New Book/Author Alert

The Known World is a 2003 historical novel by Edward P. Jones. Set in Virginia during the antebellum era, it examines the issues regarding the ownership of black slaves by both white and black Americans.

I first heard about Mr. Jones when #bae and I went to see #levarburtonreads live on October 31st and he read one of his short stories. We were both so captivated and enthralled by the story that I immediately bought all three of his books as soon as we got home. I’ve just started on this one and will probably work my way through it fairly quickly. It’s an easy read and a great story that seems to just suck me in and make me want to keep going and turning page by page to see what happens. You should check him and his work out.

We Closed

This weather is crazy. I mean, one day it’s 60° or 65°. The next day it’s snowing. Atlanta doesn’t know what to do. Do we close or stay open? At least they erred on the side of caution and closed the city. Remember my last post when I was upset because they closed my office for some freezing rain that never even happened? Well, this time it actually snowed and had below freezing temperatures and they had delayed opening/arrival! Yeah, we’re backwards as hell here in Atlanta. I didn’t go to work simply because my mama ain’t raise no fool. I spent a little time in the north so I’m a bit familiar with snow and I’ve spent some time in the South so I’m familiar with black ice. To me, black ice is worse simply because you don’t see it until your ass is either flat on your back or your car is sliding off the road and into a ditch. Word of advice. Stay your non driving ass off the road if you are not used to driving in this kind of weather. Makes sense, right? You know everybody doesn’t have common sense, right?

So my goal to read is still in full effect. I’m still weaning myself off of social media except for business or learning purposes. This is tough y’all when I say I was addicted. I was ‘Eddie Cain, Jr’ or ‘Pookie from New Jack city’ addicted. It just keeps calling me…

My goal is to write and publish at least 20 posts per month. Basically broken down to one post Monday – Friday. I thin it’s doable… I mean maybe? I’ll give it a try. Even if I don’t reach 20 I’ll still post more than normal. So you guys will get a bigger peek into my life whether you like it or not! So go on and subscribe so you can be kept up to date on my posts. Don’t want you to miss something and then not understand the next post.

Read A Book

So. Y’all remember that one of my goals for this 2018 was to read more and do social media less, right? Well two of the books on my list to read are here! The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes and Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss. I chose these two because I listen to their podcasts and their whole thing is about getting you to be the best you that you can be. I need more of that in my life. I have a tribe and we push each other to be better but some outside help can’t hurt.

Oh yeah, I know I’ve said this a bunch but find.your.tribe! Whether online or in person. Having a group of people that have your back is immeasurable. I mean you push them, they push you. When you’re down they can encourage you and vice versa. You need people in your life that will tell you the truth even if it hurts your little feelings.

Okay so back to my reading list. These books were supposed to be the first books of the year but Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff was delivered first so I dove into that. I can’t wait to dive into these chapters and discover a better version of myself.

Since the beginning of the year I have been slowly weaning back on my social media consumption. I just feel like I waste so much time just scrolling through my feeds replying, liking, posting and reposting stuff. That time could be better spent working on myself. I hav a few projects that I want to start and get going this year and wasting time is not one of them. Mind you, all the time I spend on social media is not a waste. I do use it to learn and research and stuff but I also use it as a procrastination tool when I should be doing more productive things. So I won’t be having a total social media blackout but definitely a cutback of sorts. Since I’ve cut down I have been more productive. I’ve already started working on my new clothing line, Icons & Dons (iconsanddons.com). I’ll be specializing in fine premium men’s accoutrements. Accoutrements? yeah, just a fancy french word for accessories. Did I tell y’all I’m learning and studying french? No? Well, I’m learning and studying french.

That’s it. Back to my books. Bye