4/28/2022

Are you aware of your brand? Build IT and they will come

 Hey ladies! Do you have a different persona when you're at work? It's normal right? We all have a professional version of ourselves that is somewhat different from our personal selves. There is nothing wrong with that but there is one thing that needs to be consistent regardless and that's our personal brand. Not your personal image but your personal brand. Your personal brand should be authentic because your personal image is only at a superficial level and mostly applies to first impressions and introductory meetings. It's superficial and based on appearances. 

You're able to gauge some personal brand content about who I am based on some images.


However your personal brand is more intrinsic. It's your authentic self and it's comes through whether we intensionally curate it or not. Your personal brand bleeds through prominently online within your social media accounts. It's a compilation what you're emitting over time and consistently displaying. Your personal brand incorporates your personal image which is your outward appearance and combines your personality. It includes the factors that leads into your personality such as your education, passions, character, routines and strengths. It even includes your profession, friends, social status, neighborhood and your choice in spouse. It all lends to your personal brand and we all have one. Your personal brand drives your actions and reactions. 

With that understood, how do we want the world to perceive our personal brand? How do people feel when they're around you? Do the energy change when you're in the room and if so how? Control your narrative and make sure that you narrate your own progression in life by controlling what you can and that could start by contouring your personal brand. The goal is to make sure that what you're putting out is received positively to all that comes in contact with you, whether that's online or in real life. It's also ensuring that what you put out virtually matches what you have going on in real life. 

Tips to build your personal brand...

1     Be authentic! Show your real self and passion. I cannot stress this enough. We're all bombarded with information but we can tell bullshit when we see it and we also can feel authentic joy. It's transparent. 

2    Define your values! Know your strengths and weakness and build on your strengths. When you feel passionate about a subject, you become invested and people notice the shift in energy whether good or bad so make it good. 

    Network! Meet and build your tribe. They are key allies that you'll need and aversion is good too because haters talk. All buzz is welcomed when building your brand. Just make sure that your actions are authentic and pure.

4    Know your strengths or what you want to be well versed in at least. 

5    Invest in yourself and invest (time and energy) in your network.

6    Consistency is key!  Repetitively push your brand and model what you're selling or want to convey 

7    Carve out a niche that makes you different and distinct and TELL YOUR STORY

2/17/2022

Jeen-yuhs A Kanye Trilogy on Netflix

In true Kanye West fashion, he documented his rise to fame before he even knew he would be famous. Absolutely, he had a buzz in his hometown for making beats but as a rap artist he was non-existent. However if there were any depiction of hard work and dedication to ones dream, it was surely captured in Jeen-yuhs. The first of the three part Netflix series was released on Wednesday February 16 and part 2 and 3 will be released 2/23 and 3/2. 

Part 1 of the documentary starts with him in Chicago where he makes his rounds among the local talent making a name for himself as the beat hit maker. From the intro the series also features the cinematographer Coodiem who cast himself as a second character while he narrates about the ambition of both he and Kanye.  He states that he uprooted his life to make the move with Kanye as he moves to NYC in pursuit of his dream to not only be a producer making beats but also a rapper. As he states Kanye had a spark and from what he saw was destine to make it. From the beginning you witness a brace faced young humbled Kanye as he sits in a Newark apartment playing his songs for anyone who would listen. It also depicts the strong bond he shared with his mother Donda West and she can be seen within docu-series supporting her young son and always smiling. You can physically see the love and support that she poured into him and hindsight, knowing what we all know now it's both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It's actually the most poignant part of the series and left me sympathetic. Regardless of the current popular opinion on Kanye 2022, we can all relate to him during these chronicled early days and to me makes him seem more personable but I believe that's the point. 


2/10/2022

Robert DeNiro's Granted rights to build NYC Movie Studio

 Robert DeNiro was just granted permission from the NY Planning Authority rights to move forward with a 7 story movie studio in Queens. That's huge for the city and a solid attempt to move production away from LA. NYC is no stranger to being the backdrop for motion pictures. However having variety in studios allow for more production to be shoot in NY which can lead to jobs. Personally I think it's a win for NY and the students of NYU, NYFA, Parsons and a list of other schools who offer film programs. 







2/04/2022

Feels Like Home

 I haven't logged into write in a while. It's actually been 2+ years and while signing in and seeing my landing page, it felt like coming home so let's get to it! I made a bomb recipe and its the first thing that I definitely want to share. Actually I'm sharing and using this to save for my own record because it was THAT DAMN good!!! It's full of flavor and they blend together perfectly. Plus I've been on my healthy kick and it fits the healthy bill coming in at under 600 calories!

Kale salad with curried chickpeas and roasted walnuts. I also added dried cranberries to this salad for  extra sweetness and salmon for my protein. Prep work is required for the curried chickpeas. I used fresh chickpeas and let them sit overnight instead of using canned chickpeas but canned is fine and just as healthy. To roast them, I laid them out on a baking sheet making sure they were dry. Then brush olive oil over them and sprinkle with curry powder (I used mild Jamaican curry powder), coriander and salt. Coriander is not necessary but I added it to ensure that my chickpeas were seasoned well. Then bake them in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. 

Simultaneously I also baked my salmon. I season my salmon the same way each time I cook it and it's always GREAT (YESSSS I'm bragging because it delicious). Season the salmon filet with onion powder, garlic powder, a small amount of Old Bay seasoning, fresh dill, fresh lemon juice and melted butter. 

For the salad I mix kale, shredded carrots and spinach. Slightly sautee them in olive oil and garlic making sure not over wilt them. While cooking squeeze in a small amount of fresh lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or so to get your veggies soft then set aside and add your Craisins (dried cranberries)

Roasted cinnamon walnuts aren't required but it definitely adds to the dish making it on the gourmet side! It's also simple and takes 2 minutes. In a saucepan heat a small pat of butter, add cinnamon while the butter is melting and add a small squirt of honey then add your crushed walnuts. Make sure you start off with small amounts of the honey butter because you don't want to drown your walnuts because they'll stick together. You only want to coat them. This should also be your last step when adding to your salad. 

At this point the chickpeas and salmon should be ready to come out of the oven. You don't want to overcook your salmon as it dries it out. You want moist salmon. Add your salmon and chickpeas to the top of your kale/spinach salad and enjoy!