INSPIRATION: Nelson Mandela

Been so busy all day today, 24 hours and 15 minutes late, but I’d like to take this time and wish one of the most inspirational people I have had the pleasure of reading about, Happy belated Birthday Mr Mandela. Wishing you improved health, happiness and many more happy Birthdays. Through this man and many others like him I know the true meaning of the quote “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”. Set the standard you want and stick to it. Don’t settle for anything less than that which you deserve.  A true inspiration, and a legend in his own right. Happy Birthday.

Nelson Mandela

MUSIC: Lorde – “Royals”

Lorde

New music from New Zealand singer Ella-Yelich-O’Connor best known by her stage name “Lorde”. Everything about this song is nothing but perfection, from the finger snapping beat to the lyrical content, I especially love the lyrics, which focuses on being satisfied with your humble beginnings and the obsession with what fame and fortune entails.

“But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room
We don’t care, we’re driving cadillacs in our dreams
But everybody’s like cristal, maybach, diamonds on your time piece
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don’t care we aren’t caught up in your love affair
And we’ll never be royals
it don’t run in our blood…”

The 16 Year old singer also has a new video out for her song “Tennis Court”. The video to me oozes simplicity. I’m in love with her music, lyrics and style considering the fact that she’s only 16 and her lyricism is insane. Check it out!

INSPIRATION: Give Yourself Permission.

our-deepest-fear

As people we are born with different traits, skills, talents, etc. which brings the saying we are all different in our own way but one of the many things we do have in common is the ability to be great and we can only unravel our greatness when WE GIVE OURSELVES PERMISSION.Stop Asking and start doing. I know you may think it’s easier said than done, definitely. It is, I still struggle with this prospect but i’d rather be pushing boundaries, achieving goals, experimenting with my skills than sitting around wondering what could have, should have or would have been. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

We as people are scared of feeling or being inadequate, of failing, of being laughed at, embarrassed and even afraid of success, so for those reasons we hide. We hide in our shadows cause that way we blend in. Why blend in, just so you can be envious of someone driving a Bentley, sleeping in 5 star hotels, buying their dream houses, having their own fashion shows, their own label, when YOU know the only difference between you and that person is the fact that they said YES and followed through, not cause they’re richer or better but simply because they said yes and followed through, they gave themselves permission to be what they want to be, yes mistakes may happen, they may have failed but what matters is not how many times you fall but how many times you can pick yourself and get back up.

Some inspirational words by Coach Felicia.T. Scott – Empowerment Speaker

1. Open Up: Closed hands can’t receive new blessings. We instinctively close up to protect what we want to keep. But we must remember that if we aren’t willing to lose something, we usually can’t gain what we deeply desire. The same action that keeps things in—locks things out. Keeping our emotional and spiritual freedom is pivotal to a joy filled life. We can only lose them when we allow the pain from negative experiences to “determine” how we live.

2. Get Out of Line: We can’t fly “playing it safe” and “being liked.” I don’t condone or encourage irresponsible behavior, or isolating ourselves from others. But there are times when “line dancing” or doing what everyone expects is actually hazardous to our spiritual and emotional health. I love line dancing like everyone else, but sometimes to really live…you have to get out of line! Dance to what is in your heart by following your unique dreams and passions! Anything less will paralyze you.

3. Move When Life Moves You: I believe that God gives us instincts to lead us to the path that He purposes for our lives. Sometimes we miss opportunities because we ignore our instincts. The right phone call at the right moment could change your life. We talk ourselves out of opportunities because we live as if life is only what we see. There is far more waiting for us. Practice following your instincts and watch what unfolds for you.

4. Do Your Work: This week, challenge yourself to open your heart by being transparent. Then, challenge yourself to get out of line by doing something unique and creative that you’ve been longing to do. Finally, listen to your instincts by responding quickly to your heart’s promptings.

5. Define Your Wealth: Affirm out loud: “I choose to dance my dance and be me. I don’t need permission to be myself!”

BEAUTY: In the Eyes of the Beholder

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Beauty…is a very tricky word and can sometimes be misunderstood. A lot of teenagers even women (not all, but most) believe wearing unnecessary layers of makeup describes your beauty and I just want to make it clear that..NO it does not. Neither is it a “beauty enhancer”. No buddy. What are you enhancing? Genetics? Your bone structure? Sure it does make you look better (in some cases, not all, but some), so from that viewpoint I can understand the need or want to wear makeup. Imperfection to me is individuality. Makeup to me is a facade. Think about it, why is it that we feel the need or want to wear makeup when we’re going out but not necessarily when we are indoors with family or loved ones? Is it because we want people (that we may not know) to think we are perfect, when in fact we are not? Or is it just a means to fit in to what society believes is beauty, perfection or the norm?

Not trying to be a hypocrite here, because we wear makeup too. It’s just the uproar of makeup is too much, people feel as though it is a necessity rather than a luxury. Our point is your makeup or the amount of makeup you have on shouldn’t determine how beautiful you are or feel. You, yes you, determine how beautiful you’re. You’re only as beautiful as you think/say and believe you are. That’s why “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. Not trying to be arrogant here, but sometimes in life you need some confidence, and arrogance in order to sustain you.

I guess what I am trying to say is, beauty is a thing of the mind. Beauty is not based solely on one’s physical attribute but also on how you perceive yourself. It lies in your personality, your smile, your legs, your aura, but most importantly YOUR perception of YOU, not our perception, or his or hers but YOURS. So we say embrace your inner beauty, let it shine out so the world can celebrate and appreciate it the same way YOU do.

Beauty goes hand-in-hand with confidence. If you don’t have confidence or belief in the person you’ve known all your life, how do you expect me a passerby, a teacher, a colleague or your boss to entrust my belief in you, you… who aren’t even sure about you?

Makeupfree

With confidence you have won before you even started – Marcus Garvey 

Pretty is something you’re born with. But beautiful, that’s an equal opportunity adjective. – Unknown.

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a Child of God. – Used by Mr Nelson Mandela

FASHION: The Death of Individuality.

Over the years, fashion has been as we know it, a seasonal trend, something of the moment so to say. I mean without fashion shows, wouldn’t we have our own concept of what fashion/style is? of what we’re going to wear and in what manner we wear it in? In my opinion, Yes we will but over the years I’ve seen people base their style aka “Swag” on what everyone else is wearing especially celebrities, and how they’re wearing it.

Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t fashion an interpretation of who we are? You buy fashionable items and make them your own in the manner at which you wear them which eventually equates to your style. I believe the art of being fashionable or stylish shouldn’t be about what’s in season but rather an interpretation of the person wearing the clothes. E.g. I love Trainers (male or female trainers), skinny jeans, baggy tees and snapbacks, so I wear these as a representation of my character/personality but nowadays, style, “swag” or whatever you wanna call it just seems impersonal like everyone is wearing it because everyone else is wearing it, think about it, guys, am I completely lost or do you relate and what is fashion to you?

“Fashion fades, only style remains.” — Coco Chanel