November 15, 2013

A Purr-fect Way to Give Back!

Ever since adopting my boys, Milo and Opie, I have turned into a crazy cat lady (I don't believe I ever stood a chance). Up until that point I never truly understood the importance behind adopting a pet versus buying from a breeder. While I still don't know all the facts, it's apparent that there are many pets out there who need loving homes.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Lincoln. I started following him on Facebook months back and was blown away by his story. He came into Tenth Life Cat Rescue completely quadriplegic. The lady who was answering the phones that day immediately took to Lincoln and decided to take him in and help him become mobile. Long story short, he is now able to walk and jump and play! You can view videos of his journey, including his first steps as a kitten, on his YouTube Channel. Truly what miracles are made of.

Now, meet Jefferson. He is one of the most adorable kittens I've ever laid eyes on. Lincoln's mom took in Jefferson, his back legs were paralyzed, to provide him with the same love and therapy Lincoln received. Little J made amazing progress but sadly passed away (way too soon) due to a virus his little body couldn't fight off. Grab some tissues if you watch his story below!

I couldn't imagine how heartbreaking it was to lose little Jefferson and I know life will never be the same whenever my own kitties pass on. That is why it's so important to provide our little girls and guys with safe, loving homes.

If you are ever looking for a rescue/adoption shelter to donate to, please consider Tenth Life. If you're in the St Louis, MO area looking to adopt a kitten/cat, pay them a visit!

September 27, 2013

When I Think of Success

I think it is safe to say that Twitter is, and always will be, my favorite social network.

Today it helped me discover a girl who literally could share the same brain as me. At least she "gets me" in a way not a lot of people in my life do. Let me explain...

"When I think of success, I don’t think about working for some multi-million dollar corporation managing all of the best accounts, swiftly climbing the corporate ladder.

Instead, I think about being happy. I think about finding a career that I love, one that challenges me... that allows me to help others, that allows me to give back in some way.

That doesn’t make me any less ambitious. That doesn’t make me any less determined. It just means that I’m working towards something different.

And I’ll never apologize for that."

She wrote that in her Generation Y Redfines Success post and it is basically everything I've been wanting to say for a long time.

I can think back to when I applied to college. I didn't want to but I did because what else was I supposed to do? Disobey my father? Disappoint other family members? Yeah... right. I spent my first two years, and only college years so far, miserable. I got by with a decent GPA, skipping a lot of classes and doing half-assed work, because I wasn't happy or inspired. I was working towards other peoples definition of success, not my own.

Almost 6 years later I find myself in a similar situation. It's not that I don't want to put in the work, because I am a damn hard worker, I just don't want to settle. I know what I am capable of and I know there are opportunities out there that are perfect for me.

success what people think it looks like
Photo Credit: Demetri Martin, “This is a book"

My path to success is exciting, messy, and different. I'm okay with that. Thank you, Kayla, for speaking out about this.

September 5, 2013

Live the life. Live the dream. No fear.

Life’s funny. The way the universe slaps you in the face. The way you’re talking about happenings in your life and the next day you’re reading a blog or Facebook post that fits PERFECTLY into that conversation.

It just happened to me and I can’t stop wiping away the tears –

“…forget how experienced you are in something, simply decide failure isn't an option, and makes sure your life looks like you. You might say...yeah but failure is possible. And here's the thing, if that is your first response then you're right. But if you decide it isn't possible then it ISN'T. Because your idea may evolve but it never dies. I believe in goal setting but don't be fooled that you need to have a 5 year plan to make your life work TODAY. Don't let the recession make you think you need to play it safe. Don't let your bills bully you. If you live in America, like most of you do, then the truth is that your worst case scenario is still better than much of the worlds daily routine. You don't just owe it to yourself to live better, it is your responsibility as someone who has been given so much.”

Intense, right?

My life has been a struggle the last few months. In my search for clarity, a sense of self and meaningful work, I constantly doubt myself. I don’t see myself in the ways others do: capable and strong. It’s sort of f*cked – I know I am yet I don’t feel myself believing it. Instead, I put myself down and knock myself out of the race without giving myself the chance to be great.

I find it's equally f*cked how aware I am of my blessed life – the fact that I do live in America and the possibilities for happiness and success are bountiful and still I choose to see things from a dark place… like those opportunities don’t exist. Maybe I do know they exist, but for some reason, don’t believe they exist for me.

I also know that I’m not alone in this darkness and my struggles. It’s comforting but I/we have to start taking steps away from that comfort if we dare to grow into who we want to be…who we’re supposed to be…who we know we are capable of being. Cue token One Tree Hill quote:

So, who do you want to be? How will you get there?