Be Good. Do Good.

As I write this, it is 2:12 AM, and I am restless. My mind is racing as I think about all of the incredibly devastating events that have unfolded in the last few months. The tragedy in Las Vegas; the earthquake in Mexico City; hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey which devastated islands in the Caribbean, and the United States.

These events are just the ones I can reference with little thought; the reality is, there are heartbreakingly sad things occurring all over the world on a daily basis.

The thought is almost paralyzing.

No one person can put an end to suffering and misfortune, but one person can make a difference.

Whether that means donating blood to combat the shortage in Las Vegas; or money and supplies to Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands.

We can all do something.

In college, I had a professor who’d say, “ When someone asks you how you are, you are well, you’re not good. You can’t be good unless you’re a superhero.”

I think the time has come for humanity to come together and be good.

That doesn’t just mean taking action when something horrific happens in the world.

There are moments everyday where we all have the opportunity to be good; hold the door for someone, help a neighbor bring in their groceries, buy the coffee of the person behind you the next time you’re in line.

People may not be superheroes, and may not be able to change the world overnight, but people can make a difference.

We can all do a little something to be a small light, in what can sometimes feel like a dark world.

Rally for a cause. Act as a voice for the unheard. Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Most importantly, remember to love.

Love unconditionally.

To Paris: The City of Love

12243186_10153182698782267_7789519713768794227_nYesterday, one of the most iconic cities in the world was paralyzed by fear; fear caused by literal terror. As I watched the news, I couldn’t help but cry.

It dawned on me that no one is ever prepared for the emotions that follow such horrific and unexpected events. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you live; you will have  always have a reaction to fear and heartbreak.

As I processed this thought, I began to cry even more, because I found myself thinking,

“This is the world we live in. This is reality.”

The natural question everyone asks is “Why?” Is it politics? Religion? Retaliation? My answer: The why doesn’t matter.

What happened in Paris was not an attack on a country or its people. It was an attack on humanity. It was an effort to rob the world of its sense of security, and it makes sense. Attacking one of our most basic needs is one of the quickest paths to victory, as they are the hardest to reestablish.

Emotions drive us all. That is why, when horrific events such as this unfold, we must come together. We must love.

It may not change the course of events, and it won’t bring back the lives that are lost, but love is the one thing that no one can take from us. Even after we are gone, the love we give and the love we receive will never be lost or forgotten.

So, while you’re watching the news, kiss your significant other, hug your friends, hold your kids, and remember, that the love you share can never be taken from you.

To Paris: The City of Love

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The holidays. I love them. I mean, let’s be real… how could I not? — Parties, cocktails and a glitter explosion widely accepted by society. YES PLEASE. I am the first to admit that I relish in the excess and the festiveness. But a few days ago, I was reminded that the holidays are not like that for everyone.

I was also reminded that I have a truly phenomenal group of friends.

Last Wednesday, my friends BrandonJustinCole and Lexy decided to partake in the most amazing random act of kindness I have ever seen. — After seeing a homeless person walking the streets as they drove back to their dorms, they decided to give back in an incredible way.

The fabulous foursome squeezed in Justin’s Mazda with 15 pizzas to hand out to the less fortunate, in some of Miami’s most economically challenged areas.

Watch it for yourself. And as you’re enjoying the holidays with your loved ones, take a moment to cherish all everyone and everything you have.

Brandon, Justin, Cole and Lexy; there are no words for how much I love all of you. — Thanks for making me cry.

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