“Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do”

Have you ever gotten the feeling that people tell you “no” for things  you believe 100% that you are capable of? If you have, you understand how frustrating it may be. I always say to myself “Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do”. It helps me to move past the negativity and continue on my dreams and new ideas.  After all, no one has the right to put an end to other’s ideas and dreams.

This saying always reminds me of one of my favorite characters from LOST, John Locke. Throughout the series, we learn that throughout his entire life, he was faced with people telling him no. We watched as he grew angry and frustrated. However, in the end, his true colors shined through and John turned out to be one of the most intelligent, caring, whole-hearted individuals on the island. He is admirable and every time I am faced with negativity and people who try to tell me no, I think of him.  We are all capable of everything we set our minds to.

So I encourage you to: Keep focused. Keep positive. Keep working hard. NEVER give up. The results will be encouraging. Anything and Everything is possible.

Here is a short clip of John telling off those who try to shut him down. 🙂


Experiment With Life

Photo: Kirsten Miccoli Makeup: Loni Hale Styling: Kelly McKaig

Photo: Kirsten Miccoli
Makeup: Loni Hale
Styling: Kelly McKaig

“Don’t be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life” Winston Churchill

I have always been a believer in truth. I strive everyday to speak the truth and to speak simply. Even if I think about being untruthful, I feel guilty. I think today, we all want to achieve so much and want to be the best. We have such high goals that people often throw morals away. People will do and say whatever they have to in order to achieve what they want. Watching someone be successful through a lie for even the shortest amount of time is often frustrating. However, I believe success through being untruthful will eventually backfire.

This quote from Winston Churchill couldn’t be more true to me. I think in the long run, it will be more beneficial for everyone to speak the simple truth. Although, the truth is often hard to hear, we are all better off with it. Wouldn’t the world be a kinder, stronger, more beautiful place if we all spoke the truth more often? Let’s all give it a try 🙂

“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.” Martha Graham

I arrived in New Jersey yesterday. It was hard for me to leave Chicago this time because I know my next trip there will be the last and I do not like saying goodbye to things I love. On Saturday night, I rode home in a taxi and just watched the Chicago skyline go by. I had so much running through my mind yet I was silent. I often remain on the quiet side in order to better absorb my surroundings and ideas and I want to be able to take every detail of Chicago with me. When I arrived home that night, I hesitantly packed my things and flew out the next morning.

Then, this morning I woke up and made my way into Manhattan. A part of me was nervous because sometimes the energy of NY is a bit overwhelming…especially when I miss Chicago. Nevertheless, I went on to a day full of dancing and yoga. During my day, an instructor shared this quote by Martha Graham:

“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.”

This got me thinking. Here I am in New York City. A city that fulfills its uniqueness each and every day. A city that is overflowing with unique individuals. I need to feed off of that not shy away from it. We are all unique since the day we are born and it is our duty to fulfill it. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself what makes you unique? I think we often get so wrapped up in the busyness of day-to-day life that we forget to fulfill the uniqueness in us. I hope this inspires you all to explore what makes you unique. I know I certainly will.

Manhattan in all its uniqueness :)

Manhattan in all its uniqueness 🙂