Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Open Diary: Money Issues

Money sucks. It's nice to have it but when you don't it seems to run your life. Your worries of tomorrow hinder your joys of today when you consume yourself with the amount of bills, payments, or any other way you need to spend. Today the money has got a hold on me. Finances aren't always the best but I'm beginning to wonder when enough is enough. I've saved up more than enough to survive for 2-3 months with no job yet I'm still worried about acquiring more money. Now don't credit this to me being money hungry, a gold digger, or any other rendition you can think of, I'm just "trynna make it".
 It is easy to become captivated by the whirlwind of 'you must constantly acquire money' attitude. We live in a world where we have to borrow (credit cards, loans) to prove you are worthy of having necessities (house, car, etc.) Please explain this to me. I have to send myself into debt, pay YOU back with interest all to prove I can make on time payments. I'm not sure if I will ever understand.

Everyday we are faced with decisions. One day it can be a new 47 inch tv vs. detailing a car and the next moment it can be eat vs. gas in the car. Where is the life jacket when you need it? Don't get me wrong, I'm not struggling but I still wonder how I can keep myself in the place I am now. I would like to be comfortable in my finances (pshh who wouldn't?) Every once in a while I lose sight of what's really important and it definitely isn't money. Money is helpful but it isn't the key to everything... the richest man can be the loneliest one. Moments like this require faith.. a human quality that is often tested. I'm not sad though.. just over analytical and cautious because I'm new to this "grown up" thing lol. I'm responsible but I still worry about spending irresponsibly.

For many, money is not just the most important thing, but the only important thing. I find that a sad way to lead life. Here are some money quotes that will lend you some perspective on money. -Robert Frost

When it all boils down I know I will be fine. God will always provide no matter what! Whether I'm a millionaire or have $10 I will be provided everything I need. Keep your heads up and remember you're not alone.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Inspiration is You.

Today I woke up. The sun was shining through my window, I was excited because I had a semi-good nights rest and I was still happy from my sister visiting the night before. As usual I thanked God for waking me up, checked my phone, and looked at my timeline on Twitter. I then saw an amazing tweet from Tyrese that read: "Why follow inspirational people, read words, tweets and NOT move on them.. ?? Gods inspiration comes in ALL FORMS.. Use it people!! Go!!"

Immediately I thought of a quote I had just posted in my bathroom to stay inspired:
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

These two thoughts lead me to tweeting this:
You can spend your life RTing inspiration for others or you can BE the inspiration they RT about! #stayinspired - @desareefranchon

As I grow older I am learning the only limitations and boundaries that exist are the ones that we allow ourselves to have. We speak everyday about the very things that we want and wish to have. Today ask yourself "What have I done to get to where I want to be?"

In awe we watch MTV Cribs, E True Hollywood Story and every other show that allows us into celebrities lives as they display the individuals journey to stardom. What we forget to focus on is the beginning of each persons life. They all had to start somewhere, whether it was from the bottom or middle they kept working until the made it to the top. We never see the rough journey, the days where we eat Ramen noodles to stay alive. The days where actors and actresses were living out of their cars in the middle of a major city just to attend castings. The sacrifices that were made are rarely known but they do exist. We need to recognize that they were once in the same shoes, fighting for what they wanted, taking a small job in hopes that it will open another door for the bigger picture.

Often we become weary in the struggle. Though times seem rough don't give up! Just like the people we watch, read about, and emulate.. they never gave up. We never realize how close we are to the finish line during the race. We have become accustomed to traveling the path that has an end in sight not realizing the trip gave us no growth. There were no obstacles, no challenges, no trials to overcome. Don't be afraid of the fight.. it's what builds character. Life is full of lessons and those require expansion, whether it'd be the hard or easy way. If you have a dream.. never stop and never EVER quit. God has placed that dream in your heart for a reason and he wouldn't give to you without the tools to work it. Always believe in yourself and do not walk in fear. #stayinspired


Desaree Franchon

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tyra Banks: The epitome of FIERCE

I remember being young and looking in magazines. Models always caught my eye but Tyra Banks stole my attention in a moments notice. I remember the Got Milk? ad... Victoria's Secret covers.... Her as Jackie on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, EVERYTHING. I thought she was SO beautiful and wanted to be just like her! She is truly one of my biggest inspirations for becoming a model. Not only has she conquered modeling she has become an actress, producer, singer.. and the list continues. I pictured myself exactly where she was... and I will be!

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