Introverted Insight

Check out the book Quiet by Susan Cain for an insightful reading about introverts.

If you’re an introvert, know that you are amazing, there’s plenty people like you, and you have an abundance of inborn talents at your disposal. There’s great benefits to being an introvert.

Take the time to know, love, and appreciate yourself.

Tick Boom

Tick Boom

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Boom
If only he took the time to zoom
In the near future, when he starts to groom
For success, the world is his private show room

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Boom
His mother is left in gloom
In broad daylight he met his doom
Bad timing, while driving in his vroom

Tick Tock Tick Boom
In his blue costume
Trigger happy with fume
He cut him from the heirloom

Tick Tock Boom
Note from his room
Never to abloom
His dream for the classroom

Tick Boom

2017 Reading Goal Met

Somewhere around mid-year in 2016, in the process of making big changes in my life, I came to a harsh realization that hit me like a strong ocean wave in a sea of menacing tides. While I walked around, waving my accomplishment of a college degree, I started to bury myself in work with the ambition of making money. Within a few months of simply waking up for work and going back home, just to rest for a little while, then rinse and repeat for five days, I felt something terribly wrong. My body attempted many times to have a conversation about the danger taking place, but I refused to listen.

Until one day, I forcibly pushed my stubbornness to the side to listen to my body. I quickly realized, from the time I graduated, to that moment, I struggled to read as actively as I did while attending undergraduate. My brain started to crave more knowledge, but I kept refusing to feed it at the rate at which it craved. Here and there, I would pick up a book which would take me months to complete. Amid my frustration, I failed to take initiative to fix the problem, but rather, I simply did away with reading for a few months.

For a couple more weeks, I continued to drag myself to read a couple of pages here and there with little interest for the hobby. Eventually, I completed three books from July 2016 until November 2016. I told myself, I would change my reading habit in 2017, but of course, “more important” tasks hindered my progress.

From January until the middle of March, I failed to read any books until I came across a book by Darren Hardy, titled The Compound Effect. This book challenged me to take matters into my own hands to accomplish whatever tasks and goals I set my mind to. Immediately the book became a staple in the back of my head whenever I tackle a new idea, task, goal, etc. Because of this book, which I rate an easy 5 stars, I decided to slowly get back into reading more. In June of 2017, I joined Goodreads and set a reading challenge of 12 books for the year 2017. I completed my goal at exactly 11:27 pm on December 31, 2017. Yes, I spent New Year’s Eve reading and now I feel amazing and well accomplished!

In the end, I realized a little push and motivation goes a long way. From June 2017 until December 2017 alone, I read 11 books. Imagine how many more books I could have read if I had started reading in January.

The list of the books I read in 2017:

  1. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  2. March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  3. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  4. Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
  5. March: Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  6. March: Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  7. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  8. The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
  9. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  10. Lucky or Smart?: Secrets to an Entrepreneurial Life by Bo Peabody
  11. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  12. French Short Stories For Beginners: 8 Unconventional Short Stories… by Olly Richards

I look forward to reading and sharing more books with you all in 2018.

List some of the books you have read, are currently reading, and would recommend.

Happy New Year and Happy reading!

Female Mentality

That girl is dope, but too flashy
Who, her?
She isn’t all that sweetie
Not as dope as me, definitely

I mean,

Yeah, she can sing, but she’s too ugly
Yeah, she can spit, but she looks sloppy
Yeah, she can dance, but she dress trashy
Yeah, she has long hair, but she’s too dark
Yeah, she has a big butt, but her waist too tiny
Yeah, she has big breasts, but no personality
Yeah, she got a man, but her box fishy
Yeah, she graduated college, but isn’t making big money
Yeah, she has her own car, but that shit cheap
Yeah, she bad, but she looks slutty
Yeah, she has nice legs, but she’s too skinny
Yeah, she pretty, but her stomach too flabby
Yeah, she has perfect skin, but her forehead too shiny
Prime examples of female mentality

As women, we are each other’s worst enemy
We see faults in many
Compliments each other rarely
Blinded by the jealousy
Walking around angry
Because this girl or that girl has plenty
Of that we perceive as a necessity
But in reality
We constantly drive ourselves crazy
Trying to keep up with what we see on TV
And on magazine covers constantly
Seeing this and that celebrity
Dictating to us the standard of beauty
Turning us into a zombie
Blindly throwing away our money
At this and that cosmetic company

Instead of focusing our energy
On what makes us a specialty
And uplifting each other with positivity

We dwell on the unneccessary
Living a life of misery
Never satisfied with any
We become extremely greedy
As we grow more needy
To have that “life changing” surgery
What a catastrophe

That girl is dope, but too flashy
Who, her?
She isn’t all that sweetie
Not as dope as me, definitely

So we start acting shady
Aren’t we so petty

Prime examples of female mentality

Take your aim

Take your aim
Shame my name
Make your claim to fame
As you defame my name
Keep in mind you came for me
When I didn’t call for you name
Slow your roll, remain tame
Warning! This is only the pregame

But remember
Me and you, lame
We aren’t the same
Engulf the flame
While you still can
Keep burning out during the pregame
I came prepared for the real game

Shame, shame, shame
Shame on you
Now watch me
Watch me aim
Not at your name
Or your weak aim
But the throne of fame

A beast, I became
Victory I proclaim
As I reclaim my name
Suddenly, you want to play the blame game
I bet next time you will think twice
Before you take your aim

First time performing at open mic

Feeling nervous and timid, I stepped up to the mic to perform for the first time.

How did I do it?

I mentally prepared myself for weeks and chickened out the day before.

That’s right! I had my mind set on performing my first open mic on Wednesday, August 9th at a venue  on Franklin Ave. I arrived an hour and a half early and waited outside, walked around a few blocks, and went back to the location to wait some more for the place to open. When the place finally opened, I sat quietly by the door, trying to talk myself into signing up to perform. Two hours later I left the venue with some awesome memories of great performers doing their thing without performing.

On my way home,  instead of feeling down or disappointed, I felt a sense of uplifting power and decided I would get myself settled and put on a brave face to perform the next day. It’s as if the performers planted a seed of encouragement in me that was pushing me to be brave.

Just like that, I opened up my instagram page and found another open mic taking place on Thursday, August 10th at Word Up Cafe. I added the information to my calendar and told myself, I will perform.

Indeed, I made my way to the cafe after work arriving 15 minutes early. Once I sat down, I started mentally preparing myself while feeling nervous. As the sign in sheet went around, I jotted my name down and there was no turning back from there.

Then the time came for me to perform and deliver.

I felt very nervous when I walked to the mic and started off by saying. “Hi Everyone, I’m Woodlynn. Bare with me, I’m a little nervous, this is my first time doing poetry live”. Someone in the audience asked, “At Word Up Cafe?”. I replied, “No, first time ever”. Everyone in the crowd clapped and gave me words of encouragement letting me know it will be fine and I’ll do great.

I smile and went on to perform two pieces, Black Woman, and Black Man.

The crowd was very warm and encouraging which I loved.

I can proudly say, I did it and I feel great!

I want you reading this to put on your brave face, go out there, and conquer your fears. Do not let your dreams and passion fall by the wayside because of fear. DON’T DO IT!


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