Saturday, February 23, 2013

SS Vol. 42: {Dance Mix}

I've been in a dancing mood all week long! I even found myself having random dance breaks during the course of my days and it felt so good!  To my surprise, dancing plays as an immediate release outlet for me, where I am able to completely lose myself and actively let it all go. When I'm done, I feel a sense of freedom in my upbeat mood.  Here's a playlist of some of my favorite songs to have a crazy dance session in my room to! My happy play list is just never ending and I hope any song you select to find puts you in an amazing mood as well. Enjoy!

Besos, 
Chymere Anais
  1. Fancy Footwork x Chromeo
  2. Locked Out of Heaven x Bruno Mars
  3. Escapade x Janet Jackson
  4. Get it Started x Pitbull & Shakira
  5. Telephone x The Black Angels
  6. Jump x Rihanna
  7. Right Now x Rihanna ft. David Guetta
  8. Wildfire x SBTRKT
  9. Pledge of Allegiance x DJ Drama ft. Wiz Khalifa, Planet VI, & B.o.B.
  10. Stereo Love x Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina 
  11. Call on Me x Eric Prydz
  12. Turn up the Love x Far East Movement ft. Cover Drive
  13. Tightrope x Janelle Monae ft. Big Boi
  14. Beauty and a Beat x Justin Bieber ft. Nicki Minaj
  15. Rise Up x Yves LaRock
  16. I Gotta Feeling x Black Eyed Peas
  17. Feel So Close x Calvin Harris
  18. Candy x Cameo
  19. Fire Fly x Childish Gambino
  20. Run the World (Girls) x Beyonce
  21. Original Don x (Flosstradamus remix)
  22. OK x Sammy Adams
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To Be a Writer...

“Write what you are afraid will be sentimental, boring, melodramatic, pornographic, derivative, trite, vulgar, indulgent, sick, and/or stupid. There are a hundred reasons not to write what you most want to. F*** that. Write it anyway.”
-Bonnie Friedman, author of Writing Past Dark


As of lately, I've been having trouble writing exactly what I'm thinking and feeling, even in my own private journal. Then I came across this short passage from Writing Past Dark {via Ev'yan}. This statement has resonated in my head since then like a triumphant echo, hitting so perfectly close to home, and making me eager to read the whole book. Like any sign from the universe, it couldn't have come at a more fit time.  Clearly, this book needs to be in my collection soon. Noted.
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

SS: Vol. 41 {Post-Valentine's Day}

I hope everyone had a memorable Valentines Day, whether it was celebrated with family, friends, or that special someone.  Although love should be acknowledged every day, I still think that everyone deserves to do something out of the ordinary on this day in celebration of the love that is forever surrounding us.

Perhaps it was the emotion that surrounds this holiday, but for whatever reason 'Lovesong' by Adele was in heavy rotation all week.  It's as if I played it one day as if I never heard it before and fell in love with the song all over again.  On a more personal note, this ballad is reminiscent of a love I'm trying so incredibly hard to forget. How daunting it is to vividly remember every single moment of a past love; all the bad, good, and ugly...but especially the good.  It's just so strange how love has the ability to resurface a million times, no matter how much you try to abolish it for good.

While listening to the love playlist on Valentine's day, it dawned on me that I never created the final list of my favorite love songs posted back in September 2012 and all 3 parts were spread out over a 3 month period. What a perfect time to be reminded to do so!  Without further ado, I present C.A.'s Favorite Love Songs IV (The Final Chapter)?

  1. "Lovesong" x Adele
  2. "Unforgettable" x Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  3. "I Want You" x Luke James
  4. "Songbird" x Eva Cassidy
  5. "Yes" x Musiq Soulchild
  6. "Amazed" x Lonestar
  7. "First Day of My Life" x Bright Eyes
  8. "A Thousand Years" x Christina Perri
  9. "Forever" x Ben Harper
  10. "By Your Side" x Sade
  11. "Take My Breath Away" x Berlin
  12. "All My Life" x KC & JoJo
  13. "Hero" x Enrique Iglesias
  14. "You're Beautiful" x James Blunt
  15. "I Knew I Loved You" x Savage Garden
  16. "Everything" x Michael Buble
  17. "My Best Friend" x Tim McGraw
  18. "Vision of Love" x Mariah Carey
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Progressive Love and Open Relationships: My Thoughts

{Disclaimer: Every opinion expressed is that of my own, supported by previous research and experiences.  I am aware of the controversial theme of this topic that could possibly cause debate, but before commenting, I ask that you please read the article thoroughly, and to be respectful of me, as well others who have commented before you. Try not speak out from a defensive standpoint, rather than an intellectual one. Thank you so much for your cooperation.}
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Growing up, I was constantly exposed to couples who held monogamous romantic relationships in high regard. Naturally, it molded my perspective on relationships.  Not to say that everything I grew up with is still relevant to how I choose to live my life now, because there are several beliefs and practices that I don't hold onto anymore, but for the most part, my core values haven't changed.

When it comes to progressive love, there are certain aspects of this theology that I respect and happily apply them to any relationship I have, such as open communication and the principle of constant growth.  The part I don't understand is the celebration of several different committed relationships at once.  People who practice open relationships have clung to the theory that in order to enhance, enrich, and create harmony within their love and sex lives, they would allow love and sexual energy to flow through to multiple partners at one time. It wasn't until Kenya K. Stevens {to watch her video on What is Progressive Love, click here} hosted a seminar at my college that I knew it was even a thing; to ditch ancient ideas of love and relationships and shift into this contemporary paradigm that went against all "normal" standards of society. 

I've always thought of myself as an open-minded person, which is the way I am with religion and spirituality. I'm not the type of person who is completely for or against anything that involves my faith and that of others, because I think that truth can be found from all sources. On the contrary, when this movement became more mainstream to my culture, it made me rethink how open I really am.  

In the past, this topic has served as a great subject in conversation among friends, but it was always one of those ideologies I was completely opposed to. The questions that always lingered in my mind: 

How can happy couples possibly remain happy together, or gain more happiness, by sharing all the gifts they give to each other and ones that they have vowed to keep sacred within their union with other people? Does this concept mean that cheating is acceptable through universal love, and therefore isn't really cheating at all? 

Despite my own rigid beliefs in regards to marriage, or how any committed relationship should operate, it was still intriguing to discover that people are actually okay with their partners participating in outside emotional and sexual relationships, even the individuals who grew up with the same understanding I did.  No matter how much it was discussed, my reaction was unchanging, a stiff opposition each time.

Now more than ever, couples across the board have deviated from traditional lifestyle values and migrated towards what I'd like to call, an agreement of infidelity. It's not to sound harsh, but that's the way I view it. Maybe the switched views brings about different terminology, but in chemistry, the form may change but the identity doesn't. In other words, no matter how it's worded, it's still the same and I honestly can't quite wrap my finger around that being an ingredient to a better relationship or marriage. Not implying that it is wrong; I'm just saying I don't think it's for me.

Just like anything else, monogamy, open relationships, and polygamy are a matter of personal taste and the preferences of the two (or more) individuals involved. I do not prefer to date women, but that doesn't mean I am against the people who love that way nor am I against same sex marriages. And if a group of people can experience love and happiness in a way that I may or may not comprehend, my opinion really doesn't matter. The opinion I have is not to knock someone else's view on how they want to live their life and I am in no position to dictate what is wrong or right for them. If anything, it sure does serve as a great debate piece, especially when all parties are willing to reveal why they hold on to certain beliefs, practices, ideas, etc. and are willing to listen to all sides presented. 

What do you guys think? Are you "hip" the whole idea of progressive love? Would you ever, or have you ever been involved in, an open relationship? Can you explain your experience?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Chymere Anais
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Progressive Love and Open Relationships: My Thoughts

{Disclaimer: Every opinion expressed is that of my own, supported by previous research and experiences.  I am aware of the controversial theme of this topic that could possibly cause debate, but before commenting, I ask that you please read the article thoroughly, and to be respectful of me, as well others who have commented before you. Try not speak out from a defensive standpoint, rather than an intellectual one. Thank you so much for your cooperation.}
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Growing up, I was constantly exposed to couples who held monogamous romantic relationships in high regard. Naturally, it molded my perspective on relationships.  Not to say that everything I grew up with is still relevant to how I choose to live my life now, because there are several beliefs and practices that I don't hold onto anymore, but for the most part, my core values haven't changed.

When it comes to progressive love, there are certain aspects of this theology that I respect and happily apply them to any relationship I have, such as open communication and the principle of constant growth.  The part I don't understand is the celebration of several different committed relationships at once.  People who practice open relationships have clung to the theory that in order to enhance, enrich, and create harmony within their love and sex lives, they would allow love and sexual energy to flow through to multiple partners at one time. It wasn't until Kenya K. Stevens {to watch her video on What is Progressive Loveclick here} hosted a seminar at my college that I knew it was even a thing; to ditch ancient ideas of love and relationships and shift into this contemporary paradigm that went against all "normal" standards of society. 

I've always thought of myself as an open-minded person, which is the way I am with religion and spirituality. I'm not the type of person who is completely for or against anything that involves my faith and that of others, because I think that truth can be found from all sources. On the contrary, when this movement became more mainstream to my culture, it made me rethink how open I really am.  

In the past, this topic has served as a great subject in conversation among friends, but it was always one of those ideologies I was completely opposed to. The questions that always lingered in my mind: 

How can happy couples possibly remain happy together, or gain more happiness, by sharing all the gifts they give to each other and ones that they have vowed to keep sacred within their union with other people? Does this concept mean that cheating is acceptable through universal love, and therefore isn't really cheating at all? 

Despite my own rigid beliefs in regards to marriage, or how any committed relationship should operate, it was still intriguing to discover that people are actually okay with their partners participating in outside emotional and sexual relationships, even the individuals who grew up with the same understanding I did.  No matter how much it was discussed, my reaction was unchanging, a stiff opposition each time.

Now more than ever, couples across the board have deviated from traditional lifestyle values and migrated towards what I'd like to call, an agreement of infidelity. It's not to sound harsh, but that's the way I view it. Maybe the switched views brings about different terminology, but in chemistry, the form may change but the identity doesn't. In other words, no matter how it's worded, it's still the same and I honestly can't quite wrap my finger around that being an ingredient to a better relationship or marriage. Not implying that it is wrong; I'm just saying I don't think it's for me.

Just like anything else, monogamy, open relationships, and polygamy are a matter of personal taste and the preferences of the two (or more) individuals involved. I do not prefer to date women, but that doesn't mean I am against the people who love that way nor am I against same sex marriages. And if a group of people can experience love and happiness in a way that I may or may not comprehend, my opinion really doesn't matter. The opinion I have is not to knock someone else's view on how they want to live their life and I am in no position to dictate what is wrong or right for them. If anything, it sure does serve as a great debate piece, especially when all parties are willing to reveal why they hold on to certain beliefs, practices, ideas, etc. and are willing to listen to all sides presented. 

What do you guys think? Do you agree with the whole idea of "progressive" love? Would you ever, or have you ever been involved in, an open relationship? Can you explain your experience? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

-Chymere A.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

A Rant About Living

There is something so exquisite about really living, actually being present in this moment. Technology has made it easy to slip away from reality and share moments and unedited thoughts instantly.  In more ways than one, we seemed to have lost a zest for life.  Why can't people learn to really enjoy the days we are given by spending quality time with our selves and people we love, without thinking every clever punchline spoken has to go on twitter, every photograph on Insta-gram? Instead of reveling in the company of one another in conversation and pictures just for the sake of having a collection of meaningful memories, we have chosen to have outburst of fragmented conversations and instant pictures to share with "the world" rather than with the individuals right in front of us.  

Slowly but surely, the ways of this generation are becoming irrelevant to me, annoying in a sense. IG is the first on my list to go, but I'm pretty sure I'll be making a new one, only sharing moments from time to time and being more cautious of the people I follow.** Not sure how long my personal Twitter account will stay open, but I will continue in modesty. Of course, I am guilty of interrupting my own life just to read everyone else's updates, investing an ungodly number of hours talking about nothing, and waking up in the middle of the night to Tweet rather than pray, write or meditate, but more and more I'm being attentive to my priorities. This does not imply that I'm against social networking, because I'm not. My focus is just shifting to the most important part of life, which is living.  

Does this mean I'm getting old,  elusive to modern day commodities and wishing the world would slow down just a little bit? Perhaps. Maybe it's the writer in me, the photographer in me, or even the child in me that was so much happier when things were simple.  Blogging has fortunately created a space for me to share pieces of me.  Whenever I feel inspired to write, I am able to do so with careful concentration. Here, I have a purpose. However small or large my audience is, they always have the opportunity to access my complete thoughts through archives, rather than me expressing something meaningful only to get thrown in a gulf of 1,000 other thoughts/ideas/rants per second once the news feed is refreshed. I just think that these social platforms have ultimately created a reason for people to dumb everything down and not know how to breathe, let alone function properly, without them.  Most of us are lost as to how to use them in beneficial ways.  Communication is such an incredible and powerful instrument, but what exactly are we saying?

I've always wondered what would happen if one day technology crashed unexpectedly with no hope for resurrection. What would we do then?

Chymere Anais


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A Rant About Living

There is something so exquisite about really living, actually being present in this moment. Technology has made it easy to slip away from reality and share moments and unedited thoughts instantly.  In more ways than one, we seemed to have lost a zest for life.  Instead of just being in the the company of one another in conversation and taking pictures just for the sake of having a collection of meaningful memories, we have chosen to have outburst of fragmented conversations and instant pictures to share with "the world" rather than with the individuals right in front of us.  

Slowly but surely, the ways of this generation are becoming irrelevant to me, annoying in a sense. Of course, I am guilty of interrupting my own life just to read everyone else's updates, investing an ungodly number of hours talking about nothing, and waking up in the middle of the night to Tweet rather than pray, write or meditate, but more and more I'm being attentive to my priorities. This does not imply that I'm against social networking, because I'm not. My focus is just shifting to the most important part of life, which is living.  

Does this mean I'm getting old,  elusive to modern day commodities and wishing the world would slow down just a little bit? Perhaps. Maybe it's the writer in me, the photographer in me, or even the child in me that was so much happier when things were simple.  Blogging has fortunately created a space for me to share pieces of me.  Whenever I feel inspired to write, I am able to do so with careful concentration. Here, I have a purpose. However small or large my audience is, they always have the opportunity to access my complete thoughts through archives, rather than me expressing something meaningful only to get thrown in a gulf of 1,000 other thoughts/ideas/rants per second once the news feed is refreshed. I just think that these social platforms have ultimately created a reason for people to dumb everything down and not know how to breathe, let alone function properly, without them.  Most of us are lost as to how to use them in beneficial ways.  Communication is such an incredible and powerful instrument, but what exactly are we actually saying?

I've always wondered what would happen if one day technology crashed unexpectedly with no hope for resurrection. What would we do then? 
-Chymere A.


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

SS: Vol. 40 {Pre-Valentine's Day}

In light of Valentine's day, I have reverted back to that whimsical mood I was in just a couple of weeks ago. With love's beautiful/bright energy floating in the air, I've tuned in to some of the prettiest, most romantic, most adorable love songs I could dig up from my collection, many of which I hadn't listen to in a while. I must say, I've become completely enamored with this play list. Some of the melodies create this soft, playful, dreamy ambiance that sends my soul up to the cloud on a feather. Others are more melancholy tones, but still equally sincere. 

All have aged gracefully with me, as all parts of my music collection do in some form. Anytime I listen to music like that, I get butterflies and for the time being, my innocence returns to me.  The funny part about this list is the way I used to listen to many of these songs. As joyful as they sound, the pieces of heartbreak and pain of wanting someone to love wouldn't allow me to  just take it in. Now, it's totally different. It brings me nothing but bliss to listen to love songs that make my heart melt with hope and desire. What a 180...

Some people blame Hal-mark and find this a holiday of artificial love combined with ancient myth, but I embrace any moment possible, however fabricated, to bask in the warm feelings of intimacy that Valentine's day brings, even if it means a day set aside to celebrate the woman I am and the woman I'm becoming.

Sometime during the Vday weekend, I plan to listen to this playlist again as I'm cooking myself a nice, meal (which has become quite the hobby since I've started my vegetarian journey), and while I'm sinking in an illustrious milk  bubble bath after desert. After the music goes off, wrap myself in a warm robe, I'll resort to my room to get lost in the world of a book, and watch indie films and romantic comedies until I fall asleep. By the end of the night, if I'm in my feelings, that's my business. It's not as pitiful as it sounds; just self-love painted in a way I, personally, never imagined having for myself. And the silver lining about being alone (not lonely) is that one day, somebody will be able to fully appreciate me and love me in a way like never before, because I have never been at such a place where I was completely in love with every molecule of my being.

Naturally, the ultimate love story begins with God and flows from the inside, out.

As I always do, if you've never heard the songs listed, I encourage you to look them up. Nothing like new music, even if it's new to you and old to someone else!  Enjoy & Happy Early Valentine's day!
  • "Arrows" x Reverie Sound Revue
  • "First Day of My Life" x Bright Eyes
  • "Perfect Now" x Sarah Blasko
  • "Crush" x Dave Matthews Band
  • "Two Birds" x Regina Spektor
  • "Silver Lining" x Rilo Kiley
  • "Only Love" x Ben Howard**
  • "Give it Up" x Haley Bonar
  • "A Thousand Years" x Christina Perri
  • "Better Together" x Jack Johnson
  • "Simply Falling" x Iyeoka
  • "Out of my Mind" x Colbie Caillat
  • "By Your Side" x Sade
  • "Something Goes Right" x SBTRKT
  • "Shining Star" x Nneka
  • "The World Spins" x Charity Vance
  • "Love Love Love" x Avalanche City
  • "Daydreamer" x Adele
  • "I Follow Rivers" x Lykke Li
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1:04 a.m. | Brave

I'm awake at this hour because I like to have the space to think without the detraction of the outside world interrupting my thoughts.. 
I like that it's so still and quiet, that the sound of my dog's soft snore becomes a soothing melody.  
The window is cracked so I can feel a slight breeze enter my space to blow the candle lightly and allowing me to utilize all my senses in this moment. 
No music on, just a clever play of all the subtle sounds around me. 
When I inhale, I find solace in the presence of God's own spirit.
I feel him beyond my skin, brushing against my heart, and landing in the depths of my soul.
I follow him inside myself, traveling on unyielding wings.
Upon exhale, I can't help but to be thankful for life, for health, for family and true friends;
For all my mental and physical abilities, and for all the wonderful blessings given to me. 
I am at peace with the universe and the stars are rightfully aligned.
And if the night is kind, tomorrow will come, and destiny will greet me...
Because in this moment before my head lays down to rest, I am brave and ready to conquer the world.

Chymere Anais
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Dance Like No One is Watching + Link Catalogue #4

I've come across quite a few amazing and inspirational treasures across the web lately.  As I've adapted to a rather introverted lifestyle by choosing to spend many Friday nights in, this is what I do with my time for the most part.
    • Architecture and design has always been something I was interested in. Random fact of my life: architectural engineering was my first college major, which I've revised 2 times since then. I found the perfect app to occupy spaces of boredom.  Because I am able put together these cool idea books and visualize my dream home with this particular app, I am completely obsessed with Houzz. Available for  Apple and Android devices.
    • Ev'yan is an absolutely beautiful writer with a good spirit and I'm always learning from and inspired by her words.  I love these 8 Simple Affirmations , as well as her explanation of Intuition from Sex, Love, Liberation. This is a site purely dedicated to our inner goddess and feminine energy.  
    • My new favorite style blogger is the lovely Mrs. Natalie Live at The Tiny Closet.  The photos always come out beautifully, her style choices are similar to what I envision to be my own, or at least what direction mine is headed in, and she recently moved to California with her love, which of course automatically caught my attention. Her blog is simply a breath of fresh air.
    • The next blog I've become drawn to recently is that of Sophia at Kiffe CoCo, recommended by one of my favorite and often mentioned bloggers, KL.  Just like I do with any new blog I follow, I go back and read as many old post as possible and I admire the way she writes, interested in what she writes about, as well as what she takes pictures of, and I love that I've finally discovered my curl match.
    • I admit, I relapsed on the whole vegetarian ordeal since the start of the new year. It's difficult and although I know how to cook, I don't know any vegetarian recipes. However I did try my hand and creativity at a homemade vegetarian dish Wednesday night that turned out to be absolutely delicious. Live and learn, right? Thank God for sites like One Green Planet and Veggie Wedgie, my new favorite digital cook books for yummy vegetarian dishes. I've also created a Vegetarian Recipe Collection board on Pinterest. This is a start.
    • Recently, I received a comment from Dee O., publisher of The Good Good Blog and I was flabbergasted. Years ago, I had this blog on my old reader feed and it was almost forgotten about. I've just always admired the endless exhibits of music, photography, fashion, and overall extraordinary artwork. When a blogger of that caliber recognizes my work, it gives me a slight boost of confidence, because even though they have so many other blogs to keep up with and responsibilities to uphold, they found the time and space to recognize mine.

    • A very good friend of mine is semi-new to blogging.  Originally, she started a blog around the same time I did, circa 2009 and decided to start a new one in honor of turning a new leaf and entering a new place in her life. (By the way, both of the old blog platforms are still up here and here if you want to check them out.) I really think she has potential to be an accredited stylist and fashion blogger; her passion can be seen from miles away. Even though she is in the beginning stages of creating/developing her brand, I think one day she is going to completely take over the world of fashion, so I think all of you gals (and gents) who love fashion and personal style should follow her new blog, A.Nik: High Strung Gypsy while it's new, and you'll never be forgotten.
    • Best video EVER!!! It's so fun and energetic. Maybe one day I'll muster up the courage to literally dance like no one is watching. Perhaps I'll add this to my bucket list {Source: Love & Happi(Ness)} Janessa is also a friend who is a budding lifestyle, travel, &health blogger. 


      Are there any good blogs you're currently reading that I should know about? Leave the link in the comment box = )

      
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      Sunday, February 3, 2013

      The Anti-Style: Lazy Superbowl Sunday


      Although I don't consider my self to be a style blogger, I did say in my last post that I wanted to get into doing different personal style elements on the blog, just for the sake of expressing a different layer of myself.   For that reason, I've decided to name this new sporadic installment The Anti-Style, which will feature everything from normal day-to-day outfits to clean up nicely styles. Even though I don't own a tripod or professional camera (yet), I'm using my Galaxy SIII camera for now. On days I'm too lazy to do any heavy editing, the photos won't be quality, but this is a start.

      Today lacked significance and for the brighter part of the day, I did absolutely nothing that required me to move off my couch. (I love Sundays just for that reason, because even if I do go to church, the easiness of Sunday awaits as soon as my heels come off).  Later in the evening, I finally decided to get dressed to go with my dad to watch the game.  Since Superbowl game day always takes place at his best friend's home, I didn't feel the need to do too much with the outfit.  Just a striped tank, loose denim cut-off shorts, and brown combat boots. Oh, and my new favorite cotton, floral head band.  Simple. Comfortable. Cute enough for my liking.


      I don't think I've ever given thought to release content on my blog in the event that the highlight of my day was my slightly intoxicated dad singing Al Green off key the entire car ride home. The only reason he continued, because I was laughing hysterically and he loves to see me happy. Maybe there was a little significance after all...

      Father-daughter time is golden.

      @ChymereA


      Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens on the win
      ...and to the stellar performances of Alicia Keys and Beyonce.
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      Saturday, February 2, 2013

      SS: Vol. 39 {So What If it Is}




      All week, I have been starting my day with the highly anticipated single from The Foreign Exchange. I love this amazing duet and everything about the song, the energy, the funky/house beat, and the lyrics have such an incredible meaning. Good vibes, just listen....

       ♥ Chymere A.
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      Friday, February 1, 2013

      On Finding My Word.

      There was a time back in high school where I didn't care about popularity. I was into photography, was on the swim team, wore crazy outfits, and was insanely dedicated to the school’s newspaper and yearbook.  In addition to that, I didn't have many friends; I wasn’t invited to “exclusive” parties, and spent a lot of free time at school conversing with my favorite teacher. To this day, people think I’m weird. Although being weird is so in style now, it wasn't until recently that things remotely close to nerdy were even considered ‘cool. As much as it could have been torture to be picked on in high school, I didn't let it bother me. I was perfectly okay with who I was, what I did, and who I hung out with, because at the end of the day, I stayed out of trouble, made decent grades, and I liked my life the way it was. The older I got, the more I cared about what everyone else thought and in the process, have let a colossal piece of me fall off, which is authenticity.

      As someone who thrives in environments of creativity, I can’t keep pretending to be someone else.  It seems like everyone is on a rat race for something-whether it be the money and the fame or more Twitter followers-but I don’t have to have every tangible thing nor do I need a fan base of millions in order to have an amazing life. I thought that way once upon a time, so in a sense I’m reverting back to who I really am, and because of that, how I define “building an empire” is changing.  Leading up into 2013, I spent a lot of time re-discovering myself. Honestly, living simply with the ability to travel and do what I love as a career is all I’ve ever wanted out of life and what I want is way more appealing now than it has ever been.  It’s not that I’m any less ambitious; it’s merely a matter of not losing sight of my own happiness.

      I’m actually very simple person. Really, the complexities can only be found in my (physical) journal writings.    There is just so much to name that I’ve always been ashamed of, but I am finally at peace with all that I am and all that I’m becoming. 

      All the things that make me unique also make me beautiful, despite what the world may or may not see.  Hiding who I am at the core just so that my surface can be accepted is just ridiculous. Now that I realize how awesome I am in my own skin, I wonder why it took me so long to embrace that.  And the people who really love me don't mind one bit.

      Ever since reading the book, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (circa 2010), I've been on a relentless mission to find my word. While many come to mind, I think I've finally found made a breakthrough and found a perfect fit.  I am...

      cre·a·tiv·i·ty  

      /ˌkrēāˈtivitē/
      1  : the quality of being creative
      : the ability to create




      Better late than never, right?

      -Chymere A.




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