Monday, May 25

Inspiration

In a world filled with darkness it is important to shed light wherever and whenever you can.

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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
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
Fighting for the Future
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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
On The Horizon
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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
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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
Cancel Your Plans
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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
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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
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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
Beautiful Chaos
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Beautiful Chaos

"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 m
Soul On Fire
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Soul On Fire

"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
Self-Care
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Self-Care

"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 peo
Our Expression of Life
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Our Expression of Life

"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 th
We Are Only A Moment
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We Are Only A Moment

"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
Independence Day & Black History
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Independence Day & Black History

"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".