“I naturally wake up early. I fill up a big glass of water and update myself on the latest from my favorite magazines: InStyle, Harper’s Bazar, Lou Lou, which is a Canadian shopping mag, Lucky and RedBook. After about an hour of that, I workout for 45 minutes on the treadmill. After my workout, Theo, my husband, is usually awake. He asks me what I want for breakfast and proceeds to cook for us both while I have a quick shower. Theo always cooks and he’s awesome at it. And since he cooks, I eat whatever he wants to make. I’m not picky, I’m just thankful I don’t have to. I eat breakfast with my husband every morning. I have always carved out time in the morning to spend with my guy. [...]
"When I was young, I believed my chocolate skin, my curly hair, my wide hips and big brown eyes made me the most beautiful girl in the world. I love the rich color of my skin and my big beautiful eyes and I love that I am giving, supportive and nurturing, but most importantly I am a woman of faith. My spirit makes me a beautiful woman. Beauty starts from within. If you don't believe you are beautiful, no one else will. And once you are 100 percent sold out on your beauty there is nothing anyone can say, good or bad, that can change how you feel about yourself."
"We are our own harshest critics. It seems cliche to say beauty comes from within but it’s so true. Happy people just always radiate beauty, and good and kind people are beautiful. Even though I’m still prone to days where I feel like crap, I feel most beautiful and confident when I stop with the criticism, when I find time for the good things and good people in life. When it doesn’t matter that my teeth are crooked or my skin is imperfect. When I am surrounded by love and positivity, that’s where beauty is."
"When I was a little girl, I cared very little about beauty. I was being a tomboy in the creeks in my neighborhood. But when I was a teen...If I could go back in time, I would tell her to embrace your weird features, dress for yourself not the trends, lay off the foundation - my face never matched my neck, tragic - and become comfortable in your own skin. Easier said than done, and it's taken me years to truly be comfortable with myself. Now, I'm kind of obsessed with inner self, and I let the outside follow its lead, not the other way around."
“I’m an open minded, free spirited being who was born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles and always takes chances. I do what I want when I want because I believe that unadulterated physiological and spiritual liberation equates to pure bliss. I actually have the word bliss tattooed on my hand. But It’s in Greek. [...]
“I worked in accounting for less than a year and it was then that I realized that all of the money in the world could not make me happy if I hated my work. My first job out of college was at a marketing firm. And after being there for about a year I found myself always making excuses to ask the creative department questions about an invoice, credit card statement, expense report, or whatever. Whenever I stopped by everyone always seemed so happy. They were always smiling, looking at photos, and doing fun, creative things like producing T.V. commercials, hello! I don’t hate accounting or finance, but I thought, ‘If I am going to spend most of my day doing anything why not spend my time doing something I love?’ When I had that epiphany that is when I made it my mission to find my life’s passion. [...]
"I've always been annoyed by the whole concept for women of 'having it all.' Obviously, it's the pre-conceived notion consistent throughout history that women lack the capacity or are just plain not entitled to have everything they want in life - unlike a man. Men don't talk about this issue. Because historically, men, with the exception of giving birth, have had it all and been doing it all since the beginning of time. I would never say a woman can't achieve something that a man has been achieving for centuries. Especially since there are thousands of women who are already successfully pursuing everything they want for their lives right now. Including myself."
"My philosophy on beauty and self love is this...You're someone's dream girl. The way you look, talk, act, walk is perfect to someone out there in this world. Always remember that. Until you find him or her be your own dream girl. Take care of yourself now the way you would if you found the person of your dreams already."