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I was arrested as an undergraduate college student for refusing to follow the orders of a police officer because they were in violation of my rights.
I can remember being prepared to fight for my life. I can remember how bad the handcuffs hurt and how they got tighter every time I moved.
I remember how the officer hit every pothole on the way to the precinct.
I was detained for a few hours and then released in the middle of the night after they were unable to formulate any charges against me.
I walked back to my dorm.
I never told my mama.
I have been working hard the past few months. My aim is to increase the amount of time and energy I put into my health, my spirituality, and my business. This journey is not a paved road. Losing weight is a challenge. Getting in 3-4 workouts a week is my goal. So far I've been successful. I'm trying to end my relationship with the scale but I can't bring myself to do it. I know that the number it displays is not an accurate depiction of my health or the hard work I'm putting in but something about it motivates me. So yeh, me and Tyrone (my scale) are going to keep trying to make it work.
Spirit told me a while ago that I was not disciplined enough. After some reflection on this message I think this applies to several areas of my life. One of the downsides to having the amount of creative energy that I do, is that it's sometimes hard to focus on one thing until completion. Discipline. I need to be more disciplined. So the month of October is dedicated to actually completing projects. I'm debuting a new online course this month so I really need to focus so I can just get it out. I've done most of the work but there's a lot still to be done! I try to aim for balance but something always gets neglected. In a perfect world I'd have a housekeeper and a personal assistant to handle the logistics of organizing my life. It could happen.
I showed my "therapist" ( she's really a clinical social worker) my overwhelming To-Do list and she helped me narrow it down to the three things I mentioned above so that I can have some peace. Being able to have someone understand how my mind works and assist me in moving at a normal pace is invaluable. Y'all just don't understand. Sometimes I feel like I'm going at light speed. My brain is like the night sky on the Fourth of July. Synapses firing on overload with creative ideas, tasks, and a never-ending diatribe of what I need to be doing at any given moment. So, although I sought out professional services for other reasons, I've extremely benefited from help in this area of my life.
My aim is for 2015 to be the most productive year of my life to date. I released my first book on my birthday. My online course came shortly after. Then I buckled down after a heart-to-heart with my mentor Romal and designed my new and improved website. I've traveled to Africa twice, speaking to students and teachers. I'm releasing another online course this month and I've decided to close out the year with my spoken word/poetry album. Plan is to release that on Christmas day. This is nothing compared to what some people are able to produce in a year but it's everything to me.
To all my fellow creatives out there, how do you manage your creativity? Any strategies for working on your ideas through completion? Let me know!
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Kanika: Poet. Lover of Words. One who tells the stories of the mundane and inanimate. Bearer of Light, Water, and Sky.