13 Inspiring Quotes that express a Few of my Life Lessons so far

I am blessed to have lived another year to start a new one in a couple of days. I love life! I love living! I cannot say that enough. I learn so much from every experience and sometimes I want to just recount all of them and laugh, and smile, and gaze in awe at the wonder of what Life is.
We are so blessed to be going through this physical experience and I am happy to be here.

My Birthday is on August the 13th, and these are 13 things I have learned from Life so far: (Do let me Know in the comments below which ones strike a cord for You!!)

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1. If you wouldn’t do what you are doing now if you had MONEY then you need to stop doing it. You are wasting TIME

2. In RELATIONSHIPS, the other person is a Reflection for us, a sort of mirror. If you cannot face yourself then you might not be ready for a Relationship

3. Being GOOD to others becomes an investment for your children and your children’s children.

4. It would be impossible to see physically what you haven’t yet seen mentally.

5. WORDS alone can fan the Flames of Love and Quench it too.

6. All that YOU are able to see for Yourself is all that You are and can be.

7. What others think of you is of no importance in comparison to what you think of yourself.

8. Saying what you will do is important. But DOING what you say you will do is all that counts.

9. Just because you LOVE it doesn’t mean you have to have it. Sometimes the things we love the most are the things we must let go of if we have to grow.

10. You can Live in the past or live in the present or live in the future, its all a matter of mind. But the present is a gift.

11. Things to do in a hurry – Saying THANKS, Doing Good, Smiling.

12. People might respect you for what you have now. But in the end you’d be remembered by what you did.

13. Heaven is what you think it is and the solutions for all of your life’s troubles come from within yourself.

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Thanks for reading! Which ones ring your head in? Please leave them in quotes in comments below so others can see it too.

Love you,
E
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#photo – @peculiarhaston
#style – @laurelmaris_

‘TO SELF’ – A 3 Minute Plea to Get You to Realign with Your True Divine Self (MUSIC VIDEO)

When I wrote this song back in 2016, I was just with a pen and pad, writing to myself. Or so I thought.
Even after recording the audio in the Studio with 2Jo, the producer of the record, I really did believe it was just for me, a personal thing I had to get off my chest through Rap.
But after we shot the video and I had sat through editing sessions for several long hours many nights, Listening to the song over and over again, I realized this was for You as much as it was for me. And although it took me a long time to accept that I was speaking not just To myself but for everyone else, I finally do see it.
So now as I share this with you to watch, I would like for you to really listen in and let me know if in fact I was in some way speaking to you as I was seemingly speaking to myself.

Life, as I have come to understand it, is really just a learning field. And I do believe quite honestly that before we are projected into this physical earth plane to experience this time limited reality of Life, we do set out clear intentions for the kinds of experiences or learning experiences we want to have or that we need for our soul’s evolution. It is important therefore that we are completely self aware at all times, that we know who we are, that we are in tune with our true selves.

But Life isn’t cut through plain and easy. There are hurdles, there are issues, there are other beings to deal with, there are so many external things to catch our attention every minute of the day and if we are not careful, we begin to lose our grip on who we are, why we are here, what we are doing. We become misaligned to our genuine selves. we begin to focus on everything else but Within, where all is. 

So this is my call to you today, that you remember always, to address the self. Yourself. That you remember always to GO WITHIN for all of the answers you seek on a daily basis. You must begin to understand that nothing happens outside of you that doesn’t first happen inside of You.

In ‘TO SELF‘ I took some time out to really have a conversation with myself.
I would like for you to do the same, in your own way. Do what you must. It might involve some writing, but writing is such an important and sacred gift that we have and probably one of the quickest ways to connect to our true divine selves.
If you do this simple exercise of just writing, questioning, talking, observing and communicating with yourself, your inner world would take a positive shift, this I can guarantee you.

Do let me know if you try this and I look forward to reading stories of your daily self improvement as you begin to look WITHIN even more everyday.

PERFORMING and FREE SHOWS. Is it really a Platform for You?

If you are a creative person doing creative work for a living, a deeper part of you always wants to be better, wants to create better, wants to give more. Unfortunately, the world we live in is filled with people who request your services and do not want to pay for what its worth.

They’d even go as far as ask you to deliver your work in a substandard way that makes it cheaper for them, or even at no cost at all. Free.
As performers, we are constantly face with this dilemma.

People spend so much money creating Music shows but do not want to spend money on the artistes delivering the music. 

And if you let them, this would go on and on and on.
So what do you do about this if you are an up and coming artiste seeking the chance and opportunity to showcase yourself to the world?
Do you turn down the shows because they are free or do you look for other ways to make the situation work for you?
As an artiste, you must begin to find ways to create value for yourself especially when others do not value you.

When someone says ” Come perform. It is a free shoe, but it is a platform for you.” Is this of any value for you as an artiste?
Ultimately you are the one who is going to have to decide that.
A platform.
How do we determine how much of a platform this really is?
What they never tell you is the fact that it is still up to you to make a platform of the so called platform that is being presented because its never really a platform until the artiste makes it so.

How do you do that?
You are going to have to look at what they have and compare that side by side with what you need. If what they have is able to answer to what you need and you can get them to commit to your plans, then yes, it is a workable platform for you.

So for instance, a club invites you to perform and entertain their guests at a certain event. They tell you to come because ‘it is a good platform for you and you need the publicity.’
What do you do?
It is important that you leave people to their folly.
Yes you need the publicity no doubt but performing at their event isn’t all the publicity you need to become successful.
How is this a platform for you except the fact that they say it is and then rub it in your face how you need the publicity?

I want you to be careful to see it at face value when people try to make it seem like you are the only one in need, when in fact they really need you too.
They need you.
Never forget that. Good luck to you if you have worked your way to the point in your career where people are asking you to come perform at shows. It means you are doing something right, it means you have value, it means they need you.
So do not play into their game too easily. The easier and cheaper they get you, the less they value you.
Make the platform become a platform indeed by aligning your needs to what they have. A club. A space.
You are an artiste.
Do you need to host your own private event with your fans! What day of what month can they give you the club to Do as you please? Maybe your own gig where you charge for tickets, sell your CDs, make some money for yourself.

Remember it is only a platform if what they have plays into what you need and they are able to give that to you.
If they can’t, then there’s no platform, they just want to use you. And while people using you is okay when you are just starting out, you are going to have to decide how long you , to be used for and when its time to grow up and demand value for yourself and your art.

Draped in White by ATHENA of @fabstyle_101

White!! The color for Queens. Or so it looks right? 
This entire outfit was draped on my body by ATHENA @fabstyle_101 
She literally creates the most beautiful dresses and outfits without needing to sew anything! I absolutely loved this particular creation, it is probably one of my favorites from everything we have worked on together so far.
All of the accessories here are from @mdp_accessories
I cannot tell you enough how much I love love love my Makeup. My hands must have beeen loving the process of creating this look. 
I also think I should absolutely film a video tutorial for this. Already have some of you on