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

Control.

Control.

Don’t let the enemy win. YKeepCalm39es, in the midst of my very busy schedule lately I ALWAYS find time for me and God to connect and reflect. I have to. It is a part of me that I have learned to compromise about. The compromise meaning to slow down and allow yourself to be calm.

I came across a scripture that really resonated with my spirit and the overall message was Continue reading

Public Vs. Private.

Public Vs. Private.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Nowadays, a simple tweet, pic,  or even status update on your social networking site can speak a “1000 comments” or opinions. And all of that is based on one action of yours. And as you go on and meet more people and cross paths in the world… Be aware of what your presence says about you. As KeepCalm36artists we may get to a point in which we want acknowledgment for our craft and along with the goodness of your art/content, it may get twisted up in all the comments and opinions that you exposed yourself to.  Don’t let the choices of today be the embarrassment of tomorrow.  Continue reading

110%.

110%

How much do you allow your mood to affect your progress? For years, I had a problem with allowing my energy to be drawn to the wrong point rather than focusing on what needed to be done. For example, I am one of the most passionate people you will probably ever meet.

I take pride and honor in everything I do, every person and thing in my life. To me, anything I put my mind to I go after it at 100%. ALWAYS! So what happens when you find yourself trying to be 100% committed to a relationship? A failing relationship and all you can do is focus on how to rekindle and make things right…but slowly you are losing sight of your own KeepCalm22prize. And to be honest, I was at a “neutral” high. Not natural, neutral. I was at a job that was flexible and rewarding, in a relationship I thought was CLEARLY heading towards marriage, friendships were solid… Continue reading