Taste Coach: Antwaun Wright

16 Sep

Art and taste should be synonyms! Both are subjective, both can be classist and lets face it, both are dictated by the taunt and creative. Art is used to describe anything creative from music, dance, writing to architecture and fashion. But what is it when art is turn from a noun to a verb?

Over time art; drawings, paintings or conceptual art has been explicit and descriptive of what the world is going through visually. Many artists are inspired to captured the times of the moment, some are inspired to mock current political & social climate while the rest simply are out to create beauty and transporting images.

After you scroll past the #ootd, endless car selfies and nature/buildingg posts on Instagram or Pinterest you can see a new wave of art culture of cool stylish kids taking a liking to the museum. Even if it’s for a fun photo-op artists are being celebrated!

This installment of “Taste Coach” was thinpsired by charming and provocative new artist Antwaun Wright. I became a glutton for his creations one night as I was curbing my late night cravings by ogling shredded bodied guys. I double tapped on one of his paintings and was instantly fascinated by his taste level and take to painting.

To call his work sensational alone is not enough. Wright’s paintings are an array of vivid multicolored stimulating jocose overall rather boss works. Each creation contains everything of today’s age: sex, street, humor and eccentricity. Check out the mind behind the hand in our interview then stop by his website: Antzinyopants.com for an extended view of his collection of masterpieces.

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Connecticut native, born, raised and still stuck here. Oldest of five, I come from a family full of creativity. Apparently it was swimming throughout my blood lol. Art is a way to express myself, my taste and my sexuality. It was my standout feature about myself. I feel like it sets me apart from others. I didn’t realize that I should make it a career until recently.

What was your first work of art?

AW- Wow, My first work of art I believe was a drawing of dinosaurs, that was a project I had to do in pre-school. It went on to being featured in the Hartford Courant (CT newspaper). Not sure how that happened. Didn’t think I had the skills then.

What got you into painting?

AW- Painting didn’t come until my senior year in high school, I was in AP art. My art teacher challenged me to take a risk with my art and painting was it.

What would you say your style of art is all about?

AW- It’s all about sexuality, freedom, nudity and today’s generation.
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Favorite aspect of drawing or painting?

AW- That’s a good question. Never thought about that. I love the freedom aspect. Could literally create whatever comes to mind and make a story/theme out of it without feeling judge because it’s art.

How do you get out of a creative rut?

AW- That’s the ultimate struggle, it usually takes me awhile to get out of it cause I like to think too far out of the box with my work. I usually just take a break, visit museums, get others advice on my current work or just keep going until something I really like sticks.

What factors most influences your painting?

AW- As you can see bananas. It’s so many stories and eyebrow raises behind that. It’s like take a Keyshia cole song and turning into a Beyoncé song lol.
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Where do you find inspiration?

AW- I find my inspiration from some of my fave artist, such as Keith haring, KAWS and Andy Warhol and where I’m currently at in life

Art periods you go back to the most for reference?

AW- Most likely the 80’s. Not into ancient art too much. Although I appreciate all art.

Who are some artists or designers that have inspired you the most?

AW- As for artist, that would be Keith Haring, KAWS, Andy Warhol and sometimes new artist I discover. As for designers it would be Jeremy Scott. I love how he mocks pop culture in a playful fun way.

Three words to describe your personal style.

AW- Bold. Puzzling. Sexual.

Do you prefer drawing over painting?

AW- I prefer both actually cause most of my paintings start off as drawings. That’s how I figure out how to piece everything together and bring it to life.
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What criteria go into creating an image or bringing a concept to life?

AW- A lot of thought process. It has to makes sense just from looking at it and also the title has to fit it as well, I feel like a title could tell so much before you even look at the art.

What does “taste” mean to you?

AW- Taste to me is having your own personal style, an eye for the right things in life. It has to be interesting with a pop to it, also it should be able to appeal to others.

Most savored work of art you’ve created?

AW- My most recent piece, a tribute to Keith Haring, along with some of my upcoming work.

Most distasteful work of art you’ve created?

AW- That’s funny cause it’s actually a piece that’s on my IG right now, it’s called “Chic Mafia”. I hate it so much, it’s actually sitting behind my dresser. I don’t wanna see it or be reminded of it. Didn’t turn out the way I had imagined.(Instagram:Anztinyopants)

How do you get in your zone to paint?

AW- It starts with some researching, trying to see what’s popular in Society and then trying to piece that together with my own ideas.

Is there a creating mood you set before creating; if so describe it?

AW- AC on full blast, blankets all over the floor to not ruin the floors with the paint. A good drink, put on some Sade, Gaga or Drake and just go to work. Usually half naked, need to feel free with the room door locked for no disturbance. Don’t like my work to be seen until complete.

Which environment do you like to paint/draw in, home or studio?

AW- It depends, although I prefer home cause I could really be comfortable, studio I could make a mess without having to clean up.
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Describe your aesthetic.

AW- You be on it with these questions, another question that takes a min to think about…. I can be insecure about my art, if it’s not great to my standards I won’t show it, you could think it’s great but I could hate it, so beauty and appearance plays a big role in this. So “perfect” would describe this.

Does pop culture play an important role in your creative process?

AW- Yes, Yes, Yes! I feel like it’s what helps my art feel relatable. I like to make things people can feel and relate to in a dope way.

Does your personal style of dress influence your art?

AW- Most of my clothes are black, so it’s a drastic difference from my art. My art is very colorful, I don’t own any colorful clothes. Eventually my art will start looking like my clothes… Maybe.

Any faux pas you’ve notices from other novice painters?

AW- Honestly, not that I’m aware of. I try to get lost in my own work, to notice anything else it can be a distraction to something possibly great, that’s how I look at it.

Any tips to anyone that is good at paint but haven’t the clue where to start?

AW- Pick a theme, think of a direction you wanna go in, stick with it, stay consistent and think of how you want people to view your work once it’s done.

Where do you wish to take (elevate) your work?

AW- I honestly want to get my art more out there, get into some museums for upcoming artist, get more exposure throughout social medial, venture into other art related projects. Basically don’t stop until I die a well known artist along side the greats. Just constantly push myself to not take breaks

Any upcoming shows?

AW- Not like I wish but I have some shows planned, I wanna do a full art show for myself. Probably for the new year. That would be a cool way to celebrate my birthday. Along with showcasing other artist artwork, ain’t nothing wrong with putting others on. It’s room for us all but I do have lots of cool projects in the works. Website, merchandise and of course more art. Stay on them toes lol.(Twitter: Antzinyopants

Gluten Free ≠ Fat Free

16 Sep


Perception is everything! Just because you see something one way based on your feelings at the course of events that transpired doesn’t mean that someone should feel the same, shouldn’t see it differently or have a complete different outlook or response to the displayed events.

Take this “gluten-free” craze for example; gluten or Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease attacking the small intestine due to the presence of gluten, for which the disease affects up to 1% of Americans. However, with all the propaganda you see from food makers, marketers and retailers the only treatment for this disease has been perceived as a weight-lost diet. Foregoing the fact that the reason why many with the allergy have lost weight is because Celiac disease has the reserve effect on your body depending your reaction to gluten. If you gain weight due to the allergy well, when you stop consuming gluten of course you are going to lose weight now that your body can better process food– vise versa. But people become angry and disappointed when they gain weight on the diet because they don’t know that the same amount of calories, sodium and sugar (sometimes more) is still in those “gluten-free” products still there blowing them up as if they are the yeast containing the wheat, barley and rye they claim to be the cause of ill fitting denim.

All this to say just because you see something working or not working for someone don’t mean follow it, it should inspired you to do your research and use another view point to get to the root of your weight gaining problem.

The dilemma with perception may not only cause disruption in your diet but your family as well. I’ll start with; all families are crapped up. No child agrees with how their parent raised them, all siblings have disagreements and everyone has brought home a mate that the rest of the family absolutely hated. Should I even go into detail about the stupid choices and mistakes we make that cause a months of not speaking to one another?

Over the past week I have been lost in a hour long conversations with family members (my two aunts, grandmother and cousin) I rarely talk to not because we are mad at one another but more so I always had a perception of them being negative people. Case in point–my dad’s immediate family!

I’m the one rare family member that seemingly gets along with everyone, I believe that being so far removed from them geographically along with personal growth I have been able to develop the ability to see, hear, and become aware of differences and ailments of my family with a diplomatic yet devil’s advocate reassuring point of view.

I noticed that so many family members don’t speak, socialize or support one another because they feel they may have been done wronged, never received an apology or their antagonist never admitted to their wrong doing. Instead of talking about it howbeit, not coming to a common ground or each family member choosing to go their separate ways, they let mal feeling fester turning into more anger and hurt. This is due to no matter who is wrong and who is right in the situation no one is considering the others perceptive all they see is how this effect themselves which is what they react on.

What I’ve learned is that nothing gets solved with silence and for someone to have the ability to hurt you, at one point they loved you. Therefore, the relationship deserved to be revisited, heard and explained from the view point of both parties involved.

All it takes is listening! Even if it’s not something you want to hear, in turn you will hear things you never consider or knew was going on. What I do with opposing situations like dealing with subjective perception is just talk & listen, it’s that simple. About a year ago I had a sit down with my mom, dad and younger brother about the dysfunction in our family and how it was affecting the continuity of our family. We meet at a neutral location; each had an uninterrupted speech of our entire problems with one another. The trick was keeping others quite as we were cock and load to interject with our own perception of events if it didn’t add up with the talker’s. We just made notes on paper that we all were able to address on the next round of discussions. In the middle of the tears, yelling and awkward silences we (the parent and kids) realized and became aware hurts and mislead assumptions that we would have never consider was the reason or result of our actions.

Did people fail to admit to their part in some of the riffs? Yes. Did things get completely resolved? No. Did it bring us closer and able to move on without bringing up past events? Yes.

Overall, it worked for my immediately family. We still fuss and gripe but its over new stuff as well as we have a better understanding of where someone is coming from and how to handle disagreements.

We all know that with family the fight is never about the fight that is happenings at the moment. It’s all about being heard. You don’t have to agree with someone to solve a problem or enjoy one another’s company but you have to be willing to be diplomatic and work things out so that you won’t go on missing out on great happenings in one another’s lives.

Listening is gold when trying to decipher through perception. In turn reaching your goal became a lot easier. You learn not only about the problem, the other person but yourself as well. Well all can take some time to do some research to keep from being a bitter fat ass.

À la carte

15 Sep


It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it! I’m out of underwear and gym clothes so it’s time for another trek to the laundry mat. I bought this faux leather shirt back in June, of course it was too hot to don the urban and very much in vogue tee by Iridium 77. As we all know laundry day is when you grab anything clean to wear until you finish fluffing and folding your preferred clothing of choice. I actually don’t mind doing laundry especially today in this modern age.

It’s not like when I kids; the laundry mat in my neighborhood “The Lost Sock” is clean with working machines, snacks, games and cable televisions as well as wifi! Therefore I was able to do this post as I was finishing up a load. I normally do a load of laundry every weekend alternating in between colors and whites to keep from over filling my hamper.

I must say this is a rather interesting but handsome ensemble I’m rocking maybe when the weather cools down a bit more I can properly sport this shirt with my black cut-out boots with gold detail and skinny stonewashed distressed denim.

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Perforated Faux Leather Shirt: Iridium 77 $40
Gym Shorts: Kohl’s Champion $14.99
Socks: TJ Maxx Nike $9.99
Sandals: Nike $20
Accessories:(rings Forever 21 and necklace Kohl’s)

Adding Extra Electrolytes!

9 Sep

Just in case you were on a downer looking for menswear show from Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Spring/Summer 2015 not to fret I got you cover. Here another jolt to you fashion taste buds of more of my favorite shows. Do you agree with my take from each stunning collection?

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Baja East designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon made the ultimate fashion protein shake with their first runway show! The ingredients; half nomadic culture, with a quarter of lounge wear and a bit of seaside breeziness then top it off with lush draped fabrics then shake and voilà you have a smooth street likability collection for spring. The fabric alone are pure fashion, rich and the simpleness of the garments make the androgyny aura as quite as the color scheme.

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Carlos Campos clearly understands that construction is every thing in fashion. Overall each piece of this collection is classic staples of spring/summer menswear however, just by the stitching, cut and construction these staples have been renovated for today. I love the play with lengths, shapes, color-blocking and lines all working well with one another giving the collection a precise clean but contemporary look and finish.

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General Idea’s Bumsuk Choi was inspired by the brutalism of architecture, its strength, functionality, and expression of materiality. That being stated, I was mixed about this collection I thought the hue and textile choices were bland and a somewhat dull however, I was impressed by the the construction of the jackets and cut-outs. I appreciate the craftsmanship in this collection but with all the cool appendages the pants fell flat. This collection came off too much trying to appeal to the street fashion culture of now foregoing the genuine coolness of the brand I’ve grown to enjoy.

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Grungy Gentleman is anything but grungy. This well tailored refined collection is simply the thinispiration I need for next season when I try to fight the urge to live in my workout clothing & cut-offs. It’s magnificent to see how the collegiate/street aesthetic is playing such a major part in American fashion. It’s even more pleasing when designers take the rough aesthetics and clean it up. The suit and blazers are stylish and dapper without alienate the more tough crowd of men that can’t seem to find themselves in today flamboyant style era. This wine color is something expected of fall so it interesting to see this presented for spring/summer. Overall, I like when men can find a structured collection that still appeals to their relaxed taste It’s evident how the birth of the brand started as a blog as it helps the brand to connect to everyday fashion of now. Poignant collection, well done.

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J. Lindeberg is completely and utterly sixties Rock & Roll, some will even say a bit Saint Laurent. Allbeit, this collection is superb in fit, boss in appeal and very on trend. Even though hipsters and fans of this style of dress already don them, the Chelsea boot is here to stay a mush have fall that will lead right into next spring. This collection is versatile and fashionable. If you aren’t inspired by this collection I question your taste and suggest you to burn everything you own. The cuts alone are phenomenal then the animal prints are sexy with turtleneck leaving you wondering how literally did they take the London music scene of the 60’s when conceiving this collection. Otherwise dapper collection.

Libertine showed a kitschy youthful club kids of Los Angeles collection. What I’ve come to expects of the brand is a fun hodgepodge of creativity. Not that many short shorts as usually but enough standout pieces to shine bright during the sunny days spring/summer.

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Orley Men designers Alex, Matthew and Samantha Orley is another group of designer that turned to the 60’s for inspiration. Still on trend with sportswear this has a vintage tennis Hampton vibe that it centered around the brand well known love of luxury knits. The collection is easy, cozy and very preppy.

Ovadia & Sons spring/summer summer collection is wonderful, strong, boss and pure chicness. Every guy should want to be these guys donning these awesome clothing. As I’ve stated before the young fashion buyers of today are all about their sportswear and Ovadia & Sons totally gets that. A brilliantly execution of business casual and athleticism. These are the clothing you want to bee seen in and pack for vacation.

Patrik Ervell has been a show I patiently wait to see every season, thought it rarely makes my list of best shows he always have something to offer. The San Francisco born designer deliver an outerwear driven crisp plethora of spring/summer attire from translucent Anoraks to shinny iridescent suits. This what you call a modern man collection, no theme, no eccentricity and all inclusive of the simple eye of the male aesthetics. With great consideration given to the textile choices and finishing.

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Pyer Moss’s Kerby Jean-Raymond has just taken 90’s urban-wear to a-whole-nother level!. The intricate layer effect, futuristic 90’s detailing and structural spin on a normally hood look. A very active collection that is so hip hop but industrial chic at the same time. I see kids all over Instagram copping these pieces and soon every rapper donning this as their take on fashion meets trap music. The jackets and top are glorious! A hard tough fly collection.


8 Sep

Feeling the drain of my new workout and diet change I haven’t even open one folder of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 shows. Another reason being that I wasn’t hugely impressed by the other menswear collections from London, Paris and Milan. So I know us Americans with our barriers and censors wasn’t going to deliver anything shocking. However, the Americans came with the flue this season to keep you on the right weight path for next summer. Not a lot of menswear shows but enough to jump start your shopping and eating budget for next season. As I wait for the final shows to come in here are my most appetizing men’s shows of the last four days of #NYFW.

Robert Geller may have been called out on his one note casting being that he referenced a time period (the 60’s) that was the beginning of the civil rights moment but his collection was nothing close to one note. Sticking with his eccentric but modern and tailored aesthetic of loose refined knits, this collection is one of my favorites of New York Fashion Week. The most savored part of this collection is his “white noise” prints that was shown in cropped pants, well tailored bomber-like short-sleeved shirts and blazers. The hats are really the only “on-the-nose” 60’s references apart from the fit of the pants and boxy tops. A very contemporary collection that is cool but refined by it’s execution.

Duckie Brown designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver has the best sense of humor in fashion. I was delighted when I seen this collection, it’s Boca Raton meets today’s 23 year old sartorialist. Last spring was all about being androgynous but this collection is all about ageism. This is how I want to dress when it’s time for me to retire with great fitting trousers, soft color palette and simple yet stylish outerwear. The eye and daring risks that these men take are always a well received sight to see. Can’t wait to see what they do next season!

Lacoste is known for it’s sporty style/look but this collection was less preppy tennis and more urbane athletic. Sportswear is going to be big next year but this trend of cleaning up athletic-wear with a bit of street style and superb tailoring is right up my alley. I like the paired down look in the spring/summer months but I don’t want to lose the filtered sleek finish of my garments. Lacoste understands that and have effectively made a collection that caters to today’s urban youth and dressy elders.

Richard Chai Love is the poetry of menswear. Always showing lithe, sexy and summer explicit attire. Going for a more punk-y feel to give the 90’s enthusiasts something to enjoy I enjoy that this collection is complex in color, shape and layering but still wearable and fashionable. The shorts are the star of this show! From short shorts paired with long coats to high waist-ed boxy short paired with knee-high socks is sure another trend to look for next year.

Custo Barcelona have you covered from the beach to the club. Per usual with it’s vibrant color scheme and flamboyant textile choices I get excited and scared at the same time looking at this collection because I know there will be no off days at the gym if I want to don any look like these. Sexy, fun and exotic are the prefect words to describe this collection and look 10 is the epitome of vacation attire.

Hood By Air has every fashion website, magazine and blogger going crazy over it’s Lucite dog collars that seemingly influenced by Queen Elizabeth. But I didn’t quite get that reference I believe that Hood by Air is this century’s urban courtier of American fashion. Still loud 90’s street style roaring through the collection infused by ultra sexy silhouettes, I can’t ignore the detailed quirky intricate craftsmanship of the collection. Even if this has nothing you can really wear in public it doesn’t take away from how great and relevant this collection is finished. This collection is beyond making petty clothing it’s about inspiring a new era of dress.

N. Hoolywood is another sporty and metropolitan collection of nicely crafted menswear. Brilliant use of prints and shapes, these parings are something that I savor being that designer Daisuke Obana manage to take all the fuss of the prints and voluminous shapes then tone it down to a easy flowing collection. Nothing messy or over the top just genuine modern clothing for today’s young male. Not to mention these are some good pieces that could carry you into fall.

Perry Ellis had me with it’s color pallet! The calm coloring are genius to keep buyers and shoppers focused on the construction of the garments. Sticking with what mall shoppers are accustom to from the brand you can see the extra details (fanny pack, standout prints/geocentrically shapes and strong tailoring) put into this collection to add personality and gradually introduce people into a new aesthetic coming from the brand since the appointment of new menswear director Michael Maccari. The jolt of youth is very present in this collection a trend I’m noticing from many legendary fashion houses as they reach for a new younger audience.

Siki Im has been an eye catcher for about three seasons now for me. If a designer that is obviously not your personal style choice can create a collection that you love and open your taste to something new is a phenomenal designer. Even though it’s not like Siki Im is doing something innovate I can’t help but appreciate the risks displayed season after season. An unquestionable outerwear driven collection the Japanese references of kimono, Sumo wresting and austere tailoring are simply awesome. The extreme layering, asymmetrical sheathes and enveloping silhouette are phenomenal to me. How can something so overwhelming come off so relaxed and dope? With an air of bad-ass warrior ninja meets American kick-ass this is a ethereal collection.

Tim Coppens just gets it. Though I was growing tired of the same structured bombers, sweaters and shirts in geometric shapes and jumbo prints this first ever finalist of the LVMH Young Fashion Designers Prize has keep me wanting more for another season. Sticking with what he does best; athletic tailoring and mix media prints, showcased an underwear theme collection. My favorite being his interpretation of camouflage was a great utilitarian sporty show. The slow ease of color as the show progressed is great and produced some of my personal desired looks of the shows.


2 Sep

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With Labor Day come and gone, school starting back, pools closing and stores putting out the Halloween candy already it’s safe to say the days of summer is coming to a distance savored memory. Like the crumbs in your lap after a good hot cake doughnut we are left picking at the remnants of summer.

Yes technically summer is officially over in three weeks but we all know Labor Day marks the end of the adventure. Still tell that to the sun. As we are waiting for the time change to creep up and book our last summer vacation for the low what is there to look forward to until fall?

I was thinking about this very topic this morning during yoga while in Savasana (corpse pose). I had a pretty great summer though, I came short of some goals I accomplished a lot and rather enjoyed a lot more compared to previous summers. It’s funny during the vacation months it seemed as though I was just coasting until I started to recall all the good moments even the crazy, boring and heat stricken days. Summer now wrapped with a bow and soon to be tucked away I’m here starring at the fridge like, what now?!

Here are a few things to do or look forward to until holiday season!

Prepare/cover New York Fashion Week September 4th-11th.

Clean out DVR for the return of the fall television shows.

Update your vision/style board.

Start working on your Halloween costume.

Recruit friends to book and begin saving for a winter getaway or a cheap cruise during the holidays.

Start Christmas budget and gift list.

Rework fall diet & workout plan.

Rearrange closet moving summer attire to the back making room for your new fall/winter wardrobe.

Hit up a theme park before they close for the season.

Take one last road-trip.

Stock up on bathing suits that are marked down!

Catch some end of summer sales.

Take part in every outdoor activity before the ground is covered with snow.

Continue to wear your white.

Feed Yourself!

31 Aug


“The squirrel that rovers gets the nuts.” -My fortune cookie today at my boyfriend’s farewell lunch.

In the last month I haven’t been feeling like myself my workouts been slacking, I’ve been putting things off and I haven’t been mentally present in general. I knew this day was going to come, in fact I promoted it and urged it. I love the see the people around me flourish and be apart of their triumphs. I do all that I can to support even if it means giving them hard, unfiltered truths. However, for every great leap I notice of my peers, confidant and colleges I can’t help but to realized the barely visible footprints I’m making.

Have you ever wanted so much but don’t know where to start or how to go about it to achieve it? Ever find yourself convincing yourself that your current situation or past achievements are enough only to quiet that voice in the back of your mind screaming to you all the things you haven’t done and how much time you’ve wasted? It’s tough knowing you should do more and well aware of your capabilities but being bonded by those same self realizations.

I’m man make of opportunity. I know that we as individuals have control of our lives, make our own choices and create our own destiny. I also know that if I want something I have to go out and do it. But what I have a hard time with is trying to organize such a plan when I only see failure. I grew up always taking a chances, waiting on the universe or crossing that bridge when I got to it, granted I managed to get the things I desired but in doing so it left me unprepared for the road ahead.

What I mean by this is, I’m always looking for the other shoes to drop that I never step out on my own strength. The worst thing for me in all my hopes and dreams is that with all the prepping, saving and hard work will possibly lead to falling short of my goal. This then spirals in a mental tug of war with hating my current situation and knowing I’m the only reason I’m here and the only person who can get me out of it. Trying to get yourself out of this dark hole I find other project that takes my mind off the real problem, I become complacent and I quit all things involved with getting me to my goal. This has to cease, just like forming the abs of my dreams even after all the healthy eating and repetitive workouts I can’t give up because I’m not seeing instant results. It’s about finding the problem, building a plan around it and seeing it through. We all develop at different paces as in life not every success story is the same or the blueprint to ours. We must take greatness of other as resources to fuel our own.

As I sent my boyfriend off to the next chapter of his life I’m declaring that it will be sending myself of next. Only you can get yourself to the light at the end of the tunnel.

I hate thinking can I please just have some ice cream?!


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