I wanted to write a quick post to let everyone (mainly just myself, but hey, you gotta start from somewhere) know I have certainly been cooking (projects) a lot for work and had little time this week to really do things I wanted to for me.

With that being said, I’m back home in Atlanta and you all know what time it is! 😎 Bottom line is I have to cut out that time for me and to put out there into the world 🌎 things that weigh on my mind.

Without further ado, I am committed to getting this great Facebook LIVE track out there to you all and hoping to hear from you. ✌🏽

I wanted to try something just a little differently this go round. Usually I prefer to be a bit structured and allow a flow of thoughts within the moment; this time, I wanted to be a bit rogue and just “feel” it. I’ll call this the “Freestyle” post that I look forward to doing more so in the near future. (a little more background noise, yes, with less audio equipment)

I have been inspired by many people over the past few weeks and a common theme that kept coming up during conversations revolved around feeling overlooked. Inadequate. Insufficient, lacking, substandard, useless…inferior. Well, none of us should perceive ourselves this way although there will always be that looming feeling deep down.

Here, I wanted to openly discuss it and ask ourselves some tough questions. Are you working your parameters? Are you in front of the right people? Are you doing work YOU believe in? Do you even have the stamina to make it in the long run? What are you willing to risk?

Listen with me as we dive into those thoughts and as always, would LOVE to hear yours.

  • Quote: β€œYou’re imperfect, and your wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown

MyBrand

We’re always trying to put our best foot/image forward. You really never see somebody putting out a vulnerable photo on Instagram, for example. And yet, for many of us, we don’t really give our personal branding the thought and effort we deserve.

Today, I talk about why personal brand matters and what we should consider. It’s one of those interesting topics where many things are subjective and yet without it, we are doomed to blend in and never stand out while fading away in the background.

Please, as always, share your thoughts here, LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter. I would love your input/suggestions/thoughts. In the near future I will have on guests that will openly discuss future topics to make things more interesting. πŸ™‚ (insert emoji!)

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I wanted to openly talk about why traveling is important to me. I had a GREAT time attending CES (my 4th time) and never get tired of seeing new tech that gives a peek into the industry and the direction in which many are going.

Aside from that, I traveled to Korea for work and always feel inspired by different cultures and different experiences. As I share my thoughts and journey, I really look forward to connecting with others,Β like you. Although I have 0 expectations of my learning in Podcasting, it’s one of those times I can truly let my stubbornness shine. πŸ™‚

There’s something about travel that really rings home to the heart of exploration. It’s something that despite the advantage of modern life, many seldom take action.

Perhaps some are afraid. And that’s completely understandable. We humans like consistency and the idea of inserting ourself into the unknown can be scary as hell. To take yourself out of your routine and comfort zone is certain to shock any normal person. The unknown is typically associated with negatively due to sheer survival. I often wonder if this sort of thing separates those who achieve great life achievements vs those who prefer to stay in their box.

Fear in and of itself is pretty vague. There’s no context to the word fear. Perhaps anxiety of planning is paralysis to many. It could also be due to family. Missing those you love with that slight fear in the back of your mind that you may never see them again. Perhaps you fear the worst of getting stuck or snatched up by a group of people. Another common one is the fear of flying thinking your plane may just take a dip in the ocean (which is scary AF) and talking yourself out of an experience of a lifetime. It is often in our nature to calculate everything that COULD go wrong.

These risks are understandable although I would challenge this: HOW are they really any different than the risks we already take living our very plain, ordinary lives?! Accidents happen all the time and yet, it doesn’t stop most of us from living our lives. Maybe one feels there’s no other choice? Or perhaps it doesn’t even compute in our daily processes. Nonetheless, it’s always there and I don’t see the rational thought of letting any of that slow your personal growth and experiences. I couldn’t have taken these pictures and experienced any of this without being cognizant of all the emotions that play on these decisions.

Children often showcase the lack of fear due to inexperience. The irony is they take the plunge to do things that may be considered dangerous to learn. To explore. To experience experimental activities. Funny we speak of kids high intelligence and it’s as if we adults let our experience dictate everything we do; good or bad. The most difficult thing to learn is unlearning. This is something I can thank my travels for. Despite missing my family, (which I’ll come back to) I have to nurture my inner child. My desire to explore and learn. For when that day comes that my time is up on this blue marble, regret won’t plague my thoughts allowing me to cherish each moment.

We live in the best times as human beings (it’s not a perfect world but it also has never been better) and I want to stop and enjoy wherever my feet are planted at the moment. When I’m home, family comes first and I spend my time wisely with them. From state to state and even abroad, I ALWAYS make time to video call and speak with the ones I wouldn’t hesitate to give my life to.

When I am with my colleagues or alone, I take the time to soak up every second of these amazing experiences that map out my life. It’s these times that help define who I am and I wouldn’t displace these moments for any others. I respect those who can literally go anywhere their heart desires, regardless of the designation.

Here’s to great exploration and I wish you all the best in your life journey. Remember the world is at your feet, wherever you choose to stand so long as you take a stance. 😎❀️✈️

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As I sit down to do some work this morning I think to myself “Coffee or Tea?!” My mind is certainly clear and I’m well rested and energized this morning BUT I want something to drink in the coffee shop while I work. The issue for me (and wondering if this is true for you) is that coffee can literally cause me to get anxious. Like, I literally cannot sit still for long and feel the need to do more and more and more as if I cannot possibly finish anything. Where tea, on the other hand, is more calming to me.

It seems obvious that the answer for me should be tea. I choose tea much more often now for this reason. However, coffee has a great affect at times for my productivity and now I’m trying to find the proper balance between the two.

Am I alone here on this particular issue with coffee?! Regardless of whichever way you lean, sound off here (or Twitter: Terrance_Blount ) and let me know! Happy New Year and Happy Monday (er, Tuesday) while cheers to a GREAT week!