Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Reflections

Each year is a learning experience. We literally start out each year being one way, and close out that same year completely different. I've always been aware of how I change every year. But nothing has been more evident and clear to me than the growth I've experienced in 2014. 

On the surface (to others) it may not look like much has changed in my life. But my mindset on many things is different. As we all know, life is a constant learning experience. Whether you choose to learn from the lessons presented is your choice. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Favorite Books of 2014

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and 
you give me an interesting companion. 

Give me a man or woman who has read
perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous 
enemy indeed.” -Anne Rice

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Setbacks are Inevitable, Don't Be Swayed

For the last ten years of my life I’ve had the desire to write a book. In the beginning, I had no idea what this book would be about or if people would even be interested in reading my words. A little over two years ago I started freelance writing. In doing so, I have found my confidence as a writer. Some of that confidence comes from readers who tell me they are inspired by my words.
With that, my desire to write a book has only increased. Finally in 2013 I picked a concept and started writing a children’s book, which is loosely based on my childhood experiences. When I started this book I didn’t know what I was doing, I just knew I wanted to write it. So I did just that. I had no idea that books were supposed to be targeted to certain age groups, nor did I know all the important components that go into writing for children.
So without proper knowledge I confidently entered, what I thought was complete, manuscript into a children’s book writing contest (the winner would get a book contract and all the distinction that comes along with winning a national writing contest).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What Does This Have To Do With Me?

There it was, plain as day on Tumblr: “Before you discuss someone and what they’re doing, stop and think, “What the f$%^ does this have to do with me.”

That, along with “Their business is not going to pay my rent on the first” have been my mottos all year long. I often repeat either one to myself over and over; especially when that one messy/nosey person comes around gossiping about another person’s business. In the last couple of years I have become so engrossed in my own endeavors that I really have not had, and still do not have time to discuss matters that don’t directly relate to my life. It may seem selfish to some, but being involved in other people’s business can be very draining. It’s also a huge waste of my time, time that can be put towards something productive.

However, there once was a time when I in fact found gossip entertaining. Whether it was people I knew or celebs who I didn’t. I was once all to ready to hear or read about the latest tea, i.e. someone’s life drama.

Read more: Here

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tatyana Dyer: Fearlessly Sharing her Passion

A “Cornucopia of Creativity” is how I like to describe Tatyana Dyer. Born and bred in Los Angeles, CA, Tatyana can pretty much do everything from photography to comedy writing. Anything she puts her mind to she succeeds at. As Tatyana continues to pursue her creative outlets, she has been pulled in a completely new direction. Under the moniker Edjo Uto, Tatyana has leapt face forward into the world of music production.
Great talent brings about the issue of self-doubt. When you put something special out into the world, you subject yourself to all forms of criticism. With her aggressively chill personality, Tatyana exudes confidence. But just like the rest of us, she had to push herself to open up and share her most liberating venture to date. In the interview below, Tatyana talks about that experience and more.

Read More: Here

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Journey That Began With a Hair Cut

"A woman cutting her hair off isn't a sign of her going off the deep end. Understand the beauty and strength that it takes for a woman to come out of hiding to be all that she is destine to be. No it's not for everyone. But if you so happen to come across a woman with such confidence, understand you have come in contact with a woman of strength; who isn't seeking approval. Because if she was, she would have stayed in hiding under her hair!!" - Mercedes Snowden

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Instead of voicing my opinion on the murders of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, I thought I would focus on another aspect- people who are doing their part to spread awareness and educate the masses. This problem has been going on for years, and is continuing to spiral out of control.

"GLOSSRAGS' premiere design bears the names of six black males murdered by police or "vigilante justice" citizens, beginning in 1955 with Emmett Till & pausing in 2012 with Jordan Davis. Since its April release, more have lost their lives at the hands of injustice."

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Being Thankful in Your Current Position

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” ― Socrates
One of the main things I struggle with is the fact that I am not where I feel I should be. This goes for many areas in my life, including romance and career. With my mind being so focused on how to achieve my goals and conquering the next big obstacle in my life, I never sit and appreciate the things I have and how far I’ve come. Basically, I’m never content in my current place.

Some may argue that being content is not something to strive for because it can lead to complacency. When I refer to being content, I mean it in terms of being happy with where you are. And not always complaining about not being where you feel you should be.  
As Socrates said, when you’re not content with what you currently have, you will never be content when you achieve what you’ve been seeking… the cycle will always continue.