Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I don't push my thoughts or views on anyone
And I don't look down on others for not seeing the world the way that I do
I appreciate every opinion or viewpoint for what it is 
And it took a lot of time and growth in myself to become this way
I've learned more about who I want to be by viewing certain traits in others that I didn't want to become.
Nobody's perfect.
I'm learning,
You're learning
We can all learn and grow at our own pace
On our own personal levels of awareness and one day hopefully learn to respect that of others. 

It's meant to be shared. 

( SIDE NOTE: In the new year I'm going to stop trying to be everything to everyone. )

Monday, December 30, 2013

I'm always in search of new teachings/ practices on my constant journey of self-discovery. This morning I stumbled across this lovely little exercise via GinaMarotta.com.

Finding your Genius: DIY Practice

Finding your genius is a process that takes an investment of time and energy. You can do it yourself and start right now by committing to a simple daily practice.

Journal briefly on these 7 self-discovery questions for 10-20 minutes each day in the morning or evening. Within just a few weeks, you’ll reveal your inner Albert Einstein in what you do and say all the time with ease and joy.

- Best parts of my day
- What I did well or was complimented on
- Something unusual or special I noticed about myself
- Messages from my inner wisdom (voice, vision, feeling or knowing)
 - What I want to do more
- Struggles of the day
- Insights about myself

Implementing January 1, 2014.

Happy Monday!

goldilocks x rapunzel
3 birthday celebrations in 2 days

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Holidays! 
And a special shout out to all the men being held against their will in shopping malls across the nation.

See these and more hilarious pics of miserable men at miserable_men on instagram.

Monday, December 23, 2013

This bigger than life horse sculpture measures 384 feet long x 85 feet high and is completely made of snow. It is to be featured in the China Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Harbin, China beginning on Dec 28.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

One of my favorite features on Beyonce's game changing new album is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her rousing feminist speech is sampled on "Flawless." The excerpt below:
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man
Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments,
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.”

Friday, December 20, 2013

Inspire the TRIBE started as an outlet for me.

It served as a place where I could post my innermost thoughts, poetry and dope things that inspired me, and if someone else happened to stumble upon it, (It was completely private for the first two years. Only two of my friends even knew it existed) that was cool too. Since going public it has become so much more. ITT still serves as an outlet for me.. a place to turn when I want to be creative and share my findings/ creations with the world, but it has become more than that. This year I created a new branch of the site in the form of a tee/ sweatshirt line, We the TRIBE, and watched the movement spread across the country and internationally! Major. (We the TRIBE = the free-thinkers, doers, movers and shakers. )

I'd like to thank all of you who continue to check back seeking inspiration and continue to support. I have a lot planned for the new year. More posts, more content.


I don't know why it took me so long to start venturing out into the local art scene that DC has to offer. It seems like we always feel like other cities have so much more to offer without even giving our hometown a chance. On Tuesday I checked out a new open mic spot, The Dunes DC, which is basically a tricked out art gallery. The feature poet was Angel Nafis, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who was absolutely brilliant. I didn't get to record because I have completely run out of storage on my phone.. so I will link back to some of her work in a later post. I also had the pleasure to meet Pages, an extremly taleneted poet (pictured photobombing in the second to last photo), who swore that the next time he saw me he'd be sure to make me read one of my pieces lol. I guess I'll have to stay ready.

The Dunes DC hosts a poetry slam every Tuesday at 8pm.

( SIDE NOTE: I also noticed that I'm starting to recognize a lot of the same faces from poetry slams that I've been to prior. Does that mean I'm turning into a regular? )

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Life is beautiful

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I've been on a salad kick lately. I can't get enough. It feels good to eat healthy. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Please support my cousins first cinematic short, "The B Word," under their newly formed production company, Celistan & Co Films. They are more than half way to their $5,000 goal. So proud of them! A message about the project below:

“THE B WORD” is a cinematic short narrative depicting two sisters on conflicting paths; both leading to a destructive cycle of fear, blame and uncertainty. The story is set around the disease of “Bulimia Nervosa”, and how it’s debilitating factors can transform a sisterly bond into one of dysfunction; ultimately becoming unhealthy and toxic. This short is a fictionalized take on a growing epidemic in our community that has yet to be addressed on a grand scale.
The estimated cost to produce the “The B Word” is $5,000. Of course, in order to bring this groundbreaking and socially conscious short to the masses, we need your help. We setup a Kickstarter campaign and invite you to generously donate to our project. Please understand in order to bring this effort to the community, we need your help and support; any funding or awareness you can contribute is appreciated. In order to receive the requested amount of $5,000, we must reach or exceed our goal. All monies will be used for production cost such as gear, crew, locations, etc.

Awareness is priceless. “The B Word” hopes to start a conversation in the African-American community regarding bulimia. Gone is the time where we ignore the “elephant” in the room. Too long have we ignored our physical and mental health issues while eradicating our youth and children’s futures. Please donate to a cause close to our hearts and lets begin to start the conversation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Thoughts on an Airplane Napkin"

So fucking noisy
The chatty 20-something's surrounding on this plane
Chatter on and on about their happy go lucky lives
Phil can't wait to surprise his girlfriend in Atlanta
And Kat just got promoted at her job...
The plane bounces along 
Engine roars outside my window
Sun beams in my eyes
But no sound louder than the thoughts clouding my mind

I hate feeling anxious. 

Only certain people have this affect on me
Or should I say person
The plane makes its bouncy descent down the runway 
We're up next
And next for me is reuniting with you
The same you who still has the ability to make me feel
after all this time,
... against my will.
Because my will isn't free with you
It's been nine months since I've touched your skin
And as I sit here writing this 
I can't help but wonder will it feel the same?
What will I say, 
What will you say?
Our conversations have been few and far between as of late
I'm to blame.
It seemed easier to run from you then to be sucked back into your web 
But here I am.
On this plane.
Walking a thin line,
knowing there's a chance I can get tangled up again 
to travel clear across the country
In search of a break from the reality that's overwhelmed me 
Because that's all it'll be
Or will it?
A taste of a fantasy 
long shot down 
a coma
But it's still breathing..

Lift off.

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Gatsby holiday party was a success. It took me less than a week to plan. Can't find a good themed party? Have your own.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 6, 2013

take me there, art basel miami.

themed holiday party coming soon
stay tuned

what to wear to a holiday party

Thursday, December 5, 2013

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

right now.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Only you can control your emotions,
Don't let another control YOU.
Music makes me feel good.
I love deeply..
Just a soul who's intentions are good.
I did a lot of "escaping" my reality this year. Next year I vow to stand and face it.
Listen to the Rain x The Foreign Exchange.
I want a polaroid camera for Christmas.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, or the mind clearer.
my muse, my friend.

Do you think it's possible for one to reach their 'full potential,' or is that potential always pushed a little further with every step we climb... ultimately making it an unreachable goal?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

*throw it back to Thanksgiving*

Mom and Dad (showing his support in his classic 'We the TRIBE' crew. Get yours here.)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

my girlfriend.

Circle of Influence (things you can affect directly) vs. Circle of Concern (things you care about) 

This was one of my favorite takeaways from the course ( 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ). To put it simply it's the concept of reframing your thinking to focus on the things that you can influence/ control, thereby expanding experience, knowledge and building trustworthiness in yourself. This causes the Circle of Influence to grow. 

Some examples would be: your happiness, your choices, the people you allow in your space, how you respond to the way people treat you, the time you choose to leave your house when there is a deadline/ your route taken.

When people use their time and energy to focus on the Circle of Concern, or areas in life that are ultimately uncontrollable their circle of influence shrinks. 

Some examples would be: a delayed flight, how others treat you, your upbringing, traffic, job security and other peoples weaknesses.

It can also be described as Proactive vs. Reactive focus.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A few shots from the LLULO trunk show held at Nubian Hueman in DC. 
1. The collection ( After much deliberation I went with the gray sweatshirt on the mannequin. )
2. Ms. LLULO herself, and I. 
3. & 4. The collection from another angle, the classic crop ( this will probably be the next to come home with me. )
5. I was obsessed with this pillow. Will probably return for it too.
6. Another must have come spring.

Check out her amazing handcrafted designs here


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