Monday, April 29, 2013

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Possibilities are all around me and how those unfold are dependant on my day to day mentality. I'm at a place now where I really want to expand myself to see how far I am able to go when I reach for my full potential. I'm putting myself out there to open myself up to opportunities and to make room for this amazing life I envision having.   You reap what you sow, and in this case, you reap what you think.

Life becomes pretty amazing when the mind is constantly inspired and refreshed and your thoughts are positive. What is even more incredible is the realm you enter when that transition begins to happen. Now I know what I want, I know what I deserve.  I've been through many depressing funks and experiences in my lifetime that I thought would be my life forever. But here I am breathing, smiling, and ready to conquer the world, and ready to see my dreams become a reality.

Besos,
Chymere Anais


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Monday Motivation | Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone


Possibilities are all around me and how those unfold are dependant on my day to day mentality. I'm at a place now where I really want to expand myself to see how far I am able to go when I reach for my full potential. I'm putting myself out there to open myself up to opportunities and to make room for this amazing life I envision having.   You reap what you sow, and in this case, you reap what you think.

Life becomes pretty amazing when the mind is constantly inspired and refreshed and your thoughts are positive. What is even more incredible is the realm you enter when that transition begins to happen. Now I know what I want, I know what I deserve.  I've been through many depressing funks and experiences in my lifetime that I thought would be my life forever. But here I am breathing, smiling, and ready to conquer the world, and ready to see my dreams become a reality.
♥ Chymere A.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 51 {On the Radar}

A few songs I've been absolutely loving, that has gotten me through this week...

1. Queen Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu
2. Get Lucky x Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams
3. Wild for the Night x A$AP Rocky ft. Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam

...and yes. I am a fan of this new Ciara song.  It's so reminiscent of the 90's in Atlanta and it's been stuck in my head! Seriously, I've caught myself singing '..I'm doin this little dance for you...' all week long.  I can't say that I'm a huge Ciara fan, but she did a good job on this single, in my opinion. It's a fun song, so I appreciate it for what it is.

Chymere Anais

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Look Book Spring '13: Chambray + Pink


This outfit is a small step outside of my comfort zone as far as the bright color scheme goes, but I can definitely see myself rocking it! I really like big totes like the one pictured, because I like having a packed carry on bag on hand (you know, just in case I decide to go on an impromptu road trip somewhere) and loving the 'Girl About Town' lip color by MAC.  In my opinion, this is the perfect ensemble for a lunch date or a girls day out, because it's casual and relaxed, yet still very feminine.  Why can't my dream wardrobe just show up in my closet already?? Oh well.  It will come to reality piece by piece.

What do you guys think?? What do you like or what would you change about this outfit??



Chymere Anais
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Organic Living | Spring Essentials

As I am in the midst of transitioning my lifestyle to green, I've decided to add another installment on the blog dedicated to organic living.  This is where I will let you guys in on my journey to better health across the board.   The Go Green movement genuinely makes my whole world light up and I'm so excited to share everything from products I'm loving and using to different tips to promote sustainable energy!

Below are a short list of beauty essentials that I absolutely cannot live without, especially during the spring and summer months:
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  1. Mary Kay Botanical Effects. Although this simple 4-step system is not 100% organic, my skin is completely in love with this skin care line. The fragrance-free product is especially designed for those with sensitive skin.  It's packed with natural ingredients such as plumeria alba flower extract, Luo Han Guo, and nosegay tree oil needed to skin feeling and looking smooth and refreshed. 
  2. EOS Lip balm eggs. I'm a little late in the game when it comes to these little wonders of the earth, but I'm officially obsessed! Packed with vitamin E, jojoba oil, shea butter, plenty of moisture is added to make my lips so soft and smooth.  On top of obvious reasons why I love it, it's in such cute packaging and I'm a girl who admires when things are packaged in a nice, chic, innovative way. I think it speaks volumes about the company and the product. 
  3. Jojoba and coconut oil.  The benefits of these oils are endless. I use them mainly as moisturizers for hair, nails, and skin, especially my hair. Sometimes I'll mix the two in a bowl and apply directly to my skin after I get out of the shower.  When I wash my hair, I like to define my curls with coconut oil.  With my hair being as short as it is now, my curl pattern is more apparent and natural oils and hair products are exceptionally good for a fresh start.  It also assist with hair growth. 
  4. TRESemme Naturals nourishing moisture conditioner. At least 3 times a week, I condition my hair; the main reason being I do a wash-and-go style all the time and I need something that will keep moisture locked in all day while protecting against outdoor elements. The other reason is to prevent chlorine damage, because I swim almost everyday.   To avoid breakage and drying my hair out, I don't really use shampoo too often. There are a lot of popular products that are specifically formulated for natural hair/curls, however, out of all the many conditioners I've tried, this one seems to work best for my hair, no matter what the length.   
Are any of you on a journey of or currently living a green lifestyle? I'd love to hear about products are you currently loving and would recommend in the comment section!

Besos,
Chymere Anais
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Missing My Forever

...
My love of many moons ago,
I knew your soul would be apart of me,
Indefinitely ascending towards the clouds;
Not together but as one.
The journey became turbulent 
And eventually we fell into the consciousness 
That somehow connected spirits
Can find ways to unravel their permanent ties.

Missing my forever...
How can forever start
If there is no beat in my heart?
What if the wind can't carry me
Into the arms that promised to never let me fall?
I watched love die in your hands a million times.
Feeling lifeless, wondering what life is
Without love...
Or how existence is possible without a pulse...
Or how a pulse can be transferred from one heart to another
After love fades...

I wish I could fill empty spaces
With the endless beauty of our silence
And listen to the ripples in an ocean of dreams.
While our bodies barely touch, love is translated 
In a way I could not feel with another being.
You are my one and only
But I am uncertain if I am still yours.

Destiny will always be made for us.
The stars will always be written in beautiful cursive.
Across the sky 
Will you fly to find me again, dear forever
And promise to never recreate the tragedy 
Of believing a God ordained love can ever be taken apart?

@ChymereA
4.12.13
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 50 {King Remembered In Time}

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Justin Scott, better known as Big K.R.I.T. king of southern rap. has done it yet again on a mixtape that exudes his own greatness.   His contribution to hip hop is exactly what the music industry needs in order for the substance of the genre to be revived and with such an impeccable delivery, his reign as king will only continue to grow.

What I always love about his music is the chill vibe, yet still something I can press play and rock out to.  I admire his ability to create versatility without deviating from his own staple sound.  Often times rappers will try to expand themselves by stepping into new genres and it doesn't always work, but he manages to do that while remaining true to hip hop itself.  Just like every other mixtape, this has been in constant rotation and I'm looking forward to some of these summer shows Big K.R.I.T. is featured in.

Motivation and southern culture meets heavy bass in a lyrical format that is remarkable.  My favorite tracks on this LP are  Multi to The SunREM, Serve This Royalty, and, Good 2getha (ft. Ashton Jones).  These songs really tie together the overall concept of the compilation and definitely the songs I'll probably know all the lyrics to soon, just in time for summer.
-Chymere A. 


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Currently.


♥ In Lust With: These adorable little speakers featured on Gillian's blog + every little pretty thing I can find on Pinterest, a platform intricately designed to tease all my senses. 

♥ In Love With: my dear friends, who I like to refer to as the chosen tribe.

 ♥ Obsessing over:  EOS lip balm eggs! I definitely will be purchasing more to add to my new collection. Love those things! And candles from Bath & Body Works...amazing.

♥ Working On:  My summer body/Lifetime fitness and my very own "life plan"; one I can fully believe in to follow and one that I can trust is aligned with what God wants, not just what I see fit.

♥ Favorite Words: define everything I'm feeling at the moment: Serendipity; Love; Happiness; Wholeness; Completion. 

♥ Favorite Visual:  My current desktop background of the city skyline (pictured above), such beautiful imagery of my hometown...and the pretty spring flowers popping up everywhere! 

♥ Favorite Sound:  Big K.R.I.T.'s voice. Something about that deep, southern drawl is so soothing to me, lol.

♥ Over the Moon About: Spending a weekend or a few catching up on movies released this year that I haven't seen yet, as well as some of the movies coming out in the next few months, such as Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby (which, by the way is one of my favorite classic books), and Man of Steel. [Currently Planning the ultimate movie night]

 Thinking Of: California, all the opportunities...and about moving circa originally scheduled, just because the unfinished business I spoke of  H E R E  is looking like it's all coming to completion faster than expected.  

 Dreaming Of: perfect summer days spent lounging at a beach somewhere...complete with showing off my body and trying to eat my popsicle before it melts. I live.


Besos,

Chymere Anais
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I Am.

The 7 Chakras
Dreams that fill my head about my future are colossal. Although I've done a pretty good job at breaking them down into smaller increments that would eventually lead to a bigger goal.  What I haven't done is tracking my progress in each area my life, rather than just focusing on goals that have to do with my career.   For instance, I'm not asking myself questions like 'what kind of love are you showing your loved ones?' or 'how are your day to day actions affecting your mental and spiritual?' Alignment is just as important as accomplishment.  Every now and then, I'll set a more personal goal, but I think I should start paying more attention to my chakras and what kind of person I envision myself to be.  There is more to life than school and my career.  There is so much I want in this lifetime and I honestly believe that when I become the person I am supposed to be, everything [else] will naturally fall into place. 

Besos,
Chymere Anais 

{To gain a better understanding of what each chakra means, C L I C K  H E R E.}


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Sunday, April 14, 2013

8 Things I Learned This Weekend..

  1. Follow your intuition.
  2. Loyalty over pride. 
  3. In conversations spoken in anger nobody wins. Ever.
  4. Never drink around people you don't trust, lesson coined by the best friend. 
  5. Don't allow your ego to get the best of you. 
  6. Drunk decisions are always stupid.
  7. It's not possible to fight/ignore your feelings. You have to face them head on and deal with them as they come.
  8. All relationships involve [only] two people, a thing to remember especially in searching for solution to arguments and disputes. 


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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 49 {Power Trip}

This song has been heavy on the radar lately.  I really think that anytime J.Cole and Miguel collab, it turns to gold, so I'm really anxious to see what new projects they come up with, individually and collectively.  'Power Trip' is basically a sequel to 'Dream' that appeared one of his mixtapes and debut album.  It's about a girl he's into who is involved in another relationship and the tight hold she has on his thoughts and heart.  The video was released sometime this week.  The video was a little much to post here, but I love the song.  It's a story and I really appreciate when hip hop is able to paint a clear picture for me to visualize with or without a video. Then to add the sultry vocals of Miguel to the mix...genius.

Enjoy & Happy Saturday!!

Chymere Anais

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Train Ride Epiphany.

I just had an epiphany. Sometimes you have to act before everything falls into place. Before you know whether or not you have everything you need to land safely, you may have to take a leap and have faith that whatever lead you to do it in the first place was a divine part of your destiny.

Chymere Anais
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

College Diaries: Tunnel Vision (Major Change Update)

Even though I have always had a love for learning, I've never really applied my intelligence to the point I could say I did my absolute best, at least not academically.  The mind is so beautiful, too beautiful to waste, and realizing this is one of the reasons I've come to understand why education (in any form) is vital. Now, I'm more ready than I've ever been to excel beyond the limitations I trapped myself in a longgg time ago.

I get so excited when I face an opportunity to challenge myself that I overlook the logics...and the logistics.  How? Why? What? When acting off adrenaline, I normally forget to ask myself key questions that would allow my impulse decisions to be executed more carefully.  So I spent the rest of the week, including my weekend, asking myself these questions, to really digest what is about to take place. Eventually I was able to create a solid plan to my why, one that would require a 100%, all or nothing type of commitment,  dedication, and patience, a few things I've never been too great at.


Beginning any new plan can be really scary, but of all my crazy, wildcard plans, I never really stuck to any of them...barely even started.  So now is my chance. I'm at a place where I have to get permanent tunnel vision, because I'm not only changing my major, but also taking a humongous step into an unknown world to me. If it's something I really want to do, I have to proceed fearlessly and at full focus.
"People become quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.  When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
-Norman Vincent Peale

I can do this. 

Besos,
Chymere Anais
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Tunnel Vision

Even though I have always had a love for learning, I've never really applied my intelligence to the point where I could say I did my absolute best, at least not academically.  The mind is so beautiful, too beautiful to waste, and realizing this is one of the reasons I've come to understand why education (in any form) is vital. Now, I'm more ready than I've ever been to excel beyond the limitations I trapped myself in a longgg time ago.

I get so excited when I face an opportunity to challenge myself that I overlook the logics...and the logistics.  How? Why? What? When acting off adrenaline, I normally forget to ask myself key questions that would allow my impulse decisions to be executed more carefully.  So I spent the rest of the week, including my weekend, asking myself these questions, to really digest what is about to take place. Eventually I was able to create a solid plan to my why, one that would require a 100%, all or nothing type of commitment,  dedication, and patience, a few things I've never been too great at.

Beginning any new plan can be really scary, but of all my crazy, wildcard plans, I never really stuck to any of them...barely even started.  So now is my chance. I'm at a place where I have to get permanent tunnel vision, because I'm not only changing my major, but also taking a humongous step into an unknown world to me. If it's something I really want to do, I have to proceed fearlessly and at full focus.
"People become quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.  When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
-Norman Vincent Peale

I can do this.

♥ Chymere A.
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Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 48 {A Couple of Forevers}

This song is so beautiful and Chrisette Michele is simply amazing. Sampling one of the classics, Stairway to Heaven by the O'Jays, she gives this old school melody a brand new twist with an incredible lyrical masterpiece. Her sound is authentic on and off the record and that is something I have always admired about her.  I also love how she stays true to the art of the music, which can't be said about many artist out now. I have listened to this particular song at least once a day this week. I am smitten and so ready to hear what other musical projects she has been working on.

-Chymere A.

"...And if I could I'd love you one forever at a time..."

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Building Habits to Self-Love, Self-Awareness, + Confidence

Self value is so important for any young lady to establish.  It determines how people treat her, how successful she is, and what doors of opportunity are opened for her. Confidence is a divine right that constructs not only the path in front of her, but also one for other generations to follow.  This is a guide to being who you were designed to be and unleashing a woman who can literally conquer the world and can’t be stopped.

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  1. Love yourself deeply.  How many times have women waited for a knight in shining armor to come sweep us off our feet?  The magical tales of romance we grew up listening to have created certain falsities in our head about what love is.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a strong believer in true love and good men, however I know that the key to that kind of love begins with self.  It’s more than saying it; it’s about taking the time to get to know the person you’re becoming and honoring her. The more you love yourself, the more you begin to attract someone who reciprocates that energy.  Allow someone in your life who adds to the happiness that was there before they arrived, not someone who your happiness depends on.
  2. Acknowledge what makes you beautiful.  Self-esteem is probably one of the biggest issues we are faced with in this society.  Why? Because media paints images of what it is to be beautiful, smart, talented, etc.  and if a person doesn’t fit that description, they aren’t good enough.  But the truth is they are more than enough.  There is nothing wrong with altering what you don’t like, such as losing weight or changing your hair, but make sure you appreciate you in your natural state. All the cosmetics in the world can’t hide how you actually feel about the real you. Look in the mirror (without make-up), smile, and stand there until you see how beautiful you are. Dig a little deeper and find those stand out traits that make you unique.  Do this every day until your smile is completely convinced that you are wonderfully made and don’t let anyone tell you different. 
  3.  Dedicate at least one weekend a month to yourself.  Don’t you like it when a special someone offers their complete undivided attention to you?  Well why not give yourself the same attention?  It’s called me time.  During this week, make sure all your business is taken care of prior to the weekend ahead.  The mind is a very sensitive absorbent.  When you are constantly in the presence of others, it’s hard to recognize your own thoughts. It’s important to balance socializing with the time you spend alone. Go out to eat and see a movie or order pizza and have a movie night alone. Take a day trip to the spa. Visit a local garden.   If transportation isn’t available to you and/or you live in a shared dorm situation like I did my freshman year, find a quiet place and listen to music on your iPod. Date yourself the way you would want someone else to date you, because if you don’t enjoy your own company, what makes you think other people will like being around you?
  4. Spend 15 minutes-1 hour per  day doing something that makes you happy.  The life of an ambitious girl can get pretty hectic, which can translate into a high level of stress at times.  Alleviate the stress by doing something that makes your heart smile.   It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but just something that brings you peace.  It could be something as simple as talking to a loved one on the phone.  Maybe you enjoy reading or writing.  Perhaps you like to dance to your favorite tunes or try different recipes in the kitchen.  Whatever it is that keeps your spirit alive, do it every single day.
  5. Pray/meditate.  Have a conversation with the universe.  Align yourself spiritually every morning and night.  Envision your goals for the day and mentally prepare yourself to achieve them. This way, you activate your inner goddess and open yourself up in a powerful, positive way.
  6. Live in gratitude.  Something my dad has always instilled in me was to not take anything for granted. When it came to how blessed we were as a family, he took this very seriously and I appreciate him for doing so.  It prohibits me from ever feeling like I am lacking or without and because of that, I experience abundance. In this moment, what do you have that so many others don’t?  Spend time appreciating those things that are often overlooked by what isn’t actually there. If you focus on what you don’t have, how can you handle more of what you do have?  Be grateful for everything; for love, food, health, safety, an education, ability to walk, run, laugh, the breath of life.  Remember that tangible things are only temporary and life can so easily and quickly be taken away.  There is a fitting quote I read once, and keep my prayers fixed on: “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were thankful for today?” Think about it.
  7. Daily affirmations.  Affirmations are also an amazing way to start the day.  Create mantras, positive statements that speak directly to your dreams and manifest how you live your life.  If you cannot think of the words, utilize the internet and search ‘daily affirmations.’ Recite these aloud every morning and keep them locked in throughout the day.  One I like to rehearse often is:  There is so much power and creativity that lies within you.  Today allow spirit to guide you to prosperity and fulfillment. 
  8. Exercise.  Motivation is movement.  Keep your body active and stay committed to that 2 times a week.  If you have working limbs, you should be cherishing those  body parts that some people aren’t fortunate enough to have. You are young; take advantage of that time by being good to your body with physical activity while your muscles have the capacity to do so.  Also, it is said that students who are physically active are better focused, more disciplined, and well rounded, which are three things that will carry you successfully into any career path you dive into.
  9.  Surround yourself with people who make you happy, people who uplift you and motivate you to reach your fullest potential.   When you do dedicate valuable time to others, make sure the individuals in your vicinity add value to your life.  Don’t be around people who suck the energy out of you or make you unhappy.  Be very careful who you let enter your world, because believe it or not, those around you influence the way you act and think, subconsciously and consciously. 
  10. Go out and be a positive force in the world!  Now that you know what it means to find happiness within, it’s time to spread it.  Don’t worry; your happiness is not measured by how much you gain, but by how much you give.  Become apart of a good cause.  Do something for your community. Help someone with a problem. Tutor younger girls. Offer your services free.  Whatever you can do to make a difference, do it cheerfully and whole heartedly. 
  11. Always remember:
                           

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Major Change, Maybe

Many college students, at some point, go through this phase where they second guess their original major choice. I've always been an advocate of change and people doing so as they learn more about themselves and discover interest they never knew they had, but why do I feel so guilty about wanting to change? I think it's because family and friends are always on my case about my lack of stability. For the first time, I feel like I should have at least a little stability, but here I am again, indecisive about what I want to do with the rest of my life and the struggle to just choose is shaking my world up a little. 

I've always thought that whatever career path I follow would involve writing, because I've always been aware that it is one of my talents. However, I'm at the point now where I don't necessarily think it should be the main focus of my collegiate or future career.  It sounds so crazy, but honestly, I never really liked being forced to write or being told what to write about.  So was it fear leading me this whole time?

If I backtrack a little, the reason I didn't stick to engineering, which was my first major, was because I convinced myself I couldn't do it and be good at it. Talk about creating my own limitations.  Now, this late in the game, I'm considering changing my major from journalism to...something else, but how old is too old to be going through these all these changes? Seriously, inquiring minds need to know. 

Ugh. Why is this forever difficult?

♥ Chymere A 
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College Diaries: Major Change, Maybe

Many college students, at some point, go through this phase where they second guess their original major choice. I've always been an advocate of change and people doing so as they learn more about themselves and discover interest they never knew they had, but why do I feel so guilty about wanting to change? I think it's because family and friends are always on my case about my lack of stability. For the first time, I feel like I should have at least a little stability, but here I am again, indecisive about what I want to do with the rest of my life and the struggle to just choose is shaking my world up a little. 

I've always thought that whatever career path I follow would involve writing, because I've always been aware that it is one of my talents. However, I'm at the point now where I don't necessarily think it should be the main focus of my collegiate or future career.  It sounds so crazy, but honestly, I never really liked being forced to write or being told what to write about.  

So was it fear leading me this whole time? If I backtrack a little, the reason I didn't stick to my first major was because I convinced myself I couldn't do it and be good at it. Talk about creating my own limitations.  Now, this late in the game, I'm considering changing my major from journalism to...something else, but how old is too old to be going through these all these changes? Seriously, inquiring minds need to know. 

Ugh. Why is this forever difficult?
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