The #RomanForum was awe-inspiring. In the #USA, our buildings barely last ~50 years. The weirdest part about that, to me, is that the Romans created domes and *new* structures from nothing. Their creations were almost all innovations! Even now, we’re building upon a lot of their ideas, and I really don’t understand how we’ve managed to architecturally evolve backwards, while some of civilization’s oldest structures are still here! Buildings like the #Colosseum and the #Patheon have survived fires and #earthquakes—and I can’t even find an apartment in LA where someone didn’t screw the cabinets in on a slant😂🤦‍♀️ We’ve been fortunate enough to have some amazing minds in our lifetime (*#StephenHawking, #ElonMusk, and #SteveJobs), but, as a whole, we’re not challenging ourselves to reach further than our ancestors did. But, WHY? We’ve been spared the challenge of forced innovation for survival, yet we’ve opted to take the cheap/easy way out. We’ve seen certain materials withstand the tests of time and the elements, yet we’re still creating #buildings that collapse from minor earthquakes. There’s a #quote I read once that said, “If no one thought differently, then nothing new would ever be accomplished.” Well, you DO think differently, so don’t be afraid of that power. PLEASE, don’t let your talents and creativity be stifled by the limitations of others. Each one of us was blessed with a mind unlike everyone else’s, and we have to be strong enough to push through the inevitable social pressures and judgements that come with that—even when they’re coming from those who are close to us. You’re the only one who lives inside your head, so you’re the only one who actually knows what you’re capable of accomplishing. YOU are the only thing that can truly stand in your way—everyone and everything else needs YOUR permission to do so. Every adversity in your life can be sidestepped with the right amount of #determination, and you’ve got no one to blame but yourself if you give up. #Challenges are obstacles, not road blocks, and I believe in you all, and the unique gifts that you’ve been given. I hope you do, too💕


The #RomanForum was so awe-inspiring. In the #USA, our buildings barely last more than ~50 years. The weirdest part about that, to me, is that the Romans created domes and *new* structures from nothing. Their creations were all innovations, and they’re still standing! Even now, we’re just building upon a lot of their ideas, and I really don’t understand how we’ve managed to architecturally evolve backwards while some of civilization’s oldest structures are still here! Buildings like the #Colosseum and the #Patheon have survived fires and #earthquakes—and I can’t even find an apartment in LA where someone didn’t screw the cabinets in on a slant😂🤦‍♀️ We are fortunate enough to have some amazing minds in our lifetime (*#StephenHawking, #ElonMusk, and #SteveJobs), but, as a whole, we’re not challenging ourselves to reach further than our ancestors did. What I want to know is WHY. We’ve been spared the challenge of forced innovation when it comes to architectural stability, yet we’ve opted to take the cheap/easy way out. We’ve seen ancient materials withstand the tests of time and the elements, yet we still create buildings that collapse from minor earthquakes. There’s a #quote I read once that said, “If no one thought differently, then nothing new would ever be accomplished.” Well, you CAN think differently, so don’t be afraid to do so. PLEASE don’t be afraid to be judged, and please don’t let your talents and creativity be stifled by the limitations of others. Each one of us was blessed with a mind that’s unlike all of the others, and we have to be strong enough to push through the inevitable social pressures and judgements—even when they come from those who are close to us. You’re the only one who lives inside your head, so you’re the only one who actually knows what you’re capable of accomplishing. YOU are the only thing that can truly stand in your way—everyone and everything else needs YOUR permission to do so. Every single adversity in your life can be sidestepped with the right amount of #determination, and you’ve got no one to blame but yourself if you give up. #Challenges are #obstacles, not road blocks, and I believe in you all...and the unique gifts that you’ve been given. I hope you do, too💕


You know, I never thought I’d come back to #Italy again, after living here for six months in my teens. The first time I came, I couldn’t really explain why—it was like something was pulling me, and I just knew that I HAD to move here as soon as possible. I remember begging my mom to let me do a study abroad program in college, but she told me that there was no way she was going to pay for me to “party in #Europe for a year.” I couldn’t pay for the trip myself back then (college life, lol), but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was supposed to be in Italy. Instead of taking no for an answer, I reached out to a bunch of different #modeling agencies and found one that offered me a three month contract in #Milan—including flights, apartment, and “pocket money.” I was going to move to Italy for free! I still remember how mad everyone was when I left, and how unsupportive most of my friends were, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to be there. If I hadn’t followed my instincts back then, who knows where I’d be now. That one roadblock from my mom was a major defining moment in my life—that was the moment where I threw away every conventional aspect of my Southern upbringing and became an international #model. If she hadn’t told me no, I would have never seen so much of the #world, I would have never considered returning to modeling after high school, and I would never have really found myself, or have become the person I am today. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we all have these feelings that we belong somewhere, or that we just *need* to be doing something in particular, and sometimes we can’t explain them; but, if you follow your instincts over everyone else’s opinions, you’ll end up with a life more amazing than you ever thought possible. Don’t let anyone else’s doubts define your future, because only you know what’s best for you. In all honesty, we’re all just winging it❤️