Why I love Spoken Word.

I love Spoken Word.
In fact, I love it to the point where I've actually tried to write my own stuff (still a work in progress aha). Spoken word is a type of poetry that focuses on the aesthetics of word play. In simple terms it's poetry that is created on page and becomes vocal via onstage. See what I did there? ;)

From a young age I've always loved poetry. In primary school I had a book filled with poems that I had written myself. Bearing this in mind, I was around the age of about 7 when I wrote those so right now they're not my best pieces of work. I really don't remember how I was introduced to spoken word, but all I know is that it's something that I love to listen to in my spare time. On the 5th of September 2015 (yes I researched the date), a friend of mine created an event called Unashamed at my old church. This was an event for teens to come together and spend a night with God by participating in a youth worship experience with spoken word, dance and diversified music included. I completely forgot about the whole spoken word aspect of the night as my intentions for this night was to go and support my friend at her event.

So I'm just chilling in church, feeling the vibes and enjoying myself when the next act is introduced on stage. "Everyone welcome Emmanuel Speaks to the stage" is how I'm assuming he was introduced, I actually don't remember oops. When I saw this guy walk on, I didn't realise that he was performing that night as I saw him earlier on when I first walked inside the venue (when he was sitting down with his friends). He definitely didn't give off the vibe that he was a guest act - sneaky. Anyway, when this guy spoke his words - pun intended - I couldn't believe it. I have never been so captivated by someone's sentence structure in my entire life. Once he finished his set, we all gave him a round of applause and the next thing I know the whole night is over.

So this is where it all began. As a proficient user of social media, of course I had to find out more about this guy. Who was he? Where did he come from? How did he get into spoken word? My fasciation for him grew very quickly and I truly respect him for being so open with his audience when he speaks. I say this is only because I can kind of tell that all his pieces stem from events that may or may not have taken place in his life (if not then my bad!). So a few months passed and on Emmanuel's twitter page he posted that he was performing at the Southbank Centre in London. The timing with this performance couldn't have been any better as I was heading home from Uni that day so I thought to myself, why not stop and catch the show before I arrive back home?

So the day finally came around and I was on my way to Central London accompanied by my flatmate. I kept going on about how amazing Emmanuel is and because she was travelling home also, she offered to come along with me to see his set. We got there pretty much dead on time (black people timing doesn't exist with us) and managed to find seats a few rows from the front - didn't want to seem too eager sitting dead at the front. Little side note... when I become fond of an artist, I always listen to their music on repeat until it becomes engraved in my head. Well the same happened with Emmanuel's work, I fell in love with his soundcloud page and pretty much listened to it everyday up until his performance. Even now, I still listen to his page from time to time - his Ojuelegba (Cover) Ft. Rebecca has my heart. When he walked onto the stage and began describing what he was about to perform, I already knew what it was and that made me feel happy to instantly know what he was about to perform via the description that he gave off.

It reached 7pm and his set was all over. I could see that he was speaking to members of the audience afterwards and I thought to myself why not go over and just say hello? It was a bit weird at first because I didn't want to come across as a "fan", but more of a supporter. The reason why I don't like being labelled as a fan is purely because of my old fangirl days which I don't like speaking of anymore lol. So if you know, you know and if you don't, you really don't need to know. Anyway, we said hello and had small conversation which was nice. He was so humble about all the good words people said to him and was really appreciative of who that came - that was really nice to see. It was a pleasure to be there and be apart of the audience at his first headline show.

So Emmanuel, yes I'm speaking to you directly as I know that you're reading this blog post. I just want to thank-you for introducing me to your passion. I feel like it was by chance that I was able to see you perform not knowing who you are, but I'm glad that I was there because I'm still here watching you continue grow bigger and better. Over the past year I've seen you post about all the gigs that you've been doing and if it wasn't for Uni I would have been there without a doubt (mainly the London ones, I'm a broke student ngl). Keep doing your thing. I look forward to you moving onwards and upwards as the future is very bright for you. What I'm truly looking forward to is your #RussianRouletteEP (quick plug and that). When listening to Ave Maria you already got me hooked, so the rest of the EP has got me too excited. I can't wait to hear the full track list especially because it's Beyoncé based ahhhh queen! One day we'll collaborate on something, maybe I'll photograph some stuff for you who knows ;)

 Feel free to check out Emmanuel's social media accounts below, especially his Soundcloud. I recommend jumping on that for a hours (dead serious) cause that's what I did.

Social Media:
Twitter - Soundcloud - YouTube -

"Written words can be erased, whereas spoken word cannot."


Am I Needy??

Last month I was having a conversation with a friend and during that said conversation I was told that I was coming across a bit "clingy". Now if you know me VERY well, you don't say these things to me! Don't worry, that exclamation mark doesn't mean I'm mad about this it's no big deal. To this person (and yes they do know who they are) if you're reading this post, I'm not sorry about blogging about you anymore haha. I'm not clingy, but the fact that I have to double text you - which isn't an issue for me - is because you know you're a slow replier and it actually grinds my gears. When I say slow, I mean it. Days go past and I haven't heard from you so I have no choice but to double text you back ;)

Anyway, I went "off topic". The question that I need to be answering is... Am I Needy? I don't think I am, but I do see some traits of neediness that I tend to show when things don't go my way. It's not my fault that I like to text - a lot oops. To be honest, I actually love having phonecalls more than texting but the people I speak to aren't always up for phonecalls, so in my case this means texting like I'm having a phonemail. Basically I'm a fast replier and I'm not sorry about it. In regards to being needy, I just like having attention when I'm texting someone. If I send you a message & I know you use your phone 24/7 don't reply like two plus hours later. This is when I feel like I have the word mug written on my forehead. I know so many people that do this to me, yet I still reply seconds later as if they replied to my texts as soon as I sent them the initial text message - how contradicting.

There's only a few people who I don't mind slow replies from. This is only because I know that they're never on their phone or they're constantly busy which is understandable. To the people that I always find posting on social media (e.g. Twitter cause you're bait) when you air my text message - you are SO annoying. Right take a breather girl before you end up making this post into a rant or is it already too late? I really want to discuss about the topic of being needy, so I need to stop getting side-tracked. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with being "needy". Of course it has it's limits, but because I have no problem with constant conversation neediness doesn't bother me. I can't help but be a person who loves communication. It makes me feel good having conversation all the time and I like feeling good because everyone deserves to feel good!

I've pretty much lost my train of thought now as I had certain things to cover about this topic damn. This is what I get for starting this post one day and then finishing it on another day. So I guess this is where it comes to an end. Is it only me who feels like this? I really don't think I'm the only one and I'm not gonna shy away talking about it. It's completely normal to think & feel like this - who agrees? 

"I don't think it's needy to crave love, attention or consistency."

This is so me. I constantly want to be talked too and I'm not ashamed of it ;)

10 Places I'd Like to Visit!

I didn't realise (until a few weeks ago) that I'm quite the traveller. This year I've only ventured around the UK & flying over to Spain, but 2016 isn't even over and I can happily say that I've visited the likes of Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Swindon, Colchester, Ipswich and many more locations.

Although these were just work and personal trips, it's holiday destinations that I really want to tackle lately! Creating lists is a fun hobby of mine and I thought that this would be a good way to take a look at some of my favourite locations and try and make my dreams into a reality!

1. Wellington, New Zealand.
I've always been fascinated with New Zealand and seeing what it has to offer. My Uncle & his family all live out there and it's one of my life ambitions to spend a few weeks with them. Considering that New Zealand is a 12hr difference from the UK, this means that we can't communicate as much as I'd like us too which also means that I need to get myself out there! Hopefully one day I'll fly out and experience New Zealand's food and culture!

2. Toronto, Canada.
Canada has always been a place that has caught my eye. I know that the weather over there is usually quite chilly, but then again the same can be said for the England so for me there's no difference which is a good start. There's a lot of scenic areas within Canada that I would love to explore. The views is what has swayed me to visit Canada, plus I love a Canadian's accent and apparently their maple syrup is the best to put on top of your pancakes hehe.

3. Miami, Florida.
It has always been a massive dream of mine to visit Miami! I am so in love with America and where else would I want to go on holiday when flying across the pond (apart from NYC of course). Sun, Sea & Sand - what more could I want? Life in Miami is powered by the sun. Along with this, everything within this city is all based on it's nightlife! Going out in Miami already sounds unreal, so it's a must.

4. Sydney, Australia.
Even though I've listed this as number 4, Australia is definitely my number one location that I've always wanted to travel too. It has so much culture to it and can easily house me for the rest of my life. I've considered moving there, but that's a thought for another day (gotta graduate first!). The experience itself, I can already predict will be life changing. Also, the weather is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS - state the obvious Tomi. I would love to have a summer Christmas on the beach. I'm not really a fan of snow, so opening presents with a cocktail-in-hand sounds like my kind of Christmas ;)

5. Los Angeles, California.
Do you see what I mean by I love America? LA. The home of... well, people haha. California is another dream location of mine to fly out too. Shown on multiple TV shows & films, the way that it's portrayed just makes me want to jump on a plane first thing tomorrow morning! I've always had a love for America and California is just another one of the reasons that contribute to that love. I want to visit the Hollywood sign purely because it is an iconic landmark and to be honest, it's a pretty cool sign to have a picture with if I do say so myself!

6. Orlando, Florida.
Purely chose Orlando, Florida just because of Disneyland. I am a HUGE fan of Disney and I will happily travel to Florida just to go to this theme park. The fact that there is a second theme park (Disney's California Adventure) which is pretty much opposite Disneyland makes my heart flutter. Basically the word Disney has already got me packing to go to Orlando. I am dying to go and visit there one day. I know I would have to make the most of this trip, going on every ride that they have in Disney and of course making sure I spend the rest of the holiday exploring hidden areas of Florida!

7. Cape Town, South Africa.
Cape Town is such a beautiful and underrated area of South Africa. Specifically, it's the landscapes that drew me to wanting to visit this city. I can just imagine the amount of photographs I would obtain from happily snapping away at their gorgeous mountains and seas that surround the area. Just thinking about how beautiful the surroundings are makes me so excited to turn this into the real thing! Cape Town's beaches are so active during the evening at summertime. It’s still light out, sunny and sizzling hot till 7pm, doesn't that just bring a smile to your face?!  South Africa is pretty much a Safari haha. If I ever had the opportunity to go on a Safari, I would treasure that moment dearly. It would be absolutely amazing to see the animals that they have over there up close and personal.

8. Paris, France.
I thought that I had gone to France before, but according to my mum I haven't - what a bummer. I love Paris. The Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, The Louvre, Sacré-Cœur and of course DISNEYLAND PARIS. Although there is a Disney reason to bring me to France, it's the Eiffel Tower that I want to see the most! The architecture of this tower is absolutely phenomenal and I've always wanted to stand directly under it and look up. No idea why, but it's one major thing I would love to tick off my list if I ever visit Paris. Do dreams ever come true?

9. Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hawaii has always been my dream honeymoon destination. I think this is purely because of the films I used to watch when I was younger. Hawaii is that honeymoon spot. It also happens to remind me of Lilo & Stitch - one of my favourite childhood films. 10 brownie points to those who know what Ohana means. Hawaii's weather is just perfect! Well I'm assuming it is due to the picture above aha. I feel like this location is the perfect place to gain full relaxation. It seems so peaceful with it's sky-blue oceans and it's magnificent greenery... I wouldn't want to leave as soon as the plane lands!

10. Burj al Arab, Dubai.
Dubai is one of my newest loves. Based on appearance, it looks incredible! I have seen so many pictures of Dubai online and through the fascination of images, now it's a travel destination I must adhere to. It's quite breath-taking once you begin to be captivated by it. I feel like visiting here would be like visiting a whole other world! Too much? Nah didn't think so ;)

So that's it! Hopefully one day I'll visit all these locations that I have listed above. I have no idea how I'll do it, but it has to be done at somepoint in my life! I can't wait to potentially visit all these amazing places - a girl can still dream right? Well this dream... I'm hoping to make it a reality. All my travels will be a work in progress, fingers crossed!

"Collect moments, not things."

10 Things that Inspire Me!

This was supposed to come out in July, but due to my work circumstances it's out in August - not an issue right? Well it's only the 1st of August so it's not that bad hehe. It's around this time of the year where summer is almost over and it's time to re-adjust back to education life. During the summer is when I get inspired the most! In fact, my determination is so strong purely because I try and eventually achieve all my summer plans/goals. It's an amazing feeling to know that we are in charge of our own lives and this means that we're able to do whatever we want to do :).

This year, I hope to have completed more things than last summer. I mean, last year I accomplished way more things than I expected, so at the moment I'm just trying to outdo myself this time around. I still want to explore and divulge into new actives that I haven't yet experienced e.g. Travelling - I really want to do a week or weekend away just for the purpose of leaving my safe space and experiencing new cultures. With this in mind, I thought I'd share with you guys a list of things that always inspire me. Because we can never have too much inspiration can we?

A bit of a random selection, oh well!

1. Positivity, always.

2. Seeing people strive for what they want.
This makes me never want to give up on anything.

3. Spoken Word. Especially pieces by Emmanuel Speaks & Suli Breaks. Just listen to them, that's all you have to do. Their words flow like water, I can't even begin to explain - it's beautiful.
Future blog post about Spoken Word coming soon ;)

4. Music. I write my blogs to music as it really helps me circulate my thoughts.

5. Beyoncé. Of course. She has inspiration written all over her - the end.

6. Watching others succeed. It just means that I can do it also.

7. Being alone with my thoughts. I tend to inspire myself more than I give recognition for.

8. The Future. Purely because I love planning everything in my life. The future is one thing that I can't plan out (fully) and weirdly enough not only does this inspire me, but it excites me also.

9. Old pictures. I love seeing my development in life and picturing where I'll be going next.

10. Legally Blonde: The Musical (Original Cast Recording). The whole album is just too inspiring, if you've watched the film you'll understand why.

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."