Staying Motivated



Making sacrifices is not easy. Exploring the depths of your mind and soul is necessary. You must reflect on and evaluate yourself daily. Success comes from within. Believing in yourself, even in the darkest moments. To remain constant in your faith. True to yourself. Stay focused and determined. I know you can do it. Just keep pushing through. It won’t be easy but nothing worth having is. It will be worth it. Trust me on this one.


Envision your world: Philanthropy=Empathy in Action.


Real life is messy and hard and never turns out like you imagined. Usually it is better. I have learned to work hard and pray harder. Sometimes things are simply out of your control and you must let time take its course. Nothing worth having comes easy, ever. I am picky. I am stubborn, and I often don not know what I want. But, that is ok. Life is about trial and error. We pick ourselves up when we feel defeated and we learn from our mistakes.

I try to remain positive and do my best to inspire others. I inspire others by how I express my thoughts through my actions.

I see the good in everyone. People may call me naïve but this is something I learned from my mother. Giving your time to others is the most valuable thing you can do. The smallest act of good can make a huge difference, sometimes with little or no effort.

I would like to think I offer a fresh, new perspective. I am very confident and passionate in my beliefs. Just take a moment to sit down and chat with me, you will learn rather fast I am an open book full of lots of experiences. Don’t take my age for granted. For a twenty-three year old right out of college, I might teach you a thing or two.

I have had to overcome many obstacles in my life. I have without a doubt, continued my life gracefully, not taking anything for granted. I embrace each and every new challenge, knowing that I may not succeed my desired outcome, but by attempting I will gain something possibly more valuable.

I was blessed with a natural ability to connect to anyone I encounter. At an early age, I developed tact for people. I am not afraid to speak my opinions to an auditorium full of people. This has gotten me in trouble a time or two.

Building relationships is the key to be successful in any profession, but especially in Philanthropy and Development. This five foot nothing southern-belle loves to chat, especially over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I will tell you all about my passions and adventures, probably more than you would care to listen. I love a good story, even better a great conversation. I want to know all I can know about you. Yes, YOU.

By building successful relationships with my colleagues, family, and friends, I want to foster a culture of philanthropy in my own life. By creating a culture of philanthropy, this means creating a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging. For such a simple word it has a huge concept. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions.  Research indicates that a sense of belonging increases meaningfulness of life. Meaning is found in various ways–sometimes through family, religion and the sense of self.

To build a sense of belonging requires active effort and practice. So where do I belong and how does it make sense to me?

I have a firm commitment to my faith, my family, and friends. I attempt to create relationships with my loved ones where they feel inspired, loved, and devotedly supported in what is important to them. I uphold a level of honestly and respect for their opinions, yet I will sensibly share my insights.

By creating a sense of philanthropy in my personal life, I am optimistic I will continue to prosper professionally, ultimately continuing to create positive social change around me.

Look within, listen from within, and trust your voice. Envision your world. I envision a world that encourages respects and equality to everyone. Where we are equal, and our efforts are much admired. We are all uniquely beautiful in our own way. I envision a world where our differences are embraced. We are not slated for our gender, our race, or any disabilities we may have. I can see a world where we embrace each other. Where we can set aside our differences and see each other for our human essence. These are possibilities that stretch beyond our passports. These are possibilities that can be achieved.  

Live life in a way you would want to be remembered for. Are you adding values to others’ lives? If not, maybe this is your first act of service.

I must have courage to be imperfect, have compassion to be kind to others, create connections as a result to authenticity, and to fully embrace vulnerability.

Vulnerability is love, gratitude, and happiness. Philanthropy is empathy in action.

So how can I better show empathy in my own life? Empathy is not easy for anyone because understanding how others are feeling means looking at more than just facial expressions. Sometimes empathy can just be saying the right word at the right time to show you understand how someone might be feeling. A good way to learn how to show empathy is to practice.

What will YOU do to show empathy in YOUR life? 

Untitled. For too many good reasons.

Mondays come every week and we all need a little inspiration.

hannah brencher.


I am a girl who has only ever known how to want big things.

I used to apologize for that. I remember lying barefoot on the hardwood floor of my childhood bedroom, palms up to the ceiling and whispering, “God, I don’t want to know about your line-up. I know there are a million other people out there who you could use before me. People who haven’t screwed up as much as me. But if you pick me, if you use me, I won’t let you down. I promise.” I didn’t make promises much when I was sixteen but I felt like I could keep that one.

I always felt like it was this unattainable burden sitting heavy on my life that I wanted something more. I wasn’t the girl who saw her wedding dress when she closed her eyes. I never dreamed in fences and babies with my curls.

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Love is something that is beautiful together not beautiful alone.


I think everyone has that person. Someone you were so desperate to be with and you justified your insanity with knowing that they were the one. Even the simplest ounce of attention restored your faith in them. Knowing that if you just waited patiently that this person will be yours. You make peace with the fact of “it’s not the right time” ” not the right situation” “I know they care for me deep inside”. The truth is that this person isn’t for you. Love isn’t that hard or cold. Love is something that is beautiful together not beautiful alone. The right person will love you not break you. Accept your feelings for this person but lock them up and move on because at the end of the day you are not theirs and it’s a choice they made. So now make the choice to love yourself despite your longing for this person because I promise you the right person will be waiting for you and you owe it to them to have a clear whole heart for them.

Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin and they end with no lasting memory made in between. Most days have no impact on the course of a life but then along comes a day that changes everything, your way of thinking, your way of living, your way of just simply existing… sure it’s rare especially in this lifetime but I guarantee you this day is on it’s way to you.

I’m not perfect but I will be for someone one day. And I hope that person appreciates me for who I am. I want to have someone care deeply for me. Be my teammate. My best friend. To love me through the good and the bad. Loving someone is putting someone above yourself first. I want to be able to be that for someone. And in return, love them that much back.


Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy


After hours of precisely gluing, burnt fingers, and many laughs, this was the final result in my graduation cap for my recent college graduation. 

Little did I know how true these words would still apply in my life. 

Since graduating nearly four months ago, I have had nothing come exactly easy…

Finding that perfect career has been a very stressful and difficult journey. 

Today, I think I may have found my new home…But there’s a catch. Oh there always is isn’t there?

After a 2 hour long interview—that went amazing by the way, I walked out feeling VERY confident!

While checking my phone for messages, I came across a voicemail from a previous interview (one I was upset from not hearing from sooner) asking me to call if I was still interested.

SERIOUSLY!? After months…. days… hours and hours of searching, I know have 2 possible options? 

How does someone make such an important life decision: choosing a career? 

For now, I’ll try my best to pick a path that feels right today by making the best decision I can, and know that I can change my mind in the future. 

I hope that once a decision has been made, my passions and skills will be appreciated. I will be able to grow and prosper professionally and personally. 

I strive to find meaning and purpose in my work. To make an impact in other’s lives. To expand my love for people and help each and every person’s talents be seen. 

I pray that the wait will have been worth it. To be happy and fulfilled. Because that’s what life is for right?

Endings and New Beginnings.

On this rainy Sunday afternoon, with my coffee in hand, I had to take time to reflect. 

There’s something about endings and new beginnings that bring alive new emotions.  I’m happy but sad. Excited but nervous. Eager but hesitant. 

Moving to a new city, looking for a new job, and being in a new relationship is all happy, exciting, and something I’m very eager to see how it all unfolds.

New beginnings have a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. My advice to others is to embrace this new experience in every way. 

Don’t have regrets in life. Learn from it and grow. You will be a better person for it. Life is messy and complicated at times. How you handle situations defines you. 

Admire the beauty around you. There is good in everyone. Take the time to know and appreciate others. You’ll be thankful you did. 

Remember people come into your life for a reason, season or a lifetime. 

It’s why we have endings and new beginnings. 


Birthdays are good for you. Statistics prove it.

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics prove it.  

Cake. Good food. Great friends.

Cherish the times you have. Live each day fully. Tell others how much you care AND show it. 

So lucky to have spent another awesome day with this handsome fella I’m lucky enough to call my best pal, car karaoke partner, movie date, and Mr. Betty Crocker himself.

He’s the best is friend a girl could ever have. Someone who knows how to make you smile, laugh whenever, acts stupid with you, will never judge you, a part of your family, tells you the truth (even when you don’t want to hear it), knows your favorite foods (and loves them too), and someone that loves and cares about you. 

Happy Birthday friend!