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Wednesday Word

March 7, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 104, spotted at Hom Sweet Hom, was unapologetically spoken by Shonda Rhimes. For the uninitiated, Shonda Rhimes is the creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” She basically runs Thursday nights on ABC and is a total game-changer. But that probably goes without saying. This quote taken from her book, “Year of Yes” (I listened to it as an audiobook in January, and it completely changed my perspective and led me to embark on my own “Year of Yes”), is her forever mood and is goals for me. To put it into context, Shonda writes: “I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart. I am talented. I take advantage of the opportunities that came my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.” Remember those words when someone tries to dim your shine. We all should have the confidence to tout our greatness. Let’s call it like it is. We’ve earned everything we’ve accomplished, often working twice as hard to get half the credit of others. This Women’s History Month, I salute Shonda Rhimes for the example she has set for Black girls everywhere. Seeing her succeed lets us know that our words matter and that embracing our imaginations and creativity can lead to amazing things.

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Photo of the Week No. 10: “Flower Power”

March 5, 2018

This Photo of the Week No. 10 is from the archives. This beautiful flower arrangement was adorning a table at a summit hosted by my job, and at the time it was just an object to document to get a sense of the event’s scenery. But on second viewing, it proved to be more profound in meaning. As you know, this month is Women’s History Month and when I was looking through the folder where this image was resting, I was reminded of how these flowers are symbolic of women. Think about it. They’re each beautiful in their own right, but when pulled together, their beauty is magnified. The same could be said of women and their power. Also, it’s OK to be independent and have different opinions. It’s diversity that helps solve the world’s issues. It’s variety that provides a sweet fragrance in the atmosphere. What comes to mind when you think of this Photo of the Week, titled “Flower Power”? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday Word

February 28, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 103, spotted via Quote Catalog, comes right on time, as we wrap up Black History Month and get ready for Women’s History Month. W.E.B. Du Bois — an African-American sociologist, writer, activist and originator of this quote — is a real one for this. Not only was he one of the most impactful social thinkers of his generation, but he also recognized the importance of lifting up women. This quote is equally potent today as it was back then. Reading these words makes me think of the black women who rise while navigating a world that constantly quells our voices. We dare to thrive in a society that challenges our worth due to the sheer fact that we’re both rich with melanin and hold the key to life in our anatomies. I personally think of my mother, who worked tirelessly to raise us kids — six wild and crazy ones at that — while progressing in her career and serving God. I’m also thinking of my Grandma Ruth, Grandma Clara, and a gaggle of aunties who set examples for me with their selflessness, faith, grit and compassion. It’s because of their determination that I’m here today.

Who are some of the women who come to mind when you reflect on this quote? Let me know in the comments section below!

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ashley ♥ adores

Wednesday Word

March 18, 2015

One thing’s for sure: Life is filled with its trials and tribulations. If we’re to weather the storm, we must learn how to navigate through rough seas. May this Wednesday Word No. 6, a quote from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, via Quotes Love, be a reminder for you to change your mindset from fear and weakness to courage and power when faced with a challenge.

Found Objects: Long Beach Street Art

March 12, 2015

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Oh, Long Beach. How I love your eclectic style! Whether found while driving on one of the city’s busiest streets or while passing through the East Village Arts District happenstance, these murals each made me feel something.

See more of these eye-popping pieces up close after the jump, and maybe you’ll feel something, too!

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