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LLY: learn, love, you.

Stepping into this new year, the best thing I could have done for myself is shut down. No. I’m not talking about the emotional shut down that happens as a defense mechanism. I’m talking about an external shut down. I got off social media and shifted my focus. Now, if you’re a spiritual person or a follower of Christ, you may have participated in the Daniel Fast.

For those of you who don’t know, the Daniel Fast is religious partial fast that is popular, in which meat, wine, and other rich foods are avoided in favor of vegetables and water for typically three weeks in order to be more sensitive to God.

Seemingly, its focus is the absence of food bringing you closer to the presence of God.

However, I started at the top. My mental, opposed to the physical. If my mental isn’t right, how can I expect my body to be or become aligned? I needed to shift my focus. So, I eliminated my greatest distraction.

Social media.

Comparison, truly, is the thief of joy.

Yall, when I tell you the last three weeks have been the best I’ve experienced in a long time. It was so needed and necessary. My vision is a thousand times clearer. I spent that time, getting to learn myself. Truly. Picking at healed scars. Dissecting my thoughts in a healthy, non explosive manner. Reading and teaching myself with a new, for women Bible, which I absolutely adore, and coming to terms with who I am and if I even like the person I am.

Which,

I do.

I just need to keep nurturing her.

I need to keep loving her.

I also spent the time, deciding about what it is that I want. Career wise. Relationship wise. Romantic wise. Financial wise. Life wise. For myself.

And what I don’t want.

And you know what? That’s so important.

Everything you want is out there and available for you.

I had to learn that.

I also had to learn that, I need to be open and ready to receive everything that I have been, and currently am, praying for.

I need to be ready.

And getting ready, takes time.

And that’s ok.

In time, staying calm, cool, and collected;

having a strong sense of self;

having love for yourself;

and knowing it is, what you want;

and will not accept;

is so important.

It is so important.

And I’m glad I was able and willing to learn that.

Now, I am not saying that everyone will come to the same revelation as me. Or, that fasting and disconnecting from social media is what you need to do. I am not saying that, nor am I trying to push that onto anyone.

I am simply sharing my experience and how it’s helped me, see life and everyday, a little bit clearer.

If you participated in the fast this year or if you plan to in the future, it’s your business. Do not feel obligated to share anything that is personal to you. Please. Keep all of your business, yours.

I just wanted you guys to know, if nothing else,

Learn yourself.

Love yourself.

Because at the end of the day, it is about,

You.

With love,

The Mayan Empire

Change…

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ve been getting all of your feedback, as well as how much you all have missed my voice -er- my words. I would apologize for the long overdue post… but in actuality, I’m not actually sorry.

Life comes at you hard, is what I mean.

Things are in a constant change- it’s the ONE thing you can count on to always be a constant and because it is… sometimes, one has to step away in order to maintaining being right within… or at least, trying.

A new chapter is afoot.

I’m taking the time to make sure I’m ready for it.

Are you?

How do you handle change?

How do you process change?

Do you embrace it?

Or,

Do you run from it?

I do a bit of both, if I’m being completely honest.

Hey! Change is scary! Especially when you don’t know what you’ll get out of it… which direction it’ll take. Change has a mind of its own and I just pray, I always end up in the right side of it, if you know what I mean.

Well,

This is just a post, to get your mind going.

A little “food for the thoughts” if you will.

Because whether you like it or not,

A shift is coming.

Will you be on board?

Or, will you be left?

With love,

The Mayan Empire

Let’s talk about it

Hey guys!

As October comes to an end, it also, starts the beginning of seasonal depression. Now, I know, in the past, I’ve had my own introduction to depression so, during this new season, I try to be extra cautious of my moods and how I begin to act. Not going to lie, I’ve been sad for a few weeks now and it’s made it hard for me to actually have the desire to even be present, mentally and sometimes psychically, even when out and about with friends and family. It’s hard.

The reason I’m saying all this is, well… it’s hard. I know it is… but keep going.

Keep going even if no one notices. Like I said, I’ve been sad for a few weeks and no one noticed, but I noticed. You notice too and that alone, is enough. Recognizing how you feel, accepting what is, choosing to continue, is enough.

Depression is nothing to play with.

Seasonal depression, is nothing to play with.

If all you did today was wake up, that’s enough.

If you answered a text message or phone call, that’s enough.

If you even went outside, even if to check the mail, that’s enough.

Don’t ever feel discouraged or feel like you didn’t do enough to fight or save yourself when every, little, thing you accomplish, even if it’s blinking and choosing to continue to inhale, is enough.

Even as I type this, I feel accomplished for even doing something because, as I’m encouraging you, I’m encouraging myself.

It’s hard.

It’s so, hard.

But continuing to continue, is continuing the story.

Continuing my story, in the midst of the fight.

I don’t want to preach to you because I don’t think I’m in a strong mental capacity to do so, therefore, I hope you’re taking everything I’m trying to convey and applying it to how you choose to go about your day, heck, your next minute.

Drink some water.

Go outside for a few minutes.

Take a walk.

Watch your favorite movie.

Read your favorite book or quote.

Open your curtains.

Stretch.

Light some candles.

Listen to your favorite song.

Plan something exciting.

Eat.

Therapy.

Doesn’t matter the order or even if you don’t do them all. Some of these, if not all, will help in some way, either big or small. Take the help. Accept the help. Share the help.

And keep fighting.

I see you.

I’m here with you.

I’m proud of you.

With love,

The Mayan Empire

Black Excellence

Black Excellence.

In lieu of all that is being achieved in this current climate, i.e., the pandemic, black families and friends buying land and purchasing the means and space in both, Toomsboro, Georgia and Metro Atlanta, for black lives to live, thrive, creating generational wealth and a safe environment for black lives to just… be. Existing with no limitations or precautions. 2 Black men, owning land and a thriving hemp business, reclaiming years and years of stereotypes that’s been thrust upon black skin in the eyes of the judicial system, check out our latest episode for more on The Green Toad Hemp Farm, it just,

A breath of fresh air.

Black people,

Men and women a like,

are reclaiming their titles.

Reclaiming their crowns,

Reclaiming their thrones,

and more than anything,

Reclaiming their kingdoms.

My people, my brothers, my sisters,

are reclaiming everything that was taken from them. Everything they were told they could not have. Everything that has been sowed and now, it’s their season.

It is their, season.

And to be able to witness this,

to be apart of the generation,

to support this happening, this coming to fruition… to have something to aspire to be apart of because it is just so positive and so necessary,

When I tell you Black people are resilient, it’s not even the tip of the iceberg.

Black people, my people, can do anything.

Anything.

If that doesn’t inspire you, someone, anyone,

to want more,

I’m not sure anything will.

However, wanting more,

can come in time.

Please, do not feel like you have to do something, anything, right now.

It takes time to reach the levels of which I’ve specifically touched on. It could take years of research or even financial planning and then the years of execution…

Again,

Please, do not feel as if you have to start achieving anything.

If waking up this morning is your biggest achievement,

Thank God that you did!

If putting on actual clothes is something you’re proud of,

I’m proud of you too!

Your accomplishments  are yours and even if, they aren’t being celebrated or acknowledge within the public eyes, please, always know, someone is watching and someone, is proud.

If you have something you’re working on or in the process of planning or even simply thinking about something, do it.

Do it.

This idea was given to you, specifically.

You were chosen.

You were selected.

You can do it because God called you to.

So,

Do it and know, that with anything you do,

You are apart of black excellence

and black excellence is apart of you.

The Mayan Empire