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A Future Full of Hope and Unity

She wore a bright yellow coat and a wide red satin headband; her hair pulled back in a gorgeous beaded braided bun. She had excitement and hope in her eyes and a big, warm smile as she, Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet, stepped up to the podium and recited her original poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

She was magnificent! I was mesmerized watching this brilliant young woman speak with such confidence and belief that we are not broken but merely unfinished.

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that it isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

She reminded me there is a generation of young people like her who know we have much work to do and are ready, willing, and able to lead the way.

“We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.

I found myself squealing inside at the sight of this young black woman standing on that stage after the most divisive four years of our lifetime, using her voice! I imagine all the little girls watching, imagining themselves at that podium.

She was a breath of fresh air; inspiring love, light, hope, and unity.

Click here to read her full transcript.

P.S. Here are 7 things that inspired me this week:

  1. Decluttering for a wiser world.

  2. She among them.

  3. This is proof to every girl that she can be anything.

  4. I’m not much into pink but really love this really struck me.

  5. These two speak my leadership language.

  6. These are from a local spot in my hometown. If you ever visit the Berkshires, this is a must stop.

  7. If you ever question if you can do something, watch this and know you can!


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