Disclaimer: I'm not writing this to judge. And I know some people will disagree with me, but that’s life (Galatians 1:10). Before you come for me though, please make sure you read what I wrote and not what you think I meant.
This blog was hard for me to write.
I really wanted to defend Beyoncé, which is weird because I don’t usually stan for her like that. I’ve always respected her commitment to her craft, but am definitely not part of the Beyhive.
But in this case I wanted to defend her because artistically, Black Is King is FIRE. Genius. And I don’t use those terms lightly.
The level of artistic excellence, beauty, inspiration, and cultural diversity was absolutely stunning. Not only musically, but there were cinematic moments that literally took my breath away.
To see this real life adaptation of The Lion King, told through music and fashion, uplifting African culture and speaking empowerment over the entire Black race was...
So I watched the Red Table Talk with Jada and Will. The one where Jada "brought herself to the red table" to discuss her "entanglement" with August Alsina.
People are trying to paint this as a great resolution and a strong couple who's riding through it with each other. And if that's what you saw then ok. No judgement on my part.
But let me tell you what I saw…
I saw a woman refusing to call her affair a transgression or say she was sorry for it, despite the fact that it obviously hurt her husband.
I saw a man who no longer feels like the man in his household, playing one who does for the camera.
I saw a woman completely obsessed with how this journey made her better with no regard for how it hurt others.
I saw a man who has emotionally distanced himself from his wife, speaking out of obligation on her behalf.
I saw two people agreeing on a joke of "bad marriage for life" that wasn’t really a joke, and acting like they're both...
Disclaimer: I believe you can learn from anyone. Especially people who are doing what you want to be doing. So this email is not to imply otherwise.
That said, I'm done learning from people for a while.
Let me explain.
This weekend, on Saturday, I got up at 5:30am, left at six, and drove 3 hours to Austin, TX. My friend was in town for a conference for entrepreneurs and she had offered me her plus one ticket.
Even though I didn't really know the woman speaking, I'm always open to learn and thought it would be fun, so I said yes.
But despite driving three hours each way, I left the event at lunch time and headed home.
Because as I was sitting in the audience, I realized that almost every point she made, I already knew.
Not in an arrogant way. But a lot of it was already in the course I just got done filming!
The problem was, I still have so much I already know that I haven't implemented yet. (Marketing for the course, sales funnels,...
Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23
When I first read Proverbs 4:23 I was like, “YESSS! Finally one out of a million things I won’t have to change in trying to live this crazy, Jesus-follower life.”
Fast-forward to this week and God decided to show me that my interpretation of this scripture – and the excitement connected to it – wasn’t exactly correct. In hindsight He’s been telling me for about 3 months, but this was the week it all made sense. It wasn’t fun. At all.
But God, the Bible says to guard my heart! I mean, I know I’m supposed to love people*… but how do I do both at the same time?! I’m just trying to do what You say here… (Which really meant, “Please don’t take away one of the only Bible verses I don’t have to deny myself to agree with…”)
It’s funny because when I question God, He...
I've been thinking a ton about relationships since my last post. And it's crazy because as many things that happen in this world, nothing affects us more than the relationships we choose and the way we prioritize them.
I have some beautiful relationships in my life and there have been times this week when I was so grateful for them.
There were also times this week when something reminded me of a memory and it made my heart hurt.
It's definitely been an interesting one. So I figured for this email, I'd share a few things that I had to remind myself of along the way.
Relationship Rules to Remember...
1. Surround yourself with people chasing their dreams because some days, the fear of getting left behind is stronger than the motivation to succeed. But they both lead to the same place.
2. You can't make decisions for anyone. Some things you want to happen aren't yours to decide. Control your controllables...pray about everything else.
3. The people who...