Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pearls of Wisdom: Love {My perspective}

"The ultimate love
starts with God
and flows from
the inside out." 
-Chymere Anais
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Notes: Live, Love, CREATE

  1. I need to write (more). Give myself a set schedule to write. 1 hour. 2 hours.  Whatever it takes to finish the first draft of this novel. As much as I blog, update every social media status, and even more so write in my own physical journal, I'm sure there are a myriad of thoughts in my head to build on.  This must be done. Even if it means to get up, shower, then write, when I'm inspired at 3 o'clock in the morning...and not stop until 4 a.m. Whatever it takes. I'll try not to go incognito this summer, forgetting to live while i chase these dreams. But honestly, what's the point of dreaming this big and not doing anything about it? There are many things I'd like to do with my life and writing books is one of those things. So. I need to write.
  2. Remember that etsy shop I mentioned a while ago? Yes, I forgot about it too, but I'm going to start working on it again. Today. I'm weary of telling my every move, especially when it comes to business ideas, but I promise, I'll have information up in due time.
  3. Web launch for the magazine will be announced soon. I have been working relentlessly on the more formal side of that, but im quite satisfied with the progression of things.  If you are new to my blog and you would like to know a little more about that, click here.
  4. My friends inspire me constantly. It is amazing to witness the growth of every individual in my circle. For my seasoned friends, our actions towards our dreams/conversations have reached such an intense level, much more mature compared to the things we used to do/discuss. To have these people in my life is incredible. It's beyond me why I've been so blessed in that sense.
  5. My life may seem shattered and out of order from the outside looking in, but it is never okay to assume such things...about anyone. I'm striving every day to live a life that is pleasing to God, one that I am proud of.   I do believe in a sense of order and focus. I do believe in hard work. I also believe that everyone is not designed for the conventional route, although I'm not against it in any way. Some people are perfectly happy with a comfy, corporate 9-5 routine with benefits; I'm not.  I just think that everyone needs to find their own path to explore and follow their own logic, bliss, and passions. 
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 55 {Songs of Summer, Pt. I}


Summer is here! Maybe not technically summer, but we'll be well in summer by the time I complete the ultimate summer playlist to blast in the car with the windows down. The sun is out to play, days are longer, and the sun is shining and full of glory.  A few of these songs have been featured previously, but lately I've been in a summer jams mood and this already has been a good year for summer hits, in my opinion. Time to pull out those summer tunes and here is part 1 of my list:
  1. Treasure x Bruno Mars
  2. Lemonade x Rachel Crow
  3. Don't Hold the Wall x Justin Timberlake
  4. BomBom x Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  5. Wild for the Night x A$AP Rocky
  6. Radioactive x Imagine Dragons
  7. Strawberry Bubblegum x Justin Timberlake
  8. The One x Tamar Braxton*
What songs will you be rocking to this summer?

@ChymereA



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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Simple Freedom Friday: Sweet Grace

Humans, at least in theory, all go through phases, some that can't be explained except without first-hand experience. It's a part of development.  I think survival is merely getting through them, going through with the motions of each one, rather than understanding why we've arrived at that particular place, which, for most of us, turns into internal conflict. It's how we emerge from that war within that make a world of difference. 

Speaking from experience, I'd say living is more than just survival.  For example, I tried to be a party animal. I'd go to clubs and parties I didn't like, around people I didn't know, drinking like a maniac. That didn't turn out too well, because I literally felt suffocated in those environments.  I tried to be nomadic, living here and there, with no plan, practically no money, and no trace of where I was or even who I was. That was nice while it lasted. Although, I still love to travel and will move to California, I know now that no matter where I go, I cannot run from myself.  I tried to fit in with the popular crowd by doing things that went against everything I believe in. Let's just say, I've finally embraced my inner often-anti-social nerd. I tried to love and give myself to men who were never right for me nor good to me. Since love can't be forced, that never worked out either. Thankfully, the genuine friends who love me through all my phases are still around, because trying to be someone I'm not isn't (and never was) worth losing them...or myself for that matter. 

The point is, no matter how good or bad of a place I've been in, I've come to realize how they have, in some way, all helped me grow.

In retrospect, I spent so many valuable years of my life trying to feel the way I feel in God's presence by foolishly trying to fill a void that I neglected on my own.  Oh, but sweet grace. By grace, here I am, standing in complete gratitude that I am able to be, despite where I've been. The future is looking so bright and full of promise from this view. Here, I am liberated and happy.  I can fly, soar, be limitless, and can still be completely safe, safer than I've ever been.  Most importantly, I am healed enough to return back to my true self again.  There are many things I don't know and constantly opening myself up to learn about everything; about life, about myself, and about my faith. But I do know that I never want to leave that energy field, only to be so lost and displaced, ever again. This is my simple freedom. 

Besos,
Chymere Anais

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Special thanks to GG Renee, who inspired me to write out my simple freedoms.  Funny thing is, as I was  in the middle of writing my thoughts out in my journal, that I didn't even plan to share, but I realized it is Friday and something worth using as a part of this series.  So maybe...hopefully...she can inspire you as well.  
Check out her blog here. 
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Summer Wishlist


Health/Fitness Essentials

[For some reason, I honestly believe that cute workout gear motivates women to workout more. Theoretically speaking, of course.]

Jewelry:

Other:
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 54 {iPod Shuffle TAG!}

This has been sort of a listen/vibe to whatever comes up on the iPod shuffle. So Today I decided to do a fun SS by making a playlist of the top 50 songs to come up starting with a random song I chose off my iPod. I promise, I didn't make this up on my own.  I didn't know what to expect really, because my classic iPod is home to many different genres/artist, but it was interesting to just float through and list songs I almost forgot I had on there. 

  1. Sound System x Herbie Hancock
  2. Playing God x Paramore
  3. Sorry (But I Gotta Go) x Eric Arc Elliot
  4. Rainy Days x Mary J. Blige ft. JaRule
  5. Dear Miss Aubrey x Chrisette Michele
  6. Black Ice x ACDC
  7. Thank You x Jay-Z
  8. The Thrill x Wiz Khalifa
  9. Double Trouble x The Roots ft. Mos Def
  10. Start Over x Beyonce
  11. Moon River x Sarah Vaughn 
  12. The MC x Wale
  13. Montreal x The Weeknd
  14. Take Off Your Cool x Mara Hruby
  15. Bad Habit x Destiny's Child
  16. I Know What You Want x Busta Rhymes ft. Mariah Carey, Rah Digga, and Flipmode Squad
  17. No Ordinary Love x Sade
  18. Apologize x One Republic/Timbaland
  19. Take U Home x Meek Mill ft. Wale & Big Sean
  20. The One x India.Arie
  21. Broken Glass x Talib Kweli ft. Pharrell W.
  22. Everythings Just Wonderful x Lily Allen 
  23. Killing Me Softly x Roberta Flack
  24. Soundz x Jeremih
  25. Feather x Little Dragon
  26. Summer Rain x Carl Thomas
  27. Miss Me x Drake ft. Lil Wayne
  28. Side Step x Robin Thicke
  29. OMG x Usher ft. Will.i.am
  30. halfcrazy x Musiq Soulchild
  31. The Dream State x Terrance F.
  32. Oh x Ciara
  33. That's Heaven to Me x Sam Cooke
  34. Picture Frames x Dave Samuels
  35. Hold Yuh x Gyptian
  36. Trust Me x The Fray
  37. Wake Up x Big K.R.I.T.
  38. Wanted You More x Lady Antebellum
  39. Let it Be x Jill Scott
  40. Unconditional x Ne-yo
  41. The Show Goes On x Lupe Fiasco
  42. Forever Begins x Common
  43. Do Me Good x Amy Winehouse
  44. 21 Guns x Greenday
  45. Imagination x Floetry
  46. Club Anthem x CCB
  47. Picture Perfect x Chris Brown
  48. Always x Toni Braxton
  49. Game Over x Daley
  50. He Wants It All x Forever Jones

♥ Now I tag YOU!  
All you have to do is create a post on your blog with a playlist of all the songs from whatever music device you own. Make sure to set it to 'shuffle all songs'. You don't necessarily have to do 50 songs, but you probably won't want to stop at 20; it's so much fun! 

Hope you guys participate in this TAG, because I would love to see some of the songs in your collection as well!
After posting, leave the link to your tag in the comment section. 

Happy Music Surfing!
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Simple Freedom, Inspired by GG Renee

It's unfortunate that we're almost forced to live in a world that requires us to constantly be on guard. We have to protect our thoughts, our passions, our hearts, our histories, our pain, our happiness...all the things that we want to share, because it's human nature.  We spend our entire existence going through these constant cycles of trying to figure out who we can and cannot trust to also protect those things we hold so dear to heart. Is that really freedom or is it a paranoia that can stop us from living life fully?

Love is risky.  Opening up to these evil outside forces we've come to believe in takes courage. But what are we ever really losing when we choose love over hate, courage over fear? Is it the unknown that lingers on the other side of that choice?  Does the potential bad overpower the potential good? In a society of realism, we've all been guilty of not turning to the more optimistic approach, but do we ever stop to think what a terrible state of mind that is to dwell in?

Just when I thought I was turning into that person who shuts everyone out from everything I had to offer, it dawned on me how much of myself I share on the regular through blogging, which is basically writing out my life's truths for the world to see. Those things that I was once so convinced would be used against me.

What I produce (outside of the light and fluffy of blogging) always comes from such a raw and honest place and even I'm amazed by how much I've grown.  I've been doing this for years, and I continue to do it, because it holds the weight of me feeling like God always makes room for our gifts to flourish. It's an outlet. It's a connection to wonderful people I would have never met otherwise. It makes me not-so-afraid to open my world up for others to see without worrying about the reactions or what could possibly be thrown at me later. Most importantly, writing is an act of the heart that makes me feel freedom. And that is, ultimately, what life is all about...holding on tightly to all the things that allow you to be free.
♥ Chymere A. 


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Would you be willing to connect with us by sharing your Simple Freedom on your blog/site? If so, please add the link to your comment below and I'll be sure to pass it on to the lady who inspired this, GG Renee over at All the Many Layers.




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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Currently.

In Lust With:  Juicing! Everyone is opting to juice these days and I think it is wonderful. I never would've guessed that a healthy fruit drink with a spinach or kale base would actually be so delicious.  I've been finding all sorts of delicious recipes on different blogs and so far, I've been loving them all. I don't even crave coffee anymore, which is a great thing! 

 In Love With: how happy I've been lately. It seems that the changes in my lifestyle to create a more healthy one has made a complete difference in my attitude. I have tons more energy, I've been going to bed on time and sleeping lavishly, and I've just been feeling so refreshed.  With a clear mind, sound spirit,  and summer body in progress, I can honestly say that both my creativity and productivity are benefiting from the changes as well.

 ♥ Obsessing over:  nothing really. I'm at a place where I'm letting things move naturally and doing what I can do without that control factor.

♥ Working On:  a financial plan for the move to Cali and setting myself up for the first 3 months as a resident.  I've moved on my own a few times without a plan and I'm seriously not trying to make this another on the whim vacation of the heart.  I have postponed the original move date to early 2014, by the way.

 Favorite Words:   "Don't be sharp. Don't be flat. Be natural."

 Favorite Visual:  The aesthetics of modern architecture, especially in different parts of the world. Stunning.

 Favorite Sound:  The short theme song on the TV show 'Breaking Bad'. It gives me chills, because I just know it's about to be so good!

♥ Over the Moon About:  Being one of the chosen individuals to be apart of Chrisette Michele's street team for the promotion of her next album, 'Better'.  Yesterday she posted the Twitter names of those who would directly be apart of it and I was one of them! I'm such a huge fan of hers and I can't begin to express how excited I am. I'm sure you all will be hearing more about my role in this project over time.

 Thinking about:  restarting my 365 photo challenge on my birthday.  I haven't posted a new picture since April and throughout the project, there are a few holes that I filled with old pictures. So...hopefully by then I'll have the camera I've been wanting and I'll be able to rededicate myself to the challenge. I get forgetful/lazy sometimes. 

 Dreaming Of:  What my best self looks/acts like, who she is in love with, how she loves...I must say, I can't wait to be her.

Besos,

Chymere Anais
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 53 {At Home Concert}

Every day this week has been a concert. For the most part, the line up switched between hip-hop and R&;B. During the day, I was in a hip hop zone, and by sunset, I wanted something on the more mellow side to wind down too.  The song that didn't quite fit in either category, "Burning Man" x Jhene Aiko, is today's feature. 

Line up #1:

  • "King Without A Crown" x Big K.R.I.T.
  • "Can't Hold Us" x Macklemore ft. Ray Dalton
  • "Awkward" x Tyler, the Creator
  • "Mula" x Big Sean ft. French Montana 
  • "Crunch Time" x J.Cole
  • "Thrift Shop" x Macklemore ft. Wanz
  • "All the Shine" x Childish Gambino
  • "Can't Get Enough" x J. Cole ft. Trey Songz
  • "Same Love" x Macklemore ft. Mary Lambert
  • "100" x Big Sean ft. Royce & Kendrick Lamar
  • "Party Isn't Over/Campfire/Bimmer" x Tyler, the Creator ft. Laetitia Sadier & Frank Ocean
  • "Drive Fast, Live Young" x Tyga
  • "Don't Kill My Vibe" x Kendrick Lamar

Line up #2:

  • "Let it Flow" x Toni Braxton
  • "Fire We Make" x Alicia Keys & Maxwell
  • "Pretty Brown Eyes (Breakin' My Heart)" x Mint Condition
  • "Let's Wait Awhile" x Janet Jackson
  • "In Love We Trust" x Jhene Aiko Casey Veggies
  • "Before I Let Go" Maze & Frankie Beverly
  • "Strawberry Vapors" x Luke James
  • "I Love Me Some Him" x Toni Braxton
  • "Believe in Us" x Mint Condition
  • "Real Love" Mary J. Blige
  • "Use Me" x Miguel
  • "It Never Rains (In Southern California)" x Tony! Toni! Tone!
  • "You and I" x Avant ft. KeKe Wyatt
  • "Gravity" x Miguel
It was so fun connecting with and getting lost in the music for hours at a time, dancing and singing along like it really was a live show going happening in my room.  So I hope you all enjoyed the list. Always remember, the best way to stay motivated is through movement! 

Besos,
Chymere Anais
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Summer 2013 Wish List

Health/Fitness Essentials

[For some reason, I honestly believe that cute workout gear motivates women to workout more. Theoretically speaking, of course.]

Jewelry:

Other:

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pearls of Wisdom: Follow Your Heart

"Follow the tugs in your heart. I think that everyone gets those gentle urges and should listen to them.  Even if they sound absolutely insane, they may be worth going for." 
-Victoria Moran
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 52 {Don't You Worry Child}

Have I been under a rock? This song, this group, is absolutely amazing. I have played this song on repeat to start my day every single day this week and I probably will every day from now on, because it immediately gives me hope and a nice little refreshment for the day.  If I could just open some of my ancient and recent journal entries, expressing my heavy heart at times, just to show how closely I connect...you would think it was written just for me.  So many people could benefit from the message in it...and that harmony.... I love it.

Chymere Anais 

"...Don't you worry, don't you worry chiiild/See heaven's got a plan for you..."

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Organic Living | Vegetarian Shopping Cart + Meal Planning


It's pretty much been a V-prep weekend for me, since I decided to restart my vegetarianism journey. It baffles me that I really believed that one day I would automatically morph into a no-tolerance-for-meat-whatsoever vegetarian overnight.  It is a process and for someone who grew up on southern cooking and fried chicken, it is a difficult one indeed.  So, I am slowly entering this world again, even if that means I have to skip on going out to my favorite restaurants with my meat-loving friends for a few months.

Last Friday, I had to go in for surgery. Nothing major, but while I was still in recovery, I remembered all the reasons why I wanted to be a vegetarian in the first place, the stand out reason being healthy living.  The 20's are said to be the most pivotal time in a person's life, because that's when the body naturally builds an immune system around the lifestyle. Basically, it's that time period when taking care of your body to avoid serious complications later is vital.  It occurred to me how much I've been slacking when it comes to the promises I made so that I could be in tip top shape well before I hit 30. On top of my original reasons, recently I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is a twist to why healthy eating habits is more important than it has ever been.

All of that prompted me to create/write out a meal plan for this week, which I will be doing from here on out. Although it didn't include every little thing to eat for the week and specific times, it had what I ate and recipes I found online that I've been wanting to try for my main meals, mostly for dinner.  The domestic side of me had so much fun in the kitchen this week, especially while trying out these new recipes, such as black bean burgers {pictured} with my music blasting in the background. Below are links to recipes that I found and my new goal is to try a new recipe every week. So just in case any of you were thinking of switching things up in your own kitchen, here's some ideas: 
The best way to grocery shop are trips to Sevananda, a natural foods market here in Atlanta, which is were I go to stock up on items that I need to add to the kitchen for my meal plans. I love this little place so much, just because it has a great selection of reasonably priced fresh fruits,veggies, healthy replacements for junk snacks, body products, etc.  I also like Trader Joes and Aldi has really inexpensive options as well. Here is a list of what was in my shopping cart: 
  • Almonds
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Amy's frozen dinners
  • Black Bean burgers/burritos
  • Dried banana chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Chickpeas
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil leaves
  • Coconut milk
  • tapioca flour
  • Granola
  • Agave nectar
There have been a few other motivators outside of myself who have indirectly encouraged me to get the ball rolling on this road to a better quality life, I'm confident that I have the tools I need to transition right into this lifestyle gracefully.

@ChymereA

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Breaking Bad

Honestly, the last thing I needed in my life was yet another sitcom to play catch up with; I'm behind on everything I love when it comes to television and I went from the person who didn't watch TV at all to the person who has created a pastime of it. Well, 'Breaking Bad' has been added to that never ending list...and after finishing the full first season in the matter of 24 hours, I'm officially hooked. 

Basically, the show is centered around Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who, at the opening of the show, discovers he has a terminal illness.  It boils down to what one man would do to provide for his family and what extremes he would go to to protect and support those he love, even if it means breaking the law on a major scale. On another hand, there seems to be some kind of rush he gets from exploring a world, totally separate from his own, yet so very close to home, literally, and perhaps is the element of his alter ego. The plot conveys a dangerous mixture of light and darkness, the best part about that being the internal conflict of how he keeps both worlds separate.  In a way, it is very much like 'Weeds' (if you are familiar with all of Nancy, the main character's, shenanigans) except a little more cynical and more hardcore, less humor.  Like Nancy, even if he were to cave in towards a certain moral standard, he couldn't just decide to stop one day if he wanted to, because at that point, he is in too deep.  If you don't watch 'Weeds', you probably have no real clue what I'm talking about, so without dishing out the good stuff of either show, all I can do is suggest you watch them both. 

A few episodes in, I was a bit weary about continuing, because it hits a little close to home for me. Drugs, in any capacity, make me cry and I've dealt with cancer on a very personal basis more than once in my lifetime.  Therefore, it tugs on my heart strings for different reasons.  However, the storyline is so developed and so intense, that before I knew it, I was sucked right in, not knowing if I'm on Mr. Walter White's side or with his brother-in-law, Hank.  You'll have to see it to really understand the line that is drawn there. Now that I think about it, I mostly enjoy shows that keep me on my toes in the character development, how the script is written, and shows that, ultimately, have my mind in complete shock with every twist and turn. Predictability bores me, honestly. And what intrigues me the most about this show, upon further research, is how deeply rooted in the literature of ancient poets it is; in satire, in symbolism, etc. I'm a nerd, sue me. All I can say is job well done, Mr. Vince Gilligan, job well done. 

With that being said, this show is a major hit for me.  By the time this post goes up, I'm pretty sure I'll be halfway through season 2, which, According to Netflix time, means I'm halfway done catching up. 

Are any of you a fan of this show? If not, feel free to jump the bandwagon with me.  This is what I'd like to call good television. 

Chymere Anais


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