I hope 2018 is off to a wonderful start for you.
I've been doing a lot of reading, listening and planning to get me ready for great things this year. I'm currently re-reading one of my favorite books called The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I have to admit re-reading this book opened my eyes to some interesting things i didn't realize the first time. So i decided to share some of the major things I learned in 2017.
1. Take care of your mind - we cant really expect things to change if we really complain about everything. If you're really tired of something, and you want to change it, you have to change your mindset about that situation. As humans we rely on our mind to do a lot of things. We depends on it to think; as creatives, we rely on it to express our creativity, to cook, to read, to recognize things, people etc. Think about it, we rely on our minds everyday in a lot of situations but do we rely place a lot of emphasis on taking care of our minds like do on taking care of our physical being? In 2017, I learned how to remove myself from a lot of situations that has the possibility of affecting my life negatively. I believe as humans, we are born with a negative mindset because we live in a negative world, but as I began guarding my mind against negative programming, Situations that would've brought me down in the past now sort of inspires me. I was recently listening to a T.D. Jake's preaching and these words caught my attention, "your mind is a battleground and the enemy is after it...the fight you got to fight is in your mind" It's time to stop hanging around negative people, giving in to negative thoughts etc its a process and you can make few changes at a time. I also made it compulsory to read something for at least 30 mins everyday. The goal is to read a book a month this year.
2. Move, so you can grow - you have to eliminate negative energies from around you in order to grow. I learned that my space and energy is scared and I had to be fiercely territorial with myself. That comes with learning to forgive as soon as possible. Sometimes, I let pride and ego envelop me in and i forget to drop the heavy weights off my shoulders. I realized that those weights creates a blockage that hinders our ability to create lasting, trustworthy relationships. Its better to wipe the slate clean, not only for others, but also for my well being. I could've done everything the right way and it may not workout, I learned to forgive (myself or whom ever and move on).
3. Be an Alchemist - "what do alchemist do?" you might ask. They basically turn lead to gold. Gold is one of the most prized possession money can buy, while lead is not. Scientifically speaking, it's easier to turn gold to lead that it is to turn lead into Gold; this is why Alchemist are well sorted. It takes a great, disciplined mind to see something bad and turn it into something great. In order to progress in life, you have to literally see the good in every situation and that goes back to my number one point ( it's starts with the mind). Just because you failed once doesn't mean you'll keep failing. To become an alchemist, you'll have to find what you're passionate about and earnest all your energy towards it; you'll be surprised how things starts to fall into position and the tremendous thing you learn during the journey.
About the outfit:
I saw this 2 piece two piece suit while surfing Ebay late last year, I immediately thought it was interesting so I purchased it. However, since i'm going through a weird phase where my hairstyles inspires my outfit, I left it in my closet without really thinking twice about it. As i was cleaning one, I saw it, placed it on my bed, my mom saw it an laughed surprisingly at me saying " you actually bought a suit, this is a surprise" I laughed along with her because i couldn't believe it either. Anyways, changed my hairstyle and wearing this outfit fits perfectly in my head. Anyways, I kept it simple by pairing it with black cami and black pumps; added the feminine earrings to give this masculine look a feminine touch. Chose the camel coat to add some color to the look.
coat - Liz Claiborne