“To dare is to do … to fear is to fail.” John Goddard
There once lived a young adventurer named John Goddard. When he was fifteen years old, he decided that he would live his life in an unconventional and unforgettable way. There were many things that he wanted to accomplish so he pulled out a legal pad and created a life list. In this life list, he set some seemingly impossible goals; 127 of them, to be exact. He didn’t want to grow up into the adult that wished they did things in their youth. Now I wouldn’t know about this man had I not been reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson so I won’t take the credit.
When it came to dream setting, John didn’t take the easy route. He set goals that were daring. His ‘to do list’ would make any of us cringe. I mean, it takes a bold person to kayak down the Nile River. And that was the first thing he did. Later in life, he was called “the real-life Indiana Jones” by the LA Times. Talk about living a life of fearlessness!
When asked how he was able to hang on to his dreams, he simply replied: “Wonderful role models and setting deadlines. And I never give up on a dream.”
So I was motivated to create my own working life list. This list consists of things I’ve already accomplished (crossed out). I do have a daring spirit and John inspired me to dream bigger. So here goes.
I’m always trying to find ways to challenge myself as a writer. It’s rare for me to call myself that as I don’t see it in me often. Doing challenges, reading the thoughts of others or just jotting random ideas down all help my writing efforts.
Writing is an important activity I think we all have to do. It can be exhausting trying to keep up with all the thoughts running through your mind. Get it all out.
Last Sunday, I attended the Heat Free Hair brunch, hosted by the lovely Alex Elle. If you’re unfamiliar with this charming young lady, then you really need to update your social media pages. She has wooed us with her words as a writer and gained our respect for always being so transparent and positive. Alex Elle is the epitome of grace .
Back to Heat Free Hair. Now, I absolutely hate doing my hair. I’m also not a huge fan of weaves because I don’t think I look like myself in them. I love my kinky-coily hair but if it could be bigger, I’d just die. So when I found out about a company that allows beautiful natural girls to wear natural extensions, I was intrigued. I mean, look at the versatility of this hair!
I was trying to make that rhyme. Humor me, please. Anyway, as you can see, my last post was three weeks ago. The powers that be might as well confiscate my domain name. It’s been some years since I’ve taken this long to post. Forgive me. Now allow me to be a bit self-absorbed for a moment in order to update you all on my life.
I first fell in love with flower crowns a year ago when I came across them on Instagram. Nowadays, they are all the rave. But there was a particular type of crown that I was completely enamored with and I needed to know who made them. Little did I know, the creator lived right here in Atlanta.
I reached out to her via her Etsy page asking to virtually interview her. I hoped one day in the future, we’d be able to meet up for tea, if I was lucky. Last weekend, in an effort to occupy my time, I stopped by the Root City Market Pop Up Shops. By pure chance, the creator of those lovely flower crowns happened to a vendor. I was STOKED. What an amazing stroke of luck to run into her in person.
The last few days have been nothing short of a magnificent blur. So I started my new internship with Caren West PR on Wednesday and boy, they did not hesitate to get us to work. And I love it. So far, the experience has been more than I could have imagined. There are four total Publicity Assistants and we’re all surprisingly Taurses (as is our boss, Caren West).
I’ll write more about what I’m learning along the way but I just wanted to drop in with a weekend note. I also wanted to apologize in advance for any sporadic posts to come. Still getting a hang of this new schedule.
If you’re in Atlanta and looking for something to do, Atlanta Streets Alive is this Sunday. I’ll be volunteering with MODA. Come see me.
Anton Chekhov once said, “The role of an artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” Therefore, the work of an artist is left to interpretation. I think that’s what I love about art. There’s no right or wrong answer to how you view a body of work. Art makes us feel and think. The interpretation of art allows our creative minds to function. Yet and still, I needed answers. Recently, I interviewed fellow blogger and friend, Christina Kwan of Tide & Bloom blog and got some pretty cool answers about her work.
The Atlanta Film Festival literally, in my opinion, saved the best film for last. Directed by Justin Simien, Dear White People takes a comedic approach to serious issues regarding racial identity, sexual preference and relationships.