Years come and then they go but there is one thing about every year that is certain for most of us: we end it with the bang of a conqueror knowing that in less than 24 hours, we have a clean slate to start anew and conquer our goals.
Some goals are bigger and harder to achieve than others but it’s important to keep in mind that some of these aspirations are not achieved without the help and support of others.
So now that you’ve put on your capes and are ready to reap all that you’ve planned to sow this upcoming year, remember that only by giving are you able to receive more than what you already have, as nicely put by late entrepreneur, Jim Rohn.
Now that we are in the first day of 2016, let’s have a quick recap of some influential people—from entertainers to activists—who accomplished some amazing goals in 2015.
Remember when this phenomenal woman made history as the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre this year? In further lighting her fire, Copeland also released a documentary about her unprecedented career called, “A Ballerina’s Tale,” and made her Broadway debut, attracting the attention and hearts of all of America and inspiring young women of color all over the world.
Aside from his philanthropic work with his nonprofit, The LeBron James Family Foundation, King James made history this year when Nike decided to sign its first ever lifetime deal with him. Sports analysts estimate that the deal could be worth between $500 million and $1 billion and Forbes is calling it “the largest deal in Nike history.” Bow down to the King! His moves, both on and off the court, are always inspiring us.
Arguably America’s most precious and bravest little sweetheart, Leah continues to inspire in her recovery from pediatric cancer with her father and NFL lineman, Devon Still, in tow. Still was initially given a 50-50 chance to live after being diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in June 2014. Her latest scan, however, showed that she remains cancer-free. Her courage and charisma has helped not only her father, but has helped to raise $500,000 for the American Cancer Society and contributed to the writings of her children’s book, “I Am Leah Strong.” Way to rock 2015 at just five years old!
Amongst all of the racial turmoil and controversial cases of injustice involving police violence this year, there were a number of people making bold and inspiring moves to combat that. One of those people included activist and artist, Bree Newsome, who climbed up a flagpole at the South Carolina State Capitol and removed a Confederate flag on June 26, 2015. The next month, the flag was then permanently removed with a 37-3 vote from the Senate.
Philly native and one of the creative geniuses behind Fox’s Empire, Daniels has shown us just this year alone that he can not and will not be stopped and that his momentum is only picking up from here. Empire’s premiere ranked as Fox’s highest-rated debut in three years and continuously increased viewership at an unprecedented pace.
Starting with Misty ending with Lee, lots can say that the odds were against them all. But through strength and faith they proved everyone wrong. Let this be motivation for you to conquer whatever goal you may have set in your mind.
Now it’s time to START 2016 with a bang!
Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.
Drake Releases Most Important Project of His Career
Today Drake released the visual for his song, “God’s Plan”. In this video, it showcases Drake giving back to communities, schools & even families in more ways than one. Whether it was signing checks for scholarships, paying for grocery bills or just handing stacks of cash to families, the 6 God decided to use the million dollar budget given for the video to instead, give it all away.
It’s empowering to see celebrities use their platforms for good and to give back to those in need.
Drake, in case no one has told you yet – you’re doing amazing sweetie.
‘The Real’ Surprises Staff Member at Community Academy of Philadelphia
Jeannie Mai, co-host from The Real took over Philadelphia to surprise a special staff member from the Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School. The Assistant Operations Manager, Vilma Ray (also known to everyone as grandmom Ray) has dedicated over 16 years of her life serving the children and staff at Community Academy. She’s held multiple jobs for the school, to name a few – she’s driven the bus, mowed the lawns, cleaned up after students, supervised discipline room and the federal lunch program. Regardless of whatever the job was, big or small – she’s said to have completed each task with a smile on her face.
“Momma Ray is a miracle worker” – Alberta O’Brien, High School Principal.
Everyone that comes into grandmom’s Ray life, she is known to impact them in an empowering way. When needed, she is always a ray of sunshine and the backbone for everyone. It is because of this, Jeannie Mai came to the school to surprise and honor grandmom Ray for her years of service and commitment. Grandmom Ray originally thought she was randomly selected to play their infamous “Dimestore to Deluxe” game but little did she know there was a huge surprise for her at the end. Check out the segment of #TheRealOnTheRoad Philadelphia below:
Why Being Kind is Too Much Sauce
You’re probably already aware that your smile could change someone’s day. We hear it all of the time: Smile. Be kind. Be courteous. Use manners. But would you believe it if I told you that your smile could change someone’s life?
It can. Because it’s not just the smile, it’s also what comes with it. The confidence, the happiness, the positive vibes and energy that are released into world that may translate to a silent affirmation for someone else.
Smile, because you never know who’s watching feeding off of you. It’s a small act of kindness with a big impact on both the giver and the receiver.
And when it comes to small acts of kindness, too often we underestimate the power of them.
When you do things that aren’t required of you in hopes of helping or uplifting a person you know nothing about, not only does it become infectious, but the world finds a way to bring that goodness back around to you.
When Florida State University football player, Travis Rudolph, recently ate lunch with Bo Paske, an autistic boy who sat alone in the cafeteria, he could not have fathomed the national attention that small act of his was about to garner.
Not only did he help to bring more awareness to the autistic community, but he changed the lives of both Bo and his mother, and caught the attention of the media and sports community that will only prove to be beneficial to his career.
And all of this sparked from a picture he didn’t even know was being taken.
Again, you never know who’s watching you.
The powerful possibilities that come with randomly doing something nice for people are endless and rewarding. You could simply change their day by lifting their spirits or you could change their way of thinking about both the world and others.
Not only are acts of kindness significant, but they’re really easy to practice. Here are five ways you can be kind to someone today:
- Hand write a thank you note: handwritten anything is becoming so rare that taking the time to do so in the form of a thank you note will be sure to linger in the mind of the receiver.
- Support a dream or positive venture: You see it on your Facebook or Twitter timeline all of the time. Someone asking you to “like” their new business page or fill out a brief survey for their new idea. How long does it really take to do something like this? Do it.
- Compliment someone: You never know the kind of day someone is having. Write a compliment on your waiter or cashier’s receipt. Tell your coworker how great they are at their job. Tell the person on the train next to you how much you love their hair.
- Tell someone you appreciate them: It’s so easy to go on about our days expecting to receive certain things from certain people. Whether that’s money from mom or an invitation from your friend, tell that person you appreciate them for playing a positive role in your life.
- Smile: Like Nike, just do it.
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