Elevate.

Elevate.

I’ve always loved books. There’s something captivating about reading, and the enjoyment of using words to create a picture in your mind. I bet the picture is painted differently in someone else’s mind. I mean probably, but I think a great writer has the ability to stylistically create the same picture in everyone’s mind.

But we’ll never really know what’s going on in the minds of others, they be on a different page.

I was talking to one of my coworkers about books today and to my surprise she mentioned something to me that troubled me lately about books also. She said it’s hard to find books at this age that she can actually read because her mind evolved and now she can easily see through books that are cheesy and fake.

Isn’t it the same with people? Like how some friends you just outgrew or they outgrew you first. I feel like its normal, because yes along with growth in life situation comes  growth of your mind and your thinking. I read in a blog I think, that there’s no way to expand your mind if your thinking goes only as far as your association. And that’s true, because how would we make room to grow without outgrowing certain mindsets or without moving forward from a stagnant level of thinking? Gotta think outside your box.

Gotta find new books that stimulate your mind, I mean you could find new people too, but books are better. 💋

Redemption.

Redemption.

It feels good to be back on my shit.

Sorry, but it does.

I feel like this summer was for healing. As soon as I started breathing again, all I did was blink and the season is gone. I can’t believe fall is creeping up already, but I’m ready.

I’ve always loved fall, to me its like the season of transformation. For years it signified a new year, with school back in session and a fresh semester to get back on it and exceed last years expectations. Maybe that’s what I needed.

Nicole told me she missed the old me, the me that was happy and smiling and grinding.

Well I missed the old me too.

Despite all the set backs, stress and conflicting opinions of some, I’m going back to school. I’m going back to school, because I honestly never wanted to go to a 4 year college in the first place. I wanted to go to trade school, because I’m a creative and I like to learn with my hands and express myself through art. I’m not trying to waste years working for someone else, climbing the corporate ladder, constantly missing steps and falling on the way up.

Of course when I said it back then, no one thought it was a practical idea and everyone said I should go to business school. And not that I didn’t learn anything valuable in college, but trades are underrated. If there’s one thing you can take with you anywhere it’s a trade, and job placement with a trade in this market, where everyone has a degree seems a lot higher than with a Bachelors at this point. So hey, I made it happen.

My Aunt Sharon told me that I’ve always been quiet, then explosive and that she knew one day I would explode into greatness and there’d be no stopping me. Oooh, I got that ambition stress again, and I know because its getting hard to sit still. I’m busy taking every chance and opportunity that comes my way. If you know me, you know that that means I’m back. Once I get focused its hard to stop me, because I’ll do whatever it takes. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Silently doing everything that I said I would. So stay tuned, this season is my redemption.💋

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ARE YOU DOWN AND LONELY? TALK TO GOD — SOULWRITE EMPIRE’S BLOG

Such a great read from one of my favorites, Soulwrire Empire’ Blog.

Talk to God and trust the process, it’s all working in your favor.

You should read this.💋

Talk to him, tell him everything. Tell him about the fears you have and all the ways you think you’re not good enough or why you’re afraid you will never make it. Talk to him about the words your parents said that you can never forget and the way your friends looked at you when […]

via ARE YOU DOWN AND LONELY? TALK TO GOD — SOULWRITE EMPIRE’S BLOG

Mondaze.

Mondaze.

Ahh, it’s like that feeling when you finally lay down after running around waiting tables all day. Pillows propped up just so, fresh shaved legs in clean sheets. Soooo comfortable.

Well, it’s Monday and its time to get uncomfortable!

Comfortability doesn’t always go with progression. Sometimes we get stuck in our comfort zones, even when we find ourselves being lead to the same ol’ situations and repeating our same ol’ habits.

Get uncomfortable!

And it is. You may have to take steps back to who you used to be or veer off on some new path you never even imagined for yourself. Change your mindset, and go back to telling yourself that whatever you need to happen can be done. And then, as you wish.💋

Saturdaze.

Saturdaze.

Heyy!

Fun Fact: Back at Rahway High I was in a mentoring program called Heroes and Cool Kids where we’d mentor the kids at Rahway Middle School.

I actually felt honored to do it, because for one it was like we were all hand selected discreetly in gym one day, and they just gave us these t-shirts with the program name on it and didn’t really say much about it so I knew it was special. We used to go to these day long workshops workshops where we’d study and role play with kids from other high schools. They’d taught us how to talk to younger kids about bullying and various other issues kids face in school. Then, we’d walk down to the middle school and spend time with the kids, encouraging them and doing different activities to raise awareness about the issues.

It made me feel really good to do this. In a way, it was like giving back to our community, where the kids did actually look up to us.  I feel like I wanted to put this out there to the universe that I’m wanting to get back into this kind of work again, because the youth now a days need mentorship. More than mentorship even, they need support, guidance, and real life influence that doesn’t come from social media, internet and television. If there’s one thing I know, they need some type of release where they can express themselves more freely and without fear. They’re hiding so much pain.

I love kids, there’s something innocent and pure about them. I’d like to see more children outside playing again, playing sports, interacting with each other, rooting for each other, believing in themselves and actually being kids, before the world takes their creativity and tells them everything they can’t do. I’d like to give the youth more encouragement to dream and not be afraid to be different and to let their lights shine.

It’s honestly crazy. I never thought about how being a part of an organization like Heroes and Cool Kids would shape me in this way and actually play a role in my life years later. It’s like a repressed interest that has slowly made its way back. Well on that note, for my readers if anyone knows of any organizations in the Greater Richmond, VA area that are looking for any guest speakers, an inner city school that needs a speaker, or if anyone is looking to collaborate with me in starting an organization for mentorship of youth/teens feel free to head over to my contact page and drop me a message and let’s do it!

The children are our future y’all.💋

P.S. Learn more about Heroes and Cool Kids here!

Anissa Lachelle.

Anissa Lachelle.

I heard the other day that our names have a deeper meaning than we think. My name is Anissa Lachelle and if you really know me, and grew up with me, you know how much stress my name has caused me. I’m always having to correct people on the pronunciation, because people almost never say it right. When I’m at Starbucks or something and they have to write my name on my cup, I cringe and I have to say my name is Melissa so I don’t look like an ass repeating myself a hundred times.

People always ask me what my name means, so I googled it yesterday and it popped up in the Urban Dictionary. Surprisingly, I felt like this was oddly accurate.

I used to think my name was just some weird name, and I always felt so ordinary, so I wished that I had a more ordinary name. But I guess I have a unique name, because I’m extraordinary and destined for greatness. Time to embrace it, it’s who I am. It’s all right there.💋