Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Dream Confirmed It

The other night I had a dream that I was in a house where a woman was running around stabbing people. In each room that I ran into there was someone on the floor who had just been stabbed and was struggling to stay alive. I remember being so scared in the dream. I didn’t know why this lady was stabbing people, if she knew I was in the house or not, or if I was even a target of hers.

What was even crazier was that I could not speak. I would open my mouth but nothing would come out. I remember thinking, “I need to shout: I plead the blood of Jesus.” Because I knew that would make everything okay. But when I realized nothing was coming out of my mouth I became frantic. I eventually ran to a room where there wasn’t a stabbed body, I kneeled down on the floor and rested my head on the bed.

I was crying uncontrollably and in my mind I was speaking in tongues. I did this without even thinking. I was crying so much that I ended up laying in the bed and falling asleep. I then awoke to a sharp knife coming towards me. But when the knife got close, it would stop and pull away. This happened three times and then the woman trying to stab me ran away.

I sat up in the bed and cried some more, thinking why am I here? Why is this happening to me? Then two men came into the room with knives and I froze. They saw me, I saw them. I knew they were going to get me. One of the men swung his arm to stab me, but once again when the knife got close to me it would stop. With his thick Jamaican accent one man told the other, “Me can’t reach her. Something is in the way.”

Be Moxie Leader

"I hope my writing can bring some sort of comfort to an Afro-Latina who might be struggling with her identity. I want her to read my work and not feel alone in whatever she may be going through with trying to fit in or understanding her culture."

1. Be Moxie means to be a woman of determination, be bold, be savvy and to have the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage. How are you a Moxie woman?
I am a Moxie woman because I am always looking for ways to grow. Whether personally or professionally, having specific goals are vital and achieving them is important to me. I look at each goal as a rest stop on my path, not a destination. Once a goal is accomplished, of course I am happy and take time to celebrate it. But being comfortable is not good. So I push on to the next thing, grow my path, and set new goals to achieve.
2. What initially attracted you to your specific career path? Was there a specific incident? Childhood? Did being a woman play a role?
Writing has always been something that was in me. As a child I would write essays and win school contests, and was always a part of the yearly Young Writer’s Conference and would win several awards. In college I had several people tell me I was a great writer and even had professors encouraging me to write for the campus paper. But I never did, I never paid attention to my gift. Looking back, I think I missed the fact that writing was my passion because I didn’t know making a living as a writer was possible. No one around me was doing it, so it never crossed my mind.
After I graduated from college I worked at an advertising agency and was very unsatisfied. It wasn’t until I decided to start blogging and taking some writing classes that I realized I needed to pursue a career in writing. After six years of working in advertising, I quit my job and moved to NYC for a fresh start and to start my writing career.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Kiersten Kindred: Communications Professional

Meet Kiersten Kindred! This twenty something year old not only owns her 
own communications firm, but she also specializes in branding.

Kiersten started her firm, Kindred Communications in the summer of 2013. This full service firm specializes in communications, marketing, branding, entertainment, community engagement, consulting, career services, and media relations for individuals and medium-sized businesses.

In March of this year Kiersten added the title of author to her name with the release of, Five Steps to Marketing Success: A Small Business Guide. In the interview below find out what it’s like for this millennial to run her own firm, where her interest in communications and branding came from, and more information on her book. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Share Your Goals & Dreams With Your Tribe

“If they don’t know your dreams, then they can’t shoot them down.” – J. Cole

Rapper J. Cole dropped this bit of advice on his 2010 mixtape, Friday Night Lights. And I have held tight to those words ever since, as they made so much sense to me. Over the years I’ve heard variations of the lyrics that include, “Don’t let the next man know your moves,” “I don’t tell people my plans, I show them,” and so on. All of which are great and make perfect sense.

However, in recent years my opinion on this has changed, well a little. The thing is, sharing my dreams and aspirations has given me the push I actually need to accomplish them. It’s like, “Okay, well you told people about it, so you better follow through and do it.” 

Maybe it’s a fear of being looked at as someone who doesn’t do what they say or just some kind of weird rush that I experience. But whenever I tell close friends or family about something big I plan to do, I have always been able to complete it.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Whimsical World of Beads ByAree

I can scroll down my Instagram feed at any time of day and I am certain to see someone wearing a Beads Byaree piece. From eyewear and body chains, to rings, hair accessories and more; each piece makes its own bold and eye-catching statement. All of the Beads Byaree jewelry is hand crafted by Areeayl Goodwin. And since each piece is inspired by what she sees in her dreams, Areeayl literally makes her dreams into a reality. “Dream… and it will spread like a wildfire,” she says.
areeyal_working_girl_1-620x462This Philly born, now Brooklyn NY resident’s pieces are a favorite among celebrities and have captivated audiences as far as London and Israel. This imaginative line is so much more than your usual online jewelry boutique items. While of course fashionable, the pieces also stimulate dialogue. As Areeayl says, “Fashion is a symbol from who you are and what you think. If certain pieces spark a conversation, you’re influencing/opening the minds of those around you.”
In the interview below, Areeayl talks about the beginning stages of Beads Byaree, how she defines her jewelry line, and lessons she’s learned from running her own business.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

No Dairy!

I've always been that person who asks, "Why?" When I was a child, this question was always responded to by my parents with, "Because I said so!" But what people don't understand is that I have a genuine curiosity. I'm not just asking why to question you. I really want to know why things work the way they do.

Anyways, for years I've heard people say, "Eat more veggies. Eat more fruits, blah blah blah.” And of course I’ve always known that I should eat them because there good for me. But I never understood why they are good for me. And because the why was never explained to me, eating fresh veggies and fruit was not important to me.

In addition to not eating right, I have struggled off and on with acne for years. And when I tell u I’ve tried everything, I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING, seriously. But recently I heard a dermatologist say, "Your skin will always tell you what's going on inside of your body." With that, I figured my body must be a toxic mess, because not a day goes by without a new pimple coming up on my face. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Es Mi Cultura Newsletter

Afro-Latina ~ A woman with roots from any Latin American country 

that is of, relates, or celebrates African ancestry 

As a writer, I've always taken special interest in writing articles that explore Afro-Latina themes. Which I have done in various fashions, on various sites. The desire to take this a little further has been on my mind for a while now, and is finally manifesting into something I am very excited about.

Specifically being launched during this year's Latino Heritage Month, Es Mi Cultura spreads awareness of the wonderful contributions Afro-Latinas are making to further advance our presence. Each month this newsletter spotlights an Afro-Latina and all her sabor, provides links to various articles and personal stories penned by, about, or for Afro-Latinos, along with book features, and additional information.

While this newsletter is aimed towards Afro-Latinas we need to see people who look like us. Es Mi Cultura is for readers of both genders, all races, cultures, and backgrounds. 

The first newsletter will be launched on Monday, October 5, 2015. Sign up here so you don't miss out.