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♥️Dear Tamia♥️

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When Brian mentioned the PublicSource project to me I was excited simply because I wanted to continue to give back to my community. The creation of YNGBLKPGH is so much more than just being recognized in a book. For me, it has always been about connecting with and mentoring the youth. Brian briefly mentioned that I would be responding to a young girl from Clairton. He said that the subject of her letter was Living in Clairton: ‘Nobody really cares unless it is football’. He remembered that I mentioned in the “About Me” portion of my YNGBLKPGH book entry, about being from Clairton. A little forgotten steel town that is known as the high school football capital on the word. This being true in terms of consecutive wins and the town’s affinity with the players and coaches. I was geeked to be responding to a young Clairton girl because I too was once in her shoes! I had recently completed some mock interviews for graduating Clairton High School 2017 Seniors, none of who I had never met or heard of.  I didn’t know and of their older family members, fake cousins (you know how everyone is “cousins” in the hood), or last names. So boy, was I super surprised once I opened the link and realized just who I would be responding to! Tamia Joy! Her mother my “big Sis” for a long as I can remember. I remember when Tamia was born! Little Tamia! Well not so little anymore! Miss Tamia wrote such an intelligent, opinionated, and though out piece, that I was wowed over the content and how she truly felt. I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and members of the Clairton School District picked up Tamia’s Story and had some responses of their own. I called Brian and said, “I got Tamia, she’s like my niece!” No co-winky-dinks here, only God.  I read the letter, responded, and practically typed a whole book! I was so amped to respond the lovely ladies of PublicSource were like,” Girl please, this is too long”!🙃Ha! I just had so much to say. After reading Tamia’s entry several times, I even felt a little sad. Like Dang… being smart and accomplished “still” isn’t cool? Only being able to jump, shoot, leap, or dunk is accepted in our town! No, this can’t be, but moreover this can’t be how you feel and it can’t get you down!  Many greats have come out of “the C” and I wanted her to know she is going to be one of them! Believe that! I was able to edit my response down to a respectable length. I let her know that the focusing on her and not the talk of the town is the way to go. I am sooo proud of the young lady she has become. Today my response to Tamia’s letter was published on PublicSource.com!  You can read Tamia’s Story and my response letter to Tamia here !! Also check out her video below! Would love to hear what you guys think! Lastly, we welcome you to stop by Repair The World: Pittsburgh on September 23rd from 5-7 for the YNGBLKPGH X PublicSource Mentorship Event! You can get your tickets here! This is a free event so bring your mentors, mentees, and  your family and friends!

-VKV-

 

STAR WARS NIGHT AT YANKEE STADIUM ⚾️💙

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I would say the trip to Yankee Stadium was an extension of the Bae’s Birthday’s festivities but he’s  a Pirates fan. I wanted to hit this Friday night game because it was Star Wars Night and the first 16,000 fans were gifted with a Darth Vader Yankees Beanie. So the plan was  to get there super early to ensure we got our hat! However, it didn’t quite work out that way because my cousin Keith was in town and we made some last minute plans to hang out before the game. As we walked into the stadium my boyf said that people were already selling the hats on eBay for $50 a pop in typical NYC reseller fashion. I get so annoyed with New Yorkers when it comes reselling/taxin’. Concert tickets, shoes, FREE DARTH VADER X YANKEE BEANIES… like why?! Anywho, we had some hearty steak sandwiches, fries, Bae had a beer and I had a tallll strawberry daiquiri. It wasn’t bad just way too much to drink and probably played a small role in me feeling so schleepy. The game kind of stunk because I was tired, sitting next to a Mariners fan, I had blisters from walking with Keith earlier in the day, and had even been a little sick the day before. I was kind of over it. Did I mention we also lost… Bummer in the Bronx. I went home and went straight to bed. Check out some of the pics from Stars War Night below and may the force be with you and stuff…….

-VKV-


Stick’s Birthday in Little Italy 🎈

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It’s that time of the year to celebrate my man’s BDay! I got him some surprise gifts that he wasn’t expecting (shout out to Shop412) and we figured we’d take in a good dinner. We are greedy so a mini debate on the food front ensued. I tried to choose the spot because I am spoiled, but obviously he won because it technically was his day. You know how guys always say chicks are indecisive about food. Well guys can be clueless too! First he wanted Mexican, then he wanted to go to City Island, blah blah blah. He researches EVERYTHING! From clothes, shoes, vacations, electronics, cars, and yes restaurants. I told him to not bore me with the details and let me know what the deal was once he narrowed it down. Even though he claims to be Paleo 🙃, he decided he wanted Italian. He came to that conclusion because he wanted chicken fettuccine alfredo and some sort of dessert (i.e. tiramisu). I told him my only request was to go to Little Italy and find a real Italian restaurant and not one of those like overdone places or a generic place like Olive Garden. (NOT to hate on OG… because we doesn’t love an occasional salad and bread stick moment… don’t lie to yourself 😌) After thorough research, asking friends, trip advisor images etc., etc., he came up with Benito One. Benito is a cute little restaurant on Mulberry right in the heart of Little Italy. We had the friend mozzarella, which he read was a must try… I wasn’t feeling it per se, a nice mixed salad, he had the chicken fettuccine alfredo, and I had the fusilli with chicken and vegetables. We thought we were going to get dessert there but they sent us down the street. Because we were in Little Italy, we had a ton of options. I’m not a big sweet eater so gelato was fine for me. Bae grabbed a cannoli and we shared a small cup of vanilla and chocolate chip gelato. Done and done! The food at Benito was great! The restaurant opened in 1968 and the establishment has been rocking with the same cook for over 29 years! Super authentic, rich, yummy cuisine. Checkout the pics below! My dress was Dsquared2 and my shoes were Zara. Gifts and food on your BDay, what more could you ask for (once you get old tee,hee)? Happy to have celebrated another year of life with you BabyBoHead.♥️

-VKV-

Quick Q&A With YNGBLKPGH Author Brian Burley

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So if you read this blog 🙃🙃, you’ll notice that I did a quick little re-cap/follow up on the book YNGBLKPGH. Although Brian and I have discussed the book a lot over the last few months, I wanted to take the time to ask Brian a few questions for my readers who may of not had a chance to visit the site, come to the event, or those who have simply not heard of the book. Another quick little recap if you will. I am rolling out the Q&A now because Brian took the time to link ambassadors from the book to work on a project for PublicSource. This project is live NOW! Several ambassadors of YNGBLKPGH have written letters to the black girls of Pittsburgh who shared their personal stories with the city through PublicSource. I’ll have soooo much more to say about this project in the next few days, but for now check out the current letters and responses here and check out the Q&A below!

 

VKV: What made you really write the book?

BB: These kids who I once was more than anything, I know the stories get kind of tiring but they’re the truth. Talking to a young generation who has less hope about what they can be because if what they see from people who look like them in this city is a hard conversation, man. Also I know that certain words and certain things that can be said are triggers for me, I never realized it before but hope is one of those words. I think you can lose so much when you lose hope like simple questions like “what do you want to be when you grow up?” are now difficult for you to answer because hope allows you to think about the future further than today. I more than anything just wanted the lasting images and stories they read about people who looked like them to be ones of triumph and positivity, not the negativity they see about us on the new and social media all day long. That gets draining.

VKV: How hard was it to wrangle and manage over 100 people and their stories?

BB: It was a task for sure but I always tried to keep my focus on the big picture of the final work more than anything else. I think that staying focused on the positives of it and not the negatives made it easier to keep going as well. I could’ve just focused on the people who weren’t responsive to the project but to me it was so much more productive to focus on the good things that were happening for it and with every response it got closer to the goals I had set out for it. Honestly, I really only thought that I would be able to get 50 people to buy into this idea and do the work to get it done the way I saw it getting done in my mind so when we got over 50 and then over 100 and then over 150, it just always felt like God was talking to me like “keep going because this is what I want you to do.” I also was incredibly cognizant of the fact that these were REALLY amazing people in this project who have done really AMAZING things and I had a quality level that I had to live up to in order to make it something that they would feel good about as well.

VKV: It has been 3 months since the book was released, talk about the overall response?

BB: My favorite part is the kids, right? Like they get their hands on this and its really like you can see their worlds getting bigger as they flip through and see all these people who look just like them, then they read their stories and they find out that they are from the same places that they are from and then you can see them really processing how they can be anything. That was the goal above anything that we did was to show our kids that they have the ability to be anything in this world. It’s hard for me to put my finger on specific thoughts as to what “I thought” the response would be because I tried to honestly just let it live but its really been amazing. Like our trailers we released are over 100,000 views and still being watched which is amazing to me. The book has sold over 1,500 copies but the impact is what matters the most to me with both the kids and the people involved. Like I don’t really believe that people realize what we were able to do just through this book, there are so many conversations in this city where people will without second thought will say that they can’t have young black people on their board or in their executive positions because there aren’t any…which is a lie. Period, and we proved. We came filled up an almost 300 page book with these amazing people and vibrant souls that shows how powerful and connected we can be when we all stick and work together.

VKV: What are some of the events or partnerships that have now taken place due to the book?(Reading at some of the schools, WPXI, PublicSource)

BB: It’s literally been the absolute most, haha. We’ve been in schools and in front of the kids which was and is most important to me but because of the purpose of the project. We’ve been involved in so many different spaces, we were featured on NBC and CBS and in local newspapers. So I would say we’ve done the gambit from podcasts, newspaper articles, blog features, keynote speaking events, panel discussions, webisodes, meet the author events, local interviews, its all been such a blessing, honestly. This project isn’t about me or growing my brand so every interview I go in, I go in with the same perspective, this is about growing this for these kids more than anything every time.

VKV: What was your overall goal have you reached it?

BB: My goal in this more than anything else was to affect one…just one of our kids and have them say because of this and seeing this book this way showed them that they can be anything that their heart points them in the direction of. For me, if we had one kid who said because I saw this book with all of these people and read (insert name here)’s story, I now know that my dreams are possible, BOOM, job well done, money well spent, time well done…luckily for me I got a text that next morning after the release from my mentee who had never seen the book and said “B…its all possible for me now, I see it…” Now everything else is gravy, but I do want this book to touch young people because I know the benefit of this can really be impactful for them to see so I want to get this book in the hands of every young person who would benefit and this is also a calling card for our generation too, like look at all we’re doing and we’ve done, we’re not just “coming”, we’re here whether you want to give it to us or we have to take it, its all in good hands with us.

VKV: Think of the best quote a young child has said to you in reference of the book?

BB: That’s been my favorite part, sincerely. It’s really hard to pick just one because I feel like every one just builds more but I have a story that almost got me to drop one single Denzel in Glory thug tear….I’m a guy so one of my favorites came from a dad who I met through the book who told me that as a part of helping his son read more and get more comfortable with it, they literally read the paths and open letters from the book almost every night, like as a father and son activity. He also told me when they started his son would ask him questions about if he could really do these things like these people that he has him read about and he tells him you can be that and so much more, and he thanked me because he’s seen his son’s confidence about his future go through the roof this summer, like its helping kids, which was really the goal, it doesn’t get better than that to me…like at all

VKV: What’s next for YNGBLKPGH? Will there be a second edition?

BB: The work never stops to me and for me, so we’re going to keep building on this, we have a major conference that we are in the process of putting together for US in the Winter/Spring that you guys are going to LOVE…amongst other events that we are rolling out almost monthly to keep engagement up because we have a lot of people who love what happened and who want to be involved. As for a second edition…we have to now, haha, Like I know more as this was my first book than I did when I was putting this together but I can’t wait to make it even better than the first but the first will always be my baby. It was my first time walking in my purpose and making things bigger than myself and the results have been crazy. But more importantly than that I know the impact this can have. We’re also aware that this is a model that can go throughout the country because its more than just Pittsburgh too (even though we WILL take care of home first), we need this in other cities thorughout the country and I know if this can be more, I’m going to do everything in my power to make it more.

-VKV-

Van Jones Presents: We Rise Tour

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So part two of me and Jayla’s last hoorah for the summer was a spur of the moment invite to visit the Apollo Theatre to hear Van Jones speak. I found out that Jayla had already visited the Apollo before, but for me, this would be my first trip. I am not going to front, I was low-key hype because I instantly thought of allll the greats that had performed at the Apollo and I got emotional (SUPER SOFT)! Greats like Jimi Hendrix,  Ella Fitzgerald, the Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle, and Lauryn Hill are among the stars that began their careers on the Apollo’s stage… and last but not least THE JACKSON5! If you ever saw the American Dream Movie when the Jacksons’ visited the Apollo and rubbed the Tree of Hope stump… All in My Feels! I wanted to run down there and rub it solely because MJ had rubbed it (GEEEEEK) I texted my Mommy like, “I’M GOING BACK TO INDIANA”! She got it… if you don’t well I’m sorry fo’ ya! J5 actually made their debut on the Apollo Stage in August 1967! 50 years ago! So, all in all, very special for me! RIP MJ!❤️ – To check out some other cool facts about the Apollo click here-> 11 Facts About the Apollo Theater ! Okay MJ/Apollo love session over. I need to now transfer the love over to my girl Amy who made this possible! Thank you so much for thinking of me. It truly was such an honor to be in the room with such AMAZING PEOPLE, you being one of them! 😌😉❤️

So you may know Van Jones from CNN, as a 2X New York Time’s Bestselling Author, or for you newbies, you’ve seen him on all the 4:44 footnote videos. (Tidal Users Only!) Right now he is out on the We Rise Tour leading the #LoveArmy, an array of artists, athletes, thought leaders and local leaders through action-provoking discussions around the issues facing our communities. Topics that matter to us! In former cities he has had the likes of Meek Mill, Nick Cannon, TI, Russell Simmons, the list goes on and on! On our stage we had the honor to hear from, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Senator Cory Bond, Bob Bland and Carmen Perez (Founders of the Women’s March), and the incomparable Rev. Al Sharpton! LIT! Each person on the panel talked about their role in society and their everyday approach to our current cultural climate. They each shared personal stories about their past and spoke on how their experiences have shaped them to become the people that they are today. They painted extremely vivid pictures of loss, struggle, and hardships, that they  still carry with them regularly, but how these setbacks catapulted them each into working for the greater good. I think there were a few themes that I could take away. 1. Would be never let your upbringing or your hardships define you. You can’t rejoice without going through some stuff. 2. Would be don’t let the current state of our country with Cheeto, and racism, and sexism, (the list goes on and on ) define us! Van painted a good picture using Michelle Obama’s When they go low, we go high”…  He pointed out that a lot of  us were (still are) sooo upset with the election results we started to go lower than the low (which was lets face it -underground/beneath and then under that low)! Lashing out and starting arguments and just being downright nasty to those we don’t agree with whether their points are valid(typically they are aren’t ) or not! Theme no 3. would be to LOVE! It’s what God put us here to do! To love one another. Rev. Sharpton pointed out that we should reflect on the times that Dr. King and Jesse Jackson, our parents, grandparents had to endure. Those inequalities cannot and will never add up to the mess is on Cheeto, so we need to boss up! We are stronger together and we are stronger with love. After each guest on the panel spoke, Van spoke also for about 30 minutes or so. One thing that he spoke about that struck home with me was how there were people that were sitting in that theatre not living out their dreams due to fear. He said, “Your calling could be the thing that helps to save or motivate us as a unit”. Go after it, and he is so right! Life’s too short to have regrets. Change your mindset, change your LIFE! After that a video with Alicia Keys aired that was very powerful and then we were sent  on our way by thee AMAZING group, Infinity’s Song They sanggggg two songs. Listen, I don’t know who these kids are but…they gotta be next up! Please, please, please check them out! I know this post is a little lengthy, but I do think a positive mindset and not entertaining the small minded is the way to go… We Can Rise above the crap this country is putting out if we just come together and believe! I’m not going to get all preachy…but just think about it … To check out more on Van and the We Rise Tour head on over to vanjones.net ! Peep the videos on Van’s and the Apollo’s IG pages too! Love you!

-VKV-








While We Were Young

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Well… it was the final weekend for Miss Jayla and I,  so in her words she wanted to go out with a bang! Does this mean that summer is officially over?! I sure hope not! The weather in NYC over the last few days has been extremely reminiscent of fall…Ugh “Summertime Sadness”! We visited Pietro Lolita a few weeks ago and it was on our summer bucket list to visit one more super cute boutique restaurant While  We Were Young, so we did! The cuisine is also made up of healthy contemporary American dishes similar to Pietro’s. However, on this trip we didn’t have dinner. (Please note: the people sitting next to us who ordered the Salmon and the Chicken and Kale waffles… yes, their food looked and smelled delicious!) Instead of dinner, we had drinks and the yummy carrot cake! We didn’t have dinner for two reasons, 1. because we had already ate and 2. because we had the second part of our date at the Apollo to hear Van Jones speak and we were running out of time! (Be on the look out for this post SOON, like very soon!) I had the signature While We Were Young which was a Vodka Vanilla Bean Butterfly Peaflower / Sparkling Wine cutesy purple drink! (Check out the images below!) It was so good that I wanted a second, but because I am now a lightweight, I only sipped on one. One was more than enough because I was driving and I am responsible!😇 It was the right amount of light and sweet… Just how I like it! Jayla got a glass of Rosé because… I am not sure why she got Rosé, I guess that’s just what she wanted…(Boring) 😉. So… on to the dessert. I love carrot cake! It’s like the one sweet I crave every blue moon. The carrot cake at Whole Foods is my personal fav, but I was down to try WWWY’s and it was also pretty yummy. The icing was not heavy and not too sweet, which for me, is a must. I am already not a big sweets person, so not to sound like a broken a record, it was just the right amount of sweet. Overall it was a pleasant experience, the staff was friendly and well aware that everyone who comes through is coming for the pics. The restaurant was deemed “The Stuff of Instagram Dreams”, so the staff obviously knew what was up as everyone was whipping out their celly’s while waiting for their food and drinks 😌! Check out the pics below that I’ve shared from the WWWY site and some of the other pics we took on our outing! Peep Jayla who recreated the Beyoncé  pic (TOO CUTE)!(Oh duh, that’s why she got the Rosé !) I will definitely visit again to try some of the food and take in the IG perfect ambiance. Dress is from Zara ! If you are New Yorker visit, if you a visitor… visit!

-VKV-





#SwimInTheRiver

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So the boo and I hate a little date session Thursday night and went out to support our friend  Kurtis and Team Epiphany for their Heineken and +Pool event. +Pool is building a water-filtering, floating swimming pool that cleans the river while you swim. The idea is so super cool and you can certainly check out more info on the YouTube channel below! If you visit their site please sign up and pledge that you will swim in the river! If they get 100,000 pledges Heineken will donate $100,000 dollars! The collaboration is all thanks to Heineken’s “The Cities Project”. Heineken launched these projects in 2015 and are designed to make positive impacts in metro areas throughout the US. They are supporting projects like +Pool and other endeavors around the country that in my opinion are very dope. I find these projects super inspirational especially the +Pool initiative that is right in my back yard. I would love to swim in the river honestly! The YouTube video narrated by Neil Patrick Harris outlines the entire project and even sheds light on what it means to follow through with your ideas and live out your  dreams! That’s why we are here right?! To go after it ! My fit for the evening was my Travis Scott Birds Eye View Tour Merch Tee that I copped at the show in May that Brittany and I attended in the Burgh at Stage AE. People even said hey cool shirt …🔥🔥🔥Check out the images and the YouTube below and don’t forget to pledge!

-VKV-

🖤💛YNGBLKPGH🖤💛

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Being a part of YNGBLKPGH has truly been an honor. For me, being a part of something that connects me back to my community is incredible due to the fact that I am no longer living in the 412.  I think a major key is never, ever forgetting where you came from. After the book was released, I carried it on the subway for a few days. I always have a book or magazine with me that I like to read on the way to work and on the way home. It makes the commute much faster! So, after the book release, the following week’s literature consisted of the words of many Pittsburghers’ just like me and as I flipped the pages, I was loving’ it! Some letters made me laugh, some letters were super enlightening, some letters were abundantly inspiring, while others even brought me to tears. (Yes, I am not afraid to tear up in front of other New Yorkers on the train.) Many times people would stop me and ask what I was reading. I would explain the concept of the book to them and people would have such awesome things to say! (Another sidebar: New Yorkers aren’t as mean as people say they are) They would say things like, “How cool”, “Go Steelers”, and “Are you in the book ?”.  Of course bashfully I would flip to my page and they would say things like, “Wow”, “Can I read yours quickly?”, and of course the obvious, “Oh, that’s you?!”. (Sigh, yes that’s me. I know right now at 9:00 AM I look like death on the way the to work, but a girl can polish up on the weekends right…? *insert shrug*) Any who, so yes the book would open up mini-conversations and make people think even if it was just for a few moments on the train and in those moments I was proud! Proud of Brian Burley for coming up with such an amazing concept and pushing all of his ideas and spawning them in to fruition. (Goals, ideas, and even dreams are nothing without the work behind them!) Proud of ALL of those who took the time to meet Brian’s call to action and to give back to YOU the readers! Finally, proud to say yes I am from Pittsburgh, I am darn proud of where I come from! Never be ashamed of your accomplishments! So if you haven’t had a chance to check out the book, I demand that you do! It’s dope! To get more info and to purchase a copy please click here -> YNGBLKPGH

-VKV-








💕 Weekend Visit to Pietro Nolita 💕

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This hot and hazy weekend my girl Jayla and I decided to travel down to Pietro Nolita. It’s a cute little 50’s style diner where you have no choice but to Think Pink. The food is “healthy Italian” and we enjoyed the garlic and shallot homemade tagliatelle which was the special of the night. We also had light and refreshing Violetta’s, Pietro’s house infused lavender vodka with fresh lemon, honey syrup, and lemon twist.  The dining portion was cute, but we came for the photos! 😍 After dinner we saw Girls Trip… if you haven’t seen it…IT’S A MUST! Visit Pierto Nolita at @piertonolita!

-VKV-

LETTERS TO WOMEN LIKE ME, Helloooo THIRTY!

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Where do I really even begin? This book was such an unexpected blessing and gift from above. I decided to purchase Mirtha’s 3rd book as a gift to myself right before my Cuba trip. I knew it would be a great beach read, but didn’t expect it to move me the way it did. I throughly enjoyed her last two books so I was super excited when I learned that she was releasing a third. Her first two books allowed me to face some demons, open my eyes to the past, and most importantly grow. It was comforting to find someone out there in the universe, a stranger, who I felt I could genuinely relate to. These aren’t self help books, but she sincerely helped me in so, so many ways!  She speaks on the pressures and misconceptions of love and heartbreak, and how we as women all go through the same things. Our thoughts, our processes,  how we approach love, relationships, our careers and so much more.  Mirtha’s literature encompasses so many levels of life and love and emotion, in such an alluring approach.  It was our last day on the beach and everyone was sort of spread out all over. Some people were taking lunch, taking naps, and taking Rum😉, so it was the perfect “me” time to go and sit right in the water and read (Pisces love water – duh). The previous day was my 30th, and I won’t lie, I was definitely experiencing some extreme anxiety on 3.5.17. Not to mention it poured down raining and was super dreary the entire day!😞 I opened the book and begin to read… and moments later I was shedding tears. Mirtha’s opening letter entitled “Dear Woman Like Me”, must of truly been written for me! (Or so I would like to think) She mentioned how its important to strengthen the relationship with yourself before you could truly love another. She spoke on how she questioned herself and who she legitimately was as a woman because relationships have the tendency to change us. She talked about how she loves to wear the color black because it is elegant and easy; mysterious and powerful. While reading of her affection for the beloved black, I am like MIRTHA IS MY TWINNNN !😍🖤 She goes on to further talk about accepting ones flaws and that falling in love with yourself first is imperative to true happiness. I so agree! My move to NYC has been nothing but a journey of realizing who I am and learning to just love me. It’s a still a work in progress, but it’s such a more rewarding feeling knowing that you simply love you! As I read this opening passage, waves crashing and getting all worked up in true Emo-Pisces fashion, I then read on to the most touching excerpt,  “I present you Letters, To Women Like Me, a compilation of letters and poems all inspired by when I entered the empowering age of 30 (WOAH! I THOUGHT AS I SAT THERE ON THE BEACH FEELING SUPER 30). An age in which in an old world mentality signified the end  of your life as you know it, but luckily in our present world it means quite the opposite. It means an age in which I finally know myself and I am able to embark on my best life yet.  A life in which I don’t know the ending to, but I choose to live the questions and seek the answers and write them along the way. I pray that my words spark your own questions, which I’m confident will lead you to gorwth. I pray you’ll be empowered by the  answers you find and I have faith that in that process you will earn to be proud of the woman you are today and realize you can take charge and manifest the life you want to live. ” Mirtha, whether you ever see this or not, I just wanted to say thank you. It was only God that allowed me to read that distinct passage on that  chosen day. The next story went on to talk about a friend who faced a break up and felt that all she had to show for it was a Céline bag, LOL, oh how thee can relate to that too😆. Moreover, the letters and poems are real and moving. I recommend all women to read this book and all of her books for that matter. I bought this book for my best friend as a gift because even if you don’t directly relate to every passage, you too have been there for a woman in your life who has encountered these very real occurrences. I wish I could buy a copy for all the women in my life, because to me, it’s simply that good. I wanted share this with all my readers and say that I have honestly taken away so much from all of her work, but this book especially. If you are receptive, they will sincerely help you grow. We are all beings that think, feel, hurt, cry and love. Let’s empower one another to humbly and fearlessly take lives circumstances and allow them to be the blueprint for our happiness, success and growth. In that moment and today, I am looking at 30 in a brand new light! No regrets in my past, and excited to live my best life yet! Thank you Mirtha, thank you!

-VKV-

Ready to step in the world of Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol? Visit her site and purchase her work below!

mirthamichelle.com