Going The Distance

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.” -George Washington Carver (1864-1943); botanist, agricultural chemist, inventor, educator

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Protect Her Fiercely

“Picture yourself when you were five. In fact, dig out a photo of little you at that time and tape it to your mirror. How would you treat her, love her, feed her? How would you nurture her if you were the mother of little you? I bet you would protect her fiercely while giving her space to spread her itty-bitty wings. She’d get naps, healthy food, imagination time, and adventures into the wild. If playground bullies hurt her feelings, you’d hug her tears away and give her perspective. When tantrums or meltdowns turned her into a poltergeist, you’d demand a loving time-out in the naughty chair. From this day forward I want you to extend that same compassion to your adult self.”
― Kris Carr
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All that it wanted to be

On March 20th 2011 I embarked on a new adventure. During that adventure I sailed amid many incredible sunsets, found inspiration from every fish in the sea & experienced a handful of storms that forced me to just breathe & trust the wind. In the end I met you at the perfect little dock. I am proud to say that you are far from regular and I am so glad I’ve been given the chance to be graced by your love & light. Cheers to letting the first ocean we sailed together be all that it wanted to be & here’s to many more together.

1 year down sweets! Happy birthday baby blog! And thank you, I couldn’t have a better crew.

All my love, Bailey Mikell

Shall We Dance?

Tonight I decided to play nice with Tofu & make a teriyaki tofu bowl for dinner. It was my first time handling tofu, so I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out. I pan fried it, and followed these instructions. It is definitely something you need to be patient with, if you rush it then it burns the outside & makes it oily. I haven’t been cooking dinner on nights that Andy works late, but I decided I need to do it even when he is gone. He doesn’t like tofu anyway, so it was a good little dinner for me, myself, and I.

After dinner I indulged in some trashy reality tv (Mob Wives, Teen Mom 2, T.I. & Tiny, just to name a few). Tomorrow is my day off and I don’t have any homework tonight. So I decided to skip the cleaning, studying, and reading for the night and just relax.

I’ve been trying to keep my nails natural, but I love nail polish too much. I am itching for Spring and pastel colors are my favorite right now. I tried this new pattern, which was super easy. The pink coat was the first one I did. Then I did the blue on top a couple of hours after. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry before I added the next coat, if not they tend to bubble. I didn’t use tape because I didn’t have any at home — But I didn’t have a problem keeping a steady hand. What are some of your favorite colors lately?

Bottom pink coat: ‘Shell We Dance?’ by Sally Hansen 

Top blue coat: ‘Havana Dreams’ Sephora by OPI 

 

I want to end on a more serious note tonight. I’ve seen some videos of kids with the genetic disease called Progeria, meaning “prematurely old.” I feel like a lot of people don’t understand what the disease does — and that these children are simply trying to live a normal life. I saw this video and it truly touched my heart. By far one of the best I have seen. I hope you have the same feelings towards it.

All my love, B

Who Will You Be?

Ever since I was wee I have found these 10 words to be the creators of an extremely broad, limitless path; ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’  Whether it would be a teacher, coach, family member, or someone who was simply curious would look me in the eyes waiting for my response I would just sit there, quiet & absorbed. Yet my mind was racing, my heart pounding. It was as if someone had injected me with an electric tonic that made a movie of every dream I’ve ever had play vividly right before my eyes. How can one narrow this movie into one scene? One scene where we find ourselves happy, successful, & truly alive? 

In elementary school I dreamed of being a zoologist. I would spend hours in the school library during recess reading about Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson, the woman who taught Koko the gorilla sign language. I wanted to do the unthinkable.

I then found my passion on the field, playing the beautiful game of Fútbol, or ‘Soccer’. I knew I wanted to pursue a future in the game, and I knew I wouldn’t stop until I could no longer physically play. That day came and I cried, I grew, and I moved forward.

Shortly after, I discovered my young soul might lack in math class at times, but never in passion. I began to express myself by writing and fell in love with the joy of the American language. That is when I knew that whatever I decided to ‘be’ when I ‘grew up’ would entail communicating, helping, embracing, learning from, and loving people. Not just my kind of people, or the right type of people, but people in general. I want to be educated on all walks of life, free of judgement, & far from ever being ‘satisfied’. And at the end of the day, I’ve come to realize that it isn’t ‘what’ I will be, but who I will be. I hope to be remembered by the love that often makes me feel like I could explode, & the things I do to create that in others.
“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things.
It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”