Sunday, May 17, 2015

Never Doubt

Never doubt yourself. Ever.

You can do anything you put your mind to.

Just make the opportunity for yourself.

Then do it!

This month I pushed myself to try things I've never done but have always wanted to do.

No. You won't be perfect when you try something new. What if you find something you LOVE to do while exploring new paths?

Life is about to development. It is about the journey we take. It's about being a student of life. It is about letting yourself get uncomfortable. Explore and expand your levels of comfort.

Nervousness is not bad. Nervousness is you breaking a personal boundary. Take risks.

For the first time I got on stage and tried to perform music with a group I am part of called Coin Laundry. I stopped caring about if I was good enough or what I sound like. I have always wanted to do it. Beyond my nerves. I made my mind up. I did it.

Confidence is key to personal success. Earlier this month I did two interviews. One on Urban Nation Radio and the other with Watch Detroit. Studying Journalism and having Arson Capital gave me the experience needed to complete these live interviews. Surprisingly I was not nervous about either interview. I felt confident and I didn't doubt myself for a second. I find myself wishing I did more of these jobs. 

Photography has helped me understand how getting to know your subject and helping them get comfortable around you with a camera requires a certain kind of communication. It is not much different for interviews.  When you know who you are without a doubt, others will find the same self confidence. 

Be bold. Step into the light of life. We are so capable of anything. 

Don't doubt yourself.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Real Talk.

Real talk people need to be more supportive of each other. Real talk we could use a lot more positive energy in general.  Real talk art, creativity, this thing we call life, needs some extra attention right now. Real talk our communities need support. 

#artists!! It is important that we keep art alive. We have to work together and we have to stay true to ourselves. Our modern culture shames the artist life style but we have to stand strong and support each other. Don't forget why you make things and never stop creating. Art is not only relevant but necessary. Art is the only true self expression be it through music or acting or painting. Arti is life! We need it!

 Follow your impulse to draw or take a photo. Make that birthday card for your best friend. Just don't stop making. We are the reason questions are asked. We can teach so many life lessons and open perspectives. Support your creativity and the creativity of others around you. It doesn't take science or studies to know or understand if art disappears our world will be a much more negative place. 

Ask questions. Stay true to you. Express yourself. Be bold. Be bright. Be strong. Be love. Be light. Be color. Be original. Be understanding. Be fearless. 

As an artist I LOVE working with other artists. I love to see how others express themselves. The things we make are the truest forms of us. These things have spirit. Our spirits, emotions,, attitudes, inspire each other. Ourselves and the things we make are what keeps the world moving. We spend too much time working for other people and trying to be what other people want us to be. We can't supress personalities or emotions. 

It is an honor to know and work with so many creative people. I hope everyone finds inspiration in the things and peopl around them. Try to make something everyday. Big or small. Simple or complex. Our individual styles are so important to a balanced life and world. 

I look forward to many new collaborations this year. I am working on my summer line of jewelry and accessories. Make sure you are supporting the artists around you. Give back when you can. Kind words and conversation go a long way. We can continue to push each other but we have to work with one another along the way.

Go to your local craft and art fairs. Find your neighborhood or city's little boutiques featuring local and small artists. When you shop for gifts, think local. There are no shortages of holidays and occasions that call for gifts. There is so much surrounding us, Now go find it! 

Photography by Jabari Smith

Monday, April 20, 2015

Jetset Mindset.

I recently got home from a 3 week vacation with a couple family members. Not only was it amazing to spend so much time with family members I miss and love but I was able to relax. Traveling by car is absolutely imparative to exploration of our country and your constantly growing mind. I was able to catch up with my friends from Tennessee to do some modeling. Brandon Sharp is the owner and creator of Bogey Life.


Bogey shirts are inspired by American history and icons. When visiting Brandon I was surprised by the historic relevance of Chattanooga, TN. Being from Michigan it is uncommon if not unheard of to go to a Civil War battle area. Every battle is important too. 

One particular place we went called Point Park struck an interest. It's location and height in consideration to military strategy made sense to me. The elevation allowed you to see Tennesee, Alabama and Georgia.  It's also next to the Tennessee River. 

During the American Civil War a battle took place at now called Point Park, formerly called Lookout Mountain,  and is commonly referred to as 'The Battle Above the Clouds'. This battle was won by the Union, lifting confederate control over Chattanooga. 

Why explain any of this? Our history is important. As a culture, a country, a community and an individual. The things in our past are reflections, shadows, mirrors, prints of who and what we are today. Think about how many lives on both sides we lost fighting for liberty. Think of all the families whose lives were changed by this battle and many more. 

We seem to frame our accomplishments in a negative scope. This has to stop. Progress, change, shifts, all of these things take time. Remember learning for the first time? We don't start all knowing, we grow and experience. First you learn the letters, then you learn to read and write, next comes grammar. We develop through time. It is important to keep moving forward. We fight small battles every day. We have to be thankful we aren't experiencing actual war in our country, remember what our wars were faught to prevent and treat every day accordingly. 

There are too many things and people trying to bring everyone down to work in favor of negativity. Smile as you walk by people. Be polite in public places. Lead by example. If you see or hear something that isn't exactly right, ask questions. Try to shed some light on the shadowy spaces of others minds. We all go through it. Teach in life, don't judge. We have to take care of one another becuase no one else is going to do that. Our lives are too precious to be distracted from reality. Love is too real to show only hate. 

I have had it up to here with how stagnant our times are. Hear me out. Please share your ideas. This is all positivity. I will not tolerate any ignorance so if you put yourself on blast prepare to get eaten alive by the social media trolls.

We are ALL entitled to our opinions about anything but let me give you the reality our media will not give you. 

Black people are not bad, violent, thieves or any other negative stereotype because of their skin color. Muslims are not all out to get you or bomb you because of their religion. Not all white people are racist. Not all Christians hate gays. Not all men want to rape you because you are a woman. Not all women want to have sex with you because they dance, strip, or participate in the sex industry. Think about how and why these things are so prevalent in our news papers and main stream media.

One action from one person or a small group of people is not an absolute for every one. In fact bad people come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So stop assuming ideas and associating stereotypes with communities of people or large groups of people or one person. It makes every one look bad and what you think you know is probably 100% wrong. 

I don't know if any one reads any more because videos, titles that tell the whole story, lists, and so much other digital garbage clutter our memory spaces but much love and thank you if your attentnion span is still long enough to read these posts. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


The gravity of things is we are constantly being pushed down. 


We stand up every day and that is a small win. 
Think about it. 

We always fight to stand against gravity.

Reality check. 

If you can stand you are winning. 
If you can walk even better. 
We have strength all the time. 
Be it large amounts or small. 

Remember you have it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I have sat very quietly and patiently for bout 23 years listening to all the garbage people talk about each other and today it stops. Talk is cheap and it is always on sale. It is free if you talk to to right people about the wrong stuff. I have had enough. 

While people have told me not to get an ego, while people have told me I can’t do this or that because of some bullshit reason, I have been calculating. I have been adding it all up. My threshold has been hit.

Keep other peoples names out of your mouth unless you are helping them. Don’t speak badly about any one or anything you don’t know about. The second you do this is the moment you stop caring about the person you are talking about. 

For some reason people have put me up as a target for sexuality. Great. I will engage in any kind of respectful, insightful, polite, conversation about this. No problem. Just be ready for the realness. I don’t like games.

Do not disrespect me. Yes I have a sexuality. No I don’t want to sleep with you. No I do not hurt people. No I don’t want to talk about it with you. No it is not okay for you to talk about what you assume I do. No it is not okay for you to bring up my history, which you have no knowledge of because you aren’t me or the other person, in public. No you don’t get to treat me any differently. No it is NONE of your business.

Understand that words speak as loud as words and actions. That whole bullshit surrounded by ‘Actions speak louder than words’ is automatically discredited based on that fact. SPEAKING IS AN ACTION. 

Stop exploiting people you call your friends by talking about their lives, relationships and habits. Stop treating other differently based on things you hear. This is the exact reason people are so awful to each other. You speak generally about a group of people or a person and others believe. Then they act. The cycle continues.  

We can’t be ourselves if we are self conscious about who we are. The only reason are self conscious is because we constantly talk about each other and compare each other. Take the pledge to stop judging people for things they have never done to you personally. Take the time to get to know people actually instead of judging them. What you hear about others is most likely not true. Were you even there? Probably not. Things get taken out of context all the time. Have you never watched our media? Do you follow any celebrity? 

WE KNOW THINGS PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT OTHERS IS NORMALLY NOT TRUE. Stop broadcasting shade and hate. Stop spreading negativity and treating people badly with sources without credibility. 

I am a giver. I am an artist. I am a healer. I inspire people. I am a woman and I demand respect the same way you do. Treat others like you want to be treated. This is the lesson we have been teaching since our eyes opened. If you want to know something about some one just ask them, politely. 

The past is the past. Just because some one did something before doesn’t mean it defines them or it is a habit of theirs. We all do things we aren’t proud of. These decisions are not who you are. Don’t let any one bring you down because they use the past as a refrence. Today is today and yesterday will never come back. Yes History repeats itself but the beauty about being yourself is you have complete control over your own actions! So mind your own business.  

Photos by the one and only PHANTOM DEER.

Monday, February 16, 2015

All the Time

Yea, I don't care much for Valentines Day in popular culture's sense of the day.

I do believe in celebrating love in your life. My older sister and I were talking about that a week ago. Love is a versatle word. It has so many meanings and contexts. I celebrate love and life everyday though. Every day some one was born. Every day some one fell in love or felt it, I also don't think you need to see or experience love out side of yourself to have self love. You love yourself naturally and that is why you breathe. That is why you eat and walk and use your senses. We live because there is some part of ourselves we love enough to keep going. We give ourselves purpose. That is why it's so important to tap deep into your self love. Don't let others enter that space at all.

It is when you start doubting yourself and worrying that things go wrong. Follow your path. Think for yourself and engage others paths with yours because we walk alone but we aren't alone.

That is why the symbol for love is a heart. We need love the same as we need our heart that pumps blood. It is the reason to live. Find it. Know it. Live it. Love the world and your life because it was a gift given to you. You have the power to make it what ever you want it to be. Realize how in control you are of your destiny. How in control fo yourself you are. 

Photography by Melania Plasko.

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Year of the Sheep!

Before I even begin this post I want to make sure you not only press play on the song above but know what my work looks like and where my work can be purchased. LOOK. LISTEN.

Cheers to COMPLETELY. starting. over. 

I brought in the new year with a clean slate. I am officially graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor degree in fine art, have the opportunity to follow my own career path and high expectations for my art. 

It has been hard for me to sit down and write this post because I am disappointed with some of my new circumstances. Even though I am optimistic about what my future holds, I have been suffering from writers block. My mind was clogged and blank.

After some much needed free time and creative expression, I am excited to try new creative outlets this year. I have been running around the Detroit area staying as productive as possible and supporting the people around me in my free time until I find a new career. 

The last two months have been eye opening for me but most recently I had a epiphany about my creative career. I realized I willingly gave up on my own position as a photographer when I stopped booking clients, doing photoshoots and wasn't bringing my camera everywhere with me. I am a photographer so if my camera is not attached to me it is like missing a limb or a piece of myself. I realized the only way I will be established enough as an artist in my community is to work through time to do so.

If you are an artist or creative you call the shots on your career. Fight for it. Fight for it because you are important to the world. Fight for it because you were born to make. 

There are many ways to create income with an artistic background but it is all self generated. That makes it more challenging but that is the best part of being an artist. We make our own hours. We make our pathways through life. It is exciting and this is a challenge I willingly accept.  

I know exactly what I need to do to create the career I want. I am involved with the right people and projects to further establish myself as a professional. I have some habits to develop and some resolutions to live out but I will achieve the success I dream of. In time, with patience, nothing is unachievable. With a lot of change in my life and many revelations about what it means to be human I decided to live by these 5 elements:


These words are broad in their meanings and interpretations by others but that is why I chose them. If these elements are on your radar, you are bound for success. 

2015 is the year I shed all my past and walk boldly toward the known unknown. I am no longer concerned with what others think about me. I know myself well enough to know my intentions are never harmful. I know my talents and worth enough to support my life style. I am approaching my every move with humility, confidence and self respect. 

Too often are we self critical. Too often are we hard on ourselves. Work through your mistakes empowered with knowledge. Dust yourself off, pick yourself up and keep working at it, what ever it is. 

I am smiling though the sadness. I am laughing through the pain. I am choosing happiness and positivity over everything else because I know life is all about choices. Life is about learning. Life is about knowing yourself. Life is about living. Life is art. I choose to see colors and light. I appreciate everything around me.

This look was shot by Melania Plasko. I am wearing my favorite color, orange, for an accent color with pop! In my opinion you can never wear enough color. It is a challenge to put as many colors together and look stylish. One rule I like to go by is contrast. If you style your outfit to be mostly dark colors, give it a pop with a vibrant or light hue. Play with your colors and don't forget to put your smile on with it. 

Style on.
Love yourself.