Aliya Austin starts her day off right. Her dad, Ron, makes sure of it. Ron's Facebook feed, DFG Health and Wellness, is filled with motivational inspiration and advice, but it made our hearts full to see he really practices what he preaches, especially with his 3-year-old daughter.
Ron shared a video of Aliya and him at their home in Virginia getting ready for school with a little more affirmation. Hey, Ron, when you are done can you come to our houses!?!
In case you missed any of that, here is their morning mantra:
Daddy: Look at yourself, look in your eyes. You gotta see it, okay? You gotta feel it. You ready? You ready for school? Is it gonna be a good day? A really good day? You gonna be positive?
Daddy & Aliya: I am strong. I am smart. I work hard. I am beautiful. I am respectful. I’m not better than anyone. Nobody’s better than me. I am amazing. I am great.
Daddy: What’s your name?
Daddy: If you fall?
Aliya: I get back up
Daddy: What are you?
Aliya: I’m blessed.
Daddy & Aliya: Thank you, God, for making me the greatest. There is nobody better than me!
Daddy: Alright, give me five. Give me a kiss. Let's go.
In an interview with Babble, Ron says he does this with Aliya every morning to help build her self-esteem and confidence. Not surprising at all, he works as a program director at the YMCA. The video has been seen to date by 14 million people!
This is what we have to say about that:
As we grow older, we begin to reminisce about the past. You may wonder what your high school friends are up to these days, or whether an old boyfriend or girlfriend is married with kids. And you wouldn't be alone—seven in 10 online adults have searched for information about other people (we bet that seven out of seven looked up an old flame!). So what are the best ways to find someone you haven't seen in 10, 20, even 30 years? It isn't as hard as you might think. Here are three ways to connect with long-lost friends.
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of American adults use social networking sites, so it's very likely that whoever you're looking for is on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Even if he or she is not, you may find a family member or other friends you had in common who might be able to help you connect with your old friend. On Facebook, there are many school groups—find yours, join it and then post a message saying that you're looking for someone specific.
Classmates.com is a great website for reconnecting with your friends from high school. With the largest directory of high schools and class lists available anywhere, covering 57 million people and including maiden names, Classmates makes finding, reconnecting and staying up to date with your high school class fun and easy. They even have more than 300,000 digitized high school yearbooks available for you to view and share photos. And if you're looking to organize and set up a high school reunion, Classmates can help with that too.
Your alma mater may be of help when it comes to finding classmates. Most schools keep track of their alumni for donation purposes or for informing them of upcoming functions. Sometimes they may even publish directories, which is especially helpful for finding a female friend who may have changed her last name.
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Unless you've been on a social media hiatus this year, you've probably seen the hashtag #WasteHisTime2016 trending—and have some kind of opinion on it. It all began when a bunch of guys started the hashtag #WasteHerTime2016, which showcased the stereotypical ways that men waste the time of women who are interested in them, like canceling last-minute for a date or never texting them back.
Naturally, the ladies did not hold back, and the #WasteHisTime2016 hashtag began, with hilarious (but admittedly sassy) results.
finally allow him to take you on a date then after have him drop you off at your other man's house #WasteHisTime2016— cyrene tankard (@cyrenelovette) January 6, 2016
wait until your wedding day and send him a snap from the airport saying "I catch flights not feelings" #WasteHisTime2016— Boujie Princess (@she_sohaitian) January 9, 2016
Text him "come over, no one is home(;" And then when he comes over makes sure nobody is home, not even you. #WasteHisTime2016— Kaitlyn Porter (@AyeImKP) January 7, 2016
Since the hashtag went viral, both men and women have responded by expressing their concerns about the future of dating if women actually tried to copy this kind of behavior and used it on unsuspecting guys. What about the nice guys? Would this lead to future generations of jaded single people? On the other hand, some posted that this was finally giving guys a taste of their own medicine, and that the hashtag was a sort of feminist forum for women to air their grievances.
Firstly, no, this hashtag is not feminist. Convincing women who've been hurt in relationships to retaliate by acting in hurtful ways to harm future partners 1) hurts both parties and 2) is hardly the way to be happy. Yes, it's mean, which is why no one, men or women, should be acting like this in a relationship.
But if you can take the movement for what it is, a hashtag that's poking fun at the social norms and pitfalls of dating in our hook-up culture, it's actually pretty hilarious.