Happy Tuesday Folx! Y’all know what it is.. we have a new episode!! We have a VERY special guest this week. @ronnie_aka_bespeak stopped by the studio and schooled us on how to be a creator in pdx, discussing his music and incredible ability to lift up his community. Take notes y’all! He is a certified crooner and overall GENIUS!! Make sure to check out his new album A.K.A. Bespeak on Apple Music and if you haven’t yet, get tix to his upcoming show at the Mission Theater on March 9th! Stay tuned til the very end to hear new music from Ronnie! We love you and thank you all for always reminding us that #ittakesavillage !
Yesterday I jumped off a very high cliff into the clearest water I have seen to date. To get to the top of the cliff, I had to climb a pretty steep and not so safe wall of rocks. I knew this was a risk but I encouraged myself to follow through with the climb. This was a risk, but in my truest of heart, I knew that I wouldn’t be living life to the fullest if I didn’t take the jump. I have taken risks my entire life, this had to easy right?. I made it to the top, and that in itself was major because I have always had difficulty with climbing. I was proud that I made it to the top. I peered over the cliff, and the jump that didn’t seem so high from the ground had revealed it’s true face. This was scary and higher than I assumed. The water was pristine, heavenly. I hesitated for a moment and thought “ I can’t do this”, but I also knew It would be much harder to climb down those rocks. I was nervous. There was encouragement from on lookers who directed me on exactly where in the water to jump. I paused a little longer questioning myself and just said to my self sweetly “Go” “Trust”. I took the jump and the feeling that overcame me as the ground left my feet frightened and exhilarated me. There was a moment where I felt a gamble going on between life and death as my shriek could be heard throughout the echoes of the river. I landed. The water was no longer cold. This wasn’t any ordinary experience this was something more. Almost baptismal. When I arose from the bottom of the river there were cheers. I could not believe I did it. I was renewed, I was clean, and clearer than ever that I cannot live life in the corners of my passions, my dreams, my hopes. I have to once again reach for what I know I need and deserve. I realized I am not being my truest self, and that my dreams, and passions are what guide me through this life and I need to follow them. I encourage you all to tackle your fears, take that risk, make that plunge into the unknown. You are capable and never alone. #ItTakesAVillage
Photo: Dudi Gavsievich
Hey all! Tune in to this episode to hear the lovely Ruby White contribute her magical gems and to hear us discuss Beyonce & Sanaa, gentrification in Portland, and the recent *scandal* at Howard University. We know we're not as funny as the Twitter-verse with the Call Tyrone memes and shady draggage, but our contribution is important, damnit! We're excited to announce that we're actually being consistent with Village Thoughts this time and we waNT YOUR VOICE HEARD!!!! Check us out on Insta, Facebook, or Twitter and come thru to drop a line about your experience to our posed question for this week. Love y'all! It takes a village!
Ever get that pit of uncertainty in your stomach? The one that makes you a bit queasy and uneasy? I have learned that is my anxiety talking directly to me. For the last few weeks, I have consumed three or more cups of coffee daily, fell off my nutritional plan, picked up my work load (and most likely will be picking up more), gone on a hunt for an apartment, and the list goes on. All while still recording and editing a podcast and vlog, and trying to maintain relationships (which seems to be flailing). I am officially integrated into western society's ideal work life...(where's the Charlie Brown UG! meme when you need one?). People will say, "That's adulting!", "That's life!". But is it?
While coming to grips with this pattern of reality, I wonder who made up these rules? At what point was working your tail to the ground the only way to make it? My friend often tells me that once I move into my own place I should get a pet, and while I pleasantly ponder this idea, I instantly think "Girl when the hell am I gonna have time to spend with a dog?", and "who is gonna pay vet bills, and food"? I'm barely gonna skate by for myself once this move is official.
I'd really like to find the balance of it all while understanding that change is constant, and that I have to be able to adjust even though I feel my entire life has been adjusting. Adjusting is a reality. I've had to adjust most noticeably and recently to the changes in relationships with friends. Folks I usually kick it with aren't around as much, text messages are more and more delayed or aren't even returned. And calling? What the hell is that? I totally admit I play a hand in these modules as well, but I deeply feel the impact. Is this a result of all the adulting having to go on in our lives?
I made a comment to a friend yesterday as she invited me to an event (already having had a very busy day planned), and it triggered a response in me that almost had me in tears. I'd said "I am trying my best to accommodate everyone's requests, and am just trying to do the best I can". I felt I needed to apologize for not being able to be available at their request, and that bothered me. Sounds like I need to learn how to set boundaries right? Or just learn how to be okay with saying I'm not able to do this.
In my phrase of the year, "I say that to say this", We are all booked and busy, that is the truth. And it doesn't seem like overworking will let up anytime soon, but give yourself permission to take a few breaths, have that moment of silence, cry, express, create, self-care, however your outlet releases. It's also perfectly fine to log off. I'm gonna take a page from my own advice book here and see how well I can apply these theories in my own life. Make your own rules ya'll!
Be forewarned, this episode is not for the faint at heart! This week we are opening up about the sexual experience, making a few special calls, and spilling it on our usual segment of "What we learned this week". Thank you all always for your support. Remember to like, share, and subscribe. #ittakesavillage.
Hey folks! So this week we are hearing a very special story from a very special person! We were so honored to have Brittany Montes on this weeks episode. Brittany thank you for sharing your voice and story, and for inspiring so many not to give up on themselves. You inspire us all. Brittany thank you for your courage, open heart, and for being here to continue to spread your light. #ittakesavillage