Shock the World.

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After reading about how only 3% of children’s books have a person of color as the main character, I was inspired to write a children’s book with the main characters being black. Since writing it, I’ve been working on getting the book published but the process hit a low point yesterday after a phone call with a publisher.

I was highly anticipating this phone call all day and was very excited due to hearing about his interest in the book. The conversation quickly turned into how the odds are completely against me, how I will not be a successful writer because I’m not already famous, and how the book will ultimately be a failure.  I felt like the publisher, who I’m very appreciative and thankful for him keeping it real with me, was more so trying to talk  me out of this.

I felt defeated.

After talking to my mom, listening to the words of encouragement from friends, and reminding myself of how stubborn I am, I don’t believe in the impossible. I will keep his words in consideration but he gave me an even bigger chip on my shoulder!

Today, I wrote out the layout for the book to I can visualize what the book will look like in physical form. The illustrations are in the works of being made and soon I will have this book published! I am going to do everything in my power to push this book and make it a game changer! Just like the title of the book states, the possibilities are endless. I am way too stubborn to hear any of that “it’s impossible” talk.  If the opportunity hasn’t been there for others, I will shock the world and pave the way! I WILL be sharing a published copy of this book one of these days. Just watch me shock the word!

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Inspiration Spotlight: J. Cole

 

There is so much I can say about J. Cole!

In my opinion, J. Cole is easily one of the greatest rappers of my generation. Cole is truly an inspiration to me in so many different way. From his craft all the way to how he conducts himself as an artist, I look up to J. Cole. I dream of the day I can meet him to tell him thank you for all the lessons he’s taught me through his music, interviews, and the way he carries himself. Fun fact, I used to have this dream that J. Cole’s label Dreamville would make an exception and sign me to a book deal or invest in one of my projects. Cole easily makes my Top 5 inspirations of all time list.

In regards to this video, WOW! That’s really all that comes to mind and the best way for me to convey the power of this video to you. I remember being in my dorm room in college watching this video 2 years ago and I just had to replay it right away. J. Cole is a deep brother. There was so many lessons I took away from this video and saw the world in a new light. Every time I watch this, it’s like a flame ignites within me of inspiration to take on the world and make a change for the better!

Inspiration Spotlight: Levi Maestro

 

I still remember to this day how watching this video in high school changed the trajectory of my life. I was at a place in my life where I was simply lost. In high school, I knew I was different and had something special within me. I felt like no one really understood that feeling and I honestly did not know what to do with it at the time. One day after school, I was surfing the internet and somehow I came across a blog with this video on it. Whoever made the blog talked about how inspirational and positive Levi Maestro was and encouraged everyone to watch this video. Once I watched this video, everything made sense for me! I understood the importance of speaking things into existence, being the best version of me at all times, and living positively.

Levi Maestro is truly an inspiration to me. If it wasn’t for him, I do not think I would be where I am at today honestly. Levi Maestro is a genuine and positive person who constantly radiates positive energy. He started a web series called Maestro Knows that really gives a glimpse of his life. I strongly suggest you check out a few episodes. You’ll definitely get a feeling of the type of person he is!

I hope this video changes your perspective for the better like it once did for me!

Find Your Comfort: 2 Year Anniversary

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On this day 2 years ago, I created Find Your Comfort.

I was a junior in college and so eager to change the world. My goal for Find Your Comfort was to simply create a website people could share their inspirations and creative works for a class project. As I continued to reach out to different people to contribute to the website, FYC began to grow. It became a place where people could share positive messages, story, creative works, and simply vent about the adversities they are facing in life. Find Your Comfort was truly amazing. However, I lost sight of the beauty of Find Your Comfort.

I was constantly filled with thoughts of: “how will this make money?” “How is this a sustainable business?” I lost sight of the power of Find Your Comfort due to professionals and successful business people telling me I need to start making money from it and myself listening to them like they control my life. The pressure of trying to market Find Your Comfort also became so stressful. It brought me to a dark place while helping others overcome their dark places. Ironic right? What was once fun became draining and stressful. I was not as passionate about Find Your Comfort. However, I continued to get messages, emails, and anonymous tips of why I should keep going and how FYC saved their lives. In the moment of reading, I was beyond inspired. The following days felt like I never even received those messages. All I could ever focus on was the stress, pressure, and what FYC was lacking.

Eventually, I gave up. I could not even find the courage to tell people I was done with FYC. I was way too frustrated with myself. I considered Find Your Comfort as one of my greatest failures. I put over $5,000 into this project and never came close to that in return. I was drained and defeated.

A couple months later after not thinking about Find Your Comfort, I had a conversation with my mom about possible business ventures I’ve been working on. There was a lot said in the conversation but one thing truly stood out to me. My mom told me, “You created something that literally saved lives. Imagine what would happen without Find Your Comfort. You have to keep it going.” I tried to shrug off what she said but it really hit me. I decided to go to the website and read every single thing on the website. I was actually amazed by the stories people were sharing. It felt like I reconnected with an old friend I haven’t seen in awhile. I felt a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time, there’s a reason why Find Your Comfort was created.

With today being the 2-year anniversary, I am beyond proud of my journey with Find Your Comfort. It has taught me a lot more about myself than anything I have ever done in my life. I’m proud to say I have picked it back up and I’m still working on Find Your Comfort. I have a lot of projects in the works for FYC and I am no longer worried about the money. It’s not about the dollars, its about change. I’m proud of Find Your Comfort and I am looking forward to what the future brings!

 

For everything Find Your Comfort, please check out http://www.FindYourComfort.org

 

The Next.

I do not want to be the next. What does the next mean? The next is the comparison people often associate individuals with to express how far they can possibly go. For example, a basketball player will often be the next Michael Jordan or LeBron James. A writer might be the next J.K. Rowling. A television personality might be the next Oprah. Although a lot of times the comparison is flattery,  I do not want to be compared to anyone other than myself. I often think about this quote in regards to being the next:

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”

– Pablo Picasso 

I will admit it is cool to hear how people compare you to someone to make sense of what you’re trying to accomplish in life. Please don’t think that is the ceiling to my potential though. My potential is endless. I strive to be the breakthrough. I’m going to create a name for myself in whatever I do and change the whole game up for the better. That’s one of the beauties of life! You can be the breakthrough.

Artist Spotlight: Dwayne Levi

 

Dwayne Levi is an artist from Louisville, Kentucky who is taking the Kentucky by storm. This man is beyond talented. From music to acting to academics, Dwayne has the mindset of being the best he can absolutely be. He’s making a lot of noise in Kentucky with his latest tape The Levi Effect and soon he’s going to be worldwide!

I know this man personally and his work ethic is next level. We both attended University of Kentucky around the same time and had a few classes together. In our classes together, you would have thought we were at war with each other. Dwayne and I would compete on every homework assignment, quiz, test, paper, and anything else under the sun of who would get the best grade. The competition was all love and we used to bet push ups or food. In a way, it was our way of holding each other accountable to be at the top of the class because we were usually the only black students in the class.

Besides academically, Dwayne is full of charisma, personality, and a man of God. The only thing that can stop him from achieving his dreams is himself and I know for a fact that won’t even stop him. We are still competing to see who is going to be living their dreams first but y’all really need to check out his body of work! He’s one hell of an inspiration and is destined for greatness!

If you’re reading this Dwayne, keep shining bro! We’re going to breakthrough soon!

To Whom It May Concern (2015)

What you lust in life, you can achieve. I’m not speaking about lust when it comes to sexual desires, but lust for dreams, goals, & accomplishments. The problem with people is we count ourselves out before achieving our goals, we don’t take our dreams seriously, and more importantly we don’t take ourselves seriously. If you have a dream, believe in it and see yourself in it. Don’t take no for an answer and work as hard as you possibly can to make it happen. If you believe you dream is impossible to achieve, it’ll be impossible for you to achieve it. You have to believe that’s you’ll get there and be able to achieve it no matter how crazy it sounds. In life, you get a lot of no’s from insecure people who don’t want to see you make it or happier than them. Don’t let that stop you. Don’t let any type of no, failure, setback, or negativity set you back and discourage you from living your dream. You can do it. It all starts with taking yourself and your dream seriously though. Each day, do one thing that will get you one step closer to where you want to be. Whether big or small, keep the future in mind but create your present. The present is the only thing that matters in chasing dreams. So when you have moments when you’re dreaming away and questioning if you can do it, write that doubt down and hang it up on the wall, fridge, your mind, or anywhere you can see that… use that negativity as motivation to push you farther. The greatest inventors didn’t live with complete positivity. They shaped negativity into positive motivation. What seems insignificant now can grow and manifest into a truly great and beautiful thing. Have faith in everything you do and achieve whatever it is you want.