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DailyRi 020: How I'm Approaching My Second Semester at Ross

i’m a super lucky girl. yes, i said lucky. i know i busted my a$$, but i also know that the stars had to align. sure, i deserve credit for where i am, but god deserves more credit. & i know i deserve to be here, but only if i make it count. which is why i like reminding myself that i’m super fortunate. & my way of expressing gratitude for all i’ve been given is by giving back tenfold. after all, that’s why i’m pursuing this degree.

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DailyRi 019: Sleepless Nights Ft. 3AM Poems

words mean the world to me. they truly are my best friends. my self expression - my writing, my poetry, my journals, my letters - is the only consistent part of my life. the only part i can count on to be there when i wake up the next morning. which is why i want to devote the rest of my life to creating more storytelling spaces.

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DailyRi 018: Learning To Leverage My Strengths (& Care Less About My Weaknesses)

in the past, i had a fomo-esque attitude about ignoring my weaknesses and focusing on my strengths - as if i would lose out on something if i didn't hone my areas of growth, even though i have no interest in those areas at all. i now realize that the only thing i'm losing out on is the time i could have spent honing and leveraging the strengths that actually energize me. i was conforming to the system by ever feeling like i should pour valuable time and energy into things i wasn't good at and had no interest in.

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DailyRi 017: What I Mean When I Say I'm Single "AF"

i’ve been intentionally single for over 7 years. no boyfriend. no real commitment. at 16, i promised myself i wouldn’t be in a relationship until i truly felt i loved myself first. (damn! it’s taken you this long to love yourself? yea man - go read my post on self love. sh*t is serious.) when i turned 24, i started to think i was ready for my future husband.

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DailyRi 016: Being An Optimist & A Realist Are Not Mutually Exclusive

today, i hope anyone who believes pessimism is synonymous with realism reconsiders their opinion. there is a better way. i wish i could reassure fellow optimists that we are not idealistic for finding our silver linings. hell, i wish i could defend idealism, too. this life is already as hard & sad as it is. most of our experiences, we truly have no control over. in that small sliver of events that i can control, i believe the only realistic thing to be is optimistic.

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DailyRi 014: Why Loving Myself Like I Do Is An Act of Resistance

true self love is humility. it is understanding myself deeply & intricately & deciding that i am going to love myself first - even & especially through the growth & changes. self love is giving myself those things i know i need, instead of relying on someone else to do that for me. & most importantly, self love is my way of honoring my creator, of recognizing that i’m here for a reason, it’s my way of promising to take gentle care of the blessings with which i’ve been showered.

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DailyRi 013: My Story As A Storyteller

words mean the world to me. they truly are my best friends. my self expression - my writing, my poetry, my journals, my letters - is the only consistent part of my life. the only part i can count on to be there when i wake up the next morning. which is why i want to devote the rest of my life to creating more storytelling spaces.

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DailyRi 012: How I’m Not Dealing With Stress While In School

there is so much pressure around me to land the best internship that will hopefully lead to a full time job, to do well in classes, to network at corporate events & coffee chats, to lead an organization, to be social & go on trips with new business school friends, the list truly goes on. add fomo to the mix, & it feels like there is not enough time in a day. i get it.

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DailyRi 011: The Difference Between Pride & Dignity

understanding the difference between pride & dignity has been an absolute game-changer for me. although reacting from pride & dignity can, in some situations, look identical, the motive & overall feeling attached to these similar reactions could not be more different.

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DailyRi 010: How Knowing My Worth Taught Me Effective Negotiation ft. My Business RiViews

business school taught me that i’ve recently learned to become a good negotiator because of one simple fact: i know what i’m worth, and, even when i don’t, i pretend that i do. learn about some of the key takeaways from my courses on negotiation, & how i’ve applied these to real life.

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DailyRi 009: Honoring My Introverted Side While In School

contrary to popular belief, i am not an extravert. i am actually equally extraverted & introverted, making me an ambivert. i didn’t understand or accept this about myself until recently, & i’m so glad i was able to listen to what my spirit needs before starting school.

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DailyRi 008: How the Grinch Taught Me Empathy & Accountability

what does empathy mean to you? to me, empathy is unconditional love & accountability, & mastering this balance has been the reason i’ve been able to build such strong relationships with people. read more to see what we can all learn about our [least] favorite childhood characters.

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DailyRi 007: My Wildest Dreams Unleashed

my dailyRi 005 was called “in defense of dreamers,” and it mainly focused on defending our rights to dream & dream daringly. i wrote about how i used to be scarred to discuss my dreams because i thought they were crazy. at the end of the post, i said i would list out my dreams sometime soon. although i have a plethora of personal & spiritual dreams, for the purposes of this post, i’ll be sharing my professional dreams only.

I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE READY, BUT I PROMISED, SO HERE THEY ARE.

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DailyRi 005: In Defense of Dreamers

i write this post to offer a counter-narrative to my fellow dreamers out there. daring to have audacious dreams is a beautiful thing. the loftier our goals are, the crazier they will seem. but i choose to stay on my own pretty purple planet, shooting for the moon and ensuring that i’m in alignment with my purpose. i have faith that the stars will align for me.

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DailyRi 004: I Know What I Want

I WROTE A JOURNAL ENTRY FOUR YEARS AGO ON THIS EXACT TOPIC:

2.24.15 | 10:59 PM

i used to think my issue was that i didn't know what i wanted: personally, romantically, professionally, etc. i felt that i kept switching it up, unable to find a medium between my natural ability to think ahead, and my inclination to dwell in the past. i now understand how untrue that sentiment is. i know what i want. i’ve always known what i wanted. i know what i want before it even enters my life a lot of the time. i guess the issue i’m trying to reconcile today is whether or not i should want the things i want. better yet, when/if i do realize that i shouldn't want a certain something or someone, i’m unable to convince myself out of my desire.

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DailyRi 003: Entitled to Nothing; Attached to Very Little; Grateful for it All

i realized that i had found contentment at a relatively young age, during a relatively turbulent period in my life. i wondered why and how happiness remained constant while almost all other factors in my life were unstable. my answer?

LACK OF ENTITLEMENT & THEREFORE, OVERFLOWING GRATITUDE.

i’m grateful for everything. the highs, the lows, the unknowns, the tears, the tests. i’m grateful because deep down inside, i’ve always understood that this life owes me absolutely nothing.

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DailyRi 002: Where I'm Headed

THIS YEAR WILL TAKE ME PLACES I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW EXISTED

& it’s also going to take me to those places i’ve been dreaming about.

as i mentioned in my first DailyRi, i released a whole lot of baggage in 2018. most of that baggage was really just self-doubt disguised as something else. now that that’s out of the way, this year will be all about creating the kind of impact that i am uniquely positioned to make. here are 19 places i’m headed in 2019:

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DailyRi 001: #2018TaughtMe

2019 WILL BE LIT.

i’m really excited about this new year. and not in the cliché “new year, new me” kind of way (although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that), but in the “i really think i’m on to something” kind of way. I can say I’ve identified my purpose in 2018, and i’ve started to walk in it. i know god was waiting for me to heal before i could start exercising these muscles. and now i feel like i’m officially ready to carry heavier loads and begin impacting more people than ever before. 2018 was about recovery & personal breakthroughs, and 2019 will be all about impact - i just feel it.

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#TBT: Business RiViews ft. Three Lessons I Learned from my MBA Orientation

want to hear about my MBA orientation experience? want to learn more about my business RiViews? in this #TBT post, I talk about the three lessons I walked away with, as I prepared to begin my bschool journey at the end of august.

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Grief Lessons III: What Really Happens When We Peel Off the Band-Aid

grief comes in many forms, but in all its forms, it’s a difficult thing to deal with. read my third edition of my “grief lessons” series and learn how to better empathize with anyone dealing with loss.

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