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This is my first post in a while. I think the reason is mainly that I stopped trusting my own intelligence to the point where I was out there (on the net) reading different blogs to figure out what people were reading about in this day in age. 2019 is almost over. Can you believe that? It seems like everyone’s birthday around me was a bit monumental for them too. A lot of shit transpired in the last year. I think there were like 17,000 retrogrades all together, overlapping this spring and summer alone, no? For me it was more than just an eye opener. Its like when you think you’re about to have a dope spring/summer because winter kept it all the way real and you think you know and been through it all… and then BOOM! Saturn makes you pay for all your lifetime sins (it seems) all at once, BACK TO BACK. Holy shit! Everything started to blow up in everyone’s face around me in starting in like March/April. I think it is safe to say that and all of those around me and myself encountered some sort of massive shift over that period.

I wonder what it was like for the entire rest of the world? Could anyone reading this relate? I’d also like to read about some of the ways you have come full circle in this season or come to terms with any challenges that may have risen. One thing I can say that I’ve been forced to learn (as cliché as it sounds) that no matter how big or small the struggle, life goes on. My personal growth has been more about being less obsessed with trying to control the uncontrollable. I had to learn to let go, that sometimes my version of the solution may not be the best one. I also learned to trust in the help from others. If you’re anything like me, you want to do it all and you want to do it yourself. There’s a famous saying around my way that goes. “It ain’t for everybody”. And I think everybody knows what “it ain’t for everybody” means, it’s self-explanatory. But boy, did that shit get reiterated to me in ALL the ways for me this Saturn retrograde period. I had to face some hard truths and make decisions that directly affect my family and I, out of the blue, all in one day for the kick-off.

This rough patch has rendered me creative ever so suddenly. Look, I’m writing again. I write this as closure to a chapter I thought I’d never finish reading, now realizing that I am still indeed (and literally) the writer. You can’t let the things that you can’t control lead you to believe you’re incapable of achieving tremendous things. We cannot allow ourselves to fall prisoners to our own self-doubts the moment adversity comes knocking at our doors. Think about a time when you felt good, proud and or happy with your accomplishments, and choose whether your current situation should overpower the joy that came from your previous realities. You still cannot control the thing that is inevitable, but you CAN shift how the thing will emotionally/mentally affect you. We are smarter than we think. I’ve learned to exercise that power and check myself before I wrecked myself. What did you learn? Oh, and here’s some artwork because whatever.

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To Dream... The Impossible Dream?

"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve and all bad things are easy to get"  - Confucius 
          It was always this kind of rhetoric that I ignored as it was repeatedly recited to me in attempts to engrave wisdom into a child who had yet to experience life. I was more so trying to figure out the mysterious things. The human-like features of "Papa Dios" (God) and what those powers the elders spoke of entailed drove my curiosity through the roof. While growing up into the woman I am today, I often wondered why I'd spend countless nights wondering about something that was promised to never physically be seen until death came and we had to follow that light, not realizing that faith is something that must grow from within and we must possess inside of us without the need to constantly verify its existence. I then learned to channel and apply that energy towards my des…

Beauty 101: The Lip Series By Lismua

Written By Pierina Medina

Calling all girls, women, ladies, princesses, queens, make-up lovers and BEAUTY
enthusiasts!!!
Have you taken the time out of your day to view freelance make up artist Lismua's
LIP SERIES!? 
Well, luckily you're in the right place at the right time. 
Check out her latest creations as she takes wearing lipstick to a whole new level!!! 
Seriously... LOOK! 







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#WhinByAnyMeans #Artsy Event Performing "My Dear" (Mind Over Matter) at Mimosa Lounge

First off, I'd love to thank the ENTIRE 
Whin Committee
For introducing me to a new world of performing arts. I have NEVER in my life touched  a stage before, but I feel like after last thursday, it may have been the start to something amazing.  As long as I can openly share my thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses through spoken word with the world, the feeling is prodigious. I'm not going to lie, I was the most nervous I had been since I was in labor almost three years ago. Something interesting happened though. The butterflies suddenly turned into wings that lifted me up into the clouds, into a much higher place. 
I did mess up, a couple of times (oh well.) But overall I think it was a pretty good turn out. 
But this video is dedicated mostly to all my
REAL READERS
the ones who leave me comments, read my poems from DAY 1, and  continue to be the reason why I share my passion for writing which has flourished into a dream to recite 
Spoken Word Poetry. 
I love you all, and her…

GOT LIQUID SKIN???

HOWDY.

The time has come yet again to stroll down the streets of Inwood, Manhattan.  It's one of those places you can never ignore, and will always find something worth reading about or visiting.
The most important thing about this place for me at least, is that the memories made here growing up will never be forgotten. For instance, when I turned 18 and decided to get my first tattoo.  I had been obsessed with keys for FOREVER. 
Old, vintage looking keys, dungeons and dragon looking keys, all sorts of  crazy old rusty odd looking keys.  They hold a ton of meaning to me, primarily because they serve the purpose of opening doors. But besides that, I had been looking at Miguel's work for quite some time. MIGUEL made that tattoo of my dreams happen for me! 
Miguel
is the owner and tattoo artist at 
Liquid Skin Studio 
Located on

165 Sherman Avenue between 204th Street and Academy Street.

Aside from being one of the most skilled tattoo artists and humbled human beings I know, his sho…

Broken Smiles

Through the cracks of that shack you call your own habitat,  I can hear the squeaks from the storm setting in. Some must intake the real Some withhold from within 
When raindrops wash all the dry tear marks of fear from your face Paint a smile I can actually feel
Ask not how, But with your drive high gear, light a cigar with all substances that never let you cheer

and  Burn away before a horizon of hope. Let that sunset just seep like those cracks fill with dope  And the longer you cope
Life will sing like the birds and the bees.
Let the wind boost your high Like medicinal leaves  For the trees provide a comforting breeze.  It permits us to breathe With Expressions at ease like the calm of the sea, Before dust devils climb to a thousand degrees And your souls make it past all the smoke and debris... You'll look all around,  With no future to see.
But when that first ray of sunlight starts blinding your face  May it leave the burning lust for hope,  Don't let it ever be replaced …