A Tribute To Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is a global icon, born in 1928 and who passed on May the 28th.
Her parents separated when she was very young which made her move in with her grandmother in Arkansas, this is a city where exclusion was rigidly enforced. At the age of seven she had been raped by one of her mother’s boyfriends, this traumatic event silenced until the age of 13. Later difficult circumstances also meant that Maya Angelou had spent her early adult years working in the entertainment industry as a stripper.
However being the person that she was, her traumatic history only made her stronger, not allowing anything to break her.  Angelou was a singer and a dancer who toured Europe, she was also an incredible cook who wrote exceptional cook books that are treasured among many of her other writing pieces.
According to President Barack Obama, he described her as “one of the brightest lights of our time”, calling her “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman”.
Angelou made name with the memoir – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which followed a childhood of cruelty and abuse in the 1930’s.
According to BBC News, her family described her as a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. Her life was lived to serve humanity.In 2011, President Obama handed over a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award to her.
Obama adds “Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer above all,  was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true.”
Former President Bill Clinton said “America had lost a national treasure and he and wife Hillary had lost “a beloved friend. The poems and stories Angelouwrote and read to us in her powerful voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, bravery and grace.”
One of her tweets that stood out read as follows “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
Her career had many openings, straddling television, theatre, film, children’s books and music. BBC adds that, Angelou was also a prominent civil rights activist and a friend of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
Her writing, her strengths and her elegance as a role model for those fighting for overcome inequalitand injustice was where she received her admirers.
In one of her final Facebook post, she said that due to an unexpected medical emergency, she had to cancel an engagement.
We quote from Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that wheneverI decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
By Lauren Leonard, The SA Observer

Steps to her heart<3

shes my everything...

shes my everything…

If you want a women whose special- Treat her that way.

Step 1 – Make her feel beautiful…. Okay okay, I get it. Guys be like “hey, I tell her that everyday” but that’s mere words.

I mean make her deeply feel in her beautiful heart that she’s worth that title.

It’s not just in what you say – it’s in what you don’t say.

Step 2- Honesty is the best policy.

Being honest to the girl you love will show her that you respect her enough to be open and straight with her.

Step3- Kiss her with your soul.

Behave, behave… Take your mind out of the gutter.

Kiss her on places like her forehead,hands and arms etc.

Did you know, that to a women it has a meaning.

Step4- Compare, No!!! Don’t compare her.

We all know you have had girls in your past. There’s no point in mentioning it again.

Step5- Its the small things that matters most.

The smallest things you do for a women are the things that matters most.

My bf gets irritated by me when little things like putting my picture on his bbm profile, makes me feel special. When staying up late, talking to me, makes me happy. Small stupid things, yes but it means the world to me.

Step6 – Listen to her and give feedback.

We rely on you for your love, guidance and support.

Guys need to realize how important taking time to listen to her is.

Remember:

If a woman is complaining to you, remember that it means she trusts you enough to express her feelings to you. Don’t betray that trust.

Step7- Respect her

I say no more. We should all know how to do that right?

Step8 – Remember the facts

Don’t forget what her favourite chocolate or cupcake is.

This shows that no matter what goes on in your world. She will always hold a special place in your heart and mind.

By Lauren Leonard

Lauren Leonard

Love a mindfield of confusion

Do you appreciate me?

Do you appreciate me?

My love

My love

Did you know, if you are un -affectionate, your partner may think that you don’t love them.

Ever wondered why u get more taken for granted than your friend?

So why do we get taken for granted by our partners?

According to lovepanky.com, “not all lovers take each other for granted. But most of us do, even if we don’t realize it. Ever since both of you started dating, you may be doing something special for your partner all the time, like planning a surprise birthday party or cooking them a hearty four course dinner each time they come home.

And at some point of time, your partner may turn this romantic gesture of your affection into an expectation.

If you plan an elaborate birthday party for your partner every single year and surprise them with a big gift on each birthday *you save for months to afford it!*, and one birthday, you decide to take it easy and just take your lover out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, you may still find that your partner may be slightly annoyed with you! And that’s a clear case of being taken for granted in the relationship.

Well I have a solution, here are a few fixtures to our lil problem.

I know you love him, but once in a while you need to put your foot down. Turn him down, when he asks you out on a date.

Take a wild trip with your friends and make him worried. He might think you are with a hot stud, that is making you breakfast in bed.

Become independent. Come on, say it ” I don’t need you”, those words, will make him think twice.

Let him be the one who initiates physical contact. Let him be the one to hold your hand in public first.

If he wants you to chill with him, very politely turn him down. He needs to start up his game. Chilling all the time on sofa ain’t fun all the time.

That’s it from me, The Eye Catcher.

Remember you are way better than how he treats you. You don’t deserve being put second. You are a women. You have the POWER.

By Lauren Leonard
@laylalaurenleo

the best gift ever

the best gift ever

Lauren Leonard