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If you see me less, I’m doing more
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If you see me less, I’m doing more

“If you see me less, I’m doing more.”

I don’t remember the first time I’ve heard this quote, but throughout the years it stuck with me. For once, I’ll be making an earnest attempt at practicing this, at least in terms of my presence on social media. It proves to be a challenging endeavor as I’m undecided at this time whether or not to share this blog post. Regardless, I’m finding this sabbatical absolutely necessary for furthering my growth.

Growth, be it physical, mental, spiritual, etc is always such an insidious process, and hindsight is always 20/20. That being said, energy expenditure on wishing I knew what I know now sooner is wasteful, so I’ll spare myself the unnecessary stress. (and based on this post’s pseudo-cryptic but really due to lack of continuity content, you very well can tell that I’m a little rusty at blogging)

But with that being said, here are my reasons for taking a break.

Level 30: A Recap
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Level 30: A Recap

It’s under weird circumstances that I’m writing this blog post. It seems to me that I’m on the tail end of this COVID disease. Fevers are decreasing in frequency without the utilization of any antipyretics, and the body aches that were commonplace a couple days ago have since disappeared. I didn’t plan on contracting COVID for a second time, but as a lot of how 2020 transpired, many things are out of our control. Luckily for me, there were plenty of things I managed to salvage and kept control over, and this was by design.

First Year WIthout a Summer Album Release Party
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First Year WIthout a Summer Album Release Party

For the past 2 years I’ve ushered in Virgo Szn (the only “szn” that counts) with an album release party. Some of ya’ll have attended. And all of ya’ll who have attended know that I throw a good party. I’ve been writing, yes, and I have enough material to release two albums if I wanted to, but that’s beside the point (as if I’m going to actually drop the music anyway). The album release parties of years past served two purposes. Admittedly, one of those purposes was to stroke my own ego--to prove to myself (and others) that I can organize these types of events, perhaps even to showcase my deep network and competency within the creative space. More importantly, the other purpose was to connect people by avenue (or the excuse) of my music. You wouldn’t imagine how many “mini-reunions” occur at these events, but I suppose that’s a normal byproduct of having a large circle of acquaintances and very few close friends. Ambivalence to the levels and definition of “friendship” is a byproduct of social nomadism, but again, I digress. The first album release party was called Ambivert, after all. aHa ha..

an introduction of sorts
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an introduction of sorts

2020 has thrown everyone for a loop, including me. Despite the chaos of 2020–namely the pandemic, civil unrest, and the incessant feelings of isolation one must feel through all of this–there’s certainly a silver lining that isn’t always addressed. Everyone’s 2020 differs on a case by case basis, and fortunately for me, it’s been a time for growth, healing, and reconnection with what matters most in life. Though I’ve stopped seeing a therapist back in April, he once told me that keeping a daily journal helps with the process of self-growth, and since early-December of last year, I’ve been religiously writing, filling up three notebooks that are now filed away in a remote corner of my unnecessarily large walk-in closet.