Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Success is not all about intelligence and ambition, Gladwell argues there is more to the picture when it comes to successful people. According to Gladwell, successful people are cultivated by their culture, their environment, their family, when they were born, the opportunities they have access to and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. 

Conception of Serenity Rain (Reigns)

My birth name is Araina. I was given that name because I was born on a rainy April afternoon and my mom was creative enough to put an “A” at the beginning and end of “rain” thus “Araina” was born. Coincidentally, Araina also happens to mean “Queen” in Latin, which suits me perfectly! I really love my name as well as the the story and Latin meaning behind it, but I felt that my spiritual awakening required a slight name change (let’s say addition), especially since everyone seems to murder the pronunciation of my name…arrrrrgggggh…drives me insane!

 

Dealing with all the mispronunciations is enough to drive anyone nuts! Take for instance, the beginning of the school year when roll is called for the first couple of weeks, teachers would constantly call out “Air-re-auna”. I would politely respond, “No it’s Araina, pronounced like Rain with an A in the front and A in the back, a-RAIN-a”. When I got to college, I was tired of the mispronunciation, so I dropped the two “A’s” and kept it simple with RAIN. It was much easier for people to remember, but then spelling it became an issue. “Is it spelled Reign or Rayne?”, people would inquire and I would say, “No, Rain like the Rain!” and I even had a cute little jester that I adopted from the song “Chicken Noodle Soup” by Webstar Young B. From that point forward, I created a new identity. No longer was I the girl that had the foreign name that no one could pronounce; I was now the girl who everyone would point to when the word “rain” came up in songs.

 

The addition of Serenity was inspired during the beginnings of my healing journey; I wanted to change my facebook name to mirror the reflection of my aspirations toward healing, harmony and balance and the first thing that came to mind was “Serenity Rain”. Now, it has evolved into a brand that I would like to share with the world. Serenity Reigns means that peace rules my life, despite the many obstacles and challenges. Having a serene foundation ensures that nothing can shake or uproot me; enduring chaos and still maintaining an inner calm; and remaining tranquil through the storm. I am not quite there yet, but that’s why this is a journey!

 

This is where you come in! Grow, share and embark on this journey with me! This is a community and I would love to hear what you have to say!

What does Serenity mean to you?

What Reigns in your life? 

Where are you in your journey?

What brought you to Serenity Reigns?