You can’t start a fire without a spark. – Bruce Springsteen
It all started when I was asked to be interviewed for a featured story with Authority Magazine about the loneliness epidemic. I’m super grateful for this opportunity because I know it helps to put our feelings and emotions into perspective in order to make empowering decisions for ourselves so we CAN flourish and thrive, with ease, in our lives.
I started A Thriving Life Campaign to:
An Excerpt From My Interview:
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.
I would love to create “A Thriving Life” campaign where celebrities and influencers educate our younger generations the importance of brain health, including positive psychological health, in order to live a more fulfilling life. If a famous designer could design a bracelet, necklace, or shirt that showcases this movement, people will pay attention when celebrities and influencers embrace its purpose. We are allowed to be human and part of being human is having ups and downs in life. There is no need to hide when we are feeling lonely or depressed because we all go through hard times. And hard times doesn’t mean it will always be this way.
If I could, I would create the “A Thriving Life” campaign and make the importance of being happy and healthy in life as empowering and sexy as Rihanna’s brand. How amazing would it be to have someone as influential as Rihanna taking famous designer’s creations for this movement and making the importance of a happy mindset sexy? We are all worthy of loving ourselves for who we are and accepting one another for our differences. When we try to change people for who they are naturally, they can become lonely because they feel isolated as being human. Yet, being human is a very natural and deserving way to be.
We are blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them.
I would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with Bruce Springsteen. I met him a few years ago when he pulled me on stage and danced with me during his famous song, “Dancing in the Dark” during the 2014 NCAA Music Festival in Dallas. It was live streaming online that night and I got bullied online quite a bit afterward for being “chunky” as the men described me. Some of these men are huge Springsteen fans, too. It was an experience I still struggle in dealing with at times because so many influential people are thin. I tried very hard to ignore the fat-shaming, but I will admit it still bothers me to this day. How could the best day of my life with meeting my favorite musician and mentor also end up being a day that left me in tears soon afterward?
I know Mr. Springsteen once struggled with depression, as I did, and I would love to be able to tell him “thank you” for all he has done over the years bringing voice to the voiceless and encouraging others to keep going despite hard times. People listen to him, it would be amazing to be able to talk to him and get advice about how I can continue my mission for our country to embrace mental health as being a very normal and important practice in life. I want to help so many people, but it’s hard to get people’s attention when others measure your sagacity and value based upon physical appearance such as your weight. I’ve always loved his music and I’ve always respected him as a humanitarian and advocate for inclusivity in our world.
It’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time. — Bruce Springsteen
I invite you to join me with this campaign. I cannot wait for us to end the stigma on mental health, and to embrace and normalize what it means to be human. And most importantly, for our laws to be IMPROVED so that each and every one of us has access to affordable mental health care, regardless of our incomes, because we all deserve to live A Thriving Life.
The Loneliness Epidemic
What is the definition of loneliness? According to Wikipedia.org:
Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings, both in the present and extending into the future. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people and one who feels lonely, is lonely.
If you’re ever feeling lonely, I have 5 things you can do that will help you rid of these unwanted feelings. Below is the breakdown of what my interview explores and advises for your authentic and highest happiness within your career AND in your life:
Please kick off your shoes, grab your favorite beverage, and indulge yourself for the next 22 minutes with my advice and tips for YOUR success.
I’m so thankful and feeling super humbled to be able to share my hope with the world. Reply and let me know what you think and if whether or not this article helped you.
I really want to know!
Have a beautiful day and remember to use your affirmations, feel free to use one of mine:
I am always receiving abundance with ease,