We all have procrastinated. Some of us have made it an art form that is hard to duplicate. I used to be queen of working in a storm. I didn't understand how one could get work done when they were at peace and not feeling the heat of a deadline. Now? I am honest with myself about my deadlines and how they have to be reached. I can't afford for the delay.
Not just money wise. I'm talking time. My time is valuable even to myself. I can't waste it with I shoulda, coulda, or woulda... If I know I can't commit the energy ahead of time I know to say no or walk away. I sign up for only what I can actually follow through with. Even if that means stepping back from things I love. Recently, I've learned that the art of service is committing to that service. We have to know our limits. People will ask you for everything you have and if you don't have the capacity to give "No" has to become your ally.
However, I'm not even talking about service or people. I'm talking about self. We hold ourselves to crazy standards and then are upset when we don't achieve the goal. I went from "I want to lose 100 pounds this year" to "I want to be healthy for life." Then I dug deeper. I went from, "I want to lose..." to "I want my knee to not hurt", "I want to be able to lift myself", "I want to not have my airplane seat belt stretch to the last bit". Also I had to be realistic with myself. I don't have time for two a days. I don't want to go hard everyday in workout. What I can do is at least walk everyday for 30 mins. I can always still hit the gym or go harder, but 30 mins of walking is my minimum.
It worked. Being realistic about my goals made it so all of my goals were not only achieved, but exceeded. It also requires me to have a clear goal with a plan to achieve it. If you've followed along with my journey on Instagram or Snapchat then you've seen most of my fight as far as health. Now my video is a whole other version of this vlog. In case you're a video person and not down with the words. You may have even clicked that first. If you do both, bless your heart.
I'm happy to be in a place where I'm getting it done. I'm not even sharing my ambitions and dreams where they aren't able to grow. I learned that I can't share my vision with everyone, not even because people don't support me. It's because some things aren't meant to be voiced out loud until the right time. However, those I do share with are able to see, support, or push me forward. I stopped expecting the unrealistic polish on life. I like reality. I love being honest with myself about what I need and want. Productivity has become a companion that I honor without the procrastination.
Ya girl has been working! Not just at work, but on myself and it has gotten real serious. I'm talking waking up early, getting 8 hours of sleep, and intentionally moving everyday type serious. I knew a few months back that this transition was going to require... My word of the year: FOCUS.
That meant stepping back from my blog. Stepping into some vlogs because that makes sense. I also took a step back from social media. Not a break break, but it wasn't inhaled like crack rocks. If anyone I work with sees this, I mean candy okay.
I've still been doing poetry tings (yes, tings) even if I haven't been to a open mic or show in a very very, very long time. Sometimes a person just needs a breather. *inhales, exhales* We overwhelm ourselves with the need to always be moving, doing, and sharing. I think there's something beautiful about sharing, but there is also something beautiful about sitting that tail down and meditating in prayer.
Long overdue, but here is a glimpse of me working as a poet in a unconventional way. I get booked to talk to classes via Skype or Google Hangouts talking to college kids and high schoolers as well. It is a blessing to find new ways to connect with people in this digital world.
If you've been following along. Thank you! Let me know what you think.
Alright so this is the final video in the series. "It's been real, it's been fun. It's been real fun."- my co-workers favorite saying. Now it's time for me to pack my bags for the next adventure. Also getting back to my regular vlog/blog life. Please enjoy the video below. Leave comments or questions if you have them.
The idea of a vacation was so foreign to me before this trip. Who just spends money to go to another place for no reason other than to just relax? Who has the time? Who has the resources? Who are THOSE people?
Me, I'm that person. For years I wouldn't even dream of going on a vacation let alone a beach vacation because I couldn't do it. There was no way. Well now that I'm working full time in a job that gives me PTO my excuses ran out. I did something crazy. I bought tickets 6 months in advance to a country/island I had never been to before in my life. Then I had some amazing friends aka my crazy friends buy their tickets as well. 6 months in advance! These are my forever people because literally no one on my friends list has yet proved they are THAT willing. My bro didn't even have his passport when we booked the flight.
I am sooooo grateful for these friends, for that trip, and for a new perspective. I know it's a lavish first world yada, yada, yada. I didn't go on a mission trip or save a tribe. I did however get to share memories with two amazing humans. Seeing their faces in awe as we stared at water or clouds or trees will forever make it worth it. Also struggling with French, but I think we knew more than we thought.
I could have went solo (boring! okay not really boring, but I love spending time with people). I am happy I didn't. Each year for my birthday I now want to share it with a friend (or two) and go somewhere, anywhere for a breather and just kick it. My birthday is my new year and filled with so much sentimental importance that I don't believe in small. At least until I turn 30 because let's get real I have bigger goals that just birthday trips.
I'm still posting these videos because I do still have that full time job, but also because I really want to remember this whole vacay slowly. The last videos will be posted at the 6 month mark aka a few weeks. I hope you've enjoyed them. My regular blogs/vlogs will return sooner than later.
Love you all!
Yup that's right. Here is two AND three. I hope you enjoy!
Our Airbnb host took us around Le Diamant to explore the bird view, the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial, and a few other treasured spots. Since we didn't have a car it was great to be able to go to these spots and see more than we would have walking. We also found a secret spot the first day. Our Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17761008...
Our first time spending our entire day on the beach. We walked about 30 minutes to get to this location from our AirBnB. Stopping at the EcoMax to get libations beforehand.
I absolutely looooved putting this video together. There is so much that didn't make it to this final cut. But this trip was so amazing. If you have never taken a vacation, I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
We booked this hostel through HostelWorld.com and it is a great site for those who are looking to stay somewhere for a great price and meet people. For us we booked a three bed, private hostel room since there were just three of us traveling and we didn't want to worry about our bags, but there are options to accommodate every type of traveler.
Join us as we make our way from St. Louis to New York. I know Brooklyn is a borough, but it is the borough we traveled to this go round before heading to Martinique. Plus this one we went to see some attractions that we missed on other trips. Join us on our journey as we do what we love... Be silly, travel, and eat!
Highlights: Staten Island Ferry, Charging Bull, and the food!
*I do not own the music rights!*
Join us as we make our way from St. Louis to New York. I know Brooklyn is a borough, but it is the borough we traveled to this go round before heading to Martinique. Join us on our journey as we do what we love... Be silly, travel, and eat!
Highlights: NY Moore Hostel, OMG Pizza, and the city never sleeps!
*Music Rights are not mine*
I'm in New York!! Like actual New York. Truth be told I WAS in NY, but then I had to go home soooo here's a review of that trip. NY is my third home. My first is with God (a place isn't my home, it's the people awww), the second is London (one day boo), and the third is New York. Picture a cute New York picture...
Bada bing, bada boom. We spent our time in Brooklyn at the NY Moore Hostel booked through www.hostelworld.com/ It was a fantastic place to stayed filled with art by local artist or visiting artist. They even let us know that you could get a deal (if you're good) if you do some artwork for
them which I think is pretty genius. I will be doing a vlog of the hostel at some point. (Give me a moment,
that requires way more time then a simple type up.) While there, my bro and I realized that New York wasn't going to change us. It did however compliment our lifestyles. We could take our much needed nap and then wake up at midnight on a Sunday night and still be able to go out and get things done. It was beautiful.
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