Watch: The Power Of Being Vulnerable

“Expanding my perception tonight” ;) Being vulnerable is a theme that keeps coming up for me a lot this month. Lately, I’ve found myself struggling with being open and just “myself.” Does anyone else feel me? Is it just one of those weeks?

For anyone out there who feels like they are going through this rut, this TED Video by BrenΓ© Brown is for you. I actually read her book Daring Greatly a few months ago, but this video is great reminder on how having the courage to let people see the real you is truly beautiful.

Watch: Lauryn Hill Droppin Truth

Lauryn Hill is one of my favorite singers up to this day. I haven’t really found an artist like her for my generation. Actually, it’s hard to find soulful artists these days that come out with music with substance (except for Kendrick!) so I jump to my older siblings generation to take what inspired them.

I really loved this video of Lauryn Hill that was set 15 years ago! It reminded me that as artists, sometimes it’s not really about us. It’s not about the art you paint, write, sing, or dance; but more of you being a channel for something greater to express itself though you.

Sometimes it feels like everyone wants to do something to be famous by putting out crap that’s “hot” or “on trend” so it’s rare to find people who want to put in quality messages into their work. In reality, we are just a medium, and once we push our ego aside, we can focus on creating something really beautiful and of impact. Listen to more words of wisdom in the video above.

Read: Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki

Second Chance

People ask if I’m reading a relationship book and I said “Yes, it’s my relationship with my money.”

At the start of the year, I made a commitment to myself to really learn more about personal finance. And once I did,Β  Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki, popped out on the shelves of an airport bookstore. Synchronicity!

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Watch: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy speaks about the unconscious effects body language has both our own behavior and the impressions we give off to other people.

While I thought I knew the gist of what this video would be about, this talk opened my eyes to the most subtlest ways we communicate ourselves. I was really touched by how Amy opened up at the end of the talk and spoke about her own struggles with “faking it til you make it,” and the real lesson she learned from that experience.

Watch til the end please. *Sits back and smiles*

Reflect: Behind My Scene Ain’t What It Seem

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Clearly I haven’t been in a rush to post everyday. There is a delicate balance to post online and work offline. Moving into the blogging space is fun and all, but sometimes I need to remind myself that I need to focus on some real-world sh*t plus posting my work feels so uneventful.

Unlike an artist or a photographer, where their behind-the-scenes journey looks visually delicious; my work is like “Yup here’s another draft of scratch paper filled with outlines and jumbled up words for an article I’m working on.” *insert photo of messy paper.* That’s so not fair. I wish my behind-the-scenes should look like an HBO series or something.

But here’s a cool shot I took at a lunch a few days ago. My day seemed much more emo and deep than it really was. It’s all in the filters ;)