A Book Review of: “What the hell am I supposed to do with my Life” by Krystal Chong

It was a bitter sweet moment when I came to the end of this amazing book. I was dying to finish it but at the same time when I did finish it, I wanted more. More of her hilarious stories. Man they had me bursting out loud while reading that I remember my dog looking up at me as if to say: “What the hell is wrong with this woman?!” lol

So here is a little back story…I learned of krystal’s book on Women’s Day when, the best book store in town, (big up BOOKOPHILIA!) had featured¬†her on their Instagram page. When I saw the book I knew immediately that I had to have it… I just KNEW I neeeeded it! LIKE NOW! I wanted to leave work and run to the store that very same moment but alas, I had to wait until 4:30pm. BUT! When the time finally came, I rushed over the to the store for my copy…. only to then be crushed…. “Like a banana under a cement trucks wheel” ūüėČ I was soo heart broken to learn that they didn’t actually have any copies of her book in stock at the moment… The post had mis-lead me… *Sigh* So I had to wait even longer to receive this book I knew I so badly needed.

After the crushing news, I immediately messaged Krystal on her Instagram page hoping that she would respond, but not expecting. At the time, I figured she would be too busy to respond to the likes of some random and overly zealous fan like me. Imagine, I hadn’t even read the book yet! (wait till I actually finished! HA!)

To my relief, and great surprise, she DID respond and man oh man was I happy! What made it even better is that she told me that she had sent SIGNED copies ANNNNDDDD that they had special quotes in them! OMG my excitement seriously just went up like 3 notches! I love quotes and I get to have a signed copy by her too??!! Yippiieeee!

Over the next few days, I stayed in touch with her and Bookophilia to find out when EXACTLY they got the books and can I tell you, the moment they had them I rushed to the store… in the middle of the work day, I didn’t give a crap. I NEEEDED that book like a fish needs water lol. That’s literally how I felt… Crazy much? lol meh that’s me and I love it. The store opens at 10:00am. I was there at 10:02am, ready to go through all their copies just so I could choose the quote that was best suited for me. I didn’t care if she had sent 10 copies or 100 copies I was going to go through them all! Luckily it was only 10 so I didn’t leave the office for too long lol.

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The Big Move…#newbeginnings #newadventure

OK guys. Here it is‚Ķ It‚Äôs a long read so just warning you…I’ve been dropping a lot of hints about my #newbeginnings and #newaventure recently and many of you have been asking and pushing me to “buss di secret” lol …. and there are a few I have been itching to tell. These past 2 & 1/2 weeks have been quite liberating as I have made a pretty huge life decision…. Most of you know that I have been working with my dad at Tent City Rentals for the past 4 yrs (close to) and planning for me to take over; but there are times in life when things just keep nudging you and knocking on your door that you are scared to acknowledge or open. That is what was happening to me for quiet sometime…. Sooo what’s my big secret/ new adventure?

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Life is a crazy ride…

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”Eminem

In googling for top quotes about life I found this one. It’s not by anyone say, like Einstein or some other historic figure, but a very real and down to earth “average Joe” individual. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who said it,…. the point is that it’s a very real and powerful fact about life.

Sadly what sparked this entry is finding out this morning that a friend of mine who sadly I did not keep up with as much – now I wish I did, had a stroke and is not doing so well. She is just 3 yrs older than I am. It has scared the living daylights out of me. Really has hit home for me and I am a little sad/ embarrassed that it took this to hit home…………..

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That was the start of this entry a year ago…….

I am ashamed to admit that it did not get finished and published….but I’m back to finish it and not for a good reason either…..July 10 – 13 2016 was another terrible one for the books…

Here in Jamaica a few of my good friends lost a very dear friend of theirs to suicide….. and following that the Orlando Shootings…..50 dead.. 53 injured. What the actual FUCK is going on in the world??!!

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Life is Ever-Changing…

Hey guys,

So¬†one¬†morning I did a little voice recording of me… talking.. It was pretty strange to me as it was the first time but I was inspired in that moment to do a blog post and well clearly I couldn’t since I was driving. (Inspiration sometimes comes at the most awkward times… lol)

I have been tossing up wether I will post that recording or if I will just refer to it as a transcript. Maybe the later for now as it’s the first one and kinda raw and needs some editing.

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Anyhow, for the past 2 mornings I have changed my route to work as the one I took before, though relatively quicker, was 5x more stressful! There is this one long strip (Barbican Road for those who live here) where the traffic is but it moves, which is good. The issue is that, on that road there are two side roads where cars take advantage of ANY inch of space between you and the car in front of you. So sometimes 6 people drive out on you at one time causing me to curse and get angry, blow my horn while simultaneously watching for: 1. Not hitting the car in front of me when I try to close the space to not let them in. 2. Make sure I don’t let them in while also making sure I don’t get hit by them! And 3. Hoping and praying the person behind me doesn’t hit me!

The drivers on the Jamaican roads have no respect for the law or anyone else for that matter. There is simply too much stress to deal with on the roads. This sends my BP sky high, and I start my mornings with anger and frustration! Really not the best way to start days and it affects the rest of the day too because the drive home is the SAME bloody ordeal, so I changed that route as well. Nah sah! mi cyan tek it no more. I have found 2 other routes that yes have a little more traffic but they are 10x LESS stressing and that’s what I need in my life right now. Less stress. I have too much emotional stress happening with me. One (1) major stressor being the fact that my mother and I are not on speaking terms.. my choice. why? Well simply because quite frankly she doesn’t give a damn that she has hurt my feelings and does not see the need or reason to apologise. I don’t care that it’s a mother daughter relationship. It is a basic aspect of respect from one human being to another. (Anyhow, now and here is NOT the time for that discussion)¬†Two (2) Being work as it is a very rough time right now and (3) being the fact that my bestie has moved away for a year and my social life has literally DROP DEAD dwl. (Not trying to make you feel guilty – mi just luv yuh)

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Heaven On Earth

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“HEAVEN ON EARTH”

Everyone has that little place somewhere in their world that is sacred to them; somewhere that they hold very close to their hearts; a place that some may call “Heaven on Earth.” For me it is my grand parents home in the hills of Jamaica called “Stepping Stones” (and recently the two bedroom apartment called “Pebbles.”) How cute are those names!

This place has been present in my life for.. well…. all of it. It was my get-away spot during my childhood. My cousins and I had a spot that we called “The End of the World” which was, at the time, a flat piece of land that had one hell of a view (almost 360) of the mountains of Jamaica. It was the best¬†spot to go to when I was feeling down. It was the perfect spot to sit and look out and just reflect on life. I was heart broken when the owners built their house on it as i felt that a piece of me was taken. But, alas, ¬†nothing I could do. They have one hell of a view I tell you. I miss that little spot.

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Nothing Before Its Time

Why It Might Be Time to Redefine Marriage

Maybe the one-size-fits-all model has become obsolete.

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/relationships/labor-of-love-rethinking-institution-marriage?xid=soc_socialflow_facebook_realsimple

Please listen to the podcast prior to reading the entry below.

Ok first I need to say that I have been working on this post for far too long lol and so it has constantly been changing. HA. As I think about it more and more and do a bit of research other points come into play.

After listening to the above podcast I of course felt the urge to write a blog. The title alone drew me in. I wondered what earth could they could be thinking? I am, I like to think, a very open-minded person in the sense that I do believe that there are many ways to skin a cat Рas the saying goes. They are so many of us in the world and therefore we are all going to have different views, opinions and different ways of carrying out the same task. When I read the title I was intrigued to hear what they were offering and also I thought the same thing myself in the sense that the world is changing at such a rapid rate there is no stopping it. Roles have changed drastically over the past couple of years. The roles of women in the household and work force have gone from women being submissive housewives to now independent world leaders!! So yes, maybe it is time to redefine marriage.

I found the podcast to be very¬†interesting. While I personally don’t necessarily agree with all the various forms they offer, I can certainly understand why and how they came about. They¬†are very clear definitions and make sense, based on their definitions. I understand why these women decided to offer other definitions of marriage because I too know the constant pressure society puts on us women about marriage and It’s not fair. People need to realise that marriage is NOT for everyone and that it’s OK not to get married. Your relationship is your own business. Right now the pressure I’m currently getting from everyone is “when are you having kids” “it’s time to have kids” “work on the babies” hell people have even placed 2 bets on us on when we are having kids. ! Lol. In the beginning it is all fun and games with our friends and those are ok, but, all jokes aside, when I constantly get bombarded with the baby talk ( after not even being married for 6 months yet ) it gets really old and becomes really rude… especially from people we just met or barely know! That one bugs me the most!

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Don’t Take Anything or Anyone for Granted

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Last week was a week filled with sadness… I had found out that a college mate of mine had died. He was only 27 yrs old.. The same age as me.

He was brutally murdered by a friend of his who got into an angry jealous rage over his own girl friend and attacked my beloved friend with a butcher and serrated steak knife. In an article the man who killed my friend said “I just wanted him to die” ¬†I was in shock. My friend ran from door to door screaming for help… he was never a fighter, right up to the day he died. People who had heard the screaming said that he heard my friend say: “I will not fight you..”

How can people be so evil??? What is going on in this world?? I feel as though the Anti-Christ is here, Living and Walking among us!! How else can you explain all the evil, war, deaths, murders, crazy people attacking and attempting to eat another human being??!!! WTF It is scary what is going on in the world. Murdering another human being is nothing casual but i have to say, even in the old days people were never murdered so brutally as they are today!

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Typing for typing sake / PROCRASTINATION

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You know, a few months ago I decided to give this blog thing a try again and I was excited to get started, I even made a first post for the month of January. I had a goal in mind to do a post every month at least but really? Who was I kidding! lol. I have yet to make another post, even though I went all out and made a LONG ass list of blog topics to write about.

Well for the past two days (July 8 and today July 9 2014) I have been home sick with a stomach bug. Yay me. The mere thought of food made my stomach lurch and curl with pain. Mind you, I will say that I did quite enjoy the 2 days off of work, who wouldn’t lol, I have been here at home keeping my ass quite and trying to find food that my stomach could handle. I have been wanting to write both for this blog and my book and yet I still have not made a post nor written a single word for the book. What is it with procrastination? I seriously struggle with it. I have actually come to realise that it seems I find the idea of having to do something MORE exciting than actually doing the thing itself… does that even make sense? It does to me anyway.

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Year 5774 – The Year of the Door

At a recent workshop I attended, hosted by B.F.A. Ministry, I learned that this year, 2014, is the year 5774 on the Hebraic Calendar. We were told that 5774 means ‘Door’ in hebrew and so this year is: “The Year of the Door.” One interpretation is that this is the year of “New opportunities”, ‘New Beginnings”, a year for change. This was of course a very optimistic outlook which I happily embraced!

After hearing this, I decided to research this bit of information to find out more. In doing so I came across an article on http://www.awakenations.org which gave some really interesting information about the Hebrew Alphabet, numbers and meanings. It explained that: “The Hebrew alphabet assigns each letter a numerical value which also has a pictorial meaning.”

It explained that¬†Ayin dalet¬†is the number 74 as ¬†Ayin¬† is 70 and Dalet¬†is 4. To quote: “Ayin¬†evolves from a picture of an ‘eye’ and as a metaphor speaks of ‘seeing’ and ‘vision.’¬†Dalet¬†means ‘open door.’ ” It goes on to also explain that ¬†the hebrew word “Derek”¬†is another word derived from “Dalet”¬†which means a ‚Äúpath‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúway to life.‚ÄĚ

After reading all this information I can, and do, see this year being “The Year of Beginnings.” It is time now ¬†that I (or we) transition and ¬†get out of this rut! We have to change in order to be better right? Of course! I have learned that the ONE thing that is constant in life is CHANGE. We have got to keep moving forward and THIS is the year! “The Year of the Door.” The year we see our path in life unfold.

BUT we must accept it and be willing to move… or else it will just pass us by!

As of late, I have felt stuck in a serious rut for the longest time, (this started since since I came back home in 2010 and even more so in the past couple of months.) After that workshop I truly felt liberated and very optimistic. It is time I leave the places of confinement and move into my assignment.

From the young age of 14 I was lucky to have realised what my purpose in life was; it was to “Capture God’s Beauty.” That was the phrase that came to me at that time. Yes during that time I was shooting mainly nature but, of course, over time my subject matter expanded and my and so that phrase came to also mean even thing. Including things that were man made as all things are inspired through God. Everything in this world IS BEAUTIFUL.

After that workshop my purpose evolved even more. I have not been photographing recently and have really let my passion go ūüė¶ With my return to Jamaica it has been very difficult to get my footing in the photography world. It is very different from the states and I miss what I was doing greatly and often I wonder IF I will ever get back to where I was.

That workshop re-instilled my purpose in life… my path… as photography was the first thing that came to me when we were discussing our Life Purpose.

My phrase has now become: “To Capture Gods Beauty, share it with the world, make an impact and move people.” THAT I know for sure is my purpose in life. I want to move people with my art and make an impact on the world.

With that, I wonder what really will come of this year. Will it really be the year I find my way back onto my path in life?  I hope it will and to be honest it have been looking like it will thus far. (keeping positive)

In closing I ask you this. Do you know what your Life Purpose is? Are you on that path? Have you lost sight?

Take a moment to really reflect on your life and maybe take me up on my advice to research this whole “Year of the Door” thing. You never know what you might discover!

Sincerely,

Crazy A