The Man In The Arena, & Teddy Roosevelt.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

– From Theodore Roosevelt’s speech, “Citizenship In A Republic” in Paris, April 23, 1910

 

I discovered this a couple of years ago at a convention when Brene Brown came up and explained this quote, and elaborated on her book Daring Greatly, with fears and all. It was very inspiring. It’s okay if you fail and fail again just as long as you dared greatly, as long as you tried your hardest, as long as you tried with your heart and all. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose it matters how much effort you put into it. It matters that you tried at all.

We all fail, its not fair but it happens for a good reason. Maybe its because we didn’t want it enough or we didn’t give it our whole heart like it deserved or it just plainly wasn’t time. I maybe cliche (and that’s okay) but I believe everything happens for a reason, the good and the bad.

Another key point was that It doesn’t matter at all what anyone else has come, said, or judged you. They are not in your place, they have not fought your fight.

When I was younger so many people told me if you keep thinking bad things, bad things will happen. Of course I didn’t understand it then, I didn’t understand how the universe can do that. How could the universe and the future be reading my mind. I was actually kind of scared to be thinking bad thoughts when I was younger. But I have grown to believe that saying to be true. That is why today I try my hardest to bring positivity to the world, bring happiness and love to everyone who needs it and even to those who don’t. Why would I try to bring more sadness to peoples lives. That is what I’m trying to with this blog. That is the main reason I wanted to start this. A long while ago I was living with a lot negativity and sadness in my heart and its not good for anyone. I have grown from it, but I still know I need some growing up to do.

My favorite part of this “quote” is the last couple of lines

“if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Because even till this day it still helps me. Exactly like it says I would rather fail, or choose to at least try and do something no one else wants to do than be with those who have done anything, who don’t know what winning or losing feels like. It motivates and pushes me to do more, do something completely out of my comfort zone.

As many times United States 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt has dealt with losing his wife and his mom in the same house and day, the day his first child was born. He was happy, and he was a great president. I admire him for that. He wasn’t perfect, no president has been (well no one is perfect) He was a Rough Rider and the only president to have a Medal of Honor. Many people have John F Kennedy as their favorite president and on their walls, but Theodore Roosevelt is mine!

Who is your favorite president?

Have you ever been proud of your failures, knowing you tried your hardest?

Do something with your whole heart. It’s okay if you fail, just as long as you really tried. Please don’t regret your failure especially when you tried your hardest (It just wasn’t the right time.) It doesn’t matter what anyone says or thinks. Do what you need to do!

Sincerely yours, Jolee G.

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Audrey Hepburn.

One of my role models is Audrey Hepburn. Though she passed away more than 20 years ago, before I was even born, I have enjoyed her acting and admired her humanitarian work. Many people prefer Marilyn Monroe, and I adore her as well, and what she stood for with body weight and sex appeal & I do wish Body weight and image wasn’t pushed aside so much today. But I definitely think I’m much more like Audrey Hepburn, even before I knew who she was. I think I loved Audrey Hepburn ever since I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s a couple of years ago, I loved Holly Golightly, and her simple and beautiful brownstone apartment with her nameless cat, and gorgeous new neighbor.

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Audrey Hepburn was Introverted, liked being alone especially in nature, loved kids, caring for others and animals, she didn’t gloat about herself, she didn’t even think she was worth all the talk (based on what her son, Luca Dotti said to Vanity Fair)*

Audrey Hepburn was much more than a pretty face, There were many things people didn’t realize about her

  • Her dad was a Nazi Sympathizer, and her and her mom were part Jewish
  • One of her first roles was Gigi on Broadway
  • They didn’t use her real singing in My Fair Lady
  • Truman Capote author of the book Breakfast At Tiffany’s wanted Marilyn Monroe to be Holly Golightly
  • Fluent in 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Italian.

It makes me slightly sad and surprised, so many people pushed her aside, she was told multiple times she wasn’t enough, hiding for her life during WWII, too tall to be a Prima Ballerina, not being able to sing in her movie, and even when important authorities believed she didn’t deserve her roles, even Humprey Bogart her co star in Sabrina believed she wasn’t good enough, she was even put on a diet!*

I believe everything happen for a reason, and every single person in the world has hardships of their lives. Ms. Hepburn worked with all them she didn’t let her hardships affect her job and what she accomplished in the end, and she still ended her life still caring for others, for kids who were suffering, even risking her health as a UNICEF Ambassador, later passing away of cancer.

She suffered with Depression, issues with her self worth, Anorexia, miscarriages, and multiple divorces. I just wish people still didn’t think of her alongside with her small roles, when she did much more. I’m definitely not saying cheating is okay, its terrible, but the only bad thing I’ve learned about her was her infidelity with costars, and JFK when he was a senator, supposedly were small all affairs, (though I’m still not condoling cheating.) I love her because she was classy, simple, kind, strong, introverted, and beautiful. She worked incredibly hard. She is my role model.

(The Dark Side article below didn’t hinder my thoughts of Audrey, it made me love her more. Everyone has flaws, the flaws that make us who we are, the same ones that make us stronger.)
Audrey Hepburn’s Son: My Mother Never Thought She Was Beautiful: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2013/04/audrey-hepburn-never-thought-i-was-beautiful

The Dark Side of Audrey Hepburn: http://thisrecording.com/today/2011/2/9/in-which-nothing-about-audrey-hepburns-ex-husband-interests.html

 

I may have not changed your views on Audrey Hepburn and that’s okay, I just wanted to share why I love and admire her so much.

Who is your role model and why?

Sincerely Yours Jolee G.

Who’s Behind SincerelyJoleeG

I had a realization from a very important person in my life.

You literally have no idea who I am. It’s completely true. For me having a personal blog, you have to know about me. Though you can go onto my About Me page above, even learn about my anxiety from there but it doesn’t always show through the WordPress Reader. I love and believe in many things. All of which I can’t really think of every of them all for this (even if I could this post would be way too long) But you can also learn even more about me throughout my blog and posts. So here I am, learn about the face and person behind the words.

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I have lights hanging in my room (all year long) its beautiful and I love it.

My name is Jolee Guerrero.

I created my blog name based on the signature you would write at the end of a letter (Sincerely) I think of my posts as my letters which are sincere and important to me like I’m personally talking to you, and that I send out to the world. And of course the last part of the name of my blog is my name.

I am (a or an)

  • Semi-Vegetarian (I still eat poultry and fish) Full Vegetarian January
  • Introvert
  • Humanitarian
  • Nocturnal
  • Overweight
  • Not too good with makeup

I love

  • Indie Music
  • The Civil Wars (folk/country/indie duo that split apart a couple of months ago)
  • Pancakes
  • Silhouette’s (art style)
  • Tattoos (myself having 1 in picture above)
  • Learning
  • Baking
  • Drawing/Creating (even though I’m not too great at it)

Though I love technology. The beauty of cell phones, internet, everything still amazes me. But I also do love old/vintage objects, music, songs, movies, books etc. I understand I guess I’m apart of the vintage love generation. But I have loved older things for as long as I can remember, Since I was younger maybe around 5-6 I always loved older songs, actors/celebrities, movies, cars as old as from the 1910’s-1990’s. Its become kind of a thing me and my family to laugh about wondering how I’ve always loved old things, for instance an old classic song would play I would instantly know and sing from hearing it maybe from when I was so much younger, and my family would be completely surprised that I could actually know a song from the 50’s.

I’m also not a huge fan of the modern and sleek look on vehicles, furniture and houses. To me it kind of looks like it doesn’t have character and history. I always get so annoyed when Hollywood or anyone tries to remake a classic, like the many movies/books of the Romeo & Juliet ‘love’. And there is now new movies of Annie and Cinderella coming out. I mean why? We all know what happens from the greatest and original movies and books.

I’m not trying to earn money from my blog, I truthfully created this because I love to write, create things. I want to bring positivity and show people what I believe in, and that it is completely okay not to be okay.

Though I have just started my journey with social media and this blog. This has made me so much happier and really helped me. I plan to bring a bit of everything onto this blog like poetry, DIY’s, recipes, life, reviews, decor, gift ideas etc.

If you want to learn a bit more about me you could check my About Me, at the top of the page and on my Enchanted Forest post I made earlier in November that talks about more things I love and my interpretation of the Enchanted Forest and the sneak of Anxiety and Depression.

About Me: https://sincerelyjoleeg.wordpress.com/about/

You Enchanted Forest: https://sincerelyjoleeg.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/the-enchanted-forest/

Since you know a good amount about me, I would love to know about you, my readers!

  1. What is your name?
  2. Pancakes or Waffles?
  3. Sweet or Salty?
  4. Which state, city, village, country do you reside in?
  5. What was your dream job when you were younger?

 

 I have struggles. I have fears. I have made a numerous amount of mistakes. I am human. & So are you!

This blog is a part of my life that is just beginning and I’m not letting go.

Enjoy!

Sincerely Yours Jolee G.