"...that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." -- Lupita Nyong'o

april tenth. 
04.07.13 | selfie. 
Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!
— christian.larson

How time flies! This morning I received an email alerting me that this blog has been active for exactly one year. I know that may not seem like a long time, but from just scrolling through the archives, I have been able to note so much change and growth in my personal (and online) life. Last year, I set out with minimal intentions and received tremendous support and recognition. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to put yourself out there – it will definitely be critiqued, but that criticism will only make you smarter, stronger.

Goals have been achieved, expectations have been surpassed, and I am looking forward to more years of sharing. I’m not one for long speeches or monologues, so with that said – happy tumblr-versary to me! Cheers!

and let your next one be your best one.
"…that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid."
— Lupita Nyong’o, Best Supporting Actress
  1. A sense of humor. 
  2. A daily read of the newspaper. 
  3. A sport that you love and are good at. 
  4. Tweezers. 
  5. A good cologne that becomes a signature. 

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beyonce + jay z. 
this has to be my favorite picture of them together. 
Life is short. Never miss an opportunity to perfect your own humanity. Love is simple. In fact it is all that we truly have. It binds us. It makes us who we are. It is not the coat that keeps us warm, it is love. Give what you can. Do what you must. Be more human.

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"Smart and suave, you can smooth talk your way out of just about any kind of trouble. You’re extremely loyal to the people you care about, but you’re also not afraid to call them out when you think they’re making a bad decision."

…with just one week until the much anticipated return of Scandal, it was only appropriate to take this quiz. I admit, the character description is rather accurate — I am most definitely a gladiator in a suit. Click here to complete the short quiz and find out which Scandal character is closest to you.