Saturday Meditation. West Side Contemplation.

Everyone needs a fix–something that gets them centered and in a certain state of [peace] or bliss. I’ve constantly been going on and on about how this year is all about [change]. There’s so much going on in the lives of those around me, mostly good, but rapidly changing; and it can be a lot to process at times. Last year, I started bike riding on the weekends and it’s become like therapy for me. Now that the weather is on track again, I couldn’t wait to get back on my routine this past Saturday.

I left my apartment in Fort Greene (BK), ventured across the Brooklyn Bridge and rode up the West Side Highway to Columbus Circle. I made a few stops along the water to soak in the morning energy of the city and enjoy the solitude. It’s almost meditative for me at this point. The spring breeze blowing past me set the perfect scene and I spent a little brain power reflecting over some recent changes in my life. It was much needed.

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A good friend of mine met me by the water when I got to CC and we wound up [talking about life] for nearly four hours. It was just one of those days where time flew by. It’s crazy. The conversation started off about him and I slowly began realizing so much about myself. The back and forth was unending and we’re surprisingly in very similar situations. I’m at a game-changing point in life where the things I want are becoming clearer and clearer. Likewise, I’m noticing a few things that I’m starting to outgrow. It put a lot of things in perspective for me and I’m still buzzing from the discussion. Part of that buzz is from my nerves going crazy, but it’s obvious that the time has come to embrace this period of change and make a few new moves. I’ll call them [power plays].

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Excuse Me, Come Again?!

When it comes to being credible for what you do, who you are and what your [Personal Brand] stands for, you have to know what you are talking about. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have had a conversation with someone about Music, Art, Culture and most commonly Fashion where I had to mentally (and sometimes verbally) correct them on the pronunciation. When you consider yourself to be a “Fashion Enthusiast” and have a “Passion for Fashion” yet don’t know the proper pronunciation of the Designers /Brands you absolutely “adore” there needs to be a quick evaluation of how you see yourself verses how you come off to others. While working on a few trend recaps at work I came across this extremely informative (and very cool) video from i-D Magazine┬áthat features some of the industry’s favorite faces wearing the clothing but more importantly pronouncing the names of some of the most commonly mispronounced Designers and Fashion Brands in the world. Don’t be that guy (or girl) at an event or casually talking to someone yet butchering the name of your “favorite” designer. Being misinformed is never in and will never be a trend. None of us know everything however, there are so many resources available that each and every one of us should learn to utilize. Life is all about lessons; both big and small.