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Wedding Fantasy and Reception Dreams


If you find yourself super stressed about planning the wedding of your dreams, keep in mind there is a fabulous reception that will be waiting for you.

One of the things I love most about a wedding is the ability to have two events with two different themes. Your wedding can be elegant and classy while your reception can push the envelope.

Eniko Hart, wife of Kevin Hart shows how to merge a classy wedding gown with a sexy reception dress. And since they recently celebrated there 1 year anniversary. It’s only right we feature this beautiful bride.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Rachel

The Brightest Light BURNS Half as long

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All Eyez on Me, opened to $27 million this past weekend. The movie was so popular in my city (Baltimore) that we had to leave the first movie theater we went to because all showings were sold out.

I won’t be nearly as critical as some are about the film. I’m just happy a decent movie got made about him, with the exception of Jada Pinkett- Smith’s role. Sorry, but young Jada had a real edge to her. She had charisma and boldness, and in the 3 or 4 scenes that included her, it wasn’t portrayed.

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After watching the Tupac movie, it’s obvious that his talent made him a target. It’s because he was a bright light, he DIDN’T get a chance to burn. Someone was always trying to blow him out. Whether it was a record label, movie studio, lawyers, groupies, a club promoter, or jealous ones, Tupac had no choice to become a slave to his talent. Kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.

While we all know the end of his story ends tragically, it’s still hard to believe all he accomplished by the age of 25. It’s also hard to believe how much of a threat your success can be to the people around you. If they can’t control you or keep you in servitude, they no longer are willing to let your light shine.

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If I could speak to a young Tupac, I would encourage him to discover how to manage his passion for justice and his desire to be heard, instead of being managed by it. Without a doubt, I’m grateful for his impact and influence on music, but I would have reminded him that slow and steady moves with the right people is far better than fast moves with the wrong ones. I would also tell him that while he might be a musical genius, he’s still only human. A little spiritual guidance would have gone a long way.

Rachel Bryant Lundy

 

GUN CONTROL- CHANGE THE LAWS THAT ARE A GAZILLION YEARS OLD

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I’ve been tired (please excuse my absence).

My city is sad, my country is sad.

I’ve been uninspired.  

Regard for the human life feels like it’s nowhere in sight, so let me just dive right in.

The right to bear arms dates back to the bill of rights from 1689. Overtime it has been added to numerous constitutions. On July 4th 1776, America was founded, and the right to bear arms was a part of our constitution. Just imagine how 18th century America was, as more people populated the landscape from Europe, as Native Americans were fighting to maintain their land, and as Africans were being displaced into it. You can imagine how the right to bear arms would be crucial to maintaining freedom, your home, protection from wild life, and dominance in society. Whoever had arms possessed the right to…. live. Now a days, it is a luxury, not a necessity.

While I am still in shock from the lives that have been taken, I want to approach tragedy of the mass shooting in the Orlando Night Club, Pulse with logic and rational thinking.  

A way to ensure the likelihood of this not happening again is to CHANGE THE LAWS. Shouldn’t “we the people” demand that laws are updated to reflect the times? As much as we all want to buy whatever we want, whenever we want, shouldn’t we be concerned with the greater good of society and not self? And, shouldn’t we not overlook that until the murderer carried out this unthinkable act, he hadn’t broken any laws. He was even investigated by the FBI more than once, and still getting an assault rifle was not against the law.  

Without a doubt, the amount of people murdered at one time increases the impact that is felt, because instead of mourning one, you are mourning several. However, we should be just as outraged by the murder of a person, or two, or three that happen every day in American cities. With all respect, I ask you is there any difference in a mass shooting of 50 people versus 150, or 300 lives killed yearly in one city? No, all of these instances should not be tolerated. If we don’t fix the route of this epidemic, we will become a country that choses it’s leaders out of fear. These leaders don’t bring progression, they bring tyranny.

I am praying for those that lost loved ones, but I am praying for a country to no longer react from horrors, but decide to actually prevent them.

Rachel Bryant Lundy

 

 

END of YEAR Reflection: The Art of SURVIVAL

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Ok, so I finally saw the movie CREED, and it quickly made me change my mind about what my Holiday/ New Year’s post would be.  Typically, as we assess how good or bad a year has been, most of us measure it by how many wins we were able to have. We tend to not want to spend time looking at the process….because it’s not so pretty. This pattern ends up enforcing behavior that encourages us to only embrace the end product, and overlook the not so glamorous work it took to get there.

The film offered numerous life lessons, but what stood out the most to me was it’s emphasis on the brutal training that is necessary to survive the beating you will inevitably encounter when you go after your dreams. Here is what I got from it.

1) Whatever belongs to you, go after it.

Don’t settle. Don’t ignore the voice inside of you that says you were meant for more. It doesn’t matter if you have to do it alone or without any resources. It doesn’t matter if people don’t get why you want to do it. It doesn’t matter if you are starting long after everyone else has begun. All that matters is that you can, so you will.

2) Being Grateful is what makes Good people, Great People.

Showing extreme gratitude can never hurt. No, it doesn’t always make things happen immediately for you. But, when it comes to a person deciding whether or not to help you, they would much rather help an appreciative individual. Being grateful shows your character, and it shows you value what the other person has to offer. You are not only happy they can help, but you are happy they have been able to acquire a skill set that can assist in what you need help with. It shows respect  for the process they had to go through. Maybe they had someone help them, but maybe they didn’t.

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3) There will be situations that are designed to exploit and destroy you, so many times it’s not about winning, it’s all about surviving.

There are numerous instances when we have to prove doubters wrong. This happens when people typically underestimate the work ethic or talent a person has to see their goal to completion.  However, when it’s much more than mere opposition, when people are strategically creating a situation or a system that is not created for you to benefit, and you are able to endure, that’s when respect comes in. That is how you inspire others who also know their chances of success are slim to none to still try. There may be some that hate what you stand for, but there will also be others that need the hope that your life gives.

4) Never underestimate the ability of your life to impact another’s.

It doesn’t matter the age, status, ethnicity, or whatever differences we may have, once we come in contact with one another we can either positively add to or negatively take from each other’s lives. There is always room for more positive experiences, relationships, and accomplishments.

CREED inspired me to hold on to my dream even while I  may be getting beat up trying to accomplish it. Yes, even while there are spectators who only check to see if you have fallen, and even while everyone is cheering for the people who are against you to win. No matter what is happening, you are still supposed to fight. Because you first must survive the battle, to get to the WIN.

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Decide to celebrate all of your 2015 battles, embrace the ones that will happen in 2016, and be confident that a WIN is in your future!

Wishing you a wonderful NEW YEAR.

Rachel Bryant Lundy