Onwards

You gotta get up now. You gotta move. Go. Wherever it is you want to be, whatever it is you want to do, whoever it is you want to be, achieve it. You can’t stay here. You gotta go forward. Walk through that door.
Push, push, push, push, push.
Don’t give up. You may need to take a break and rest every so often but you can’t stop. Don’t stop. Never stop. Don’t quit.
You can do this. You can make it. You can fight through. You can overcome. You can win.
Commit. Work. Use all your skills. Get a move on. You’ve got it. You don’t have to have all your ducks in a row to get going. You can make a way. Take that leap of faith. Take that first step. Make those risky decisions. Go for it. This is your chance. This is your time. Get livin’.

                                  AJ

Rise Up

Now, more than ever, we need to come together and stand as one people and speak as one voice for the sake of one another. This world has always been and will always be a dangerous and treacherous place. But that is not all that dwells here. Kindness, care, positivity, hope, faith, mindfulness, respect, celebration, diversity, goodness, light, and love dwell here too. And it is absolutely imperative that we go forth together, in, with, and of love. We must stand against senseless violence and hatred.

In the last month, 3 young men have been convicted of assulting a mentally disabled boy and face life in prison meanwhile a young man raped an unconscious woman and is tapped on the wrist with a 6 month sentence, a man murdered a woman after her performance doing what she loved, and another man massacred a group of people who were simply living their lives.

These kinds of injustice can not be tolerated any longer. We need to stand against and rise above fear, hatred, senseless violence, judgment, and cruelty. We have to do something. We have to care. We have to speak up and we have to love one another. There can no longer be an acceptable place for judgment and cruelty. Hold your loved ones close and live your life, breath by breath, with love. Let us rise up and hold hands as we walk through this life together.

Love and light to all the victims in Orlando and I continue to stand whole-heartedly with the LGBTQ community.

#lovelovelove #loveoverhate #lgbtq #riseup #stand #cometogether #together #weareone

Quote of the Day

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Don’t forget that power. Never give up on it. We can get so caught up in whatever we’re going through that we forget what we’re capable of and what we can handle. You’ve got so much inside of you, everything you need to be your best, do your best, and succeed greatly. There is no doubting what you have, it’s there whether you recognize it or not. It’s just a matter of you putting it to use. You have everything you need, no matter how broken, helpless, lost, or hopeless you feel, you can make it through. You can overcome. You can.

3 Lessons Kids Teach Us

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1) There are always a few reasons to be happy; whether it be that you are alive, someone you love is alive and well, you get to see this beautiful world, and so on. But even when we can’t see them we can still be happy, because being happy is about being grateful and enjoying where you are, what you have, and who you have in the present moment; even if you only have yourself. Be grateful and go from there.

2) We can all constantly be doing something to better ourselves and others. We can do so through reading, learning, and whatever other ways specific to you that help you in what you love. There is so much knowledge our there for you, you just have to be willing and ready to learn.

3) Know what you want, let it be known, and then do the work to get it. Sometimes it’s as easy as simply asking for what you want, other times you have to work for it. Get moving and make your way to whatever it is you’re passionate about and desire. Do what you need to do to get where you want to be.

For Love, For Light, For Goodness, I Rise.
For Hope, For Faith, For Kindness, I Rise.
I Give, I Receive. I Fight, I Fall. I Conquer, I Surrender.

In small things, in small ways, as in big things and big ways, I create change. I shape the life I lead, I blaze a trail for those yet to come. With a loving heart, open mind, free spirit, and unbreakable will I live, I do, I love.

                              – AJ

Woman Up! (Marvel Edition)

Howdy! So, Woman Up!* is a series of posts I’ll be doing on my favorite female hero’s, women who inspire me and who I believe can motivate us all, female and male alike. Women have come a ways from where we used to be but yet we still have far to go. That starts with us celebrating, building up, and loving one another. So this is in support, solidarity, and sisterhood of all my fellow Goddesses.

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“Compromise where you can. Where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say ‘no, you move’.”
               – Margaret “Peggy” Carter
                       (Captain America)

These words resonate very deeply with me spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. It has been a very personal battle for me throughout my life to do just this, compromise when I can and to stand firm when I can not, to be strong and steadfast in who and what I am, and to stand for what’s right when I should. I can be quite timid, quiet, and very hidden inside my shell. But in recent years, and more recent time, I have learned to embrace the wise words of one of my favorite heroes, Peggy Carter. Do what you can, where you can, how you can, when you can. And when you can’t, stand fast. Do not be deterred by fear, hatred, anger, or any type negativity. Be true to yourself and your heart and always do what’s right. Know your value.

Peggy Carter represents not only the woman, but the person that I know I can and want to be. She embodies strength, unbreakable will power, perseverance, dedication, determination, love, kindness, goodness, care, intelligence, beauty, badassery, hope, faith, light, skill, grit, confidence, patience, control, calm, passion, control, purpose, self-discipline, and the full potential of women. There is so much power inside of us. All we have to do is embrace that power. We can do anything we want when we set our minds to it. We are unstoppable in the pursuit of what we love and if we’re willing to fight for it and never back down, we can overcome anything and have, do, and be what and who we want. Peggy was fearless and constant in her daily life to be and do the best she could at what she wanted. That same fearlessness and consistency lives within us too ladies. I know we’re not all fiery and fierce like agent Carter, but we can be in our own personal ways. All it takes is practice. Keep at it and go for it with your whole heart.

Side note: SUPPORT THE ARTS!!
This is why I love stories, fiction and non-fiction. – I’m a HUUUGE Marvel fan!!!!!!!!!- They teach us so much in simple but exciting and interesting terms and ways. This is why the Arts are so important and imperative to humanity. Through the Arts we connect, learn, and grow. So celebrate, embrace, and enjoy my friends! There’s so much out there to love, appreciate, and learn from. Celebrate and support whatever it is that you love and that brings you joy. It’s important to do so.

* “Woman Up!” is the phrase said by The animated character Go-Go from the movie Big Hero 6. I love her character, really loved her catchphrase, and thought it was a fitting title for these posts. So yeah, just giving credit where credit is due, the phrase is not mine. But if you got that reference before I pointed it out, we’re nerd buddies!!