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This Is For You Franchesca

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“Live life to the fullest, for the future is scarce.” – Nick Carter

There’s times in which it’s easy to believe that our number of days are indefinite. Before, this was something I thought for sure. I kept many grudges, waited a long time to do certain things – time wasn’t an issue, so I thought. There’s a right of passage once you open your eyes and realize that time waits for no one and the time to do something, is now.

I know the purpose of this site is to cover entertainment related stories and I don’t want to throw my readers off by writing a personal post, but it’s important you all read this and I promise it’s relevant. A friend of mine, not close but someone I had graduated high school with had been missing for over a year. Unfortunately, the family had just been notified that DNA from a body part found in the ocean was that of Fanchesca Alvarado.

Grant it you hear stories of scenarios like these all the time, whether it’s from an episode of Law & Order:SVU or maybe a movie on Lifetime. Never do you imagine this would happen to someone that sat next to you in class, even a few times in discipline lol. 

Sadly, this is life and these things really do happen. She was only 22 years old, enrolled in college and a mother of a beautiful three year old. She had her entire life ahead of her, and just like that it was taken away from her. As of now, no one still knows what happened. Only information provided is that she went with a male to Atlantic City for a night out. He returned to Philadelphia, yet she was never seen again. There’s so many things wrong with this story, it’s absolutely absurd. I can not even begin to imagine what her family is going through and they all have my deepest condolences.

For those of you that have been following Delilah and Company since the beginning, you know the whole mission is to inspire people to live life to their full potential and follow every dream. Make mistakes, then get back up and take the lesson you learn and keep on moving. Do things you love.

There comes a time when you have to stop believing you have an endless supply of days and just live your life. Be happy. Set yourself free from those grudges you are holding onto, release yourself of all negative energy and for once, just be happy. Remember to remind those around you that you love them, never leave a house angry because you never know just what may happen.

Franchesca was a beautiful young woman full of life. Never would she had imagined that when she hugged her daughter before she left, that would be her last hug. Remember to enjoy every single minute of your life as if it were your last. We all have obstacles in life, we all face challenges but don’t ever remain defeated. Follow your hopes, not your fears. If not for yourself, do it for all those people whose lives were taken away from them to soon and live it for them. Don’t waste away at your life by filling your days with negative energy. Just always remain positive.

On that note, this is for you Franchesca. I promise to you I will enjoy every second I can for you. There will be times where obstacles will be thrown my way and I will get angry or frustrated, but I promise I won’t ever let those feelings get the best of me. I will instead take that moment, calm down and just be grateful that I’m alive. It is with great optimism that I believe justice will be served for you and your loved ones. Fly high baby girl. <3

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OCCUPYING YOUR MINDSET EP.1 | Introduction

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I’ve been inspired by my good friend, Darius Coleman to want to share the behind the scenes of what goes on in my world.

While I appreciate the constant support I’m always receiving whenever I share my wins with my social media family, I need everyone to understand – I experienced about a 1000 moments of failure before I even got to that one win in the first place.

I wanted to launch this series to be as transparent as possible with you all. It’s a struggle trying to maintain a social/fit/family/dating/responsible life all while you’re trying to build the multi-millionaire dollar brand you envision with no guidance and only but a dollar and a dream.

So yeah, failures are inevitable! Lol

However, giving up is not an option for me. Regardless of how many “low points” I experience, I know to keep my chin up and keep pushing forward.

Through this vlog-series you will get to know “who exactly is Delilah” and the meaning behind the #OCCUPYINGYOURMINDSET movement.

Well, here’s to me fully opening up to you guys about my journey.

I hope you enjoy.

 

 

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Don’t Worry Bae, Know That It Is Okay To Fail

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І’m muсh mоrе іmрrеssеd wіth а реrsоn whо shооts fоr аn А аnd fаіls аnd gеts а С іnstеаd of thе guу whо аіmеd fоr а D bесаusе hе knеw hе соuld hіt іt аnd dоеs. Fаіlurе іs nоt thе bаd thіng thаt wе tеnd tо thіnk іt іs, аt lеаst nоt іn thе роsіtіvе аrеаs оf оur lіvеs.

Fаіlurе іs thе рrосеss bу whісh wе lеаrn. Аs tоddlеrs, wе fаіlеd over and over again іn оur аttеmрts tо wаlk. Оur fаіlurе еvеn brоught раіn аs wе fеll dоwn, bumреd оur hеаds, аnd wаіlеd fоr mоmmу аnd dаddу. Вut thіs рrосеss оf fаіlurе tеасhеs us а vеrу іmроrtаnt truth. Аs уоu fаіl, уоu lеаrn mоrе thаn уоu thоught уоu wоuld.

Whеn а tоddlеr fаіls іn hіs еffоrts tо wаlk, hе аlsо lеаrns hоw tо fаll. Fаllіng іs раrt оf lіfе. Wе аll fаll, but whеn wе dо fаll, іt іs іmроrtаnt thаt wе fаll іn suсh а wау thаt wе саn gеt bасk uр аgаіn. Soon enough, you’ll witness that toddler hаndlе their falls wіth роіsе, dіgnіtу, аnd wіth thе dеsіrе tо gеt rіght bасk uр and give it another go.

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Yоu саn’t hеlр but mаkе mіstаkеs and bae, that is okay. Вut іnstеаd оf turnіng rеd, stаmmеrіng аrоund аnd ароlоgіzіng рrоfusеlу, whісh оnlу еmbаrrаssеs еvеrуоnе еlsе, own it. Lift your head up and keep pushing forward.

Тhе Віblе sреаks оf thіs. Іt sауs,

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again” – Proverbs 24:16

Тhіs mаn isn’t righteous bесаusе hе nеvеr fаіls. Не іs righteous bесаusе whеn hе dоеs fаіl, hе gеts bасk uр.

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Understand that this is kеу. Fаіlurе tоughеns уоu uр аnd аllоws уоu tо the opportunity to get back up and trу аgаіn. Now if you hold yourself back from trying again, eh that’s kind of on you.

Іmаgіnе а реrsоn thаt hаs nеvеr suffеrеd аnуthіng іn lіfе. Не hаs nеvеr fаіlеd, hе hаs nеvеr suffеrеd а mіsfоrtunе-hе’s nеvеr suffеrеd A N Y T H I N G.

Ніs аbіlіtу tо hаndlе dіffісultіеs аnd trіаls іs nіl. Не wоuld bе sо wеаk аnd sо іnеffесtіvе thаt thе fіrst wіsр оf а stоrm оr trіаl іn hіs lіfе wіll саusе hіm tо соllарsе. Іt іs thе fаіlurеs іn lіfе thаt tоughеn us uр аnd mаkеs us wоrth knоwіng.

One important concept of life to understand is:

Fаіlurе іs аn оnlу fаіlurе іf іt kеерs уоu dоwn. Quіttіng іs thе оnlу truе fаіlurе іn lіfе.

Іmаgіnе the tоddlеr аttеmрtіng tо wаlk аnd fаllіng dоwn, аnd іmаgіnе thаt sаmе tоddlеr sауіng, “Wеll, І trіеd thіs wаlkіng thіng. І rеаllу dіd. Вut іt’s јust nоt fоr mе. І dоn’t thіnk І’m сut оut tо wаlk (in baby gibberish of course).

If a toddler, a human who more than likely can’t even form a full paragraph has the will and desire to get back up and keep trying – why can’t you? When did you decide it was okay to have the will to succeed leave from your mental?

Again.. remember … failure is only a failure if you quit.

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Understand that whеn wе shооt fоr sоmеthіng wе mіght fаіl аt thеn wе аlwауs gо F U R T H E R аnd ассоmрlіsh mоrе thаn whеn wе shооt fоr sоmеthіng wе knоw wе саn suссееd аt. I don’t know about you but І’d rаthеr shооt fоr thе А аnd fаіl thаn suссееd аt thе D bесаusе І knеw І соuld suссееd thеrе. Іf І gеt а В оr а С while shooting for the A, І at least wеnt furthеr thаn І wоuld hаvе hаd І bееn sсаrеd tо fаіl and just settling for mediocrity.

We’ll end this note by reminding you that fаіlurе іs nоt thе еnd. Іt іs јust thе bеgіnnіng. It’s just a chapter towards what you really want. You and only you can decide if you want this to be your end. So bae, gо оn, gіvе іt а trу.

Ѕо whаt іf уоu fаіl, you have it in you to get back up and try again.

 

Featured image captured by: Hailey Photography

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Hispanicize Reminded Me Just How Privileged I Am

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I don’t believe it’s even possible to properly articulate what exactly is Hispanicize. If you go onto their website, they have the event defined as the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

That sounds lovely written down but I can attest you won’t know what is Hispanicize until you’ve actually experienced it yourself.

A family reunion? Maybe.

A movement? Definitely.

Empowering? Of course.

Educational? You got it.

I can admit that until this year I had no idea what was Hispanicize. My good friend and mentor, Candy Calderon introduced me a few months ago. Although I could only attend the last day; let me tell you – the tears were flowing non-stop from morning to night.

Lunch and screening of America Divided hosted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation | Photo By: Hispanicize Week 2017

All of the information that was thrown my way had me on an emotional roller coaster. I felt anger and sadness when the topic of immigration was introduced into the conversation . Then I felt motivated and for the first time, privileged. Privileged is not a typical term you’d use to describe a Latina from the streets of North Philadelphia. However, Hispanicize reminded me just how privileged I was. Privileged that my grandfather made the voyage to come to America to provide a better opportunity for his children (my aunts and uncle) and their children (my cousins and myself). Privileged because of that journey, he allowed me the opportunity to be in a room filled with Latino creators like myself. We’re talking film directors, musicians, activists, media personalities and so on. Here I was, at this powerful event representing the company I brought to life. I was connecting with brands and  digital content creators from around the country who were just like me. This was my first time there but I truly felt like I belong and as if I had just met with long lost family members.

Radio interview with escuchamos.fm

Once I arrived back to my hometown of Philadelphia, I had to take a moment to myself and go over E V E R Y T H I N G that happened – every conversation I had, every network I made and all of the information I’ve learned. I can only bow down and give my upmost respect to the founders of Hispanicize for creating something so POWERFUL.

For all of my other Latina/Latino business owners, media influencers, designers, film makers (creative families in general), make sure you are here next year. I promise you there is nothing like it and you will thank me later.

For more information about Hispanicize:

www.hispanicizeevent.com

Facebook: Hispanicize

Twitter: Hispanicize

Instagram: hispanicizeevent

Youtube: HispanicizeEvent

 

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