“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”
by José Micard Teixeira

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Finally Versailles

I finally dug through the files to pull out Versailles. Let me just say that I have always wanted to visit this Palace since learning about it in History classes. The opulence, the splendor! And none of the books did it justice. Moulding on moulding. It was sooo over the top. Applause.

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Paris in a lot of Pictures and a few Words

So in July, yes, over a month ago, we took a train to Paris. It was my first time seeing the lovely city that I always imagined I’d like for the grandeur and elegance of the people and places. Well I was right. I can’t say what hasn’t been said already. It was beautiful! The only thing I excluded was the Palace of Versailles, as it deserves its own post.

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Carla Keks x Patrick Cole

Another cool guy I met here is Personal Trainer, Patrick Cole, also located in the NRW area. Patrick is a training triple threat, he can help you improve your basketball game, jump into Plyometrics, and all things involving tailored workouts to your needs. We squeeze in some time this week to do some stretches and basic cardio this week. In addition to a healthy mind you should also have a healthy body. He showed me some interesting activities that I had never tried, and we had some good laughs along the way. Hit him up here or follow him on twitter @patcolefitness!

I’ve been following Issa Rae’s productions for a while. Her new series The BIZZ Plan is as equally awesome. Check out this week’s installment by Lisa Nicole Bell. Advice on networking, self-confidence, and going for your goals.

In this wonderful TEDxSF talk, Mel Robbins shares some of the most inspirational words that I have heard in a while. To “stop saying everything is fine” was one of my takeaways. How often do we tell people, or even ourselves, that everything is fine. If it’s not, do the work to try and resolve the problem. That may be taking the steps to make a plan, sticking to your workout routine, having a hard conversation with someone, or just changing your mind about something. But it is not fine. Something needs to be done and (another takeaway) you will never really “feel” like doing it.

Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change. Shonda Rhimes