One of my literary idols, Zora Neale Hurston, wrote this quote in “How It Feels to Be Colored Me”, in The World Tomorrow (May 1928). “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It is beyond me.”
Did anyone else GET THEIR LIFE last night while watching Mrs. Michelle Obama sing with Missy Elliot on Carpool Karaoke?!
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, let me catch you up, boo. James Corden, host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, has a segment called Carpool Karaoke, where he chauffers’ celebs around town while belting out classic songs along their way. The segment is hilarious! Plenty of celebs have participated, including Adele, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Hudson. But what house did James decide to drive up to for last night’s episode? The White House, to chauffer our very own #FLOTUS , Michelle Obama, around in his car! Continue reading
I woke up this morning with a jolt. I sat straight up, grabbed my IPhone, slammed on the home button, and muddled, “Shit! Am I late for work?” Just before I yanked myself out of bed I realized, wait a minute……it’s Saturday. Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you. As I laid back down and pretended to go back to sleep, I realized, “Hey, you don’t have to hold up the world today!” Read that sentence again and let it sink into your spirit. You don’t have to hold up the world today! Guess what? This motherfucker will keep turning without you.
Your daily routine isn’t going anywhere. So make a U-turn and get lost in yourself. Let some positivity soak deep down into your roots. Dig into yourself. You may find that awesomeness is buried just below the surface. Understand that it’s been there the whole time! Excavate that shit and spread it around!
Enjoy life. Put your worries on pause. Breathe. Live in this moment. Not in the past or the future, but right now. Relax your arms and stop trying to hold up the world because you don’t have to.
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“My name is Chyna, the daughter of Cynthia and Ronald. I am from Chicago, Illinois, and I AM ENOUGH!” That mantra is something I came up with to reassure myself in times of doubt. It comforts my soul. Chanting it reminds me that my confidence is not based on the outside world but grows from within the walls of my body. It’s deep rooted in the recesses of my brain and planted in the soil of my subconscious. Whenever I get lost in worry or the cares of other’s opinions, I chant that to myself and come back to reality. It makes me sit a little straighter and smile a little wider. Sway my hips a little more. Love a little stronger. That mantra teaches my spirit to grow up, out, and around my fear.
Ultimately, I’m starting to feel it is okay to be myself. Hell its necessary! That urge to suppress my true feelings for the sake of others is fading fast. Faster than Oxy-Clean destroys a stain. #No filter Not maliciously, but on purpose. Knowing that my true feelings are just as important, just as needed in the conversation as anyone else’s. My world is no longer rocked when I’m not embraced by the masses because my spirit doesn’t lust after what they do. My desires are different yet equally as significant. My smile is internal. It’s not just pasted below my nose like the rules of society state. My face feels real when it used to feel frozen. Do you know how good it feels to smile because you want to?
Starting today, I want you to feel you are enough! Create your own mantra. Chant it to yourself. Over and over. Tune out the words of others. Tune out their demands. Tune out their opinions. Wrap yourself up in yourself. Feel good today knowing that you are enough. Your smile is enough. You are you and there is no one on Muva-Earth like you. Past, Present or Future. Love it, build on it, and feel that shit deep down in your toes!
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I’ve got myself a lifestyle blog, Huntee! Signed, sealed, and delivered by WordPress. What a great place to start my writing journey, huh? Right now Beyoncé’s Formation is booming inside my head, “I see it I want it, I stunt, yellow-bone it. I dream it, I work hard, I grind ‘til I own it! I twirl on my haters……” #Lemonade . But FRFR, let’s get these ideas flowing. Hmmm, my Twitter and Instagram handle is: ‘A kinky-haired girl living in a straight-haired world’. A phrase I devised to subtly describe how I had been conforming to societies standards. But when I discovered that I possessed this thing called #BlackGirlMagic I was suddenly transformed! I did the big chop, embraced my TWA (teeny weeny afro), and began my mission to spread my BGM all over the world! My blog world! BWAAHAHAHA! That’s my all consumed with power laugh (audio coming soon). Welcome!