Friday, February 3, 2017

Veil


Veil a poem by Elisa Wiah

I've been covered.
For a while now, I just haven't been found.
But Lord, I'd rather be safe in your arms than in the arms of
Someone who you haven't ordained me to be with.
Someone whose heart doesn't look like yours.
Whose heartbeat isn't the same rhythm as mine
I'd rather be looked over.
Passed by.
No looks. No stares. No attention.
But covered.
Graced.
Loved unconditionally.
Set free.
Anything you give is cool with me.
So as long as I'm covered,
I'm yours
Until my match I meet.
The one of whom I'm to help.
A holy covenant.
A bond of oneness.
A bearing of godly seeds.
But until then,
I'm yours.
I've been covered.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns by J. California Cooper



Hello, Stars! Let's talk about the very first book on My BookshelfWild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns by J. California Cooper. Although I randomly chose to this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I was about to read reviews but I read one and decided I didn't want my original opinions and review to altered by anything I read. I will try not to spoil anything for those who may not have read it yet. If you have read and want to discuss, be sure to comment below.

This novel is a collection of short stories. Each short story has at least one "Wild Star," a character who is living life boldly, wildly, and not thinking of the consequences. On the other hand, each Wild Star is balance by a character seeking midnight suns. These characters were trying to find their bright light in a their world of darkness. Thankfully, they always found it. Unfortunately, all the Wild Stars lost their lights after they swiftly began to dim.

There were a few common themes in each story.

SEX. This book really pushed the limits of sexual freedom and sexual consent. I don't feel the stories were graphic. Cooper gave you enough detail to understand how the characters felt and it was tastefully written. I loved that it was openly discussed because the sexual relationships and situations these characters had are very similar to the real, non-fairy tale stories that many women have. Sexual suppression was also shown. Sex, sex, sex. Before reading this book, I didn't really want to discuss it at all, let alone say the word. Now, I feel like in order to have a healthy thinking around what sex means to me, I have to talk about it. I'm not going to suddenly become Carrie Bradshaw, but I will no longer run away from the topic.

GOD. As a Christian woman, I am glad she put God in the stories. In real life, when I have life changing events, I turn to God for solace or answers just as the characters did. The way Cooper included this into a woman's healing process was very accurate especially, for Black women. Now if you don't believe in God, this is not a Christian book and you can look at it from a historical or statistical point-of-view of the Black Church. She adds enough God for you to relate or to just simple understand where the characters are coming from.

FREEDOM. I found it most interesting that freedom was shown mostly as the aftermath of being bound. I don't believe any or the characters really started off free. There was so much false freedom. Characters acting freely in their choices only to feel bound during or after dealing with consequences. many characters struggled with not being free mentally as well. If only they could've freed their mind, they could freed themselves from what was keeping them bound.

FINDING LOVE. Each character was seeking their own midnight suns. A common sun for each character was real love. Whether it was love of self, love from someone else, or both, it was evident that love was the characters' underlying end goal. Some found their love and others did not.

FINDING ONESELF. What I loved most were the characters who sought out to find what their true purpose in life was. The journey of finding yourself  and what you want to do with your life is a real process. There's just something inspiring about a woman who learns all that she can by working tirelessly and it eventually pays off. But I also loved how Cooper showed the real drawbacks of working to find oneself first. In some cases, you find love later, you find "success" later in life, and you are badgered  for not having the same priorities of most people around you.

I believe that all women could find themselves in these characters. However, if you are twenty-something Black woman, I think this book will inspire you to go get it. It will inspire you to reach your goals and to aspire to greater. It will inspire you to leave your past in the past and to focus on living now. Because I saw realism in the characters, I was giving the characters advice as I read along. Not realizing the realism I saw in the characters is my own life. Reading these short stories made me realize I need to take my own advice, since I can now see my decisions clearly. Millennial Black women, people think we have it so easy. But the way life is hitting me (so I know it is hitting you), I know that not enough has changed in society for us to truly walk in who we know we are without any limitations. Yet, we do have more opportunities, more education, and more money. We now have the opportunity to focus on self-care, self-love, and self-purpose. While we often feel obligated, you are not required to hold it all in and to carry it all on your back. Let the things you can't change go and make a bright future for yourself.

I personally loved this book because it came right on time for me. My life right now is weird because I just want to live my life to the fullest. However, for years I have felt bound and not very free at all. This book helped me to define what freedom is for myself. Freedom is simply doing whatever you want to do and attaining whatever you wish to attain however you choose to do so. The world will make you think that the only freedoms are partying, having plenty of sex, being carefree, not working very hard, having money, and/or stumbling across the love of your life. If that's what you aspire to do, then doing so is your freedom. But if you desire to work hard, make an honest living, save sex for marriage, help others, and give yourself boundaries, you are not bound, if that is your choice. You are being free. This book made me realize every life choice has good and bad consequences. You have to empower yourself to choose the life choices that are best for you. You can be a star shining brightly. You can live in the darkness of your mind. It is your decision to make.

Do you agree? Let me know your thoughts and opinions by commenting below. Thank you J. California Cooper! SMOOCHES XOXO

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Perfection


Perfection a poem by Elisa Wiah.

Change me.
I am broken without you,
So hollow.
But I try.
I try really hard
To live for you.
I know.
I know there is nothing
I can do to win
Your Love.
Nothing I can do
To cut off this sin.
Nothing I can do
To stop the tests.
Nothing I can do
To bypass the trials.
I want to quit
And give up on
You.
Because I can't live up
To your word,
I can't live up
To your standards.
Even though You know
I can't.
I never will.
I am still convicted.
I still want to please you.
I still want my heart to bleed
For what makes you cry.
I can't be perfect
But make me new.
Change my heart.
Set me free from
Me.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gang of Roses



Gang of Roses a poem by Elisa Wiah.

Gang of Roses.
All I suppose is
You must love me too,
Broken Promises.
Every lie is
A tale of who knew who.
Losing you
Was the hardest thing
I ever had to do.
Looking in my face
Everyday
But you're so far away.
When did our stems bend,
Split to make two buds
Instead of one.
So is this the end?
Is there enough love?
Or are we done?


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Monday, September 26, 2016

I'm Focused Man!

Hello Autumn Leaves! Brandbuilder Lesson 5: Focusing on Your Passion and Purpose


Hello Lovebugs! As you can see, I am branching out and expanding the Miss Elisa K. brand. I have learned so much on my own through trial and error about branding. I don't want to be selfish with this information and I don't want others to make the same mistakes. I want your brands, blogs, & businesses to boom! These lessons are based on my opinions and experiences. Hopefully, my BrandBuilder Lessons will provide the information and encouragement that you need.

I am an entrepreneur and many of my business ideas have failed. Failure can deter you but I am so glad that I never gave up. I really couldn't though, even when I have tried to just be "normal." My mind is always racing with new ways to make money, market products and services, create innovation, and do what I am passionate about. With my mind constantly running ahead of me, I often felt it hard to focus on one idea at a time. I touched on this a bit in my last Brandbuilder Lesson. If I had three ideas at a time, I figured all three must be worth trying to manifest. I mean, I am a strong superwoman-like being. I am smart. I can do it all. I have to do it all. One out of three of these ideas may work. If I don't do it, then who will? If I don't do it now, someone may steal my idea and the one I'm focused on may not work out. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Trust me. I am someone who has had to learn the hard way. Even now, I often have to pull back the reigns on myself. I know I am an excellent writer who is passionate about growing in the craft. I would write even if no one ever read my work. But I also love the hair industry. I see women flourishing and I wonder if I should shift my focus or add it on to my load. I am now realizing that I have been doing this for years unknowingly. In my mind, I was a master multi-tasker. In reality, I was doing too many things to be great at any one thing in particular. You know how they say "the grass isn't always greener on the other side?" Well, once I saw "the other side," I bought another plot of grass like the "other side," and tried to water all my grass with one hose. All I ended up with was dry, brown, dead grass, and a high water bill.

I've finally learned how to focus. It is so hard, especially when money, time, and energy is low. Everyone wants a quick fix. I am sorry but my life isn't perfect and I don't have the keys to instant success. What I do have is 3 Ways to Focus on Your Passion & Purpose. If you start with keen focus, success will soon come. Of course, I have many more ways I have used to focus. If you share and tell all your friends about this post, I'll be more inclined to share them later!

1. Figure out your Passions & Purpose. Whenever I give advice, I have to start with telling you to look upward and inward. I always knew what my talents were but I thought most of them were just things I did that I could only making a living off of through chance (basically everything artistic; writing, fashion, singing, dancing, drawing). My skills and disciplines were developed mostly in settings where I had to be or thought I had to be (school and jobs). I didn't realize which of my talents were my true passion and how it all worked together for my unique purpose until I sought God. I got tired of doing many things, nothing working, and feeling like I had no control over all of the closed doors. When I gave my whole life to God, even my talents and skills, he showed me what to do. Girls Like Me, Inc. has grown to be a structure but it is mainly me helping, mentoring, and providing resources for young girls. Things I have always done and will always do for as long as I live, even if God didn't tell me that it was my unique talent and purpose. 

Then I realized Girls Like Me, Inc. is my way for me to sow. It's not a way for me to provide for myself. And the Lord has simply said to me "WRITE." I still think: "Lord really. Writers don't make money unless they are famous with a following. Don't nobody want to read what I write." Until the Lord began to speak to me about my writing, I never realized it was always an area I did exceptionally well in without much effort or thinking. My AP English teacher told me that I should turn a short story into a book. I would write songs all the time just for fun. Some of the not-so-private lyrics (they were jokes) my family members still remember and sing. My poems would bring so much joy to those who read them. My senior speech was originally a writing assignment and then "inspired" the valedictorian's speech (I know right; it must've been good). My work was published  in a county-wide literary book in middle school! It wasn't a big deal then. But now, it has shown me that God has always had a purpose for me in mind. I just had to let him give me the desires and the passion to pursue them.

2. Streamline your Passions, Purpose, Talents, & Skills. When I was younger, I knew I could sing, dance, write, act, and be a little Broadway powerhouse one day. I also knew I was exceptionally good at math and that I was smart. I really embodied the belief that I could be whatever I wanted to be when I grew up. Watching public TV on Saturdays (we didn't have cable), I remember wanting to be an ice skater, a painter, a chef, or any other profession that sparked my interested as I watched it being lived out on the small screen. It began to be overwhelming and my 6 year old self couldn't choose what I wanted to be when I grew up. Then one Saturday morning, I saw a feature on Magic Johnson, all of the many businesses he had, and all that he did in the community. I learned a big word that day and figured out my career path. "That's it! I am going to be an entrepreneur when I grow up and do everything I ever dreamed of."

The walk down memory lane was to hopefully show you that it's normal to like many things and to be good at many things. You may even find financial success using your talents and skills throughout your life (On-and-Off again tutor's confession, insert here). Hey, different seasons call for different measures of survival. However, lifelong fulfillment will be hard to attain if you don't align your talents, skills, and desires with what you have realized you are passionate about and purposed to do. My purpose is mentoring youth and writing. I incorporate beauty and fashion by writing blogs to promote Girls Like Me, Inc. I use my artistic eye to design my own websites and graphics. I include singing and dancing in the mentoring events for GLM. I write books and online lessons in an effort to mentor globally. Being good at math and smart has helped me to learn new things quickly pertaining to business and to manage my finances properly. I have learned to flex all of my talents, skills, and interests to strategically propel my purpose. Take inventory all of your talents, skills, and interests, and use what you got to uniquely get what God has purposed you to have and do.

3. Be Consistent. Being consistent has been the hardest for me but I've learned the secret to consistency. You have to be content with making what you have the best. You can't focus on what everyone else is doing. In order to be consistent, find a rhythm and develop an action plan that works for you. Once you know how you work and you know what steps you need to take to get where you need to go, follow your plan religiously. The only time you should look up from following your plan consistently is to congratulate someone else. If you are being consistent with pursuing you passion & purpose, you won't have time to hate on others or to compare your progress to theirs. To be real, it will be exciting and rewarding when you first start. But after a while, it will feel boring and monotonous. It's a good thing consistency isn't based on your feelings. When you are consistent, you do what you have to do no matter what, on time, like clockwork. Even when no one is looking or it seems like it is not making a difference. Consistency helps you to prepare and to have a track record when an opportunity arrives. If opportunity knocked tomorrow, would your history of consistent actions speak for you?

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