Taken Charge

"There is a difference between growing up being financially rich and being ethically rich.  Then there is getting yo a$$ whipped!"

 
Hey Butterflies!  Since the last blog, I have had a very tight schedule.  Juggling 3 part time jobs and spending time with my daughter on her visit to the states.  Since I make my own schedule, things worked out but here in Atlanta, if you take a day off you fall 2 weeks behind so I have been on the grind to play catch up.
 
Not being able to spend time with family had taken it's toll.  With what I thought was a growing relationship with me and my only sister seems distant again and I feel I have lost the communication line with my Mother.  That's hard to accept because we are not very close in the first place.  Just when I thought things would get better, I blame my lifestyle on this barrier.  Although when I look at my family and my upbringing I see such a great gap.  Reminding me of the days when I felt I didn't fit in their environment.  Not to say that any of us are better than each other because of the life paths we choose, it's just that there are some things that just don't make sense with us.  I think that's common with many families.  
 
I'm in no position to say what's best or what's bad, all I know is what I have taken from home are things that contribute to my means of survival.  Every time I messed up, it was followed by a butt whoopn' so I'm determined to not let that go down.  Life can whoop on you real good if you are not careful so I take my time on the decisions I make.  Not everyone can leave their home and risk taking chances on life but just like a good friend of mine said, "How can you really know who you are and what you were brought into this world to do without getting out into it taking the good and the bad and find what your true purpose of life is.  Your parents can only show you the world through their eyes.  It's not fair to you to take those visions and see the world the way they want you to see it.  You have to get out and have your own experiences, makes your own mistakes and learn from them in your own way."
 
I can not speak for my parents but to be fair I'm sure raising me was not a day in the park!  I was ruthless, rebellious, and random.  Even til this day I don't think my parents know who I am or what I may do.  So I guess what I'm saying is...  Even though I may not be able to be with them, I keep them in my heart.  Even if we are so different and have ups and downs I hope that we can all love one another the same...unconditionally!
 
Atlanta has been a great challenge and there is so much that I can do here.  The music project I'm working on is going great!   Im sure what I decide to release will be inspiring and uplifting to you.  It's hard to tell what you all will have to say about this new direction I'm going with my music but if you have followed my journey this far you will see that growing with me is worth something new!
 
To keep in shape, I thought I'd get back into tennis.  It's been so long but my coach says I'm ready so I'm looking into a league sometime in March.  Next to music, tennis is one of my favorite things and I love the fact that I'm able to get back at it like riding a bike! (See Pic Below)
 
Something else to share:  I grew up a Happy Meal kid, I thought I could never live without McDonald's and was so excited when I bought my first Big Mac.  As I got older I lost the taste for it.  Maybe because I read about by-product and gmos and all it's made of.  I have been on a vegan journey lately it has become more vegan than my 80/20 rule I've lived for years, 20 being the amount of sugar, meat and diary - 80 meaning all the good stuff I have enjoyed cooking!  I have been trying new recipes and just recently made a vegan Big Mac and replaced tuna.  The tuna is a big step for me because fish was a big part of my 20% diet.  You can not tell the difference at all!  It may be a while before I post it but feel free to follow my foodie blog.  http://tanealblogs.com/
 
Lastly, my eBay store is doing well!  I decided to list my first cd for sale considering I have a huge inventory and have had to tote these around everytime I moved.  In the meantime check out what else I have on sale!  http://www.ebay.com/usr/iwowvaluestore
 
Stay strong Butterflies!  The journey has just begun.  I can't wait to announce the cd release!
 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Mission Blockers

"The core or beginning (soul) is where things are created, received, perceived then attempted into the mind.  When outlets (eyes, ears, mouth, hands) become the possessor of this process, you are at risk of alternating your purpose with influenced thoughts and not the gifted ones."

 

Hey Butterflies!  I wanted to update you on the next step Im in on my journey.  There are a lot of different things going on and I will just bullet those at the end of this blog.  I was thinking about my move to Atlanta and all the new things I've learned even about myself and I'm glad that even though I have a rough time every time I step out the door, I come home feeling driven and confident.

 

I understand that it's hard out there for everyone but how are you facing your challenges?  How do you react when road blocks are thrown in front of you?  I decided to obey my last blog post and take those baby steps :)  Every step we attempt will be a challenge, so why not focus on what each step needs to get to the next one instead of worrying about the overall mission.

 

For example, I recently started an eBay store.  I have been planning to do it for many years.  A few weeks ago, my daughter and I sat down and thought of a name and what we would sell.  Once I logged onto my account and posted my first item, it only took 10 minutes!  Yes!  10 Minutes!  I can't believe how simple it was.  I was giving it too much thought and what I may need to get started without checking first.  So now I list an item and forget about it!  If I have any sells or something doesn't sell, I will get an email.  So I do not worry if it will be a success or not.  I take one step at a time from choosing the item I will list, hitting the publish button, corresponding to customer inquires, to shipping!

 

Before all this:  I spent a lot of time checking up on trends and news etc.  It is a good thing to stay updated but there were too many things and thoughts blocking me from what I should be doing at that moment.  There is a time for everything, so again each moment will count in every step I take!

 

Check out the links below for most of my current endeavors (links will open in a new window)!

TaNeal on IMDB

- iWow* eBay Value Store

- Another Facebook Page  posts about entertainment, comedy, DYI etc :)

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Baby Steps

Hey Butterflies!  Wow it's funny how time flies.

 

Last week I finally got the chance to go back home to Ohio after being in the A for more than 2 years.  I spent time with my family and it was a motivation that I needed!  It had me thinking about how I only planned to be here in Atlanta for 6 months now I live here...

 

Also I closed my storage, I set it up there before I left.  Good thing too because they have made about $2,500 off me for stuff I have not used since I opened it!

 

So now I have my things, my memories, my life...here to grow with me in Atlanta. 

 

Another good thing is that I have expanded my work space in my home studio.  Life is good with two systems.  One to send this to you, the other records my work!  It just feels like a bigger space although the dimensions have not changed. 

 

Source:  My Camera Phone

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

It only takes a second

Hey Butterflies!  Today was so interesting and scary that it deserves it's own blog!

 

One of my many jobs includes banquet serving.  Things can be stressful with any job and I understand walking a long distance with 40lbs of hot food can be hectic but I have never seen so much anger and hate in a workplace all my life.  Well, let me change that.  I know it's out there and I can sense bad energy from people but I just stay away from them.  I don't want to see anyone lose their job because I know what it feels like to not have money and how hard it is to find work these days but I had to say something to the temps that was working there.  You never know what someone is going through and just because you are mean, going through something yourself or just need spiritual guidance does not give you the right to be mean and disrespectful to anyone especially someone you don't know.  You never know who you are doing this too.  I'm not sure if this will change anything but hey it doesn't hurt to speak up it only takes a second!

 

On the way home, I witnessed a man in front of me on a motorcycle get hit but an SUV.  As soon as the light changed, he hit the petal to the metal, went to go right not paying attention and got hit hard.  He and the bike flew and flipped in the air.  I immediately called 911 and pulled over to the middle lane in front of the divide.  Then I had to gather myself.  He didn't move at all I'm not sure if he died or not.  If so, that would make the second time I saw someone get killed in front of me.  So scary!  I hope the man is ok and I have but still even more appreciate waking up everyday and that I'm safe.  You could lose your life at any moment it only takes a second!

 

I decided to stop at the spa to relax.  A lady walked in to check up on her Mom and handed me a flyer said she just opened her shop next door "Wings 101" a few days ago and that I should stop by.  I told her sure I look forward to it!  After my session, I went over.  It was dinner time and Lemon Pepper Wings sounded good anyway :)  When I walked in her cashier is the first person you see and this heffah not only gave me the once over, it was in super slow motion and she even lean a bit over the counter to get a view of my feet.  This made me feel very uncomfortable!  When the owner saw me her face lit up and she offered me free fries.  I told her she didn't have to do that, first of all I don't need all that starch but she insisted and I didn't want to offend her lol!  When she walked away, I told the cashier "Hey can I tell you something (I was gonna tell her anyway) She just opened a few days ago, and for a new business you want people coming back so you guys can stay open and keep your job.  Your beautiful face is the first thing people see when they walk through those doors and I noticed you gave me a nasty once over.  If I were you I wouldn't do that."  She didn't apologize but she said ok in a very sweet way.  After reading Joel Manby's "Love Works" it really enlightened me about a particular love that should be practiced in the work place.  So I encourage success.  I'm aiming for success so to give a critic on what someone can improve on but also give them a compliment only takes a second!

 

I'm sitting on my balcony with a glass of wine writing this blog and now all I can think about is how precious life and survival is!

 

Here is a picture I took right before the car accident.  The pic is kind of small it says "Fear Nothing B Strong"

Source:  My Camera Phone

 

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

Butterflies

You know what makes a Butterfly so special?  They are not willing to fail no matter how fragile they may appear to be.  They persevere through the toughest times.  No weather can kill their spirit.  I wanna thank those who came out yesterday to the Springfest especially those who showed me some love at my performance.  What a great time it was although it was raining but I held it down with my lil pink umbrella :)  We doin it fo sho!  Keep the Buzz going!  Spread the word about my music and new cd release this December 2013 "Rhythm & Blues!"

 

Congrats to the winner of the "TaNeal Live @ Sweet Auburn Springfest 2013" tshirt.  Representin the Midwest.  I love giving out gifts.  I also gave out a few cds to the folks around the stage that kept the party going!  I love yaw'll without you there is no show.  Bing :)))

 

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

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