How Do You Stay True to Yourself?


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It’s funny. Sometimes well-intentioned “support” may actually feel like anything but.

Before graduating from college, I decided I was going to take a break between getting my degree and applying to law school. The break was planned and for good reason but some people expressed concern. They were worried that taking a short break would become a permanent one. One person told me, “Mel, if you don’t go to law school now, you’ll never go!” Even when I tried to assuage all of the concern, it didn’t seem to make a dent. My parents weren’t concerned about my break, so I didn’t see why anyone else would take issue with it.

My stance on Breakgate (lol) was: I’ve dreamt of being a lawyer since I was 11. In order to become a lawyer, I would have to go to law school and the sooner, the better. See? Simple as pie! I knew what I was doing and I was 100% sure that taking a break would be the best thing for me. I took my scheduled break, applied to law schools, took my LSAT and the rest is history.

A few exams and a couple of swearing in ceremonies later, I’m a licensed attorney in two states and living my life like it’s golden! I can’t imagine why anyone who knows me would think I wouldn’t follow through with realizing my dreams! I mean…have we met? :-) One of my mantras and favorite quotes is: “So it is written, so shall it be done.” Once I commit to doing something, I stay the course!

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Staying true to yourself is so important. This concept of finding your inner voice and staying true to yourself is the underlying theme of the upcoming movie, Beyond the Lights. It’s in theaters November 14th and you should definitely see it! Check out the trailer here:

I’m also giving away a pair of tickets to see Beyond the Lights. All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below and you may be the lucky winner!
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BEYOND THE LIGHTS is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. In theaters November 14, 2014. #BeyondTheLights.

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