Year 8: Make It Great

Happy New Year, my loves!

On the first of this month, I celebrated my 8th year as a blogger. Yeah, 8 whole years.

It is hard to describe what these past 8 years have been like, let alone feel like but I can assure you that I’ve come a long way from the 17-year-old that used to go by Kween K.

I’ve changed. And if you have been a reader of mine for a while, then you know this blog has changed too.

Sometimes we reject change. Sometimes we are resistant to it. But when it comes to this blog of mine, I embrace the changes. My words have helped me navigate and (sometimes grudgingly lol) embrace the changes of life and womanhood in general.

My words have healed both you and me these last few years.

My words have been a power source of motivation, inspiration, tenacity, and authenticity.

My words have helped me grow more comfortable with being myself.

My words have taken me places.


In year 7, I quietly accomplished a lot yet was the most visible and vulnerable I had ever been in years.

My annual self-love workshop was sold out.

I was a guest on 2 really great podcasts.

I published 1,000 blog posts.

I finally started selling merchandise.

I struggled and overcame and started healing for real in year 7.

I’ve always been a person who was aware that she had a voice, unafraid to share her opinion. But year 7 helped me step into my power.

Photos by Tye Moores | @photyegraphy

I’ll be honest with you all: Sometimes, I feel like I am behind. Managing your own brand and constantly growing it year after year isn’t easy. Sometimes I feel like I should be “much further along” and that has been said to me before.

But…. when I tell those negative voices to be quiet, I understand that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. This journey is mine, and no one else’s.

@photyegraphy

The number 8 represents balance, wisdom, and expansion. This is what year 8 for me is all about. 8 years in, how can I expand what I already have, yet gain more?

More importantly, what can you all expect from me this year?

The first thing you all should know is: This is my LAST blog post for a while. At least until my book that I am currently writing, is published. Stay tuned for more updates about that via my email list and on my social media. My book is slated to release in March and it is a part manifesto, part journal prompt about the journey of self-love. I am looking forward to becoming an author this year, it has been a dream of mine for as long as I could remember.

The second thing you can expect from me this year is another annual #WriteYourselfALoveLetterChallenge self-love workshop, coming in March. Every year it gets bigger, better, and more impactful and I am excited to share what I’ve been working on.

The last thing you can expect from me this year? Expansion.

Thank you God for the blessings in advance.

Cheers to year 8! Let’s make it great!

Other Things We Can Watch Besides Sorority Sisters

Photo via Flickr.
Photo via Flickr.

Somehow, we all knew that VH1’s new “reality” show Sorority Sisters was going to be a mess, but yet most of us watched it anyway. And because I am tired of seeing it talked and argued about (Especially the tired old argument of why women in Greek lettered organizations want this show pulled off the air and not shows like Love and Hip-Hop) I compiled a list of things that WE (those of us that are non-Greek and those of us that are) can watch, that are WAY better than Sorority Sisters.

Enjoy!

1. Black Boots

A friend of mine put me on to this show a couple months ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Though I am not apart of any organization, I think this show does an excellent job of capturing Greek life and what it means to be a Black college student in today’s times. It is enthralling to see the transformations each character endures, and I’m excited to see where this web series goes. The creator (Geno Brooks) happens to be a man of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, a Chicago native and is an overall visual genius to me. Below is the first episode to the series and you can even catch the extended versions of these episodes on their Vimeo page here.

2. #NAPS (Neos and Prophytes)

Created by a hilariously funny man of Kappa Alpha Psi, this show is a over exaggerated, outrageously comedic parody of all the Greeks in the Divine Nine. All his videos will have you on the floor dying, but while you’re at it, check out his other comedic efforts as well. Below is the first episode of NAPS, which came out a little over a year ago.

3. Omega Rho: Worst Probate Ever?

This Delta I know actually showed me this video. I actually know one lady of Sigma Gamma Rho, but we don’t have a chapter on my college campus. Nonetheless, this is indeed the worst probate I’ve ever seen, but I watch it for pure comedy.

4. Welcome To The Yard

I actually came across this video yesterday, and I’ve watched it too many times to count LOL. I love that the Greeks from Valdosta State University came together to display such an enormous amount of creativity, and I must say, EVERY organization represented in this video snapped!

What are some of your favorite web series, videos and other forms of media that center around Greek life? Share them in the comments below!

3 Female Artists Everyone Should Be Listening To

This is a list. There isn’t much to say about this list, except that these women are dope, and I feel that EVERYONE should know who they are, and check out their music. In the comments, feel free to add your own thoughts on who everyone should be listening to…. Enjoy!

#3 – Ashley Laschelle 

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@AshleyLaschelle

Where She’s From: Chicago, IL

Why She’s Dope: Well, this woman is like a songbird on a dreary day. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she’s a beautiful person as well, and I even got the privilege to interview her over the summer. She’s also dope because she’s just so ambitious, and she always puts out quality work, and you can tell through her relentless work ethic.

My Favorite From Her : Recently, she has released a new single, and not only did I play it for the rest of the night when it landed in my email, but it also made me super thirsty for her upcoming album Letting Go, which is dropping soon. Until then PLEASE listen to I Choose Love 

#2 – Jayy Starr 

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@JayyStarr

Where’s She From: Los Angeles, California

Why She’s Dope: I found out about her almost a year ago from http://www.traprockarchives.com, a dope blog based out of Baltimore. When I first heard her song Dragonflies, I soon confirmed that she is a lyrical goddess, and my theory was proven over and over again with each song she put out.

My Favorite From Her: Recently, she has started doing #RewindFridays an installment of freestyles videos over classic beats done by legendary female MC’s. The one below is a cover of MC Lyte’s Poor Georgie, a song that I LOVE, and I think Jayy Starr is brilliant for even doing this!

#1 – Klevah

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@Lyrical_Myracle 

Where She’s From: Charleston, IL

Why She’s Dope: I first came across Klevah over the summer, in her Pretty Ninja video, and I’ve been enthralled ever since. Then, she dropped The W8, which is possibly the coldest mixtape I have ever heard. To put it simply, Klevah slays. And I refuse to argue about that

My Favorite From Her: It’s hard to pick a fave from Klevah, because I legit like everything. But her visual for BiPolar is definitely something worth listening to and watching.

Now that this list is complete, I wanna know your thoughts! Either tweet me @TeamKweenK or comment below!