On Dancing: How Representation Can Encourage Black Youth to Turn to Dance

Subscribe to my newsletter: http://bit.ly/gn Representation matters. When I was about 4-5 years old I was taken to a dance class in my neighborhood. I honestly can’t recall what happened that day but by the end of the class I know I never wanted to go back again. Fast forward years later when I movedContinue reading “On Dancing: How Representation Can Encourage Black Youth to Turn to Dance”

On the Way to Oz || Original Tune Exploring Mental Health Breakdown and Recovery

This past December when I was at my cousin Virginie’s house in Biarritz I felt an immense sense of peace. Maybe it was the quietness or the clean bright uncluttered space, a cocoon if you will, or maybe a combination of all that made me feel like: this is how it should be. I haveContinue reading “On the Way to Oz || Original Tune Exploring Mental Health Breakdown and Recovery”

#ForAllIntentsAndPurposes

I am thrilled by the thought Of getting closer To You Even tho #ForAllIntentsAndPurposes Distance is best I am thrilled by the thought Of addressing You Even tho #ForAllIntentsAndPurposes Silence is best I am thrilled by the thought Of sharing fluids With You Even tho #ForAllIntentsAndPurposes Virtuality is best I am thrilled By early morningContinue reading “#ForAllIntentsAndPurposes”

#Blessed

Even tho I may project My own fears and biases I am #blessed and fulfilled Regardless of how I feel Into my sometimes blurry lenses I Get pushed and pulled back Before my own eyes All I need is a shift A bit of perspective For my hopes and my dreams To ever become clearContinue reading “#Blessed”

#JustPlantingSeeds

“We accept the Love we think we deserve” If you are wondering If it’s not the moon and the stars If this made you think If you feel some type of way You probably deserve more #JustPlantingSeeds ©️ Daphne Mia Essiet, 2018

#MergingIntoMyself

I long to be Free. Free from my fears. Free from the imaginary boundaries I inflicted mySelf. I long to be mySelf. The woman I’ve always meant to be. Phenomenal woman, that’s Me. The one who will own her flaws and recognize them as the most enticing part of who she is. The one whoContinue reading “#MergingIntoMyself”

#AboutStraightForwardness

I left room for warmth. Your Warmth. But you took too long to say what you meant, beat around the bush like a wild man, so randomness settled in… and settled down. Back to square one. The spot, (cozy, I might add), is taken for now and you will have to entertain… entertain my soul,Continue reading “#AboutStraightForwardness”

#OverthinkingThangs

I am easily drifting towards the depth of the chiaroscuro This in between state where things never really feel comfortable; This place where we tippy toe so to not disturb the still of the Universe around us. My mind wanders as I get amazed about the grooves of the trees trunk, The softness of the grassContinue reading “#OverthinkingThangs”

#InLimbo

The way you talked to me makes it hard. It makes it hard to get involved with someone. What used to be easy became complicated. You declared you did not expect a thing, but would give me the world… #IfILetYou. You affirmed someone will always love me. #Unconditionally. That it’s written all over me. YouContinue reading “#InLimbo”

#ADayInALife

It’s amazing the difference one day can make: You wake up feeling horrible, you lay down at night peaceful and collected. I’m so drastic and so impatient and so easily overwhelmed. Cause that’s who I am. Eventually, things swiftly slide into place as soon as I get into the right groove and feel comfortable; thingsContinue reading “#ADayInALife”

#BarkingUpTheWrongTree

“La goutte d’eau qui fait déborder le vase” is a French idiomatic expression, which literally means “the drop of water that has made the vase overflown”. I guess this could be translated in English by the straw that broke the camel’s back, although the accuracy of the French saying pertains much better to my situation.Continue reading “#BarkingUpTheWrongTree”

#OnLoveAndLustAndEverythingInBetween (Part2)

I can honestly say that these past couple of weeks I fell in lust again. With myself. It is odd when you finally realize that your flaws are what make you special, that the imperfections add un je ne sais quoi to the craft: you mature into a butterfly. By discovering your Power as a womanContinue reading “#OnLoveAndLustAndEverythingInBetween (Part2)”

#WhenInDoubt

I think it is best to inquire before too hastily jumping to conclusions and in the process damage any type of friendships. In the past, I have too many times did or say things that have altered my confidence and hurt  the relationships with people who were very close to me. Lately, I have found aContinue reading “#WhenInDoubt”

#ShortUpdate

For the past month I have been sleep deprived and expectedly it has clouded my judgment and nudged my inner balance; and because of all the life changing events presently occurring it has been challenging. Although I am still experiencing anxiety, and I am extremely tired, these past couple of days I felt a deepContinue reading “#ShortUpdate”

Daphné 2.0

Life is complex. But does it have to be? I have a hard time to find a balance between straightforwardness, which can sound harsh (and make people feel uncomfortable), and sugarcoating my words. I really admire and look up to those who can confidently manage both qualities simultaneously, without sounding passive-aggressive. Although I grew a lotContinue reading “Daphné 2.0”

#IfGodExists

#IfGodExists She won’t mind me questioning her existence. #IfGodExists She is waiting on my next move. #IfGodExists She is unapologetically fierce and beautifully honest. #IfGodExists She loves purposely and accepts unconditionally.   She forgives and understands. She accordingly provides. She never doubts and she believes. She judges not and always allows me to wonder ifContinue reading “#IfGodExists”

#ThePowerOfSymmetry

I was called beautiful twice in the space of a week. It came from two different individuals, and under two very different circumstances: The first time was sweetly whispered and unexpected in that way, definitely validating. It warmed every inches of my body. I *think* it was genuine and I greeted the compliment by aContinue reading “#ThePowerOfSymmetry”