Falling in love is a great thing. It’s supposed to be beautifully ambivalent. It’s supposed shock you and scare you, move you and make you better. It’s supposed to make you look out into the unknown, and willingly take that leap. To fall, without really knowing the outcome and embrace the uncertainty. But the thing is, you are supposed to land. Whether it’s on your feet or own your ass, there should be an impact; a moment where you know you’ve fallen and now all you have to do is decide to get up. Continue reading “Fall in love. Don’t disappear into it.”
By Brittany Davis
I’ve always heard people talking about how the older you get, the faster life seems to go. The days blur together and the months seem to be passing two at a time and the truth is, they’re right. But it’s a strange thing to experience because, well, nothing has really changed. There are still 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week. The only thing that’s changed, is us. We’ve gotten older, hopefully a little wiser, and are hopefully creating a life for ourselves each and everyday. Every decision we make, memory we create, and experience we encounter is another layer added to the masterpiece that becomes our lives; we’re designing it everyday. But here’s the thing, you don’t get one shot at it. Art, just like life, doesn’t always have to be permanent. Continue reading “Life Imitates Art, Art Imitates Life”
I think we all wish we could be fearless. I know I do. To walk to the edge of the cliff without a care in the world and just take that step, that leap of faith and then just free fall into the unknown. We’d love to embrace uncertainty rather than fear it. To have the chance to put all the past failures, betrayals, and pain in the back of our minds and even just for that moment let our minds fill up with possibility. To revel in the beauty of dreams we may not have even known we had. To love unconditionally, and without hesitation. To surrender whole-heartedly to another, without fear or suspicion. To take each moment as it comes, each person as they are, each day as an opportunity. To not be scared of what could happen if we do,but more afraid of what could happen if we don’t. To not be afraid of life, but more of not fully living.
The truth is, our lives have the potential to be remarkable. They hold the ability for our dreams to become realities, for the impossible to become attainable, and the chaos to become beautiful. Chaos creates opportunity. Opportunities for these lives we were given to become our own, to become unique onto ourselves, to be ours. We have the ability to own the moments of our lives. We have the ability to make our lives mean something. For them to be more than just a series of moments, to be more than merely existing. It’s up to us. The decisions we make shape the lives we lead. So choose wisely. But most importantly choose from your heart. Choose to make a difference. To affect change. To affect the lives of others. To become more. Choose to be yourself. To embrace what makes you, you. To stand out in a crowd. To laugh too loudly. To cry too easily. To fail. To be broken and to be the reason you smile. Find the joy in all your pain. Continue reading “That’s Living..”
By Brittany Davis
It’s amazing how many people out there are genuinely rooting for you to fail. People who waste no time scanning you up and down, looking for any flaw they might be able to magnify, and bring to your attention. Searching for a way to find your imperfections, and then striving to make them known. People want to tell you that you’re not good enough, that you won’t amount to anything. They get satisfaction out of making you stand in front of a mirror, with a reflection that’s tainted by the words they say. There’s so many people out there who want to tell you that who you are isn’t worth it — well, I have news for you. You are. You do matter. And you’re more than enough.
The truth is, people are going to talk regardless of what you do. But you have to remember that they’re just words. Words are only powerful if you let them be. Remember that the opinions of others don’t define you. The labels, words, assumptions, they don’t matter. You determine the person you are, not someone else. When people put you down and try to hurt you, it’s their own energy they’re wasting. Don’t return the favor. Whether you realize it or not, by them taking their time and focusing it on you, you’re affecting their day. There’s no need to let them affect yours. You have the power to turn your imperfections into strengths. To see your flaws as beautiful; to make the life that you’re living matter. Don’t let those who don’t matter lead you to believe otherwise. Continue reading “That’s Letting Yourself Shine…”
By Brittany Davis
To some people, being strong means your ability to hide your pain. So by their standards the more people you have fooled that you’re fine or happy the stronger you appear. But looks are often deceiving. Just because the pain isn’t showing doesn’t mean it’s not there, right? Hiding your pain isn’t being strong. Disguising that pain and abuse, lessening the heartache and defeats; these things don’t make you strong. What makes you strong is letting them show. Taking that pain, and using it to get past it. Strength isn’t how well you hide the pain, but the strength you find to overcome it. Strength is the attempt to try. Some say strength is how much you can take without it tearing you to pieces. Well, I say strength is finding the courage to put the pieces back together. Continue reading “That’s Strength…”
By Brittany Davis
It’s kind of crazy to think about the things that occupy our minds sometimes. You could be sitting one day content with your life, or so you think, and out of nowhere your brain could be completely filled. You’re sitting and things you thought you didn’t care about are suddenly at the surface of your mind. Anxiously trying to overflow the pool of what you know, until what you’re trying to figure out comes pouring over. Leaving drops of worry and hope in a puddle all around you. You’re sitting and things you know you shouldn’t care about are suddenly affecting your moods in a way you didn’t even know was possible. It’s crazy how our minds don’t have an off switch; how they don’t have a filter. A way for the things that matter and the things that don’t to be separated and the latter to dissolve. It’s crazy how they can just wander and dream without us even realizing that our brains have checked out. It’s crazy that the thing that controls the rest of us, is sometimes the thing we can’t control. Continue reading “That’s Our Minds…”
By Brittany Davis
All you need is one. There’s one person out there who is gonna make you feel complete. There’s a reason why it never worked out with anybody else. One person. Your other half. They’re out there, you just haven’t found them yet. Your soul mate. The one. We all hear it. Hell, we all say it. But do you ever stop to really think about what we’re saying?
There’s over six billion people in this world, but only one is going to complete you. That concept brings a lot of pressure. This idea of living your life trying to find this ‘one person’ who will make you feel like you have purpose; that makes you feel complete. That’s a lot of time spent falling in and out of relationships, looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right hoping that it will bring you closer to your ‘happily ever after’.’ You do whatever it takes to make sure you have somebody by your side, you’re on a quest to find that completion. Well, I have news for you. If you live your life that way it’s never going to happen.
By Brittany Davis
For some reason there’s a stigma to working for your parents. Whether it’s from society or self -induced is your call. Regardless of where you fall, the stigma lies in the phrase itself: working for your parents. It somehow implies the inability to find something on your own or that you only have this opportunity because of your parents. Well yeah, that’s kind of the point. Half of the business world today is based on who you know, not always what you can do. So why should working for your parents or for the family business be any different? It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It means they are giving you the opportunity to one day succeed.
To get to where you want to be in life, it takes making a start. It takes changing your point of view to the situation. Employment is employment, whatever shape or form it comes in; whatever the opportunity. Find the positives in what you have the opportunity to embark on instead of harping on the fact that maybe it’s not the path you thought you would be heading down. Who knows what the potential route has to offer? It could be the stepping stone you need to get to where you one day will end up being. Recognize an opportunity when it presents itself. Recognize the opportunity to create a path yourself or choose to recognize the path laid before you and walk it with purpose.
It should come as no surprise that life doesn’t always work out the way you feel it should. Maybe you were up all night studying for a test and your friend went out to a party. The day you get your grades back, she did better. You’re left thinking how the hell did that happen? Or, how about you’re trying out for the school play, you’re clearly more talented and passionate about the part but the director picks someone else. It sucks. The person you’re crushing on, ends up trying to get a date with your best friend. The scenarios are endless, and this is probably one of those cases where the more times it happens..it doesn’t make it any easier. Despite the fact that life can suck sometimes, you have to keep pushing through. Whether you believe that good things happen to good people, all good things happen in time, or that eventually the other shoe will drop–whatever your philosophy, embrace it. Believe it. Why? Continue reading “That’s Not Letting Life Stop You…”
Don’t be too thin. Don’t be too heavy. Be natural. Always look your best. Don’t blend in. Don’t try and stand out. Follow your own path. Don’t stray too far. But above all, just be yourself. Since the day we’re born were told to be our own person. As if being ourselves is this clear and definitive thing. The person we are is forever changing. Who we were yesterday can often be different from the person we are today and that’s not even considering the person we’re striving to become. Things happen that alter our state of mind and end up changing the way we look at things, and ultimately who we are in a given situation. Simply stated: life happens to us. The thing to remember is it’s how we handle what happens that counts. We always have two options: continue being the person we are, or let the situation change us; define your situation, or let the situation define you. Continue reading “That’s Being Yourself…”