Tuesday, May 29, 2012

To My B.F.F. (So Proud of You)

In life, it is rare to come across friends that you don't have to compartmentalize.  These are individuals that join you to cry, laugh, vent, travel, party, and most of all PRAY.  When you have that kind of friend, the trials and tribulations, highs and lows are hardly ever solitary experiences, because that person becomes so much more than a friend.  It is friends like this that you draw closely into your world, adopt them into your family, and never let them go.  I met her when I was 11 years old and we've been sisters ever since. It is an honor to have had such a friend in my life for so long, and hopefully, we'll keep this friendship for many more years to come.

This weekend I was proud to witness and celebrate this friend that I speak so highly of commissioning from the United States Naval Academy as Ensign II Lt. C. Johns of the U.S. Navy, along with a huge web of people who love her just as much as I do.  It was, overall, full of amazing, unforgettable moments that can't be easily described in words.  I have watched this little girl, who has always known what she wanted her life to look like, grow into a beautiful woman of great grace, courage, and potential that i love and respect.  For every opportunity she was given to give up, she took an even bigger leap to accomplish her goals. She's not only worked extremely hard to reach a commendable milestone, but to walk directly into her true calling in life by serving this country in leadership.  As she exits the fire and embarks on a new journey, I know in my heart that she will go on to prosper with great purpose and dedication.  Aside from her notable accolades, she has honestly been my rock in all the rough patches of my life, there through stormy weather, and extremely loyal. I am forever thankful.

[Nina, if you are reading this, I am so proud of you!!!! I wish you well and I look forward to hearing all about your life as a Navy officer for the next couple of decades.  Always remember that God is watching over you at every Milli-second of time and a host of prayer warriors lift your name up daily. There will be many challenges and test that you will face in the future,but you are in the loving, unfailing hands of the most high. Keep God first and never forget how far you've come. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I am so blessed to have you on this journey called life.]


"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."-Jeremiah 29:11

"Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, there is no help for him in God. But you, O Lord, are a shield for me,
my glory and the one who lifts up my head”-
Psalm 3:1-3


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 5 {Summertime}

This week's SS play list is dedicated to summertime. The last 2 SS features were mellow and slow, just like my mood was; however my attitude and thoughts have made a complete sky rocket motion upward, giving this playlist is a playful contrast.The upbeat, and vibrant energy of the songs fit perfectly with the season and give off a good feeling mixture of bliss and fun; songs that  are kind reminders to breathe easy, dance, and simply enjoy life. 
  1. Rita Ora- "How We Do (Party)"
  2. Wiz Khalifa -"Work Hard, Play Hard"
  3. B.O.B.- "So Good"
  4. Laura Izibor- "Shine"
  5. Asa- "Why Can't We Be (Happy)"
  6. Chris Brown- "Turn Up the Music"
  7. Jessie J.- "Domino"
  8. Cris Cab ft. Melanie Fiona- "Turn You On"
  9. Janelle Monae- "Dance or Die"
  10. CJ Smith & Evan Rotunno ft. Travie McCoy- "Wknd"
  11. Chiddy Bang- "Handclaps & Guitars

Monday, May 21, 2012

What it Means To Be Successful

Everyone has different opinions about what it means to be successful.  There are a countless number of books written by billionaire gurus about how to obtain success, step-by-step guides on how to go about doing what they've managed to achieve. To me, success is quite simple, but for others it could be a completely different standpoint.  That diversity of thought is what makes every path unique.   Not to say there is anything wrong with following specific guidelines on how to be successful, but it's vital for me to find my own path and not surrender if it doesn't exactly match what someone else has done/is doing. My chief aim is to be the best me I can be; there is no competition.

To me, the most important components of success is gratitude, balance, and alignment.  Constantly showing genuine gratitude for the blessings I do have, balancing my spirituality, career, and relationships, and working hard to make sure that my desires line up with God's plan for my life is what I feel I need to do in order to be successful. Others may disagree, but they can't live for me, so they don't matter. Also, patiently accepting my process and understanding that nothing worth having is easy to obtain, even if that means taking time to do things and not feel the need to rush everything, because life has taught me that waiting is not always stagnant; sometimes it's just preparation.

Over the years, how I define success has shifted and evolved with my mindset.  I used to see it as having monetary satisfaction, the houses, the cars, the trips.  While those things are nice, I no longer visualize tangible belongings as having obtained success.  Now, I place more value on the happiness and health of myself and my loved ones.  All I want to do is live peacefully and harmoniously well, surrounded by people who want the same for themselves and have the confidence to say what I will do.  I will graduate from college. I will go into a field that involves my passions.  I will only have people around me who add meaning to my life.

All I want to do, in a nutshell, is inspire, be inspired, and live out loud. The day I wake up completely satisfied and proud of the life I've co-created and the decisions I've made, is when I can truly say I am successful.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 4 {P.E.A.C.E.}

I've been in deep thought this week. For whatever reason, none of those thoughts have translated to written form, which is one of the reasons why there are such big gaps between my post. My journal is hidden in a box somewhere, not to mention inspiration to write hasn't really struck me as of late, so my thoughts have just been scattered without a reasonable outlet. Jazz is always the friend I turn to when I fall into these mellow/pensive moods, where I can't seem organize what is happening in my head.

One of my favorite and probably one of the most prolific jazz compositions of all time is 'Round Midnight' by Thelonious Monk, which is also performed by many of the greats (Miles Davis, Art Pepper, Dizzy Gillespie, to name a few). Words can't describe how my heart and soul responds to the melody and it was so fitting for today's installment of Soundtrack Saturdays. I can only hope that it gives  you the perfect blend of bliss and tranquillity as well, because at this point in my life, I'm all about promoting P.E.A.C.E. (Positive Energy Always Creates Elevation).  Enjoy!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 3 {Those Who Wait}

 "Those Who Wait" by Daley is today's feature song. The lyrics are so powerful and mean everything to me in this moment, because it's a message about patience in knowing that everything happens on time. I came across Daley's music earlier this week and I am glad I did.  As the semester began to wind down, I started feeling a certain way about not graduating with my peers and watching pretty much all the friends I started with graduate (start careers, get married, etc.) before me. This song brought me out of my own self-pity and made me realize that just because it's not my time yet, doesn't imply that I'm not on the right track. 

The more I listen carefully to the words that Delay sings so beautifully, the more I grow hopeful and confident about my future.  I relate this song closely to graduation more than anything else, just because of each individual's distinct journey there, so it's perfect for today, when North Carolina A&T State University class of 2012 makes that transition, and also fitting for the remainder of graduation season. It inspired me to celebrate the achievements of others and motivated me to continue to work hard to live out my own dreams. Although I'm not graduating this year, I couldn't be more proud of all my friends and peers who are.  

Daley's mixtape is pretty dope as well, so if you enjoy smooth R&B ballads, download here.


"...And I worked so hard to earn my place/ Good things come to those who wait..."

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Something to Believe in

Deep down inside, I've always believed that finding someone to grow in love with is some kind of wonderful, simply put.  Although I didn't grow up fantasizing about my perfect wedding day or living my life vicariously through Ken and Barbie weddings, I am still a hopeless romantic at heart...in the truest form possible.  And quite frankly, this is actually something I'm just starting to realize about myself.

This love for love thing is probably something that has been rekindled recently, because like most girls that have been burned by playing in the battlefield they assumed was love, for a period of time, I gave up on love...threw in the towel, if you will. Of course, I love who I am. I love my family and my friends...and I also love when they are happy. I love the things I am passionate about. I love the life energy of plants andearth and the spirit of God that I am surrounded by. But even within all that love, I developed an issue with romantic love...or rather, I didn't think it was for me. Even some of my friends can't easily visualize me as a married woman.  However, recently, I've been drawn to the idea of "the full package"; everything from soul mates and having a profound chemistry with another being to domestic life...the whole nine-just because I know now that I'm deserving.  It's pretty much all that stuff I denied myself of by not ever allowing anyone to get that close.  Compared to a couple of years ago, all I can say is: 'what a complete 180...'

To my surprise, I'm completely open to all these new feelings and desires, instead of asking where they are coming from.  Even though I do have a general idea of what happened to spark them, I'll just put it in my pocket to save for a later, more special moment.  I'm enjoying the rejuvenation and praying something extraordinary comes from it. In the meantime, I will just continue to chase God's heart, which keeps me optimistic about preparing for my king, as an individual, to love to my heart and soul's capacity and collectively experiencing a love worth believing in.

-Chymere A.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 2 {Art Dealer Chic}

The "Art Dealer Chic Collection" by Miguel has been on the musical radar this week. The trilogy is best described as funky elements mixed in with seductive vocals, something like Prince in 1999, and short and sweet, just enough to make me anticipate another album from him.  One song, Adorn, was featured on SS: Vol. 1 has such a romantic/seductive vibe and it is my absolute favorite song from the compilation; probably my favorite song right now. To download all 3 mixtapes, click here.

Chymere Anais
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