What Do Jada Pinkett Smith, Shaun Robinson and Meryl Streep Have in Common?

What Do Jada Pinkett Smith, Shaun Robinson and Meryl Streep Have in Common?

“I want to feel my life while I’m in it.” ~Meryl Streep

Pinkett-SmithWhat do Jada Pinkett Smith, Shaun Robinson and Meryl Streep have in common (outside of being in the entertainment industry, anyway)?

Well, according to what I’ve been hearing, there’s one obvious factor: each is regularly standing up for herself and what she believes – and often, for other women. 

I don’t know about you, but I call that BRAVERY. You want examples? Okay. Check these out.

  • Robinson to Leave ‘Access Hollywood’ to Join Kerry Washington for Hot TV Deal To Empower WomenI love seeing a celebrity who really cares about PEOPLE, and that’s exactly what I believe Shaun Robinson is showing us all right about now. According to the Inquisitr, Robinson will leave her regular post on ‘Access Hollywood’ in order to join actress Kerry Washington in a new project that’s designed to empower women. Check it out and let me know what you think. Inquisitir.com

STRONG WOMEN: Being Brave the Easy Way

Being brave is hard sometimes – especially when we’re venturing into an unknown territory. If you ask me, it’s all about how you look at things – but today’s post isn’t all about my opinion or experience. 

What would you do if you had no fear? Imagine standing up for your convictions and taking risks to go after the things that are important to you.

There are two major schools of thought about courage. You might act boldly because you are fearless. On the other hand, you might feel anxious, but forge ahead anyway because you decide that the rewards are worth it.

Either way, courage is a skill that you can cultivate. Use this 3-step plan to conquer your doubts and face the things that scare you.

FIRST: Build up Your Faith

1. OWN IT. Value yourself. Know that you’re worthwhile. Bravery comes down to making yourself vulnerable because the rewards justify taking the risk. Ask yourself how far you’ll go to live out your dreams.

2. CALL IT. Call on your strengths. Believe in your abilities. Reflect on your past accomplishments and understand your potential.

3. CONNECTION. Connect with the divine. Reach out to something bigger than yourself. Set aside time each day for prayer and meditation. Discover what your faith tradition teaches about the nature of courage.

NEXT: Team up With Others

1. Look for partners. We’re more powerful when we act together. Surround yourself with friends and allies who share your aspirations. Put together a team that complements each other’s abilities. Be a collaborative leader who engages others and encourages innovation.

2. Select inspiring role models. It’s good to have heroes. Find a mentor who has the qualities you want to possess. It may be your college professor or a character in your favorite novel.

3. Share moral support. Sometimes the most valuable things we give each other are intangible. Empathize with your friend when she is struggling to start dating again after a divorce. Be thankful when she validates you the next time you’re steeling yourself for a sensitive conversation with your teenage son.

FINALLY: Practice Makes Perfect

1. Distinguish between feelings and actions. We usually need to act if we want our fears to dissolve. Showing yourself that you can succeed even when you feel anxious teaches you to tackle challenges. The good news is that it becomes easier each time.

2. Take small steps. Start out with something modest. Schedule that dental checkup you’ve been putting off.

3. Master your timing. Gambling wisely means recognizing the opportune moment. Determine when you have the resources to move ahead. Your small business is more likely to thrive if you write out your business plan and line up investors.

4. Manage stress. Staying fit prepares you to be more adventurous. Protect your body from the consequences of chronic stress so you have greater energy and strength.

5. Think positive. Resolve to be optimistic. Stay hopeful by focusing on what you have to gain. Picture your boss being impressed by your proposal to save money on shipping costs and shorten delivery times.

6. Hang in there. Have the courage to persevere when success fails to come instantly. Difficult tasks may require sustained time and effort.

7. Be sensible. At the same time, you want to pick your battles. Being courageous is different from being reckless. Look out for your safety and the wellbeing of those around you. Plan ahead so you’ll be ready to deal with the outcomes of your decisions. Celebrate your victories and learn from your mishaps.

Cultivate the courage to push beyond your comfort zone. It’s okay to feel a little afraid as long as you keep working towards your goals. Being brave empowers you to enjoy a richer life and accomplish more.

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Advice to my 18-year-old self: How to become very, very powerful

Advice to my 18-year-old self: How to become very, very powerful

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~Dale Carnegie

Someone sent me this old pic of me taken back when I was 18. Take a look – hilarious right? Yeah, I was a band geek. I’m totally okay with it. What you don’t see in that photo is that I marched percussion that year in marching band. But I digress.angie high school pic

When I first looked at the pic and into my own face, I almost didn’t recognize myself. On so many levels, I’m a completely different person. Since that photo was taken, I’ve been through a lot of years and a lot of life. 

Here I am with my youngest two kids the other day, just for a bit of perspective on the years. 🙂

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Anyhoo, as I looked into my own clueless 18-year-old face and saw all of this, I thought to myself, gosh, the things I would tell you if I could… and the ways they would totally change your life!”

And so, this post was born. So what would I say to myself if I could? 

Dangerous Advice? 

I like to joke that I’d have been dangerous if I had known “what I know now” when I was 18. And every now and then, someone asks me exactly what I mean by that. 

What I mean is, and I’m only halfway joking, that if I understood the things I do today about people, life and beauty at the age of 18, I might have been too powerful for my own good. 

SO what does THAT mean? Well, let me break it down for you. If given the opportunity, here are 10 things I wish I could go back and tell my 18 – year-old self that could have helped me get where I wanted to be much, much faster. 

Ya dig? Check out my newest ebook, 100 Days to Greatness – and stop holding yourself back from the happiness and fulfillment you truly deserve in your life. <3

1. You’re already enough. Stop caring what anyone else thinks and just be yourself already. Turns out? You’re pretty cool. And you’re a LOT better looking than you think – a lot of what makes people look hot is illusion. You’ll become a master of it one day. 

2. Here’s how to stop the tummy aches. You’ll never believe me now, but one day you’ll understand that getting so scared that you get sick to your stomach is actually part of what’s causing all of your problems. See, when you let yourself get so focused on negative thoughts that you can’t see the good stuff, something called the Law of Attraction causes more of the negative stuff to be pulled toward you like a magnet. This is not hocus pocus. It’s legitimate and as you grow older, you’ll see it for yourself. Learning this now can change your life significantly.

3. Your dream is real. It WILL happen, so don’t give up. You will become a successful writer. Someday you’ll have many, many books published. And you’ll make your living from your writing. 

4. You are destined for the beautiful life. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise and don’t believe anyone who tells you to lower your expectations and that you don’t deserve to have the very best in your life. It is the belief that you can’t have something that ensures it – don’t forget that. 

5. There is nothing wrong with you. It’s okay to be pretty and girly and smart and strong all at the same time. You can even love glitter, shiny and sparkly and watch sitcoms and STILL be awesome. Yup. So stop trying to pretend you’re anything you’re not. You, specifically, have a huge amount of creative power and if you learn this now and stop doubting yourself, you cannot lose. Whatever you are is okay as long as you are staying safe, healthy and legal. Embrace yourself and trust your instincts. They are spot on.

6. Big boobs aren’t as awesome when you get older. TRUST ME! Someday you’ll appreciate the fact that you never got out of a B cup. I PROMISE. Also, random comforting fact about the future: the size of the breast does not in any way affect the quantity of milk you’ll produce for your babies one day. But less bulk makes for easier nursing for all involved. Get yourself some padded bras and move on. You’re welcome.

7. Let that bright light shine and stop trying to cover it up with what you THINK is desirable or expected. Being dark and disturbed is not required to be a successful writer or artist. It’s also soooooo much less attractive than you realize. Stop it and admit you love pink already. It looks really good on you. And baggy grunge clothes don’t look good on anyone – especially you.

8. Give yourself a big hug and apologize for all the mean things you think about yourself – then stop doing that. And speaking of which, stop calling yourself fat. You’re not fat. But you will be if you keep focusing on that. Instead focus on feeling good in your body and moving your ass. When you’re talking to yourself, don’t say anything that you wouldn’t tell your best friend about herself. Yes, it definitely does matter. 

9. Crazy ain’t sexy, and you ain’t crazy. You aren’t bipolar or obsessive compulsive or anything else. You just don’t fully understand the world and the people who live in it yet because you’re just getting started. But tell your mom to have you checked for ADD. Yes, girls can have it. And you do – learning this at 18 could change everything.

10. Hold on, your time is coming. You are a whole and worthy person with valuable and important things to do in the world. Stop doubting your ideas and your abilities and embrace the truth of who you are. Life will get so much better.

Okay, now it’s your turn. What would YOU say to your 18-year-old self if you could? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below, or hit me up on Facebook!

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Serena Gomez and the Sexy Swimsuit: You Had Me at ‘More to Love’

Serena Gomez and the Sexy Swimsuit: You Had Me at ‘More to Love’

I gotta be honest – some days celebs and the Hollywood machine scare the crap out of me.

It’s bad enough that the media tells us adult women we need to be stick figures with unnatural proportions if we expect to be considered sexy. But what the media’s shtick does to little girls and teens, especially those who aren’t getting good emotional support, can become positively horrific.

That’s why I was so thrilled to see music sensation Selena Gomez post a super-sexy pic of herself in a swimsuit, which she tweeted along with a quick affirmation of her awesomeness: “I love being me, y’all – there’s more to love.”

The girl is nowhere near fat, but she’s got a healthy, normal body. And y’all? That girl is hot.

Serena, if I didn’t already love you, this would’ve done it for me. Nice job. 🙂

Selena Gomez is shutting down all the haters by letting people know she loves her body the way it is.

The 22-year-old entertainer posted a photo of herself in a sexy swimsuit on Thursday (April 16) during her Mexico vacation.

“I love being happy with me yall,” Selena captioned the photo on Instagram. In hashtag format she added, “there’s more to love.”

Selena was spotted on the beach earlier in the week showing off her amazing curves in a teeny pink bikini. Go see the photos now if you haven’t check them out yet!

See video and full story at: HuffPostLive

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