I know I’ve been MIA on the blog recently and I am sorrrryyyy. But I have been working and doing some rearrangements and rebranding to my business, “Brownies For Breakfast.” I’ve come to the realization that I love a good cup of coffee and, of course, writing. I used to think of writing as something that made me sad. But in fact, storytelling is my favorite thing to do, especially on social media. Why not combine the two!? It’s a sad fact of life when you’ve painted over a perfectly carved statue in the raw. Feel free to quote me on that.
I came across an Instagram post that had the caption of a Dorothy Day quote. I remember when I tried to start a “Dorothy Day Collective” on my former alma mater’s campus. Years later, after I transferred, I talked to someone and she said “perhaps people didn’t understand what it was you were doing.” Oddly enough, Dorothy Day had the same experience when she founded the Catholic Worker Movement.
With my business and writing on the brain recently, nonetheless Dorothy Day, I compiled a list of Dorothy Day quotes that hopefully will inspire my fellow entrepreneurs to keep going.
- “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”
- “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
- “Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.”
- “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.”
- “There is plenty to do, for each one of us, working on our own hearts, changing our own attitudes, in our own neighborhoods.”
- “I do not know how to love God except by loving the poor. I do not know how to serve God except by serving the poor…. Here, within this great city of nine million people, we must, in this neighborhood, on this street, in this parish, regain a sense of community which is the basis for peace in the world.”
- “Turn off your radio. Put away your daily paper. Read one review of events a week and spend some time reading good books. They tell too of days of striving and of strife. They are of other centuries and also of our own. They make us realize that all times are perilous, that men live in a dangerous world, in peril constantly of losing or maiming soul and body. We get some sense of perspective reading such books. Renewed courage and faith and even joy to live.”
- “The biggest mistake sometimes is to play things very safe in this life and end up being moral failures.”
- “You can spend your time agonizing or organizing.”
- “You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you. You will know. You will know when it’s right.”
2020, it’s been a hell of year. But I wouldn’t even put the emphasis on the hell. Sure, COVID-19 took a lot away this year, for some people more than others. The Cheeto in Office finally signed the relief bill (too little too late.) But I’m not here to talk about politics. I will say this: our country may be severely divided, but community is more important than ever these days. I know we’re all sick of the “we’re all in this together” phrase, at this point in time, but my goal in 2021 is to make this blog a community. Life’s too short to be all “me, me, me.” In fact, I try not to make it all about me because I want college students and graduate students to know what I wish I knew and to provide little “philosophies,” if you will.
2020 has taught me more about myself and my capabilities more than ever before, and even more about what I can do with my brand. And it hopefully taught you all to be more appreciative for what you have, rather than focus on what you want. But if you focused on what you wanted, it probably came true in more cases than one. Even though COVID-19 took a lot away from us, I believe it still gave us opportunity for growth. My goal at the very beginning of the year was to gravitate less towards negativity and more towards that growth, and it’s brought me more hope than I had say, back in February or the month of April (yes, I always have to make that distinction between the month and my name.)
Without further ado, here is what 2020 taught me, and hopefully taught you, as well:
- Take no crap, from anyone.
- If people say, “you think life is all roses,” let them. There’s nothing wrong with being happy.
- Grow a backbone, and call out others who don’t have the balls to grow one.
- Graduate school (and college) are times to explore and try out different avenues. When I was in my last semester at RWU, I took a Law and the Family class while interning at a Domestic Violence resource center. And this past Fall 2020 semester at Emerson I took a Book Publishing Overview class, when my concentration is in magazine publishing.
- With that being said, apply to jobs and apply yourself to things you haven’t even considered doing.
- Learn how to fend for yourself.
- Therapy is important and nothing to be ashamed of.
- Being an influencer is not as important as being a good role model.
- Everyone makes mistakes, you just have to have to take responsibility for those mistakes.
- Take that leap of faith, no matter what it is. In fact, only you know what that is.
- Be a positive force in someone’s life. You never know who needs it.
- Also with that being said, be kind because you never know who’s fighting what battle.
- Someone’s success is not your failure.
- In other words, jealousy isn’t worth it, and neither is comparing yourself.
- Also, we all go through life at a different pace, and we go at our own pace.
- Patience and acceptance are virtues. Accept the things you cannot change.
- If you feel like you can change something, ask and you shall receive.
- It’s better to be alone than to cry and agonize over people you’re trying to please. Let them go and stop making excuses for them.
- Be nice to essential workers, from an essential worker.
I was going to put a twentieth teaching, but I’ll leave that one up to you folx. I don’t know what 2021 will bring, but I know that with each year, despite their drawbacks, have many valuable things to contribute. And you have a few wonderful things to add, as well.