What My World's Like

maybe it’s you: “about the highly sensitive person”

May
30

The more I understand about highly sensitive people, my curiosity grows. Is this me? Perhaps…

Is it you?

Take the test and learn more about Elaine Aron’s research on the highly sensitive person at hsperson.com.

raffles, energy, clarity, and consistency.

May
23

Lorra Jackson original painting
The grand prize: a painting (painted that day) by Lorra Jackson

A good example of an awesome day:

Meeting a friend for brunch and eating delicious raw lasagna. Going to a curly hair event and being surrounded by beautiful, stylish, friendly women who obviously know something about sisterhood. Feeling like you look a mess, but getting lots of compliments. Buying a raffle ticket to support Petals-N-Belles, an organization whose mission to support young women is of notable importance to me. Buying an awesome vintage purse for $10 and an African-printed bangle that makes my heart melt. Collecting a gaggle of free hair products. Building with amazing people. Winning the grand prize of said raffle.

The last time I won a raffle was when I was a kid. It was an Oliver & Company sleeping bag that my grandmother probably still has somewhere. To this day, just the mention of that movie makes me smile.

The funny thing is I wanted to win something. A tee shirt. A bag full of goodies. Something. Kind of, but not really, I was “supposed” to win something. Interestingly, right after I bought my 3 raffle tickets, my friend, Luna also bought 3 tickets. She left the event early and planned to give me her raffle tickets since she wouldn’t be there for the announcement. The grand prize was a painting that artist Lorra Jackson painted at the event. The second prize was a Huetiful Hair Steamer that I definitely wouldn’t have minded winning. The other prizes were gift baskets with assorted hair and beauty products.

My numbers were: 307975, 307976, and 307977. The winning number for the hair steamer was 307978. Whose ticket was that? It belonged to the absent Luna, or if I’d remember to get them from her, me. But I didn’t remember. So they picked another number and some other lucky woman took it home. I was genuinely happy for her, but a bit salty for me. Then, they called the number for the painting. 307976. Shock came to my face as I said, “that’s me.” I didn’t even have the tickets in my hand at this point, figuring some other number would be called–one that wasn’t mine. To my own benefit, I was wrong.

If a simple, nonspecific intention to win “something” can result in me leaving with the coveted grand prize, I need to be more aware of my intentions and energies and what I’m manifesting in my life. There’s been a general feeling of dissatisfaction looming over me recently. While appreciative for what I have, I need more of what works for me in my life and I know that the only thing in the way is me. I posit that, similarly, the most major obstacle in your way is you. Let’s get out of our own way. Let’s reflect to get clear on what we want and take consistent action to making that vision real. That’s definitely what I’m about to do. Please join me.

SPOTLIGHT: “Forks Over Knives”

May
19

Once upon a time, I was a health zealot. Whether or not you asked, I’d gladly and immediately inform you of the contents of your food and any health risks they posed. My intention wasn’t to be a zealot; it was to be helpful. I was open and ready for that information and assumed everyone else was, too.

I was wrong.

Over time, I’ve ebbed and flowed with health. It’s prominence rises and falls. Over the course of the last year or so, it’s fallen. I’ve had beef (I thought it was veal), I’ve had pork (I knew it was pork), and I’ve consumed lots and lots of sugar. As of late, however, my attention to health has been on the rise.

It’s not even necessarily what’s present in my diet, so much as what’s been missing: easily digestible, nutrient rich plant-based foods.

Preventative health, mostly based around diet, used to be such a large focus in my life, and over time has dwindled away. But I miss it. I believe in it. I want it back.

That said, last week, I decided to detox by eating raw foods for two weeks. At first, I was super nervous, even tentative about lasting the entire time. By the time the first day arrived, I was mentally prepared and fully committed. On the second day, I realized it was my one year anniversary of moving to New York (sentimental, I know) and decided to, on day three, treat myself to a dinner at the raw restaurant near my house.

Best decision ever. 🙂 I’m so about to eat lots of raw foods. Not just for the next two weeks, but period. I’m interested in optimal health.

I saw the Forks Over Knives trailer posted above and thought you’d be interested in knowing that optimal health is at the end of your fork.

If health and food politics are of interest to you, you may also like:

What My World Sounds Like: frank ocean.

May
16

frank ocean


“Have you heard of Frank Ocean? You would like him,” my friend told me months ago. I kept forgetting to listen to him, until someone on Twitter mentioned him the other day. I downloaded his nostalgia, ULTRA mixtape and can’t stop listening to it.

He’s pretty talented. I’m looking forward to hearing more from him. Enjoy.

[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/strawberryswing.mp3]
Frank Ocean – “Strawberry Swing”

[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/wealltry.mp3]
Frank Ocean – “We All Try”

[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/therewillbetears.mp3]
Frank Ocean – “There Will Be Tears” (in my opinion, an improvement upon the original by Mr. Hudson)

[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/audio/swimgood.mp3]
Frank Ocean – “Swim Good”

karma is real.

May
12


The wave of your karmic energy can lift you up or crash down on you.


You ever had one of those days that picks you up and throws you into the sky, where the joy and magic you find keeps you high, suspended? Yesterday was such a day for me. All day, nothing but love and what some would perceive as luck. It was just what I needed when I needed it.

This is a magical and wondrous world. All based on energy.

What you put out comes back to you. Align yourself with love.

Image source

the ABC’s to genuine happiness.

May
10

Image source: …an open vessel…

3 kinds of people

May
05

I love Akua Auset. I really, really do. She has such a beautiful, gentle, caring spirit. Her book, SUPERWOMEN & GODDESSES: Workin’ Your Power & Magic Book One, touches my heart and makes me smile. Know about her.

Here, she discusses three types of people and does one of my favorite things ever: find the good! Enjoy.

great words…

May
04

The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people.
But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind.
It needs people who live well in their places.
It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.
And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.

– David Orr

success.

May
04

Image Source: Amanda Pearl Blog

letting yesterday go.

May
02

snatch tomorrow out the sky and throw it away.

essentially, that’s what happens when you live in yesterday. the moment always passes in a blur and before you know it, chunks of time have fallen out your hands to the ground, shattered. even if they can be pieced together, the cracks always show.

time is that precious. if you’re anything like me, you spend too much of it in the future or in the past, but not enough being here, now, making this life exactly what you want it to be.

eventually, living in the past becomes trite and the feelings of unfulfillment compound. so stop. now.

survey the moment and appreciate it for what it is and what it isn’t.

instead of reminiscing over what was, build a better “now” now.