Asha's Summer Reading List- Book 1

You can find inspiration anywhere but one of the best places to find it is in a good book! During the next week I will reveal my top 5 "summer reads" for the month of July.

Today, I begin with a book written by Lindsey A. Walker entitled, "Get Your Brand Right."

Meet the new American Girl of the Year: Rebecca A. Ramnarine

Most books in the American Girl series begin with a fun, inquisitive, adorable, nine year old girl that teaches you a bit about American history through the story of her life. However for nine year old American Girl, Rebecca Ramnarine, the lesson we learn is one of love through the legacy she leaves behind.

Friends and family describe her as a child that’s beautiful, smart, witty, funny and loved unconditionally. Her mother, Abiola Ramnarine recollects not only the love she received but the love she gave in return. “She was a giver”, Ramnarine states “she gave with all her heart and she loved everyone. Once she loved you, you knew [because]  whatever she had was yours.” This act of love included sharing a variety of snacks that were often packed into two lunch pails, one for Rebecca and another for any of Rebecca’s friends in need.

She is remembered as a compassionate and kind child who did not require more than what her parents could provide. Grateful for such  incredible children, her parents often tried to reward Rebecca and her sister with meaningful gifts for their birthdays. This October, Rebecca wished for nothing more than an American Girl themed birthday party. “Rebecca wanted an American Girl doll for the longest” her mother shared. As most girls her age, Rebecca truly loved the brand and after realizing she could not have a party at the American Girl store in New York, settled to make American Girl her official birthday theme. Sadly, Rebecca would not be able to see her dream come true as her life was taken in a tragic accident in early May.

However Rebecca’s legacy will live on through the Rebecca Alexandria Ramnarine Fund for Girls. The official fundraiser page states that it has been established to give less fortunate girls the opportunity to have their very own American Girl Doll. Rebecca’s mother, Abiola Ramnarine explains “It’s not just for little girls who are underprivileged, it’s for parents who are giving 110% and still can't give their child something that they really want.” So far the fund has raised over $1,000 and continues to tread toward its October goal. When asked if she had any final words to share in remembrance of her daughter, Ramnarine states “I just want everyone to take a page out of her book and think about someone other than yourself...and love just love.” 

To donate to the fund visit here:

**The family graciously request that you keep them in your prayers.

I'm not scared of rejection and here's why...

I made a New Years resolution to be more candid about my rejections. I often share my stories of success but what  a lot of people don’t know is that I don’t always get things I apply for. In most instances I can say that I do feel a little disappointed in myself but lately, I haven’t really been fazed. Every rejection is slowly but surely helping me realize what I’m meant to do and reaffirming who it is that I’m meant to be.

A lot of times I’ll look at an opportunity as a stepping stone to see where I need to be in my career but I realized that not everything that you apply for do you absolutely need (or in that moment at least). The journey towards your purpose is never an easy road. I will say that it’s a lot more narrower of a path than you think but it’s certainly not clear. There will be nay-sayers, thunderstorms and sometimes you might get stuck in the mud however it’s your faith, the determination and love for yourself and your dream that will keep you going in even the most severe conditions.

I’m not ashamed to say that this week, I was not a winner in the way in which I hoped to be. Yet, I’m not discouraged or the least bit afraid. As a college senior my conversations seem to circulate around the question “So, what are you doing after graduation?” I admit, it can be a headache answering when you’ve just been rejected from option 1, 2 and 3 and you’re not even sure yourself, but the best way to survive a conversation about your future is to own it. I may not know exactly where I will end up in the next 4 months, but I know wherever I will be, I will be happy.

I’ve learned that success is not really about the accomplishment but the resilient person you become on the journey to get there. It’s like playing the board game monopoly, it requires some giving, taking and a whole lot of patience but you’ll eventually get to where you need to be and it’ll be so worth it. So if you’ve just been rejected, thinking you might get rejected or are putting on a brave face and taking a chance, never fear you’ll eventually end up where you need to be. As Raven Symon
é once said, “When someone tells you no, that just means you’re talking to the wrong person”, and trust me not everyone has the answers that you need. 

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