And As For My Next Steps…

A few weeks ago, I graduated Summa Cum Laude and School of Business Class of 2016 Valedictorian from Howard University. I used to get really antsy when people would ask me my plans and next steps. I speculated they were anticipating I’d boast about a well-paying, full-time entry position in someone’s corporate office. “First,” I’d shrug with a half smile, “I’m going on vacation.” Which I certainly did…and it was absolute bliss!

Now, though I still feel that tug, at times, to be embarrassed like my unconventional path is somehow less-than (as much as I know otherwise), I take the opportunity to share how God has been growing my faith and allowing me opportunities to pursue my music. I employ my marketing degree for a shameless plug about my first single, Come Ye, and how people can show the love by buying it on iTunes and sharing the link to my website…hint hint.

Fighting through the doubts and the fears that come with not knowing for sure what tomorrow looks like has never been my forte. However, as I embrace life as a college graduate with just a dream and a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20), and LOTS of support (that cannot be understated), this verse I wrote a couple months ago is my particular prayer for my new season:

 

Place me in a garden where

you’ve designed for my work

to help the flowers grow.

I want to be where my purpose lies

where the passion you’ve bestowed

drives my flow.

Bring the people in my life you desire.

Let them aid me on my path

to glorify You alone.

Lord, place me in your garden

so I can grow!

 

 

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Words for a Fortune

I’d like to introduce you all to someone I love and admire. Chiereme is a sweet soul and a brilliant creative who also uses her gifts to impart healing truths.  You may not know her yet, but you’ll soon be giving thanks for her inspirational literary art, as I already am. Her message speaks to some incredible experiences women face, some universal insecurities, and some comforting realities about beauty. Having been privileged to hear and see her deliver such meaningful, original bars on more than one occasion, I’ve concluded I’d like to learn her perspective on writing lyrics, processing situations as an artist, identifying inspiration, and the like. Here’s what she had to say in the following mini-interveiw:

  1. When did you begin writing spoken word and/or songs? When did you discover your passion for writing? 

    I’ve been writing as long as I can remember! I’ve always had a passion/fascination with word(s), books and great stories. I got my first Barbie journal when I was about 6, and I have’t stopped journaling since then. I actually started doing spoken word on accident. A friend of mine had progressed from poetry to rap and initially wanted me to sing on one of his mix-tapes. As soon as I agreed, he change(d) his request to writing a verse to rap instead of sing. I kept telling him I wasn’t a rapper, though I was dabbling in poetry for the page. He referenced his journey from poet to rapper and challenged me to try. I tried and what came out was my first spoken word/song piece, You Are. I’ve been slightly obsessed with spoken word, intriguing word-play and the artist that create similar art forms ever since.

  2. What inspires you to write?

    My journey. The stress of life. The joys of life. Other poets. The Word of God and His presence throughout my everyday life.

  3. What kinds of emotions allow you to write most productively?

    The people, situations and experiences that cut me deep. Humbling experiences. Moments when I can’t stop smiling. And the scratch-my-head-moments that make me  wonder why in the world Jesus chose me.

  4. Whom are you hoping your art will impact most?

    Specifically, women in my season of life (16-35), learning to be still, learning when to move and learning themselves as they dig deeper into who God is – some for the first time. 

  5. About which subjects do you write most often? Why?

    I write mostly about my own experiences – loving, learning, living, winning and losing. My poems seem to always true back to ideas like identity, personal reflection and the contrast between what we do and how God responds.

  6. If you were to sum up everything you’ve written into one key theme/message, what would that theme/message be?

    Becoming the woman God created me to be one messy day, vulnerability hangover, question mark, season, and hallelujah at a time. 

    Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what inspires Chiereme’s art, I bet you want to check out some of her work… Here’s where you can find it: