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Secure the Bag

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Secure the Bag

Hey Dev’s Doeeeees!

I wanted to do a quick lul post about my outfit on Saturday! So I was invited to a birthday brunch (Hey Liv!) and the color scheme was all black. Lol my friends love the tell us what to wear for events. This was very difficult for me because I stopped wearing black in like 2014, so needless to say this look took work!

Cape - ASOS, Bag - ASOS, Pants - Thrifted, Shoes - Forever 21

Cape - ASOS, Bag - ASOS, Pants - Thrifted, Shoes - Forever 21

I’m honestly obsessed with what I created! I found these high-waisted women’s (oops) slacks from Value Village! Fun fact: I wear what I want regardless of what gender it’s marketed to. I wanted to make a statement so I threw on my cape from ASOS and some patent leather boots from Forever 21. Next thing you know, I am serving a look.

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What do you think? Are you here for my AHS Coven vibezzzz?

Xoxo,

DOEEEEEEEE

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Lessons from the Plane (Taking Risks!)

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Lessons from the Plane (Taking Risks!)

One of my favorite feelings in the world is that moment when you’re taking off on a flight and the wheels are no longer touching the ground. For a split second, I feel this panic like “what if the plane just hits the ground and explodes?” But there’s also this calming feeling where I’ve accepted the risk of flying and I’m sticking to it.

I think I can really learn a lot from this idea. I spend much of my time dreaming (and pretty big I might add). I constantly am thinking about where I could be and what’s holding me back, but I think as much as I love the idea of taking risks I’m scared of it. The idea of something not going the right way can be crippling at times and it is really hard to take a risk and fully commit to it. When I’m flying I think about the chance that this could all crash and burn but once I’ve made that decision to fly I can’t really go back. I have to stick with it and so far, it’s been working for me (knocks on wood).

I want to encourage myself (and maybe you too) to take more risks, acknowledge that you’re partaking in some risky business, but stand behind it. If you’re planning to drop everything and move away, don’t be apologetic about it. Own it. Don’t allow those seeds of doubt to creep in. I don’t want to tie this post up in a neat little bow like I typically do. I just wanted to let you know where my head is at and hopefully provoke a little thought for you.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 

Dev Doe

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Unsatisfied with Life?

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Unsatisfied with Life?

Hey Friends!

So I’ve really been slacking on the blog front! I started my YouTube channel and tried to focus on that, but now I’m back (and I’m better!).

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Today I wanted to talk about the idea of feeling stagnant in your life. The feeling of progression is something that I constantly chase after. If you could tell, I’m always changing something, creating something, or finding a new goal to achieve. Honestly it can be quite exhausting. I’m starting to get to a point in my own life where I feel like I’m not where I want to be. I know I’m only 23 years old, but there is so much more that I want to achieve and often times I feel like what I am doing is getting me nowhere.

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Do you ever look back at you 10 year old self and remember all of your dreams and aspirations? I do it every day lol and let’s just say I’m not the teen star that I desired to be so strongly. I’m my sixth grade yearbook I said that my secret ambition was to be a teen star on Nickelodeon. I decided against Disney because those kids tend to go crazy and can’t shake the Disney image (I know that’s irrelevant lol). Let's just say that goal never happened. 

Regardless, in my current situation I just feel like I want more out of life. I keep creating new things and seeking out new opportunities, but I’m not really satisfied with where I am. One of my professors told me in that past that I need to be comfortable with being in the present and I truly agree with that idea. However, I cannot shake my desire to progress and improve and fight for the future I deserve.

I know this sounds like a sad post, but it really isn’t. I want to remind everyone that it is okay to not be satisfied with your life. It is okay to want more for yourself. Yes I have a job, degrees, and multiple support systems. I am so grateful for all of my blessings, but I still want more. I deserve more. We all have the capacity to achieve our dreams and goals and we should not feel bad for it. Let’s all keep doing the work. Keep searching and growing.

XOXO

DEV

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2017 - A Year of Reconciliation, A Year to Choose Love

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2017 - A Year of Reconciliation, A Year to Choose Love

Before I get into this deeply personal (and introspective) post, I want to promote my new YouTube series that will be out starting Friday! It’s really fun and I filmed it with one of my best friends, so check it out and share your thoughts on the topics: Cinco de Mayo, Cultural Appropriate, Great Music, and SOUP!

ANYWAYS:

I am currently 20,000 ft. in the air flying to Chicago for work despite missing my initial flight and waiting at the airport for 5ish hours. I am exhausted, but I can’t sleep. I’ve had something on my mind that I really need to get out. RECONCILIATION.

Lately, I’ve really been wanting to create lasting and real relationships with people. Some people may read this and know that I am referring to them, but I really want them to know that my intentions are true. I really want to be cool with everyone.

Over the past few months and even years to a degree, there have been a number of people who I felt have hurt me. Whether they meant to or not, I found myself resenting them and not wishing the best for them. I’ve honestly wished the opposite at some points. But this post isn’t about how much I’ve hated others or held grudges, it’s about fixing it. Recently, I had an in depth conversation with an old friend and I saw in their eyes that they really did care for me and wished the best for me. How can I harbor hate towards someone who wants me to be happy? Easy. Their actions for one reason or another caused the opposite. But in that moment when I was vulnerable and sharing my feelings of hurt and confusion, I realized that they had felt the exact same way. I saw that neither one of us wanted this negativity in our lives. After that honest moment I found clarity and the beginning of a new/old friendship.

We all talk about (or at least I have) the ability to cut people out of our lives, but do you really have that power? I know I don’t. I try to act like other’s action don’t hurt me and everyone is just replaceable, but it’s quite the opposite. Now I choose to focus on something else. The memories, the love, the moments of honesty have become what I try to cling on to. We all make mistakes, we all have hurt someone, and we are not perfect. BUT what we can do is make amends. I don’t have to be best friends with everyone or the people who I’ve grown a part from, but I REFUSE to be filled with hatred.

This is so sappy, but in 2017 (wow, we’re almost halfway through the year) let’s choose to love. Let’s choose to support. Let’s choose to forgive. Let’s give everyone the benefit of the doubt because we don’t know what anyone is going through behind closed doors. Think all of the serious things that you’ve gone through. Have you never acted out or done things you aren’t proud of as a result? I would hate for my misplaced emotions to end a relationship forever.

To those of you that I have ever hurt (maybe even unknowingly): I’m truly sorry. I don’t want to live my life hating anyone or rolling my eyes every time someone says your name. Let’s hang out. Let’s get to know each other. Let’s meet in the middle. We’ve all got a story to tell and lessons to share and no matter what we’ve gone through, I want to hear it. SOOOOO long story short: Let’s all love each other because President Tiny hands is spewing out enough hate for all of us.

 

With the deepest level of sincerity,

Devin (DevDoe if ya nasty)

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AnimaBellaInc - The Woman Behind the Camera

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AnimaBellaInc - The Woman Behind the Camera

So you may have noticed that I participated in a photoshoot a few weeks ago because I’ve been posting photos from it at least once a week at this point! Well this photoshoot all came as a result of Aurelia Michael’s program, the Daniel Planner’s Experience, where you start your year off right and focus on evolving in quite a few ways. This was my second time participating in this program and I was fortunate to have Gabrielle Goodman as my accountability partner. This meant that at least once a week we would facetime and talk about our goals, our failures, and just anything else. Little did I know I had found a new friend and talented photographer. Gabrielle is such an amazing photographer because she is such a great person. She is able to make you feel so comfortable and empowered in front of her camera that you literally won’t want to stop. I decided to interview her because you all need to know how great she is both as a person, dancer, and photographer! Enjoy!!

Tell us a little about yourself! 

My name is Gabrielle. I am 20 years old living in the DMV area. I come from an extremely large family whom I love SO much. I am passion driven and love centered. My passions are dance (first love), photography and film. Lastly, I am the founder of Anima Bella INC 

How did you get started in photography?

Photography is something that is so valuable to everyone and such a great gift. I actually got interested in photography when I was about 14 years old. My grandfather was turning 60 and my family had planned a HUGE party for him. I wanted to give him something special along with something he could keep until the end of time. So I had this Cool idea to take photos and videos at his party which I later turned into a DVD. I remember using this little, extremely low quality Kodak camera and windows photo editor (the very basic version). What really got me hooked was sharing those images and videos with my loved ones. Seeing their face light up and seeing them happy meant everything to me. Those photos and videos got people talking and then reminiscing. Exchanging memories and stories. It instantly became my second love (dance being my first) and I haven't stopped since.

What inspires you as an artist? 

Feeling inspires me. Energy inspires me. Every idea starts with an energy and a feeling. Whether it comes from within or from someone else. It all stems from an energy or a feeling, sometimes even both. 

How can people contact you for photoshoots? 

DM me on Instagram @missanimabella or @animabellainc

Email me! Animabellainc@gmail.com

Anything else you want to tell us? 

Spend time alone. Get to know you. Be your own best friend. Be truly and unapologetically you... a part of this world is set up for us to fail. And parts of it gleams from us not being ourselves and working so hard to be something/somebody that we are not. This world can trick us into thinking that our true being isn't good enough for the universe & believe me it's so damn easy to get stuck in that part of the world. But truth is…there is greatness instilled within each and every single one of us. It's what you choose to do with that greatness that determines your destiny and most importantly your true happiness. It starts with love...Not one single soul on this earth can love you the way YOU can. Nurture your body mind and soul with greatness from those who inspire you. Read books. Be selfish. Research. Explore the world. Find your likes and your dislikes. Find strength within yourself. Make mistakes. Truly LIVE. The sooner in your life that you realize that this life is YOURS, the closer you will be to achieving Anima Bella...your Beautiful Soul... 


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I MEAN COME ON! Is she not the most amazing person ever? Reach out to her and shoot with her because she’s the best. Follow her here and here!

Lots of love,

Devvvvy

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I need your help!

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I need your help!

Hey guys! This next week is going to be uberrrrr busy so I just wanted to write a quick post about where I’m at and where I’m going! So the last few weeks I’ve been dancing my life away (what else is new). Currently it's my dance team’s hell (or spirit) week, which means I have rehearsal every evening until our big competition on Saturday. If you want to learn more about the magic of a Capital Funk Hell week, check out my post about it. You will catch all the feels! I secretly love hell weeks 

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ANYWAYS. I am really trying to work on expanding my presence even further through the creation of a YouTube channel and I need your help! I love to blog and I love kind of writing about whatever comes to mind, but I think I’d like to have a more focused YouTube presence. What do you want to see? What is missing on YouTube and what is something that you would consciously watch? Also should I even do it! I don’t know! Let me know. (Honestly going to do it regardless because I’m a BAUCE and I do what I want!)

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Can’t wait to hear from you!

While we're at it subscribe to my Youtube

Xoxo,

DevDoe.

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The Time is Now

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The Time is Now

Happy Lent, everyone! During this time, I go through phases where I feel like I can take over the world and moments of intense struggle and weakness. I’ve given up many things this year and weirdly enough it has allowed me to focus on my faith and finding myself. As I tried to think of what to talk about, the message became clear: The time is now.  

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I swear 90% of our lives is spent waiting for someone to permit us to do what we want. Waiting for someone to promote you at work. Waiting for someone to give ask you on a date. Waiting for someone to validate our abilities. Waiting for the perfect sign to make that big move. Well the truth is we know what we want. The truth is that when we really recognize our worth and our capabilities, we are unstoppable.

I have so many conversations with people who spend more time policing their own dreams than they do living them. Next time you have a conversation with someone about your aspirations, I want you to be very conscious of how you speak about those goals. Are you embarrassed about your dreams? Do you write them off as something that will never happen? What I really want all of my loved ones and readers to do is to recognize your greatness. We can do anything we put our minds and our hearts to. Give yourself a chance to shine instead of hiding in the background waiting for your big break. Take a leap of faith because you know you’re great.

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I’ve had times where I’ve been scared or ashamed to say what I want and where I want to be, but it is important to put those dreams out there. Let others hear it. Let yourself hear it. Let’s speak up and speak out this month and every month moving forward!

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Devin (Yes, I’m talking to myself lol), you are exceptional. Stop feeling like an underdog because you are in competition with no one. You are capable of so much more than you even know and you need to start acting like it. Don’t settle. Don’t get complacent. You will be a star because you were born a star. You will be a household name and you will figure out how to create the perfect brand which encompasses your many passions. Be the visionary you know you can be!

Your best friend,

Dev.

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TBH I don't know what this is about

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TBH I don't know what this is about

Hey Friends!

So I haven't written in about three weeks and I am very sorry. Honestly, I haven't been too busy to do it. A good friend of my told me that no one is ever too busy. You do what you want to do and what you feel is more important. I've been slacking. Today I am going to do more of a free writing/stream of thought sort of thing, so welcome to my head!

This week has been a bit of a struggle for me to be perfectly honest. I think the past few weeks, I've been on such a high that is was about time that things slow down a bit. I was talking to my mom about it and we were trying to figure out what is really wrong. I've concluded that I am not satisfied with where I am right now.

So I'm one of those people who always struggles with being in the present and enjoying my life where it's at. Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to really relish in the present. I stopped planning my life months in advance and ultimately got to a place where I felt kind of content with where I am. Devin and content don't really go together to be honest. I was talking to one of my good friends, Turchi, about how content I was with where I was and she just did not buy it. Well thanks girl! You woke me up. Granted, it has caused me to feel a little out of place this week, but it's good to get out of your comfort zone. When things are going well, sometimes it seems easier to just settle with where you are and forget about all of the things you want out of life. Well, I'm back and in action. Sometimes you have to remind yourself of what you are capable of!  I want to do some goal setting tonight and really refocus on what's for me, who is for me, and where I want to be.

What are you working on? I feel like we all try to have it all together on social media, but let's be honest! 

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This post may not have made the most sense, but it helped me out :) 

DEV. 

 

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Blackish - Watch Lemons!

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Blackish - Watch Lemons!

I really don't want this blog to be too political, but as I finished watching the latest episode of Blackish I can't help but write about it. If you are unfamiliar with the show, it's essentially about a successful black family and all of the things they go through. It is a show that has tackled many difficult issues including Police Brutality and most recently the election. I love how unapologetic it is in the way that it presents truth. It has been one of the few shows that I have been able to relate to consistently whether it be relating to being black in the workforce or struggling with where you fit in at a predominantly white private school.

The episode that really got me was entitled "Lemons" and is from season 3, episode 12. It deals with how everyone reacted to the previous election and nomination of the country's next president. You've probably seen the scene that has gone viral in which Dre (played by Anthony Anderson) delivers a monologue about how black people are used to ending up with the short end of the stick and that this election was no different.

I want to encourage you to watch this episode. For people on both sides of the election's outcome, it shows you that not everyone who voted for President-Elect Trump are racist, sexist, or homophobic, etc. There are a lot of factors that played into this election. Another part that opened my eyes is the idea that this election gave people a taste of the disappointment that people of color and underprivileged groups have become so used to. The finals sentiment that the show left me with was that in four years, there will be a new group of voters. A population that publications like Teen Vogue and Buzzfeed speak to everyday and they will not sit around. They are educated, young, and want to see a change. So I personally am hopeful for the future. I feel like we have all been pushed backwards before and this time is no different. We will push forward full of hope and ready to make a difference.

This was more of a free writing experiment, so forgive me if I rambled! Did you watch the episode I would love to hear your thoughts even if you hated it! Also I have to note that Donald Trump will never be my president k thanks bye.

Yours Truly,

Dev.

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