Wisdom, what a word. It’s jam packed with so much. It’s so heavy. It’s one of those things I always picture a bearded man with a top hat giving advice. Or an ethereal black woman just spouting inspiration musings everywhere she goes when I think of this word. This is what we’re to focus on today. I say go talk to someone older and more wise than yourself. Heck, sometimes some of the best wisdom can come from your two year old nephew who reminds you to not hold grudges because, well, he doesn’t. One thing i would say, is to pay attention to that little voice in your head that talks to you. Your intuition. Try to start giving it the benefit of a doubt and see what comes up. Remembers, that voice will only give you things that will lead to good. Anything else is not the inner voice.
Being present in the theme for day 6. It’s one that I struggle with a lot. I think many people can relate, being actually present is too freaking difficult, especially if you constantly have a chattery mind. It’s easy to get swept up in our cell phones, social media, television, Netflix and just your average procrastination. What sucks is I’ve worked really hard to diminish my dependency on my phone when I’m around company. So far it’s been great, but sometimes I notice my company not doing the same. Which is a bit saddening, but that’s how things work now. With time and patience it’s definitely a possibly to jump the hurdle of forgetting the present and being actually present, but it’s worth it. Like Kanye said “my presence is a present” and that goes for how we treat our own present. It’s a gift and before we know it, poof, it’ll pass us by. So pay attention!
Lately I’ve been in this place where I have been meditating regularly. I go through stages where I do this often and stick to it for a good period of time. Then somehow I fall off the wagon. So for now, I’m sticking to my guns. The goal is to go at least 40 days consecutively meditating. Why? Well I’ve been meditating since forever it seems. Since before it was okay to say it anyhow. When it was first brought to me as a practice instead of just this natural thing I would do, I had a disk that stated to do it for 40 days. Why 40 days you ask? Well it is the idea of breaking a habit in a world where we can get caught up and fall back into bad habits (hello Netflix!).
I will say this, after 40 days magic always happens. Overtime, things clear up and everything seems more clear. It’s amazing and beautiful. Every time I stop and start up again, I always ask myself why did I stop in the first place? What had me fall off? Many reasons of course, but another point I forgot to add is that you can’t miss a day. You have to start from the beginning if you miss a day, hence it being a practice that breaks a habit. For those interested, you can check out some really good mediations here at Sounds True.
I would just like to end my meditation PSA with this, it will be worth it. You will feel much better. Look much better. Live much better. Be better. All from taking 40 days out of your life to try something new or restart down a path you fell off of. Meditation has so many benefits, so why not give it a shot. The only thing you have to lose is a little bit of time. But in the end, I think you’ll find out there really was no time lost at all. Namaste.
Lately I’ve been surrounded by people freaking out about their age. I guess it’s natural, my circle has all been reaching that 30 year mark and with it comes this idea that our sh*t needs to be all together. Now, I’m not saying I’m above my little freak-outs here and there, but I’m learning to cope with it as best I can. Staying inspired is one way I do this and one woman who definitely got me feeling encouraged about life is Greta Pontarelli.
Greta Pontarelli is 62 and get this, she pole dances. While I don’t think 61 is that old, after all my parents are around that age and they look like they’re in their 40s. My dad and mom stay active so I can’t say it’s her staying fit that really grabs my attention. It’s the fact she’s pole dancing. That is a talent for anyone. What also makes her incredible is her will to continue going, regardless of what cards have been dealt to her.
Diagnosed with osteoporosis at 59, a condition that weakens bones and increases the risk of them breaking. To combat the condition effectively, she had to partake in strenuous exercise, the kind that involves lifting weights. However she found lifting weights to be boring , understandable so. Instead she found herself attracted to the idea of dancing with a pylon (vertical pole). This type of exercise provided just the kind of exercise she needed, working with weights, but in this case her own.
Having no previous experience, aside from her gymnast days in her 20s, she started from scratch. At first she couldn’t do much, but she made it a competition with herself and set small goals. Very smart since setting small goals don’t seem as overwhelming. She kept at it until she got it and she was featured in Elle magazine just this year! Go head Greta!
Oddly, I feel like in my older age I’ll have finally calmed down. In my 20s and even my 30s I feel a certain pressure to reach specific milestones. Yet, past a certain point it seems like we can all just finally give in and just live. Now, I’m already trying to build this practice into my life at the moment, but overall if you take care of yourself, once you’re in the elder years it seems like it can be really liberating. This is why Greta is important, not only is she an artist, now a renewed dancer, but she encourages people to continue to dream well after they hit 40 or 45.
Connect with Greta on her Facebook page here!
I was recently creeping the interwebs and I came across an article about Sharon Park. It jumped out to me because, one she’s an artist, and two she is a woman making her way through the “Boys Club”. What do I mean by “Boys Club”…well it’s that place in tons of industries that are typically dominated by men. Well, Miss Park is so cool because she chose to look past anything against her and to pursue her designing dreams. Spending most of her days designing some really cute items for Kidrobot, she seems to be living her wildest desires.
In case you didn’t know, Kidrobot was started in 2002 and is a producer and retailer of designer toys, vinyl art toys and collectibles founded by Paul Budnitz. The company specializes in artist-created toys and imports from Japan, Hong Kong, and Europe. I’ve been familiar with them due to my working on the All Gone books and just having fanatic friends into these type of gadgets. However, I never really reflected on the people behind the scenes. It’s very inspiring to know they have a girl present on the team.
A few key pieces I would like to share from the article about her story are the following:
- Sharon decided to forgo her parents desire of her being a pharmacist to pursue something she loved.
- Sharon never let her gender deter her from going to school and learning more about the industry she wished to infiltrate. In fact, it empowered her to see it as a an edge and collaborate with the few other women in her class.
- Sharon always viewed herself as a influencer and visionary. Therefore, she didn’t look at her situation in a negative way.
- Instead of seeing the field as a sexist place that doesn’t allow women in. She understood that perhaps it’s just a lack of knowledge that one can even work in such a space. Niche fields can typically go overlooked.
I share her story to motivate you, my beautiful readers to pursue what they truly desire to do. No matter what you choose, there will be those who do not understand. It may even make them uncomfortable. That’s alright. Once you make a decision and understand what it is that you want to do, no one can sway you. Stay true to yourself and keep your morals close, because I am sure you can make whatever it is you want to do happen. Miss Park is proof.
Sharon’s Instagram – seouljah0607
Kidrobot Website – kidrobot.com
Kidrobot Instagram – @Kidrobot