Pushing Past The Pain

 

Good Morning! One of my biggest challenges has been to find the motivation and willpower to keep pushing through all the stumbling blocks and obstacles in my way. From dealing with my father’s death to feeling stagnant in my professional career, there’s been a lot of mental challenges that have been difficult to overcome. Giving up isn’t an option for me but since there is no set plan on how to be successful as it relates to my dreams and goals, sometimes I feel like I’m running around in circles and not really getting anywhere. I had a talk with a friend of mine last night and he made me realize that some people aren’t built for this type of lifestyle. To be an entrepreneur, you have to be ready for whatever comes your way. Many times, that means that you have to be prepared to have moments of failure. It is inevitable when you are taking chances and cannot always accurately predict the outcome but for the people who let their faith in their dreams overpower their fears, being an entrepreneur is worth taking the risk. This does not only apply to those with the entrepreneur spirit. For anyone who feels like they have encountered disappointment after disappointment and wants to give up on the things that matter most, just know that if you dig a little deeper and push a little harder, everything you want will fall into place. It isn’t an overnight process because nothing worth having come easily but the risk is worth the reward. My message to anyone going through something in their lives is to push past your pain, fear, disappointment or whatever is holding you back because you will never reach the finish line towards your dreams if you stop running altogether.  Instead, let’s choose to run together now so we can fly lateršŸ˜€ I refuse to settle for anything less!
I’m still working out the details for my webchat in September so stay tuned for more info coming soon! 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously! 

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Day 2 Confidence Challenge : Smile!

Good Morning! We are on Day 2 of the “Confidence Challenge” and I am so happy for the feedback I have been smilequotereceiving. Many challenges that I’ve seen online are usually ones that need people to do some type of physical activity such as the “30 Day Ab” and “30 day squat” challenges (I’ve done both and believe me, they were no fun at all!) and I realized that although implementing workout routines to change yourself on the outside is difficult, breaking bad habits that tear at your self-esteem is even  more difficult because they require a change in attitude and behavior. You can’t just go through the motions and expect to see results, you actually have to believe it and want to change.

With that being said, I wanted us to start with exercises that seem simple but have a deeper purpose. Today, I challenge all of us to smile. Easy enough right? Well I want you to smile even if your co-worker or boss says something you don’t like. I want you to smile through all the bickering your kids may do or if your significant other is being neglectful, try being positive and work through your issue while maintaining a smile. This is not to say to act like everything is okay because that is unrealistic but your smile is a way of telling yourself that everything will work itself out. It’s a way to restore balance and peace and most importantly, your smile can be contagious and change the mood of the people around you and overall atmosphere. Smile while walking down the street or while exercising. Do things that will make you smile like listening to your favorite song or watching your favorite scene from a movie or tv show. The point is to smile regardless of your current predicament because we are not focusing on the past or present but what we want in the future. Confidence is the way to get to where you need to be and exuding happiness by smiling is one of the first steps to becoming the best version of yourself. You are what you attract so start attracting positive energy.

I’ll be back to posting more challenges on Monday but over the weekend, I want you to think of some short-term goals you want to accomplish. I shared mine in Monday’s post (getting my license, getting into this MBA program and finding a job that will benefit me and “Amore Luxe”) but come up with a few of your own and think about not what you have to do to accomplish them but instead, what things need to change about you and your situations to attain the things you desire. Make sure to share all of your progress on here or on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook by using the hashtags #confidencechallenge and #confidencecampaign. We are gonna be even more awesome at the end of the 30 days so let’s keep moving forward:)

 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

What Is Love?

What is love if you’re not here with me?
What is love if it’s not guaranteed?
What is love if you just have to leave?
What is love?

Good Morning! I was watching Fox’s newest series “Empire” Wednesday night and I couldn’t get this song (sung beautifully by Veronika Bozeman) out of my head. Her character had to keep singing the song over because the head of the label Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard) wasn’t satisfied with her performance. He went into the recording booth and told her to think about when her brother was shot and she had to identify his body. Something clicked and she gave a heartbreaking but beautiful performance.

After listening to the lyrics, I realized that the song could be about the typical man/woman choosing to leave because they weren’t satisfied but I could also see it from another perspective. The lyrics could be asking what is the point of loving someone with everything you have if they are going to leave your life whether it’s by choice or not. I thought about my father and how I didn’t say I love you to him as much as I should have. I took our time for granted and now it feels like it’s too late.

Being vulnerable and exposing yourself only to be left with disappointment seems pointless but what other choice do we have? Living a life without giving and receiving love is not only lonely but it’s draining to the soul. Nothing lasts forever but to be the best version of yourself and to live completely and freely will ensure that you have a fulfilling life. I intend to love everyone and everything that matters to me with all my heart and give all I have to offer and if they happen to slip away, I won’t have any regrets because I gave them the best of me and hopefully made their lives better with my presence. I hope my father would be able to say the same:)

Make sure you come back on Monday because I plan on making an announcement!

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

My inspiration

Looking for some inspiration can you be my muse…promise to give you all of myself because I have nothing left to lose

I think that a writer’s biggest challenge is figuring out what exactly it is that they want to write about. There are so many topics that have been covered but a writer must find their own voice when speaking about various topics and make their ideas and opinions clear and concise so that people can understand. Whenever I post a blog entry, I want people to be able to understand where I am coming from but most importantly, relate to me on some level. Even if the reader hasn’t been through that particular experience that I’m discussing, they can empathize and relate to the feelings that came from said experience. I thinkĀ that I am a decent writer but in the past few years, public speaking has been my preferred source of speaking my mind. I feel that reading the words I write doesn’t give off that same spark of energy that I want to release to the world and I love direct dialogue that often doesn’t come when posting on a blog. Most importantly. i love the interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication that occurs when I am giving a speech or being featured on a panel. My biggest inspiration comes from others stories and experiences and although talking is my preferred method of communication, I can’t reach out and talk to everyone so writing is the best way to interact with others no matter where they are in the world.

I love watching YouTube clips of inspirational people. Ellen’s talk show is the first YouTube page I go to when I want to watch everyday people be selfless for the safety and well-being of others. I created “The Angielala Experience” as a way to help uplift and inspire others by sharing my experiences in love and life. Along the way, I lost sight of my purpose and passion but talking to my friends and complete strangers who email me and tell me that they love what I do and the messages I share gives me so much joy and hope and I know that no matter what happens, I have people who believe in me and what I do and you all are my biggest inspiration.

Much love to you and remember to love.laugh.live.life