Happy Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day to my homeland Ghana. Today we have turned 60 years old. For the first time, I actually didn’t do anything to celebrate. I didn’t eat any African food. I wasn’t home. It was a beautiful feeling seeing the amount of posts that people shared online on how they were celebrating this day. I miss Ghana very much. I haven’t been there in 16 years. Soon and very soon, I will go. I’m telling you the plane ticket is like someone’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. To think of it, if we allow money to get in the way of going somewhere, we will never travel. Tell me, how did you celebrate this Independence Day? What did you chop today? Fufu & Light Soup, Banku & Okra or straight Ghana jollof rice?

Here are a few pictures I came across online on Ghana.

Picture Credit: All photos were found on Tumblr. P.S. Happy two years to my blog. (March 6,2015). We are in 2017 and we will continue to flourish 🙂

Questionnaire:

  1. Were you born in Ghana or another state/country?
  2. What do you like about Ghana?
  3. What do you dislike about it?
  4. What are some of your favorite foods?
  5. Do you see yourself living in Ghana if your not there?
  6. If there’s one thing you can change about Ghana, what would it be?
  7. What are some of your childhood memories living in there?
  8. What day of the week were you born?
  9. What tribe are you from?
  10. If there’s one place in Ghana you’ll like to visit, where would it be?
  11. What are some good restaurants you have visited?

Best Sites For Plane Tickets

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Hey everyone. I hope your all doing well. I hope your enjoying the weather. I’m sure we all want to travel one day to our favorite dream places but sometimes, it’s hard finding good deals for plane tickets. So in this blog, I will be listing all the sites that have amazing deals for purchasing tickets in no particular order. Tell your friends and their friends. Until next time, live, learn and love.

Web Series

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Where do I even start? I don’t know about you guys but I don’t watch TV. YouTube is bae. For the past years, I’ve watched a lot of web series that were so good. I share them with my friends but today I am going to share them with you. Here we go. I hope you all are ready. This is no particular order. Let’s get it. I hope you enjoy. Tell your friends and their friends. 🙂

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Short Films:

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Photographers + Poets

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Today is for the women and men who share their heart works. Sometimes, trying to find photographers and writers in general on Instagram can be difficult. It’s been on my heart to share a few of them with you. So below is the list. Please check them out.

Photographers:

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  1. Kwame Freddy
  2. Joshua Kissi
  3. SophieVisually
  4. Raat_Fashion
  5. kymberlibrenzell
  6. Asiyami_Gold
  7. zay.ira
  8. Theforgetterseye
  9. Mrcheyl
  10. Oye_diran
  11. maxwelljennings
  12. mrigwe
  13. Everydaypeoplestories
  14. dapperlou
  15. ondoa
  16. Nyarko_photography
  17. stephenobisanya
  18. Tamon_
  19. Temi.Coker
  20. chimodu
  21. Kofmotivation
  22. _lloydfoster
  23. A_kid_named_trav
  24. Islandboiphotography
  25. _heiwatoi
  26. Deun Ivory
  27. _tse
  28. fartatoes
  29. erikalaynephoto
  30. angelzheng
  31. Quazimottoonwx
  32. Yagazieemezi
  33. malachiajose
  34. Maximushka
  35. Edmaximus
  36. Amaalsaid
  37. Stevenchikosi
  38. Lawrence Agyei
  39. Joe Kenneth
  40. Beewalker_
  41. Adrienradford
  42. goldenpolaroid
  43. Kjohn_lasoul
  44. Foxyneela
  45. Bynwabugo
  46. Nadineijewere
  47. Photodre
  48. raisaaziz
  49. Justinamoafo
  50. Ericmichaelw
  51. Hannahfaith_
  52. Seunx
  53. Storyofkai
  54. Sambitionphotos
  55. Sirnoahbility
  56. Lauren_zoe
  57. xxjmitch
  58. eltonpeters
  59. gregnoire
  60. adeledejak
  61. aqut
  62. daviduzochukwu
  63. nixon
  64. desertedinurban
  65. carlnard
  66. dnactherealist
  67. afrikingi
  68. sohrachsoh
  69. najrashad
  70. ronhill
  71. lovejonesphoto_
  72. e_fresh_
  73. oabphotography
  74. lyraoko
  75. jaydabliu
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Poets:

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  1. _akosuawrites : Outburst (Book)
  2. ijeoma umebinyuo: Questions For Ada
  3. Akosua Peprah
  4. Poeticharmonylove
  5. Poppyinthewheat
  6. Preston_n_perry
  7. Poetesscynthia
  8. Poetra_asantewaa
  9. Beingupile
  10. Nlshompole
  11. Q. Gibson:
  12. Dellahickswilson
  13. Poetjasminemans
  14. wordsbyezekiel
  15. Nayyirah waheed
  16. Yrsa Daley Ward
  17. Tapiwa Mugabe
  18. Alex_elle
  19. Ry.spear
  20. Reyna Biddy
  21. najwazebian
  22. Rupikaur_
  23. Elusivemetaphors
  24. isra.althibeh
  25. Karl_lokko
  26. jo. essence
  27. Tryphenayeboah
  28. Uncensoredfeminist
  29. Cyrusspeaks
  30. Tevsmith
  31. Whatisjoedoing
  32. Tribecalledvision
  33. Rudyfrancisco
  34. Keyballah
  35. Maxwelldpoetry
  36. alison.malee
  37. Goldwomyn
  38. Isthispoetry
  39. Writingsofvinati
  40. Nesimaa
  41. Sarah_aluko
  42. Theaureliapearl
  43. Jackiehillperry
  44. Iammyss
  45. F Gabdon
  46. Daeizm
  47. Mazadohta
  48. _dkaur
  49. wu_shire
  50. Lang Leav
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. -Maya Angelou 🙂

All pictures on this post aren’t mine. They are all found on google.  All the names above are the artist/photographer’s names. There were so many names but the list would have been too long so I’ll post more when I can. For now, tell your friends and their friends. I know sometimes people don’t like to share but this platform is different. Support creatives. Invest in people. Empower one another. Stay tuned for the next set of creatives I will share. Until next time, shine bright. Hold hands with God. Take care. 🙂

Write It Down, Make it Happen

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A simple and effective guide to turning your dreams into reality by taking matters into your own hands, filled with down-to-earth tips and easy exercises.In Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Anne Klauser, PhD, explains how simply writing down your goals in life is the first step toward achieving them. Writing can even help you understand what you want. In this book, you will read stories about ordinary people who witnessed miracles large and small unfold in their lives after they perf...:
It’s that time of the year for me. Happy New Year to you all. I hope your first week of the year is coming along well. So why am I here? Well, I wanted to share a book with you all. I came across this book almost 4 years ago through BronzeGoddess01 on Youtube. If you know me, Youtube is where I watch and get most of my information from. If you don’t know who BronzeGoddess01 is, please check out her channel. I bought this book in February 2013 after watching her video. I read it and it was a blessing. Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:
Turn your dreams into reality by taking matters into your own hands.

“In Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D., explains how simply writing down your goals in life is the first step toward achieving them. Writing can even help you understand what you want. In this book, you will read stories about ordinary people who witnessed miracles large and small unfold in their lives after they performed the basic act of putting their dreams on paper. Klauser’s down-to-earth tips and easy exercises are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Before you know it, you’ll be writing your own ticket to success.”

Reflection: First, I got a notebook and started writing my goals and other things including people I wanted to meet in this life and places I wanted to go. Just yesterday, I picked up the book to look at it and I just smiled. I’ve accomplished and got the opportunity to go to certain places and meet different people. For instance, in 2015, I wrote down that I wanted to meet one of my favorite poets and in 2016, it happened. I met one of them. Her name is Ijeoma Umebinyuo. On March 2016, I also got the chance to meet Lupita N’yongo. I also got the chance to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge with my friend Kwame on our first time meeting. Honestly, today is January 8th, 2017 and I’m about to get ready to make my list. I got the opportunity to go to different restaurants in New York City and that was something I wrote down. It may seem like this is something you can do but honestly not everyone has a job or can afford to visit new restaurants. This was a challenge and a stretch but I’m glad I was able to do so. I’m overjoyed because writing down and making it happen process has been a blessing. Write it down but also believe and make an effort in making your dreams come alive. In the Bible, there’s a similar verse written in Habakkuk 2:2.

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So what next? It’s time for you to purchase a journal and start jotting down your short/long term goals. Write them down in bullet form, in any way you like as long as you can read it. I can’t wait for you to look back months and years from now and smile. Look back at all that you have accomplished. See this as an adventure. Tell your friends and their friends about it. Write it down. Start somewhere. Believe in your heart. Have faith. Step out in boldness and watch it happen.
So I’ll leave you with this message below. Dream big. Turn your dreams to reality. Breathe, Awake, Water Your Garden & Allow it to Bloom. The best is yet to come.
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Perspective is Key

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Perspective is Key. Looking back over the years, I can say that I didn’t have this mindset of perspective being key. I’ve grown so much. The trials I faced drew me closer to God. Life isn’t always easy. Some days are tougher than others but I have learned to lean on God. I can definitely say that something that has helped me to reshape my thinking is my relationship with God. I look at situations through a different lens now. There were times when I was going through my own personal situations and when I called my friends, they never got back to me. In those moments are when one begins to question their friendships. It was hard at times and yes there have been many times in my life that I have questioned myself about the people I surround myself with but overtime I learned not to depend solely on people. We are humans and we fail in some way. It breaks my heart to see that there are many people hurting. They have become silent. So what have I learned thus far in this life? I have learned a lot but I’ll list 10 things.

  1. Seek God in all your earthly doing. Study the Bible. Invite the Holy Spirit before you partake in your study.
  2. Perspective is Key. The way you choose to view your circumstances can either shape you or break you.
  3.  Create room in your heart for God in the same way you make room for things.
  4. Be careful of your circle of friends. At the same time, know that there is a Purpose to every encounter. Some people come into our lives for a season or for a lifetime. It’s never a mistake the people we cross paths with in this life.
  5. Prioritize. When something is important to you, you make time for that thing. You don’t make excuses. If you want to have a better relationship with God, you make time to be in his presence. You will make time to read the Bible.
  6. Community of Believers: It’s good to have people in your life that pray for you and want to see you grow in the Lord. If you do not have people in your life but will like to be surrounded with likeminded people, pray about it.
  7. Live: Don’t take life so seriously. There’s a time for everything. Create memories with your family, friends and loved ones.
  8. Spend time with yourself. Get know what you like and don’t like. Go out and explore. Write in your journal. Take pictures. Discover new hobbies.
  9. Prayer is powerful. I’ve heard people say “I don’t know how to pray”. “So and so knows how to pray for long.” Honestly, it’s not about the duration of your prayer but rather your heart and also having the faith that whatever you have prayed for will come to pass. I can say that something that has given me peace is asking God to have his way in everything. If things don’t go as I intended, I’m grateful and I look at it in a different perspective.
  10. Be a blessing unto others: As you forth into the day, there are people that God will allow you to cross paths with. It’s for a Purpose. I don’t believe in coincidences. Take time to compliment someone if you like their hair, clothes and etc. Take time to say hello or good morning when you meet people. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our own situations that we become close minded to what is right in front of us. Take time to pray for someone.

“There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don’t yearn to reach out, but because they’ve tried and found no one who cares.” -Richelle E. Goodrich

Until next time, take care of yourself. Stay rooted in the Word. Be Encouraged 🙂

Heart Talks With You

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As the year wraps up, its time to reflect. If you can look back in past years, what have you learned thus far? What are some lessons you have mastered? What are you still learning?

1. Letting Go: For so long, I held on and fought for relationships especially friendships with people. It got to a point that I realized that friendship is a two way street not a one way street. If people can’t take the time to reach out to you, remember you on your birthday, or simply take the time for you as you do for them, distance yourself.

2. Communication: Expressing how I feel and where I stand in situations. I am told that I’m strong minded. Yes, I am. I will listen to you and give you my feedback but that doesn’t mean I’m going to partake in every activity your interested in that is negative.

3. Seasons: There is a season for everything. You will go through things in your life and it may seem that no one is there for you because everyone is doing their own thing but that is okay. You will cry, reach out to people and they may never get back to you but you’ll learn. Sometimes, you have to go through it in order for you to learn. It’s part of life. You will grow, live to tell your story. You have to push through every storm. You’ll learn to trust God and seek him in all things.

4. Priority: Learn to prioritize. You don’t have to be everywhere your friends are. Take time for yourself and the things that are important at the moment. Sometimes, we prioritize people who don’t make us a priority in their lives.

5. Friends: Not everyone you meet is your friend. There are associates and friends. Be careful because sometimes you think someone is your friend but they don’t consider you as their friend. They will take advantage of you. You will become the beneficiary in their lives. There are people who care for you. Don’t allow how people treated you in the past to affect how you see people in your life. There’s a season for everything. Not everyone is meant to be apart of your journey. Some people are only meant to be apart of the journey for a season and others a lifetime. Friends come and go. Don’t put your entire energy on a friendship that you can see is not beneficial. Pray for your friends and even those who are no longer friends with you. It takes courage and maturity for this one.

6. Distance: Learn to distance yourself from certain people. Not everyone means well for you. Distance in itself can show you who your friends are. Yes, we outgrow people but some people just change. Some people stop talking to you especially when they meet new people. There’s nothing you can do about it. You just learn where you stand with that person especially if you communicate how you feel and the person still does make an effort to maintain that friendship, do yourself a favor by leaving it alone.

7. God: The best relationship I have had in years. I’ve learned much through experiences and I’m thankful for them all. Drawing near. Studying the word. Attending Bible Study. Simply learning and growing in the Lord has been been amazing.

8. Storms: This too shall pass. We all go through situations. There’s no such thing as a Perfect life. Some people tell their stories out loud and some people bottle it inside. How you choose to heal is different from everyone. Don’t allow your situations to take control of your mind, all God who is in Control to take his place in every one your storms. Light will come.

9. Perspective: This is a test I have passed and I thank God so much. How you choose to view your life/circumstances can either make you or break you. I know that God is in control. If I’m feeling down or don’t understand something I lay it down. I go before Him in prayer. Even in those days, my silence is louder, God is aware. I’m thankful for my friends that are also believers. When I don’t understand something, I ask them on their take on a situation. They always give me Christ based advice.

10. God’s Will is Not My Own: Even when things do not go as intended, I thank God because his hands was in it. Asking God to have his way in my life/situations has helped and changed my life in so many ways. As humans, we always want things done at a time desirable to us but sometimes, it’s not what God intended or wants. He knows best and chooses best. Learn to seek and trust him in all your earthly doings.

From me to you: What have you learned by far in 2016? Feel free to share or even write it in a journal. As you take the time to read mine, I hope you get something out of it. God bless you all. I will be sharing more with you. Take care ✨😊

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May you never stop loving yourself. May you continue to wear a smile across your face. Carry the fullness of the sun to bed. Hold love in your heart always. Warm others with your marvelous light. Soak love into the broken hearted. May they taste love more than they have ever been shown. Be the moon. Let your light shine afar healing many souls. -Karen Owusu.

Fool to Love

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Happy Saturday. I hope your day is going great. Wanted to share another artist I enjoy listening to. Unfortunately, some of these really good artist are not made known and recognized and some of them reside in the UK and they are so good. On my previous post, I shared an artist named Kwabs but this next one is a lady named Nao. If you don’t know her, honey now you know. Below is one of the songs/video I love by her. I hope you enjoy. Have a great day 🙂

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Hey everyone. Just stopping because by it’s been a very long time since i stopped by on this blog. I have two  blogs so sometimes, i tend to forget this one. My other blog is Christ focused. I share my walk with Christ and etc. If you’ll like to check out my other blog, it’s sacrificebeyondprice.wordpress.com . This blog I made to share my poems and other poets work. Just wanted to share this artist with you guys. I love music. I’m sure we all do but I don’t really listen to every genre in music. I love R&B, Afrobeat, Carribean and Gospel. I’m open to listening to other songs but I honestly don’t like the songs they play on the radio. Don’t even know the latest songs. Can’t remember the last time I even listened to the radio. I hope you enjoy Kwabena’s songs. Will do my best to share more things on this blog. Have a great weekend. God bless you. 🙂