2016: I’m Coming For Ya

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Happy New Year everybody!

This year, I have decided to continue on the road of “Consistent and Persistent” that I began building in 2015. The mantra really helped me to focus on what was important and to really make bold moves in my personal and professional life. Building momentum to this idea I will also strive to promote myself and my work this year (so don’t be surprised to see more of the #shamelessplug on my Instagram!)

As I stated in my last post, I will only be posting once a week this year. So be sure to stop by every Thursday to see what’s happening in Harlem, and as always my Instagram feed will have the most up-to-date news and stories from my day to day life so follow me: @rocksolidmel.

Below are some of the ideas, phrases and quotes I want to use this year to get me from month to month. I hope that they will inspire you too!
Ciao 😊

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Thoughts

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Kisses on noses

The spark that awakens hope

A quick glimmer of what was and what still could be

It happens in an instant

But the ripples in the pools of my mind continue to expand

Searching for the concrete resolution

That never did and never may exist

Thursday Thoughts

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jazz lilts out the window every day around this time.

as the notes make their escape out of the mystery saxophone player’s apartment into my ears

i can’t help but applaud their diligence and ponder about their age

a college student perfecting his homework? a seasoned professional going through the set list they’ll be playing at a smoky nightclub or bar in the Village?

Practice is something we are all taught at one point or another

but it is only truly harnessed by the impassioned and dedicated individuals who understand its power

Individuality is something we are all born with, something we all run away from eventually discover is the most vital attribute we have.

how hard it is to sometimes grasp that some carry that dedication for status, or things; items that are fleeting and, in the end, inconsequential

for these accolades and things can’t hold you when you cry

dance with you in your joy

or look you in the eye and utter “i’m proud of you”

Thursday Thoughts: Charleston

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Tears of heat stream down my face, as I once again watch my President, an African-American father of two, speak on the grave indecencies that have, once again, befallen members of his race.

The news of the Charleston travesty is still fresh. The rage, hurt, and confusion doing back flips in my heart and mind are intensified the more after watching President Barack Obama recount the events which occurred at a prayer meeting last evening in Charleston, South Carolina. There is a slight stoop in his posture, his eyes are downcast, a small feeling of defeat radiates from his being as he tells us about the need for gun control, about the inequalities so apparent in our country today, about the lives still being lost due to ignorance, privilege, vigilantes and bigots.

What can we do? What can be done? In a world, where a white woman believes she can carry the title of African-American woman for ten years and believe she is “trans-racial,” where do we stand? Is “The Dream” only a dream and nothing more? Have we, the nation, moved forward, or were just enough bread crumbs and rights afforded to a minority of people to keep us quiet and content. Was there an expiration on our rights and privileges? Did the powers at be proclaim, “When a black man holds the seat of power, as the leader of the free world, time will be up. If they didn’t ‘get’ everything they wanted, tough luck?”

Being cynical and suspicious are not words I use to describe myself. But this doubt cannot be suppressed. These questions are yearning for answers. I have no idea how to go about finding them, but I’ll start on this little old blog, and hopefully we can find the answers together.

M.

The “Certainty” of May

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So, for the past few months I have been OBSESSED with Ibrahim Maalouf’s album “Wind.” If you don’t know who I’m talking about look him up, an incredible jazz musician. On the album, there is one track that I kept coming to again and again, Certainty.The notes are smooth and lush, when you think of a great kickback melody that you can read a book too with a delicious glass of wine on your nightstand, this is that song!

As my birthday rapidly approaches, I can’t help but laugh at my favorite song of choice. The career I have chosen is anything but “certain,” life as a whole is definitely not “certain,” but what I want to build upon this month is the certainty in my choices. As my mother often reminds me, Life is all about your choices, and I am choosing to make sound ones (excuse the pun).

My resolution for 2015 was to be persistent and consistent, and while I may have fallen off the wagon a bit, my goals are still crystal clear, and my handy Vision Board is a constant reminder of what I want to accomplish this year. May is currently filled with performances (Private Lives and staged readings), work (day job and jewelry selling), and friendship celebrations and rekindling (graduations, reunions, visits galore). Tons of great things to look forward to, yeah?

The theme of March definitely bled into April and that drum is still leading the way! “May” you have a great month and see the many opportunities that are waiting for you.

Ciao 🙂

Tuesday Thoughts

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Finishing the month with one more quote from The Alchemist, which I finished in a fever last week.

“And dreams are the language of God. When He speaks in our language, I can interpret what He has said. But if He speaks in the language of the soul, it is only you who can understand.”

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

I hope your life is incredibly interesting as you pursue your dreams on this last Tuesday of January 2015. Make it count.

Tuesday Thoughts

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We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

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