Sweet Reads

Sweet Reads || April

Hi there, you.

1. Do you ever feel like each month has a personality of its own? A mind of its own? A world of its own? Keep reading.

2. Do you hoard things? Sometimes words or thoughts? Join the club.

3. Did you miss me? I’m back with yet another new idea. This time, a series. Reads of the month. Sweet reads, actually. There may be a more creative name in the near future, but sometimes short and sweet (not intended but I guess now it is) does the best job. I think I like it.

I don’t know if I’m starting this out of fondness or a slight obsessive compulsive tendency. I love my email inbox. It’s one of my favorite places. More and more newsletters and subscriptions fill this space, and I read them all. As a person who loves stories and advice and lists and ideas, I wanted to create a little home where I can document and share my thoughts on these precious pieces and why I thought about them for hours and even days after I read them. Each month I’ll compile a few of my favorites that I’ve stumbled upon.

There’s no rules here. Read them all, or read one that catches your eye (or heart). Share it with friends or keep it all to yourself. Don’t forget to leave some of your own April favorites in the comments and tell me which one of these you like, too. I’d love to hear any feedback you have to make this better. I love you, reader. Thanks for stopping by. xx

A P R I L

April’s Quote:

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ― Shirley Chisholm

Image of the Month:

Illustrated by @bymariandrew

I’ve spent the past month thinking about a lot of stupid things that, in hindsight, has wasted a lot of my precious time. Tyler, a friend of mine, introduced me to this amazing Instagram artist last month. I love all of her illustrations; she is just so darn cute and relatable. This one in specific got me thinking. No more being angry at my roommate for a week’s worth of unwashed dishes. No more being upset at myself for that thing I didn’t say four years ago. No more gabbing about that one project that I want to do, but haven’t (because I’m gabbing about it instead of doing it). Every time I’m anxious or mad or worried, I’m no longer going to count to ten like a five-year-old. That’s ollllld news. Instead, I’ll count how many hours of my life I won’t get back like the twenty-three-year-old I am. Will it matter this time next year? Absolutely not. Can I take control of the situation? Then I will. We’ve got one life to live, my  sweet friends. And if that’s not true, I’d like to come back as a butterfly please and thank you.

Reads of the Month:

+ 35 Things To Do For Your Career By 35 

This read made me feel empowered to prepare for my future now. Finding my superpower (Did you know it’s not always a skill, but often times a trait?). Making a list of my non-negotiables. Being able to articulate my goals + sell my professional self and ideas. These are things I haven’t put a ton of thought into, but now I will. Thanks, The Muse.

+ First comes the wedding. Then comes marriage.

Hannah Brencher is a wonderful soul. And this is why I can’t get enough of her writing. Readers send her letters and she answers with her own stories and the lessons she’s learned from them. I’m not getting hitched any time soon, but boy oh boy was this breathtaking. This reminds me that choice is a beautiful, beautiful thing. Whether it’s your person, your friends, your faith, or your life. You get to choose every day. My favorite thing she says: “I am learning if I spend every single day seeking to make people feel loved, chosen and special then I can never lose. I can never really say a day is wasted.” Amazing. Also a burger truck and an old library? Ideal.

+ Let it go.

“That’s what you have to do with fear over and over again: you have to learn to let it go.” Clearly I love me some Hannah Brencher because here she is again. In this read, she reminds me to forgive myself like I forgive others, name my fear by calling it out of the dark and into the light (“You can look at it from several angles and know the truth”), and crush my fears by not putting my faith in the enemy – all things I needed to hear this past month. How would our lives look if we built out of love instead of fear? How would our relationships flourish? Would we be stronger? Braver? Happier? Great questions. I’ll get back to you on that, Hannah.

+ How to be more confident. 

This article by Susie Moore had me in my feels, because I sure needed to brush up on this topic. There were SO many gems here. Moore tells us that the most confident people tune out their inner critic and turn up their inner coach. Confident people A) Know failure is inevitable, so they don’t fear it, B) Laugh more because life is short, and C) Have vision for their lives and focus on what they do want rather than what they don’t. “I love. I do. I can.” She says,“When you use stronger, more intentional language, it impacts your mood, your confidence, and even how other people perceive you.” They sit taller, do them, and stand strong. Confidence is your call; it’s a decision because no one is born with it. Confidence is taking control of your own life. Maybe it’s Maybelline. But more than 90% is Confidence.

+ My Boss Sucks Sometimes – Can I Tell Her?

Let me clear: my boss doesn’t suck. I actually like my bosses a lot. But I love a juicy advice column read. This one by Jessica Romolini caught my eye then captured my conscious because confrontation is something I struggle with. I’m either waaaay too confrontational or not confrontational enough. I’m really bad at finding that middle ground and I’m working on it. What is your motivation for correcting someone? Is it because they made you feel small at some point, or because it’s the right thing to do? Getting clear on why you want to correct someone, then focusing on the problem and not the person is crucial – whether it’s inside or outside of work.

+ 4 Big Reasons I Quit My Job To Build Girls Night In

I’ve started getting this newsletter in my inbox every Friday, and it’s a pure treat. Alisha Ramos outlines the four questions she began asking herself over and over, and how she took it upon herself to explore those questions and turn it into a business that could benefit other women. In four months the community grew 17x, 95% of new readers found out about GNI from a friend (word of mouth works, people!), and they receive 3 job applications a week. I’m a real sucker for a fun success story. It reminds me that anything is possible. It gives me hope for my own business endeavors.

+ The 100 Best Movies on Netflix

Thank you, Jason Bailey. This might be the best list I’ve found this month. You will literally never run out of things to watch. Like ever. I mean, there’s 100. And get this: IT’S UPDATED REGULARLY AS TITLES COME AND GO. Is this a dream? (I watched Up In The Air with Dan for the first time this weekend after taking a peek at this list… it was amazing.)

+ There is no that.

“The reward for the work is the work itself.” Mike Coyle writes music to my ears. For any business person, creative, or everyday person suffering from FOMO – you absolutely need to read this. There will always be some seemingly amazing thing happening with seemingly amazing people outside of where you are. But that moment ends for them. And this one will end for you if you’re not here. He says: “I wish someone had told me that it was the work, that the highs would be brief and bright and over, and then it was the grind. I wish they had told me, because there will be times when the grind itself must be the thing that drives you. You have to love the effort divorced from the result.” Is your pay off people? Is it moments? This article reminded me to keep my work honest and to keep doing the work I love. In the end – that’s what you have when you’ve climbed the mountain and return back down. You have this amazing thing you created. That’s enough.

*All quotes by the writers are quoted, bolded, or italicized. I am not earning money from this post.

This party is just getting started, so I would greatly appreciate any feedback you have for this new monthly thang. Let me know below. Thanks for reading, sweet friends! Cheers to you.

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The truth is,

Yesterday I posted the first episode of my new Youtube series, Life Talks with Mia.

First off, thank you so much for watching! I’ve always felt super passionate about these kinds of things and it’s really cool to me that you took 10 minutes (hopefully) out of your day to watch this. I’m thinking this will be one of the longer Life Talks, it won’t always be so long – there was just a lot to cover. So thank you again!

Now bear with me.

Second.

Contrary to popular opinion,

This was actually terrifying for me. Haha.

As every one else does, I have thoughts. Opinions.

But I have never been one to invest in conversations about things like this the way I know I should. I’ll say a PART of what I feel, but I know I don’t address the issue in a way that can make a difference.

Why, as humans, are we all so scared to share what we think?

I don’t know how you feel about it, but to me,

uh,

it’s terrifying.

It’s so easy for the other person to judge you. Think differently about you. Disagree. Attack you.

I was scared because I could be wrong. I could sound completely stupid.

But there’s no more of that.

I thought it was about time to speak up.

The truth is: YES,

Some people will judge you. Some people will think differently about you. Some people will disagree and will attack you.

Yes, I will be wrong sometimes. Yes, I will also sound like a complete idiot occasionally.

Or more than occasionally.

But why should that stop you?

By attempting to challenge the way you and others think, listening and considering the opinions of others, risking looking stupid,

you are doing more for yourself than you have ever done before.

You are learning.

So I’m in this super super cool class this semester called GHUM: Great Works. The topic of the class is actually “Writing the Self.” We have the most incredible readings.

I’ll be reading, and then I’ll turn to my roommate and be like OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS.

There were three essays we read within the first two weeks that changed my perspective on everything. This is basically what I got from them:

Be a daredevil.

Speak up.

Some people, and many more than you think, will genuiunely want to hear what you have to say.

By some small chance, hey, they might even agree.

By some small chance, they may not.

If they don’t agree, maybe they will change their mind.

If they don’t change their mind, at least they’ll have something think about it,

and you’ve done your job.

Then we received this first assignment, and I thought:

What a better time and way to start what I’ve been trying (but hesitating) to do for so long?

For the longest time I thought “living” or “being adventurous” was walking a new way across campus.

Well, more or less.

Getting in the car with your friends at midnight and driving around town. Trying a new restaurant. Or maybe just a new flavor latte at Starbucks.

That’s all great, really.

But truly living and truly being adventurous is being scared,

but taking that leap anyways.

SPEAK UP.

Don’t argue to be right. Argue to make others think.

Be respectful.

Be open to others.

Be honest.

But most importantly, be kind.

You and me both have the coolest super power in the world.

The power to speak up.

And our generation has got to learn to embrace it, not run from it.

This series is going to be completely uncensored.

No holding back.

I’m going to be totally vulnerable and completely honest.

So go easy on me, alright? 😉

Body Image is only the beginning.

I’m going to talk about things that hurt, that are awkward, that are wonderful, that are scary, that are alarming, that are inspiring. I will talk about the good, the bad, the ugly, things I hate, things I love, things that personally terrify me to talk about or say out loud.

I am telling you now that I have absolutely no intention – now, or in the future – of being offensive. Sometimes we have to dig deep to get to the good stuff.

I want this to be a discussion. I encourage and would LOVE if you left a comment and told me your opinion.

Well, not of me, of course.

But the topic.

How do you feel? What do you believe? What do you think? What have you learned? What have you experienced that relates?

I want you to exercise speaking your mind and not just having an opinion,

but OWNING your opinion.

I may look back at this video and my future Life Talks in 50 years. Or 5.

Most likely tomorrow.

And regret it all.

I may have a completely different view in 10 years, 1 year, or in 1 week.

We change, it’s natural.

But these are just my thoughts for now, and this is what I think.

I’m just here to shed some light on human experience.

And thennnn every other (other) week you can watch me have fun and be goofy and be the young adult that I am. Lolz.

The truth is, I’m a 19 year old girl who knows nothing. But I may have a little something to offer the world.

I can’t wait to go on this journey with you guys. I hope you decide to do the same.

Stay classy loves 🙂

Yours truly,

Mia.

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