Weekly Gems

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Weekly Gems

Hi, friends!

This week, I wanted to start a series called “Weekly Gems” where I post a bunch of encouraging, funny or miscellaneous things that I’ve stumbled upon throughout the week. I’m still figuring out how I want to organize all the treasures I find, so bear with me. This week I thought I’d organize my gems into these categories: Quotes, Art, Music, Books.

Quotes of the week:

  • “God never takes something away from your life without replacing it with something even greater.”

Yessss, God. Trusting You to come through with the upgrade.

I was feeling a little low last week and falling back into old habits & feelings so I came across this quote at the perfect moment. Definitely needed this reminder.

  • “Where your attention goes, energy flows.”

An oldie but a goodie. I think one reason why I was feeling the way I was last week was because I was putting my attention on all the wrong things. This quote was a reminder to place my attention to things that bring me joy.

  • “For a long time, I defined myself by what I wasn’t… which constantly set me up for failure and disappointment. And my life changed when I focused on what I was, what I was good at, what I liked most about myself, and what made me stand out.”  Issa Rae’s acceptance speech at the 2017 Black Girls Rock! Award show

When I heard this, I instantly had what Oprah refers to as an Aha moment. I literally said out loud, “Whoa… that’s good.” It made me realize that for the longest time, I, too, chose to define myself by what I was not. Not confident, not outgoing, not smart like my peers, not pretty, not __________ enough. I realized that sadly, it is much more natural for me to define myself in terms of my weaknesses and “flaws” rather than my strengths, my quirks, and characteristics I’m most proud of.

And so I hope to begin defining myself by what I am –  I am loved. I am kind hearted. I am patient, hardworking, thoughtful, and loving.

To watch the full video of Issa Rae click here.


I came across these illustrations by YaoYao Ma Van As  and instantly fell in LOVE. I want to cry because they are just so wonderful and perfect.


All of her prints perfectly capture the beauty and essence of being alone and enjoying our own solitude. The photos depict the peace, freedom, contentment, magic and joy that comes with being alone. (Emphasis on alone, not lonely.) She also has pictures that depict the tough times too. They’re so REAL. I can’t express how much I LOVE these prints!!! *insert crying emoji*

PLEASSEEE (!!!) Check out more of her illustrations HERE and HERE.


Not even gonna lie… I’ve been OBSESSED with Slow Hands by Niall Horan.

I also stumbled upon Cherry Wine by Hozier and fell in love with the song all over again. Perfect song to give you the feels when driving in your car alone during dusk time. Or when you’re having a quiet night in with ambient lighting. Or if you’re just ready to transition into fall weather vibes.


Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is my current read. I’m about half way through and I’m loving it so far. First of all, I feel like I connect to Shonda on a spiritual level after I found out that she considers herself to be shy and introverted! THE Shonda Rhimes … the iconic and brilliant creator of Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder (some of my favorite shows) – a fellow introvert?! Looove it. Her book is a hilariously real account of the year she finally decides to step outside of her comfort zone and say yes to opportunities that either challenge her or scare the sh*t out of her.

I found myself relating to this book because I am definitely someone who always finds an excuse to decline invitations and opportunities. Whether it be out of fear, laziness, or an unwillingness to get uncomfortable. But the further I get into this book, the more I am inspired to dare to say yes… There truly is so much mind blowing amazing-ness that can only be experienced when we take a leap outside of our comfort zone.


And that wraps up all the gems I found last week. I will be on the hunt for more as August comes to an end!

Leave a comment below and let me know some of the things you guys have stumbled on and fallen in love with!

All my love,





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