Into the Unknown - A Veronica N. Davis Blog Entry - Linkin Park Chester Bennington Farewell

Into the Unknown

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Into the Unknown - A Veronica N. Davis Blog Entry - Linkin Park Chester Bennington Farewell

“When I look to the stars I know just where you are.”
Dead By Sunrise

Sometimes it’s difficult to put emotions to words, and I find myself imagining what they would express if I knew them. In this dark room I contemplated words and emotions alike. That’s the tricky part about this blog. Even in the darkness I want a light to shine bright, bright enough to the point that eventually the sun shines again. This space isn’t a place for sadness, but of inspiration. Similar to the people and things we hold dear, we don’t hold them so close because they should or will hurt us. We enjoy them, we respect them, we love them. I sincerely love all of you, and respect you, and enjoy our chats together.

Unfortunately, it seems this year has been one of grieving for many of us in one way or another. The bad has attempted to overpower the good, leaving some feeling defeated or even betrayed. That feeling won’t break you because you will always come back with a vengeance. I honestly don’t know how we do it, but we often do.

I’ve heard and felt so much grief regarding the people closest and farthest to me that I nearly shut down. Sometimes you have to just to repair yourself because literally everything starts within you. That’s the bottom line, and please don’t overlook it. We look outward instead of inward and build up issues that feel endless. It’s an immensely powerful energy that exhausts our soul, and in that has the power to break us. That is why we should find time to “check in” mentally. Notice how you feel, why your mood changed, why your body tensed…

There’s so much happening and so quickly that I hope you catch your breath. We’ve been here before, yet this time it is different. There’s an unknown element and a hint of deja vu. Time will tell what it means. In time you will see that everything’s going to be alright even if some of us have ventured into the unknown familiarity of life without.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Chester Bennington Quote Plus Blog By Veronica N. Davis - Chicago Designer

Fuse It Back Together

Hate, pride, vengeance, and fear are the plague of the earth. Love, kindness, compassion, empathy and service to others are the cure.
– Chester Bennington

From the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul I wish no one had to feel pain. I wish that everyone could wake up with joy in their hearts and sleep with happiness coursing through their veins. The world we live in is corrupt, dark, and strikes fear in most all of us. What’s so profound in that is the world isn’t to blame the humans inhabiting it are. Media, news, and websites have conditioned people to overlook love, kindness, compassion, and empathy in favor of right now and for now. That’s (part of) the reason that quote is up there. Here you have a man who helped so many of us return to the version of ourselves who could feel, and…

I won’t go there. I will say this last thing…

Be there for each other to the best of your ability, but understand and respect the fact that some things are bigger than you, than us, than the people around you. If you know someone who left you physically because they were too overwhelmed, don’t blame them. Don’t say they were cowardly. Don’t be mad – for too long. We all feel differently; remember that. Even if your story sounds like someone else’s, your feelings aren’t necessarily the same. Please try to acknowledge the positives, work at the negatives, and remind yourself that you are loved and your life has purpose. Focus on finding it. We’ve all got something to contribute, and you’re often closer to finding what that is than you think.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Veronica N. Davis Bids Farewell to Chester Charles Bennington of Linkin Park

One More Light

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Chester Bennington @ChesterBe - Veronica N. Davis @vndavis

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker

Seven days ago, I woke up in a dream. I was expected to accept something I didn’t want to believe. Even in this moment, this hour, this millisecond I can’t fathom how someone so far away could hurt me so close to home. Rewind to November of 2000. I was 9 years old listening to Hybrid Theory as it blasted from my shared room with my older sister. Coming up the stairs there was one voice in particular that caused an adolescent heart to respond with emotions unknown and unreached.

“Yeah, that dude’s Chester. Dude’s got pipes!” My sister went on to tell me. “That comes from pain. Like real pain, dude. You don’t know nothing’ ’bout that.”

True. I didn’t, but even at that age it hurt me hearing that someone could be as tormented as the voice I heard, taunted by demons undeserved, but imposed. Your voice triggered the deepest, darkest emotions within me, and ignited an energy that would lend itself to every aspect of my career – for the better. That connection was personal, and will remain so. It’s on an entirely different plane.

Your soul’s peace is the world’s sorrow. They’ll call you selfish, wrong, shameful, but none of this is true. Your life is your own and you remained strong and as true to yourself as you could manage in a judgement filled world.  You were brave, kind, and extraordinary. You continued to fight to create masterpieces unique to you and your band.

From age 9 to age 26 I’ve spent many nights in reflection with your voice keeping me company. I imagine that will continue. As I wrote, you sang, you screamed, you shared, you helped. Thank you. We love you. Rest in serenity, Chester.

Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

V.

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On The Horizon

On The Horizon - A Blog Entry by Veronica N. Davis

Change isn’t easy because it means your level of comfort has been disrupted. You’re outside your element and in your mind you’re flailing around hoping for the best, but on the outside you’re holding it together. That’s how it’s been for me lately.

It’s been an incredible year…

For Veronica N. Davis – the woman and the company. I graduated college for the second time with a degree in Design & Technology with a focus on graphic & web design. When working with clients I wanted to showcase real world experience and present an academic background – it shows dedication, awareness, skill, and certain degree of self-motivation. I worked full-time and went to school full-time online for my second degree. All of this has led to a grand expansion for the “VND” brand.

I went from managing multiple small companies – whom I am so happy to call friends and clients – to maintaining 2 international corporations. It is as challenging as it is fulfilling and I love it. I love making people happy. Molding something out of nothing which eventually represents brands in a way they truly value lifts me up. My dreams have unfolded before my eyes, but I remain diligent. My career and business are my babies and I want to make sure everything I do is “Grade A”. This means continuous education, awareness of my industry and my client’s, and engaging in every experience linked to the design world.

I’ve worked relentlessly…

Although I’ve worked relentlessly and continue to, I’ve had a great mentor. He helped me evolve and challenges me with new creative assignments. I appreciate my journey, and I’m proud of the struggle. Granted, if I lost everything I probably wouldn’t be. That’s just me being honest. However, I never let that thought overpower or drown out my goals. It forces me to press on. I compete with myself to do better, and I embrace change (with complaints here and there – again, being honest) to the best of my ability. It can be scary, but it is often more worth it to be fearful and risk taking, than comfortable and complacent. Challenge yourself to embrace change regardless of the feelings associated, and see where it takes you. Believe in you. Not many others will, but I promise you…I do.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Give Up Giving Up - Veronica N. Davis - Blogger Graphic Designer Author

Give Up Giving Up

Give Up Giving Up - Veronica N. Davis - Blogger Graphic Designer Author

“Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein

It’s time to give up giving up.

You didn’t quite make it this time. It may feel as though you never have in every attempt you’ve made thus far. You are all too familiar with being overwhelmed, your resources have failed to be as useful as you’d hoped, and your support team has grown lackluster, or even nonexistent. Now the fire you’ve always had is burning out. Your focus on the task of success has shifted to comfort zone living. You’ve given up on something you’ve considered to be your purpose for years because it hasn’t worked out yet.

It’s time to devise a new order of operations.

You have to give up giving up and believe in a simple fact. Aspirations don’t have expirations. The journey is truly the goal, an endless variety of accomplishments that you achieve in increments. Some are so seemingly minuscule you may miss them, but you have in fact succeeded that portion of your dream. You’re eager for the finish line as it relates to the biggest picture, but you’ve overlooked the bottom line. Your life in its totality is an endless road with cracks, bumps, roadblocks, stop signs, green lights, and yellow ones. Within the zigzag, bumpy, headache filled excursion are rewards, fond memories, and delights that are unique to you. Acknowledge them. Seek them out. Think about the good times and how they will aid your dreams, instead of tearing yourself down for having them in the first place.

Curiosity breads courage.

If you live your life with constant vigor, you’ll remain 2 steps ahead of your fears, your upsets, your setbacks, etc. Don’t sweat the small downs, but celebrate the ups – big and small. You’d be surprised how much that could change your mood.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

New Year, Same Me (Vee) - A Blog Entry by Veronica N. Davis

New Year, Same Vee

New Year, Same Me (Vee) - A Blog Entry by Veronica N. Davis

“New Year, New Me”

“New Year, New Me” was a fine concept once upon a time. January 1st meant erasing every flaw, negative thought, and unfavorable trait, both physical and mental. That idea once sent me into a spiral of negative thoughts. I viewed myself as “less than” instead of “worthy” because I was constantly attempting to rewrite myself. Although I never truly lost myself, I was undervaluing my personality, my passions, and my legacy while changing my perceived faults – or trying to.

While positive self-improvement is a great step forward, it isn’t a method to undo who you are and where you have been. This daily, hourly, second-ly task was causing me to disregard myself. Eventually I found it to be the case that “New Year, Same Me” was the route to go. There was no need to “wipe myself out”. I should instead take into account my struggles, my failures, my wins, my goals, and my will as one whole.

I’ve found my truth.

“New Year, Same Vee” is simply to say I’ve discovered the ultimate truth as it pertains to me. Each year I have an opportunity to build myself up even more, outdo myself, and uplifting myself instead of trying to change every thing I nitpick at. “New Me” once registered in my mind as a requirement to destroy parts of myself in favor of what I imagined was “better”. I forget about what made me me. Now, “Same Vee” reminds me that every pro and con is why I am who I am. It is why I can help others, learn from them, feel, respond, think, take action, etc. Every little upset, hiccup, past esteem issues, have led me to the woman I am. To create a new me would cause this version of me, which I am proud of and learning from each day, to vanish.

Well, it’s safe to say I’m not going anywhere.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Cancel Your Plans - 5 Reasons You Should Stop Making Plans - Veronica N. Davis Blog

Cancel Your Plans

Cancel Your Plans - 5 Reasons You Should Stop Making Plans - Veronica N. Davis Blog

“Cancel Your Plans” is not an entry saying that you shouldn’t make goals, but it’s the planning process that can make some life activities more trying than they should be. Even if you love to plan, read this entry simply to remind yourself that these things happen.

#1 We can’t control spontaneous events.

You’ve heard it before: “Life happens.” It’s safe to say that once we are over the age of 18 the likelihood of getting together on the regular basis, on a set day or weekend, at any given time is rare. We’ve just entered into the time of our lives where we’re either trying to build something that will allow us to “coast” in our 30s, or trying to accomplish aspirations we feel should only be sought after in this period. Beyond that, there are spontaneous events that can interrupt us. For instance, scheduling conflicts due to work, interference with other family/friends events, overworking, previous forgotten plans, etc. You know the ones. They sound like excuses, but it’s just life.

#2 You were tired, but you decided to do it anyway.

To think we can truly plan for something is a lie. We don’t know how we’ll feel that day, what’s going to happen, when nor why. Let’s say you’ve made plans to hook up with your friend and they live pretty far away. You want to make the ordeal “even” and meet halfway. This time you managed to meet up but you’re actually exhausted and just didn’t want to be a party-pooper (“Father of the Bride“). We know how we all get when we are tired from work, school, studies, and let’s face it – partying. To rip and run constantly is counterproductive for your health. You have to know when to stop. Making obligations or feeling required to do things isn’t always the best route. Take note of your mood before you get together with your pals.

#3 It can cause unnecessary stresses.

You set aside a date and know exactly what you want to do, where you want to go, and who you’ll bring along. You went through all the trouble of making sure the lunch spot was picked, everyone had something on the menu they could eat and enjoy, you’ve arranged to pick them up, and everyone is set. Then you get a text message. Something’s come up (blasted #1)! You’re high hopes have faltered and you’ve found yourself right where you were the last time. Thrilled and solo.

#4 It rarely pans out, but you keep doing it.

If you’ve skimmed ahead you know that #4 and #5 are more like 4A and 4B. They speak for themselves, especially if you’re planning with the same people or even the same task. Reevaluate those relationships and your agenda.

#5 It gets old.

There comes a point in your life where you have to stop. Plans are an illusion. They are nothing more than aspirations, as I loosely stated before. You have to accept the possibility that you have to become as spontaneous as life. You want to do something, do it right now. If you want to see someone, go see them after you confirm they are home or at work. Don’t continue to do the same things and expect them to change. That is a universal phrase. Trust in it and live by it.

 

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Happy New Year 2017 - Veronica N. Davis Blog

Refresh

Refresh - A Blog Entry by Veronica N. Davis

As everyone maneuvers their way back to the reality of work, school, and (not so much) play I hope you take time to refresh. I have found myself come back from “vacations” still feeling wiped, as if it were just one loooooonnnnnggggg day. Why? Because I didn’t take time to relax, release, and let’s face it…step away from personal tasks that involved phones and laptops. Well, before the 9-to-5 to the 7-to-3 calls you back consider doing 3 brief, but imperative objectives.

#1 Hit refresh in a serene place.

Even if it’s snowing, head to your favorite restaurant or indoor chill spot. If it isn’t, go to the beach if it’s warm or forest preserve. Somewhere that doesn’t have a roof if you can manage it. Just be one with an environment you don’t typically see during the hustle and bustle. We all have that favorite place that we wish we could go and it doesn’t have to be miles and miles away. Go. Now. You don’t even have to finish reading this because you’ll find yourself relaxing and reflecting on forgotten goals you made.

#2 Kindly remove electronics from your face.

You’ve probably caught my attempt to rhyme my subheadings here, but hey I’m an author I can be cheesy if I want. Anyway, you HAVE TO X 1,000,000…step away from your screens. Especially if you’re in school or your job requires them. If you don’t power down now you’ll find yourself heading back to your usual with a certain level of angst you didn’t know you could have after such a wonderful break. However you spent it, you have to allow your mind time to realize it happened.

#3 Overhaul your mental space.

We’re good at getting back into our grooves and rediscovering the same woes and headaches. Are any of those in your control? If so, change them. Excuses aside, if it is in your power – truly something that cannot make or break you – change it now or let it go. If it’s been bugging you for years, odds are you aren’t in the mental space to overcome it or it isn’t actually bugging you. Stop bowering other’s issues, stop bowering “made-up” issues, stop creating issues. You have to approach life as it approaches you. Meaning, if it’s constantly cracking jokes on you, crack some back. Make a drastic change, speak your mind, do something for you, etc. There are countless ways to shuffle your cards and deal them again. If a mortgage, car note, or student loans are on your mind, simply evaluate your current mindset. Discover what drives you beyond paying bills, do more of that.

Finding a balance can kill the negativity we bring on ourselves and/or the letdowns life provides us to help us grow. Make certain to step away from your house guests or your cruise mates or your friends for a moment. Believe it or not, time alone is good for you even during this season. It doesn’t have to be a full day. Maybe take a couple hours or so and just unwind yourself. You’d be surprised to find just how wound up you’ve been since your break began. Relax, release, refresh.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Anti-Resolution Don't Call It a New Year's Thing | Veronica N. Davis Blog

Anti-Resolution

Anti-Resolution Don't Call It a New Year's Thing | Veronica N. Davis Blog

“Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you once made. If you want different results,
make different choices.”

Disclaimer: Anti-resolution is not synonymous with anti-goal.

We can’t evolve without commitment. Changing the date on your calendar to “2017” will not miraculously instill this action in you. My intention is not to sound harsh, as I don’t want to be. I just don’t want you to give up your goals or put them off for a certain date on the calendar. Aspirations require a great deal of motivation, inspiration, and active effort. Resolutions (a.k.a challenges) require a certain mindset and most often we put off that which can be considered and fulfilled in this moment (depending on the goal). We live in the now certain we will have a later. Life is actually full of jokes. We can be gone in a second, a minute, a hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, etc. We should be more proactive with our decisions to reach the next level in our lives.

Easier said than done.

Challenges and changes are scary, daunting, anxiety-causing, milestones. Who wants the stress of trying to make it through a task, especially when that task has not seen positive changes in the past? Reevaluate. Consider how much you want this goal, or what this accomplishment – and WHY. The why is the most significant portion of any journey, big or small. If the value of the why is not equal or greater than the purpose for the goal, odds are it will fall to the wayside. Determination can be found in the why and pursued in dedication.

We are capable of so much if we stay faithful to ourselves.

I mean it sounds good – doing for others. Often in the long term that won’t work out. Being selfless sometimes involve being selfish. Meaning, you have to put yourself first sometimes. I know this is particularly hard for parents. They figure, “I can’t workout because I have to lookout for my kid.” That’s true, but you also have to be healthy for your child, which leads to longevity. This means take time for yourself and work on self-improvement daily. You can do it. I know you can because you’ve faced greater trials and you have the heart of a warrior.

As bad as you want it, why are you waiting?

As I said before, we live like tomorrow is guaranteed and as lovely as it sounds it isn’t promised. Be happy now, and work toward the (positive) goal that will get you there. When you set after a challenge, ensure it is for the right reason and that your heart is in it. Don’t call it a new year’s thing. Don’t wait a year to make a false promise to yourself. Work at getting to that proper mindset every day. You’ve got this.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

 

Beautiful Chaos: A Reflection of Love, Life, and Loss - Blog Entry

Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos: A Reflection of Love, Life, and Loss - Blog Entry

“How lucky I am to have something that makes
saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne

For 25 years I have lived among those closest to me with gratitude, admiration, unconditional love, and amazement. I was recently asked by a friend who lost some one, “How would you feel if this happened to you?” I was startled by the bellowing sadness between us, and aching as she had because of my love for her. She has been one of the best people in my life since I was 14.

However, in this moment I was at a loss.

Sure this was something she didn’t expect, because whenever a friend asks me anything I find out, I help, I do my absolute best to come to a conclusion or understanding. Yet, in this moment I couldn’t. I simply stated, in summary for you, that I couldn’t imagine a response. The dramatic in me could say one thing, but my heart remains unfamiliar. We’ve lost uncles, grandparents, acquaintances, but I couldn’t imagine losing a friend – not since 2001 anyway when I was too young to understand relationships and their value.

I am immensely grateful in my life to still have my soulmates, but woeful for those who have loss theirs. Saying goodbye to a living friend is hard 99% of the time in my experience, even when they were no good for you. Saying goodbye to a great friend who is no longer on Earth cannot be expressed in words. It’s a part of life I accept, but will never claim to understand. Yes, we are here to live and lead our own lives, many are here to contribute to the “greater good” while others act as role models to teach us what not to do. I get that, but I can’t wrap my mind around why a loving family or great friends have to experience life without one another. Again, I get the logic, I just don’t…If you know what I mean.

I’ve watched death destroy many great people.

Losing one family member, one great friend, even an inspirational role model can steal the joy and light from someone for what seems like an eternity. From the depth of my soul I wish it didn’t have to be a part of the human experience. To live in harmony and in love and in joy is my infinite wish for everyone. Just knowing that we can’t have the blissful moments play out in living color before us forever is heart wrenching. Eventually everything will show in black and white, some voices will fade, some names will vanish, and part of the light that once shined bright will burn dim until it fizzles out. It’s beautiful chaos.

Experiencing the ups, downs, and permanence of it all. This is precisely why I hug my folks every day, I tell my people I love them literally every day. Ask any one of them they’ll tell you how annoying it is. You will never be in my life and NOT know how infinite my love for you is. I appreciate everyone and everything I have. I will gladly share in the crazy moments, the angered minutes, the bouts of sadness. It all brings us back to uncontrollable laughter and undying love.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Soul On Fire | A Blog Entry by Veronica N. Davis

Soul On Fire

Soul On Fire | A Blog Entry by Veronica N. Davis

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” ~ Ferdinand Foch

Thrill and excitement should be a daily occurance. Whether it is our career, our hobby, a person, event, etc. it should be something that stirs the passion within. It should set our soul on fire, which is why I believe everyone should have a chance to know their path, have a spring in their step for something or someone they’re looking forward to, and lead a life they can be joyously stimulated by. I’ve found the quickest thing to burn out our fire is money, a lack of a connection to our childhood selves, and surprisingly enough no longer having a role model.

Let’s Address The Money Issue!

Debt and taxes (known as “death & taxes – to me debt can feel like financial death, so…) are two entities that will accompany most everyone throughout their lives. So, let’s imagine that neither were an issue. What would you do if money truly were no object? Would you take the time to discover what could set your soul on fire? Would you manage your time to make some for you to live out your dreams? Don’t let money stifle your fun because when we were younger we had none and we had the best time. It wasn’t until money & objects began to rule our teenage and adult years did we realize we “didn’t have enough”.

Discover Why You Left YOU Behind.

“Oh, grow up!” – a common saying that you’ll one day (if you haven’t already) hear from your parents, siblings, and/or friends. You’ll probably even hear it from a stranger or two while you’re out minding your own business. Well, I say kudos to you. Growing up is where the issue of losing your passion can be. When we’re children we’re wild about everything – reading, writing, video games, building things, creating worlds, etc. There is a reason why it is the best time of our lives. You have to channel that side of you sometimes, and it is okay to reconnect. In the world we live in you have to hold on to your brighter side to make it.

Is It Really Best To Be Your Own Role Model?

Every person should reach a point where they are their own role model, there is no question there. Everyone should be so proud of who they are based on their own life story. What I have found to be the case when this happens is many people stop feeling “challenged” or “inspired”. Role models should evolve from someone to look up to, to someone to help you remain inspired. The greats sought out their idols for that reason, to keep pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones. This is applicable to every soul on earth throughout their journeys.

This Still Means Action Is Required.

None of this can help you unless you seek out your passions. These are simply reminders of aspects of ourselves that we may have allowed to interrupt our discoveries. Money is an adult issue and we know adults often lose the ability to feel “happy regularly” because of a piece of paper. We are a nation sustaining itself by way of drugs and television. Childhood is a time period adults forget the significance of. Role models remind us that we can strive to be greater no matter our age or sex. That isn’t to say we can all be [insert past role models], but it is to say that each of us have potential to strive for more than what we have done if we so wish.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌💙

Veronica N. Davis Self-Care Blog Entry

Self-Care

Veronica N. Davis Self-Care Blog Entry

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable,
and you are worth the effort.” – Deborah Day

For many people 2017 has gone from a year of opportunity to a year of dread. That may mean that many of you may need to look inward. I know, it sounds odd. It could sound counterproductive to some of you. Sustainability arises from the soul and mind. Another under appreciated objective regards building personal wealth, however that is a topic for another entry. For now use these 5 methods to survive the new era.

1. Volunteer

Empowerment plays a quintessential role in volunteer work. It produces self-determination in communities which lack the drive or resources to do more. Group effort is required to mold a better world, and likeminded people strive can obtain it. This also triggers a sense of peace in each of us, and we can be even more proud. We should love one another, not get lost in our phones and media. Correct this by extending a helping hand.

2. PFYO (Purchase From Your Own)

Until you realize we are all souls occupying vessels, it’s quite alright to function from an ethnic standpoint. Start buying from your own. Brands don’t survive because people prefer to purchase from well-known brands. It is not to say halt purchasing from Michael Kors or Coach, but begin to incorporate brands that support small business and [insert race here].

3. FOYO (Focus on Your Own)

Sometimes it helps to take a break from staring at the “bigger picture” and investing in your own family and friends. We can become bogged down by those who surround us. Educate them on what the news and media hasn’t told them. Convince them to join you in #1 (volunteering). You may even bring positive energy into your inner circle through good conversation.

4. Study [Insert Race Here] Culture

Don’t trust in the books from elementary and high school. Assigned reading material should be overlooked and traded for non-filtered reads. Keyword “assigned”. You know based on targeted adverts and what they choose to send to theaters, we are condition to accept certain stereotypes and “facts” regarding others. Gain some knowledge, and stop trusting in what the television provides you. Everyone has a boss, and everyone is told to filter some bit of what they give us. Research.

5. Separate Yourself From Social Media

Negativity in any form is toxic. Social media has hit its brim with it. The world seems to thrive on it as late. It is what oxygen once was – essential for life. Please power down sometimes and allow yourself some true freedom. Being informed is wonderful, but it becomes counterproductive when rage and anger engulfs it. I found you have a lot of people “talking out the side of their mouth” and throwing their opinion around like they studied what they’re discussing, or lived it even. You can’t always feed into it or read the “news”.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Our expression of life - Veronica N. Davis Blog Entry

Our Expression of Life

Our expression of life - Veronica N. Davis Blog Entry

“Only in America.”
– United States Citizens

“Only in America,” became a standard phrase two weeks ago. Stunned Americans seemed to have forgotten where they reside. This land is one that lives with openly racist standards (media), misogynistic motives (workplace), which prides itself on manufactured celebrities, news, and food. Given what we know about the personas that ran this year, I understand. Each of you reading this has to move beyond the mascot of our country and focus on its heart and soul. The electoral vote will not be our demise.

Unfortunately our people who truly care for this nation were not heard. Betrayal has claimed many great people. You are the one that has to acknowledge a very simple, unavoidable truth. You have to have you own back. This is the land that bails themselves out, not you – the people that built it.

I hope everyone notices that we have to be our own solution.

If the past has taught us anything it is that we have to fend for ourselves. We have to unite as a community to prosper. Most Americans are in debt yet they continue to vouch for a country that would never lend a hand to them.

Don’t invest your anger into an entity that clearly disregards your voice. Improve your own situation and study hard. You have to study! I’m not talking books, I’m talking about the very methods our government uses to prosper. Find your way. Find the path that will lead you to true freedom. Freedom doesn’t come with a “Provided by the US Government” sticker.

Freedom comes from wisdom, effort, focus, determination, and community. Familiarize yourself with your neighbors, work on creating multiple streams of revenue, study the laws that have blocked you from flourishing – study them hard and learn from the country that has defeated every one that stood in its way.

Favored parties were not at the center of the election. It was not about disdain for a female or respect for a ruthless creature. The “United States of America” revealed the lengths it would go through to skim on assisting the masses. My bottom line is…

Has your life changed with either party in office?

Has it improved your own life in your own community? Did you go out and help your own neighbor? Please remember where your energy belongs. Please hold on to the fact that positivity conquers negativity – physically or mentally. We are all souls on a journey and no matter how that may sound it’s true. The vessels and the falsities this world has provided us are not real or of any real quality to us.

I need you to rise above your circumstances and the media headlines. Don’t be distracted from improving yourself and those around you. We are the majority. Make your expression of life a positive and spread love always.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌💙

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We Are Only A Moment

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“Sometimes the heart is so heavy that we turn away from it and forget that its throbbing is the wisest message of life, a wordless message that says: LIVE. BE. MOVE. REJOICE – you are alive. Without the heart´s wise rhythm we could not exist.”

~Michael Jackson

Speaking to those closest to me the term “empath” has been thrown around a lot, yet I feel none of them really gets what that means. Sometimes I’m a victim of my environment because of the hopes I have for everyone in my life. That can quickly turn into a negative, depending on their emotions. That’s harder than people on the outside looking in can fathom. My mother often says, “Don’t borrow the troubles of the ones you love because it’s toxic.” As much as we all know this to be true in our daily lives, some of us cannot decipher our own emotions from the person beside us and it causes us to lash out.

 

Have you ever walked into a room and wondered why you suddenly felt drained, angry, sad, etc.?

I find that I have a tendency to take on the feelings of a collective room, which is why I have grown very particular about who I spend time with down to the people I choose to text regularly. Everything is energy. Everything reacts to energy. Every move you make, sound you utter, and feeling you give off is energy. The more aware you become of that energy, the more you find yourself clearing your phone of contacts and concerning yourself with minuscule things. With that said…

 

Don’t get lost in the news. Don’t get lost in your schooling. Don’t get lost in your job, your work, your career, your routine.

A lot of what we witness and what we see is created. It’s created to suppress, oppress, and depress each of us, divide us, and steal our idea of peace and oneness. Now, don’t you say, “Oh, seriously? You hippie.” Dude, I’m far from whatever your idea of hippie is. Haha. I’m simply well-educated and overly curious. My people always say, “You have the curiosity of a child and the wisdom of an ancient @$$ lady”. I question a million & one things I see, hear, notice, and it’s all brought me to this very naked, honest, absolute truth.

We are only a moment.

We should never feel it is “normal” to spend our moments in distress. There will be ups and downs, always, but why should we add to it? Why shouldn’t we spend time alone when we feel like it? Why shouldn’t we say no to the club that night just because you don’t feel like it? Why shouldn’t we eat that cookie dough ice cream because we feel like it? You see where I’m going with this? We need to feel more and think less, but don’t allow our feelings to get so bogged down in the harsh realities we don’t even contribute to. I’m not saying turn your back on the world, but I am saying FILTER. Just like they let you filter on a fashion site and on world news blogs. Filter your daily life and adjust until you’re in a place of peace. You deserve to be at peace even while you’re here. Be in the moment, whether it is big or small, and remember you are only a moment.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌💙

Black History 1863 & Independence Day 1776

Independence Day & Black History

Black History 1863 & Independence Day 1776

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn…. Do you mean, citizens, to
mock me, by asking me to speak to-day.”
Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852

Independence Day & Black History

It’s 10:31PM and my predominately Black neighborhood is celebrating with fireworks. It leaves me with a  peculiar feeling in my chest to hear and witness the howls and echoes of American pride. It’s quite easy to know (and believe) these people do not know our history, but still celebrate under the notion that this country has always identified its people as one. Understand that this entry isn’t to separate, but educate.

Please take a moment to reread the quote above.

Eleven years after Frederick Douglass’ speech African Americans could finally celebrate “independence”. Technically speaking our freedom can be celebrated on 1 of 2 days. Lincoln said we were free as of January 1, 1863, but many of our ancestors wouldn’t catch wind of this until June 19, 1863. I anticipate someone thinking, “Well, Veronica…that was years ago.” That’s beside the point. I’m not living in the past I’m just paying my respects to my family and their loved ones from 240 years ago. How could I celebrate this day when they were (and are) still imprisoned and suffering?

It feels like we’ve come a long way until we play the numbers came and turn on the news. Freedom is a word overused and over valued because the moment you look at our country and its TRUE history for what it is you see that we are STILL trapped. We can’t even fish without licenses, it’s petty things like that which can set me off.

My ancestors, whose names are now mysteries to my family after 2 centuries, deserve to be respected and honored. As do yours. So, when I was asked to “come out and celebrate our freedom” I declined. July 4th was not a day of freedom for my family, June 19th was. Sure, I hung out with my loved ones and traveled, but I do that every weekend. Today held no particular values outside of the blessing of waking up to see another day with the ones I cherish most. If I had to choose who I spent my days with it would be every face I saw today.

If my grandmother were here today she’d say something like, “Baby Girl, God bless the fact that you’re able to spend their Holiday relaxing with your favorite people. Put those feet up and just be proud of who you are. That’s all we have in this life. Our love and our pride.”

As I get older that sense of pride increases and of course it begins to influence my work. Please know that just because I focused on my culture doesn’t mean I don’t respect the next. I love everyone and I respect your history and your present, but sometimes I’m going to have to write specifically for my people. They are so beautiful and so lovely, yet so lost. I’m responsible for them as much as the person that is related to them by blood. If you’re a good person with a good heart I’ll never have a single thing against you.

I hold true to my statements in all my blogs that at the end of the day we are all souls and we should love one another always. If something infuriates you about a culture, don’t stereotype – speak on it. Ask politely. Consider their perspective. Respect them the way you want to be respected. We all have to be there for one another. Don’t be cold, don’t be fearful, just remember your heart and the fact that everyone you encounter is loved and deserves kindness. You never know why someone is being rash or judgmental unless you extend an ear or a hand. Not everyone’s life is beautiful, not everyone’s life is easy, not everyone’s story is fair, just keep your mind and hearts open when dealing with people outside your race.

Accept that all you know is what the TV told you and that does nothing, but fuel your sterotypes and cause those races to mimic it because they feel that’s all their worth. Stand united, live together, and love together.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌💙

A blog entry by Veronica N. Davis called CLARITY

Clarity

A blog entry by Veronica N. Davis called CLARITY

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is
ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion;
that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him
but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are better.

Clarity doesn’t hit us all at once or at the same age. Clarity is a gradual occurrence that some may never experience, but we can actively strive for a day where they may.

I’ve always felt a responsibility to our generation and our culture to express the highest possible degree of education and worth in my entries, during events, on social media, in what I publish both for journals and for literature. A great deal of that responsibility comes from being an aunt and watching my nieces’ friends converse eloquently and fondly about where we come from. We’re of Cameroon, Ivorian, Ghanaian, and Scandinavian descent and upon discovering that our immediate need for action increased. Why? Because that broad term “African American” suddenly had a “native” significance to it. We learned just an inkling of our heritage and our self-worth and value amplified.

I fault no woman or man for their ancestors, but I fault all individuals who continue their tradition of hatred, loathing, stealing, and violence. Those who grasp right from wrong and still take part.

My nieces have walked up to me in dismay regarding their history classes and how they’ve called their teachers on countless “true and timeless historical accounts”. Needless to say I am immensely proud of my young women. (I love you babies!) They extend the knowledge they have to their friends, cousins, and adults alike. We all give special attention to our elders, because they were schooled back in the day when questioning adults was frowned upon because that’s what they were taught. This generation is unlearning all those things.

 

No. We don’t know everything.

How could we and why should we pretend to? The thing I want you to focus on is the need to question everything you think you know. Every stereotype and bias has to be shed across the board. Don’t take past values and think they apply now. We’re always evolving, so let your mind catch up, let your spirit roam free of constraints placed on us over the centuries.

I’m taking a course right now that reveals much of what the media and government has covered up, most of which will be shared here. I’m a strong believer in relaying knowledge and taking what I’ve learned to better myself and others. The more we loosen these chains the better we become in our respective fields and in our daily lives. To know that we truly are more than what we’ve been told we could be is going to lead to us taking back all that is ours.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌💙

History Repeats and Repeats is a blog entry written by Veronica N. Davis

History Repeats and Repeats

History Repeats and Repeats is a blog entry written by Veronica N. Davis

“It is the good fortune of many to live distant from the scene of sorrow; the evil is not sufficient brought to their doors to make THEM feel the precariousness with which all American property is possessed.”
– Common Sense, Thomas Paine (1776)

History Repeats…

I allow many things to resonate with me before I speak on them. This was drafted on June 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm and may not have seen the light of day had I not meditated on it. I’ve come to a point in my life where I don’t want to bombard my readers with the media’s sorrow, especially when it’s fueled by fear. A lot of what we see on the news is about scaring people and making them feel pity, disdain, or concern which distracts them from their true purpose. I feel a great loss when any soul is lost, but I simply ask that everyone involved and/or affected takes a moment to think about what leaving this Earth really means. They are free from all that woes you.

I’m not saying it won’t or shouldn’t hurt that they are gone, but a part of you can rest easy because they don’t have to endure the ugliness that the world keeps spewing and re-spewing. As you fight to keep yourself well and strong through this process, please keep in your heart that everything is okay with them now just like everything will one day be okay with you again. Losing a cherished soul is hard and the times I’ve faced it it’s left a sting I can’t put words to, but my aunt would always say, “Baby…this world is where you pity folks, not what comes after.” It’s a simple quote, but it gets me to see beyond the harsh picture before me.

And Repeats…

So much corruption, so many lies, so much engineered and falsified “grand” occasions are constantly happening to disconnect these wondrous people from what will truly make them happy… I’m not contributing to that anymore. We’re reconnecting…

We’re reconnecting to our soul purpose.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤

Dream Blog Entry From Veronica N. Davis.

Dream

Dream Blog Entry From Veronica N. Davis.

At night I dream of people I know. We are often in some faraway land beyond my physical self’s reach. In those fantasies there are no negative energies or occurrences. There is no sorrow, greed, or injustice. Instead, there are feelings of unending elation and freedom. These are 2 elements I wish humankind could truly live and understand. Joy should be a naturally occurring feeling and liberty should just be.

However, I wake. I wake to a world that is anything but. It is designed this way, therefore we feel trapped and ashamed of what we are. Man created all of this manmade items and standards to prey on our beautiful imperfections. They’ve made positives into negatives and happiness into hatred. We are viewed as serial numbers and dollar signs instead of souls here for our respective journeys.

Many people spend their lives working hard for a government that doesn’t deserve them. Think about it. They’ve made retirement harder, they’ve made apartment living pricier that owning a home in Texas for crying out loud, and they made houses that took $12,000 to build cost $350,000 to purchase when 50 years ago that very house could’ve been bought for $18,500. I’m not exaggerating. I used my own home as an example. No one should be made to work 9-5 and beyond to literally only have enough money to barely eat and pay their bills. It especially bugs me when we talk about natural resources (water, gas, heat, fruit, vegetables, etc.).

With all this and more going in the world, how could you remember that you’re beyond it? How could you know that you’re special when you’re working your life away? How can you remember you have a voice when you’re “just a sale’s associates” or “just an errand boy”?

Sweethearts, you’ve got the power to dream. As long as you believe in those dreams you can reshape our world. 

 

You’ve heard this before, but it is time you heard it once more. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Yet, here you are continuing to doubt your natural born greatness because you aren’t (insert celebrity or political party name here). The reason our world has fallen is because all the wrong people are influencing it. You’ve got to believe in yourself because if you do you will become unstoppable.

We need you. Your friends need you, your parents need you, your cousins need you, your dogs need you, your cats need you, I need you. Have you ever heard the saying, “Misery loves company”? When you look around you really look around you. When you take the blindfolds off and see what “they” didn’t want you to see, how do you feel? Angry? Sad? Depressed? Like fighting? Align that energy with something that can lead to a positive change. Start feeding positive thoughts into your world and it’ll naturally expand your space. Stop letting the TV make you think you’re less than what I know you are. You’re fxxking amazing, but you have got to think for yourself, feel for yourself, be yourself.

I turned my dreams into reality for the people in my immediate world. We are all trying to spread that on a continuous bases. The process starts with saying, “This is not how my story ends. This is not how my life was made to be lived.” Don’t let the thought of the process and the “work” deter you from making a change. Keep dreaming and always believe in the process of happiness. Life is too short to be so heartbroken and worn out. We can make it better with positive thoughts and actions because without action we are only living a reverie.

Love Always,
Veronica ✌❤