Posts in Motivational
The Hustle vs Alignment

There’s a lot to be said about #hustle. To me, hustle is the ability to keep going despite your circumstances. Be it your financial situation, your talent level and even, at times, your emotional and physical health, you keep on in pursuit of whatever goal it is that you have in mind. Just like that saying “hustle beats talent every time”, you really can’t knock the hustle.


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JAY-Z '4:44' Drops

Highly-anticipated and long overdue, we have the 13th studio album from the man, the myth, the mogul himself: JAY-Z. Amidst business deals with Sprint, name re-hyfenations and the ongoing silence of frequent collaborator and recent beef-instigator Kanye West, the roll-out of this album commenced. Esoteric, mysterious and cryptic are all words I've seen/used to describe the announcement of JAY-Z's 13th studio album.

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15 Quotes About Positive Self-Talk

The thing about positive people (and in a lot of senses successful people) is that these people are masters of creating a positive internal dialogue. It's the internal dialogue that dictates what is happening on the outside. If you are speaking positively internally, there's almost no way that this will not translate on the external. The same thing with negative internal talk: it will inevitably translate into your external being as well.

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Ladies in the Industry Conference

No two women are created alike, and it's our differences that will allow us to create our version of success in our lives. That was my major take-away after attending the Ladies in the Industry Networking Conference curated by Serene MGMT and held at the Sheraton in Silver Spring.

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Playlist: Figure It Out

Let's be honest, we all get a little down on ourselves sometimes: whether it be we are losing motivation or feeling bad about something in our lives, it happens. We also all have our own ways of pulling ourselves out of the self-inflicted rut: be it exercise, meditation, prayer or good food, everyone has a way to stop and realign ourselves to our greater mission.

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10 Reasons Why Inclusion in the Arts is Vital

The calm after the awards season is here, and I had many thoughts on what I saw and did see during this time. And while Chance the Rapper won 3 Grammys without a label, and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture, I still couldn't shake lasts year's #OscarsSoWhite sentiment. Not that this is new, but what we witnessed this years seemed to be a more concerted effort at inclusion than ever before which left me slightly conflicted yet hopeful.  Adele beat out Beyoncé, and Denzel didn't win for Lead Actor again, but we still had glimpses of a more fair and well rounded selection process.

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Rihanna to be awarded Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard Foundation

Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty has sold more than 200 million records to date at the ripe-young age of 29. While she shows no signs of slowing down in her music career, the trajectory of her humanitarian efforts seem as brilliant as her musical accolades. This time she has been awarded "Humanitarian of the Year" by the prestigious Harvard Foundation. *blows blow horn Caribbean style*

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Hidden Figures: A Story That Needed To Be Told

I had the honor of attending a special screening of the film Hidden Figures last night at the Regal Cinema Theater in D.C.'s Chinatown.  It's the true story of 3 African American female engineers and mathematicians that each, in their own remarkable way carved their own place in history.

As this film is set to premier in theaters nationwide on January 6th, I won't spoil the details. What I gathered from this film was more pride than I ever thought imaginable.

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Kid Cudi Defines Introspection On "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'"

The long awaited drop of Kid Cudi's new album, "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'" is finally here. I won't go into the details of his recent headlines: you guys have Google. What I will say is that I didn't expect this album to hit me so hard.

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10 Laws of Power That Kanye West Has Seemingly Mastered

"No one man should have all that power."--Kanye West

If you don't have a copy of Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power, I suggest you add it to your library.  The book is dense. It is filled with old age wisdom from a new aged approach.  You'll read stories that support the observances of each law as well as anecdotes that break many of the lessons down into easy to grasp and understand messages.

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4 Ways to Start the Process Toward Rediscovery

When I started this blog, I grappled with who I was going to focus on (my target market) and what I would talk about and all the things that go into a successful brand. I decided to just focus on speaking to someone who may be somewhat just like me, and I finally had to "guts" to start plugging away at this thing called blogging.

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7 Ways to Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Whether you are a generally reserved person or an adventure addict, we can all use help stepping outside of our perceived comfort zone. Physical or emotional limitations that we place on ourselves perpetuate over time; that's why they say "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". I tend to disagree with this sentiment.

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Finally Magnificent

At 15, I had no idea that I had my whole life ahead of me. It's bittersweet to think that those memories of the hours I spent in the gym are still so vivid.

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Hello, Caterpillar

One summer evening I sat and watched a caterpillar spin it's cocoon. It was nothing like I had ever seen before and I thought about how much I could relate to this scene. I couldn't remove myself from feeling that I, knowing that one day will emerge as a butterfly, still had a long way to go.

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