From Fake to Free

November 24, 2015


Today, I've decided to switch things up a bit (literally). I've teamed up with the amazing Destiny Rose from Breakfast at Destiny's to bring you (my lovely readers) a new post from a fresh voice. Although she hails from far away Dallas, Texas, we both share a mutual admiration for all things Audrey Hepburn related, cute cafés and (of course) writing. Her blog is a great place to read up on everything from faith, to fashion, to friends and beyond. So once you've finished up here, make sure to pop on over and say hi.

Blog: Breakfast at Destiny's (destinyhoperose.com)
Twitter: @hi_destiny_rose
Instagram: @destinyrose____
Pinterest: Destiny Rose

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Every single person wants to be accepted. The human species is really good at recognizing patterns that develop positive results and then replicating those patterns. If one activity receives praise, another person will take part in the activity to receive that same recognition. Most of the time this copycat mentality is a subconscious mentality. So what’s wrong with this tendency?

Ever since we were very young, we have been told to be unique and to chase after our individual dreams. However, we grow up looking like clones. For societies to function, we need all different types of people. All of us know that, but then we chase after what is comfortable. The need to chase the familiar is rooted inside the soul, and it blooms throughout our feelings, conversations, and actions. Talking to a fake person is one of the hardest things to get through. You feel insignificant. When people refuse to let their guards down in order to speak with people, we are left with a lot of hard-hearted people that are desperate for authenticity.

Mark Twain once wrote, “All emotion is involuntary when genuine.” How lovely would it be to witness each person expressing his or her real feelings? Now, I understand that it is easier to be guarded- to simply get from one item to the next on your checklist, but what is the point? If we aren’t striving to meet extraordinary people and cultivate relationships with them, won’t we just be selfish jerks trying to pass each other in order to get to the finish line? News flash: there is no finish line.

Everyday you get the opportunity to truly get to know others- to be inspired by remarkable people! Martha Beck said it best. “When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.” Will you be everyone’s best friend? Absolutely not. Will everyone like you? No. But honestly, does everyone like you now? No. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This remodeled life of authenticity requires effort but indeed reaps the benefits. Nice falsities and small-talk are getting in the way of inspiring friendships. Instead of worrying how others view us, let’s be our whole selves, inviting those people to be their phenomenal selves. Let’s create authenticity in a world full of fake.

The Classics: Roses, Romance and Rocinante

November 07, 2015

I love reading classic novels. I like how by choosing a few different books, we get to witness the evolution of man's thought processing and prose. By visiting the past, we can clearly see how far we've come and just how small the world really is.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A cliché, but a classic one. Meet Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five sisters, bright, pretty and at the ripe age for marriage. A girl with big aspirations of love, in a world where it (and she) is defined by money, beauty and reputation. Along comes Mr. Darcy, the insufferable, handsome and debonair bachelor who earns (gasp!) £10,000 a year. We follow along as she and the rest of the characters are torn between love and duty, with their judgements clouded by their every growing sense of prejudice and pride. As we are vigorously lead through the intricacies of British Regency society, the often redundant story of boy-meets-girl blossoms into a truly evocative piece. A tale that gets better with every read and causes me to fangirl every time it's mentioned.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
 ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

A heartwarming account of a little prince, his beloved rose and desert stranded pilot. We are taken on a journey full of hidden wisdom, where we are taught the power of friendship, the weight that responsibilities have on us and the virtues of love. Accompanied with small illustrations, every page is coated with magic that grabs hold of you and your imagination. Every word takes the reader deeper and deeper into their own childhood (emotionally and mentally), until the lines between age and time blur. Within every line, there are tidbits of wisdom and advice, stirring the soul, memories and tears of happiness. Reading Le Petit Prince brings a smile to your heart, and has us longing for the days when we were as unabashedly curious, hopeful and confident as the mysterious little boy with the golden hair. Short and sweet, it's a great read whether it's in the original french or any other language. 

 “You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them...In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night...You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.” 
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Quand tu regarderas le ciel, la nuit, puisque j'habiterai dans l'une d'elles, puisque je rirai dans l'une d'elles, alors ce sera pour toi comme si riaient toutes les étoiles. Tu auras, toi, des étoiles qui savent rire !

        ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saveedra


A classic story about a man named Don Quixote, who dreams of being a knight and saving his true love. With the help of his friends and a great imagination, he takes off on his quest leaving behind everything he's ever known. One man's determinations, sparks a loyal following, whimsical encounters and comic scenarios, that have been etched into my memory since the first time I read this book in Grade 5. It perfectly captures the way we all become entranced by the worlds we explore when we read a novel. We've all dreamed of being the hero in our own story, and the efforts of the well-meaning Don Quixote de la Mancha astride his trusty steed Rocinante (and accompanied by his squire Sancho Panza) proves that some dreams are worth fighting for.

“Thou hast seen nothing yet.” 
 ― Miguel de Cervantes Saveedra, Don Quixote de la Mancha

~Alexandra XO


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