What are New Years Resolutions really made of? Each and every year millions upon millions of people create lists and bullet points of things they will do or won’t do for a new year. It’s become somewhat of tradition that as the Earth completes an orbit it means humans need to drastically change something in their life. For the past few years I’ve made it a point not to have resolutions, but to achieve across the board. It’s gone well, but in the spirit of evolution I am ready to take things to a new level. While I don’t believe in a designated day to change something about your life that you could have begun last week or last month, I do believe in the power of speaking things into existence, writing them down and holding yourself accountable.
That’s why this year I am completing both a list of quarterly goals and a vision board. I want to always push myself to be the best me socially, professionally and spiritually.
For each goal that I write down I will be sure that each is attainable, but I will also push myself to accomplish some reaches and I will be diligent to add detail. For example, with the rise of cryptocurrency and general stock market I want to invest $1,250 quarterly total. I want to continue to invest in my future. To do so I will learn more about investing and more about different stocks in order to make sure I am making smart and calculated risks. Additionally, in making a vision board I want to see where I am and where I want to go on a daily basis. The truth is, I will never consider myself normal or ordinary in any way and I feel it's to important to me to take the necessary steps to make sure this happens.
My 2018 New Years Resolution is to be conscious of seeing and believing the best be in all aspect of my life. This is something that will not maybe happen, but it WILL happen all year long.
You cannot talk about Black History Month without talking about entertainment and when you talk about entertainment within the black diaspora you have to mention the mecca of music, the Apollo Theater. I traveled up to Harlem, New York to learn more about the history of the iconic building and speak to the in-house historian on all things music, history and more. Let me know what you think.
Lights, Camera, Action!! It's New York City!!!
Yes, it's happened, I've finally moved to Manhattan, New York and I could not be happier. Born and raised a suburban New Jersey boy, with what I would like to call a little street cred, I've made the trek across the river and in just over a month in a half I can honestly say I've fallen in love with it; the city, the people and the atmosphere. It's everything I imagined it to be and more. But wait, let me clarify. Technically I live in Manhattan, but by every other stretch of the imagination I live in Harlem, New York, or as I call it the "heart of the NYC". Beyond the glamour of midtown Manhattan, drive a little uptown and you get to see all the lights and cameras and action you want; but by this I mean NYPD patroling every other corner, people being arrested for God knows what and shady business going on all around you. Sounds a bit much huh, but why not? I live for the action and excitement of what if. And yet I can't help but think it's only the winter, I cannot wait until summer.
There's is so much I want to accomplish here and yet so little time as I see it. I want to explore my neighborhood, my borough, go over to Brooklyn and even make some trips out to Queens where one of my best friends graduates from St. John's University with a Pharmacy degree in the spring. The food of course is one of the things that New York is known for and if you know me, one thing that I love to do is eat. Whether it's fried, baked or grilled or maybe dropped on the floor for under 5 seconds, I will eat it. The places to see, experiences to be had is all apart of the journey that I am ready to embrace. I may spend so much I may not be able to eat a few nights, but I'm all for it.
While the tangible things I can't wait to grasp and take advantage of have me salivating at the bit, it's the things that I can't see that I think I will cherish the most. In my short time being in Harlem I have had the best time interacting people and getting to know them on a personal level. From my two roommates Stephen and Alex who have completely different interests than me to the local shop owners like Omar at the deli across the street to Karen in the dry cleaners right next door to my apartment (she never did fully get that stain out of my white pants). But it's the good relationships, the bad ones and ultimately the ones that will change my life forever I am looking forward to growing with and through. Love and relationships seem to always find me in due time so I'm ready for it all. I am here for the foreseeable so in the famous words of Michael Buffer, "Let's get ready to RUMMBLE!!"
lives by one word: achievement. in anything and everything, achieve.