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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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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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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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