MORAvational Monday: Hearing NO

MORAvational Monday: Hearing NO

Let’s just get right into it today. Today’s post is very close to my heart and I hope the next time noyou hear the word “no” in regards to something you want, you think twice and don’t let it get you down…

I’ve always been told “no” for as long as I can remember. I was an emotional kid with an artistic need to express myself. Seriously, God bless my parents for dealing with me even though they themselves had their own reservations. 

I grew up doing theatre. I loved acting and ever since I could talk, I said I wanted to be in front of a camera. But critics told me I would never make it as a movie star because I wasn’t the “girl next door” AKA not leading girl material. 

I was too ethnic, too curvy, too this and way too much of that. This is something I would come to hear – and still hear- my entire life.

When I was producing TV and film, they told me to get out of a man’s world and that I would only ever be as good as someone’s red carpet arm candy. When I started as a TV host, I had an advisor tell me that I was only good for my legs and that’s what would get me hired — not my talent. Then when I started Give Me Mora, everyone warned me about sharing too much because it would scare IMG_8362people away. My community told me to choose between a career and love. As if it is impossible for those two things to coexist gracefully in the world I’m currently living in.

The more I grew, the more I heard no. 

I’ve been in this game for over 15 years now. I’ve experienced some amazing, life changing moments and I’ve also seen the worst of it. There is sure to be way more of both as I continue this journey for the next 15 years. 

And I’m okay with that.

I’m okay with that because the only thing I’ve ever been good at it is proving people wrong.

Give me 1,000 no’s and I will find 1,001 ways to tell you YES. 

If it’s anything you get from this post it’s that you need to live your life for YOU and you alone. Everyone else’s chatter is just background noise. There will always be doubters, haters, pessimists, and what have you. Press the mute button and keep going.

Because once you get to the other side, it’ll all be worth it. 

xo NM

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