Chaotic Reads | The Power Playbook

I told myself at the top of 2016 that I would attempt to read a book a month. Yeah, things that didn’t happen. I did make it through the first book I set out to read for the year, The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Successby La La Anthony. Quick details:

  • 245 pages
  • 18 Chapters + Intro
  • Quotes at beginning of each chapter
  • Personal experiences discussed.
  • Tips for being a power player.

I purchased this book sometime last year and I was interested in her first title, The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness, but this one I knew I couldn’t pass up. It takes me a while to get into books if I’m not feeling it. I took my time reading this one, but it definitely pulled me out of my slump of not knowing what I wanted to do career wise. To read this at the top of the year really put life into perspective for me. I decided to pull a few quotes that spoke to me along with my sharing my overall take on the book.

My passion helps me execute my purpose.

I’m passionate about writing and sharing what I love. You can feel in someones writing when they’re passionate about a subject. For me at one point it was music. That’s what I began blogging about. Then it evolved to finding my own fashion sense and trying out beauty products to be more “girly.”

While I love writing about that and sharing how I’m evolving as an adult, I’m really into organizing and planning and just being creative. That’s what Chaotic Critic has become. A platform to share how the evolution as a young adult and projects that I create and trying to stay organized and motivated. It’s an array of material, but I’m passionate about it. Taking my passion turns into my purpose of spreading that energy to others and helping them find systems that work for them. It’s actually something I’ve been doing for quite awhile.

Kill them with kindness.

This portion was early on in the book. There’s so many people that you’ll come across in life that take joy in bringing you down. Like they really get a kick out of getting under you skin. I have had to learn to let things go and stop giving people that power over me. I can’t continuously let someone get under my skin and irritate me over small things. The best way to crush them as they’re trying to crush you is to just smile it off. Let’s say it’s a work in progress for me, but I’m so over people trying to bring me down just to bring themselves up.

When I think back, most of my successes have come on the heels of being afraid to do something and then talking myself into doing it anyway.

The great thing about this book aside from La La’s personal experiences and begin able to relate to what she expressed was just how versatile she is. She started out doing radio and went about the norm route of going to college, but it wasn’t what she wanted to do. She went back to radio her opportunities kept surfacing from there. She was smart, witty, and not afraid to try something new.

I will never reach my full potential if I keep living in fear of the unknown. If I continuously dwell on the opportunity failing before it even happens, I’m hurting myself. To fully achieve all that I want, I have to step out and act on what it is that I want. If opportunities come to me along the way that’s a bonus, but I have to first start by creating my own.

There are two ways to choose your career path; Follow other’s expectations and examples of follow your own interests, talents, and passion.

I wrote an entire post on finding your lane and this book will forever be a reference for me to continuously move forward. I don’t have to live up to what others want or expect of me. I can only be me and there are people that will accept it and for those that don’t, I’m not changing for them. You have one life, live it the way you want to. Be humble, gracious, and your power will show itself.

There’s so many GEMS in this book that I will be sharing them in my Motivational Monday series for sure. The purpose of the Chaotic Reads series is to highlight books that I can relate to and spark the creativity within.

Until next time…

March Favorites

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS! I managed to make it through the entire day without any jokes on me. Cheers to that. I wanted to share my March favorites which isn’t that much PLUS what I would’ve like to accomplish this month. 

EDITING 

I came across Canva at the top of the year and it is definitely an essential for me in creating thumbnails for my posts. In addition to Canva, I’m a huge fan of Polyvore and I like to combine the two. No sense in hiding what you use. If it works, share it. Everyone has their own creativity within. USE IT!

TV

I’m still obsessed with NCIS and I’ve actually started watching the show over on Netflix. I plan to buy the entire series before the year is over. Preferably around Black Friday when the price drops to $10 a season. Anywho, I’m sad that Michael Weatherly (Dinozzo) will be leaving at the end of the season which is next month. Speaking of people leaving shows, I had no idea that Shemar Moore (Morgan) from Criminal Minds was leaving. The ending of that episode was just so sad. 

MUSIC 

Just like I shared in January and February, I’ve been compiling a list I’ve been compiling a list of music favorites for the year. I’ve actually been listening to the Coldplay’s ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ plus Taylor Swifts ‘New Romantics’ on rotation, but new to the list include:

  • Desiigner – ‘Panda’
  • Justin Bieber – ‘Company’
  • Kent Jones – ‘Don’t Mind’ 
  • Rachel Platten – ‘Fight Song’

Aside from what I’ve enjoyed this month, there’s a lot I would have liked to accomplish. 

  • More job searches.
  • Starting a new book.
  • Daily devotions!
  • More videos. I’m tired of the repetitious planner vids.
  • Better eating habits PLUS daily workouts.
  • Better money management. 

I think it’s essential in taking note of what you would have liked to accomplish in a month to start you up for the upcoming month. I know that I would like a new job by June as well as losing weight and getting in shape for a fall lung cancer run. Taking action with these steps and really focusing on what I want to accomplish is a great start to the month. I’ll be able to prioritize better for sure.

Cheers to a productive April and be sure to check out my playlist below!

2015 Summer Favorites

Although Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23rd which means there’s a good two weeks left of Summer, I wanted to share my Summer favorites from music to YouTubers, my top 3 planner layouts and my latest TV obsessions. Be sure to check out both my May & June favorites and my 2014 Summer favs below:

So I wanted to break up my favorites month by month, but since I never got around to doing one for July I figured I’d combine the two. Starting off with music there’s not much that caught my attention. Of course I have my Summer Vibes playlist, but as for songs that have been on rotation there’s nothing really new. I have been loving:

  • Walk the Moon, ‘Shut Up & Dance’
  • Drake, ‘Back to Back’
  • The Weeknd, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
  • Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’
  • Fifth Harmony x Kid Ink, ‘Worth It’

The beef between Drake and Meek Mill (read my reaction HERE) was quite entertaining and I’ve been debating on whether I want to spill my dislike on “Omeeka.” Maybe. Moving on, enjoy my Summer Vibes playlist below:

Next up, YouTube! I’ve really enjoyed making videos this Summer and it’s fun when I can just turn on the camera and share whatever with the world. It’s really fun for me. My goal between for the remainder of the year is to add more vlogging. As for my favorite YouTubers, I have quite a list, but I’ve narrowed it down and noted what I watch each YouTuber for:

So since I’ve been making at least ONE YouTube video a week, I have fallen in love with my planner again throughout August. During the end of July, I really wasn’t into my planner spreads. Then I started to use the Darice sticker books that I had purhcased from Michaels and I’m in love all over again. I’ll be sharing all of my planner layouts on my Instagram, but here are my top 3 of the Summer. Click each pic to go directly to that particular Plan With Me. Also be enjoy my planner playlist below:

+Planner Used: Mambi "The Happy Planner" +GlamPlanning 4th of July Weekly Kit +TheSassyPlanner Trash Cans +Dollar Tree Paper Tape +Hobby Lobby Movie Sticker  +ThePaperlyBowtique  +Wendaful Water Tracker Printable +MAMBI "Song on Loop This Week" Printable

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Lastly, I have a new TV obsession. In June it was Hawaii Five-0 that I discovered on Netflix and binge watched over the course of two weeks. Since I’ve made the switch from Comcast to Fios, I have a new found love for HGTV. In particular, “Love it or List It,” “Flip or Flop,” and “Property Brothers.” I’ve always had a thing for people fixing up houses and the design of it all, but now I’m on this kick and those three are my new craze.

I’m so excited Fall is almost here because I am more than ready for Shonda Rhimes Thursdays and my crime shows like Criminal Minds, the second season of NCIS: New Orleans, and of course Hawaii Five-0. I’m also looking forward to Modern Family and Blackish. Lastly, I hope Scream Queens will be good.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 12

EGOT

To win an EGOT , also known as GATE, is a significant achievement. An EGOT is a performer who wins a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. There’s not many African-Americans to have reached that peak, intact there are only two: Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones.

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Whoopi Goldberg first received a Grammy in 1985  Five years later she took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost. She has two Daytime Emmys, 2002/2009, and she received a Tony in 2002 as a producer of Throughly Modern Millie. She completed these achievements over the span of 17 years tying her for second to be the fastest to do so.

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James Earl Jones was put in a different category along with Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli, being that one of his wins was non competitive; it was a honorary award. To complete Jones’ EGOT he won a Tony in 1969, a Grammy in 1977, an Emmy in 1991, and was honored by the Academy in 2011. It has taken James 42 years to complete the EGOT making him the oldest in his category to complete it and the second oldest overall behind Helen Hayes.