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Letter of Reflection

Rakiya George

Dear Younger Self, I’m writing to you to let you know that whatever you go through is nothing that you cannot handle. You cannot, shall not, and will not stress over things that are completely out of your control. Life has this amazing way of calming you down in the midst of your current rage or disappointment. Your world is not ending, it is constantly adapting and moving forward. You are a flower constantly blooming, and if there is a drought, or a shortage in rain fall, understand that you will continue to rise. 

Captured in Jersey City, shot by  V. Aura  of  Aura Studios  

Captured in Jersey City, shot by V. Aura of Aura Studios 

You cannot be stopped; stand your ground. Negativity will try to uproot you and change who you are, change your form. You were perfectly planted to do exactly what you wanted to do, and only you can control that direction. You’re the only person that can stunt your growth from being great. Growth is important, and I want you to please take note of everything that you go through. It’s beautiful to look back and understand the changes that could’ve been made. That only prepares you more for the future.

Captured in Jersey City, shot by  V. Aura  of  Aura Studios  

Captured in Jersey City, shot by V. Aura of Aura Studios 

Dear Younger Self, I’m writing to you to let you know that your heart is stronger than you think it is. You are going to go through immense pain and think you cannot prevail, but you will. The heart being pulled at is part of life, and you cannot hold onto every person you give it to. You have to limit that amount and know that everyone isn’t for you. Take your time when choosing who you share your heart with; you only have one. It can easily be tainted and change the person that you are destined to be.

You outgrow people, you understand what is meant to be will be. What you may think is broken, is only becoming better. What you think is hurting you, is making you the strongest you could possibly be. These issues pulling and crushing your heart are doing absolutely nothing, because your heart isn’t crushed at all. Sadness is a simple reaction, and you’re far from sad. You’re as strong as they come, and a little mishap shall not ruin your shine. The heart was made to endure pain, and that pain prepares you for whatever life decides to throw at you.

Captured in Jersey City, shot by  V. Aura  of  Aura Studios  

Captured in Jersey City, shot by V. Aura of Aura Studios 

Dear Younger Self, I need you to take care of yourself. I need you to nourish your body and make sure that you are your own priority. I need you to listen to your body when it speaks. You’re a busy body, but taking breaks is essential. You can do everything all on your own, however, you need to make time to prioritize and plan accordingly.

You're extremely independent, and I adore that, but know when to slow down. This is the only body that you will ever have, and I need you to cherish it. Drink your water, take care of your skin, pray. Meditate and speak on what you’d like to accomplish. Be patient, and know that everything happens for a reason, so do not question your timing. You’re going to do great things, and be a wholesome person. One that exudes with positivity, and loves love.

Captured in Jersey City, shot by  V. Aura  of  Aura Studios  

Captured in Jersey City, shot by V. Aura of Aura Studios 

Dear Younger Self, your Older Self is still figuring life out. She is learning as she goes and is taking notes. She understands that life is extremely unpredictable, but beautiful all at the same time. She is trusting her path and going in the direction that she feels is right. She is letting go of toxicity in all forms; people, habits, etc. She is tackling adulthood and making moves. Everyday is a blessing and opportunity to do something great, whether it is big or small. She’s inspiring people with her words, and finding out what it means to be happy. She is a work in progress, just like anybody else. She is proud of the woman you will become and a lot of people are proud of you too. You're going places Younger Self, appreciate the journey.

- Rakiya G

It Was All Written: Love Yourself First

Rakiya George

Love is a necessary force for any human to survive; to feel, to remain complete. We as mind-evolving people try to figure out what love can do for us daily; but do we understand it? Do we truly know what love is? Have we really experienced it? What is its purpose?

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by  Joel Serrano

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano

He takes you out and buys you nice things… But how does your heart feel? Have you guys grown together? Have you grown as individuals? What are his aspirations in life? What are yours? When you speak about the future is it ‘we’ or ‘me’? What does he want to accomplish? What do you want to accomplish? Does he pray for you? Do you pray for yourself?

Everyone doesn’t find their love at the age of five in a playground, or at a basketball game in high school, or during homecoming in college. Often time’s people lose themselves in lieu of what they perceive love to be.

I think as we grow older, we endure times where we lose track of what is and isn’t. There’s disconnect between our mind and our actions. We become blind; numb in some cases. When it comes to love, I’ve seen people lose themselves entirely by the idea of someone loving them, when that love wasn’t even present. There is a difference between being loved and being cared about. I can speak from my own experience and say that it isn’t the prettiest picture to paint.

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by  Joel Serrano

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano

I loved someone, but I was more so fixated on the idea of that person being mine. Claiming me. Leaning on me. I held him down. But we weren’t in love; I hurt him in ways where one shouldn’t have to fathom that type of pain. Then that same pain was reciprocated right back to me; we matched each other’s carelessness and forgot our purpose for being together.

The relationship was over before it started. We said we loved each other, but the journey was a constant battle. More tears of pain than tears of joy. My mind became so cloudy; I didn’t even know what I was involved with anymore. This wasn’t a relationship. We held on because we felt like we needed to. Love isn’t an obligation; it’s something that you should want to do/feel, it’s something you cherish.

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by  Joel Serrano

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano

I wasn’t happy, but I didn’t want to let go, nor did I want to be alone. Being alone was one of my biggest fears… but when the water ran dry, I had to pick up the pieces and rebuild myself. I felt like I didn’t have anyone and I didn’t know how to accept the pain of being without him.

See, I wasn’t raised to be weak or dependent on anyone; it took time, several months to almost a year to be exact because my heart yearned to be loved. But I realized I was happier without him, I thought differently, I laughed more, and I was content. I started to love myself again. I realized that I’m a gem and I could preserve my worth on my own. 

It’s a process to appreciate one’s solitude because you aimlessly spend time thinking. It’s as if your mind is a blank canvas and all of your thoughts are being thrown in millions of colors and it’s jumbled. You just have to breathe, because baby girl life goes on. Life is actually great and whoever decides to give you their all will bless you the way God intended them to do so. So you may mess up here and there, and your judgement may not always be the best, but when that love comes in all its innocence and purity, you will be the most fulfilled woman in the world. Don’t look for love, let it come to you. Stand your ground and love the hell out of yourself, because if you can’t love yourself, how can you love anybody else? – signed a self-loving black girl

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by  Joel Serrano

Captured in Jersey City, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano