Fruitfulness in Forgiveness

I've been hurt, bamboozled, betrayed, lied to, and made a fool of. Things happen, life happens and no one is exempt from any of it. But, we are in control of how we let things affect us and make us feel. We are in charge of whether or not we allow things to fester in our hearts and corrupt us, or if we decide to show love and be a forgiving person.

It's all a choice, and it's all up to you.

My journey with forgiveness has been a tough one and I can admit that. I'm typically the type of person who says things along the lines of, "I just don't understand. I wouldn't do/say that to anyone, so why would someone do that to me?" Though that statement seems logical (in my mind), it's really not in some ways. I'm basically saying, because i do things a certain way, others should do unto me the same. Wrong. We're all different and have different beliefs. Just because i wouldn't do or say something doesn't mean it's off limits to anyone else.

Forgiveness is an act of love. I also feel it's one of the most fervent forms of love because of the amount of maturity and honesty it takes to do so. I forgive because it makes me feel good. I forgive because it releases stress and the burden of whatever person or situation that was at hand. I forgive because i deserve peace

If you're currently in an awkward space with trying to forgive or are just having trouble letting go of ill feelings towards someone, try this little exercise i have below. From working through my issues and being real with my thoughts and how I allow things to take a toll on me, I found myself in a much better space; i truly felt like i can tackle this beast that is forgiveness.

This is similar to meditating, but you're not going to be focusing on your breathing so much. You're going to be more in tune with your thoughts through chanting things out and just being in a relaxed space, preferably in solitude. 

-Sit in a quiet space, same as you would if you were meditating. You can light a candle and have calming music playing if you'd like.

-Try saying these few things out to start with, then you can build on these and make it more personal:

1) I am a forgiving being. 

2) Love flows endlessly and abundantly throughout me at all times.

3) I am full of love and joy and have no space to harbor any ill feelings.

4) I love me so much and only want the best for myself.

Now, you don't have to already be a forgiving person to say #1. That's the whole idea. You're speaking it into existence-- that's what you want. You want to be more forgiving, loving, and able to let go and move on peacefully for self. When saying or writing out affirmations, always do so as if everything you're saying is in the present. No matter how far off it is or how extreme it seems, do it. Watch changes occur within your thought process and as a result of that, your life as well. 

Do you struggle with trying to be a more forgiving person? Why? What do you think is holding you back?

peace and blessings,

-Lyndsey 

 

 

Touristy Vibes Pt. 2

So, as i mentioned in my previous tourist for a day in my city  post, i was planning to follow up with another one. And another one. Anotha one *Dj Khaled voice*

I really never took time to look at things closely, or just revel in the simple beauty that surrounds me. Nope. Not anymore. I plan to do a lot more exploring. So, take a look at some more pics I took while i was out and about. Random frolicking equals:

because food is important. DAT DOG to the rescue. 

because food is important. DAT DOG to the rescue. 

i decided to slick my hair back this day and i felt unstoppable as a result lol.

i decided to slick my hair back this day and i felt unstoppable as a result lol.

it was only right...

it was only right...

mood. 

mood. 

peace and blessings,

-Lyndsey 

DJ Legatron Prime: Spinning Black Girl Magic

I’ve always had that musical touch—I’ve always loved music, i grew up in a household full of music. It was music all the time.
— DJ Legatron Prime

Hey y'all! I had the chance to sit down with the beautiful and talented Sage, aka DJ Legatron Prime. From spinning black girl magic to slaying everyday life with her bomb natural fro and hippy style, this girl is dope. Ironically, when she was leaving an art store with two of her friends, she mentioned how they HAVE to do dope shit. It's safe to say that she's doing just that, on and off the turntables.

This lip color is bomb, okay. She's wearing NYX full throttle lipstick in Night Crawler. 

This lip color is bomb, okay. She's wearing NYX full throttle lipstick in Night Crawler. 

Lyndsey: What inspired you to start DJing?

DJ Legatron Prime: My love for music, basically just wanting to use it to express myself. I've always had that musical touch-- I've always loved music. I grew up in a household full of music. It was music all the time. I had a radio and played it really loud, and probably annoyed everybody. And looking back on it, i think that was my way of DJing. I knew i wanted to do something in music but i didn't know what. I don't know how to make beats, i'm not an A&R, not a producer, things like that, i don't sing and i don't rap, but DJing is kind of my way to be in music. I love music. It's that joy and the pain, it's the happiness the sadness--it really takes you through a journey. Music connects you, pretty much your whole life to a certain feeling that you had. DJing is just my way of showing my creativity and love for music. It's my way of being outward instead of just inward.

What is your favorite genre of music and why?

I'm the biggest hip hop head. I love 90s hip hop-- Nas, Wu Tang, old Jay-Z, Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, Biggie, The Pharcyde. I really love that old sound. It's really authentic. And i love Beyonce, I love soul, but hip hop is where my heart thrives, all the time.

When you first started DJing, were you discouraged at all? Or did you go into it with the mindset that you knew that's what you wanted to do, point blank?

I've always kinda just knew. Of course there are outside factors and being talking (being opinionated) about it, but sometimes i think about it and be like, i wanna make a change. I feel like that's why i was put on this planet, to DJ amongst other things i do. When i put my mind to something, i'm gonna do it no matter what anyone has to say or how they feel. 

What does spinning black girl magic mean to you?

Spinning black girl magic is the empowerment to be the dopest at anything. If you're a construction worker or if you play basketball, sports or do anything male-driven that women aren't "suppose to" do, spinning black girl magic is just that hashtag you use when you're just on your shit. Doing (it) succeeding and prospering--that's spinning black girl magic. Basically just turning the naysayers and your haters into your watchers and supporters at the end of the day and just being magically dope in all aspects.

What is the do dope shit movement all about?

Do dope shit. I came up with that slogan [hashtag] on January 1, 2013. It was me and two of my homies, and we just came from the art store in Metairie. We went to this apartment that was under construction or whatever, just looking around, exploring, doing things we weren't suppose to be doing lol. At that point i was just looking around like, we have to do dope shit all the time. Do dope shit is, exactly what it is. Art shows, skydiving, doing things that are dope and out of the ordinary. As long as it's dope and bomb to you, it's dope period. 

If you could give your younger self (when you first started DJing) one piece of advice, what would you say?

It's a hell of a ride, it's a rollercoaster, but keep pushing--it gets better. Keep practicing and being true to yourself and keep being fearless in everything that you do. And practice, practice, practice lol.

What are some words of encouragement you have for any bomb ass girls out there trying to pursue their dreams and exemplify black girl magic in a major way?

To all my girls out there, keep moving forward--always stay humble. I've always been humble. Like, I would really cry if someone comes up to me and says,"Oh i love your mix!" like "aaaawwwww really?!" I'm humble because i know i can be knocked down to a point where I'm starting over again. Be humble and don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't do. Nobody is walking in your shoes except you.

Definitely make sure you connect with this bombshell on her social media accounts! She can be found on twitter and Instagram @legatronprime, and also check out some of her mixes on soundcloud here, and see what she's workin' with on her audiomack. You won't be disappointed (:

peace and blessings,

-Lyndsey