So, it’s been a while since my last post. I feel like maybe this is going to be the most difficult post I have ever submitted. Seems like when you are on a hiatus from something that you should’ve never taken leave from in the first place, there is a certain guilt and pressure you feel to be better or as good as you were before the break.
I always knew that I would find my way back to my blog again, but sometimes life can complicate things a bit. Figuring out how I would get back on that path was frustrating!! There were so many days I wanted to break out my device and start a post, but when it was time to actually do it, I froze. Most people who are passionate about something look at their work as a representation of who they are. This means they put a lot of thought into this passion and don’t want to rush and create work that is a FALSE representation of who they are.
With that in mind; I had no clue what to write about. I had hit a creative stumbling block. Have you ever had so many ideas that even that caused you problems? My brain exploded because of everything that I wanted to write about, but the inability to put it in words was mind blowing!!
I worked out and went to the gym to clear my head so that I could pick a topic, concentrate on it, and FIND WORDS!! Am I the only one that has used this technique? Well, it didn’t work!..😓
I refused to let it go this time and I looked for inspiration in everything: beautiful scenery and even just the day to day people watching as the masses commuted to work..
Long story short.. I found that I was complicating and over-thinking things. I have a lot to say, and the best way to deliver my thoughts is just to SAY IT! The way I express myself is what makes my work unique. It’s the ME factor. I literally almost gave up on this passion of mine because I treated it like a job and not a passion. It’s been years since I’ve published a post and I’m excited to jump back in and start sharing and reading all of the wonderful stories of others. Even if it’s been years like me since you have danced, wrote a song, created new music, whatever, Take a leap and never give up!!
Overlooking everything in our lives that do not add value to it is not healthy. We don’t want to become comfortable with things, people, etc.. that counter the productivity and the substance that we are trying to add to our livelihood.
These people and things are like leeches sucking the light out of your life. They become like weights. The more you accumulate the more weighed down you will feel and soon the drive you once had is lost and your vision for your life becomes clouded.
Life is a fight. Evaluating your life, environment, friends and your own state of insanity takes persistence and bravery. Being brave enough to admit to yourself that changes need to be made is essential. Sometimes changes in our lives take us out of our comfort zone and that alone can be scary.
Keep fighting the obstacles so that you can live the best life you can. We only get one shot. .Let’s make it count
I am who I am, worry about who you should be. So many times people want you to follow their footsteps, but you can’t. We have to stay true determined not to be changed.. I love the way I love; I play the way I play. Our differences make us unique. . Our opinions make us special. Conforming makes us ordinary. Who doesn’t want to be different, strange or mysterious? Whatever your role and whoever you decide to be. BE YOU!! PLAY THE GAME BY YOUR RULES AND LIVE LIFE TO YOUR STANDARDS!! I’m sure someone out there is dealing with peer pressure or with the pressure to change your beliefs, but don’t.. like you, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM UNIQUE, I AM ME..I AM…….
Being yourself can sometimes be hard. Loving yourself can be the most difficult task you could accomplish.. not everyone will understand the decisions you will make, but you have to be yourself. Sometimes people will ridicule you and tell you they know what’s best. But it always best to be yourself!!.. know that you are a winner, know that you matter and know that you have purpose. Sometimes we look for others for validation; and that’s okay, that’s called being human. However in listening to positive criticism we must never agree with opinions that void our deepest beliefs and that shake our moral foundation. .
I haven’t posted in a while, I’m sorry for that. I have learned that some people actually look forward to my posts and I am forever grateful for that. We must all understand that we have a responsibility. A responsibility to ourselves first, to make sure that our minds and bodies are healthy to provide the service to others that we are regarded to.
No matter how small no matter how little we have to uphold the influences and responsibilities that we have to our fellow man. Remembering that life is greater than you should inevitably substantiate our existence. .if you can help; help, if you can teach; teach, if you can preach; preach, but whatever you do, do it with a healthy mind and body so that you can do it to the best of your ability and that it comes from a wholesome place.
Thanks everyone for your support even in my absence..it’s truly beautiful! !
I think that we all at one time or another have disguised ourselves to be something or someone that we are not. I don’t know the reason, that varies. Sometimes it’s easier to be something or someone that we are not so that when we come under criticism we can say “well that wasn’t the real me anyway”
What’s wrong with being ourselves? We have got to come to a point where we are okay and confident in ourselves so that we can freely be ourselves.
So let’s start with all of those not so scary skeletons in our closets. Sometimes we think our insecurities are so huge and complicated that they will run the right person away. That’s not true. Your flaws will attract the right person.
Let’s clean out our closet by confessing our flaws. Saying aloud that our flaws are what make us unique and beautiful!!
We are not perfect..we are always in the process of bettering ourselves. Whether it’s working out,a diet, spiritual growth, and or embarking on a new quest of self-fulfillment. Understanding that being who you are is the most beautiful and awe-inspiring act that you could ever do, is life changing!!..
Being in love with yourself will make you feel like you’re on top of the world. No one can hurt, damage, or manipulate this love. It’s in your hands. Treat it with the utmost respect and shelter it. No one can take it, unless you give them permission to do so.
For the past two weeks I spent my time investing in artists and their craft. I was amazed at all the talent and all the beautiful stories and testimonies that were shared. I chose this picture of the rollercoaster in the shape of a heart because that pretty much summed up my experience. Although I may not have agreed with every post I read I will always respect the artist and their message.
I read wonderful posts about family and togetherness. It was wonderful to see how many people still believe family is an important foundation for a person in this life.
I read posts that made me think “wow, I can’t believe they said that” these were about more controversial topics like racism, politics, religion, etc. Although I may not have agreed, most posts were so full of passion that they captivated my attention.
Some posts tugged on my heart strings more as I read about depression, sadness and suicide. You just want to help, but you don’t know how!!
All and all taking these two weeks was great for me. It showed me how many voices that are out there trying to be heard, how many messages of hope, pain, encouragement, etc it gave me a different perspective on certain topics, and it reminded me of how important it is for us artists to keep fine-tuning our message.
I am so inspired and I feel renewed. I’m ready to start posting again. There is a lot of healing that needs to be done, and it’s starts with the passion to help, the thought to create and the courage to dare to put it out there!!
CHEERS TO MY ARTISTS, MAY WE CONTINUE TO CREATE TO WRITE, TO PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTURE, TO INSPIRE AND IGNITE KEEP YOUR GIFT RELEVANT AND YOUR MI ND ALIVE!!
Sometimes it is so hard to understand why we have to take a certain path in life. The journey is so hard to understand. We all have so many challenges in life that are tailored to our decisions, our environment, and our unforeseen destiny. I know that in my own life I have wished that I could hit the “re-do” button or the “easy” button. It is not until we have overcome some form of tragedy in our lives that we understand that we need the turbulence to make our lives more stable and secure. The most successful people face the most horrible circumstances. Did these horrific events seem worth it once success was obtained? I’m sure. Our tragedies, heartaches, disappointments and failures help develop us into who we are. They give us character, self-worth, and compassion. I have heard that anything that comes to you easy, will not be worth having. It is said that you will lose it as fast as you gained in. However, when you have to fight for something, you can appreciate it more. You will love on it more, you will cherish it more, and you will respect the process that you went through to obtain it.
The process is never easy, it takes DEDICATION, SACRIFICE and a nice dose of FEARLESSNESS. Why these 3 you ask?
DEDICATION: you have to be dedicated to the cause. You cannot allow distractions to make you lose focus of the goals that you have set. You have to make up your mind that no matter what, your goal will remain a priority of yours and no matter how long it takes you will see the process through.
SACRIFICE: you will have to make sacrifices in order to achieve your goal. You will not be able to hang out and attend every event that your friends or families do. You will have to set aside time to work on your goal. Social media is sometimes distracting so you may have to turn off your devices to get some time alone with your work. Being disciplined means prioritizing and giving less priority to those things that will not add to your success.
FEARLESSNESS: You will have to be fearless because everyone will not understand your goal. Some people that you thought would believe in you, wont. Sometimes people you love won’t feel like your goal is what’s best for and will try to redirect your path. You have to be strong and respect their concern, but live your own life to the fullest.
I wrote this post to not only encourage someone else, but also myself. I am trying to stay sane through my process. Sometimes it gets hard. I have had family and friends not believe in what I’m trying to do. My advice, I know its painful and sometimes you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel; stay the course and it will be worth it.