My friends love telling me how I just do TOO MUCH.
And I really have to stop and be like... really? Because the truth is yes baby girl, you do a lot. But it has become SO normal to me that when my busy schedule slows down I'm lost.
My journey towards my doctorate degree has been one full of anxiety and a feeling of overwhelmingness (I know... not a word... and I'm getting my doctorate... crazy right?). Yet still somehow, I've been able to get straight A's, travel, and practice my DJ-ing. It's amazing realizing what you can get accomplished while being both passionate and consistent. I haven't been consistent in blogging, and that's ok... I'm learning to focus on the things that keep me sane.
Yea I do a lot. But I'm ok with that.
This was random, and that's ok.
1. Beyonce is King
2. Beyonce is King
3. Beyonce is King
The LEVEL of WERK put in by King Bey is UNMATCHED. So while the list above is straight FACTS, here's my actual list of 5 takeaways from Bey's Netflix documentary showcasing her Coachella prep.
3. Without passion, it won't work:
Bey handpicked each dancer, band member, background vocalist herself. She pushed them to let their passion push through the choreography. She wanted to see their personalities. Some of us so stuck in routine, but what can we add to these routines to make sure we don't lose US in the process? I'm speaking to myself, honestly...
2. Practice Your Craft. OWN Your Craft.
When Bey said they practiced for approximately 8 months, day in and day out... my jaw DROPPED. I knew a lot of practice went into these shows, and clearly here's our answer as to why she's so perfect. But legit, I'm thinking about this... as a musician practicing is SO important. And when you practice you can hear your improvement, you can FEEL the difference. I'm so inspired by the long hours they've put in. I'm motivated. Pushing myself to give my craft daily practice.
1. You Are Your Own Competition
Tunnel Vision. That's all I saw when I watched Bey's Netflix documentary. I got a peak straight into her tunnel vision. Beyonce has worked SO hard, that she is literally in a lane all by herself. She is her own competition. Watching her put in that work, has taught me so much about myself... and maybe why I haven't been as consistent as I would like. A lot of times I'm worrying about what others will feel... or trying so hard to be different... I should really just be focused on me.
And quite frankly, my tunnel vision gotta make it to Bey's level.
Or at least that's the goal.
The more I grow, the more I know.
Let negative situations pain me,
Or let it go.....
"How you gon' handle this T?"
NOT with my blood boiling
NOT with a 'tude.
NOT with shade, or pettiness, or purposely being rude.
These don't deserve my time.
These don't deserve my energy.
These won't kill my vibe....
What is that one thing you want ...?
What is that one thing that will keep you sane?
Questions I asked myself on my Monday morning commute to work. Mind racing per usual. Thinking on my current unhappiness. Places in life I thought I’d be...
I quickly delete Instagram for the day. “It’s draining me”, I thought. “It’s making me sad”, I said to myself. Just a day, I needed just a day to recollect.
Reminded of the many artists whom I love.
Reminded of their many interviews and how they all repeated one thing: consistency.
What’s your problem T? Why can’t you be consistent? Consistent in the things you say you love.
Learning to DJ.
What’s holding you back?
Looking in the mirror, I knew my answer.
Looking in the mirror, I made a promise to myself.
Looking in the mirror, I chose myself.
I will choose one thing and I will be consistent.
I see you Black Girl.
You'll never be invisible to me.
I'll burn cities down in your name.
This day has always meant SO much to me. I often wonder if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was still alive how things would be... We're still in a fight to be treated as equals. He took a lot of the heat for us, and for that I'm grateful. See some MLK Jr. facts below:
King entered college at the age of 15.
King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vocation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology.
King was imprisoned nearly 30 times.
According to the King Center, the civil rights leader went to jail 29 times. He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges, such as when he was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.
King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
On September 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his new book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” in Blumstein’s department store when he was approached by Izola Ware Curry. The woman asked if he was Martin Luther King Jr. After he said yes, Curry said, “I’ve been looking for you for five years,” and she plunged a seven-inch letter opener into his chest. The tip of the blade came to rest alongside his aorta, and King underwent hours of delicate emergency surgery. Surgeons later told King that just one sneeze could have punctured the aorta and killed him. From his hospital bed where he convalesced for weeks, King issued a statement affirming his nonviolent principles and saying he felt no ill will toward his mentally ill attacker.
As a woman who aspires to be better, I aim to look up to women who share light. Jada Pinkett Smith has been that for me. I enjoy watching her Red Table Talk on Facebook, and am truly left with a lot to think about each week. The episode that stood out to me was the one where she invited her husband (the one and only Will Smith). They a REAL transparent moment, and her display of evolution from single woman, to mother, to wife has been eye opening.
She's my reminder that MY happiness does not lie in a man.
MY happiness does not lie in success.
MY happiness does not lie in money.
Thank you Jada.
Not a new song, but a new find for me... I'm ALWAYS here for dope alternative R&B. Niia's Constantly Dissatisfied is just that. Grab your headphones, close your eyes, and listen...