What would happen if...

I could just create and manage 1 to-do list

Adults would not complain about their life for one hour

Children would not complain about their life for thirty min 

People would read the story and not JUST the headline

You WOULD PRAY

People didn't litter in the subway

High school reunions didn't feel so...high schoolish

You would run your own race

Everyone took a collective deep breath and realized it's not that deep

You would have taken that chance on us

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But, With Correct Perspective...

Mannnn ain't nothing like a good word from the Lord! Especially with all the fuck shit going on in US politics. My mouth seems to always be on the floor when 45 tweets. I often find myself laughing and I am now realizing it's to keep from crying at the 2nd hand embarrassment I feel being from the US and the overall leadership. I will say this though, it has led me to look deeper into my understanding of how all of this government shit works because this is a mess. 

Not a picture from my bday - just one I really like! Living that lean, mean startup life in Boulder, CO. I did the whole capsule wardrobe thing. Black/Grey with a sprinkle of tan pieces and a total of 20 items for a 4 - month stay. Thanks Pinterest! 

Not a picture from my bday - just one I really like! Living that lean, mean startup life in Boulder, CO. I did the whole capsule wardrobe thing. Black/Grey with a sprinkle of tan pieces and a total of 20 items for a 4 - month stay. Thanks Pinterest! 

Recently, I celebrated a birthday - the yearly one, the one where people call and text you and put messages on your FaceBook page about your special day. Frankly, everyday that I wake up imo is my birthday. And everyday I attempt to open myself up to receive more knowledge as my cofounders and I build our cannabis media company EstroHaze. And we are challenged to level up daily. 

Since returning back East I have been cleaning out my closets and home really, to get rid of things my partner and I aren't using, and I came across this 7 day Live on Purpose devotional I got via TD Jakes ministries. Apparently I stopped at Day 3, and I am not even sure what year it was I started using the devotional tbh. What I do know is, I picked right back up where I left off and today I am on Day 5 - Is it a Crisis or Transition (Be Strong and Very Courageous)

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Anyhow, today's devotional really spoke to me because I know I am NOT in a crisis (despite a dwindling checking account) but in fact I am in a transition and it's sooooo ripe right now. The excitement I feel when I get up in the mornings, ready to work on EstroHaze is unlike anything else I have ever felt. Actually, I am so hungry for expansion, knowledge, and seizing opportunities that I had to really step back a few weeks ago and work on hard stops. As much as I want my business endeavors to GROW and become fruitful, I need to get rest and I need to take care of myself and spend time with my family. All of me feeds into my work which turns arounds and feeds right back into me. 

Sometimes we're forced into what looks like a crisis, ie: a job loss or when a loved one passes away - but these "crises" are opportunities to transition and level up. That's why it's important to have courage and find ways to build it up if you lack in that department. If you need some courage, check out Shaka Zulu on Netflix and 1980's mini-series about an African King who grew up damn near a bastard, and he had crisis after crisis - and eventually he made it to the throne that so many people didn't want him to attain. I read my bible, listen to podcast, read articles, etc to keep my mental health in check so I don't wallow in self-doubt and unbelief. 

All of which leads me to perspective. It's important to have the right perspective on your situation and find a way to see pass your circumstances. I don't see my dwindling bank account as a crisis, my bills are up to date (always a plus) and I have plenty of food in my fridge. What I see is a NEW opportunity to expand my marketing consulting business and reignite my acting career, especially since my cofounders and I are back from the business accelerator in Colorado we were accepted into back in February of this year. 

EstroHaze cofounders from L to R: Safon Floyd, Sirita Wright, and Kali Wilder 

EstroHaze cofounders from L to R: Safon Floyd, Sirita Wright, and Kali Wilder 

The right perspective on your situation can empower you and give you the energy you need to get done the things which need to be done to improve what you perceive to be a crisis. I can vividly recall the times I did not look at a situation with a fresh perspective and instead took the easy way out "why did this have to happen to me." Until one day my mom, sick of my whining said "why not you, who are you that bad stuff can't happen?" That led to a major inward shift. She was right, bad stuff happens sometimes and shit - what you gonna do? Wallow in self-pity, maybe for a few minutes or a couple of days - but then what? I choose to fight that inner demon that wants me to be salty and point the finger at others, instead I choose to get my shit together. Cause when I get my shit together, I can help another person get their shit together and together we can get this country on track. Personally, I'd implement mandatory Yoga and meditation statewide so we can get some collective clarity going! But, I might be too progressive for yall. 

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Getting back to perspective though, what my mom said to me then, moved me to take my life and desires in my own hands. From getting out of toxic relationships to pursuing my acting desires. Her advice is pretty much the same thing I say to people waiting for their circumstances to change or blaming everyone else for where they are in their life. Get your shit together and fuck what they think, whoever they is, and fuck your circumstances - go get your blessing! Because the time is ripe, the time is now and the window to possess the land is going to close. Pick up the book, take the class, sell the car and level up. 

With love, SavageGazelle 

 

 

Came Back For You

It's been awhile and the pressure is on to perform. I haven't even been home for a full month, and that's a bit shocking. I took a HUGE leap back in February and made a move to Boulder, CO. EstroHaze, a cannabis startup I cofounded with two colleagues was accepted into a business accelerator. 

The last few weeks I have just been working to get myself organized and find a new normal. Everyday is so different now. With the exception of EstroHaze's weekly meetings and podcast recordings. Normally this time of year I'd be in Florida with my old job covering one of their yearly events. This year however, I am working for myself. 

One thing I was able to do, since getting back home was make a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The BBG is absolutely one of my favorite places in New York. I highly recommend stopping by if you live in or plan on visiting Brooklyn. 

All photos taken by bae 

 

 

 

Guided into Gratitude // Keeping a Gratitude Journal

The year has flown by. I've gotten sharper and grown more business savvy. I traveled to Nigeria and taught about social media strategy. I moderated a panel on cannabis business opportunities and interviewed a MAJOR Silicon Valley tech CEO.  I promise I will continue to soar even higher in 2017, God willing. What I am really clear on, these final days of the year is getting back to my spiritual center. The theme for the month of January is Guidance. When I'm guided I move with intention and obtain deeper impact. I'm at peace within, and things that I don't know or understand, I pray on it and put it in God's hands. I MUST stay in peace. I can't afford to lose my cool or have my ego taking over my actions. I don't want to be too consumed with what other people are doing, or what someone may think of me. I want to be guided, have my steps ordered so that nothing stops me from doing what the hell I need to do, which is: Keep it Pushing! I encourage any and everyone to do the same! 

This morning I was guided to pray for those in authority. I can't remember the last time I prayed for elected officials, other countries or even those who are in authority at my place of employment. I guess you could say I forgot to care, I speak more in detail about this on anchor. 

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For Christmas, I got myself a few gifts, lol. One of my gifts to self, a small journal. It's my new gratitude journal. A few years ago I was working for a motivational teacher who was a BIG believer in keeping a gratitude journal. He gave me my first one when I worked for him. It took me about 2 years to fill it out, I hope to cut the time in half with my new journal. When I flip through my old gratitude journal it truly does fill my heart with joy to see how excited and grateful I was about any and everything. The years it took me to complete that gratitude journal were some pretty lean years. It was after the 2008 recession and I was working 2 part-time jobs that still didn't cover all of my expenses and my 8-year-old Volkswagon Beetle was draining me financially as well. But there I was learning, growing and expanding. At one point I was mad at God because I worked at a call center, all the way out in Coney Island no less, but I was grateful to be employed. I was grateful my boss Jullien was teaching me about building a community, working in your passion and what a sales funnel was. Despite any setbacks, there was so much to be grateful for and I captured as much of it as I could in my journal. It's been on my mind a lot lately, the need to document the little things. As I once again set out to reshape my life + career and expand on my gifts and talents in the New Year I will again keep a gratitude journal to stay humble and connected to my spiritual center. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[VIDEO] 6 Things I Learned From Ryan Leslie

I had the opportunity to interview Ryan Leslie, acclaimed music producer and tech entrepreneur at the Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit. Ryan was fresh off the 'Intersection of Music & Entertainment' panel dropping gems about audience development and how using data wisely is critical to business success.

I didn't realize how long the video was, a whopping 8 min until I was typing time-stamps for those that want to get to the nitty gritty! I do however suggest you do watch until the end, because Ryan Leslie gave his perspective on a range of topics from how he uses data to influence content and creativity, to which rappers are leveraging the digital marketplace most effectively, I asked him for 5 but he could only name 3. Ryan also shared his ideas on how tech companies can close the diversity gap. 

1. Which brands are pushing the envelope when it comes to brand awareness @ 2:18

2. Why creating priceless experiences is the only option @ 3:13

3. Saying YES to non-traditional @ 3:55 

4. How can startups close the diversity gap @ 5:30

5. Top rappers KILLING it with digital marketing / brand awareness @ 7:28

6. Ryan shares his phone number - do send him a text! 

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Singer, Harvard grad and entrepreneur Ryan Leslie gets the message across with SuperPhone texting

High Holidaze | Cannabis Gift Guide

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! I am in the midst of not only doing some end of the year cleaning, clearing my home of unworn clothes, unused dishes and anything else taking up space long past its expiration date. While at the same time I am introducing fresh, new items into my life. I am zeroing in on an alternative Christmas tree, see here, here and here as I prepare to decorate my own home for the holidays this week.

With that, while perusing Amazon for Christmas gifts for the fam, I had to see what kind of gifts Amazon had for the cannabis lover and they had much, much more than what I was expecting! I've narrowed their selection of cannabis gifts down to 5 - this curated selection has jewelry and household goods to gift the ones you love! 

Stay lifted! And if you missed my first cannabis gift guide, check it out here

1. Cartoon hand http://amzn.to/2gRClPM 

2. Pot leaf mug http://amzn.to/2gEbx89 

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3. Brown leather bracelet http://amzn.to/2gWu5kz 

4. Pot leaf charm bracelet http://amzn.to/2fXBlNt 

5. Dangle earrings http://amzn.to/2fXIzRp 

Art and Commerce | SOHO Stories

I love museums and art exhibits. It's definitely a pastime of mine and I firmly believe when I retire from it all - my days will be filled with the task of curating a great museum somewhere. When I first moved to New York I would visit a website called OpenBar.com (I don't think the site exist anymore) and see where all the free art openings were happening in the city. My roommate David and I would discover all kinds of art and artist not just in New York, but from around the world.

There was another bonus to frequenting OpenBar.com events. Outside of meeting new people and enjoying art - there was also food and drink in the form of free wine and cheese - hence the name OpenBar.com. But I digress. 

Fast forward a few weeks ago on my SOHO visit (Patrick had to be dragged and ended up really enjoying it) I got to see CJ Hendry's large scale pen on paper drawings up close and personal. Hendry is an Australian artist who counts Kanye West as a client. Hendry has a love affair with luxury items like Hermes and Gucci and she often uses them in her work. I saw she was having an exhibition and being a lover of all things luxury myself, I knew once I peeped the oversized Hermes handbag this was the art opening for me! 

Check out more of CJ Hendry's "The Trophy Room" exhibit below.  

'Kash Kurrency'

Only four more years #kanye2020

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CJ in action 

Wondering how long it takes to make one of these drawings, or how much CJ Hendry can make just from selling just one...watch below! 

How To Get Involved in The Cannabis Industry

I recently had the opportunity to speak on a Women Grow panel about diversity and inclusion within the cannabis industry. My advice to all: Grow Where You Are. Check out the video and be sure to have a Dankful Thanksgiving! 

Keep it Luxe with these high-end cannabis accessories!

These products will elevate your overall experience with one of God's greatest gifts to the planet! 

7 Health Benefits of Cannabis

Is cannabis really medicine?

Today more than 20 states have legalized medicinal marijuana and three states plus the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medicinal and recreational use. (Read More

 

Cannabis is one of the most diverse natural plants in the world, check out some of its many uses below!