Friday, May 16, 2014

"You is kind, you is smart, you is important."

Happy Friday! I've had quite the week, and I'm excited to say I've kept up on my #4weeksfit goals! How is everyone else doing?? Although this week was long, I'd have to say the highlight of it was when I got to go to a women's career luncheon for work! We got there and I find out that Viola Davis is the keynote speaker. I literally couldn't contain my excitement! I love her! If you aren't one to know many names... you'll know she played Aibileen in THE HELP!

She pretty much told us all her life story. I learned so much about her, and have so much respect for her. After her speech, the luncheon was over. A few of my co workers told me to come up with them to get a picture OF her....to which I said "lets try to get one WITH her!", then they laughed at me like yeah, oookay Kayla, good luck with that ;)

Guess who made it happen!?! ME!

To say I was star struck was an understatement. I'm such a weirdo...and I didn't just ask her for a picture with her, I asked her for a selfie... and I insisted (instead of using the stairs to get on stage like a normal person), that I'd hoist myself onto the stage backwards, all while wearing a dress, and tell her how excited I was to meet her...without telling her my name. Not that she probably cared, but still...omg! All I could think the entire time was "you is KIND, you is SMART, you is IMPORTANT"...and as cheesy as that sounds, there have been moments in my life I've had to repeat that to myself when I felt lonely or hurt.

She went through so much, came through extreme poverty, and found our amazing God at the end of it. Her story brought me to tears, made me laugh, and I left happier than I did coming in. I love people who leave that kind of impact on you.

Now, if only I could get a selfie with Katy Perry or Jennifer Aniston next... ;)
Hope you all had a killer week. Happy Friday!!

16 comments:

  1. How cool is that!! I loved the movie and I love her. So awesome you got to meet her and listen to her story! Jealous! Have a great weekend, Kayla!

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  2. This is SOOOO awesome!!!! What an excellent choice for a speaker...she really is incredible. And I love how you got on stage...hahh!! I would have done the same thing!!

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  3. That is super cool! What kind of work do you do?

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  4. Go you!! I would totally do the same thing and try to get a picture with her. Love that you did a selfie. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. That's so awesome! When I saw this picture on Instagram, I got so excited to hear the story! She really does seem like an incredible lady, but I'm basing that entirely on interviews she has done on Ellen. Haha...she does a lot of amazing work trying to eradicate hunger for impoverished children and I'm guessing that's because of her own childhood.

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  6. I squealed when I saw this on Instagram! Better selfie than even Ellen's Oscar's selfie!! :)

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  7. This is AWESOME!! Love that your got a selfie with her as well, too funny!

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  8. SO COOL!! I seriously would have died. Who knew such cool people came to Cincinnati?!

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  9. That is so cool!! I actually haven't seen that movie :O. Let me know when you attempt to get your picture with Katy and Jennifer, I'm joining in!!! :)

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  10. SOOOO COOL! That is one of my favorite movies/books. Have you seen the preview for her new show coming up in the fall? "How to get away with Murder?" Looks so good.

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  11. Bahaha.... 'not one for names' ?!? Is that aimed at me ma'am!?! ;)

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  12. Ahh! Kayla! This is amazing!! What incredible woman... So jealous you got to meet her!! Xo

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  13. Kayla, you lucky, gal you!!!! How amazing that must have been! I'm totally jealous in a good way, lol! She has a series premiering this fall on ABC called "How to Get Away with Murder" and I canNOT wait to check it out! So, so cool!

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  14. This is so cool! I love her and I love that quote!

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  15. Ah...this is so awesome!!!! I absolutely LOVE The Help (movie and book!) How awesome you met her!

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