What My World's Like

life’s lessons

Feb
24
  • Be an active student of your self and your life.
    Who are you? How are you…? Why are you…?
    Life is a mirror and we are constantly being revealed to ourselves. Are we paying attention? Taking time to get quiet and distill my own energy from everyone else’s is a vital part of this process.
  • Love is freedom, not possession.
    Love the being of a person, not the having of a person. Possession is an ever-enduring illusion.
  • Choose your response.
    We are free to choose how we are going to behave and what energy we are going to bring in every moment. As much as possible, I want to choose my response deliberately. Knee-jerk reactions are an unskillful way to maneuver through life. I want to be who I want to be independent of how/who others choose to be. My mantra is “amidst it all, be love.”
  • Thank your way through it.
    There’s value even in the valley.  Everything isn’t what it seems. When we look back on our lives later, even if it doesn’t seem so now, we’ll find this amazing architecture we could’ve never dreamed of. The key, I’m learning, is to be grateful for it all. Create the meaning along the way.
  • Kindness begets kindness.
    Karma is real. Keep doing you and watch the return. I dropped $4 during a trip to the store. All I had on me was that $4 specifically to purchase some food for work. It fell out of my pocket and someone stopped me to return it. Small, yes, but still huge. 🙂 As Will Smith said, “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
  • You are a gift.
    You are here on purpose. Your love is a gift. Your forgiveness is a gift. Even your gifts are your gifts.

What are you learning? If you’re on Twitter use the #whatmyworldslike hashtag and let’s start talking!

‘Best Personal Blog’…?

Jun
02

This just in: Vernon from High Roadism nominated me for a Black Weblog Award in the ‘Best Personal Blog’ category. I’m thrilled, I’m honored, I’m humbled…I’m psyched! 🙂

If you read and you agree, I’d appreciate your vote for me here.

Either way, I’m excited and grateful and, as always, thank you for reading.

love&light...leandra

Happiness and self-love

Feb
17

happiness

Last week, I served as a facilitator for an all-girl middle school retreat and presented a workshop on joy. It was such an awesome experience that really lightened my heart. I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to be doing.

Considering my audience, I decided to create a workshop on happiness. Middle school was one of the most hellish phases of my life, with far-reaching ramifications that extended far beyond the secondary education phase. Well, it turns out middle school just might be hellish for a lot of folks. I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned with them in hopes of it being impactful, sticking, and prevent some of the self-esteem battering so many of us experience at that age.

Middle schoolers aren’t the only ones struggling to be happy, though, so I figured I’d post something about it.

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Monday Motivation: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Aug
10

The art of possibility

Jul
09

if you choose to dwell in negativity, you don't want your circumstances to change. choose possibility and take action.

What My World Sounds Like: Maxwell

May
04

Maxwell. Love him. The other day, I found myself listening to his Unplugged album and wondering when he was going to release his new album BLACKsummers’snight. All I had was this snippet of “Pretty Wings” that I love so much, I gladly play on repeat until it’s played a good twenty times or so. Imagine the grand surprise in store when I found the video and saw that the single was available for download on iTunes. It cost $1.29, which prompted a “what the…?” but I still bought it. That dollar was spent well. 🙂

Enjoy both the video and the song.

Time will bring the real end of our trial
One day there’ll be no remnants, no trace,
No residual feelings within you
One day you won’t remember me.

Your face will be the reason I smile
But I will not see what I cannot have forever
I’ll always love you.
I hope you feel the same.

Oh, you played me dirty, your game was so bad
You toyed with my affliction
Had to fill out my prescription for the remedy
I had to set you free.

Away from me
To see clearly
The way that love can be
when you are not with me
I had to leave
I had to live
I had to lead
I had to live

If I can’t have you
Let love set you free
To fly your pretty wings around.

Pretty wings, your pretty wings, your
Pretty wings. Pretty wings around.

I came wrong you were right
Transformed your love into like.
Baby believe me, I’m sorry I told you lies.
I turned day into night
Sleep till I die a thousand times
Ah, I should’ve showed you
Better nights, better times, better days
And I miss you more and more

If I can’t have you
Let love set you free
To fly your pretty wings around.

Pretty wings, your pretty wings, your
Pretty wings. Pretty wings around.

Pretty wings, your pretty wings, your
Pretty wings. Pretty wings around.

I’m co-hosting We Think Radio!

Mar
04

wethinkradio

Tonight is a special night for me as We Think Radio premiered at 11/10 pm EST/CST. I co-hosted with best selling author j. saKiya Sandifer.  Naturally, it was thought-provoking, engaging, and entertaining.  The purpose was simple: to spark those seeking to create a positive change in their lives.

We discussed special needs children, valid reasons for having children, the selfishness/selflessness of creativity, and justifiable “domestic violence.”

In case you missed it, hear it now:
[audio:http://www.whatmyworldslike.com/radio/episode1.mp3]