What if your story was never told would it matter, or would it change everything if you had the courage to give your gifts to the world? I recently shared some new music I had been working on with someone whose opinion means the world to me, in fact I had always thought that this person was one of my biggest supporters however his response to my work was lackluster and he didn’t even take the time to give productive feedback. After I finished taking his words or lack thereof to heart and started doubting my abilities I had to ask myself, “why do I do this? I have never met a successful person who did not face rejection or had no obstacles to overcome in their life. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is the decision to push through. Now more than ever it is time for us to live bravely and to believe in our self fiercely even when no one else does. How do you hold on to your desires and your dreams in those moments when no one else believes?
As we approach Christmas and the holiday season I want to reconnect with what is truly important. When I was growing up in Spur Tree Jamaica, Christmas had a feeling all its own, it was like a fever! I remember the excitement to play with my cousins, see my aunts and our friends during the time when everyone makes the effort to reconnect. I cannot remember receiving a gift from my family except new clothes for Christmas and pocket money for Grand Market night however the feeling that I felt during those times when there was nothing but love and festivity all around can never be replaced by the most expensive gift. read more
Something cathartic happened to me when I wrote this song and I hope that it will have the same effect in the world. I hope the lyrics will remind us that we are extraordinary by design. There is nothing special that we need to do to earn it, we do not need to accomplish any great feat, our only obligation however, is to show up in our best element. read more
In the months prior to writing this song I felt like a dam on the brink of breaking although I kept my wits together in public, deep down I felt mediocre, useless and even pointless. On the day that I wrote this song I found out that I had been passed over once again for a promotion at work and I could not wait to get home so that I could let my tears overflow. I had wasted many years in a job that was going nowhere….fast. I felt like my gifts were worthless because I was not making money from them and at the same time I was allowing myself to be oppressed at the very job that I used to pay for my dream. read more
Brave Girls Change The World
We watched Brave Malala Yousafzai tell her story on TV this week and many of us were reminded that as comfortable as we are, we have not reached the final frontier in women’s rights. In so many parts of the world girls are marginalized, denied basic human rights and an education. In India, countless number of girls get raped every year, not to mention those who are burnt, in many countries girls are married by the age of twelve and impregnated before their bodies are ready to carry children resulting in death and severe health problems. There is so much that goes unsaid but the truth that has been proven over and over again is that if you give a girl a chance you can change a family and by extension a community. read more
Introducing the “Mission…Brave Girl”
Have you ever lost something you had invested your all in? Many of us can relate to this experience for example, when you kick an ex to the curb, loose a job or computer crashes before you save an important file. In that moment it seems like total defeat, you feel like you can never recapture the flow, but how many of us have gotten up from those moments and realized that what we created next was even better than what we had before? That is exactly what happened after I walked out of the studio on that rainy night. I felt dejected and worthless, but I had to get up again and what I created next was “The Brave Girl Movement. read more