I have thoroughly enjoyed Marie’s daily Love Letter Challenge. Though it ended March 30th, I intentionally saved the final writing prompt for my birthday weekend. Knowing I would be in a reflective space tonight influenced my decision to wait to write this piece. Although my birthday was yesterday and this weekend was awesome; this intentional quiet time is a beautiful moment.

Welcome to the final day of #TheLoveLetterProject Writing Challenge created by Marie of The Notion Of Love! If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on Days 1-29 here!

To Yourself, A Constant Reminder

e,

I’m really so very proud of you.

I, more than anyone else – know what you’ve been through. I know what you’ve suffered, lost and survived. I also know what you’ve given away and what you’ve forfeited. Many would have stayed down when knocked down – but not you. You continued to press on and even protected others at the expense of everything that made you…you.

But going forward…never, ever again.

Never and I mean never forget who you are and Whose you are.

You are worthy and deserving of every blessing your Creator has for you.

You are worthy of the range of love you give.

You are worthy of the height, weight and depth of life you so selflessly give to others.

You are worthy of healing.

You are worthy of receiving.

You are worthy of success.

You are worthy of respect.

You are worthy of self care.

You are worthy of self love.

I love you and I love the you…

You are now

And are becoming.

Never lose you…looking to and for another.

Happy Birthday e! And remember…

If they don’t think you’re deserving…

They don’t deserve you.

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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Welcome to Day 8 of #TheLoveLetterProject Writing Challenge created by Marie of The Notion Of Love! If you’re just joining me, you can catch up on the rules here!

Day 8

To The Girl With The Beautiful Faith

We often overlook the most poignant demonstrations of faith because they are seemingly simple. But it’s childlike faith that begins at conception then bellows the loudest when manifested; no matter the age.

To the mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, siblings, elders, midwives, sisters, friends, classmates, lovers, life givers, caregivers and voices of the village that told the girl with the beautiful faith that being different was her superpower- thank you.

To the girl with the beautiful faith,

Though you may or may not choose to acknowledge a power higher than your determination; you exude a courage that faith cannot deny. Keep walking with your head held high, for you encourage millions that they too can kiss the sky. Thank you.

Meet Sarah McDaniel

Meet Winnie Harlow

Meet Khoudia Diop

Meet Kiaya Janel

Meet Connie Chiu

Meet Shalom Blac

Meet Alopecia Amy

Meet Jillian Mercado

Meet Hülya Durmaz

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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Show Description Season 1 Episode 5


Welcome to the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this Couples Edition episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host & Husband of 19 1/2 years – Grammy Award nominated, Stellar Award winning; music producer, composer & musician, Kevin Arthur @kevindarthur; Entrepreneurs & married couple of 22 years; Edward and Ri Laws of http://www.jonbrioche.com @jonbrioche and Entrepreneurs married 2 years; Waleed & Quiana Shamsid-Deen of facebook.com/SupremeBurgerUS @thesupremeburger. Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO https://authenticiteespeaks.com/

++Interviews begin at 28:00

 

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Season 1 Episode 4
Show Description

Welcome to the “Inspiration With E” Radio Show with Ericka Arthur! “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels “E”. Each show she strives to encourage others while sharing different genres of great music, interviewing amazing guests and raising awareness about matters close to her heart! During this special Youth and Young Adult episode “E” Interviews Guest Co-Host – Award winning performer, founder of the #PowerOfADreamTour and host of GrindHard Radio’s Sade Champagne Show; Sade Champagne, Teen singer/songwriter/poet raising Alopecia Awareness; Kayla Arthur, Teen ASCAP artist and drum prodigy; JD Beck and American Idol Season 14 Top 5 finalist; Tyanna Jones. Call-in 323-693-3043 and press “1” to stream LIVE with “E” and her guests ON AIR! Presented by: GRINDHARD RADIO https://authenticiteespeaks.com/

++Interviews begin at 17:40
 
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D I F F E R E N T

Dear Journal,

Got on the scale a few mins ago, entered my weight in my @myfitnesspal app & shuddered at the steady increase from my first entry on Jan. 13, 2013 till now. I then thought about every maladaptive coping mechanism I had but my weight gain was the only one I couldn’t hide. And once I entertained that negative, self demeaning thought, a million other negative thoughts attempted to quickly overtake me.

Then my Creator interrupted the barrage of self inflicted negativity when he whispered, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made…”. Hmmm…I knew the address of the old familiar adage…but it’s what I told OTHERS. I mean, did that still apply to me Creator?

Then peace…this reassuring peace washed over me. A warm reminder to not only speak life over myself but that it was never my Creator’s intentions for me to be anyone else than what I was created to be. It was a sweet reminder that being different was not only hauntingly beautiful…it was incredibly necessary.

Selah,

e

Originally posited 4/12/17 on my NEW Inspirational Instagram Page: INSPIRATION WITH E! Also on FACEBOOK (@InspirationWithE) & Twitter (@EAInspiration). Meet me there!
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I’M A PRODUCT OF

From Mother’s breast

To Purity’s Treasure Chest 

To accepting a Love

That was nailed to the cross

“How archaic!” smug tongues

Jeer at my belief. 

Fast forward to life’s 

gruesome discoveries 

Unreturned phone calls

Unanswered texts

And let’s not forget 

DMs blatantly ignored 

though clearly seen.

Broken promises 

Forbidden inspiration 

Yielding rose garden saturation

In abundance pleasures unknown 

So desperately needed again

Yet remain foreign to me. 

Unfulfilled temptation

False hope positives

Given without hesitation

“Gimme gimme” take takes 

Bathed in consistent

Unappreciation. 

Middle fingers high in the air

Grasping at faint expertise extraordinaire 

All while fighting

To still believe. 

Determined to survive it 

cause it’s the true highest 

level of consciousness

any human being can achieve. 

I’m a producer of this T H A N G 

Though NOTHING has caused 

me more raw pain 

and the damage 

is unbelievably DEEP

Some may see me as a victim 

but since my heart can still beat 

With them I opt not to agree 

I’m just a product of 

this thing spelled 

L O V E 

iWrite 4.28.16

***(Sigh) This is one of my favorite vintage pieces. Just a glimpse of some of what I’ve been writing over the past year but not posting here on my blog. Thank you for taking the ride with me. It nor I, am for the faint of heart.  

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I remember the first time
You broke my heart
And I travailed
Living a pain aloud
I’d not felt before.
I didn’t realize I
Had fallen so deeply.
Attempting to still
Thrive in quicksand
I was unaware Music’s
Most dissonant dark chords
Could feel that way.
It was then that
I learned Love could
Appear full of life
And somehow be it’s
Most twisted song.

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It’s not as though an invitation to “caption this” was noted beneath him in this hypnotic magnetic field masquerading as any other photo on his Instagram page. Nor were his heterochromia soaked eyes behind Canon lens, looking for anyone to co-sign per sé; and yet his work as a photographer, was potent enough to unlock ancient secrets and woo me to the mic, pen in hand.

This ladies and gentlemen, is photographer Damien Anderson.

Self described on his 500px Photography site as an “Urban Explorer and nature and art lover”, he has consistently demonstrated the oft underrated ability to tell a story without using words. Having only recently stumbled across Mr. Anderson’s work, it was very clear from the onset, all were welcome but one must needs discern the tangible presence carefully interwoven within each post.

If you keep listening to him speak, you’ll hear music but it won’t be the #1 Wu Tang Clan fan in him giving cadence to his beat. Instead his heart’s song has been captured strong and in love again, will make you believe…

  Unashamedly in awe with the work captured on his Instagram page, I asked his permission to use a few of his photos as backgrounds (as is customary with Instagram posts) for my poetry. He was kind enough to oblige and I have since posted the pieces on my Instagram poetry page. However the opening photo pictured above (and below) is the photo that sparked a revolution I cannot deny. As soon as I saw it, I immediately began writing and completed in 18 minutes, what has become one of my most favorite pieces of poetry in my arsenal; a piece entitled SMOKE ALARM.

It was a pleasure introducing you to one of the world’s best kept photography secrets, Mr. Damien Anderson. Here’s the poem I wrote inspired by his work. We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we have in taking it. It is a raw example of how Art begats Art and if one remains humble, teachable and alert, inspiration will find you when least expected.

Out of respect for my poetic dismount, I’ll say my goodbyes now.
Love you to life…stay encouraged & inspired🌹e

SMOKE ALARM 


Your lips full

The sweetest of poisons 

Long before they blew 

Kisses and smoke


I hung on to your every word

Praying that my voice was heard

Above the noise of the construction you were under


I found myself reaching 

for you only to be stopped  

By the nouns you let in

That put asunder


I reach

You retreat

I want more

You ignore

You’re so distant and hard now

Like loving me is a chore


I’m fighting through the smoke 

Though it’s burning my eyes

I still crave your forked tongue 

Though its coated with lies


I’m tired of running after you

Already gone, though still here 

I’m weary

I’m restless

I’m done chasing air 



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Today, Feb. 3rd is an International Holiday!! It’s Aaron’s Birthday! (Cue music, release doves) Oh, who’s Aaron? He’s my friend from Junior High School (JHS) that I’ve not seen, nor actually talked to since JHS. If you were to compare our bios, and life experiences after JHS, you wouldn’t think we ran in the same circles. Oh wait. That’s ’cause he runs and I don’t. Yeah see. Now that I think about it…maybe that’s why he looks exactly the same as he did in JHS, minus that retainer that kept him from smiling. No. Really. EXACTLY THE SAME.

The man is ageless.

So why the random birthday shoutout to my Zen, Clean Eating, Champagne Drinking, Extreme Passport Stamp World Traveling, Physically Fit, Pine Nut Chewing, Yoga In Time Square, IT Tech Saavy, Motorcycle Riding, Polar Opposite Childhood Friend?

 It’s pretty simple actually. How many people can say they went to JHS with one of their HEROS?  

That’s. Why. Yep. Pretty. Darn. Cool. I’d. Say…

Now wait (insert sarcastic disclaimer here) No I’m Not A Stalker, Nosy. Though We Also Have The Same HBCU In Common (I transferred after a year and we missed each other); Thanks To My BRIEF Stint On Facebook Many Moons Ago We Reconnected. No We Never Dated. No. We Never Liked Each Other Like That. Nope. Nah. He’s What You Would Call One Of My Brooklyn Homeboys! Word Is Bond Son! And we have a serious love for love in common…

I just wrote a piece about (venturing out to) live a limitless life called Potential a couple of days ago. As I live vicariously through Aaron’s insatiable thirst for adventure I see what it’s like for a guy from the same rough JHS and neighborhood we survived in the streets of Brooklyn NY, to travel the world. On his own time. On his own dime. It’s inspirational. It’s encouraging. He inspires me. I share his stories with my family. I’m now sharing with you. 

Here are his actual realtime  Instagram photos from today and yesterday. He’s in Iceland right now for his birthday! How incredibly breathtaking are these shots?!

  

  

Most people are afraid to dream big for whatever reason. Can we be honest? I admit. I am too sometimes. I’m guilty. I love God and I say I trust Him but sometimes I want to help him draw out the blueprint for the next game plan. You know. Cause I can see so much further than He can…considering I’m omni-nothing and all. (Forgot to insert sarcastic disclaimer. Sorry. Not sorry.)

 
Look. Aaron and I, though polar (bear) opposites and thousands of miles apart have found that the common denominator for all humans is still the same, love.  Here I am writing tons of love/lust/longing poetry and inspirational pieces and he’s constantly encouraging people to love and to live in love. He speaks passionately about how life is too short so we should just: LIVE IT

I’m shouting from laptops and he’s shouting from mountaintops; literally. 

Our love for love is strong. We are both on the battlefield for love. As I’ve said on my Instagram poetry page “I’ve been hurt by it, I’ve been healed by it, but….”

 
He’s a soldier of love. May I make a suggestion? I think it’d be pretty cool to give him a birthday present by checking out his new vision and venture of love. Just go to http://www.soldieroflove.clothing/ and maybe a T-Shirt with a simple message of LOVE this season will catch your eye❤️ 

 
Make it wanderlusterly amazing…

(In Aaron’s honor today, won’t cha?)

Love you to life,

✍🏾💋e
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Where would you go if no one would know and no one could tell you no? I would go here. This would be a perfect spot to go, clear my head and lay before the Lord undisturbed; in an underwater hotel suite. Well for starters anyway. I’d certainly go there tonight…alone. 

I wouldn’t just pick up and leave because I don’t know how to do that. I’d leave all type of “Mommy” instructions and remind them Dad had a gig tonight. Then I’d call my Mom just to give her a heads up so she wouldn’t worry. Then I’d text my Mom in Love (we don’t say “Law” in the family, that’s a no-no) to give her a heads up. Then I’d text a few friends to let them know I’m gonna be outta pocket…

What does that have to do with potential?

Not quite sure. 

Maybe if we weren’t limited by or restricted to certain parameters or constructs we would soar so much higher. 

We’d soar

 
I’d go there tonight. If I weren’t bound by logistics or limits of any kind. Take the limits off. Off God. Off of you. 

There. I provided the ribbon. Now you tie it into a bow.  🎀e

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