For Fine Art Lovers: the Dotted Circles Colorful Paintings are Back for the Holidays

Are you ready for pure bliss and happiness? If so, marvel in this multitude of colors of this dotted circle. In her TED Talk “Where Joy Hides and How to Find it”, Ingrid Fetell Lee, aka @aestheticsofjoy on Instagram, eloquently articulated how I feel every time I add a colored dot to the paper. EachContinue reading “For Fine Art Lovers: the Dotted Circles Colorful Paintings are Back for the Holidays”

Pondering on “The Power of Writing it Down”

Subscribe to my newsletter. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Last week I posted about great gifts you could get to book lovers, and today I thought I would talk about one of the latest books I have read: The Power of Writing it Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain andContinue reading “Pondering on “The Power of Writing it Down””

Giving Thanks: Why Being Grateful is Necessary All Year Long, Not Only on Thanksgiving

Until recently, I knew the holiday was important, but despite being acquainted with the codes and cues surrounding the festivities, I never fully understood its true significance and implications (even after moving to New York, being invited to a few “parties” and organizing my own “Friendsgiving”). For me, it came down to hanging with family and people you like, and of course: food.

That French Girl with a Ukulele: From Hawaii to New York

Before the show started there was a brief 30-seconds soundcheck then I started. I was a nerve wreck. Fortunately, one of my superpowers “being able to fake it big time” nobody seem to notice, although I was shaking throughout the entire set.

On Texturism: Bodacious Mane, Big Hair Don’t Care

“What we need right now is more women who have detoxed themselves so completely from the world’s expectations that they are full of nothing but themselves. What we need are women who are full of themselves. A woman who is full of herself knows and trusts herself enough to say and do what must beContinue reading “On Texturism: Bodacious Mane, Big Hair Don’t Care”

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”

If This Was Up To Me

Subscribe to my newsletter: http://bit.ly/gn If this was up to me, I’d spend my life in school. When I say “if this was up to me” I mean if I had the financial means to do so. I have been “visualizing it” and “calling it into existence” – probably not hard enough or too many peopleContinue reading “If This Was Up To Me”

Abstract is my Art: a Poem

Subscribe to my newsletter: http://bit.ly/gn Abstract is my Art It all started withThe grainy sound ofA fine tip pen on construction paper. It reminded me ofWhen as a childI would write with my fountain pen on a blotting paper. In chaotic times,drawing the linesbrings me solace. Abstract is my ArtI mimic life’s intricacyYet keep it simple,ItContinue reading “Abstract is my Art: a Poem”

On Doing What’s Right

Subscribe to my newsletter: http://bit.ly/gn Two people can do or react similarly for different reasons. Two people can do and react differently for the same reason. Read that again. It’s hard to tell which is which for many reasons. One: we project – we tend to empathize more with those who look like us or weContinue reading “On Doing What’s Right”

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

#Momentum

Shit’s complicated- but here we are: making the best of it. Beating the odds Breaking records we never knew existed Yet, too often living with restraint Tipi toeing around fragile egos. Their subconsciously know that the Power sipping through our pores must meticulously get washed away by judgement & ever so slightly policed, err’day WithContinue reading “#Momentum”

#OnGrowing

Did we grew apart Or never were aligned? Were we ever asking the right questions? Attempting to ascertain causes For future references. I can’t afford emotionally taxing relationships no more and won’t subject myself to unnecessary burden I now value my time, health and soul too much to stretch anymore of it I regret IContinue reading “#OnGrowing”