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I woke up knowing today is going to be a good day.

I sprung out of bed right when my alarm went off, danced all the way down the stairs, went for a quick jog, came home and did a session of yoga in my living room, and then drank a refreshing strawberry banana smoothie all before 8:00 a.m.

Just kidding. That is what I wish I did this morning. Turns out I didn’t do any of that.

But rather than focusing on the negative, I’m going to focus on the positive and talk about a few things I’m loving this week. For starters, I love this Ohio weather! Ok, if you are from Ohio, you know how comical and rare those five words are, even separated. “Love” and “Ohio weather” are about as compatible as stepping in a liquid with only a pair of socks on. And you pray to God that it was water.

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This viral music video makes me so happy.

It really upsets me to read some negative comments about the song. I think everyone is kinda missing the point a bit. The point is NOT “being natural without any makeup is better” because you’ll notice a few of them DO keep their makeup on…. but they remove something they feel is shameful, something that is normally covered up. Heavy eye makeup, a wig to hide baldness, makeup that covers up wrinkles, etc. This song is saying that you don’t have to try to fit in by covering up what you’re ashamed up. Its about looking in the mirror and saying, “I like what I see” and then choosing to wear make up if you’d like. I wear make up once in a blue moon. That is just me. This song isn’t a “don’t wear make up” message, but rather a, “give yourself a break” message. So if you like lashes, wear lashes. If you like bright lipstick, rock it. Just don’t forget to love who you really are and let society make you feel like you have to look a certain way because you don’t. I promise. The only reason why that message to us women in society is so effective is because we listen to it. It sounds easier than it really is, but why don’t we just stop listening to it? Who’s with me?

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MORNING
(a poem by Frank O’Hara that broke my heart and made me start crying in the middle of Starbucks)

I’ve got to tell you
how I love you always
I think of it on grey
mornings with death

in my mouth the tea
is never hot enough
then and the cigarette
dry the maroon robe

chills me I need you
and look out the window
at the noiseless snow

At night on the dock
the buses glow like
clouds and I am lonely
thinking of flutes

I miss you always
when I go to the beach
the sand is wet with
tears that seem mine

although I never weep
and hold you in my
heart with a very real
humor you’d be proud of

the parking lot is
crowded and I stand
rattling my keys the car
is empty as a bicycle

what are you doing now
where did you eat your
lunch and were there
lots of anchovies it

is difficult to think
of you without me in
the sentence you depress
me when you are alone

Last night the stars
were numerous and today
snow is their calling
card I’ll not be cordial

there is nothing that
distracts me music is
only a crossword puzzle
do you know how it is

when you are the only
passenger if there is a
place further from me
I beg you do not go

WOW. If you ever want to stop believing in love, just remove both Frank O’Hara and Pablo Neruda from your world.

Last but not least, I’m happy today is finally Friday. I work tonight as well. My favorite thing is when I seat a table and I can say, “Welcome to Friday’s and happy Friday!” I’m a dork. 😉

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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