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So, I’m back (at a different level)

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Hey everyone,

Its been a while since I last been on here. I know, the same “I’m too busy living an awesome life as a photographer excuse blah”. However, over the past few months since the last post, I realized that I have changed as a person. I got more into fitness because I want to get better at doing more tasks efficiently. I want to look and feel good when buying new clothing since I tend not to show off my body as much (even wearing shorts). Most importantly, I want to get comfortable being uncomfortable by doing all of the things I kinda always wanted to give it a try. Give a talk, teach a class, learn how to dance in front of an audience, even have a photoshoot, this time I’m front of the camera more. My grandmother’s death (and yes) its been almost a year since she passed from Diabetes has taught me that life can be taken away from you at any given time, but the time you spent here should be remarkable in those who you encountered.

I also learned that I have a speech and communication disorder called “Tachyphemia” or Cluttering, which is characterized by a rapid rate making speech difficult to understand, erratic rhythm, poor syntax or grammar, and words or groups of words unrelated to the sentence. This has greatly impacted my life because not only I never got the proper help I needed to become comfortable with my speech in dealing with people, but I felt I was never confident in doing just about anything that involves dealing with people, only when it comes to oral communication. In case you are wondering, I am also not comfortable in talking about my dating/personal life, except family. Sometimes, I wonder if anyone fucking gets my point when speaking, so what is the point?  Though, I do admit that I have a great personality from what I was told. (I think I am really a outgoing and fun person who also enjoys life and anime/game/comic/nerd culture)  There are times that I often think in the back of my mind, that I am insignificant because I am not confident in my speech unless I get really passionate about something, despite the amazing opportunities I had in the past.

People can be horrible when they can take advantage of your inability to speak your mind because you are constantly thinking 1,000 words a second to speak. I endured bullying, anger, disappointment, mistreatment and fear for a good majority of my life and just like you, I can get hurt, I know what it is like in giving up and getting help seems to be a burden. So why am I writing this somewhat pressing post about me? In reality, some of the best artists showcase their heart, souls, and their pain in order to feel that they was here.Life is short, be a badass! My best work is yet to come in my mind, and I can ensure that I am really to let you, my awesome audience (especially for reading this article) know that its time to push the envelope of what kind of work I can produce. I am interested in storytelling of others in order to tell my story a lot better and also cultural and uplifting content. I am also interested in spirit science and mythology, but that’s for another post. Instead of allowing my disorder to put me a frenzy of finding the help I need to fit a mold of what I should be, I actually embrace it.

Instead of allowing my grandma’s death to put me in depression and giving up, for she raised me for the majority of my twenty-four years of life, I actually became more aware of my health and in return I have been more than embraced by the wellness, health and fitness worlds in open arms. I am currently a Diet and Exercise Writer for Examiner.com, Yoga Teaching Trainee Assistant at Ashtanga Yoga, working on a self reflection photo project at the Reciprocity Foundation, on top of being a contributing photographer at Retna/Corbis Images and it keeps getting better. In reality, I don’t think I ever allowed my disorder to stop me showcasing my personality, so I can’t say this is really a sap story. Its a story of becoming resilience to obstacles in hopes to help others do the same. Maybe that is why fitness and media became second nature for me, I get to document and learn from all different kinds of people. I am constantly interested in the imperfections, the stories and triumphs of others, in order to shape my experience, one of most important luxuries of life. In short, I hope my passions can do nothing but inspire in hopes that because I decided to be more brave, daring, and honest each day. Thanks for reading this and yes, I am still shooting. See you, when I see you because I write more articles on fitness here:

New blog: http://www.theconceptoffit.wordpress.com

New directions!

Ok,

So I may not be the best blogger, but I try to keep my posts engaging. The year is kicking in quite alright, but I still have a long way to go. However, the one thing I always enjoyed but never gave enough credit in doing or getting to enjoy more is Mixed Martial Arts and fitness. I have came a long way from a shaky 2013 when I lost both of my grandparents, of which I was very close to. My grandmother was my primary caretaker for a huge percentage of my life and I can also proudly say I adapted alot of my late grandfather’s mannerisms. Losing my grandmother to Diabetes is definitely the hardest thing I ever experienced and I’m still trying to get over. So how does one ring in 2014, besides all my news in Press Photography? Simple, taking care of myself, especially healthwise. I was fortunate in getting into shape with an amazing trainer in circuit training and not only lost weight and toned up (though I was always known for being stronger than I look), but decided that this is something lifelong for me. I became more aware of my diet and constantly see the weight shed off. My jawlines are more defined, my skin and eyes brighter, and my mental focus sharper. I often bust into any GNC’s I stumble across and often ask questions about the supplements. I am currently using the Women Ripped Pack and love the chewables. Got my mom to buy healthier groceries everytime I come back home and best of all is that I feel a bit more happier now than I ever did. Can’t wait to buy my first bikini as a 24 year old woman in June! So what’s next from this post? More hiatuses? Besides, becoming my trainer’s freelance assistant for today, a new direction! I will start posting more diet tips, workout tips, inspirations, supplements to check out and avoid, and all that is fitness, nutrition, and dope sports and MMA I can muster on the interwebs. Until then, STAY TUNED! 

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Worth the fight, worth the struggle.

 

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Haven’t wrote a blog for a few days now, so I rather reflect on things close to home than report on some events I have in store for August. While I am thrilled to get press for New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week, Afro Punk, and American Basketball Association launch, I still have a ultra long way to go before I actually get there. I often hyperventilate on little things that questions both  my photography/videography skills. Photographers, ever been told that you have amazing photography, but mentally you are not yet satisfied of your current level? Are you only doing wedding photography because you are very good in this section of photography, but deep down someday you always wanted to do fashion photography? That, you want to breathe the same air as models who traveled to Paris, London, and Tokyo? You want to surround yourself with people that only talk about Coco Channel, Audrey Hepburn, and Twiggy, but I am quite sure that your yearnings for these conversations are deemed unfit for the most important day of someone’s life. I am very familiar with Event photography, but I hope to someday do Action, Fashion, and Photojournalism. I see myself practicing Martial Arts such as Muay Thai and Shotokan Karate (or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) as well as both re-speaking Japanese and learning Portuguese to go to both Brazil and Japan.

However, being buried in extensive college loans heavily drown my thoughts constantly. Not to mention, 2012 is perhaps the most difficult year I have ever experience. The pain of getting robbed twice in a year, getting my heart kicked the shit around all my last college semester, a sick grandmother, and hyperventilating that not having a full time job and following a photographer(s) who specializes in Action, Fashion, Photojournalism is quite a mind- fuck. That is not even all in my bucket list that 2012 is quite difficult for me. However, giving up isn’t something I hardly do. And you should not either.  The women in my family (excluding my sisters) are perhaps the most bulletproof people I know. To have a Nigerian-born mom working 16 hours workdays at least 6 days a week and still have time to raise and advise seven children is absolutely amazing. My grandmother is a step  above my mom, who also raised seven kids during the Biafran war. God knows how much mentally she went through since most people experienced the war like Biafra often go mentally ill. My grandma is the sweetest old lady I know. Her smile often makes you forget about the horrors, whether her horrors or yours. In fact, writing this post at this moment shows how lucky I am, to be fully alive, have a place to stay at home, and a camera to continue being a photographer, and hopefully the photographer I want to be.