Monday, December 17, 2012

What is for me is for me!

What is for me is for me, I might have to fight but I won’t have to compete…The fight is fixed because I was designed for this!”-YOUR Truth
Follow after your own and your prize will not be revoked.”-YOUR Present & Future (It seems like they talk a lot…)

When you hear “what is for me, is for me,” what do you think about???
A. A way to cope with rejection?
B. Preparing for (possible) disappointment?
C. I wish they would just shut up, and face the facts that they were rejected?
D. Something people say when they don’t know what to say in disappointing moments?
E. The pep talk before you go into an audition, job interview, business meeting, test…any type of pressured situation?
Girl YOU Crazy…None of that!!!--- “What is for me is for me”…is simply the truth. No disappointment or rejection involved…Hmph!

Now that I have your attention… Let’s talk about it!

As I gathered my thoughts together about this topic, I was reminded of the choices we have, the decisions we make…
and the WHY!
+Why did I make this decision?
+Why am I living out this decision?
+Can I change my “why” later?
+Did I ask “why” before I made the decision?
+Can I justify my “why”?


And in all of thatyou think aboutdid I make those decisions because I needed to or because I wanted to and I could…so I did.”


You ever heard the phrase... "Get out of your own way!"???
Yes, No, Maybe…What?
It’s cool because I will be referencing other clichés that I may or may not word properly (I get close but I do better when I make up my own…yea)

Side Note: We are going on a journey in this post, much like a conversation with me that goes in many circles…Go get some snacks! But YOU will be happy when you get there…
And back to it!

When YOU, ME, WE start thinking about our why’s…”Get out of your own way!” makes you think…maybe you even get a little defensive but nevertheless… when you hear it, you wonder maybe “I am in my own way…”or “were my ‘whys’ justified…do they make sense???” (Hmm…oh, its just me huh?…)

I realized that YOU, ME, WE get in OUR own way, when YOU, Me, We forget -----> "What is for me is for me. "
      Such as:
+We start to look around and think about what we don't have…
+Looking around at what others have…thinking that if we had what they had then…
+Maybe I should take some of the paths they took…it seemed to work for them…

Not recognizing that what we DO have is more than enough to help lead us to the dreams that live within us.

GYC Commentary…but YOU, ME, WE Know that it is a Rant:
Everyday we have choices that will either move us forward, keep us where we are, or move us backwards. It is the decisions that have justifiable whys’ that “keep us looking at our own paper”…and believing “if not this one, the next.” All the cliché phrases lead to knowing that what is meant for you to have… you will have if you realize that it is meant for you to have.

Some of the reasons why people stop going after their dreams is because they’re not sure if they have a right to it…right now. But you will never know what you have a right to… if you don’t put some seeds in the ground and water them…

Last thoughts on “What is for me is for me” (and I’m done with my journey):
I’ve realized that I can make my own mistakes, walk down the wrong path, include the wrong people, and say the wrong things…but my experience is my own experience that has built me up to be the person I am today, and walk towards the dreams and goals I’m designed to accomplish. What is for me is for me and I don’t have to compete.

 The route I take may not be popular and not include everyone but it is my own story and I will tell it whatever way I please. Yes, yea, sure, absolutely, I am tempted to quit, stop, look around, compare but when it is all over, I want what belongs to me and me alone. Therefore, I fight my own fight to get my own prize. Sure I have helped and will continue to help others along the way but that is also a part of my fight…what is a part of yours?
“What is for me is for me and I don’t have to compete.”

Here are some GYC Quotes for Thought and Deposit…that’s right take it all the way to the bank baby! HA!:

“If you have seeds with enough sense to plant them and patience to water them…you are the richest person!”

“Remain in remembrance of your own dream and purpose.”

“Don't get caught in a plan that is not connected to YOURS for they will be the only one that moves forward. 
-GYC Girl YOU Crazy

Monday, December 10, 2012

Throw the Box Away…

Where did that phrase ‘Think outside the box’ come from?” –Innovation speaking in an unimpressed monotone voice…

I hate (yes…Hate) that phrase ‘Think outside the box’.”-YOUR Dreams

I was just trying to make you think outside the norm…you know, what is expected…(womp, womp, womp)”-The Box pleading its case

Someone ever give you instructions for what he/she wanted you to do,
Then… you ask for more details (to make sure that you get it right and don’t mess it up)…
And their response is “Think outside the box”???

[Please note: This is not a post about not following instructions or whatever…YOU know that I am too deep for that… “Girl YOU Crazy”]


----Why say “that” when you can just answer my question…
Right??? Right….

Side Note: This topic can go in many directions about many things…as do my thoughts so it is written accordingly…but do know that it will involve YOU, Me, We accessing our dreams by putting them into our reality.

(I’m saying “first” here but more than likely there will not be a “second or thirdly, etc.”---Just so you know)

What does “’think outside the box’ even mean????”
1.    That there are actual instructions in place for you, me, we to follow…
2.     We should think beyond what it written/expected…even though the instructions should already say what is expected…
3.    Seems like it means to make up your own instructions…from the instructions---or what is expected…or read the mind of the person who said it…?
4.    I don’t know… does the person who said that even know?…Maybe that’s why there are SO many articles on this…

Forget this, I’m throwing away the instructions/box…and figuring this out on my own!!! I do not need this craziness!!!

GYC Personal Story—that will have many “…” so that YOU can feel my pause for frustration:
Some of you may know that I graduated from Parsons The New School for Design…yes the school on Project Runway (that seems to be the fastest way to locate)…

Many of the assignments involved no “box” at all…
Which means there were instructions…well more of a description that WE were expected to…
Interpret the way we see it…and turn in a finished product.


I was new to this process in a school setting, where there is an unknown right or wrong

Quick GYC Rant about this (you know the drill, run-on sentences and all are expected and excepted here…):
I would get so frustrated because they would not say what was expected and if I was not excited about the possibilities of the assignment, I turned in “whatever”… and it was just a big hot diggidy (yes diggidy) mess!

But after I was continuously put in these situations of frustration, I began to realize the different ways that I think, and understand what my professors were preparing us to do/be…

But why throw out the “box”???

My real moment of “throwing out the box” came from my last design class. There was this one assignment that had nothing to do with the “instructions” my professor gave…the only things I knew for sure was the due date and that it involved sneakers…everything else…up in the air! And he (my professor) thought that was completely normal…figure it out…and turn it in!

After I shared my feelings with everyone that would listen…

I went to the computer lab and stared at the computer for about 3 hours thinking “WHAT, WHY, WHAT, HOW, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO!!!???”

Then I said “you know what…???
FORGET THE INSTRUCTIONS/DESCRIPTION/Whatever he thought he gave us!!!”

I let any and all expectation hit the wayside (also, because I didn’t know it) and allowed my imagination to do what it does best…and I turned in the dopest/flyest/coolest/freshest/insert “awesome word” here sneaker advertisement...he thought it was awesome as well (just saying)!


My assignments after that involved my own instructionscalled let my imagination do what it was designed to do…“show me the unseen so I can create it in my reality.

And I was graded accordingly…
Best decision I ever made!---HELLO!!!

Let me say this:
When you try to “think outside the box”…YOU are trying to customize something that was already given to you…your ideas don’t come in a box they come from your imagination…the difference is the time and place for when it is used.---Hopefully for living out YOUR OWN Dreams…
*My sneaker ad and presentation did not look anything like anyone else’s…we all came up with something completely different…I mean completely…but we did have a good laugh!!!*

But doesn’t “think outside the box” just mean think beyond what is in front of you, the norm, what people expect?

When you get to Know YourselfEVERYDAY

YOU will realize that there is no “box” to think outside of

The moment you need to discuss…well, compare with someone’s thoughts to create your own thoughts concerning your dreams being in your reality…now you’re inside of their “box”.

Last Thoughts…maybe...
Throw the box away, step outside of what is expected from you…by just being YOU!!!

There is no box to think outside of when there is no box to be compared to…

NOT Keeping Your Eyes on your own paper…that’s when you start having to “think outside the box”

Because you’re trying to recreate what you have “seen” be successful for someone else…
Living out your own dreams that have their OWN path to manifesting success!

More GYC Quotes to think on:
“Don’t try to customize your dream when it was already designed for you to achieve …you just need to submit to the process.”-The Steps

“Don’t ask or tell me to think outside the box, I already threw it away! Okay? Okay.”-GYC Girl YOU Crazy

I learned to be versatile by throwing the ‘box’ away.”-Lauren Alicia

Throw the ‘box’ away if you want to live out your dreams, YOU have to create them!”-GYC Girl YOU Crazy

Ps. I’m ready when you are

------Signed: Your Imagination & Dreams!

Monday, December 3, 2012

“Don’t Take The Elevator…” Part 4: I deserve this. (conclusion)


I’m uninterested in things not being achieved, dreams being neglected, life lived quietly, purpose roaming without an owner and confidence without boldness.”-YOUR Future

When you stand on strength… confidence and boldness will make you say, ‘Girl YOU Crazy, I deserve this.’”-The Steps because they have seen and felt all your hard work

Dear Dreamers of your own dreams & those Tempted by the elevator (well, hopefully you’re not tempted anymore…), put your name here____________:

I’m writing to you because you ARE awesome but even more than that…Worthy & Deserving!

“Don’t Take the Elevator…” is all about you, and being that push to go after and achieve the dreams with your name on em’.

It’s one thing to tell someone that the fast track can go either way, at any time but another to tell you why, and remind you that the route to success is a journey, a process to enjoy, and to fight the urge/temptation to rush through it.

We talked about the different steps and letting life happen in between---
            +Strength (foundation): I am strong because I know who I am.
         +Confidence (the look, attitude): Strength looks like Confidence.
+Boldness (the action): Boldness is Beautiful. “You can look confident but YOU better talk boldness.”

But what’s left?…

So finally, we have arrived/made it to the top of the step/stairs, which is nowhere near the end of the road…but simply the beginning. 

It’s like that moment after you worked all summer, all month, or saved up to buy the latest ___________ (fill-in-the-blank), bought it, and walked around SUPER proud!!! I know I’m not by myself…my proud moment was the purchase of those electronic dogs…since I couldn’t have a real life dog with hair versus painted spots and an off button…(I’m not upset, I’m just venting really quick, I’m into pigs now that wear pearls, so whateve’s…).


Thisyou will actually remember where it is 5 to 10 years from now…in YOU taking care of business!

The last step, called…
I deserve this.

The icing on the cake, fire to the match, helium to the balloon or maybe the string to keep the balloon from flying away…whatever, all of that!

“I deserve this” is so important because you can have all the equipment to succeed, take the classes, and have all the instructions but if YOU never use them and keep using them no matter what happens…you might as well just get on the elevator.

You can have all the strength, confidence and put it to action with boldness but without knowing that YOU deserve success, that you are worthy of success…it will be hard to keep it, achieve your dreams, stop, think and dream a new dream.
Strength. Confidence. Boldness. I deserve this.

Know YOUR Worth and live in it…you took the steps, no short cuts, you know the process, you know yourself…so ACT LIKE IT! (please note...that I am saying this with the "GYC" face...and a smile...)

Let me just say this…and I’m done for now…
The audacity of you working really hard and not walking worthy…YOU better talk like, walk like and act like you deserve to be where you are because YOU do ma’am!!!

“Don’t take the Elevator…” because Strength, Confidence and Boldness will make you say, “I deserve this.” TAKE THE STEPS (You’ll last longer)


GYC Girl YOU Crazy…Lauren Alicia

P.s. I'm here if you need me!

Monday, November 26, 2012

“Don’t take the Elevator…” Part 3: Boldness is Beautiful

Check out the ENTIRE SERIES...IN A BOOK!!

My confidence is bold... Strength told me so.”-The Inner Fighter in YOU

“I don’t ask if I’m qualified…I Know I am.”-Boldness

You know that moment when you’re standing on strength and looking confident but you still need that extra push/kick in the pants/”you can do it”/ ”you got this” talk???

But if I have strength and I’m confident…what else would I need? ‘…Girl YOU Crazy.’”
---I know that’s what you were thinking…probably… so I figured I would just say it (keep reading)!

When you take the steps, strength and confidence are part of the process… they build in you the muscle to keep going…to keep moving to the next step, to know that you are worthy of moving forward and achieving your dreams.

Unlike the elevator telling you that “you’ll get strength and confidence once you get there…and that whole 'kick in the pants' thing…well I’ll just throw stuff at you and see what you can catch…”---------- Yea, um, I don’t think so! We take the steps!!!

“Don’t take the Elevator…” Side Note:  As fast as it’s given… is as fast as it can be taken away. Many will not help you keep… what they don’t think you deserve…And if you’re unsure about what you deserve………well, that’s why YOU, ME, WE are on the steps! 

BUT…when you get there and it’s time to actually go through the door…your open door that strength and confidence guided/lead/helped you to…

Well, now it’s time for some action…called BOLDNESS!

…Do YOU know it???

Boldness is that extra kick, push, you can do it, you got this, go for it, the time is now, lets go…that you pulled from confidence & strength, and now have the courage to go and do it!

Oh how Boldness is so Beautiful!

When YOU, ME, WE take the steps, we know who we are, which builds strength that looks like confidence…developed into boldness…which evens the playing field.

What does that mean???...If YOU needed a kick in the pants (to move forward)…well here it is!

GYC Personal Story that might appear as a Rant…:
Okay so I created, developed and wrote this business proposal for this awesome brand to have this awesome product…Awesome was just all over it, okay? Okay!!!

Pay attention so you can see where and how boldness evens the playing field as in “You are no better than me, I’m no better than you, you’re rich, I’m rich, etc.”---Boldness lets/allows you to push pass circumstances/details of a situation that favor with everyone but you and allows you to carry yourself like you have the same favorable details going on... because you know who you are and what you deserve…

So here I am with this proposal that I have written created, developed, designed… everything.

Now, confidence and strength told me I could write the proposal because
+ I did attend school for business
+ I do have a business degree
+ I’ve wanted to fix and help businesses since I was a teen
+ I’m a problem solver with ideas that fix problems and are profitable
+ I have fought for everything that I have…so trying to tell me what I can’t have or do goes in one ear and right out the other.
**Each “+” above talks about the steps that I took and leaned on when I doubted my ability to do what I love, which continues to grow a fight in me that can’t/won’t be stopped. **

I sent the proposal. They responded…one of the responses called for a meeting that should have intimated me like CRAZY and made me say “nevermind…just kidding!!!” “Oh My Goodness I need years of experience, time, and gray hair(s)”…any “thing” that would have made me seem more _______I don’t know, just something!!!

When Boldness wants to bust through…doubt likes to start flapping with craziness!


Boldness did not return void…blew my mind that they wanted to meet…made me laugh or should I say giggle…then I reminded myself of “who I am” and went to the meeting and let BOLDNESS have at it!

I took the steps/stairs before people even knew I was on them…and I’m still there climbing and reaching, pushing pass the naysayers waiting on the “elevator”!

I do have those moments of O-M-G!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING LAUREN!!!

But …
When YOU start trying to back down from being bold as opportunity knocks or it's time to walk through your open door

                                    Look in the mirror & ask yourself:
+ Do YOU not have what it takes?
+ Didn’t YOU study/prepare for this?
+ Is this an exciting opportunity…one that YOU have been waiting on???
+ Will YOU let doubt stop you? Are YOU really going to punk out ________ (insert name here)?
+ WHO IS GOING TO STOP YOU????? Name he/she/it/them…please tell me WHO?

Well, now you know a little of my pep talk…you can laugh if you want to but my boldness will shine through!!!

More GYC Bold Quotes:
Let Boldness even the playing field.”

“You can look confident but YOU better talk boldness.”

“I don’t know about YOU…but My Boldness is Beautiful.”

First YOU get Strength, then YOU get Confidence then YOU walk in Boldness…and then…well, check back next Monday for the conclusion!!! “Don’t Take the Elevator…”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

GYC Girl YOU Crazy Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards Designed by Lauren Alicia, founder & owner of
Promo Created & Edited by Gmcfosho
Music by Dan-O at

Write the unexpected.

I’m so excited to finally introduce to you GYC Girl YOU Crazy Greeting Cards!!!!!!!! That moment when you’ve been working on many projects and one them is ready to leave the nest/ workshop…it feels good!

The cards are bold and for the daring or tempted to be daring…and funny at the same time. Write what you feel… Write the unexpected.

Excerpt from back of variety pack, "Everything GYC":

                   GYC Girl YOU Crazy™ cards are whatever you want them to be...created to kickstart    your unexpected, expected message! You were thinking it so go ahead, write it and send it "Girl YOU Crazy"!!! A portion of the profits help to fund collaborated events for girls and young women, promoting "Living a life of purpose out loud!"

GYC Personal Story:
I love to write and send cards to people as they move on to the next step in their life …basically write novels about it…hoping to make them laugh, say “awww”, smile and be encouraged to keep on doing what they were designed to do!

I know you probably want a card from me from me now…trust me, it’s good stuff (& I’ll tell you how you can do that later)!

However, before we get to the sentimental stuff…the front of the card can possibly not say the same the same thing…

Or even make you wonder… “What is she about to say???”

And that is GYC Girl YOU Crazy™ Greeting Cards!
Write what you feel…
Write the unexpected.
Currently Sold at:

Contact LaurenAlicia to get GYC cards in YOUR Favorite Store...or YOUR Store!

Monday, November 19, 2012

“Don’t Take the Elevator…” Part 2: Strength looks like Confidence


My confidence stands on strength.

To take the first step is strength, to take the next is confidence.”-The Inner YOU coaching & leading you to your dreams

I tell you one thing…there is no confidence involved in riding the elevator…just a whole bag of TRUST in some buttons that maybe working.

YOU & I both know that IS The TRUTH!
So let’s talk about it!

The steps that is…since this series is called “Don’t Take the Elevator…” and we’re on Part 2…
*I was just reminding you how Crazy it is to ride the “elevator to success”…that is all. *

Okay so YOU, ME, WE are on the steps right now, standing on Strength after we told the elevator that the fast track to success is not for us, and

We take the steps so we’re able to stand on
+ Solid
+ Unshakeable Ground and
+ Knowledge & Understanding of who we are…
Did I leave anything out???

If so, read Part 1…I’ll wait (yep it’s that deep).

And back to it!

In planning for this series, I was reminded of a popular TV sitcom family (from the 80s) and what went on before, after and while they were filming. In this family there we’re 5 kids but 1 in particular really opened my eyes to see, relate and understand what it looks like to take stairs…and have others think that a possible elevator was involved.

What I learned about this sitcom was that the producer taught the kids the business (so they were not just adorable actors)…and how to produce an episode…so much to the point that some of the episodes were produced by this 1 kid (and some of the others too) because now their talent agent had wrote in the contract for them to be paid for acting and producing!!! ---They even went on to produce some episodes of another popular sitcom from the 90s…super popular!!!!

“But what’s the point?”---I know that’s what you’re thinking or what show is she talking about…but that is not important (right now).

What really stood out about this actor’s life was what we didn’t see…
+The strength that it took to not just be an actor but the want to know more, building an unshakeable ground that can stand even when the show goes off the air.
+The strength that developed confidence to say, “I need to be recognized not only for acting but producing too.”

The steps are not a punishment!

But building YOU, ME, WE to not just be STRONG but appear CONFIDENT in our strength to keep moving on the next level…knowing that YOU deserve to be where you are.

GYC Commentary
When you take the steps, it makes it that much easier to have a foundation to lean on in struggle/opposition/setbacks/negativity/foolishness and stand firm with confidence to take the next step forward.

The first step of strength builds a foundation that says, “I’m strong because I know who I am” but the next step, confidence, allows you to walk in your strength.

There is something about strength that leads to more things and guides you to the next step. Opens the door for more opportunities and pushes you to be the best you…which reeks of confidence!

Quick GYC Rant
The fast track, elevator success is just as fake as a temporary tattoo that fades every time you wash or something rubs up against it…you can tell that it is not real!
Think on that for a second…
The steps build you up (whether you started as a kid or as an adult) to be who you say YOU ARE, and be able to defend yourself with confidence if anyone questions you.
Side Note: Defending yourself with confidence does not look defensive…as in unsure, shifty, guilty, shady, suspicious, skeptical… etc.
“Is that so???”

YES… Confidence looks like…no words needed
+ I know who I am
+ Listen to what I have to say
+ I know what I am talking about
+ Ask questions when I’m done…if there are any…

Let me Encourage you as YOU, ME, WE take the steps with this:
Strength builds the confidence that says, “I don’t have to pretend about who I am, I know what I’m doing… let me do it”

What does strength look like? Like confidence saying that “I was created/designed/set up to win!!!”

“Strength should be a garment you never take off…for it takes strength to even be humble.”
- Strength Looks Like Confidence

Check back here for Part 3…next Monday!!! “Well, how long is this going to last…'Girl YOU Crazy'”---December 3rd will conclude the “Don’t Take the Elevator…” Series…Okay? Okay. I’m almost done!!!

“Naysayers Say WHAT!?”


“If I stopped after every negative Nellie (unisex) told me ‘NO’… said ‘Girl YOU Crazy’ & every other negative thing…I would have no dreams at all.”-YOUR Imagination speaking the truth

“If people don’t hate on my dreams…then I’m not dreaming BIG Enough, and if they don’t have nothing to say about me…then I’m NOT TALKING LOUD Enough!”-Boldness making its morning declaration

I have to say… over the years, I have grown to love Naysayers (the surname for Dream Crushers) for a few reasons:

a.    Are Bold
b.   They do not waste time
c.    Are in need of encouragement of their own dreams
d.    Have the possibility of being ME… (I can naysay about my own dreams)

Don’t believe me…???

Well, LETS talk about it!

a.     Naysayers are Bold (capital “B”) with the foolishness, negativity, ignorance, and just plain ‘I don’t like it’, ‘I don’t get it’ and ‘what in the world are YOU doing’

For a Naysayer to nay- say…they have to SAY!!!---That takes BOLDNESS (and you know it!)

b.    Naysayers Would NOT waste their time beating down a dream, idea, passion or desire that does not have the possibility of actually coming into your reality

Naysayers don’t get in sinking ships…they get in to sink YOUR ship…

c.     Are in need of encouragement of their own dreams

If the Naysayer were focused on their own dream and believed that it could happen for them…they would not be caught up in YOURS.---And sometimes you have to encourage them too in the process  

d.    Have the possibility of being ME… I can naysay about my own dreams without the help of anyone else.
(I would put commentary about “d” here but…I’d rather tell a personal story…okay? Okay.)

Personal GYC (Girl YOU Crazy) Story:
While writing this, I thought about all my dreams and aspirations starting from when I was a kid, and how I feel about the same dreams today. In my trip down memory lane, I realized that EVERY dream and aspiration that was more than a one time thought…came with a long (lonnnnnnnnnng) trail of Naysayers.

And that’s why I love them…
                                                “Say What!!!”

Thinking back allowed me to realize why the dreams I have today are the dreams I started pursuing/working at/defending/fighting for/making goals towards as a kid (like 3rd through 6th grade era…yes, I’m going way back).

Every time someone disagreed about who I wanted to be “when I grow up”, I proved to myself that they were wrong, which built a foundation and strengthened my passion to go for My OWN dreams if and when EVERY, everybody says, “Girl YOU Crazy, it will never happen, and she thinks she is a  ______________....hmph.”

I had to decide that if I wanted these dreams of mine…it was going to take a fight,
Since Naysayers use fighting words!

Right or Wrong???

It was decided that if I was going to quit it was going to be on my own terms, not agreeing with the Naysayers/Dream Crushers and taking them in as my own thoughts… It is real tempting to be your own Naysayer and doubt the possibilities… especially since your own voice can speak louder to YOU than anyone else’s.

Let Me Say This…in a Few Rants (and run-on sentences):

YOU, Me, We have to build up a foundation that can’t be broken with words…so you’ll be so convinced that its going to work anyway keep pushing forward… If YOU are doing something worth talking about…YOU are doing SOMETHING (just please let it be legal and about making your dreams your reality)!...

Also, if YOU were doing something that wasn’t amazing people wouldn’t even waste their time trying to crush/naysay/be negative your dreams but go get a shovel and probably dig across the street (you know how those nay-saying haters are!)!!!

I’m almost done…

And For all the words used to set you back every time you dreamed out loud…be ready with words about YOURself that will push YOU forward! **It’s only a set back if you step back…and I just gotta be honest…YOU, ME, WE and old “Slewfoot” don’t…Do Not make a cute crew**

“If YOU don’t fight for your dreams…who do YOU suppose will?”

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