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 I didn't delete everything from my page, just the pictures I felt no longer represent me.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.

Read More: Here

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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chanel Butler: Style Blogger

Meet San Francisco, CA based style blogger Chanel Butler of ChanelFiles. I can't remember when or how I came across Chanel's blog, but I do know it's been one of my faves for some time now. 

With posts ranging from the season's essentials to video shopping trips to Target; Chanel has taken her love for fashion an created a platform that she continues to cultivate, even while working a full time job. 

This Howard University alumni's cute and comfy, yet bold and colorful style has inspired many of my clothing purchases within the last year. 

"Through my blog I hope to encourage you to take chances with your style and add a little glam to your everyday life."

In our interview, Chanel chats about her passion for fashion, her personal style, and much more.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A New Address

With the exception of moving from my parents’ house to the college dorms, every move I've ever made in my life has always been for the better. I've never looked back, thought twice, or regretted any of them.

The first two years of my New York City experience took place in the Ditmas Park/Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Living in Brooklyn was great (I previously wrote about it here and here). It was a nice segue from Cali living to NYC life. But that BK neighborhood was very family centered. Other than the stores the Flatbush area offered, I had to get on the train for at least 20 minutes just to get to any major store. Of course the neighborhood had grocery stores and bodegas, but it was mostly made up of houses. This historic district of Brooklyn is great for someone who is married and raising kids. But for someone who was fresh from out of state and was looking for the fast-paced NYC life, the neighborhood was such a bore.