I used to be a part of AOL’s Style Network (once called StyleList) of bloggers while living in New York. One of the perks was attending exclusive events, including the Build Series. Two years ago this week, I had the pleasure of attending Hoda’s talk, who was at the AOL Headquarters promoting her book Where We Belong (I got to see Sam Waterston that day, too!). The book came at the perfect time, as I had accidentally deleted my fashion blog six days before (a happy mistake), wondering “what now?” My fashion-focused self had been much of my identity for years, but I knew it was time for something more meaningful and authentic. Little did I know, January 2016 would be the beginning of my actual writing career… or at least the foundation of it.
I took Hoda’s talk to heart that day; her stories of strength, failures, and divine timing hit close to home. Sometimes opportunities fall away or push you out, all because they weren’t in alignment with your soul’s passion. I identified as a fashion marketer and blogger for so long, that I didn’t even realize that is was okay to chose a new representative.
On to the good news! This morning it was announced that Hoda will be replacing Matt Lauer on the Today show! I couldn’t be more thrilled. Hoda will bring amazing energy to the show; even in just the short hour I was in the room with her, she had the ability to make everyone feel like her friend. That’s exactly what Today needs after Lauer’s departure… and is further proof that the future is definitely female.
Congratulations again, Hoda! From a small town girl in Virginia to a news reporter in Mississippi, she is a true inspiration to anyone following their dreams. You never know where the path will take you… but keep following your heart.