Quote of the Day

“Do not be afraid to color outside the lines. Take risks and do not be afraid to fail. Know that when the world knocks you down, the best revenge is to get up and continue forging ahead. Do not be afraid to be different or to stand up for what’s right. Never quiet your voice to make someone else feel comfortable. No one remembers the person that fits in. It’s the one who stands out that people will not be able to forget.”

― Nancy Arroyo RuffinLetters to My Daughter: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems about Love, Pride, and Identity

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Ode to the FIERCE Woman

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There are those who will try and break you
shatter spirits shrouded in their own insecurities
Inflict wounds with splintered tongues
They will call you every name except your own
make you doubt your greatness.

They will compare you to Nina, Jessica, and Marie.
Make you question your beauty, as if your glory
could ever be contained in mere flesh and bone.

Why do you entertain such vernacular?

When yours is the back where aspirations are born
the roadmap to creativity and ambition
the house of the holy and divine.

Your hips will give life to the future.
Your lips will inspire revolution.

You are Hera, Athena, and Isis.
Goddess is your birthright.

Make them kneel to you in prayer.
Plant roots on soil coveted by Gods.
Establish your foundation in this life and the next.

Remind them that you were born from star dust
so the next time they forget your name
tell them you are royalty
and make them bow their heads
in respect.

©2014 Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

Daily Quote: April 29, 2014

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This is one of my core beliefs. I strongly believe that we create our own Karma and when I help/support others I am also helping myself. I will always do all within my power to help someone else. Blessings should be paid forward. It’s not about ME, it’s about US. The success of one should trickle down so that eventually we are ALL successful. Good morning and happy hump day. Stay blessed.

Daily Quote: April 24, 2014

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If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. If we were meant to stay the same we would remain in the infant bodies we were born with. Change is a part of our growth as human and spiritual beings. Don’t be afraid to grow into yourself. You were made to do great things. Do them. – Nancy Arroyo Ruffin