Proof.

Proof.

What needs to be seen for you to believe in the strength of your abilities? I have spoken about facts versus faith before; however, this is about proof. Proof is the evidence of your works: the evidence that you are being led to create or that you are meant to inspire. Also, it is the confirmation that you are more than meets the eye. The proof is in the fact that you are given another day on this earth. Sometimes, we think that we have expired. Yet the truth is your heart and abilities are just as fresh and new as the day you were born.

keepcalm54Just because something is going sour in your life does not mean “the product” is not good. You are the product and the proof is in your actions. You cannot stay in environments that compromise your health. People scream all the time about “don’t blame me, I am a product of my environment!” However, we all know that there are products of good and bad quality. So I ask this of you: why not be a good product of your environment? Instead of using your street credibility or your upbringing for bad, Continue reading

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Food For Thought: Seat Fillers

Food for Thought: Seat Fillers.

Actions speak louder than words.  So even in silence and pain, hold your head up high. Let the tears fall but then wipe them away. I once read somewhere “if you have tears in your eyes, how can you see the stars”? review-logo

Vulnerability is a very sensitive and touchy subject to tap into nowadays. However, I want to open up this forum for us. Food for thought: Sometimes you have to look at where you came from and realize if this moment of turmoil and sadness matters in the whole span of it all? Does it matter? Do the people who hurt you matter? Does this one moment in your life matter? If yes, then you must recognize it as a building stone.

Think about seat fillers for award shows…stay with me here. They are placed in the theater to give the illusion of presence and fullness. Just like the purpose of a seat filler, there are people in our lives that are just there for “fluff”: their purpose is to cushion and comfort you in this particular moment or season. Yet, honestly you must be able to delineate their purpose. I am speaking on people rather than specific situations because as artists much of our creative progression and methods depends on the collaboration of others. By truly defining what the other is and their purpose can provide some peace in your life shifts.

No I am not saying to go and start eradicating people from your life but moreso be cognizant of others and their energy. Let this be a lesson: not all moments are meant to be a part of your lifespan. Some are just space fillers.

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Re-Routing.

Re-Routing.

Patience and diligence are the key to any progression. You must have patience in KeepCalm52knowing that your hard work will pay off, but most importantly you must be diligent in your actions. Aim and go for it! Reach for your goals; nothing should stop you. There may be detours along the way but you must re-route yourself to reach your destination.

Say for instance, you are going up for a promotion for the 3rd or 4th time and each occurrence you miss the opportunity. Perhaps you should try adjusting your approach: Continue reading

Honest.

Honest.

What does it mean to be honest? Fair? Open? Upfront? One thing that I adore about the arts is the open forum provided for self-expression. You can express yourself artistically through visualizations or even using words. There is a saying: if you cannot be honest with yourself then who else can you be honest with? No need to put on a façade: embrace who you truly are.

Sometimes we try and live life as one KeepCalm51thing or one way to fit in: go with the flow. Why? I am not saying to go rogue but literally why is there always a need to fit in? Normalcy is something deliberate and Life just happens. Be present. If there is something you do not like, then say it! If there is something that you agree with, then do it! Be upfront right then and there. If something does not sit well with you, then get up!

Don’t stay in a situation that compromises who you are as a person. Never do that; it will only lead to regret. Believe me, I know. It gets to a point that you start feeding yourself on false hopes and measures: “it will get better or it won’t always be this way.” While I believe that everything can go up, we sometimes need stronger discernment to know when it will not. Your gut or initial feelings may be incorrect, but the truth of the matter is that you went with yourself. There are consequences on both sides of this however and because of that you must consider those. It is not fair to only think of yourself, but never place yourself at 2nd place.

Take time and check in with yourself: if it calls for you to have a conversation with just you, do it! No, you are not “insane” for taking time to key in on your needs. I express this principle so much in this blog because it was that very notion that allowed me to even become a blogger. I calmed myself, looked around, and Continue reading