Lonely Elderly Woman Asks Her Neighbor to Be Her Friend with Sad Note

90-year-old Wanda out in San Francisco was living alone and very much sad and lonely. One of her sons had died of cancer, and her other two live very far away. The poor woman lives alone, and knew not a soul in her neighborhood.

Fed up of being alone, she reached out to her neighbor, Marleen Brooks, who lived a little bit down the street. In a bittersweet note, Ms. Wanda expressed that she was by herself and asked if the two of them could be friends.

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Frank Somerville / KTVU / Facebook

Marleen quickly went over to her elderly neighbor’s house with a friend the next night, introducing herself with a friendly smile and some cupcakes! She expressed in a letter to a newsman, Frank Somerville of KTVU News, all that happened:


She’s such a sweet lady!

And she was over the moon when we came over.

Wanda said:

‘I hope you didn’t think I was stupid for writing you, but I had to do something.

Thank you so much for coming over.

I’ve lived here for 50 years and don’t know any of my neighbors.’

Wanda has 3 sons, one died last year of cancer.

The other two live far away.

She’s 90 and and is on oxygen and has congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, among other ailments.

We brought her cupcakes (didn’t have enough time with work to make the banana bread).

I also made sure she knew she can call us at anytime and that I’ll be back to spend time with her!

I’m sure Wanda and I will have some great times.”

This was so, so sweet, but so sad at the same time! Imagine how many other elders are out there, living alone with no one around to talk to! How we treat our elders in America is a whole other topic in America for another day, but man, that’s crazy.  Glad Miss Wanda reached out to one of her neighbors, and now it looks like she has a great, new friend! Hoping she finds even more!

But this reminds me of an old adage found in Proverbs. In a paraphrase, “To have a friend, you must show yourself friendly.” (Prov. 18: 24). I’ve been thinking about this myself about having and KEEPING friends. In order to have friends, you have to be kind yourself and be willing to reach out and spend time with other people.  In Miss Wanda’s case, it wasn’t her fault that she was alone. But she was tired of it, so she kindly asked someone to be hers.

My own circle is SMALL (and I like it that way), but I can often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of my life, and not even think to reach out to the friends and loved ones I have around me sometimes a lot of times. You can’t expect people to keep reaching out to you and you’re not reciprocating that.  So this story inspired me to just be a better friend to my circle and possibly make new ones!



Inspirational Jam: “Brave Honest Beautiful”-Fifth Harmony feat. Meghan Trainor

Moving forward, every Thursday I’ll drop an inspirational jam that motivates and pushes me. I hope it does the same for you guys!

Today’s Inspirational Jam is one from the beautiful ladies of Fifth Harmony with a special assist from Meghan Trainor!

From their debut album, Reflection, the group has a powerful, motivating track entitled, “Brave Honest Beautiful.” It’s about embracing everything about you–your looks, your quirks, who you are a person completely–and making a decision to walk confidently in that! The song is uplifting to not only the group’s fans, but to each other. And they do a beautiful acoustic rendition of it on their 7/27 world tour!

I really like these ladies! And though Fifth Harmony is down a member after Camila Cabello’s exit last December, they’re still going strong!

Take a listen to “Brave Honest Beautiful” below!

Words of Wisdom: “All It Takes Is One Yes” -Lea Michele (VIDEO)

“Most of the greatest success I’ve had came from a door closing. That led me to something incredible.”

                                                              –Lea Michele

Lea Michele, best known for her stint on hit musical TV show Glee, had some very wise words that I definitely took to heart today!

In chatting with Cosmopolitan, the singer and actress admitted that if she hadn’t gotten rejected from her dream role in a Broadway production of West Side Story. She was absolutely heartbroken, but that door closing in her face led to her getting a starring role on Glee just a few weeks later, which went on for six seasons. After experiencing rejection after rejection in auditions, she made it! “All it takes is one yes,” Lea said. And I really believe that it’s the universe preparing you for the thing that is going to be the best thing for you in your life.”

I’m actually writing a deeper post about this, but isn’t this a lot of our own stories? We get so frustrated and doubtful after hearing no (or sometimes no response at all!) SO many times, whether it’s for jobs, loans, or, for writers like me, story pitches. It really makes you question whether or not your dream is ever going to come true. This right here was definitely something I needed to hear today! I hope it pushes y’all too to keep going after what’s meant for you.

Five Year Old Steps In as His Cousin’s Prom Date After She Gets Stood Up

Prom night is supposed to be one of the happiest days in a high school girl’s life. It definitely was Haleigh Wiley…all thanks to her five year old cousin!

After Haleigh’s boyfriend bailed out as her real prom date after an argument, little Bentley stepped in to make sure his cousin still had a great time. “I will take you to prom. I can do it, I’m a big boy!” he told Haleigh after finding out she needed a date. Too sweet!

Haleigh accepted Bentley’s, making for one of the sweetest moments in prom history. The two of them were dressed to the nines in matching outfits and turned the prom OUT!

Check out more about the story and more pics below!

Sorry, the “Perfect Moment” to Work on Your Dream Will Never Come

“I’ve been wanting to start a blog like you do,” a friend told me a while back. “I’m just waiting for the right time. Need things to settle down a little bit, and then I’m going  to jump into it and make it happen.”

I understood where she was coming from. I’ve been there. When I was younger, I jumped right into creating The Spotlight, but was hesitant to take on other writing jobs thinking that I wouldn’t be able to handle the blog, studying and being involved at college, AND writing for other sites. I thought, “Maybe I should wait until after I graduate, and my workload slows down a little bit.” (Spoiler alert: it didn’t.) I took a chance and signed my first real freelance gig at the top of 2012, soon realizing that I could handle it. It took some A LOT of work, but I managed to make it happen.

Same thing happened when I got into the REAL, real world after college. I was afraid that I wasn’t good enough for certain writing gigs. That I needed to study and become stronger like this writer and that one. That I had to be 150% percent perfect in order to make it, and, until I was, there was no sense in going after certain opportunities. There was no point in attending different blogging conferences to network with other people. I hadn’t “made it” yet. The moment had to be just right. I had to be just right.

Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t grow in whatever your craft is. You absolutely should be working to better yourself as time goes on. But I can only imagine how many opportunities I missed out on waiting for me to “get my life together.” Sometimes, I think about different chances I could’ve had if only I had gone after things in spite of my feelings, and it kinda gets me in my feelings. So let me give this to you right quick:

In case no one ever told you, THE PERFECT MOMENT DOESN’T EXIST. 

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You’re still going to have the job, and the bills, and the volunteer work, and the kids, and whatever else.  I’m basically in the same boat (minus the kids part. One day, I pray, but definitely not right now!). All of that is not going to go away; it’s going to be a juggling act for sure. At the end of the day, life isn’t going to just stop and wait on you to figure things out. You have to be confident working towards your new venture, and figure out how you can personally balance it all. You’re also have to realize that you’re not going to know how to do it all when you first start out, and that’s okay! Point blank, if you see yourself going in a new direction, or starting something new in your life, GO FOR IT! Don’t wait for an “ideal time,” because it truly will never come. You want to start a blog? Start one. You want to work towards opening your own business? Do it. You see yourself creating your own YouTube channel and killing it? Make it happen.

How? Here’s a few tips:

  1. Don’t let the fact that you’re a beginner or rookie sway you. There will always be room for improvement, and you’ll find ways to work more efficiently as time goes on. You’re not going to know how to make every little piece of your goal happen at the very beginning. I knew NOTHING about running a blog, and how much it would take to seriously pursue and promote it. Google became one of my best friends, and I read articles and took classes (and still am). I slowly but surely learned what to do, what not to do, and what worked best for me. But I had to start somewhere. We all do.
  2. Be real with yourself about what you can seriously sacrifice to make time to work towards your new goals (i.e., cutting out TV/Netflix time, getting off social media, making time at etc.). Make your weekends more productive instead of just sleeping in and chilling after the stressful week. I know it’s hard, but make those sacrifices if you really want to try your hand at a new thing.
  3. Find ways to be more efficient in your work. Once you figure out days or times that you can work on your goal, figure out your best process on how you can get things done in bulk ahead of time. Case in point, for this site, I now use my down time to create and batch content for the days ahead (especially for things like #MondayMotivation and Words of Wisdom to be released each week). I got that from a masterclass from style blogger/influencer Mattie James. Literally, something that small (and seemingly common sense if I think about it for real) changed my life when it came to writing. That way, I’m not rushing to do things the day of, and I have time to work on even more posts for the future! Figure out your best process, and get things done.

At the end of the day, the gist of this is not to wait for the perfect time to do something new. Stop waiting for the right moment, because you’ll be waiting forever, and opportunities WILL pass you by. Put aside excuses or reasoning, and go after whatever sets your soul on fire. As time goes along, you’ll hit a few bumps and get a few bruises (or a lot probably), but you’ll get stronger and wiser. Never “perfect,” but definitely BETTER. But you can’t do that if you’re always waiting for the perfect moment. 



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