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Adequacy

As of late I’ve been going through this entire process of figuring out life, especially considering I graduate in a few weeks. The only reason I moved to Denver is because I live with my parents, and so I’m like really anxious to save up money and go somewhere else; make my own path and find my own “home.”

So in the midst of everything I’m going through and in the process of realizing I have the power to start my own business offering my writing services, I ended up writing this poem about all the rejections writers face. We all get them. Some hurt, some help. I know I’ve had my fair share of high acclaim, as well as horrible rejection that makes you want to crawl up into a ball and shed tears.

But the good + bad have formulated a bold confidence in my work, my writing style, and my personality. I realized that even though the rejections can make you feel inadequate, you have to realize your worth and let the pain propel you to write even more.

Adequacy

Abyss of letters,
ink patiently fading away
as pounding tears shred the words to bits

Adequate words,
truths you were never the one
We chose someone else,
anecdotes for “failure”

Pain boiling in your soul,
tormenting fragments of words
dripping with blood
Simmering visions of defeat
enticing the dreams,
a land once polluted with happiness

You’re only a page away from truth,
heartbeat lying within your pen
is an “adequate” a pulse.

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Vloggin’ | Here We Go, Yet Again!

It’s been quite some time since I sat down and did a vlog (video blog), so today I was in the mood to knock one out. I actually did a few, but so far I’ve uploaded one called TS25: Here We Go, Yet Again!

In this vlog I talk about getting ready to graduate college and how I feel about my life, the direction I want to go, and just what I hope to do with these vlog series. I’d like to vlog more often and I really want to stick with it.

So here we go, yet again, I’m attempting to be regular with these videos. Apparently people enjoy watching them and love my personality, so at least it’s always exciting! Being shy is surely a word that can’t even be used to describe my personality, and on camera I love letting y’all see how I am in real life; I act like that every single day. The faces, the voices, the weird expressions…it’s all me!

Usually I end up going on rants about dating and being single, but I just don’t feel like wasting my time discussing that. It’s the same ole, guys lying about being married/having girlfriends, me not taking men serious, and just enjoying being single, focusing on me. No need to rant about it on camera…of course unless you guys want me to. LOL.

Alright, so yeah, stay tuned for more of these vlogs. I’m open to suggestions for topics.

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Vlog | Yes…I’m Back Again

It’s been a super long time since I’ve done a vlog, but yesterday the mood struck. I decided to use my web cam on my Macbook Pro and just express my thoughts on the past few months, losing weight, why I’m single, and what’s to come in my book.

If you haven’t watched one my previous vlogs, then this will be a great chance for you to get a sense of my personality which hopefully shines through in my writing. So peep the video below!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Awesomesauce: Spending the Day with Mom

I don’t many mothers that have “This Is How We Do It” as their ringtone and callertune. I also don’t know many moms who love talking about their days at the “disco” and funking it up to oldschool jams on a daily basis. Even when my mom isn’t funking it up to old school and poppin’ (she used to be an old school b-girl back in the day,) then most likely she is giving hilarious commentary on simple things. No moment with her is ever dull, especially when we hang out together and just don’t care what anyone thinks.

I mean last week we were at Shoppers and had a conversation about this loaf of bread and how hard it was. I totally told her that you could beat someone to death with the bread. We then discussed how the scene would go down and that the bread was a contender for a weapon of self defense. Seriously, that bread was insanely hard, ungodly even. But of course it’s not proper social protocol to discuss beat downs using bread, which explains why the people around us were staying all weird when I started being goofy and shaking the bread I was threatening an imaginary stranger….yeah, I’m weird.

If you think going to the grocery store is a series of potential mishaps and hilarious antics, then you should see us at Barnes & Noble. It’s quite epic, borderline legendary if I may so say. We always end up spending hours in the store providing hilarious commentary on titles, which then leads to eavesdroppers cracking up and joining our conversation. I can’t begin to tell you how many times my mom and I have been off in our own world, then all of a sudden are random bystanders starts laughing. We usually just keep going on about our business and randomly include them in the conversation.

Today’s random bystander happened to be this old guy who was cracking up at my commentary of this book I found. My mom and I perused the bargain section, and in the midst of all gazing, I ran across this book The Guide for Guys. Dude, this book actually has a compass built in it! Which is what I said out loud and the guy next to me started laughing. So I was like, “Hey, check out this book.” I handed the book to my mom and she began laughing. The 1940s vibe of the artwork is what made it such a great book. The guy then jumped in and said, “Boy, I’d like to hear your opinion on that book. Men are so simple. Boobs and gadgets, that’s all they care about.” We both began laughing and I was like, “Yup, all you need are boobies and gadgets, so this guide is a waste of time. But it does have a compass!” Then he discussed how he preferred science books, and then my mom and him began discussing science while I wondered off towards this book called Made in America.

Cracking up at the title of some of these books and board games we saw are what made the experience such a blast. We have such blunt commentary and are unforgiving in our approach to life. Out of all the things we found though, I will have to see the board game section was a delight! I totally should have bought that game above, but I think I’d probably laugh myself into a coma. It’s rare that I ever laugh super hard, but the other day I almost died watching this YouTube clip of a man falling up an escalator. I know it was wrong to laugh, but I don’t think he got hurt. He just liked changed his mind, but it was too late…the escalator was already going up. To make things worse, he holds onto the handrail the entire time. HAHAHA, classic! When I first saw it tears went strolling down my eyes and my mom was cracking up. I almost laughed myself into a coma. It was an epic moment.

The power of YouTube is amazing. The only reason I ran across the old man was because I told my mom( she’s anemic) that she needed to get her stuff together and start taking her vitamins. I told her that if she didn’t, she was going to end up like Mr. Glass from Unbreakable. She burst into laughter and then brought up the scene from the movie where Samuel Jackson falls down that long flight of stairs and breaks. That was such a sad scene in that movie, but man Samuel Jackson should have taken them steps a little slower. SMH….a hot mess. That dude actually broke into pieces! So I told her she needed to take her vitamins and get her muscle strong so she didn’t break; conversation lead to watching the scene on YouTube and then seeing the old man fall. Random, right?

Ah, I could go on and on about the random things my mom and I do, see, and say. It’s truly awesomesauce spending time with her and just enjoying life. There isn’t any gullible tomfoolery, no mother-daughter rivalry like Mike Epps says, and there isn’t any boundaries. She tells me about her days at the disco, and I can candidly express my opinions on anything and everything. It’s such a great time bounding with her, and I cherish every random moment we freak people out in public. Man, it’s awesome making people uncomfortable with our blatant humor and confidence. Ah, good times….

Such a serious scene, but it was so hilarious. Now I always remind my mom that if she doesn’t take her vitamins for her anemia, then she gonna end up like Mr. Glass. So she laughs really hard and rushes to go take her vitamins and says, “I ain’t made of glass!”

Hilarious video of man falling up escalator. Seriously, I laughed insanely hard when I first saw this. I think the guy didn’t get hurt, but it’s like dude what happened? It’s like he changed his mind and decided not to go up, but it was too late.

Lol. Glad me and my mom aren’t like that.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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I’m Not a Digital Artist

You ever have those moments in life, where you step outside of yourself and say “What the hell was I thinking?” Well last night was one of the moments for me. Of course it’s impossible to step outside of yourself(or is it), but I did have one of those moments where I felt as though my soul jumped out of my body and looked it me, then shook it’s head and walked off. Blame it on my vivid imagination, but seriously, it was one of those moments where I needed to be slapped.

I had the grandiose idea to try my hand at a 30 day free-trial of Adobe Creative Suite. I figured it would be a piece of cake, so I proceeded to download it. In my mind, I thought it would be pretty simple to work. I had taken some graphic design lessons before, and taken into account my natural artistic ability, I assumed I could do a few tutorials and be on my way to eventually being a pro. Well, I was wrong…oh so wrong!

I found some basic tutorials for beginners and couldn’t get anything to turn out the way it was supposed to. I spent about two hours trying to do one simple task. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get it together. I got so upset, I just got up and walked away. A lot of things come pretty easy for me in life, such as painting, drawing, acting, academics, writing, and even flirting and attracting me; but digital art is the one thing I can honestly say I don’t have a knack for.

I know that I’m good at a lot of things, but I’m also able to admit that there are things I’m horrible at. So, I’m willing to admit that I suck at using Adobe Creative Suite. I’ve tried before in the past to use it and I just couldn’t get it together. But, I also think it’s due to the fact that I just don’t have a desire internally to become really good at using it. I may be tech savvy in a lot of other areas such as WordPress and even creating simple flyers using MS Word, but being a digital artist is not my area of expertise.

Everyone has their different strengths and weaknesses, which is what makes our society such a beautiful place. One person may be amazing at graphic design, whereas another person might be a great fine artist. Instead of stressing over not being naturally talented at digital design, I decided to just admit defeat and pat myself on the back for my other natural talent. I’m a traditional artist. I’d rather grab the paint, the pencils, the canvas, and let my hand guide the creative direction. I don’t like when I’m not in control on artistic level, which is why using Adobe freaks me out! I literally felt like the world was going to fall apart, but luckily my mom gave me some great advice to calm me down.

It’s okay to admit that I’m not good at graphic design, but I make up for it with my writing and my artwork. Instead of beating myself up over my failed attempt at using Adobe Photoshop, I grabbed my pencils and begin drawing. If I’m not writing, then I’m probably in my room drawing or painting. I have to go to my strength in life. That saves a lot of time and avoids the unnecessary hassle. Of course there are things that people aren’t good at and they should conquer them if they want to, but being a digital artist isn’t my passion. I’d rather be traditional in my approach and keep doing art as a hobby on the side. It keeps me sane, the same way writing on a daily basis keeps me sane.

Yesterday’s confusion and frustration truly reminded me that I’m a writer and a traditional artist. I have a lot of things I’m good at, and a lot of things I’m not good at. But the things I’m good at should be the things I focus on. So there is no point in stressing out over Adobe Photoshop. Instead, I’m going to keep being the best writer I can be for myself and a great artist in my spare time. Digital art is not for me and that’s okay. I love getting all messy and covered with paint and pencil shavings, it’s the messiness that makes creating so much fun!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com