Hey girl Hey!
It’s been an interesting time. I did do the 7 day Beauty Challenge. Unfortunately, I didnt get a chance to update my blog because of the fact that the iphone app requires the ios7 update and I dont have the space for that on my phone. I also have a cracked screen. So….My phone would probably have a seizure.
The 7 day Beauty challenge kinda turned into the 1 month challenge after my birthday. I went to the beach and being black, I did not expect to turn 8 shades darker, and get a sunburn all across my shoulders. I peeled like crazy which has never happened!!!!! Since when do black people get sunburned? Since I turned 8 shades darker, none of my makeup matched anyway, therefore, no makeup… I did put on eyeliner and shadow on important church tech days where people have to look at me. But on other days, nothing but the left over residue of mascara that didn’t come off the night before.
7 day beauty challenge: Success!
Next challenge. I found out the other day at church that my main spiritual gift is music; then evangelism, serving and shepardship. I’ve been yelled at by my mom to make music or at least produce it.
Ive been yelled at by my previous friends that they didnt know I could sing and that I should more often.
I’ve been offered opportunities at church to sing
I’ve been offered opportunities to learn guitar for free, with a payment of baked goods instead of money.
I haven’t taken the opportunity.
I confessed that I feel God most when I sing its the one thing I’ve been told to do my entire life. Its been my dream since I was a small child to sing and perform on-stage in front of people with music that meant something, could change a life. Every aptitude test tells me that I should be doing performing arts, or some kind of form of it. I’ve gotten awards for my art, I can play any instrument I put my hands on, and I still won’t. And I admit its because I’m petrified. I don’t have the same style as everyone else. I cant sing like the sassy black women everyone is used to. I just feel like I am not good enough to achieve the one dream i’ve always had.
God gave me this dream and a voice and everything has fallen apart in my life except this dream. I feel like I had to grow to realize that what he wants me to do is not what I’m comfortable with.
I know I sound crazy but give me a minute to explain.
I started playing violin in 6th grade. I soon switched to viola because my arm was too long and I self taught myself to read the music. I could hear the note and match it. I was excepted into a performing arts school in 9th my first try without passing a single music theory class after elementary school. My family moved to Mississippi when I was 15 and I joined the Junior orchestra where they had a concert coming up in a week. I learned the intricate music in 6 days, only having heard it played twice. I did previously learn to play piano at my performing arts school but that about it. I haven’t played or sung anything since.
Enter a week ago, where I bought a book to learn to play guitar on my own. I learned the name of the strings and the next thing i knew, It all just clicked. I knew the notes at each fret and my finger placement was getting better. I was excited and then got scared.
I haven’t picked it up since.
So yeah, Im scared. Down right petrified. I could have what I’ve always wanted, I could write a song and sing it at a coffee, but I’m too petrified.
My new challenge includes facing my fears and getting closer to God. I’m picking up my guitar at least once a day and practicing. I have started a new bible plan called……hold on let me look….You are Gifted: Devotions From Time of Grace.
The synapse says:
“We all experience times of insecurities. It is our hope that this reading plan inspires you to see yourself a little more as God sees you.” – Time of Grace, http://www.timeofgrace.org, Bible app
Had to make sure I at least gave some kind of reference just in case someone tries to be a douche and get me for some kind of plagiarism thing. I dont know! It’s just what I learned at school. Dont judge me! HA
But yeah, I am hoping it’ll be really eye opening. With each verse that I feel speaks to me, I’m gonna write a song kinda based on the lesson and what God says to me. I love to write but I never finish so I’m giving each song of at least a week to ponder and just listen. I don’t give the chance to speak to me. Im always like “God, You’ve got 5 minutes. Spit fire your meaning to me. Right…Now. GO!” It took a while to learn that God does not work like that. God has been trying to get my attention for a while, ever since college, when I had the wrong friends, went to the wrong parties, dated the wrong guys, thought the worst things about myself… I prayed to God one day and he snatched everything from me so I was an empty canvas. Now, when I get lazy or depressed and I start to regain bad habits and repeat patterns, God kinda rips the table cloth off the table and everything i’m doing gets shaken up. Thats how he talks to me now. That sounds really mean but Im thick skulled.
Here’s the list…
Learn to play guitar: Challenge Accepted
Read my bible everyday: Challenge Accepted
Write a song each week: Challenge Accepted