Good Deed #2 – Father & Daughter Dance

On Saturday, May 20th 2017, I had the privilege of styling my co-worker, Jeannine, daughter’s hair for her father & daughter dance. Her name is Noelle and she goes to the Immaculate Conception School in Yonkers, NY.   Noelle is a beautiful young lady who rarely cares for the everyday hair & makeup extravaganza but that day was a special day for her. She was going to have a date with the only best man she will ever have in her life…HER DAD!

 

 

Noelle loves braids. I did a small dutch braid in front and to the side. Then just added some beautiful curls all over. She seemed pleased and I told them to send me pictures of her in her dress after she got ready. No sooner after they left I received a text message from Jeannine with gratitude. She said that Noelle loved it and spoke about it on the way home.  I was so thrilled to hear that she was happy and that I could create a beautiful hairstyle for her. It put a big smile on my face. 🙂

Beautiful!

“The best thing a dad can give to his daughter is his time. “

I found out that they had a great time! 🙂

Much Love.

Xo.

 

Good Deed #1 – In Memory of Alivia James Singleton

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A year ago today my cousin Jocelyn and her fiancé lost one of their twin daughters, #AliviaJamesSingleton. She was diagnosed with IUGR. Both Alivia and Arianna were both born 7 weeks premature.

IUGR: “The most common definition of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a fetal weight that is below the 10th percentile for gestational age as determined through an ultrasound. This can also be called small-for gestational age (SGA) or fetal growth restriction”. http://bit.ly/2qFvXA9

The girls were able to spend the holidays with the family at home in 2015 after being in the hospital for a couple of months but unfortunately baby Liv (Alivia) did not do well and ended right back at the hospital shortly after. She was a strong fighter to the very end. Her poor body could not withstand any more poking or prodding. My cousin Jocelyn and her fiance Lamont had to make the hardest decisions of their lives and let go of their beautiful daughter.

Last weekend they gathered together with friends and family and walked at the March of Dimes in Pittsburgh, PA. Not only did they walked in Love & Honor of baby Alivia James and Arianna, but for those beautiful babies who are born premature and those who did not have a fighting chance.  Please take a moment to read Jocelyn’s beautiful story from the March of Dimes “Why I Walk.” http://bit.ly/2p2paDn

 

I wasn’t able to be there with them to walk in Love for Alivia and my cousins, but there is something I can do in her honor.  I have made a GoFundMe account to raise $500 and donate it to the March of Dimes on behalf of Alivia James Singleton.

http://bit.ly/2q4JfsZ

Please help me raise money towards all beautiful babies who are born premature and the doctors and nurses who work hard at keeping them stronge at their early stages of life.  My heart goes out to my family and those who have lost a child due to unfortunate circumstances as infants.

Today, Aliva’s sister Ari (Arianna) is doing very well and is a moving Diva! She makes our family smile from ear to ear with her silly ways and beautiful face. We are pretty sure her twin sister Liv is watching over her and guiding her through her days. 🙂

 

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Thank you for your support!

Love Always.

Xoxo

PS. I also dedicated this to my sister. Her son (my nephew) Evan Andrew was born premature also. He just turned 8 years old and is doing very well.

Thank you. 🙂

 

My 40th Birthday. 40 Good Deeds.

A Birthday shout out to all who are turning the “BIG 4-0” this year!!

Live the life that makes you happy and be free!

Turning 40 doesn’t feel or seem as old as I thought it would when I was in my 20s.  Yes I felt pains and aches back when, but  now they are just the same only magnified just a bit louder then they used to be. LOL. I still feel youthful though. I still feel and act like a kid at times too. However, I do feel and see the difference in maturity and awareness than I did my 20s. Leading up to my 40s, life is shifting into a more intentional and purposeful one.

I originally thought about having this big celebratory “Masque” party for my 40th Birthday.  I wanted to party it up and be the center of attention. Who usually doesn’t, right?  However, I was already fabricating in my head, because I am such a procrastinator, everyone rejecting me.  Then my pity party synced in too. I started feeling sorry for myself because I am not in a relationship where I didn’t have to plan my own birthday because my partner would have been doing this for me. On the other hand, if not a partner then a family member or a friend could be thoughtful enough to want to plan something big for me since it is my “4oth Birthday.” Hello! But as I was get trying to figure out what I wanted to do for my BIG 4-0, a party just didn’t sound so interesting anymore.

Tony Robbins states, “Emotion is created by Motion” which means, “the way you move determines the way you feel.” http://bit.ly/2oS2ci9

“The way you feel emotionally affects the way you feel physically. The reverse is true. When you are moved physically, you are moved emotionally, too. How you move affects the way you think, feel, and behave. Movements such as running, clapping or jumping alter your body’s chemistry. Change the way you move, and you will change your feelings.”  NLP – Motivational

I want to feel ALIVE, ENERGETIC, JOYFUL, & PASSIONATE. So I am making my move! One of my goals these days is to live life intentionally. Therefore, I decided to take this milestone birthday and put it into ACTION.  For one whole year, from this birthday, 4/26/17 till next year’s birthday, 4/26/18, I will be doing “40 Good Deeds”.  I will be “Paying it forward”.  Whether it’s small or big, one-on-one, in a group or for humanity I will lend a hand and give back to my community. Along the way, I will be blogging about my journey and share them with you as well.

Jennifer Lopez said in her book True Love, “In your 20s you think you know everything. In your 30’s you find out you know nothing. And in your 40s you realize you’re not perfect and that’s OK.”

Thank you.

Love & Happiness.

Xo


 

 

Hello World!

Trust Your Journey

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.”

~Unknown~

 

Do you “Trust Your Journey”?

I have wanted to start a blog for quite some time but I was not sure what to write about.  Last night, while tossing and turning and head spinning, “Trust Your Journey” popped into my head and remembered that I have this cup sitting in my cubicle at work that say’s on one side “Trust Your Journey” and on the other side is says “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.”~Unknown~.

I decided that this would be my first topic to start out on many blog conversations to come.

My mom had bought me this cup a couple years ago in a cute boutique store in Cape May, NJ.  She said this was a perfect cup for me and had to buy it. She’s usually always right! Grrr LOL. I do second guess my abilities a lot. Always have. It is one of my defaults. I try many things in life but never fully engage in its fullest potential because FEAR holds me back. I’ve done this far too long and it is time to stop “HOLDING BACK.”

It is very intimidating to put words out into the world and wonder what people will say.  Everyone is a critic, including myself.  Heck we are all our worst critics’ right? Being our own personal critic seems to be ok at times but never someone else’s. If it is a bad one we automatically become defensive. I took off from work on a Friday recently to spend quality time with my mom and my son in NYC. As I was explaining to her about wanting to live a flexible lifestyle and wanting to learn more about becoming an entrepreneur, my mom said to me “You have to learn to accept criticism good or bad, and not get defensive about it if that’s what you want.” Moreover, for some reason it stuck. So today and every day I welcome criticism with open wholeheartedness.  Good or bad criticism can only help you in your journey.

In a couple of weeks, I will be turning 40 years old. I am not afraid of my age; in fact, I am embracing it!  I think it is awesome when someone asks me how old I am. The reactions I get are priceless! However, I am afraid of not becoming the person I know I can be.  So this will be my turning point in life.  I’ve lived far too many years with just getting by. It has been fun and easy; up to now!

I vow through this blog to “Trust My Journey” with the universe by my side to help me transform into the person I want to be. Confident, Free, Clear & live the Abundant Life.

Thank you.

Stay Tuned for many more post to come.

Love,

Gwendolyne Marie