Life is TOUGH but so are YOU.

If I could go back and tell my past self one thing, it would be….

Over the last year, I’ve learned many things about myself and life for that matter:

  1. People can suck, like really suck. They will knock you down and kick you down even harder when you least expect it.
  2. However, during this time…you will meet the best friends you will ever have. They will be awesome. They will guide and support you through all obstacles life has to throw at you. While, at the same time,  keeping you sane (if that is even a real thing).
  3. Things WILL NOT, I repeat WILL NOT go as planned, like ever. Just get use to it and embrace life for the many curve balls it will throw at you.
  4. Failure does not exist. Simply think as these milestones as lessons that will help guide you through life a better, stronger person.
  5. You’re going to learn a lot about everything. I use to think that I knew a little bit about everything but in fact, I just know a lot about a few things and well that’s okay. I’m constantly growing and learning everyday.
  6. Have your guard up against those jerks who aren’t worth your heart, but embrace the ones who treat you like you should. They are hard to come by these days, but trust me it will. Be patient.
  7. Getting a dog is like having a child. Seriously. But it’s the best thing ever. They will be your life-long best friend.
  8. There is no such thing has work/balance. It’s a see saw. You just make it work. No ifs ands or buts.
  9. When times get tough, don’t forget to give back. Sharing your time and talents with others is not only impactful to others, but will give you a brighter perspective on life. You won’t regret it.
  10. Pray. Pray until your knees hurt and you have nothing left. God is always listening and guiding you each and every day.
  11. Don’t settle, be unique, and embrace who you truly are. Who cares if you aren’t the most popular? You are incredibly talented, gifted, and beautiful in your own way. Don’t ever think any differently.

And last but of course not least, DON’T PANIC. Everything will be ok. I swear. You will fall and rise again. Keep your head up and push forward. You got this!

xoxo—M

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Let’s chose tolerance, inclusion, friendship, and the new r-word, RESPECT

I am so sad to hear that a friend, Hardy Wood, has passed away. Hardy was arguably the very first participant of Best Buddies Louisiana and an active member and leader in the LSU chapter, but beyond that he was a friend to many in his lifetime. He was so special to so many people, and the attached video will give you a small glimpse into the gentle soul that we all loved.

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Today is also Spread the Word, and I encourage you to take the pledge (www.r-word.org) in Hardy’s memory; Let’s chose tolerance, inclusion, friendship, and the new r-word, RESPECT for Hardy and anyone if your life that needs acceptance.39125_1245922366744_3631278_n

How to be “less busy.”

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The tune flooded into my ear buds and I slowed my pace from a run to a walk.

A slow walk, I was huffing and breathing as the sounds of Judy Garland reached my ears. She started to sing, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light.”

The sun was setting. It was falling beneath a hill, just trying so anxiously to keep its head up past 5:30pm. Two silhouettes tumbled over the hill. I never would have noticed them if I hadn’t slowed down enough to walk and look around. It was a guy and girl. He was sitting in a motorized wheelchair and she was sitting in his lap. A fleece blanket was wrapped around her and that guy was holding her so tightly as if tell the world, “I know what I have and I am holding it tightly.”

The two barreled down the…

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Love.

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Lana said it right.

Love is the most misunderstood and misapplied word on earth. We romanticize it, commercialize it, sexualize it, sensationalize it, and trivialize it. But we don’t actualize it very well. When we fall in love, we say we’ve found someone to make us happy; but that notion is fundamentally flawed. Love is finding someone whom we can make happy. Love desires the happiness and well-being of others.

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. Love patient and kind and is not jealous. Hold on to someone who appreciates you for the imperfections and will stand by you through your struggles. Laugh together…constantly. Always honest and sincere.

Falling in love is one of the most exciting, rewarding and scariest things you could ever do. Cherish these moments. Love with your whole heart. 

What is your passion?

While sitting in the dealership waiting on my oil change, I came across a sign that read:

Passion
It drives everything you do.

Wow— this is so true! What are your passions for? How can they contribute to the well-being of those around you?

Find something you love and harshness it. Pursue sue it whole-heartedly.

If you are passionate about that career make sure you find meaning and purpose there.

If you are passionate about a person, let them know how you feel. Don’t hold back until it’s too late.

Passion can encompass so many emotions. I choose to fill my life with love and joy.

What will you choose?

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Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

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On a small note card above my light switch in my bedroom, reads:  

“Only by GIVING are you able to receive MORE than you already have.” 

As I sit in my bed typing papers about philanthropy, leadership skills, and brainstorming for my literature review, I stopped for a moment and thought, “What is the purpose of all this?”

The purpose is to believe full-heartedly, that I am doing good. By helping others, I will not only contribute in some way to their life but I will gain something as well.

By giving your time, talents, and showing compassion to others, you are helping improve the world around you. Have you done this lately? Or is there a way you can do more? 

You don’t need to dish out money, although it is needed and appreciated. Simply give your time. When you see your neighbor unloading their car of groceries, offer to help them. Say hello to the cashier and ask them about their day, and be genuine about it. Call your parents and tell them thank you. Thank you for everything they do for you. Cook dinner for your significant other after a long day of work. Think of others before yourself. 

Like the inspiring and genius Albert Einstein said,” Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”