Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New Direction...

Brief update: This mind of mine has been flooded with thoughts in regards to self-branding and expression. I'm thinking...and a result of that may be a change in direction for this brand I've been building over the years. As I evolve as a person in general, I want to make sure this blog is always growing with me. It's not much I can say at this point, just to be careful to not make empty promises, but know that I am still on this inspiration high and sense  that something new and wonderful is brewing in the mix! : )

Stay inspired.
Chymere  Anais

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol.90 {G I R L}

It's been a rather explosive week for music. For starters, Big K.R.I.T. released free downloads everyday starting on 03.03.14 promoting his upcoming project, 'Cadillactica'. Some of my other personal favorites, such as Kid Cuddi and SchoolBoy Q, had albums drop this week as well. It's just been a pretty positiveweek in my book.  As much as I would love to do yet another K.R.I.T. review for you guys, I've already done two for SS, I believe, so to avoid the repetition, I'll move on to the next best thing and allow you guys to fall in love with that southern drawl and heavy bass without my elaborate recommendation.

 Let's talk about G I R L, shall we?

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

On Honoring Gifts

Sooo…I thought I wanted to take a super extended blog/social media break, but I changed my mind. What I have to say can’t wait and maybe soon you'll understand why I can't afford to take a break. All we ever have is now.

It would kill me if I chose to not utilize what I’ve been given.  How do I know?  Because I die every time I see someone not use the tools and gifts they have to their advantage, in both a metaphysical and literal sense. What is the point of having an expensive camera and not take pictures? What’s the point of having an eye for something and not trusting it as a strong suit?  Too many people take what they have, even the smallest of things, for granted and up until recently, I’ve definitely been one of them.

Hidden in the crevices of our cabezas are amazing and powerful God-given tools, there to drive us and generations to come into a brighter future. It dawned on me that I wasn’t truly honoring those gifts nor the people who fought for me to have this freedom to express myself the way I can and to be a voice. Too often, outer psyche creates these blockages and limitations that won’t allow us to move beyond labels and expectations others have placed on us.   So then, our minds become this place for F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) to inhabit and we stay stuck in the funk out of slavery to contentment.   

For a long time, I’ve been so scared to promote what I want to write…on MY blog, do what I want to do..in MYlife.  Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear that no one will like it or worse yet, fear that they won’t like me.  Fear that no one would read it the way I intended for something to be read.  All sorts of fears came in to play when I would sit down to get my thoughts and plans out.  After enough drafting and deleting, before I know it, I’d spent hours allowing my fears to rationalize what I wasn’t writing, what I wasn’t doing. How crazy is that?  And then I get emails, praising how honest and open I am. Uhh….thanks (?).  It’s an awkward position to be in, to say the least.

But I had something like an epiphany that almost made me want to delete my entire blog (again) and start over, but I’ll keep it all here, because it is all a part of the journey.  If I want to be honest in my pursuits and create out of a place of truth, I have to eliminate that fear and keep writing with the courage to say what I want to say.  Today is a new day (isn't it ironic Sunday I'll be undergoing water baptizism?), a religious practice for some, but for me, it's a lovely reminder of renewal and purpose. I have to stop bullying myself into thinking that I’m not good enough to stand out without conforming to the norm.  I have to free myself in order to be boldly authentic. Lastly, I have to really believe that what I am put on this earth to do matters. In other words, it’s about to get real.  Oh and guess what I did today?? Did you guess? Okay, hold on to that thought and I'll come back to it at a later time. 

I’ll end with this: Don’t allow your mind to work against you.  Your mind, your thoughts, are so magnifying and potent.  You know the common thread of science, astrology, spirituality,  and even religion? The same reason why the stars align in a way that determines our personality is the same reason why we are able to pray and receive answers from an invisible (but very real) God.  It all supports the ideal that the power of the universe is also in your mind.  Although they all have different ways to express it, trust that it’s being said. 

Have you ever had a prolific aha moment that totally shifted your perspective of things?  How did it change you?   Did it encourage you to continue on a particular path or go along with a new direction?  

I would love to hear your personal stories, as they all empower me and everyone else who reads this.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Soundtrack Saturdays: Vol. 89 {March Music}

  1. Daydream x Tori Kelly
  2. Empire x Shakira 
  3. Happy x Pharrell Williams  
  4. Fancy x Iggy Azalea (ft. Charli XCX) 
  5. 1983 x Neon Trees  
  6. Now or Never x Kendrick Lamar (Mary J. Blige)
  7. Rock Steady x Diplo
  8. What Love is x Lolawolf 
  9. Studio x Schoolboy Q
  10. Brave x Sara Bareilles
  11. Back to the Beginning Again x Switchfoot
  12. Fast in My Car x Paramore
  13. Turn This Love Around x Armin van Buuren
  14. Dark Horse x Katy Perry (Juicy J.)
  15. Confidence x Justin Beiber
  16. Donatella x Lady GaGa
  17. Survival x Eminem
  18. The Movement x Kid Ink
  19. Ups and Downs x Ryan Leslie
  20. Runaway Baby x Bruno Mars
  21. Lifetime x Emeli Sande
Normally, I like get work done to music without lyrics, on any scale from jazz to classical, however, I'm switching things up a bit this month. I find myself entering March with such high spirits (and even higher expectations).  I've been so inspired lately and it seems as though the dream chase and my ambition have been revitalized and refueled by some magical force. I'm back to the same momentum I had when the year began, which is phenomenal.  

As March will be mostly dedicated to brand strategy and execution for a few projects in the making, all the while still trying to balance work, school, and life, this play list and the likes of these songs that will hopefully continue to keep me company on the early mornings, alert on business trips when I'm craving home, and keep my spirit upbeat on the swamped nights I wish I could find a good sleep pattern to stick to. It all sounds stressful, but I'm extremely hype about what is taking place, but it's vital to be careful, to stay trapped inside this exact energy field where creativity meets productivity.  I assume you all will understand if I am absent this month (or the one to follow), but please understand it's not out of negligence; I'll be back in no time.  

What songs do you prefer to listen to while working/studying?
Feel free to leave your mini-playlist in the comment section below!
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