20 😬 Is it too late to “take backsies”?

It’s my birthday 🎉  yeah yeah whoop-de-do! And I embraced in this new age by lying in my bed, cuddling my stuffed 🦄  Mallow, and watching anime on my phone.

Yes, I’m now 20… going on 5.😝

But like, do people even #birthday anymore? Lying there contemplating my life, a part of me just feels truly grateful and blessed. It’s sad how sometimes you just don’t appreciate it that much, you know? Life. That is. Especially waking up to the tragic news about the attack in Manchester.

I want to send out my sincerest condolences to those affected by the tragic event in Manchester. Sending all love ❤️ and positive vibes, and keeping you in my prayers 🙏🏾 

And reading Bob Lefsetz recent post on The Lefsetz Letter. He wrote something that really resonated with me.

“We don’t blink, We go on.”

*You can check out the post by following the link above or here.

Each year as I moving forward and get older, I realize you don’t know what’s going to happen. You can’t control everything and the fleeting, simple moments that seem the most insignificant, are probably what you will look back at as you keep growing.

Well, I do. I don’t particularly care for some of the fickle things I wanted or craved or drove me insane. I don’t have the same priorities, goals, and dreams. I don’t think as unrealistically as I used to. I’m learning as I go, and that’s okay. I know what I want, where I’m going, although how I’ll get there I don’t know. And that’s okay!! But most of all, I would like to be content and happy.

You’re  probably like, okay? 🎶 What do you mean? 🎶

What’s that?  How’s that?  How you going to achieve that? WHAT IS HAPPINESS EVEN??Oh, wait… that’s just me. lol, 🎉 internal battles. 🎉

But walevvvaaa. I’ll figure it out. I’m just glad to be home for it all, so imma throwback it back a bit #reminiscing 💜

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The Confessions of a Self-diagnosed Insomniac…

It’s been an interesting set of days.. my weekend was as up and down as the weather that graces Saint Paul. First, it’s sunny and warm, ☀️ then foggy and grey ☁️ but suddenly lo and behold the heavens open and it’s raining ☔️. But the worst is the wind!🌬 So unforgiving sometimes…

However, yesterday was a really good day for a Monday. It was like one good thing after another. And today I woke up a bit frazzled by my alarm 🤗 but then remembered I have a 10 AM keyboard 🎹 lab.

You know the feeling you get when you know you get to stay in bed longer? 😌 Yup. I don’t even have to go for that class! We’re doing a unit test or something like that and my spot is on Thursday. 😝 So I don’t have to stress about being in school until 12 PM when I clock-in to work. 🎶 Gots to make that 🥓baaae-caaan🥓 🎶 
In general, I’ve been in a really good mood for the past for days and I’ve been wondering why? And apart from other factors that will be divided at a later time, I realised… Aii… I’ve been going to bed early.

And it clicked!

Aki sleeping early and just sleep is so good for you man! Eish! Who knew….apparently a bunch of people cause the do it too!!!

So here are 5 reasons* to sleep early:

  • It’s healthy! 

Yes yes, very good for health. Make you live longer. Contrary to belief (mine), sleep loss is linked to a bunch of serious health problems like ❤️ disease, diabetes & obesity. Stress could be one of the reasons you can’t sleep… and I’m pretty sure that can lead to high-blood pressure… which I’m pretty sure could lead to a 💔 attack… which I don’t think anyone wants… 😬

  • I can think 💭 clearly now…

The fuzz is gone…Yup. That confusion and fuzz you get after very few hours or a bad night’s sleep… not so much. Sleep deprivation makes it harder for us to perform simple logical tasks. I guess that’s why when you’re tired 😴, you’ll sometimes find yourself doing something that could kill ☠️ or you can’t remember what it is you were meant to do🤷🏾‍♀️. We all stay/ have stayed up for different reasons. Be it binge-ing, bumping at the club, or being productive. As a creative, this is when the cogs start turning and churning, and ideas 💡 seem to flow freely. Well, that’s how it is for myself. It’s when I more creatively aware. But the lack of sleep can take a huge toll on you. It can affect your performance and *sssegway to next point 💃🏾*

  •  Judy Moody? No More!

…Totally affect your mood!!! I can’t lie…eh nevermind that. Anyway, I’ve been a total grinch of late but the last few days my mood has really improved and even a few of my friends have noticed.

“Why is that?”

“Oh nothing really…I’ve just been doing this thing called going to bed early!”

People notice when your mood changes… even slightly sometimes. But it’s different when you notice because you get to realise how you were acting and reacting before. No one wants to be around someone who’s always negative or down all the time. It’s draining. And even though you don’t care 🤷🏾‍♀️ your still affecting those around you which comes back to you anyway…

🎶 what goes around…goes around..goes around comes all the way back around!! 🎶 

  • Let’s talk about….

Better sex apparently!!!! If you don’t get enough sleep, how can you expect to brag about “hour you could go for hours” or whatever it is people say these days… 😂 Some relationships tend to dwindle or lose their spark because couples just aren’t with it anymore… woii.

  • Forgetful much?

Yes. Very. And so imagine my surprise when I could actually remember some of the stuff that I struggled with before! Sometimes it’s not easy to recall certain things to memory like, that one thing the shopping for the house 🏡 (there’s ALWAYS that one thing on the list you’ll forget) or that show you wanted to see.

  • WHY NOT!!

Yes… that’s 6. I can count. But it makes the…. point 😂

Why not get some sleep. Take a nap. Settle down for a siesta…
Does this mean I’m not going to binge watch anime at 2 AM? No... You know your schedule best… so work with it.

As some wise guy once said,

“Early to bed, early to rise; makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

Ennaira 💜  🙈

*5 Reasons inspired by WebMD.com or you know… Google is your friend.

“She’s got tickets…”

So.. First off! Heh! Just guess what ya girl’s doing tonight? 😝

So at about 3 AM, through squinted eyes 💀 , as the dim light of laptop searing and burning my precious orbs; the angels 🙌🏾  sang from the heavens in the form of an email, from none other than Sue Breeezzzzzy!! And the show? *drrrrrruuummm rrooolllllll annnddd crash! 🥁maxresdefault

ARIANA GRANDE
Dangerous Woman Tour

Opening acts by:
Victoria Monet
Little Mix

03.16.17
Xcel Energy Centre
Saint Paul, MN

I feel I should explain. 🤗
One thing I’ve really come to love about going to a music college is this…

Once in a while, if you’re favourite artist’s in town, or a show where there were probs tickets left over – and you want to go, but have no means? There is always promise.🙏🏾

The emails usually pop up, quite nonchalantly – with the show’s artwork and some details about it. AND… ☠️ the unsettling feeling ☠️ of the next possible Hunger Games 🔪 . #NoJoke It’s like if you threw a steak at a bunch of starving dogs, deprived of social whims due to the inevitable black hole that is their gut..or wallet… (So basicallyme.) I may have.. diverted a little. HE! Aki though! Have you ever responded to an email so fast and then realised, they won’t see it till later? 🤣  That disappointment jo…but;

Here’s a valid list of reasons to go:

  1. It’s f*ckin’ 👏🏾  SPRING 👏🏾  BREAK! 👏🏾
    (I just keep saying this hoping it will give it some meaning #smh🙃)
  2. Ariana Grande 🙌🏾
  3. I’m going to be doing something… 🤔
  4. Ariana Grande LIVE!? 😳
  5. I get to go with Smithy… 😆 #TurnUp
  6. Um… f*ckin’ ARIANA GRANDE! 😶  😳  😵  😫  😝 😆 🤣  😂  😄

Okay. I’m good.  😎

Personally, I think she’s great.  Like, the girl can SING! I love her vocal techniques, maybe not all but girls got the runs. LOL! I mean she’s got some amazing runs. (those vocal thingies singers do with oooOOOoohhhh aaAAAaAhhhh shiii-) But she’s got a really strong set of pipes, HER RANGE! ugh! So beautiful I can’t. (so jealous.. can you steal someone’s vocal chords? I’d honestly go all Ursula on the girl!! #OneTime) And I’ve seen a bunch of videos of her live and she seems to have a good stage presence, good technique. I love watching other musicians/artists on stage!  Because as a musician myself, it’s like a learning experience as well as a performance by an artist I like. Talk about a #WinWin? 🏆

I enjoyed some of the music from her first few albums, songs like “Honeymoon avenue” ,“Right Here” ft. Big Sean from her 1st studio album, “Yours Truly”;,  and “Only 1”, and of course who can forget “Bang Bang” ft. Jessi J & Nicki Minaj 💜  from her 2nd, “My Everything” – just to name a few, will always be personal favourites of mine because they just sounded kinda retro and old skool 👾 . Her earlier music was nice and jammable, even though it had a bubble-gum processed feel to it. This can be argued however because that is what was more popular. Don’t tell me you never jammed to “The Way” ft. Mac Miller. #GuiltyPleasure!! Although , I love what she did with 😈  “Dangerous Woman”💃🏾. !!
The single itself (oh that acapella version! #dead 👻 ), and the ALBUM!!🔥 🔥, in my opinion, #litty! So, she’s had some not-so-great hits but she’s also put out some chart-topping chunezz. Yeah Yeah! So she sounded a little Mariah in the beginning… but you know.. we could be #petty and bring up incidences…😂 . Plus, I do feel like her sound has matured and has a different sound and vibe going of late. I dig it.🤘🏾

She’s also come from far…From those nickelodeon days that she honestly looks so #whitewashed, and now she seems more comfortable in her skin! 💃🏾 She’s slaying! 👸🏾 !
She’s a f*ckin’ bombshell AF! 💁🏾  A woman forging a path and creating a career for herself and staying STRONG💪🏾 ,being a total BOSS 💰 , and looking GREAT 👠  doing it – in an industry that can be so cruel, especially to women.

👏🏾   YES! 👏🏾    BOO!  👏🏾   DO  👏🏾   YOU!! 👏🏾

Anyway…super STOKED! I did/am doing a cover of “Side to Side” by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj, that I will be releasing, although but there is a twist to it! So that’s my plan for the day. Then, just picking up my tix, and doing laundry! #Ugh! 🙄  Be sure to FOLLOW my socials below to catch that and the rest of my day! Let’s just see how it goes…🤷🏾‍♀️.

Oh but, remember darlings… 😉

                                                               “All the best things in life are free” 
– Luther Vandross.

Ennaira 💜  🙈

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