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8 May

I Love Words

26 Sep

When you’re a Writer, πŸ–‹βœ’οΈπŸ“βœοΈπŸ–ŠπŸ–ŒπŸ–βœπŸ½

My Favorite Things!Β 

31 Jul

#TheHappyPlanner πŸ’–πŸ’‹

For every girl with dreams & living her dreams. πŸ’„πŸ’…πŸΎπŸ‘„πŸ’‹

What a great concept for a calendar planner. To decorate & dress up the dates/days of my life, just like I do my life. 

Perfect for this fashionista & writer!!!!! 

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Facebook Friends vs. Friends

20 Jun


By Veronica Michelle πŸ’‹

Nowadays you have to know the difference. If majority of your communication, contacting & interacting with someone, anyone, is over Facebook or any trendy social media site, you are “Facebook friends.”

The amount of time you’ve known someone does not determine the quality of a friendship.

Real friendships/relationships require more maintenance than some people are willing to believe. Or give for that matter. But they love to talk about “friends.” 

(You can’t expect for someone to be a good friend to you. If you don’t show/prove yourself to be a good friend).

Effort requires action. Action cannot be performed with the pressing of a “like” button on social media. 

Some people like to use you (others as well). If it is allowed it means that you are a friend to them. If it isn’t allowed, then you’re not considered as being a good friend. 

For the same people to always be on the receiving end, & rarely to never on the giving end, is not a real friendship. 

The past is not relevant to the present in friendships. People will dwell forever on the past. Until you realize that’s exactly where you left them. (Many years ago, when you grew up & they didn’t. You outgrew them.)

It’s hard to be friends with, especially best of friends with people you have outgrown. 


The best exchange between two people are first & always the exchange between two human beings. Simply connecting to someone. Those are the best gifts. What’s on the inside of an individual. 

-If there is a negative exchange from someone, there is no gift in negativity. Especially to someone who isn’t negative. 

Some people or “friends” around you only want to get close enough to rub up against you. In other words to try to obtain what they see in you, for themselves. They want to steal your joy, peace & happiness. 

Authenticity can never be duplicated. 

For the singles with married friends. As a single woman you might take notice and overlook indications of your married friends being jealous of you. It’s not something we look for, but you can’t ignore it. 

Why would happily married friends be jealous of you? 

-Needless to say some marriages that appear happy, are not always happy. 

– When you are a single woman and you are genuinely happy, single & free. Some of your married friends envy this about you, whether they admit it or not. 

– When you have your life going on without the help or dependency of a man. That’s enviable in itself. Every gal should have the need to fulfill her independent self, before settling down. Some women marry young before they can achieve this. 

– Your Favor! There is nothing more radiant than the favor of God, glowing through you. From the inside out. As crazy as it seems, this is something people are jealous of as well. As if it were your choice. #GodChoseMe

– If you have great potential, proven success with your career-goals & direction in life that is clearly before you and there is nothing that denies you are on a path of great success.  Some people show you very early on, that they won’t be able to handle it. 

Sometimes people ( friends included can see things in you, before you do).


Some friendships are about people just wanting to stay connected to you. Without wanting to put in the effort to. 

A lot of the things you deal with pertaining to friends always have a valuable lesson attached to it.  You have to always remain prepared. To accept the changes. As well as the growth that will come from it. 

Some people are a blessing. Some are a lesson. 

There are people in your life for a reason. And others for a season. 

Some are there for the long run and some are there for the home run. 

Apply your filters and necessary changes will happen. 

Always be ready & willing to meet the best friend of your life at any given time. Don’t limit God! With the limitations others try to put on you. 

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Keep In TouchπŸ“±πŸ’»

7 Oct

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Nowadays it’s so important for people to “keep in touch, stay in touch or stay connected.” As it’s been referred to on different occasions.Β I’m not sure what has warranted this urgency of staying connected to people you have no life connection with. Or staying connected to those you don’t see, deal with or talk to on a regular basis.

Social media might be in part to blame for such behavior but then again, maybe some people have to deal with the idea of not being connected to someone for their own comfort.

More than ever, for me this has made me aware of my own relationships. Facebook has the most “friend” connections for me than any of my other social sites. That’s because I decided that I would cater it to interact amongst my family, friends (the actual ones), associates, high school & college peers as well as some people I’ve worked with. That number may be just well into the 200 mark. Which is not considered to be a lot. Every now & then I may do some revisions to my friends list. Simply because I don’t think it’s necessary to have a lot of people lingering to have a large number of friends, followers, likes, etc. It’s very simple for me.

For branding purposes, I’m well aware of who my audience is. They are driven to me and I’m driven to them. Whether it’s one person or one hundred people I rather be an inspiration to individuals who are actually interested than those who just hang around on your social media pages to see what you’re doing. I’m amazed at what extremes people go through to do so.

With the photos, status updates, video posts & likes that I put on social media, I am proud to say that there is no way that the information disclosed on my private sites indicate what my personal, real-world life is everyday. Or the things that go on in my personal life. There’s always more, or at least there should be. I don’t believe everyone gives a play-by-play of their lives on social media. But I could be wrong about that.

So where is the fire? What’s the need of keeping in touch with people you don’t keep in touch with? There is nothing more perplexing than to pick up the phone to someone that I haven’t talked to, communicated with or even thought about saying “I’m just keeping in touch,” just to not talk to them for a significant amount of time after that. All I can do is laugh. Because I haven’t talked to them in so long & I know there is no reason for us to keep in touch. Just the same, getting a social media message in my inbox of someone trying to “get in touch” with me to see if my number changed, just for the sake of having it. As well as those who want to privately inbox to rekindle old friendships. To some people this kind of behavior might come across as harassment.

Texting is another form of false connection. If I don’t talk to someone as much as text messages are sent, our form of communication is only through text. There is no relationship there. Nor can any relationship be sustained via text message.

To me, I think it’s very simple to understand that people who want you in their lives will make sure you know that they do.

I do believe in the process of moving on. There’s growth in it, peace, happiness & power. No one should have power over you.

I’ve had to master the art of moving on from people who I still have to deal with due to certain circumstances. Life can be difficult enough on its own. We shouldn’t feel burdened by the weight of carrying other people or their expectations that they’ve somehow linked you to.

When you find that you haven’t talked to someone in a while, decided to assess people in your life, you’ve editted your phone book or friends list and some people are deleted, that’s called life. It happens. It’s fine for them as well.

Should these people reach out to you in other ways, be nice & cordial. But if you’re not trying to be connected, then don’t connect. Sometimes the issue is not keeping in touch, but letting go. You may learn that before other people do, but eventually, they’ll move on. With this instant access of people and Information Age we are in, we can be easily blinded and forget the essence of real relationships and knowing the difference. It may require some work. Those of us who take time out to “get it,” will get it. We still have to dwell amongst those who have not.

I know that I’ve become more of a socialite than I used to be. In that, I mean actually socializing in person, face-to-face. Physically seeing someone and they get to see me. Not hiding behind a telephone or computer screen. These are tools of communication for active relationships when we can’t see each other in person. They’re not to be used as an electronic leash for being held on to.

Know your own guidelines & follow them accordingly. That’s the best way of keeping your own interactive life under control and not letting it control you.

Thank You!

8 Feb

I just want to take time out to say Thank You to my followers here at

for following my blog.

Writing is an effortless luxury for me. Without it I don’t know how my life would make sense. It’s always been an outlet and a passion in my life. I never take it for granted when people take interest in my art. I’m not just one type of writer, which is the mystery in the craft. I’ve been writing poetry since I was 12 years old and I joined my high school’s newspaper as a feature writer and became the Editor-in-Chief. During that time my work was selected and competed in a citywide competition in which I received awards and a scholarship during my two years on the newspaper staff.

I went on to college and continued my pursuits in what is to me a natural ability that I have in journalism, as well as studied and learned other forms of writing. I became a member of my college’s chapter of NABJ, the National Association of Black Journalists, as well as wrote for college distributed magazines while in my roles as secretary and treasurer of the organization.

As a member of NABJ we traveled each year to conferences in different states to meet and network with other journalists. Both students and professionals. Which is always a good time! I look forward to continuing to embark on these journalism excursions in the near future. They are very useful networking platforms as well as a lot of fun.

Upon receiving my Bachelors degree in Journalism for print & broadcast with a minor in television production, I immediately went to work, as well worked throughout my entire college education, starting back when I was in 8th grade. Working and making my own money has always been important to me and my life.

I’ve worked in various media settings including in advertising, for one of the largest advertising firms in Chicago, and in television production at Harpos studios.
All while continuing my pursuits as a Freelance Writer. I’ve been a writer most of my life, but recently I am very inspired, in the glamorous aspect of it, by Carrie Bradshaw. The main character who is a writer on the Sex and The City series and movies.

Although I wouldn’t mind being a part of one print or broadcast media company, my free spirit won’t let me allow myself to belong to one organization. I enjoy being able to work & write for different writing opportunities. Not having to deal with the logistics of competing organizations. As well as the perks of being able to navigate from one media form to the other.

Advertising somehow made it to the top of my list for writing. I love advertising. The writing, the visuals, messages and the art of it. And the environment.

My most recent work was with Smart Chicago Collaborative, for “The School of Data Conference” in September 2014. I worked an intensive two days in an effort to collect as much data as I can through video recording, live streaming, photography, blogging, note-taking, writing and using any other form of creativity that I could think of to document the conference. My work will be published collectively with other contributors in a book scheduled to come out in the summer of 2015. This is something I’m excited about. It will be my first published book. That makes me officially an author. Even though I know without a doubt, with years of poetry stored and other writing I’ve done, I have at least 2-3 books on hand already.

The exciting life of a writer. It’s just the beginning though. I hope you’ll come along on the journey with me.

One of the best things I’ve ever heard was while I was attending a Chicago chapter NABJ meeting and one of the speakers said “Be a great writer at everything” I thought that was the simplest way to sum up what I wanted to do. Even though he might have meant it for different areas in broadcast journalism, being in the broadcast field, I applied that to my entire life. Every kind of writing I would do, I would be great.

Writing has been and always will be a part of my life. In every job that I’ve worked, I always found myself incorporating writing into my day-to-day tasks.

I believe for everything that a person wants to do, there is always one avenue to be the foot in the door. Or the golden ticket to everything, is what I call it. I know I found mine many years ago and that’s what writing is for me.

Thanks again for being a follower on my blog!

I look forward to sharing many more of my stories, my life and journey with you!

Veronica

I β™₯ You

21 Jan

To being me, Veronica!

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I β™₯ Me!