5 Things I Have Accepted at 30

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Welcome to my (unofficial) TED Talk that focuses on me. First of all, I wish myself a very Happy Birthday. As I look through my phone waiting to see the blast of messages, I realized how I wasn’t even anxious to see who did or did not remember. As a matter of fact, I hoped I didn’t get a happy birthday from some people, because something didn’t seem sincere about it.

The day before my birthday, I channeled my thoughts into reliving what I had experienced as a conscious human being and how I was able to respond to situations that were beyond my control. I came to the conclusion that everything I thought I knew was a lie. Let me explain. Here are five things I have come to accept after hitting the 30.

I am 30 freaking years old!

July 3rd, 1988 God decided that I be born into this world.  Time has brought profits and losses. Aging is a reality we don’t want to accept. I have seen enough movies on the search for everlasting life and immortality. Why? People are afraid of what they don’t know.  It’s okay to panic. So much is going on in the world that you will come to terms with focusing what you can do without having a meltdown on the way. Embrace the fact that having the chance to age is a blessing on its own. Pro tip: Moisturize, Drink water and mind your business.

Achieving Greatness Should be your Lifes’ mission

If I had realized sooner on some occasions how much I worried about the things I couldn’t do rather than the things I should have mastered on, I would probably be a billionaire by now. ( Although I know that is in my destiny Insha Allah, you can argue with your village people). There is every opportunity to be great. Be great at reading. Be great at saying hello. Be great at watering a plant or sowing seed. Be great at smiling. Be great at being great. Be so great that even greatness will tap you on the shoulder and salute you. However, this is in no way an excuse to compare it to being an overachiever that develops into pride and arrogance. It is everyone’s fundamental obligation to be the best version of themselves so that it can reflect on others and allow you to transcend into inner peace. Failing to be great is tantamount to denying your purpose. Continue reading 5 Things I Have Accepted at 30

5 Music Festivals You Need to Attend

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What season is it?

Summer!!!

What do we want?

Music Festivals!!!

 

Yes my children, gather around and feast your curiosity to the wonders of how you’re about to get broke after working and saving coint 9 months out of the grueling past year. The one definitive that accurately describes what summer is all about, from fast fashion brands like Boohoo, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Fashion Nova that push out ads, to new DIY inspirations from Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. It’s Music Festival season.

Here are 5 Music Festivals I have curated and recommend you check out when you can afford to… I know I’d like to strike this off my bucket list.

Tomorrowland

 

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Source: www.tomorrowland2017.org

Location: Boom, Belgium

Genre: EDM

When: 20-21-22 July & 27-28-29 July 2018

I find that this has to be the most creative when it comes to organizing and coming up with themes ( this year is The Story of Planaxis). Ever since its inception in 2005, it has successfully gathered young frolicking pixie humans from all over the world to partake in the glory that is Tomorrowland. Now, given that I recently discovered my affinity to EDM, and being able to see the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, and other European DJs, this is one festival that would be worth the coins when traveling in a group of no more than four.

There are different packages available to meet your budget. Be sure to check out their website and sign up for newsletters and ticket sales. Also, check out the different playlists available on Spotify.

 

Afropunk Festival

 

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Source: thesightsandsounds.com

Location:  Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn NY

Genre: Punk & Alternative Music.

When: 25-26 August 2018

*sips tea*

Let me start by saying that if you can have soul interpreted through the sacred art of the Ori by artiste extraordinaire Laolu, then you are definitely in the right place. Contrary to some unknown stereotypical assumption that people of African descent cannot appreciate what was visible to only the white populace, punk has been fully embraced with various degrees and layers. So much Black People Magic can be a bit overwhelming, just like a pot of soup ready to change your life. Lineups like Janelle Monaé, Erykah ‘ Bag Lady’ Badu, Miguel, and Tyler the Creator will definitely put you in the mood. Get to your nearest Hobby Lobby or favorite Amazon vendor and get those flower posies ready because of issa vibe y’all.

Be immersed with not only the soulful sounds of music but experience the current and underground trends of art expression and fashion ( in case you’re wondering where some of these clothing lines be getting ideas from). If Japan can have its Harajuku days in Shibuya, we are allowed to have Afropunk.

 

Firefly Music Festival 

 

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Source: www.dolaphoto.com

Location:  The Woodlands, Dover DE

Genre: RnB,Rap,Hip-Hop,Rock,Folk, Indie…. Basically everyone

When: 14-17 June 2018

So you didn’t have Coachella money? And you probably couldn’t afford time off from work or school? Fret no longer. One of the well kept ( or maybe not, I didn’t know until I got to DE) secrets of the nice cushy green FIRST state of the USA is no sales tax. Repeat after me, No.Sales.Tax. So if you have shopping that needs to be done, why not indulge yourself ( I digress).

Firefly I would assume is one of those festivals you go to and expect to achieve the whole camping experience. Woodlands and all. I can’t begin to describe the humidity of the place, but at the same time, there’s just something magical about being in the open and getting some fresh air ( better than  *cough* the desert). The Lineup poster gives you an idea of why I said: “basically everyone.”

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

 

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Source: http://www.spin.com (Photo credit: Joshua Brasted)

Location:  City Park, New Orleans LA

Genre: Music Festival

When: 26-28 October 2018

Voodoo… From the word, Vodun oozes out spirituality from ancient West Africa that crossed the Atlantic to settle in most of South America and concentrated in Louisiana. Everyone is drawn to NOLA for one reason or the other, so why not name a festival that represents a collection of different energies?

Given that the Essence Music Festival is in July extend your adventure into the fall around Halloween weekend (not surprised by this coincidence). Explore NOLA for all its magic and history not just on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter but beyond. You might actually ” Have friends on the other side” (Blame Disney💀).

 

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Source: http://www.voodoofestival.com  (Lindsey Moringy, C3Presents Marketing)

 

Lollapalooza

 

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Source: urbanmatter.com 

Location:  Grant Park, Chicago IL

Genre: Alternative rock, punk rock,hip-hop; electronic… Everyone basically (again)

When: 2-5 August 2018

The windy city has given us bad winters, deep dish Chicago pizzas and now we can all agree we have been given Lollapalooza. Conceived in the early 90’s, grunge and punk culture have permeated the scene ever since. If you’re in the midwest and not up to going very far to explore the delights of a music festival, rest assured that your favorite artists are bound to perform on one of the many days it runs for.


Fatyma Amadou is a college student, blogger and owns this blog.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by any of the organizers of the above-mentioned festivals ( but here’s to hoping that they will in future, I mean, come on 😩)

5 Things We Need To Leave In 2017

Somewhere in the world, it is 2018…..

 

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Not here, bitch!!! It’s still 2017 and 3 hours to go. So as much as I have been promising to get into blogging more frequently vis-à-vis, I am here to formally round up some trends that I have personally experienced or for lack of a better word, been forced to suffer through the annals of these internets.

Now all these opinions are my own and for all intended purposes, to help you help me in reflecting and also entertainment.

1. Bad foundation shade

Inglorious 2017, we have been blessed by indie brands and beauty bloggers and YouTubers who called bullshit on brands which failed to get the memo. Y’all ever had that one kid in class, that one co-worker, that one family member, that one individual that you have to consistently and politely remind them that there’s a way of doing stuff because well, we are all grown in these streets but they keep ignoring you because they see no repercussions?

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That’s precisely what happened. Thankfully we had the likes of Fenty Beauty that came in and snatched all our coins. Sure you have MAC cosmetics but the narrowing down and thought process that went into compiling the awesome foundation shades, we have been able to overcome this problem of the RIGHT FOUNDATION.

However…. some of you still need work. Please, please and please. No one is asking you to break the bank, but if you do spend your coins in that department, get it together. You don’t have to have all the makeup brands at your disposal. Get the one with the right formula, the right shade that works for the right you, abi you get shop?

2. Time wasters aka your friendly neighborhood fuckboy incorporated

Have you been unfairly treated, promised heaven and earth, told that your everything I ever wanted and still got played? Look no further, as the Lord would have it, deleting, blocking, banishing with enchantment spells has been repackaged into a new and improved package called 📣 📣”I said what I said “📣 📣

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