Be Present

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent Van Gogh

I’ve come to a realization recently, as humans we get so caught up in our daily routines whether it is your job, your children, or your just life in general that we forget to live. To embrace everything. Time does not come back, every single thing you do will only be enjoyable once with the anticipation and adrenaline it is to do that activity. Even if you do it once or a hundred times you will only thrive from it once. The other times your just use to it.

Be present in the moment of today. In any desire that you may have in your life, know that you can accomplish it. Even if it takes you one month, one week, or one year. Never let fear or the opinion of others take over your head. There is always a way, you just have to find the right accommodations. Do what it is that you have always wanted because if you wait, you will be waiting forever. Go forth and conquer!! LIVE AS IF YOU DIED TODAY!!!

I waited 3.5 years to go skydiving because I let others mentally take me out of the idea. Until I just went for it. Actually doing it showed me that I have the power to be. To fly. Never settle. Skydiving is by far the most amazing thing I have ever done. I will never forget this day and I will forever cherish this moment like no other.

Try Again

Let’s be honest, as much as we all want to succeed and everything and be perfect that is not always the case. Failure is part of the journey, it teaches you the one way it will not work. However, do not ever lose hope. Try again because that maybe the one time you do succeed.
Speaking from a college student point of view, I know we try to be “perfect” to score the famous 4.0 GPA, to meet other people’s expectations, to make sure we do not disappoint someone. Nothing in life is perfect. We are all human. Be present and proud of where you are right now. A wise man once told me, “There is a season for everything under the sun and under heaven. The sun will always rise again.” Honestly, that is so true and it got me through one of my hardest moments. Regardless if you failed a class, did not get the job, or failed at a simple task, praise yourself because you tried. If you succeed at at all of it, praise yourself because you had the courage to do it. Most of us want to do things, but never start. Take part.

You will succeed either at first attempt or attempt one hundred. It is not a race, it is at your own pace. Go fourth and conquer! Just try one more time you never know what can happen. 


We all have been part of stereotypes and labeling. People of categorize others according to their looks or abilities, often counting them out of doing a certain task. You cannot participate, not tall enough, not physically able etc… I am sure we have all heard something similar. Society often feels the need to see a certain characteristic and assume you are not qualified. As a friend of mine once told me, “You are not a label” and that stuck with me. I constantly reminded myself of that because it is very true. You are just as capable as anyone else to conquer whatever it is that you desire. Do not let people get in your head or you will be stuck in the same place. Go be. Show the world what you are made of. Prove others assumptions about you totally wrong because labels are not the definition of you! The world is not a solid color but all the colors in the world. You were meant to be extraordinary not ordinary!

What if

Every hour, every day, every month, every season we have choices to make. Every day you have the opportunity to do what you want with your story of life, but more times than not, we live in fear and deprive ourselves from our greatest potential. Constantly asking “what if something goes wrong?” Truthfully, you will never know if you never do it. If you wait for the perfect moment you will wait forever. You are unique, each one of us hold our perspective on life. People are not always going to match you and that is fine! Not long ago, I heard something that stuck with me “you are not what others think of you, you are what you think of YOU” that spoke volumes. If we always do what others expect we will never learn to fly. Do not live in the version of others. What if does not exist, if it works then you did what you always wanted and conquered. If it does not then you learned how to be better. So go and jump outside the box there is more waiting for you on the other side!!

Just Live

After all this time on earth, ask yourself what have I done all this time… Have I truly lived, or have I just followed everyone else’s expectations? Maybe. Most of us would not know how to answer that quite honestly. We all have dreams. Thoughts. Goals. Yet somehow, we always push them back and make thousands of excuses as to why it would not work. Starting with the classic “I have no time” but think about it no one does we always have something to do. “No money” of course not, but save it you will have enough eventually. “They will think it pointless” who cares, it is not pointless to you. It will impact someone. Something will always show up to talk you out of it, trust me. We live in fear of stereotypes and people having opinions. That just it, it is an opinion. We all have them and it is what makes the world go round. All this time, you have Observed. Listened. Achieved. Failed. and Lost.  Most importantly you learned to just be! Everything is a moment, some are good some are not. Take risk and be who you want. Live authentically! Some will support some will not but that does not matter thrive in your essence! Negativity only comes from those that were not prepared to see you do things like that. Stop living in your own head, find a way to make your dreams come true. People are always going to watch. Be iconic and learn to just live!