LIFE, MOTIVATION

THE MORE YOU WORK ON YOURSELF, THE MORE THINGS FALL INTO PLACE

Being happy with your own company is a freedom many do not have. I have always found that the more secure I am with my own company, the more secure I can be around others.

Trying too hard to be something you are not is the downfall of many people. Try instead to look in the mirror and work on being happy with what is staring back at you.

For the past few months I’ve been working on myself (mentally, spiritually and now physically). I’m noticing that with this process, a lot of things are falling into place.

I no longer have the need to play a part or wear a mask. I can just exist and let time pass. I can just be free, like we all should. I have more time now for my art and my love of the woods.

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NEWS

VIDEO: OPE’S STORY – “I was trafficked into UK prostitution”

I was clicking through channels earlier today and this story just happened to be airing on BBC America. It really spoke to me, so I wanted to share it with others.

The animated short tells the story of Ope, a woman who was trafficked into prostitution from Nigeria all the way to the UK. Here is a snippet of what she went through:

It is a fate experienced by Ope, 24, who in 2005 met a man offering to help her leave her life in Nigeria and find employment abroad. Her role, he said, would be as a nanny, or in a factory. She did not realize she would be forced into prostitution.
Following a treacherous four-day trip by boat, with little food or water, she arrived in Madrid, Spain, where she was put to work on the streets. But after becoming the victim of rape, she was transferred to the UK by her traffickers. “It was like I was a slave,” she says, on the work forced upon her.

According to UK statistics, nearly 800 women and girls working in the sex trade were identified as the victims of human trafficking in 2014. For more information please visit BBC.COM.

INSPIRE, NEWS

10 MAYA ANGELOU QUOTES THAT THE USPS COULD HAVE USED ON HER FOREVER STAMP

This week the USPS issued a new commemorative Forever stamp featuring the late literary icon Maya Angelou. Like many others, I was excited to hear that one of my inspirations was getting a stamp. However, that excitement is now met with a “side-eye” because they decided to use a quote from someone else.

The quote, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” was actually said by children’s book author, Joan Walsh Anglund and Maya was fond of it. However, she did not pen it.

Someone at the United States Postal Service didn’t do proper research and they should be embarrassed. They have since issued a statement on the error but I guess it’s too late to fix it.

Since they royally screwed up this honor, I wanted to list my top 10 quotes from Maya Angelou, many of which they could have used.

1. “You can never be great at anything unless you love it.”

2. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

3. “Try to be a rainbow, in someone’s cloud.”

4. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

5. “Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.”

6. “I take nothing for granted, including the heavy privilege of being a black woman.”

7. “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

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