It Takes A Village To Bring Life To People ft. Ronnie A.K.A. BeSpeak

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 !

Episode 48. Tyrone Got Yo Loans! ft. Prince Rubinald

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!

There's a change a coming, well...it's happening

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! 

~B

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Episode 11. BLENDED FAMILIES ft. Janita "JJ" Jones

This week we have a very special guest! Janita Jones is wonder woman who let’s nothing stop her hustle or success. She gives us her perspective on the blended family, and  Brittain and Kayla are up to their usual shenanigans. Thank you to everyone for your support of the podcast and remember to share, like, and subscribe. It takes a village and we thank everyone for the love! Be blessed!