It’s Always Worth It

I’ve always had a thing for wanting to help young adults make the right decision. I was an at risk youth that didn’t come from a bad home or bad environment but, I made bad decisions and put myself at risk. I learned the hard way or should I say I’m learning and still paying for my mistakes.

 The type of environment I work in makes me view the world distinctively. I can walk in the mall, go to a restaurant or get on a plane and I wonder about people. I often ask myself, what illness do they suffer with? What have they gone through or what are they going through? What’s their lifestyle like? Are they open (honest) about themselves to others? Have they asked for help or do they really even want help? I’ve come to the realization, you can’t judge a book by its cover and you most definitely never know the full story. 

If I can reach someone going through emotional, health or physical difficulties parallel to what I went through I would love to help. Sometimes I question what difference I can really make in this world. What influence do I really have on the next person? Child or adult. Hell, I ask myself the same question when blogging nevertheless I continue to write. It’s my outlet. It doesn’t matter to me if 1 or 100,000 people read what I post. What matters to me is that I’ve put it out there at anyone’s disposal.

Most children are so eager to take on adult responsibilities but in actuality they are nowhere near ready. They think that those responsibilities will free them from whatever bondage they’re in at the moment but little do they know, life will only have a stronger hold on them… Kids having kids. Children committing crimes that their mind shouldn’t fathom. Kids being out on their own, not yet knowing the fundamentals of life. There are some kids that are molested, abused mentally, exposed to drugs, alcohol and or violence and that’s all they know, so they think they are set up to fail. Some people just need guidance or at least need to know that they have options. Children need to know that there is some sort of support system to help them overcome the tests, trials and the tribulations of life. 

 I’m always looking back and saying “if I had just….” or “I wish I had…” I held myself back from so many things and opportunities because I didn’t have a support system, I didn’t have a mentor, and most importantly I didn’t have the confidence in myself. I never got the help that I needed to work through the things/feelings I was experiencing. I didn’t have someone to tell me school was important and to really push me to excel, I didn’t have anyone to tell me the opportunities I could achieve athletically had I pursued any of the sports I was into, no one to mentor me about the company I kept or the bad decisions I was making and the consequences that came along with it all. You can’t make a child do something because ‘you said so‘. People don’t do well with being told what to do and especially with no explanation. Being asked and being told are completely different. Sometimes logic is the best answer – good reasoning behind the why is a good way to convince someone. 

 I would like to start a Non profit organization for at risk youth – I’m not even sure I want to limit it to just youth. I want to be able to help anyone I can but I say youth because, if I can prevent a child from making some bad choices early on in life maybe I can save a life or at the very least, save them some pain and struggle. Some people (i.e. Me) are hardheaded but that doesn’t mean give up on them. It means go toe to toe with them on the things that are life changing. Stay involved regardless. Some will take heed and others will neglect everything taught to them but, it’s always worth it.

~Blu 💙

Social Media: The New Us

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Why do we live in a time where we are constantly comparing ourselves to the next person? We are so consumed with everyone else’s lives and trying to keep up with what they have going on that we forget about our own….genuinely. When I say that I mean we forget what we really want and are so caught up in trying to attain what the next person has. I mean, the majority of us have multiple social network accounts. Every morning and continuously throughout the day you are checking and updating, correct? You’re checking to see what so and so’s status says, what pictures people have put up bragging about what they have and or where they have been or are going to, or you’re reading tweets and blogs. All this to see what the “trend” is, what the “next best thing” is or is going to be. But, have you sat down and thought about YOU? Have you disconnected from all the social media outlets and the world and thought about what it is that you want in life?

I constantly find myself getting caught up in what others are doing that I rarely ever think about what I really want. Not what I think I want or what I want because someone else has (trying to keep up with the Joneses if you will) but, what do I want without comparing myself to others. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you anymore. We let life pass us by and forget about ourselves. When we realize it it’s sometimes too late to do some of the things we once wanted and then we’re trying to figure out what else we could do not what we want to do.

I’ve taken a break from some social media sites and not so much others but recently I decided to take a look at Instagram and visit certain followers’ pages just to see what they had been up to and it made me realize I’m not really missing much. Most followers are people who I personally know and to see some of the things that they have posted and knowing their actual lives I thought this is all a facade….but for what? For who? Why? Everyone wants to be perceived as in shape, thick, pretty, sexy, wealthy, or like they have their lives completely together when in all actuality they don’t. They are struggling to pay bills, they have mismanaged money to buy whatever it is that they are bragging about, they make it seem as though they are happy when in reality they are miserable, if they’re single they act as though they have a significant other (their Jake from State Farm), if they’re in a relationship they act as though they’re single. I just don’t understand why the constant need for attention.
These are the first things we view in the morning, throughout the day and before going to bed at night. It has become our source of news and entertainment. It seems we have let the internet/social media sites dominate our lives. Some people are so consumed by these sites that it keeps them up throughout the night. It’s terrible. We have really got to do better with our lives, find ourselves and try not to be who/what people want us to be. What are we really getting from it other than instant gratification from a like, comment or follow? Honestly.

The Perfect Man On A Silver Platter, What’s The Problem?

Why do we push away the ones that truly care about us or want to really get to know us?

I met this guy about 2 years ago. He’s attractive, intelligent, has his priorities together, his life plan is similar to mine when it comes to relationship and family. He has no crazy ex girlfriends/wife, no kids, no baggage. He’s a gentleman and we can converse about vast variety of topics. We started off fine. We spoke everyday whether it was via phone calls or text messages. We spent time together. Our first time hanging out he cooked dinner for me. He’s really a nice guy. When a female describes the type of person she would like to meet, date and eventually marry and start a family with…he is that man. But I don’t know why I won’t date him and be serious about it.

I’ve been thinking about this on and off for about a year. We speak in waves. When I say that I mean we speak for 3, 4 or even 6 months straight consistently and then I disappear on him and don’t speak for months. He’ll text and check on me when I’m not speaking and even if I don’t respond he’ll still check on me later down the line, he’s never once changed the way he is about me. When we begin speaking again I always think to myself “why won’t you date him?”

Career wise he’s where he wants to be. He’s always looking to advance himself and continue learning within his field but he has a stable career. Now he’s at a point in his life where he wants a wife, kids and a house. I want these things but I’m not sure he’s the one. I don’t have any type of spark when it comes to him. I don’t even like him hugging and trying to kiss me. It’s not that I’m disgusted, I….I don’t know what it is.

At first I thought because my ex and I were still in this back and forth stage that maybe it was because my ex still had my attention. Well, that’s over with and I still feel the same way. I keep thinking does he remind me of someone that I wanted no parts of and I just don’t know it? Like what is the issue. He has expressed to me numerous times what he wants from me which is to be his wife and the mother of his kids. He wants to start a family and build off of that. A lot of his life goals he has put on hold because he has no family to share it with. He has put off buying a house because he doesn’t want to live in a house by himself, he wants a family. Certain trips and things he won’t do because he wants to experience it with a family. He is on the fence about accepting certain job offers because he feels making certain commitments like a big move or something would be easier if he had a family. To me that’s backwards but it makes sense to him.

It’s like this great man has been placed in my life and he’s everything that I would want in a man and he’s attractive but yet I continuously push him to the side and he’s adamant about being in my life as a significant other. What is wrong with me!?!

Why do we do this to ourselves? It’s like things are handed to us on a silver platter but we seem to look right over it and pursue something or someone else then complain to our confidant about why we can’t find what we’re looking for. What sense does that make? Honestly. What makes things worse is when you realize what you’re doing but do nothing to change it. In my defense I don’t know what it is about him that I don’t want so I feel like I shouldn’t put myself in a situation I’m unsure of and I don’t want to toy with his emotions especially knowing how he feels about me. What is a girl to do? Since I haven’t figured it out yet do I just let it go or do I continue trying to understand this?

I constantly chase men that don’t really want ME. When I say that I mean I don’t feel they really want to get to know me, it’s more of a physical attraction. Let’s be real about the situation. It’s the bad boy, it’s the cheater, it’s the popular guy, it’s the ladies man, or the crazy ones that I seem to attract and/or pursue. I began to try to analyze things. I want better but sometimes I realize I let my pride get in the way. A strong, intelligent man that has his life together and is ready to move on to the next level is intimidating when you begin to compare yourself to him. That can make you feel like you’re not where you think you’re supposed to be. Is that my issue with him? Is it that he intimidates me? Hmm…

Different People For Different Seasons….Or Not

Do you ever wonder why people come into your life make a big mark and leave? What lesson are you being taught? I can understand the whole “different people for different seasons” when you’re going through something but what about when you’re just getting comfortable in a place you haven’t been in a while, a place you have been trying to reach for some time and now here comes someone to disrupt that whole vibe you have going but they don’t stay for long? Now you’re totally off track and in a different mind frame than you were before you met them and can’t seem to get right. What season is that??

These are all some random questions I’ve asked myself over the last few months. I’ve had a few people come and go recently but I also have this friend who I have felt is one in the same with myself. She’s a year and a half older than I, no kids, recently single, and mentally a disaster. I hate to say this but at times I wonder how or why we are friends because it seems when I’m in a certain space, a good space…or so I think I am at the time, she’s in a rut and I’m the shoulder she leans on. I constantly question what the purpose of our friendship is. What am I getting out of it and even thought to walk away from the friendship. It’s like we are always on different paths but it dawned on me; she keeps me on my toes. When I’m speaking to her, it’s like I’m really speaking to myself because we have so many similarities when it comes to how we perceive life and or men.

-I need to stop being so scared to reach out to friends like you when I feel so alone

-Being alone is hard for me and I’m not necessarily talking about having a man…I mean having friends and family that I see regularly

-I don’t know how to be alone for real for real

-I be feeling like I’m going to go crazy without a mate

-Not saying that a man defines me but it’s been my comfort”

These are some things that she has expressed to me recently and I found myself telling her to think “what can a man do for you that you can’t do for yourself besides giving you penis?” If a female has a lot to bring to the table and not solely dependent on a man; a man is going to find that much more attractive. Not to mention, you attract what you put out. I’ve always been told that I give good advice but when it comes to utilizing the same advice, I’m an epic fail.

I began to think about what I had going on in my life and the things I needed to change. I’ve never been the type to depend on a man but at times I have felt like a man defined me. I was so wrong. I decided to not necessarily not date but, I haven’t really given anyone the time of day lately because I feel like I need to focus on me. Then it made me think, now that that is out-of-the-way and a man wont be my distraction, what else needs to be changed?…although I love the field that I’m in, I think a slight career change is in need so I have begun to search for another job, something that will challenge me. I was a social network junky and had to take a break which is when I began writing again. I had to change my normal routines and my normal go to’s if I want different results. In writing and thinking about different things, that’s when it really made sense. Whenever I’m in a mental rut and don’t realize it, she’s always the one that calls me to help her with something and it ends up helping me see things clearer in my own life. I honestly think she makes me a better me. Although I don’t mean to judge her it’s like I low-key do. I look at the things she does and says and it makes realize the type of person I don’t want to be and I begin to analyze myself and my life and try to change things that need to be changed.

I guess she’s one of those people who are meant to be in my life and I need to keep around or this could simply be the “season” for her in my life. I don’t know but I hope she doesn’t decide to walk away from the friendship for any unknown reason because it seems like what I’m learning from this friendship is me.

My Quest For Mentorship

My mind is like a mental disaster. I wish they made some sort of device that could record every thought I have so that I could go back sift through it and make sense of it all. At times I sit down to write but I have so much going on in my head I can’t focus on just one thing. When I get like this I either begin to scribble the different thoughts that I’m having at the time and it seems like it’s all useless thoughts that I can’t do anything with and I get frustrated…other times it deters me from writing all together which further frustrates me because I want to write.

My mind is my worst enemy and I’m learning how to use it to my advantage. I’m teaching myself. Lately I’ve been wondering why I never had a mentor. Someone who could really help and guide me in the right direction. Someone to help me sift through my thoughts, feelings….hell, my life! Now I’m in search of one and I’m not quite sure how to go about it.

Mentor:
—noun
a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

-Dictionary.com

My issue is trusting someone enough to completely let my guard down and show them my insecurities and flaws. Letting someone into my life and exposing all of me. I was….I still am…afraid that no one will understand me. I’m afraid they won’t understand my thought process, why I do/say things I do and say…or why I react to certain situations the way that I do. I don’t think they will understand my feelings or lack there of. Will they understand and accept my depression? I have made a lot of poor decisions in my past and I’m definitely trying to make up for them now. I have come a long way from that era but sometimes things still come to bite me in the ass so to speak, will anyone understand that?
These are all things I worry about. Now, I’m getting to a point in my life where I can’t live caring about how others perceive me or what they think of me. I can only be me and the people who are meant to be in my life will be there. I really do agree with people when they say you attract what you put out. At least it rings true in my life. I’m ready to overcome certain fears I have and pursue the things I’ve put on the back burn in fear of being judged or misunderstood.

I do have a couple of questions. Is there an age that is too old to be looking for a mentor? Does your mentor have to be someone successful, someone who understands you or just someone knowledgeable? Hopefully I can figure this out soon. My mind is on a hundred thousand trillion….💭

My quest begins…👣👣👣

Understanding

Leverage

Colby asked about you”

Was the text message that came across my screen. As I read it a few times over, my heart dropped. Although I smiled, tears formed in my eyes. It was my ex telling me that his son was asking about me. It made me happy and broke my heart all at the same time. He and I were together for three and a half years. When we met his son was 6 months. I grew attached to Colby. I never once thought that he would be attached to me. I guess I figured he was too young to understand who I was and what had happened or realize that I wasn’t going to be around anymore.

It’s been a while since I saw him.

My ex and I didn’t part ways on bad terms, we were just moving in opposite directions. We don’t speak on a regular basis but we do communicate at times. I was extremely close with his entire family and I had to eventually make the decision to cut all ties with them in order for me to let the relationship go completely.

I responded by saying I miss him too then continued by asking what he said exactly. His reply was “He sat down next to me and asks, where is Blu? I miss her”. At that point I didn’t know what to do or say so, I said nothing. It took me two hours before I could muster up a few words to say. “I got attached and there was no way around that.”
Although I would love to see this little boy, I’m not too sure it’s a good idea. I don’t have kids of my own but Colby was like my son and I treated him like so. I don’t want the old feelings to come back between his father and I, or the routine. I don’t want to get reattached to Colby or for him to get reattached to me.

Aaaaagggh!!! What am I to do!?!

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I don’t want to put this child in the middle of our whatever it is and I definitely don’t believe in using a child as leverage, and sometimes I feel like my ex uses his child to keep me in a certain place in his life. I thought I had completely let go of the relationship but when I think about it, if certain things were different I wouldn’t think twice about trying again with him. So now my dilemma is, do I just dismiss the entire situation and say/do nothing? Do I go see Colby and possibly open a door that shouldn’t be opened?

I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I’ve been making some really good and healthy decision in and for my life lately, I’m not sure where this would take me. I guess I have some honest thinking to do.

And The Nominees Are…

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I am sending a BIG Thank You to fellow bloggerAmanda!  LifeLoveBlu has been nominated for the Liebster Award. As you all know I am new to the blogosphere so when I received the notification that I had been nominated I had absolutely no clue what this award was. All I knew was that I am new to blogging and have a small following yet, I was recognized for my writings. Can you say excited!

For those of you that are clueless just as I was, let me explain. The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers to welcome them into the blogosphere. One of the main rules was that only bloggers with 3,000 or less followers would be eligible for this award but over time the rules have changed and it is now bloggers with less than 500 followers. There are still some other rules that apply, they are as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who has nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you (I’ll get to those in a moment)
3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. Tag your nominees and post a comment in their blog to let them know you have nominated them

With that being said, these are the questions I was asked by Amanda

  1. What/who inspired you to write your blog?

Demetria Lucas. I had been looking for an outlet and debating on starting a blog or writing a book, after being introduced to her work and seeing the type of woman she is made me want to jump into it and see where it can take me.

  1. Why do you write a blog?

I write because I have so many thoughts in my head and I feel it’s the best way to keep me sane. I also think I can help people with my words.

  1. What would your first reaction be, if you woke up to find you had lost the contents of your blog?

I think my heart would drop and I would lose my mind for a second realizing that all my work, my thoughts and words had simply vanished into cyberspace with no way of retrieving any of it.

  1. Have you ever written anything mean about someone, on your blog?

Not mean, just truthful but the person probably wouldn’t be too happy with me writing about the situation.

  1. Would you like to be famous?

Yes and no. Yes, because I would like to be known for my writings and be able to help others. No, because I don’t like public speaking or being the center of attention.

  1. If you could publish a book, what would the title be?

Life, Will It Take Me Under?

  1. What is your favorite hobby?

I have two. Writing and listening to music.

  1. Do you ever dance like no one is watching?

All the time! I sometimes have to stop to make sure no one is watching. LOL

  1. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be?

Just one?? I’m going to break the rules and give five (sorry). Demetria Lucas, Matt Elam, Kevin Hart, Taraji P.Henson and Mark Wahlberg.

  1. What is your biggest achievement?

Graduating. Being someone who could never finish anything I started it was monumental for me.

  1. If you could live your life all over again, what would you do differently? (in a nutshell).

*Sigh* hmmm…well, for one I would take school more serious. Second, I would say no to drugs, alcohol and nicotine. I also would take the time to find, learn and understand myself at a younger age. Last but not least, all my writings from high school moving forward I would keep (it would’ve made writing a book so much easier).

Now that I have done my bit of answering questions, it’s my chance to ask some Qs to my nominees. My pick of nominees are *drum roll* ….

Sheespeaks

Lifeoutofthebox

Dontmindmetomorrow

Uniquelymeme

hearts on sleeves club

My Female Persuasion

Perfectly Imperfect

20something and beyond

Girl, Interrupted

My Life, My Rules

Confessions of an Island Girl

My questions to my nominees are as follows:

  1. What/who inspired you to start your blog?
  2. What do you do to get inspired?
  3. What would your first reaction be, if you woke up to find you had lost the contents of your blog?
  4. What is your favorite book, blog and quote?
  5. What is your favorite post you have written?
  6. If you could publish a book, what would the title be?
  7. What is your favourite hobby?
  8. Tell me one thing interesting about yourself.
  9. What is the thing you like the most about blogging?
  10. What is your biggest achievement?
  11. If you could live your life all over again, what would you do differently? (in a nutshell).

Congratulations to all my nominees and hope you will pass the thread around to many more bloggers.