand their true power through GOD, Louise does the very same thing, and on many levels she is a modern-day saint.
For her works, and for all that Steve Jobs stood for I say, “NAMASTE!” (which means “I salute the Divine within you; I salute your God-given gifts). To the person who has lived to hear the word incurable slapped across their life’s timeline, I say, “That which man cannot do, GOD CAN… and BEYOND.”
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. – Luke 17:20-21 (King James Version)
Please check out these interview clips from YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE below.
On the anniversary of his death, I came across a YouTube video interview of the late and great poet/hip-hop icon, Tupac Shakur a.k.a. 2Pac, during his time in prison. Growing up with all brothers, I was a fan of hip-hop at an early age. Tupac happened to be my favorite rapper around the time of his death, because at the time, I felt a strong connection to many of his songs, especially growing up in a single parent home. Though there were several things that were published about his life and his intentions with the lyrics in his music, this interview revealed his vulnerability and evolving nature as a human being.
I found this interview to be quite intriguing as he spoke about his strong and long-held thoughts of being incarcerated and murdered, much of which he shared with the world through his music and poetry. Tupac was extremely talented, intelligent and conscious minded, and mostly painted pictures of hope through his platform. But even he would not live long enough to shake the dominant negative thoughts that would ultimately become his destiny.
I will die Before my Time
Because I feel the shadow’s Depth
So much I wanted 2 accomplish
Before I reached my Death
-Tupac Shakur in The Rose That Grew From Concrete
I was moved by this interview because I believe that his story is the story of many a people… People who have yet to become aware of their God-given ability to change their lives, by merely changing their minds. Tupac was beginning his transition while in prison, but unfortunately he wouldn’t live past the age of 26 (he was murdered two years after this interview) to tell his story of how things have changed as a result of his shift in consciousness, because as far as death, he believed that it was the only thing that would stop him… and it had become the ‘thing’ that he was mostly anticipated and feared.
What I learned from Tupac, among many things, is that life ultimately becomes what you believe. Guard your minds and choose your thoughts wisely, for it is the only true thing that we can control in life.
Check out the interview below: