Newsletter 22

Requiem Solution
QT With VND

Requiem Solution

"You put yourself to rest down a river." acceptance - (n.) Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it or protest it.  It's hard to accept life without those we grew up with, laughed with, cried with, got upset at, conquered our most difficult hours with. What happens when they aren't there for those trying times anymore because they are the very cause of it? It's been a tough year for my friends and my family. Quite honestly I'm exhausted, but with trauma blooms creativity. Rehabilitation and release is what it becomes synonymous with. Let's begin this journey where we left off, but we'll shine even brighter. Warriors, I love you. Thank you for sticking around. I've seen yo...
Inspiration, World

Stability & Motion

  Stability: You In my previous entry "Beautiful Silence" we discovered the importance of finding your strength in solitude. Beyond the clutter you find stability. A clear and positive mind results in a powerful and active person.People you admire could relay the importance of mental clarity. To achieve it they meditate, workout, and do outdoor activities. Unfortunately, you will still experience personal setbacks and the "usual" imbalances, because this is life. You can still make it a good one with work. Life is not a synonym for easy, vacation, or carefree. Our connection to nature helps us maintain mental stability. It gives us the strength to go within ourselves to reaffirm our positive beliefs and positive certainties. Your challenge is to meditate outdoors for 15 minutes....
Beautiful Silence: Find Your Strength in Solitude
Inspiration, Newsletter 22

Beautiful Silence: Find Your Strength in Solitude

Everyone who has visited this blog over the past 4 years knows that this space isn't only for "bad days" and "bad moments". It is also for inspiration, motivation, and awareness for many causes that I hold near.  This entry today is a mix of those things. I want you to bring awareness to yourself regarding...yourself. We live in a time where there is an endless supply of outside chatter, so much that we forget to look inward. I'm big on reminding my people about listening in. It helps you realize how you're using your energy and what you're focusing on (or should be anyway) . Validation and approval can be part of the noise you need to block out. Find Your Strength in Solitude Silence is golden. That saying is timeless and true. Between television and headphones, friend hangouts and ...
State Your Peace
Inspiration, QT With VND

State Your Peace

"State Your Peace" was pinned 10/30/17. You are loved. The world you knew and the children you call yours have simply grown up and gotten their own lives, hardships, and concerns. We fight hard to avoid endless cycles we are helpless in. Unfortunately you’re one of those cycles. We’ve all tried to help, even your sisters, and you would often “just miss” success or a “comeback”. Now we’re all simply trying to survive on our own and putting our energy into the one person we can influence to strive harder - ourselves. You left behind wounds that have yet (and may never) heal and souls that are weary of the past and present. We all love each other in one way or the other, we’re just exhausted. The fact that you come up in conversations is a testament to love and sadness, faith and des...
Thank you, Chester.
World

Thank you, Chester.

Your light shinned brighter in my life than I realized. I will miss your voice, your joy, your passion, and your inspiration. You helped me write my piece and my peace for years. I honestly don't see that changing. Your music will guide my pen and my fingers the same way they have since I began. Thank you for staying with us as long as you could meanwhile giving everything you've had. Love Always, Veronica ✌❤
Resurfacing
World

Resurfacing

"The hardest part of ending is starting again." - Chester Bennington A since of calm lingers in the air, giving its most tantalizing dance to the shattered remains of millions. It stays just out of reach, providing false hope and shaken prayers. The world rests on a continuous loop of sorrow and heartbreak, manmade disasters and natural ones, personal torment and bullying, starvation and gluttony. What we have become is an echo of the very wild animals our race hunts for skin, hair, and organs. This reality falls on deaf ears in place of "entertainment". For decades society has been force fed images and thoughts that don't reflect their true selves (the soul self). Within that is the fear of erasing everything and starting again because there is seemingly no "real" source to start from. ...
Listen to Yoursoul
Inspiration, Newsletter 22

Listen to Yoursoul

“Listen to your own voice, your own soul. Too many people listen to the noise of then world instead of themselves.” In the past week I returned to meeting the sun as it rose, writing along with the morning rays. The serenity hours lent themselves to reflection and personal evolution. Two decades of school and life in general awakened a fear within that my mind, will, and thoughts were not entirely my own. For a brief moment I was genuinely afraid. In the middle of the expressway during an early morning drive I said to myself, "Who's talking? Me or them?" That strong sense of self that took years to build had grown eerily quiet. In the midst of grief for a physically departed inspirational figure I started to reevaluate and urged myself to get back to me. A great deal of what we are is ...
Crossing Over
QT With VND

Crossing Over

"You don't have to know someone to have an intimate experience with them." - Chester Bennington Four weeks ago...12 hours prior to the time of this post..a particular departure impacted me more than I thought...made sense. My outward life remained on the up and up, but my inward remains disturbed. The physical reality has finally sunken in. A connection I didn't realize was strong - spiritually - was severed suddenly. It shook my mental clarity. I found myself in tears at spontaneous moments and angry the next, sincere seconds later. A fairly consistent battle of acceptance and denial has played on repeat - a teetering effect. A truth from long ago returned to the forefront, reflected in someone I admired for so long and still do. I've never shied away from it. It has echoed consistently...
Fighting for the Future
Inspiration

Fighting for the Future

"You cannot fight your destiny, you can only fight yourself." destiny - (n.) The inevitable or necessary fate to which a particular person or thing is destined; one's lot. A predetermined course of events considered as something beyond human power or control. Destiny. Many people seem certain that their lives courses has brought them together via a long drawn out, winding path. Typically that road leads to a rhyme and a reason for a particular union, which may echo déjà vu. In life options arise as obstacles and every single one has a beginning and an end. Each choice has a starting point and an inevitable conclusion. There will be moments where fighting for the future is the only way. A montage of ups and downs will intercept the most calculated moves. A force will intervene and se...
Into the Unknown
#Fear, Inspiration

Into the Unknown

*Comments are closed. "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...
Fuse It Back Together
Featured Artists, Inspiration, Newsletter 22

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...
One More Light
Featured Artists, Newsletter 22

One More Light

*Comments are closed. 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...
On The Horizon
Inspiration

On The Horizon

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 m...
Give Up Giving Up
Inspiration

Give Up Giving Up

"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 acc...
New Year, Same Vee
QT With VND

New Year, Same Vee

"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...
Cancel Your Plans
Inspiration

Cancel Your Plans

"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. ...
Refresh
Inspiration

Refresh

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. ...
Anti-Resolution
Inspiration

Anti-Resolution

"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 j...