As expected Queen Bey SLAYED the 2018 Coachella stage bringing a performance that our grandkids will one day talk about. She brought us all them good HBCU vibes and performed for the #culture. Reuniting with Destiny's Child and dancing with baby sis Solange were amongst the highlights. Check the video below for the DC3 reunion.
A word I’ve been hearing and reading about for the past two weeks... started reading Million Dollar Habits and there’s an entire dissertation on it. I happen to catch my horoscope and it reiterates it. Listening to The Friend Zone Podcast and the ENTIRE episode is on it.
I just want to scream, “OK OK I get it!!!!”. I’ve been questioning myself lately... like why am I not as consistent as I’d like to be? The only person stopping me is me. My music has fell to the wayside and it’s reallyyyyy embarrassing. So then my question for myself becomes, how do I get back? Why am I lacking the motivation? Why do I feel uninspired?
I’m really digging deep to try and find the answers... this entire life is a journey I swear. I just want to do something important. I just want to leave my mark on this earth. And there are 20 trillion people in the world who I’m sure feel the same way. But as Bryan Tracy says... self-discipline filters this number down.
SO, building new habits. That’s my goal. And praying and meditating bc I believe I can be consistent. I can make that mark. Its April, only the fourth month in the new year... it's not too late. It's never too late.
Top 3 Reasons Why Cardi B is GOALS
Our girl Cardi has delivered on her debut album "Invasion of Privacy", with fire tracks like "Drip", "I Like It", "She Bad", and many others on the project. But we first fell in love with Cardi's wild humor and off the chart personality. Top it off her journey and success are legit a result of her hard work. So here are 3 takeaways for the dreamers out here grinding:
We love happy endings, but Cardi's journey is truly one filled with perserverance. But YOU can be Cardi, just gotta take those risks. Now excuse me while I keep bumping this new Bardi.
Let's just call this the three C's. For us, these C's are important. We are creators. Ideas are running through our heads faster than we can write them down. But STILL: write them down.
Let's make a promise to ourselves.
Let's hold ourselves accountable.
Let's challenge ourselves.
Let's reach our goals.
F stands for FRUGAL. And I've been obsessing over saving as much money as I can for some future goals of mine. The more I paid attention to what I was spending on, the more ridiculous it seemed. Society teaches us to indulge, and indulging means throwing dollars in the garbage. So here's a couple things I decided to cut down on in order to save more this year:
My nails. This one hurt but had to go. I found this really cute nail salon last year that I’ve been selling my soul to. As cute as it was, it was expensive. The price of my soul? About $70 every two weeks (hands and feet and tip duh...). I’ve been going without polish on my nails or been polishing myself. Sally hansen polish been holding me down.
Uber. I commute into the city for work so how would this work? Well for one, I didn’t need uber. My train stop is a 3minute walk for me. What I needed was discipline. And discipline meant not hitting snooze with the intent of ubering to the express stop. Yup. I’m ashamed to say it but this is what I would do. And the consequences? A lot of money spent on uber.
Coffee and Food. Again, I work in the city and there's soooo many good eats around my job. Baked By Melissa, Mamacita, Huascar &Co. Bake Shop (I mean they won Cupcake Wars, come on!!). I was literally eating my money. My coworkers and I have now replaced our coffee habits with a shared coffee maker (and I also have a Keurig in my office so I really had no excuse), and a shared water cooler. We also call each other out if we purchase lunch more than once a week. It's our system and it works and it saves!
Clothes/Shoes. If you know me know me (like reallllyyyy know me), you know THIS was one that I fought with. But one day I looked over at my shoe collection and realized I have about every color heel, flat, and sneakers I’d ever need for at least a good year. I was buying shoes like crazy. Within the last couple of months in 2017 I’ve added about 6-8 pairs to my collection. Says to self: You have a problem. Same for clothes, I had more than enough... quite honestly I had too much so I started listing some items for sale on Poshmark. I also dedicated myself to not stepping foot in the mall. I haven’t been since the holidays.
Makeup. I have another weakness: lipstick . This was another aha moment for me. I realized I had over 70 lipsticks. Now of course keeping an eye on expiration dates, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore makeup. Have I stuck to this promise? I’ll never tell.
My cell phone bill. I got on the phone with AT&T and had them explain every single charge, and then together we chose different plan options that would reduce my monthly bill (my apple watch is killing me ya'll).
Cable. I spent an hour and a half on the phone with Verizon Fios....yup you heard me right. One thing cable companies appreciate is loyalty. I managed to convince the representative to apply a recurring discount on my bill. I also decreased the amount of set top boxes in my home. (Verizon charges about $8 for each box, I removed 3 out of 6).
Social life. Let’s just say my weekends are now dry. I’ve become comfortable with saying no and no longer deal with FOMO (fear of missing out).
And seriously I’m SO focused on my goals that I don’t feel like anything is missing. I actually feel accomplished, and I'm happy to say that living a frugal life is not hard. So if you're trying to move forward in frugality, my first advice is to review your bank account and credit card statements. What can you cut out temporarily to reach your long time goals?
If you can identify THIS, you can reach your goals.
All the vibes that could ever exist dwells within R&B gem Rè Lxuise. Dropping her new project entitled “Nostalgia: 199x”, it’s pretty clear that Rè’s vocal abilities and pen game are strong. If you’ve have doubt that R&B could make a comeback such as this, think again!
Rè reigns from the ATL and wants all her fans to know that Indy matters. Reminding everyone via Twitter that it’s not easy pulling a music project together independently, “Y’all I put this album together with no money, no help (if you exclude my producers & engineer), no big promo. It took me from January to November of 2017 to complete. This is my life & Im Indy AF. Please, BUY & SHARE THIS ALBUM..”.
Nostalgia: 199x is not Rè Lxuise‘s first project and it definitely won’t be her last. Her 2017 EP D.M. Me (Don’t Mind My Emotions) is also one to keep in heavy rotation.
Nostalgia 199x’s dope tracks include: Oiyr, Let Me Know, Mine, and Lynm... and if we keeping it real the entire project.
Don’t forget the name, Rè Lxuise and expect to hear her take over your 2018 airwaves
Music, literally keeps me going. I wake up, I press play. The shower comes on, and I sing at the top of my lungs. I head out on my commute, and in my head I’m having a full on dance off with the commuter next to me. I discover new artist, and their new songs, and it hits me right in my core. I can literally FEEL music. My heart does a double skip when I can relate. My eyes cry when the words are familiar...
Music the experience I relive on the daily.
So I guess you’d understand my dismay when I (a music lover) feel like my drive to write music is on neutral.... no actual gas, but if I get a little push something will come out. For the first time in my life, I am struggling to pen a song. It use to come to me so easily. I’d watch TV and write a song based off the storyline. My friend would cry to me about a life experience and I’d write a song. And forget if I’M going through it, my feelings are all up and down my notebook.
This year thus far has been a take action year for me. A “let’s address this” year for me. I clearly don’t have all of the answers or else this entire blog would be nonexistent. But I do know that I’m going to commit myself to the following to try and spark the music and words that are buried deep down inside of me:
I want different.
I can be different.
Different’s right in front of me.