Yes, that’s right, Lil’ Wayne taught me to live with intention.


Today I received a letter in my mail box unlike any that has ever touched my fingertips. The letter was from a girl that I have never met beyond a smile on campus. The note was short but sweet:

I don’t even think you remember me but I always see you around campus and we have talked once. I had heard your name come up in conversation and you talked to me one day, not even intentionally I don’t think, and I suddenly understood why people thought you were a great person.  You are always put together, I never see you without a smile on your face and you just seem to glow. Since meeting you I have known that I wanted to be just like you and I thought you should know that. Good luck after graduation.

Not the note I was expecting to encounter in box 243 just one week from my college graduation. But jeepers I am thankful that she wrote this to me. This letter made me take a serious step backward and look at my day-to-day routine. Often I never think twice about the people I am engaged in a conversation with or how I go about tackling a busy schedule; I certainly never thought that just by being myself I could inspire someone to want to be like me. That, my friends, was a sugar pill to swallow.

But I have traced this letter all day, my fingers sliding along the edges of the bright blue stationary. And I have read it a few times. And I just keep coming back to the mention of my “glow.”

I think the secret to any glow lies in living life out intentionally. People who I admire in my own life glow in my eyes because they don’t attempt to be someone else; they put a remarkable value on each day and they make use of their every opportunity. We make decisions on a daily basis about how we want to present ourselves to the world or who we want to associate with. We make choices that, correct me if I am wrong, meant to make us learn, grow and develop in this ever shifting world. So what can we say for ourselves if they are all the wrong decisions? If we spend time with people who keep us pent up in little boxes or if we constantly mingle with individuals who belittle our dreams. What if every single day we decide to treat ourselves badly, make mockery of our own dreams, our bodies, or our physical appearance in general?

We do have a power, whether we see it or not, to present the best version of ourselves to the word. We decide who gets a spot in our cast of our life story, who receives more lines and more stage direction. We have the choice to either cut to play out a scene to the end or cut to the next stage in the story. No matter what we choose to do, we should not take this ability to take life into our owns hands for granted..

It is no secret that I am a lover of all things Weezy F. Baby. He may be incarcerated and not the best of role models, but for reasons that I don’t really know, I adore him. In his documentary he said, “I do what I want because I do what I want every single day.” Oh Lil Wayne, how I love your eloquence.

He is no Shakespeare but I follow his mantra. I pray at the end of each day to wake up the next; to be true, to be real and to fill myself up with good people and good conversation. If I have been hard on myself the day before I simply vow to do better the next day, go a little easier on myself, and patch up my mistakes. I take care of myself. I take care of others. And I think that’s enough.

I don’t do these things for other people. I do these things because I want to do them. And maybe, just maybe, in doing so I have found a way to glow, a way to brighten someone’s day just by being me. Intentionally.

How do you live with intention?

23 thoughts on “Yes, that’s right, Lil’ Wayne taught me to live with intention.

  1. It’s so weird that you are writing about this because lately I’ve been thinking a lot about intentionality. For me…well. It’s realizing that I have a CHOICE. It’s not easy, because I’ve spent a lot of time just coasting and wishing but…lately I am realizing that I have the power to achieve the things that are important to me. It’s so simple, but not easy. I have to rework my entire “programming.” It means working a lot harder than I did when I was just coasting, but that’s ok because I know I’ll reap way more rewards from it. Thank you for talking about this, and also, that is a really awesome note you were given! How sweet. 🙂

    1. Hey Lisa:

      I get what you mean about the reprogramming. I don’t think it is easy to live intentionally, often I forget to do it myself. But I keep getting little reminders that life is so unpredictable, I want to make sure I make the most out of it.

      Thank you love.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  2. So beautiful! Living with intention is something I truly try to focus on, and I would like to think I have the glow… Some days I’m probably lacking it though! 🙂

    What an incredible letter, and how amazing that she would reach out to you like that… Pretty neat lady!

    1. Yea, I am pretty happy she did. I was in need of that little pick me up, never expected I would find it in that way. How I love the unexpected in this world.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  3. I definitely need to live life with more of a glow. I have a good attitude and a smile on my face most of the time but I do want to be the girl who is positive and makes others feel welcome and accepted just by being around them.

    What an awesome note to receive!

  4. This is absolutely beautiful, and I love the timing with which I’m finding this. I’ve had to make some very deliberate decisions with regards to intentions lately, particularly with how I perceive and treat certain people in my life. Making the choice to be aware of your actions and to make those actions acts of kindness… THAT is how I’m living with intention this week.

    1. I could learn from you as well Doniree… I think I need to be more aware of the way that I treat certain people in my life, or the people who I ultimately give priority too. We can so work on it together, best of luck.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  5. SO beautiful, and it comes as no surprise at all that your glow is noticeable. I echo what Doni said – making the choice to be AWARE of how you live your life, and making sure your actions are full of kindness, can make all the difference in the world. 🙂 I’m so happy you got that note 🙂

    1. As am I Emily. And I must say: LOVE your last post. Thanks for speaking up… because it really means something and says something about blogging with integrity.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  6. I have to admit, I don’t remember visiting your blog before. I saw a comment you left Emily Jane and just had to stop by and check this space out!

    What a BLESSING that I chose to read this post on this day!! This post is inspiring and made me feel empowered to steer my own life in a way that is most authentic. What a wonderful email to get from anyone…what a wonderful testament to the person that you are.

    Just wanted to say Hi and that your post has changed my outlook today!!

    🙂

    1. Ah Carolina! I am so happy that my post could play a part in your day. I know the feeling, I adore stumbling upon posts that hit me at just the right moment. It is such a pleasure. And I am glad you came by, especially from Emily Jane’s blog. She is a gem!

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  7. Who knew Lil’ Wayne could be so inspirational?

    I like that though – “Live with intention.” I think a lot of us get caught up in the whole “living for [work/money/family/etc]” and we forget that each day that we are given on this earth is truly a gift.

    I believe that I’m living with intention to save lives, change lives and to make a difference in this world. Even if my difference is small, I know that I will leave this world a little better than it was before.

    xoxo

    1. That is a fantastic outlook Kate. I like the way you think. I often forget that each day is a gift but I love any opportunity like this one to remember it and be thankful for it… And Weezy is only the best in my eyes, ha ha.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  8. I’m impressed by both of you. You for having such and impact on her that she would write you a note and her for writing the note – look at the impact that her words had on you.

    Semi-on topic…Being a Texans fan, I don’t have much love for Peyton Manning, but I saw a piece on him once where they focused on a story about how he handwrites letters to retiring players, who’s work-ethic or attitude toward the game he admired, letting them know how much he appreciates and respects them…that gave me a new resepect for him.

    I think often we overlook the impact (good or bad) that our attitude and how we carry ourselves has on others. BTW…love me some D. Carter.

    1. Why thank you! I too am impressed with her ability to send me that note, jeepers, I dont think I would have so much courage to do the same.

      And that is a great story about Peyton Manning, if only more people could do stuff like that.. I know it means the world when people receive that stuff, you should check out my 10thousand thank-you notes initiative on the homepage.

      And Dwayne Carter is one heck of a man! Ha ha ha!

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  9. I just stumbles upon your blog today via 20SB and holy cow, woman. This post had me really teary. I have been going through a really rough time and the onlu thing that has been getting me through is living each day with the intention of deriving satisfaction and joy from it. A few years ago I decided to live my life on purpose and put myself in the situations for good things to happen to me. I have gotten a few e-mails and letters of simmilar content lately and they truly are the most humbling and surprising things.

    I laughed at the title of this post, too. I am notorious for HATING Lil’ Wayne(blame the fact that the skank that my ex cheated on me with was his biggest fan), but I do admit he has some great sound bites. You have inspired me to give him another try. Ha.

    Your blog is so beautifully written and simply lovely and truthful. Thank you. You have a way with words.

    1. I am so happy that you stumbled upon my blog! Your comment was awesome to wake up to this morning. I am glad that I was able to help you out and give you a little boost. That is exactly what I am here for. And you are absolutely right, life is so much more meaningful when he seek out satisfaction! You keep at it love, hold you head up high. And shoot me an email if you ever wanna chat!

      And though I don’t admire everything about Lil Wayne, definitely not up there with Oprah and other role models, but I do love his music.. he is a genius in that sense, to me at least.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am always so humbled by people liking my words and the way that I write. I appreciate so much your kind praise. Hope to see you back again soon.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

      1. Thanks for your sweet, sweet reply! I love blog friends, so I will definitely shoot you an e-mail sometime. I think that we would definitely get along and it’s nice to have someone likeminded in your corner sometimes.

        Love&Light,

        Jodie

  10. That’s pretty awesome that someone wrote you a letter like that! How sweet and what a positive affirmation that by being you, you’re impacting other people’s lives. 🙂

    I have to say that your writing shines and expresses exuberance and positivity all the time, even if/when the subject matter is a tough one. That’s hard to do!

    I hope you’re enjoying graduation week and all that’s to come.

    1. Thank you Nora. That is a great compliment! I always adore hearing what you have to say.

      Thank you for the well wishes with graduation week as well… Three more days, I cannot believe it.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

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