Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ahyiana Angel: Author


Meet California based Author Ahyiana Angel. Her first published book, Preseason Love, was released on October 21, 2014.

"I want to write for women like me. Professional women who are 
career driven, ambitious, and adventurous, but still finding their 
way through the ups and downs in life and love." 

After starting her writing career in the summer of 2013, Ahyiana's freelance writing has been featured on Essence.com, xoJane.com, and several others. And with her blog, Life According to Her, Ahyiana talks about all things relationship, travel, and career related.  

In the interview below Ahyiana chats about Preseason Love, the publishing process, and what her career path change from PR to writing has done for her.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

"Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. As the park has changed over the years -- from the Loop-the-Loop to the Pipeline Plunge -- so, too, has Eddie changed, from optimistic youth to embittered old age. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.
Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. With his final breath, he feels two small hands in his -- and then nothing. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.

One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself." - Mitch Albom



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just A Few Favorites...


Many would say blogs are a dime a dozen, meaning there are so many and none of them have any real importance. But those of us who actually have one or read them know that couldn't be further from the truth. Whether you read blogs for entertainment, motivation, or education; blogs do serve a purpose. 

These four blogs below are just a few that continue to keep my interest, teach, and get my creative juices flowing. Hope you get something out of them too!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When Does Inspiration Hit You?


"A good idea will keep you awake during the morning,
but a great idea will keep you awake during the night."

Inspiration hits me at the most random times (as I'm sure it does for everyone else). But it mostly hits me at night. Like when I'm ready to go to sleep. For some reason my mind will wonder and wonder and different writing topics, projects, ventures, and a BUNCH of other ideas will fill my head. And because I know I will not remember everything when I get up in the morning, I either have to type a quick note in my phone or get up, turn on the light, sit at my desk and thoroughly write out everything I just thought about.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hip Hop Quotable: J. Cole



"But little do they know
I came up in here to take advantage of that sh*t y'all take for granted
Opportunity that I would kill for
Lookin' at rappers like 'what the f_k you got a deal for?!'
When I was assed out with my funds low
It's nice to know I had the whole world at my front door"


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Everything I Do Doesn’t Have to Be Shared Online


Delete. Delete. Delete. I spent two hours one night deleting and untagging myself from pictures on Facebook. I didn't delete everything from my page, just the pictures I felt no longer represent me. Not that I was ever the type to post wild partying pictures, but many pictures that were on my page I now look at as irrelevant or pointless to have shared. This is especially true because I am not as active on Facebook as I was some years back.

Back then having a constant stream of Facebook status updates and creating photo albums, with pictures of all the fun things my friends and I did over the weekend, was an absolute must. I used to feel my likability was determined by how active I was on Facebook and the number of “friends” I had.

I remember when Facebook was just for college students- it was fun. But when it transitioned to being open to everyone, everything changed. For me, Facebook has turned into the land of ultrasound pictures, children school pictures, and old news (that twitter discussed days ago). And for many of us, our Facebook feeds are filled with family members who comment on and question every single thing that someone posts.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Love: A Choice, Not an Emotion


I'm not exactly sure where I was when I heard it, but it's been on my mind ever since. "Love is a choice, not an emotion." 

For as long as I can remember, I've known love to be this thing we fall uncontrollably into. Kind of like what is shown in movies and what we read about in our favorite romance novels.

But that's all wrong. Maybe those initial feelings are uncontrollable. But in the midst of all those feelings, we choose to continue on trying to establish a relationship. And once the relationship is solid, we again choose to continue on in the relationship; we continue choosing to love our significant other.