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The Confidence Web

2014
01.11

If you’ve read my blog before or are familiar with either personal affirmations or “The Secret”, then you know that I’ve been a big believer of things like vision boards in the past. In fact, I have about two hanging in my room. However, in honor of my focus on personal confidence in 2014, I have decided to create something new that is inspired by the vision board concept. I call it the confidence web.

You see, I have several cork boards that I’ve had hanging over my desk in my room, a place where I can post reminder, story ideas, pictures, etc. As I was updating it for the new year, I was struck with inspiration for my web, wanting to post several pictures of people and statements that inspire confidence in me on one of the boards. I started with 5 pictures that each represent a different area of confidence.

The first picture, which will act as an anchor for the web is a photo of a state called “Expansion” by the artist Paige Bradley. The statue is of a naked, meditating woman with cracks through out her body that reveal bleeding light of the sun. This statue struck me when I first saw it a few years ago on Tumblr and ever since I have used it as inspiration and a reminder of my inner power. I truly believe that inner strength is the most important thing for me to remember since you can’t have confidence or strength in anything else in life until you have that.

The second photo is of the burlesque dancer Dita Von Tease. I was first introduced to her image when I saw a photo of her at a fashion show where she had dropped her umbrella. Two gentlemen immediately rushed over to pick up the umbrella for her. I couldn’t help, but think to myself, “Damn, I wish guys would treat me like that. I wish that I could inspire such desire.” After more research, I discovered more about Von Tease and about the sexual confidence she possesses in herself, something that I have been struggling to work on for many years due to my small figure. Her appearance on my board is to remind myself to channel her sexual confidence.

The next picture is of Scarlett Johansson. Not only is she beautiful, but she doesn’t allow her looks to define her in an industry that’s obsessed with appearance. She goes full out in her performances as an actress, showing her diversity from the badass assassin Black Widow to playing a down to earth, no make-up zoo keeper in We Bought a Zoo. For me, she inspires a confidence in my career, something I’ve been relatively been strong in, but it’s always good to remember when I know I will be getting a lot of refusals.

The fourth picture in the web is of Jennifer Lawrence. While she has a bit more success career wise that Scarlett Johansson (she won an Oscar for her role in Silver Lining’s Playbook) I admire her not just for her career, but how she doesn’t compromise her somewhat spastic personality for the press. In interviews, she is entertaining, funny, sometimes inappropriate, and practically obsessed with food. In fact, she began acting in order to overcome her social anxiety and now it appears that she has taken what others would probably consider awkward and has embraced it, making her my inspiration for social confidence.

The last photo is of Malala Yousafzai. For those who have yet to hear her story, one that I’m sure has echoed throughout the media in the last year, Yousafzai is a young girl from Pakistan who advocated for the education of girls due to her love of learning. Living in a Taliban ruled area of the middle eastern nation, her ideas were considered radical and resulted in the attack on her life a year ago. This attack left her with a gun shot wound to the head and the new title as an icon for girls’ rights around the world.  Since her recovery, she has published a memoir of her life under Taliban rule, spoken to the U.N. for her 16th birthday, and was even a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize making her one of the youngest, if not the youngest, nominees in the prize’s history. She serves as an inspiration that it doesn’t matter who your are or where you are or how old, you can always make a difference in the world.

With the base of these five photos, I have linked them together with twine I had around my room to show that it’s a connection of all these things that I hope to use to build myself. I plan to continue to build this web with other inspiring figures and images so every time I look up from my desk, I’ll be able to remind myself of what I’m made of.

I hope that this web inspires you readers to create your own web and find what inspires you. Build and define yourself, don’t allow everyone else to.

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A New Nest

2014
01.04

When a bird creates a nest, it doesn’t just come out nowhere. This home will be made up of leaves, twigs, and moss forged from the creature’s surroundings. This is also how our minds end up working, I’ve noticed. As we grow I up, we collect ideas and lessons, memories and opinions in our little heads that shape us into the people we later become.

For years now, I have allowed my nest to be cluttered with negative thoughts and feelings. It has clouded my judgements when it comes to my Outlook on the world, the people that surround me, and my own self image. Recently, thanks to mother’s constantly insisting that I become more aggressive and outspoken, along with strengthening my self esteem, I have decided that 2014 will be a time of change for me. Already it has that energy in the air.

Despite only being four days into the new year, change has already begun to take place in my life, both pleasant and disappointing. Sales at my job in Teavana have been improving and I look forward to a wonderful experience at the Sundance Film Festival in less than two weeks. Not to mention, I will also be a 22 year old college senior by the end of the year. However, in that same amount of time, I unfortunately lost my Paw Paw (maternal grandfather), Roger Baron, after his battle with emphysema and my mom gave my sisters and I quite a scare, ending up in the hospital with intestinal problems.

It’s time to grow up a bit, that much is true, and time for me to let more positivity into my life. I believe it’s also a time for me to truly come into my own, to establish who I am and what I believe I’ve been quite uncertain of myself, as of late. Now, I hope to build my nest in the the tree of my life and make sure it’s securely in place so when I go to make my mark on the world, I will have a firm platform to stand on.

And in the memory of my Paw Paw, I am not going to just t try, I’m going to do.

Here’s to a new nest…Hope you find some inspiration tucked in here.

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This Blog is for Me and Everyone

2013
10.27

Sorry for the lack of posts lately everyone. I’ve been kept rather busy with school, work, and, well, life. However, I have returned and with a slightly new (or better formulated) outlook on my life and a new vision for this blog. I will no longer be doing that set schedule for the week. I found it restricting since I to do a certain thing each day instead of what I wanted to write.

You might think some of my posts as darker. More about my outlooks on life and the world. You might see that some of the posts are happy and silly. It all depends on how I feel or what’s going on in my life because, let’s face it, life will always have its ups and downs. I might be changing the name of the blog again. We shall see.

The thing about it is, there is one very important thing that I have been learning about myself and my life: It’s MY life.

I’ve constantly been feeling restricted lately or guilty because I made a certain choice that others have slightly judged me for. I’ve been feeling down lately, it’s as simple as that. I have a lot of stuff just boiling underneath my skin and the only way I can release it is through my writing. I’ve also been beginning to feel better. I’ve been acting silly and happy again so my posts might reflect that as well. I know that other people have felt the same as I have. So, here’s what I’m planning to do.

I’m going to take a leap of faith and be fearless for people who might feel like me. They might feel caged by their circumstances or like someone doesn’t understand them. They might feel afraid of letting their thoughts be known. I want to show them that they are not alone and that there’s someone out there that understands a little about what they’re going through. So, I’m going to write, no-holds-bar. I’m going to speak about what I think, what I believe, what I learn, and what I’m feeling. This isn’t just going to serve as a place for me to vent or heal or just release everything in side of me. This is so others can relate and understand.

It might seem silly, indulging myself by venting what I feel and thinking that it’ll benefit others. You have to understand though. A lot of people seem to see life as just one emotion at a time, like Tinkerbell. You can’t be sad and happy and mad all at the same time. I do feel that way, though. All of the time. So, I’m no longer going to feel ashamed anymore.

This is me and this blog is for everyone. If you don’t like what you read, don’t read. This isn’t a place for news or anything. They’re just my opinions, reflections, and thoughts.

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The Saturday Playlist: And My Top 25 on iTunes are….

2013
09.07

I couldn’t pick just one song or artist to use for this week’s playlist and it’s already kind of late. So, I have decided to post my 25 most played songs on iTunes! See if your favorites are on there!

25. Shake It Out (Glee Version) by: Glee Cast

24. Shake It Out by: Florence and the Machine

23. Viva La Vida by: Coldplay

22. Dance Without You (Ricky Luna Remix) by: Skylar Grey

21. Tonight (Feat. Ne-Yo) by: Jessica Sanchez

20. Locked Out of Heaven (Glee Version) by: Glee Cast

19. Kill of the Night by: Gin Wigmore

18. Man Like That by: Gin Wigmore

17. Lights (Single Version) by: Ellie Goulding

16. American Girl by: Bonnie McKee

15. Gold (Broadway Cast of “Once” Version) by: Steve Kazee

14. Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’ by: Hanson

13. The Fame by: Lady Gaga

12. Dark Blue by: Jack’s Mannequin

11. Smooth Criminal (Glee Version) by: Glee Cast

10. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) by: Ellie Goulding

9. You Make Me Feel (feat. Sabi) by: Cobra Starship

8. Ho Hey by: The Lumineers

7. Brokenhearted by: Karmin

6. Black Sheep by: Gin Wigmore

5. Clarity (Feat. Foxes) by: Zedd

4. I’m Not Sorry (SMASH Cast Version) by: SMASH Cast

3. Counting Stars by: One Republic

2. Next to Me by: Emeli Sande

and finally!

1. Light Up the World (Glee Cast Version) by: Glee Cast

And that is what I’ve been listening to lately! What do you think? What do you like? What don’t you like? What does this list tell you about me? I want to know! Please, like my Facebook Page and feel free to let me know!

 

Photos from:

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/02/06/apple-25-billion-songs-sold-through-itunes/

http://es.glee.wikia.com/wiki/Light_Up_The_World

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Weekend Rant: Questions from an Exhausted College Writer

2013
09.06

I am a very curious person and tend to be thinking of a lot of questions about life at once. In order to give you all a glimpse into how my mind works every day, here is a sample of those questions from this past week, in no particular order, for the weekend rant. Perhaps one of them will make you curious too.

  1. Why do some people think death and war answers everything?
  2. If I broke out into song and dance at work, would it attract more customers or just wind up getting me fired?
  3. Who thought waking up early was a good idea?
  4. Why does school want to stress out kids in order to teach them?
  5. What is life after death like?
  6. Is there life after death?
  7. Should I kill off one of my characters?
  8. To do homework or not to do homework?
  9. Why is being a girl painful?
  10. Why does life feel so rushed?
  11. Why do I rush through life?
  12. Is it Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday?
  13. Why can’t I use an oxford comma in journalism again?
  14. How come that really cute jacket in that store across from Teavana have to be $150?
  15. Why can’t you just get the teapot?
  16. Why does life have to be complicated?
  17. Where is the aspirin?
  18. Do I have to pay for this?
  19. How do you do the time step again?
  20. Would that make a good movie? Answer: yes.
  21. Why are you making another sequel?
  22. Who’s brilliant idea was it to make “50 Shades of Grey” a movie and can I punch them in the face?
  23. Am I internalizing that to much?
  24. Am I thinking this too much?
  25. Did that sound okay?
  26. Why are some people afraid of strong women?
  27. Am I strong woman? Answer: yes.
  28. Why must it rain so much in Florida?!
  29. Do I look like Clara Oswald from Doctor Who today? Answer: yes.
  30. Should I get a Perfect Tea Maker for home? Answer: Either way, I got it now!
  31. What kind of tea should I have?
  32. What the hell did I do to my lower back, shins, feet, and head to make them hate me?
  33. Who thought it would be a bright idea to do construction next to a classroom when class is in session?
  34. Am I talking too much?
  35. What the hell does that mean?
  36. Where are my friends?
  37. Why do I have to wake up early again?
  38. Why am I working and going to school again? Answer: Sundance.
  39. Is my name on the list for that class?
  40. Why does life have to be so expensive?
  41.  Should I go on that trip or be in the school play?
  42. What should I have for lunch?
  43. Wait, where’s my god damn pen?
  44. I have to read what now?
  45. “Would you? Would you?” <–Singing in the Rain
  46. Should I get that?
  47. What do I write?
  48. Homework or fanfiction?
  49. Tumblr, why must you be so addictive?
  50. Why are there stupid people in the world?
  51. Would it be okay to knock some sense into that person? Answer:….no.
  52. Do I have repressed anger issues? Answer….maybe.
  53. Why are my hands shaking so much?
  54. What is mom making for dinner?
  55. Oh my God, where did that car come from?
  56. Why does [pick from the following: Darren Criss, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Watson, Natalie Dormer, etc] seem so perfect?
  57. Can I be in the film industry now?
  58. Should I be a producer or no?
  59. Is writing all of these questions actually helping my headache or is it just the meds?
  60. Did I take my medication this morning?
  61. Should I go to bed?
  62. Where did my family suddenly go?
  63. Why does poetry have so many rules?
  64. What is the meaning of life?
  65. Do I want a relationship right now or no?
  66. Should I friend this person on Facebook?
  67. Should I unfriend this person on Facebook?
  68. Did I send that one email? Answer:……crap.
  69. Why can’t I just have a day where I can do nothing, but write?
  70. What should I put in my writing portfolio?
  71. Should I take an internship abroad?
  72. Was that my old professor in the Westchase area saying hi to me as I go into the doctor’s office? Answer: Yes……well this is awkward.
  73. Should I clean my room? Answer:……..nah.
  74. Should I clean my car: Answer:……..nah.
  75. Would my mom want me to clean both? Answer: Yes.
  76. Is it raining again?
  77. Why didn’t I bring an umbrella?
  78. Why do I feel so different from everyone else?
  79. Is this really reality or is this an entire world that you have concocted using the power of your brain and your brain just makes you perceive that it is reality?
  80. Should I have gone into philosophy?
  81. Should I be writing? Answer: Probably.
  82. Why are you so cute?
  83. Why couldn’t I be a Doctor’s companion on Doctor Who?
  84. Why can’t I be Oprah?
  85. What do you mean you don’t know who Maya Angelou is?!
  86. Why must you pressure me?
  87. Why can’t I be Beyonce?
  88. Should I start acting different?
  89. Am I too nice?
  90. Why are there such strange people on the internet?
  91. Why do rapists get off so easily in court?
  92. Why do some people think women are weak when we are the ones who bare life?
  93. Can we please make all of the members of congress who have never experienced child birth go through simulated child birth pains before they make any laws concerning the female anatomy?
  94. Why are feminists viewed so negatively?
  95. Should I have said that?
  96. How did that person do that?
  97. Why don’t you want to try the free tea? It is free tea.
  98. Why can’t Teavana hire me to do advertising?
  99. Where is that damn book I ordered? Note: It still hasn’t come in yet and I ordered it weeks ago.
  100. Why can’t my hair look like that when I wake up?
  101. Why did Bright House take out CW? I want my Whose Line!
  102. What do I want for my birthday?
  103. What should I do for my birthday?
  104. Should I go to the Time Lord Fest?
  105. Why is Benedict Cumberbatch in so many movies? Answer: Because he’s amazing, that’s why.
  106. Should I be THAT honest?
  107. Why couldn’t I have been cast as Katniss Everdeen? Answer: Jennifer Lawrence has an Oscar.
  108. Who won So You Think You Can Dance?
  109. Why don’t I watch So You Think You Can Dance more?
  110. Bill Nye the Science Guy is on Dance with the Stars? Answer: YES!
  111. Am I weird? Answer: No, I’m Hailey…..hahahaha!
  112. Was that funny? Answer: Probably not as funny for you as it was to me in my head?
  113. Should I force my family to watch Midnight in Paris? Answer: Probably because it’s an amazing movie and I love it!
  114. Why don’t I have Moonrise Kingdom on DVD yet?
  115. Should I be meditating?
  116. Is that supposed to hurt?
  117. Should I be working out more?
  118. I’m skinny enough, why am I suddenly losing weight?
  119. Should I get another notebook for that? Answer:…….no?
  120. Why didn’t I become a dancer?
  121. Why must I do math?
  122. Should I make a cup of tea?
  123. Why couldn’t I been born back in the 40′s or 50′s? Answer: WWII, Vietnam, too many drugs, and I care too much about women’s rights?
  124. Why does traveling have to be so expensive?
  125. Whose idea was it to even publish 50 Shades of Grey? 
  126. Did I already say that?
  127. Are my library books due? Answer: Yes they are.
  128. How many questions do I want to write? Answer: I don’t know!
  129. Where is that from?
  130. Am I writing a lot of random questions now? Answer: Yes.
  131. Did they catch that rapist that was near USF? I really want to know.
  132. Why are people focusing on Miley Cyrus still when there are more important things going on in the world?
  133. Are people reading all of these questions? Answer: If you are reading this, then yes.
  134. Do I really have readers on this blog? Answer: I don’t think I care anymore. I’m just writing to write now.
  135.  Why do people keep asking me if I’m going to drink on my birthday or not even though I’ve told them I don’t want to drink ever?
  136. Why do I feel like some people doubt me or underestimate me?
  137. Am I underestimating myself?
  138. Am I overestimating myself?
  139. Is there more to me than meets the eye?
  140. What was I put on this world to do?
  141. Why does everyone automatically assume God is a man? I’m curious.
  142. Can we go to Disney?!
  143. Why do I have to take everything so personally and to heart?
  144. Can I go to bed now?
  145. Should I stop asking questions now? Answer: Five more and I’m at 150. Let’s do this!
  146. Why can’t I be on Glee or at least improve their writing?
  147. Do I really want this?
  148. Why couldn’t I have been born a wizard like Harry Potter?
  149. Does this exceedingly long list make me feel accomplished about my day? Answer: Yes….yes it does.
  150. Am I done with this seemingly endless list of random questions from my week? Answer: For now, yes. Yay!

Bonus Question: Should I do this next week? Answer: That’s for you to decide. Follow my page on Facebook and let me know there!

 

 

Photo found here: http://irvinehomes.ocregister.com/2009/07/07/advice-needed-to-buy-or-not-to-buy-a-home/3857/question/

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The Wednesday Challenge: Be Charitable

2013
09.04

Ready for the Wednesday Challenge? It’s Wednesday which means who’ve survived the hectic start of the week, but you’re not quite at the weekend yet. It’s not overly exciting or anything…unless you make it. These challenges vary from household challenges you have been putting off to all out adventures. They’re there to inspire you to get up and do something different in your life.

Today’s hump day challenge, while a little late, is actually inspired by tomorrow. For those of you that don’t know, tomorrow is the United Nation’s International Day of Charity (http://www.un.org/en/events/charityday/). It’s also the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing in 1997. Mother Teresa was world renowned for her charity and even founded the Missionaries of Charity which today is active in 133 countries, according to Wikipedia. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work and a second miracle in her name is needed in order for her to be officially declared a saint.
In honor of Mother Teresa’s memory and the UN’s International Day of Charity, your challenge is to be charitable! Don’t some of your old things that you don’t need anymore. Give some money to those who are in need of it. Volunteer. Do something that can help make someone else’s life a little bit better and make your mark on the world. You’ll be surprised by how good you feel afterwards knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life that could possibly send it into a better place in the future or inspire them, just like Mother Teresa did for the entire world.
Here are a few things to help inspire you to be charitable:
  • http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/Change-Agent/2013/0904/Detroit-charity-turns-blight-into-gardens-parks-and-homes
  • http://charity.org
  • http://www.childrenshome.org
  • https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&scode=RSG00000E017&itemId=prod10001&subcode=paiddonations&gclid=CKTBheSPs7kCFSgS7AodOUMACg
  • http://inside.unicefusa.org/site/PageNavigator/Monthly_Giving_2012.html?gclid=CKvtgu6Ps7kCFbDm7AodB00Azw
Photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MotherTeresa_094.jpg
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Tea for Tuesday: Teavana “CARES”

2013
09.03

So, I realize that it’s really late and this isn’t necessarily about tea, but I just came back from a really long day. However, I am certain of two things as I’m writing this post.

1) I am determined to try and keep up with my blogging schedule.

2) I’m really excited about this thing that I’m about to share with you.

At work (Teavana, in case you haven’t read the first T4T), we just kicked off our “CARE Campaign” which is a campaign I really support. The CARE Organization is a humanitarian organization that goes around the world to help those in impoverished communities, namely young girls and women. According to their website, their mission “is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by:

  • Strengthening capacity for self-help
  • Providing economic opportunity
  • Delivering relief in emergencies
  • Influencing policy decisions at all levels
  • Addressing discrimination in all its forms

Guided by the aspirations of local communities, we pursue our mission with both excellence and compassion because the people whom we serve deserve nothing less.”

For those of you who read this blog and already know me quite well, then you know that I am a major advocate for women’s rights around the world. I have watched several documentaries about the problems faced internationally and have tried my best to bring more attention to these issues since, as a college student, I don’t have a lot that I could give out in donations. As I’ve been doing this research, I have stumbled across the mention of CARE before.

I am so excited to be a small part of this new campaign that Teavana has launched with CARE. I highly suggest that everyone go and get something before they run out of merchandise.

Keep an eye out for next week’s Tea for Tuesday as I talk about White Tea!

 

Photo from: www.teavana.com

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Sunday Spotlight/Inspire Me Monday-Beginning From the End

2013
09.02

Before I start his post, two things. One: I’m so sorry for not posting Sunday Spotlight. Yesterday ended up being really busy. Two: Sorry for posting this late. It has been a very busy couple of days. The point is. I’m writing it now and this is actually going to count for both so here we go!

I started playing a new online game the other day. It’s called The End (playtheend.com). The idea behind the game is that your character has just died and you are now in a sort of spirit world. You go through each level of the game (mind, body, and spirit) and move your character through a series of obstacles. The interesting part of the game is that at the end of each of these “obstacles courses”, you are asked an in-depth question about your views on life. As the game goes on and you answer more questions, the game will track what kind of person you are.

Learning about yourself, I believe, is one of the most important things that you can do in your life. If you don’t know what you like, dislike, or what and how you think, no one else is going to.  When I say learn everything, I mean learn everything. What turns you on? What turns you off? Would you ever want to be immortal? What’s your idea of a perfect match? What makes you comfortable? What makes you uncomfortable? Would you donate your body to science? If you’ve ever wanted to ask someone a random question, ask yourself the random question first. Fall in love with yourself and get to know yourself backwards and forewords.

I came up with the idea of a “Dummy’s Guide to Self”. Get a brand new notebook. Any kind will do, but make sure it fits the tworequirements. 1) It’s big enough to fit a lot of information and notes. 2) It feels like it fits you. Open that notebook and create a cover page. Then, start to write a bunch of questions and answer them as you go. Go down to the smallest detail like favorite movie, food, ice cream flavor. Even ask yourself questions that might make you blush like what’s your favorite sex position if you want. Anything you could ever ask yourself. Don’t be shy. This is YOU we’re talking about. You can even draw pictures or add little side notes just like other “Dummy” guides.

Once you’re done, this notebook is going to be the world’s dummy guide for you. You don’t have to show anyone if you don’t want to, but just know that it’s there.

Now, whenever you’re questioning yourself, your values, or things just get confusing in your life, you can go back to your “Dummy” guide and remind yourself who you are. If you want to ever update it, you can. How-to guides are always updated with new and improved information. The guide is simply that, a guide to you.

I hope this can be a good exercise for you all and that it helps. Have fun getting to know yourself!

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Saturday Playlist-Cesar De La Rosa

2013
08.31

The Saturday Playlist is a compilation of a songs and artists that I believe should get a little more recognition and could be a great way to kick your weekend into overdrive. 

This first Saturday Playlist is dedicated to my good friend Cesar De La Rosa, who I have been wanting to highlight on my blog for a while.

I met Cesar my freshman year of high school. I actually remember the exact moment I met him. I had been talking to the Alonso

Cesar, my friend Brittany Perkins, and I back in 2010.

HighSchool Theatre Department online for about half of he summer (this was when MySpace was still a thing, by the way) and had become quite known by the upperclassmen. On my first day of school, I was sitting in my Intro. to Musical Theater class when Cesar walked in since he was on lunch. My teacher, Mrs. V, told him to leave because she had a class, but before he left she said “Hailey, wave hi to Cesar.” He then proceeded to run out of the theater yelling, “She’s here!”

I was blessed to be able to get to know Cesar and hearing him perform live is one of the most amazing live performances I have ever seen. After graduating, he went on to audition for several different competitions and shows such as Nickelodeon, American Idol, The Glee Project, and The X-Factor. He also came out with his own album and few years back.

 

He is now in Japan and I miss him, but I know he’s having fun (Hi, Cesar!). However, I  am still supporting him just like I try to support the projects of my other friends. Which brings me to this post!

Cesar’s album is available on iTunes, is only $9.99, is phenomenal. There’s a little something for everybody on the CD from pop-dance music to mellow-down to earth music to spiritual ballads. I highly suggest you check him out and add some of his music to your playlist for the weekend!

 

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The Weekend Rant: If I didn’t Believe Before…

2013
08.30

If I didn’t believe in The Secret and the power of letting go before then I do after this week. Here is my first weekend rant!

For about the last month, things haven’t been the best. My sales at work had gone down. I had been feeling more depressed. Things just weren’t going well for me to be honest.

Then, when I started to write this blog, my gratitude journal, and just let go of everything, things started to change. I felt more welcome at work. I started to go out more, especially for things like school. They were all little things and they ended up leading to this week.

This week started out like any other with work and such. Then I started noticing that my sales were higher on Monday then they had been all month. Tuesday, I got called in and my sales were just as good. On Wednesday, everything came to a major point. The beginning of the day went well. I went to school to do some training which I picked up on fairly quickly and I got to see some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. Then, I had dinner with my dad since he wanted to do one-on-one dinners with all of us. It went extremely well with him and I talking about sales, school, and my writing. Just about everything. Then, I proceeded to go to work at 6pm for closing and ended up having on of the best sales I have had all summer in just 3 hours.

On top of all of this with sales, a guy actually asked for my number! I finally let go about relationships and love and an opportunity finds me! I was working when this guy I showed around the store weeks ago stopped in. When I first saw him, he was with his step-dad and they said they’d come back to buy some stuff. He didn’t and he actually apologized about not stopping by when he saw me tonight. Apparently, he had a week ago when I wasn’t working when he bought some tea, but he forgot to get a tea pot. So, I showed him some and eventually sold him one of the tea pots we have on sample (funny enough, the exact same one my aunt got me for my birthday next month). As I was packing up the teapot, he says “I has actually hoping to get a little more when I came in today.” I asked what else he was looking for and he said “Your number”. So, I’m standing there, feeling my face heat up (literally the 3rd or 4th time a guy has ever asked for my number) and gave it to him. He asked if I was free on Sunday and I told him I’d let him know. I believe his name is Chris, I’m pretty sure he’s about 21, and he’s originally from Scotland, but has lived here for a few years.

I have been working with learning The Secret for a few years now and just when I thought I had figured it out, I would start to doubt. This time, I have finally put my trust into it and have allowed myself to let go. Imagine my surprise when everything happened.

So, what have I learned from this. I have learned that sometimes letting go of something is the most powerful and effective thing you can do. You can believe that everything will be fine and that you can have everything you want. If I didn’t believe in the power of attraction in the universe or The Secret before, I sure do now. I believe that you can do it, too. You can have anything you want. I think it. Imagine it. Then let it go out into the universe and have the faith that it’s going to come back to you three-fold.

Good luck and have a good weekend!

 

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