Monday, May 25

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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".
Clarity
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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 jo
History Repeats and Repeats
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History Repeats and Repeats

"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 ever
Dream
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Dream

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 j
Imagination
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Imagination

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. - Maya Angelou It's fitting that Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" came on as I began pondering the power of Imagination. His entire career was built on it. His mind shaped it and here we are still relying on him for inspiration, motivation, and courage. If you've encountered this blog or my books in the past you know how important imagination is to me. It is something undervalued yet so crucial to the human race. It's saturated and buried by TV, news, and many other "loud" outlets. I struggled for a while to reclaim mine. I know that imagination allows us to reshape things we fear, situations we worry about, and every day life. It allows us to look around and find beauty in
Remain Driven
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Remain Driven

{Remain Driven} "Every child, no matter who he or she is, should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams."  We have witnessed many iconic moments together. We have endured terrifying days, troublesome nights, inspirational mornings, and peaceful evenings all the same. However, in the midst of all that we see we can lose the will to work and fight for our own achievements. For some of you, you are always looking out for the next guy and not really looking out for yourself. So, your dreams have fallen to the waist side and you're not sure you deserve to go after them now. Well, you do. We all deserve, no matter our age, to live our dreams. They can be small, medium, or large, but the point is they are things you wish to achieve. What is life if you're not aiming for something grea
Exordium
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Exordium

Thank you. It felt right to begin this entry on this day with those 2 words. I mean it in a vast, endless, universal way. That statement of gratitude is for every soul that has crossed paths with mine or united alongside me in a battle of love, acceptance, and peace. Whether it's been 25 years, 7 years, 4 months, or 3 minutes. Thank you for being here and thinking this is all worth listening to. ;) All of what we've done and will do is critical to who we will grow to be as human beings. I'm proud of us! Now, don't you sit there and say, "You don't know me. You can't be proud of me." That just makes me sad because we are forever works in progress on a path to discovering a simple truth in a complex world. That truth for me has been this: Being an individual and appreciating yourself is al
The Origin of Black History Month
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The Origin of Black History Month

Where I went to school, the origin of Black History Month was never mentioned. We were simply made to learn about 4 or 5 historical black figures that our school deemed fit. We never truly got into the heart of the celebration. This video below goes into the origin of National African American History Month. The following is an excerpt from History.com: The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. ORIGINS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH The story of Black History Month b
10 Black Inventors in the Shadows
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10 Black Inventors in the Shadows

Here's my list of 10 Black Inventors in the shadows. I didn't learn about them in school, didn't hear them come up in conversations of "great inventors" or "firsts". They were mentioned on PBS or shared on ".org" websites, but never vocalized beyond those. I wanted to see that they were recognized at least in our little bubble. The following can also be found at "Congressional Black Caucus Foundation". Thank you for this wonderful list, Ms. Lindsay. A greater thank you to the minds behind the creations. =) Love Always, Veronica ✌❤ Benjamin Banneker—Almanac Born to freed slaves in 1731, Benjamin Banneker became an astronomer, author, inventor, mathematician, and surveyor. He invented some of the most effective clocks of his time, planned out the city of Washington, D.C., and published
Black History Is More Than A Month
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Black History Is More Than A Month

For a while I debated whether I would mention "Black History" this year. In my life my nationality is celebrated on a daily basis. My family, friends, those I encounter are all walking, breathing, working celebrations. We strive for greatness in all we do without hesitation. We move about our days with pride, courage, and a smile to boot! Whenever an accomplishment is made that could not be possible without the brave hearts of past, our hearts echo through time to give thanks. Every instance someone of another race waves politely or holds a door open for us, I celebrate. For me, Black History is more than a month - it is 12 months 365 days, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours of gratitude and faith in the future. In elementary school Black History month is a productive time where all races are educated
Toy Soldier
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Toy Soldier

Step by step Heart to heart Left, right, left We all fall down Like toy soldiers  Bit by bit Torn apart We never win But the battle wages on For toy soldiers - Martika - "Toy Soldiers" I am not a toy soldier. It's ranting time. If you've been a consistent reader of Newsletter 22, you know I speak from the soul and the heart. Sometimes things cross my mind that I can't disregard. Sometimes I feel some people are greedy and they are the very ones leading the blind. When I look at certain corporate level companies and fashion designers and how people cherish them, I can't help but take into account how folks mindlessly purchase products. Sure, we all could use a computer and phones, that's fine. I also can't say, "Hey stop using your money like that." Not my place. Nor would I
Perpetual Warrior
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Perpetual Warrior

I am what they call a "perpetual warrior". There is a natural born fighter that shakes me to the core when any signs of giving up ensues. It was likely passed down to me by my mother (born on this day some beautiful years ago - I love you!). So what does it mean to be a perpetual warrior? Have you ever began a task that seems impossible? The result seems downright fantasy, but you put it in your mind to conquer anyway. You've been knocked down so many times by potential failures, but something drags you right back up to keep on trucking. All people were created to pursue their heart's passion no matter the constraints this world places on them. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes it or feels that they are worth their own journey. Some folks are "team support" and "team challenge. We're
Wild Tiger Number Rises In India
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Wild Tiger Number Rises In India

"We have lost 97% of wild tigers in just over a century. However, the wild tiger number rises in India." The largest of all the Asian big cats, tigers rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell. They typically hunt alone and stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time. On average, tigers give birth to two or three cubs every two years. If all the cubs in one litter die, a second litter may be produced within five months. Tigers generally gain independence at two years of age and attain sexual maturity at age three or four for females and at four or five years for males. Juvenile mortality is high however—about half of all cubs do not survive more than two years. Tigers have been known to reach the age of 26 years in the wild. Males of the largest subspec