Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Guess Who's Turning 5?

The Essence of Me is turning 5 next week! 

To celebrate this milestone I'm doing something a little different this year.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Why Me?

Self-doubt can creep up on us anywhere, at any time. On Tuesday I posted the story of how my job situation changed in a matter of hours and all that it entailed. But one thing that stayed on my mind was, why me?

I was hired on the spot for a position that I’d just received my certification for a week prior, and at the time I only had about 3 months of experience. So again I asked myself, why me? Why would they want someone who has such little experience?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What A Difference A Few Hours Makes

Changes usually happen gradually for me. Meaning, I set a goal and then work to complete it in different stages. And because gradual has been the norm, setting mini goals to achieve major goals is something I now do in every aspects of my life.

And this was exactly the case when my ESL teaching certification course started to come to an end. As I got close to finishing the course I sat down and planned out the route I would take to find a new job.

I wrote out a to-do List, which included revising my resume and creating a cover letter. I researched what job sites posted the best positions and spoke to people who currently work in the field about how much I can expect to get paid. I then planned the days I would apply to jobs and even set an end day (a day that I better have a new job). 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Random Musings of My Mind..

This is kind of random and a little all over the place. But bear with me, it’s what I’m currently feeling…

I want to have an impact simply by being true to who I am. I want to have a positive impact on people without having to involve any drama. For years I’ve looked at popular people whose stories get attention and realize they made it due to the crazy life they’ve lived.

But I am a regular person. I simply live life and continue to push myself to achieve the goals I set. And I like being that person. I do what I have to do, when I need to, and I get things done.

I feel like it’s in my DNA to spark change. And in the last couple of years I’ve seen this desire grow in various ways. But in order to spark change and have an impact I need certain qualities of mine to be stronger.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Aja Monet: Poet, Songwriter, Singer

The Poet, the performer, the singer, the songwriter, the educator, the human rights advocate. Aja Monet is truly a multi-talented woman. Harry Belafonte once referred to her as, “The true definition of an artist.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, this Jamaican/Cuban’s interest in singing, songwriting, and poetry fused together and became real to her at an early age. “I loved songs because of their words and I wanted to wield words the ways some of my favorite emcees and singers did.”
At age 14, Aja began writing poetry and at age 19 she went on to become the youngest winner of the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s CafĂ© Grand Slam. Aja has performed her captivating words in various countries, on various stages, for various people. And plans to release a full length collection of her poetry early next year.
In the interview below, Aja talks about inspiration, writing about hurtful relationships, and the purpose of her Miami-based studio, Smoke Signals.

In what ways did Brooklyn, NY inspire your creativity?

I see Brooklyn as an approach and perspective that informs what I create. I learned to read people in Brooklyn and it prepared me for the world.
Read More: Here

Monday, April 4, 2016

Happiness is Cool, But Joy Is Better

“Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence, and hope.”

Joy is something I never, ever considered. My focus was always on happiness. But joy is something bigger. It is not just a smile or a laugh, as those, along with happiness, are temporary. Joy is something deeper. It’s deep inside of us; it doesn’t come easy and doesn’t leave quickly.

The other night I was lying in bed and felt a calmness. I wasn’t worried or concerned about anything. I was simply at peace. That feeling was Joy. And in that moment I knew it came from nowhere else but from God himself.