Step Up

“Don’t talk, ACT. Don’t say, SHOW. Don’t promise, PROVE.” 

                            – Halle Berry
I’ve used this quote before but it is more relevant and necessary now more than ever. It is absolutely vital that each of us does our part to be a part of our global community. We, as humanity, need to unite and actively work to better ourselves, life, and the world. We must be a part of leaving this world a better place than we found it. 

Life Lesson

Dealing with your own pain is hard enough, but dealing with that of someone else, especially someone you care for and love deeply, is a whole other thing all together. 

You can’t fight someone in their struggle, let alone about their struggle. They have to heal in their own way, in their own time. All you can do is be present for them, patient, understanding, honest, truthful, supportive, and loving. It’s not a walk in the park. Seeing another suffer is one of the absolute worst things that we have to deal with as humans. But it happens. And we have to be there for people in their struggle. They have to deal and we need to be there for them. Because though their struggle affects us, it’s not about us, it’s about them. Remember that. We all have to learn. 

8 Things Cinderella Reminded Me About

Here are 8 important and inspiring key things from Cinderella (the 2015 live action film) that really got me thinking and inspired:

1) Patience
2) Kindness
3) Courage
4) Empathy
5) Compassion
6) Goodness
7) Light
8) Love

1) Be patient with yourself and others. We’re all learning, we’re all going through something, we’re all growing. And even when dealing with those who aren’t, it’s not worth your energy to get riled up.
2) Be kind to yourself and others. You deserve it and so does everyone else around you. It never hurts to show a little kindness. Kindness➡Goodness➡Magic➡Awesome Life
3) Be courageous. A lot of great things come when you find and use your courage. You discover a lot about you and the world around you when you give yourself the chance to embrace it.
4) Use your empathy. A lot of us do not and it’s so sad. People don’t care about others or their predicaments until the same situation directly affects those very ones who don’t care. That’s not the way we should be. We should always be concerned for others and try to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Caring for others goes a long way.
5) Practice compassion. Some people can not do for themselves in certain ways and if you have the means to help another, do it. Some of us just need a leg up, a boost, a little push, a sign that someone cares, that we are not alone. Help where you can, how you can.
6) Embrace and practice your goodness. Goodness lives within all of us. It is a natural thing born into us. It is simply up to us to either embrace it or not. It is 100% beneficial to embrace and practice goodness. It is beneficial to you and everyone around you and doesn’t do you any harm to do.
7) Let your light shine. We all have a light inside of us. It can be a small ember, or it can be sparked into a raging flame. Someone, something, or we ourselves can spark it. But, individually, it is ourselves who keep that flame alive. Your light is beautiful, bright, unique, and brilliant. Let it shine.
8) Love, Love, Love. Love is the root of all of these things. Love is where these things come from. Love encompasses all of these things and more. You are made of love, you are made from love. Acknowledge it, accept it, embrace it. Love is life.

She was a lucky girl to have had such a simple, easy-going, and relaxed disposition. While she was passionate and strong in her morals, values, beliefs, and who she is as a whole, she was naturally gentle. I used to be that way and have somehow kind of flipped and become more uptight. Cinderella is helping me find my way back to that simple, easy-going, relaxed state of mind and being. Every time I watch that movie I am brought back to that place of peace and relaxation of heart. She embodies everything that I hope and practice to be and she represents what we all have inside of us. No, we don’t all have to have the same disposition and upbringing of kindness, love, and goodness. Unfortunately, not all of us get that, but we can all certainly learn it. Practice, practice, practice. “Practice makes the master.”

“Have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness there is goodness, and where there is goodness there is magic.”

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!!