I’m not sure if Tupac actually said this.BUT. I’ve worked with some painful, painful people. People who make you feel small, pathetic, or worse: like you’re not worth anything. These people can singlehandedly ruin the whole dream of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry if you have a soft skin and aren’t willing to just say “fuck it” and keep going in your direction. There are BAD people hiding in every corner of the industry and it’s up to YOU to not be a doormat and to stand firm and risk anything in order to stand up for yourself. I wish I had learned this before. Being sensitive and vulnerable is a beautiful thing but don’t give yourself away to everyone. People don’t all deserve to see your soft and gentle side. Let them earn it. #opera#mentalhealth#wellness#selfesteem#strength#operasinger#operasingersofinstagram#operawellness#performerhelp#actor#hardtruth#strong#mentality#courage#healthyliving
One of the beautiful things about college (Southern University)who hoo is the people you meet. I met this beautiful soul 24 years ago; she is my "ride-or die," best friend, sister...She is truly one of a kind. Thank you for putting up with me these last 24 years. I love you and Happy Birthday, my beautiful friend.💙 #love#courage#authenticity#bestfriends#faith
Hyssop has a very particular use in African American folk magick:
Since biblical times, hyssop has been used to purify the body, the spirit and the home. This wash is gentle enough to be used in a bath or on your floors, and powerful enough to remove negative energy and leave you and your space feeling lighter, uplifted and peaceful!
My whole body hurts, it's raining outside and we've spent already so much money. ☝️The good thing is that my body hurts from trying to surf the last 2 days, I'm glad it's raining because it means we can stay home 🏠and give our muscles and skin a break from so much movement and sun🏖, and the money thing, well, at least we found a good deal 👌with our surfboards renting and can save by cooking at home.
My surfing story is not how I wished it to be. The very first day I tried it, last week, I got such fear🤷🏽♀️of going so far in the sea that I had to come back and deal with it first. Swimming without board is one thing, but not being able to correctly put my body on the board and feel frustrated and so tired so far away from the beach was frightening🤦🏽♀️. The second try was better because fear didn't paralize me. Yesterday was the best so far, I was like 2 hours in the water coming back and forth trying to catch waves🙆🏽♀️.I just really hope it gets funnier with every try! 🏄🏽♀️ #surfchallenge#fear#keepgoing#instadaily#instapic#love#lovedaily#sea#summer#rainyday#adventure#exploretocreate#procrastination#holiday#sore#soremuscles#courage#caribbeanlife#caribbeanadventure
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"He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his #courage loses all." - Miguel de Cervantes
Have you stopped dreaming or have forgotten how to dream?
I invite you to spend some time with this question.
If you are struggling to actually think of something, start small.
What would make the next 6 months AMAZING?
Did you just limit yourself by thinking, “yeah well, this or that will never happen because,” blah blah blah......Guess what? You’re Right!
If you think it will never happen, it won’t!
Most people have conditioned themselves to put limits on their imagination so they never actually attempt to create their dreams.
Think deeper, when you were a kid, around 8-10, what did you want to be when you grew up? This is around the age when your soul really shows you what you love.
If you aren’t doing something you love and have a passion for, let me ask you why? Why did you settle for less than your dream? Who told you that you couldn’t do it? Believe me, someone in some form put that in your head because YOU would never actually limit yourself.
I first hand, living in it now, understand the struggle of STAYING in your vision. It’s not easy when you have LIFE happening and you (me) are very conditioned to let it all be your excuse as to NOT chase your dreams.
I’ve had a few opportunities lately to follow my childhood dream, and I’m stalling because of fear.
Fear I might actually be great?
Fear I might actually be seen?
Fear I might actually be heard?
I’ve allowed old stories of worthiness, not being good enough, and new stories of, you can’t because your job is taking care of the kids now, to crawl into my mind.
That’s where I’m struggling.
Stepping into courage and continue to chase my dreams even though these are the stories playing and I am terrified, that’s where I get to be!
There is a great big world out there, how much space are you taking up?
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The summer body you want starts now but it’s not in the kitchen and it’s not with the perfect holiday eating
It’s with the confidence in yourself that you CAN indulge in moderation and enjoy the great foods while loving your body enough to avoid over indulgence -
Our bodies are fucking miracles!! Not punishments!!!
"The moment that you feel, just possibly, that you are walking the down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself... That might be the moment, you might be starting to get it just right."
When she is happy, she can hypnotize you with the curl of her black lashes.
When she is content, the glow on her face can shine a light to warm and caress the deepest, cold crevices of your heart.
But when she is unhappy, her monstrous voice can beat against the walls of your home and bleed out through the cracks, spilling into the streets daring anyone who crosses it's path to stop her.
She is Too Fierce.
Oh, Her Fierceness has nothing to do with you.
Her Fierceness isn't personal.
Her Fierceness doesn't play favourites and won't act the part to please you.
Because that's not how Fierceness works.
Fierceness is about marking territory, creating boundaries, defining rules and defying conventions.
Fierceness says, "I am the Master of my Heart." Fierceness is unbridled and powerful.
Fierceness changes things: Like rules and barriers and convention.
Fierceness comes to make its mark and make a difference.
Fierceness doesn't discriminate: Everyone and everything is fair game.
Because there is a bigger purpose - A greater mission.
It's hard to mother Fierceness.
It's equally hard to love and adore it.
And it's almost impossible to try to predict it.
To know when to be firm and when to bend.
To know when to lead and when to follow.
To step back and allow, to trust, to let go.
Fierce isn't interested in Good. But wait, that doesn't mean it's Bad.
Fierce transcends judgement and labels and checked boxes.
Fierce is only concerned with Truth.
Mine and yours. Ours.
And Fierce will stop at nothing, not a damn thing to bring Truth to the Light.
“Feel the fear and do it anyways.” (Susan Jeffers)
In most of my one-to-one coaching sessions the subject of fear frequently comes up. Whether it’s a fresh graduate or a CEO; we all have fears! Fear of failure, fear of public speaking, you name it... In this video I want to share with you my personal journey with fear and how finding my leverage helped me find the courage to feel the fear and do it anyways.
I will dedicate this week’s posts to discuss how we can understand this emotion and not let fear become a barrier to achieving our goals.
Everything you do begins as a thought in the mind. If you can take charge of how you think, you can begin to take control of how you live and of how you respond to the challenges/opportunities life brings your way.
But to take control of how you’re thinking, you have to first become aware of ‘what’ you’re thinking. With all the many thoughts that come and go from your mind, this can at first seem like a difficult task. But to help you, try this very simple and yet effective technique. At various points through out the day simply ask yourself these two questions - “What am I thinking right now ?” and “Are these thoughts helping or hindering me?”
The more you do this the more aware you’ll become of the nature of your thoughts, and the more you’ll begin to realise that you have a great degree of choice over what you actually think. Use this choice (this gift!) wisely. Think thoughts that help and do not hinder you. And as you seek to take charge of your life, may it be the thoughts that definitely strengthen, uplift and empower you that shape your life on every level. 🙏💙