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Don’t Dim Your Light!

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In personal relationships and friendships in order to get along with others some tone down their physical appearance and dumb down who they are to eliminate being judged and have people like or love them, but you should NEVER feel like you always have to do that! * That doesn’t mean not to listen to legit people’s constructive criticism, better yourself, but have the discernment to know when someone is always picking on you just because or labeling you a problem because you have confidence or you think differently.

Regardless of your attire, size, complexion, style, or hair texture, SHINE because of how you carry yourself and treat people.

At times some people project their insecurities onto others. If someone is quiet, short, taller, shaped a certain way, or does not share the same interests it does not mean they are stuck up.

I’m a visual learner. So, body language, voice tone, and actions or lack of actions speak louder to me than anything else. Because of others preconceived notions, valid facts, opinions, or environment young women are praised or put down for having certain features, being more introverted, or extroverted.  If you know me I’ve always changed my hairstyles and nail polish frequently. Why? Simply, Because I Can, nothing philosophical or special.  For a brief moment, I will play devil’s advocate and say some use looks to their advantage, don’t take time to even talk or get to know someone for themselves, or think people skills and hard work don’t apply to them.

Some people are naturally thin, others are naturally thick and it won’t matter how much one eats or work out in my Future the rapper voice: Ain’t No Way around It!  Unless surgery for the right reasons.  That’s not an excuse to eat crazy because you’re slender or if you’re bigger in certain places to make fun of another’s body type.  I’m no Fashion Police or What Not to Wear expert or shopper!  However, to eliminate unnecessary drama, annoyances, and insecurities I think it’s at times necessary to shop with people who share your body type or understand dressing for certain styles. Understand the dilemma of being petite, tall, short, skinny, busty, hippy, thick, bigger in certain places, smaller others places, larger other areas, shoe sizes, etc.  My 2 cents: If you can never genuinely verbally, emotionally support, acknowledge, or encourage another person or give another person a compliment something’s seriously wrong!

—Peace Out  follow@asiamber

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When in Rome….Italia

Words can’t even describe how history books have literally come to life before my eyes! I recently had an opportunity to travel overseas. Italy is a beautiful country, rich with historic cities – from the hilly country sides, wine vineyards and valleys, to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and the Coliseum. I feel as if I’m walking in a real-life pop-up book!

After a 13-hour flight from California, we finally touched down in Rome and took an hour flight to Northern Italy, to the fashion capital of Milan and saw the intricate details of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Milan’s hustle-and-bustle city life on narrow-scooter filled streets was instantly seen in a blink of an eye. Then, I was off to Venice, Sorrento, Montecatini, San Domenico and Siena.

We left Milan for Venice. Venice is cool and breezy and where we were serenaded on a gondola boat ride. We moved on to our next adventure and went to Florence to see Michelangelo’s Statue of David. Many areas in Italy, such as The Vatican and beautiful Sistine Chapel are so historic and very sacred that photographs and videos aren’t allowed.

Walking down the narrow cobblestone roads you could see the delicious gelato stands and smell the fresh food and many vendors selling souvenirs and artists sketching the historic cathedrals and other buildings and water fountains.
The next few days were really fast paced, we finally made it
to the beautiful island and hills of Capri, Italy, where we sailed the aqua waves of
The Tyrrhenian Sea to see the breath-taking scenery of Capri.

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Regardless of background music, dance, and the performing arts are the universal language. It’s how we all communicate and connect with one another. On the small, yet efficient minibus radio you could hear Italian and American musical artists such as: Andrea Bucceli, Celine Dion, Beyoncé and Michael Jackson playing. Even though it’s almost 2013, the 90s song “The Macarena”, is still a really popular dance in Italy!
Overall, Italy is gorgeous and the people here really take pride in their country and their city and regions. I’ve learned so much about myself and others while here. I will never forget this opportunity, Mr. and Mrs. McMullins and The Fantasy Tours Family. I am forever grateful for having an education and living in a country that provides me a chance to enhance my mind and horizons overseas and in the States.

ASIAMBER 2013 ©

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My Love is Your LOVE!

Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love”

Even before “SPARKLE” I’ve always loved the sound and energy of this video; from Bobbi Kristina’s and Wyclef’s ad-libs and everyone clapping! Just Live and Love Life!

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Kick, Push, Coast!

Kick, Push, Coast!

Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick Push” is a motivational song!
Check out FVSU student’s Chazz Wilcox (left) and Aaron Jones’ (right) stories about skating and life.

At a very young age Aaron Jones taught himself how to skate on quads and roller blades. Aaron finds it more comfortable and convenient to skate rather than walk. When I was in high school people talked about me and considered me weird, now that I’m in college my roller skating is embraced. My first job was at Olympia Skate Center in Warner Robins, GA. “A lot of people stereotype us skaters as trouble makers and weed smokers, but that’s not me, skating is my drug. It keeps me in shape, out of trouble, and it’s a way I express myself.” When I’m in skating I listen to everything from Gospel to Rap and Rock. I zone out when I have my headphones in and all my feelings whether I’m sad or frustrated go away”.

Skate boarding is now trendy, but Chazz Wilcox has been skate boarding since the age of three. “I learned different tricks by going to skate parks in Columbus and Macon, Georgia and by watching YouTube videos and pro-skateboarder Terry Kennedy”. I would tell beginners don’t be afraid, get out there and try. The number one lesson I’ve learned from skating is if you fall, get back up and try again.

ASIAMBER 2013 ©

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We All Try

I love this song by Frank Ocean. The main point is that we all make mistakes, but in life we must BELIEVE & TRY!  ©ASIAMBER 2013

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Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls?

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls?......
Last night aerialist, Nik Wallenda, successfully walked across Niagara Falls on a steel tightrope! This guy is crazy, but he’s focused! Wallenda appeared to be so calm and peaceful suspended in the air, like it was no big deal if he fell and died. Despite the critics and supporters life is about taking risks even if scared. From roller coasters, go karts, skating, and jet skis I’ve always been kind of an adrenaline junkie. In middle school I conquered walking on a tightrope and going zip lining! Was I afraid? Yes, but my friends and I had fun daring and encouraging each other. When others doubt, say you can’t or question your abilities sometimes it’s motivation to succeed.    Throwback of the day:”Waterfalls” Album: #CrazySexyCool RIP Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

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Trash TV

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©ASIAMBER 2013

Reality shows are the new soap operas and  equivalent of sporting events for women. Between the housewives with no homes or husbands, name calling, hair pulling, and drink throwing I am embarrassed!  Yet, can’t turn away because this is good TV! Pass the popcorn, please! (Don’t act like you haven’t watched, I know you’re guilty ;)Maybe women and some men watch because we all know a Drita, Tami, Evelyn, NeNe, Chrissy, and Kim. No, these aren’t our friends or role models, but grown women who have branded themselves by airing their dirty laundry and high school Mean Girls drama on national TV.  These “nonfactors” are now celebrities, with lucrative contracts and appearance fees.  Scripted reality is the ultimate “come-up” for basic and thirsty chicks. Seriously, what do some of these “women” do besides shop, instigate, and name drop?

I want to give some of them a dictionary because female dog is the only word they seem to know and the irony is that that’s what they act like.  Kanye’s “Golddigger” should be the theme song for all of the shows. You would think that the pro-athletes and entertainers some of the women are affiliated with would have learned from the song’s lyrics. I can only imagine what their children and other family members think of them acting a hot mess on national TV.   However, what I noticed was that the majority of these women have low self esteem or a troubled or abusive past.  I learned the following from certain reality shows:  Stand by your man even though he doesn’t acknowledge your presence or is in and out of jail. Be a fiancé or a jump-off for a decade, reveal secrets at the most inappropriate times, crash charity events, meet up with people you don’t like, then wonder why there’s an argument or physical assault. Go into debt by keeping up with the Jones’. Network producers are sitting back laughing straight to the bank off of foolishness.

The only thing I can do is shake my head and read a book afterwards to gain my brain cells back. Yeah, it’s just a show and only entertainment, if you don’t like it change the channel.  But, what about the young girls and women who emulate these characters, take their advice, or think that that’s how a man is suppose to treat you?  What about the stereotypes and generalizations some of these shows perpetuate to naive audiences? What about real actors who are out of work because reality shows have higher ratings? All I wanted to say was that all women do NOT act this way. Now back to your regular scheduled programming.

©ASIAMBER 2013