Big Girls Don’t Cry

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I just finished the Sophia Amoruso book “#GirlBoss” – and I liked it quite a lot! 🙂 Have you read it yet? If not, you may wish to give it a look, because Sophia’s story of building a business empire from nothing but a good idea and a whole lot of hard work is pretty great. I found it really inspiring, hoping that maybe someday I could have a great idea that could completely change the world and change my life – but then reality crashes in around my ears, and I remember that I’m not exactly the picture of bright ideas. Hard work? Yes, absolutely…I’m a hell of a worker, but I seem to lack the great big ideas that are going to make a great big difference. I loved her emphasis on the value of effort, of being willing to do even the most menial of tasks, of never thinking she was better than anyone else. She repeatedly mentioned the importance of standing up for yourself, believing in YOU, and that sometimes the simplest idea and plan is by far the best.  I love that kind of thinking…and I want to be – no, I am ready to be – a #GIRLBOSS myself!! You in? 🙂

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Speaking of inspirational women, I’m sure you heard that the brilliant Maya Angelou passed away this week – this news filled my heart with sadness, as I’m sure most people felt, especially women who admired her writing and extraordinary talent. I’ve always been deeply touched by her incredible way with words – but even more than that, her dazzling ability to speak her truth, without apology for who or what she was. I admire people like that, who can live their lives right out loud, and with absolute conviction… It gives me chills. If you’ve been on social media at all this week, you’ve undoubtedly been inundated with a greatest hits list of her very best quotes – here are mine:

♥ “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.'”

♥ “I had a lot of clouds, but I have had so many rainbows in my clouds.”

♥ “When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else.”

♥ “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

♥ “Have enough courage to love.”

♥”I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

♥”You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

♥”My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

♥“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

♥”I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

♥“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

♥”Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

♥“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

♥”The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.”

♥”Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

♥”You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

♥”Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

♥Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

 

Rest in peace, brilliant one…and know that you’ve left this world infinitely better than you found it. 🙂 THAT’S a #GirlBoss. 🙂

 

xxx

 

 

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