“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”—Kavita Ramdas
“Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep travelling honestly along life’s path.”—Street Smarts: A Learning Process: 11 Things to Know at 25(ish)
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”—Henry David Thoreau
For a while now, I have been seeing a lot of my friends in daily life, and kindreds online take huge leaps towards creative and personal goals. Publishing their own books, starting their own businesses, going off the beaten path to travel, changing their careers, moving across the world, to explore and find. I’ve been reading about achieving goals, and motivating yourself. I’m been narrowing my vision, but not in a negative way. It’s a process. I’ve done amazing things in the last four years. Traveled, worked with fantastic people in New York City, Philadelphia, met amazing influencers and writers, artists and makers. People not afraid to take flight, and not always know if the flight will be a successful one. I’ve always wanted more, and I’m pleased, excited and bittersweet to say that today I formally made the decision not to stay still. Instead, I will be going back to my roots to nourish and connect my community to those across the country. To forge ahead with all the amazing possibilities and supporters I have.
More to come this summer, my friends. Definitely more to come.
“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”—S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders