Holla!

"Freedom of speech is not absolute but it works!"

 

Hey Butterflies!  Hope you are enjoying life today.  After having a conversation with a lady in line at the post office, I thought I would share something.  As a consumer, If something breaks take it BACK to the store, if you have another problem write a letter to the company.  Some people probably don't take the time to do this because the lady I talked to said she is so busy that she didn't realize speaking up can make things right and will also help the companies.  Otherwise leave it to them to pay people like me who get paid to do case studies :)  The point of this is that I call, write or email companies when I'm interested in their service or products and especially if I have a problem with it.   You invest in them so if something is wrong, contact them and let them know.

 

On another note, I love meeting new people and have no problem building relationship with them.  Now in business, I do business with people who I know I can trust.  In 2007, I found In House Digital online when I got ready to manufacture my first cd.  I called them after reading the "About Us" section on their website and then signed up to receive a catalog.  I was pleased with the final product and I emailed them to let them know.  After sharing things and getting to know them and the owner Mike DiCosola who is a great business man, he invited me to perform at his Halloween Party West of Chicago.  Good Times!  In House Digital is no longer in business but Mike and I still network.  My new manufacturers are Disc Makers and I love their service too!  I network with the CEO Tony Van Veen and he is a great business man. as well!

 

So as a reader I'd like to know from you, what you think about my blog?  You can even ask questions and share your opinions on my music career as well.  Send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  I will also add you to the mailing list.  I'm planning to set up an email blast again.  It's been a while since I've done that.  Anyway, hey check out my latest inquiry to Glade.  They responded quickly on my concerns and sent me a few coupons.  Sweet!

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

 

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Thankful

"Just like a caged bird who dies because his mate died, I will die without music."

 

Hey Butterflies!  I'm sorry for the delay on blogs.  I wanted to do two a week but again the "Atlanta Situation" became a problem for a hot second.  That's what I call it now instead of talking about it when I talk to my family.  They already know it's not good if I say that.  Anyway, it is interesting to see how people never stop with the drama no matter how much you try to help them see outside of the box.  The world is not so big when it comes to people who are so disrespectful and mean to one another.  I'm a sweet person yes but don't dig so deep that you dig up my alter ego Hennessey.  I do not need to act hardcore when I'm a lyricist.  I kill with words then bury with silence and I think that's what starts the drama or shall I say mind games.  I do not have time for this crap, this is not a challenge.  I will continue to reach my goals no matter if you reach yours or not so what is the game here?  Distraction!  That's all it is to me.  With the music project, finishing school and working I only hear Blah Blah Blah from haters!

 

I had to vent a little, it's healthy.  I may as well because that is the only healthy thing I'm doing today.  I will be starting this afternoon on this feast.  You have to start early so you don't over eat in one sitting :)  What I cooked to put on the table: 

  • Chocolate Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Bit Yo Tongue Candied Yams
  • Kick Yo Mama in the Knee Potato Salad

I will probably take pictures and post them in my "What I Crave, I Cook" photo album on facebook CLICK HERE to see the other pics if you haven't already.

 

Wishing you all a Happy Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm Thankful for you my frans and family and everyday I survive and get one step closer to reaching my goals!  Look what I got in the mail the other day and the new preamp is on the way.  So yes, I'm VERY Thankful!

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

 

B#

"As you walk the earth, some say if you stop and listen you can hear the music of the world."

 

Hey Butterflies!  I'm sitting on the deck today with a glass of wine and watching the farmers at work.  You should see how proud and peaceful they are.  I was talking to one of them yesterday, and I thought I would share some things he said.  The first thing people have to realize is that if there were no farmers, we wouldn't have fresh meat and produce to buy at the market.  Their dedication to farming and the process of raising animals is the same as we should see life as entrepreneurs.  You have to first believe in what you are doing.  Believing is motivating and others see that in your work.  Second, you have to know what you're doing.  Doing research and staying up on the latest developing tools is important to keep up with the world and how it changes every day.  Thirdly, you have to love what you're doing.  You cannot expect for others to love your work if you do not love it.

 

Lastly, beware of your attitude and how you approach people.  Whether if it's someone you just met on the street or a potential business partner, you never know how or when you will see them again.  Attitude is key over all the other things the farmer had to share with me.  I remember as a kid, one of my teachers use to always talk about how we carry ourselves and how we saw the world would change for the worse if we did not want to view the best things life had to offer.

 

While on your journey of finding yourself and finding how you fit in the world, consider those people who are walking around laughing and smiling.  Do you ever wonder why they are so happy?  No one really talk about these people.  How come they are so happy when others are so angry?  Do they think they are better than everyone else?  No, not at all.  The thing is that they not only have found their place in the world but they give back with the pride they have worked so hard to find.  These are the people I love to meet because they make me feel happiness is ok.  It's ok to be proud.  It's ok to love life and what you are doing to make the world a better place.

 

We are listening, so sing out loud!

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal ƸӜƷ

 

Ole Granny

Hey Butterflies!  Hope your week went well so...Happy Friday Woohoo!

 

I'm not making any promises here, but two blogs week on Humpday and Friday sounds good right?

 

Ok so I don't know what it is about me and ole grannies but the first encounter a lady tripped me and I fell down a few steps before I caught myself by the rail and lost my shoe.  Seeing that shoe fall made me think...if I didn't have the thought to catch myself, phew!  The second time a lady hit me with her cane :(

 

Well today as I was going into the grocery store, a lady backed out of her parking space too fast for most people to think but I jumped onto the back of her car.  She jumped out and said,

"You need to be careful in these streets little girl!"  I wanted to say :First of all, I'm not a little girl:

I said humbly, "Mam, this is a parking lot."

She replied, "Well, you still should watch where you're going!"

 

What just happened here?  At first, I felt the need to tell her I have the right-a-way, but then I felt like :Yes Mam, I'll watch where I'm going:  Believe me, I'm just as confused as you are!

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal εїз

 

We R Family

"People so quick to judge you because they can't see themselves in a mirror!"

 

Hey Butterflies!  It's been too long since I've written a blog but it's time because I have some things to say that I'm sure you can relate to. 

 

I may have wrote about how hard I'm working but unfortunately there are some people *COUGH* family... who choose to send dumb inbox messages on facebook like they don't have my number to call or text....instead of READING my blogs to find out what I'm up to.  So I'm gonna blog more in hopes they will find time to stalk me here on taneal.com rather than on facebook!  We already know the world is cruel and judgemental but I'm getting tired of blood being the worse of them all!  I can feel the sideways smile when I look at their messages.  I'm sure they could care less about what I'm doing.  They just want to be nosey.  Also, them inboxing me asking for favors I can not commit to.  Since they do not know how busy I am, I guess they assume I play around on the internet all day waiting for them to contact me again...on FACEBOOK asking me to do something for them.  *SIGH*  With that said, I have decided to no longer respond.  It's hard and trust me, I feel bad but even when I try to explain to them that I can not help them, they make me feel guilty.  But hold up...where were they when I was sleeping in my car...?  Hmmm?

 

Don't get me wrong, I want to have a closer relationship with my extended family but we have taken different paths in life and a lot of things they post on their facebook is too negative for me to get wrapped up in.  So I know talking to them would be a distraction.  I do not feel bad about the decisions I've made to get my business and music career off the ground, and holding down several jobs to make these dreams come true does not give me time to sit and listen to their problems all day.  Although I hope they find a hobby or do something for themselves that they can be proud of.  We all have to do that, it's a way to success and success brings happiness.  I'm grateful I have been blessed to know what this is and how it feels.  So I want others to be just as happy thats why my music is uplifting and motivational.

 

What I have been writing lately talks about moving on and climbing to reach a higher goal.  I can't wait until it's done.  I'm so excited about opening up more and the producer I'm working with, Big Fuzzz is amazing.  Under his direction, this project is sure to be fire!  We got some new beats Poppin' and we got an A-list of contacts for this project as well, in hopes to get some good song-writing gigs.

 

Back to family, let me be clear that I'm NOT talking about my parents or siblings.  Since I have been here in Atlanta, my inner circle family have become closer.  My sister and I talk almost everyday and I talk to my parents every week.  Things got so bad down here and hearing their voice healed me.  Especially since I have felt so alone when things got slow and I was struggling big time!  Talking with them is worth more than any "Save Me" money.  But they know that I'm too proud to ask for help.  If things REALLY get bad, I'm grateful to know I can always go home if need be.  Not too many people have that so I wanted to say thank you to my parents and my sister for being such a great support.  They still don't know most of what I'm doing but it's cool.  They damn sure know I'm busy and understand.

 

You most of all are just as important to me!  You know more about me than anyone I grew up with because you buy the music and read the blogs.  That's why I call you my Frans (Fans who are also friends).  Thank you so much for supporting me in this journey!  And definitely thank you for letting me vent :)

 

Did you know, you can signup to taneal.com and leave comments?  I'd sure like to hear some of your family drama stories so I don't feel like I'm the only one who think family get on your nerves, lol!

 

Peace and Blessings

TaNeal εїз

 

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