All posts by Shirelle Wright

‘Tis the season!

‘Tis the season!

I was watching the news this morning and my local news station had a segment on a “Secret Santa” that was spotted in neighborhood dollar stores and thrift stores, etc. His goal is to give away $1 million each holiday season; apparently he does this every year. Of course they wouldn’t show his face while he handed various customers $100s of dollars but I was able to see the expressions of the recipients. They were really thankful and overwhelmed that someone just gave away money without looking back. That got me to thinking… yes its good to give to family, friends, co-workers etc, but what about giving to those that are really in need?

If you don’t want to do like the “Secret Santa” and just walk in various stores giving away money, there are various charities and local organizations that are in need of your help to make a family or child’s holiday season joyous. From donating toys to serving turkey at a local pantry, you can be a “Secret Santa” and put a smile on someone’s face.

Don’t forget that “Tis the Season to be Jolly”, so make sure you do your part to help at least 1 person in need this holiday season be as jolly as can be.

Happy Holidays!
–Shirelle

Whip My Hair

“I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
Don’t let haters keep me off my grind
Keep my head up I know I’ll be fine
Keep fighting until I get there
When I’m down and I feel like giving up I think again”

I know everyone has either seen or heard the new song “Whip My Hair” by Willow Smith. For starters I think she is so adorable and she has so much “swag” to be a 9 year-old. After watching the video and looking at a couple YouTube postings, I started thinking, hmmmm, I wonder if she knows how many people she has touched by this song, White, Black, Latino, Gay, Lesbian, straight, ages 5 to 40+. She and her team have created a club hit but also a confidence booster. There are times when you may be down, stressed or feel like nothing’s going right just push play and start ‘Whipping your hair’. Meaning, don’t sweat the small stuff.

Always try and remain positive in everything you do. I was once told, “If you don’t have haters then you must not be doing something right”. So continue doing you and doing what you love because haters will always be around trying to spoil what you have achieved. It’s up to you not to let them get the best of you. Just keep your head up and be the best person you know you can be. And it doesn’t hurt to just let your hair down and Whip it. 🙂 Thanks Willow, you ‘Did That’ girl!

And to all my natural sistas that may get down about your hair at times…Check this out, this is for you 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enpFde5rgmw&feature=related

Am I Beautiful?

I was watching a  show on Style network called ” How do I look?” and the episode was about a mother in her 40s with a serious fashion/clothing/image problem. The woman was white, but the things she was saying really hit me. She said things like “I dress like this because it makes me feel pretty”, “I still want to look young”, and “If it fits, why not?”.

I started thinking about what I hear my friends say when it comes to us picking out an outfit for an event. Why are we as WOMEN, black and white, so hard on ourselves? Do we really have to fit in that badly? After watching that episode, I realized there are really some things that need to be looked at.

How do you feel about yourself, inside and out?  Are there things that you wish you could change? If so, why? I feel that each and every person may have a negative outlook about something pertaining to their image. But God created us differently, we are unique in our very own way and this is how we’re supposed to be.

So dig deep and see what your own image is, bring it to light and flourish. You’re beautiful!

Let It Go

It’s crazy how we as women have come so far but still hold ourselves back with “Bitterness”. Why are we so bitter? Why do we hold grudges? It’s an emotion that is crippling us and we must stop it as its spreads from generation to generation.  Ask yourself: do you cringe when you see something that you can’t have, a black man with white woman, seeing your ex? Being bitter can turn into violent and/or self destructive behavior that can lead to a world full of aggression.

Why choose to live to life with such anger and hatred? Instead turn that negative energy into something positive and just GET OVER IT. I know it may sound easier said than done but it’ll lead to something greater in the long run, I promise :-).

So next time you see a girl that “tried” you, a guy that you previously dated, a teacher you think cheated you, etc. Just think that life is too short to be dwelling on something that doesn’t matter any longer or that happened in the past. Let’s move on and Let go.