Monthly Archives: December 2013

It’s Been Real 2013!

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Even though it may be hard to believe, today is indeed the last day of 2013.  Tonight the world will be welcoming a new year in the form of 2014, which they hope will be only better than the last 365 days of their lives.  Personally, I have little to no complaints about how my last year went.  Yes, there were some reals lows throughout the past 12 months and there is no doubt that there were many moments that I broke down in tears, was overwhelmed by stress, and burst out in anger.  However, these moments were greatly outnumbered by the accomplishments, the beauty, and the blessings that I experienced in 2013.  I graduated college, I dedicated more time to what’s important to me, I got some quality time with the real me, I created priceless memories, and I cherished every minute of it.  I realized that in the past it was hard for me to enjoy the present, pick out the positive in each situation, and focus on my own goals, but 2013 was different.  I feel like I grew so much as an individual and I can’t help but think that 2014 is only going to be a continuation of that positive growth for me.  I enjoyed every second of 2013, but I honestly can’t wait to see what 2014 has to offer.  As the chapter of this year ends, I am welcoming the start of a new year with welcome arms.  Thanks for everything 2013, but now it’s time to give 2014 a chance to outdo you!

For my New Year’s resolution, I want to maintain a positive mentality, fighting off any negativity that can hinder my progress, while I also want to keep my life moving forward.  I don’t want to remain stagnant or stall out.  I don’t want to be content with anything.  I want to keep progressing without hesitating and without wanting to look back.  I want my optimism and my forward movement to maintain my personal happiness and increase my success, while also rubbing off onto those around me.I hope you all can look forward to the new year with a positive mindset, remembering that forward movement is the key to success.   You can only fight darkness with light, so always make sure to keep the light within yourself to assure that nothing will stop you from reaching your goals.  2014 can be your year, if you believe it and work hard to make it so.  All in all, I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  End 2013 on a positive note, so that 2014 will start off on a positive one as well!

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Merry Christmas to All!

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It’s the time of year that so many people can’t wait for.  Kids want to stay up late so badly for it out of excitement, yet are forced to bed before their eyes even get droopy.  Adults count down the days to being with relatives they haven’t seen in weeks, months, or even years.  But, all in all, everyone is happy and ready to celebrate being overcome by the Christmas spirit!  Usually, I’m filled with joy and love around this time of year.  Christmas lights make me feel like a kid again, Christmas movies are all I want to watch, and I’ll be the first one up on Christmas morning.  However, this year, I must admit, is a little bittersweet.  On one hand, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier in my life.  I am beyond grateful for the family, friends, and special people in my life who remind me of everything I have to celebrate.  I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished and thankful for the opportunities that continue to come into my life.  I feel more optimistic than ever and I still feel like the positive vibes in my life aren’t going anywhere.  But, then on the other hand, I feel like such a huge part of me is missing.  I’m away from my family who I’m so used to cooking with on Christmas day, there are no kiddies to open gifts, and there are so many worries in the back of my mind.  The only thing I can do is focus on everything I have to celebrate and cherish the beautiful moments I’m living now.  I hope you all can do the same.  More so, I hope you all have nothing to worry about.  I sincerely wish all of my loves a very Merry Christmas!

Welcome Winter!

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Today marks the first day of winter.  The season the year starts off with and the same one it ends with.  Honestly, winter has always ranked as my least favorite season.  However, after some long reflection, I think it wasn’t the season of winter that was hurting my soul, but the things I had to endure during so many winters of my life.  I’m not a big fan of cold weather, I prefer long sunny days over short dark ones, and winter always meant that I was only half way through the school year.  This year is a little different and I must admit that I’ve developed a new appreciation for the winter season.  Yes, the air is cold and the days are short, but there’s also so much beauty in winter that shouldn’t be overlooked.  White snow, bright holiday decorations, and so many celebrations.  Winter is a season of reflection.  You’re preparing yourself for a new year in your life, your renewal in spring.  You have to appreciate that in some way.  Personally, I still hate the cold, dark days filled with leafless trees, but I love the opportunity to celebrate.  You can celebrate your family, your year’s accomplishments, and what your new year has in store for you.  So, honestly, I welcome winter with open arms because I’m just excited to celebrate all that I’ve done since last winter and I can wait to see what comes next.

Beyonce

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Beyonce, Queen Bey, or however you refer to her dropped her secret visual album on iTunes just last week.  Like everyone else, I’ve been listening to her album pretty consistently, trying to fully digest it and develop a clear opinion on it.  But before I get to the music, I do want to point out how ingenious of a plan this was on her team’s part.  Trust me, I’m no Stan for Beyonce, but you have to admit 17 albums and 14 songs coming together to create an unannounced album that wasn’t leaked is one of the few ways to get even more people talking about a singer who is arguably the top R&B vocalist out right now.  That’s perfect marketing!  As for the music, it definitely doesn’t disappoint.  No, I’m not blasting every song on repeat every time I’m driving in my car, but the album as a whole does have a huge “repeat value” to it that makes you crave listening to it for long periods at a time.

Generally speaking, I appreciate the vibe that Bey is giving her fans on this piece of work.  For example, “Yonce” and “Partition” (what’s currently playing) bring us back to Beyonce’s trill roots that brought us songs like “Soldier” and “Freakum Dress.”  They encourage female listeners to be unashamed of their sensuality, while still hanging on to their power.  Furthermore, “Bow Down B!tches” and “Flawless” does promote female empowerment no matter what other critics are saying.  These songs aren’t meant for women to belittle other women, but instead for women to bring themselves up as individuals.  What woman doesn’t want to think of themselves as a flawless queen who knows they look good?  It’s not about bringing women down, it’s about having a high self-esteem and I’m digging it.

Mixed in with the raw Beyonce, the album also shows a woman in love, which is no surprise being that Bey is madly in love and it’s an R&B album.  With that love come romance, sex, and doubt, showing the different sides of love and relationships.  It’s real.  You see romance in “Superpowers” featuring Frank Ocean, sensuality in “Rocket,” and doubt in “Mine” featuring Drake, but they all emote the love that Beyonce has for her hubby Jay Z.  I definitely appreciate the R&B, old school tones found in the first two and I am a big fan of the modernity brought into “Mine.”  It helps break up the monotony that albums can easily fall into.

Overall, the album was perfectly titled Beyonce because there really is no other way to describe it.  People are multifaceted with different sides, different interests, and different inspirations.  I think Bey did a good job of showing each side in her album, while making it a cohesive piece.  I appreciate the emotion in “Heaven” with her miscarriage in mind, while also loving the forwardness of “Drunk in Love” inspired by her relationship.  It’s an album that her audience can relate to and it came at a time when her fans were fiending for more Beyonce.

If you haven’t heard any of her new songs yet, here’s “Drunk in Love” featuring Jay Z.  Enjoy!