I will be honest, this 3PW (3 pieces for the week, of course) was a little frustrating, simply because of some news I received early in the week. It wasn't the news that got me frustrated, but the way I approached it is what got me in my feels. But I remembered hearing someone say, it's not how you start, but how you finish. I held on to that quote this week and started seeing things differently. Started seeing my goals differently. Started seeing my vision differently. And these 3 pieces allowed me the freedom to just go. Because they felt right, and hopefully they feel right to you...
1. I've said so many times before, I'm very big on music. I would go to sleep with music playing, because it brings me joy. I feel it energizes me to some capacity. Every year, I will hear an album that just changes my entire mood of the day, week, month and year. It is one that is on constant rotation so much that I think I'll get tired of it. Only thing is, I never do. In 2019 was Painted by Lucky Daye and in 2020 it was Chasing Summer by SiR. And for 2021 it is Mother by Cleo Sol. Cleo MF'ing Sol! This album is so amazing, it instantly gave me feelings of joy and hope...and I was only on the 4th song! The entire album did not disappoint, by any stretch of the imagination. As I'm writing this, I'm listening to it for the 5th time. I cannot even give a standout track, because each of them are favorable in their own right. There are songs of sadness, happiness, pain and love all throughout the project. And the absolute best thing is some songs are like 7 minutes! On top of that, some of the songs transition into completely different beats mid-song. And it works! It's so damn mesmerizing. Do yourself a favor. Grab yourself a glass of wine (or a chilled tawny port; more on that later), take your shoes off and allow yourself to drown in the mellow smooth sounds of Mother by Cleo Sol. You'll be glad you did.
2. Since I made the decision (and commitment) to read more this year, I've been looking for some real good books to read. Shout out to my friend, Eric Christophe for recommending a couple books. I purchased them and will definitely get to those before year's end. But the one book I'm enamored with now is The PATH Made CLEAR by Oprah Winfrey. Funny story behind this one. I'm a big Super Soul Sunday fanatic. I was feeling a little down the other day and decided to turn to the show. It picks me up when I need a pick me up. It's a show where Oprah interviews some of the best minds and thinkers in the world. They speak their truth and provide significant insight on life and purpose. The episode I decided to watch was one where she discussed the book. It's a book of quotes that resonated with her from some of the people she interviewed over the years. She calls them her AHA moments. I had to pick it up. And when I began reading the book, I saw why she called them AHA moments. They are so damn insightful, motivating and soul-feeding. This was another one of those moments where I felt instantly full of hope. It's broken down into different segments, from Seeds (where one small thing can progress into much larger visions) to Whispers (that small voice in your gut or soul telling you, "maybe not the best thing to do..."). It's worth the $15 investment on Amazon, which can be purchased by clicking here.
3. For about a year now, I've been interested in trying new types of wine and spirits. Someone asked me a while ago, "Hey what's your go-to drink of choice?" I couldn't really answer that, because I didn't know. Now sidenote: I really don't drink as much as I used to. I no longer see the need to get pissy drunk. I'm too old for that shit. But every once in a while, I'll partake in a taste or two. So back to last year, I decided to figure out what my signature drink was. I started with the hard stuff first, buying small bottles of whiskey, gin, tequila, vodka and other things. Once a week, I would try it out to see if it fits. It didn't. Spiced rum was my pick of those, but I didn't really care for the feeling it left me with. So I started dabbling in wines. Moscato, Rose', Chardonnay etc. I was like "meh." I was in a local liquor store one day and I asked the clerk what he would suggest. He mentioned Port wines. I've never had them before but said what the hell. I tried one. And it was smooth as a steamed silk shirt. It went down easy, without a blah feeling. So I started trying other ones. I came across Tawny Port wines. It's just as smooth, but has a little nutty flavor on the back end. Now when people come over, I offer a drink. Not one person has hated it. I'm sold on it. Plus it's relatively cheap. My favorite is Whiskers Blake. You should be able to find it anywhere wine is sold.
That is it for my 3PW! Enjoy these and see you next time!