Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Leadership at the Black Women's Arts Festival

Seasons Greetings!

We at the Black Women's Arts Festival are very excited to announce the exciting addition of new  leadership and management!

We now have a new producer for upcoming BWAF Philly 2018 and 2019, and the producer will be able to select two (2) Assistant Producers each of those years!

Please welcome BWAF Philly 2018 & 2019 Producer Amor La Luna (Assistant Producers to be announced)!

ABOUT AMOR LA LUNA:
Amor is a visual artist and soon-to-be 3-year consecutive feature at BWAF Philly.
Additionally, she has a production company, A TUBMAN MOVEMENT, which has presented, among other events, The Mixtape, "A Featured LIVE! Musical Performance event with an Open Mic and Poetry Session, followed by an After Party."
https://m.facebook.com/TheOfficialMixtape
https://m.facebook.com/pg/ATubmanMovement

Amor's Facebook description paints her accurately:
"A Multi-Dimensional Being. Mother. Visual Artist. Community Organizer. Black Nerd."

CREATIVE/ARTS/PROFESSIONAL RESUME:

From Amor's Facebook profile:

* In The Land Of Flotus, First Series (February 6, 2017 - Present)

* Black Women's Arts Festival, Participating Visual Artist (October 12, 2015 - Present) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I've been showcasing my artwork at the Black Women's Arts Festival since 2015.

* Afrakan Independence Day Organizing Committee, Community Organizer (August 1, 2015 - Present)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

* Co-Organizer of the Annual Afrakan Independence Day Ma'at Celebration in Philadelphia, PA

* A TUBMAN MOVEMENT, CEO/Founder/Owner
(November 7, 2012 - Present)
A Black Arts and Community Organization: that produces black art and cultural promo videos for Afrakan Independence Day Ma'at Celebration, The Mixtape, and Flotus events in Wilmington, DE, and...

* The Black Woman Is God, Second series **Coming in 2018**
Starting on May 15, 2018


CONTACT INFO

Facebook: /amor.laluna.75

Instagram: Eclipse.Effect (Official Art Page)

Instagram: AmorLaLuna

I am very happy, proud, and honored that Amor accepted the proposal for producer, and an added bonus is that she is as thrilled to be on board as I am that she chose to accept the invitation!

Please feel free to network accordingly, and do stay tuned for more exciting news and updates about the award-winning, community cultural and inclusive (all respectful persons welcome!) arts event, the Black Women's Arts Festival!

(Coming soon: Fundraising for Artist Stipends, and Call for Submissions!)

Sincerely,

Cassendre Xavier
Leeway Transformation Award-Winning Multi-Media Artist & Organizer
Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002)

New poem! "It's amazing the miracles..."

It's amazing the miracles that appear 
When you focus
On feeling good 
Absolutely no matter what
Who
Or wherever 
You are
Feeling food about
And appreciating 
Your surroundings
Your insides
Your gifts, blessings
And even
Your challenges
Spirit is spirit
Energy is energy
Flow is flow
And because there is no time
No past or no future
Because there is only now
Your "this moment"
Is exactly the same as
"Your dream life"
What you want for yourself 
Is created by how you feel
About right now
How you are in your own 
"This moment"
Is it good?
Are you happy?
Are you making it good now?


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Healing Artist: Don't Focus On Selling

Healing Artist,

Don't focus on selling.
Focus on:
1)Healing (yourself) 
2)Expressing yourself 
3)Honoring and practicing your craft(s)
4)Sharing your journey and illuminations with others 

These will bring you all the benefits you seek, only part of which will be sales and income.

Go forth and heal! And enjoy your beautiful creative life!

Cassendre 


Recommended reading and listening: 
The "Creating Money" book and audio series by Sanaya Roman (and Duane Packer) available at www.orindaben.com


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Green Smoothie Raw Blog 11/26/17

Sunday, November 26, 2017

[Disclaimer: the below is sharing by an artist, not advice from a medical professional. Using wisdom and caution you are solely responsible for yourself and your health.]

Hi!
I'm the author of the previous Green Smoothie Raw Blog on MySpace and the print and ebook Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal (2009), as well as creator of raw vegan and inspirational YouTube videos.
I'm a first generation American of West Indian (Haitian) and Chinese heritage with the following health challenges:
* Obesity
* Hypertension (High blood pressure)
* Bipolar 2, Eating, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
* Homelessness and chronic under-employment/under-earning

I am a survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, and am using raw foods to reach my personal and professional goals as a multi-media writing and performing artist with these challenges, many of which are common among child and sexual abuse survivors.

For more information please visit http://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com

And now for our soon-to-be regularly scheduled program!

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Today's weight: 230 lbs / 104 kilos / 16 stone
Last week's weight: 234 lbs / 106 kilos / 16 stone
Goal weight (subject to change): 140 lbs / 63 kilos / 10 stone

EATINGS/FOODSTUFFS
Typical SAD diet (Standard American Diet, including meats, candy, ice cream and gelatin desserts, but no soft drinks nor salty crunchy snacks) plus:
* Green smoothies (collards, kale, bananas)
* Raw kale salads (kale, onion, garlic, onion powder, lite salt, raw apple cider vinegar, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil)
* Brown rice (Fiber rich and nutritious)
* Brown (whole grain) pasta (also fiber rich)
* Cooked collards and other fresh steamed, sauteed and stewed vegetables
* Kidney and black beans
* Sharp and extra sharp cheddar cheese (calcium rich, calcium allegedly helps lower blood pressure)
* Sardines (Rich in Omega 3 essential fats, allegedly known to be helpful in maintaining good mental health)
* Oatmeal prepared with unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk and honey
* Batatas (a type of sweet potato allegedly known to balance blood sugar) boiled in almond milk and sweetened with honey

MEDICATIONS
* Blood pressure-  calcium channel blocker
* Blood pressure-  diuretic

VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS
Women's multi daily vitamin
Vitamins B12, C, D, and E (I get plenty of K in my greens)
Calcium
Lithium orotate (mental wellness plus other alleged benefits)
Magnesium

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS
Valerian (allegedly sedative)

FEELINGS/MOOD UPDATE
I feel so much better since beginning my green smoothie regimen on Monday! I've lost 4 lbs, I feel less stiff, less achy, I can bend, kneel, and squat more easily now, and my thoughts are more empowered and positive. I feel hopeful in a new way and determined to keep green smoothies in my life for as long as they are serving me, no matter what the challenges are!

~CX.

© 2017 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved.  http://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com









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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Friday, November 24, 2017

Why green smoothies are the best way to lose weight!

A quick and informative video from YouTube GreenSmoothieGirl https://youtu.be/ZAztZRlkOLE

(Remember I have my green smoothie videos at my channel, too! Search "green smoothie" at http://Youtube.com/cassendrexavier


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Monday, November 20, 2017

My Amazon Wishlist!

I finally created it :) 



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com

Monday, November 13, 2017

Choose Today

To get to where you want to be tomorrow, choose where you are today.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Become the First Example

Don't wait until you see past or present examples of who you would like to be. Decide to become the first example, and see yourself as such along the way.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


You Are Always Strong Enough to Change Your Life

by Cassendre Xavier 

(The following article will appear in the January 2018 online edition of Wisdom Magazine.)

Sometimes it is not so easy to take action on dreams, goals, or making positive changes in life. We may observe so many things we wish to accomplish, and see so much to do we don't even know where to start. We may suffer from depression, aftereffects of trauma, or other physical or mental health challenges. Or perhaps we are in a period of transition or major life change. In either case, we are feeling significantly limited in our usual strength, abilities, and talents.
In such situations, starting anything may seem or feel impossible. But there is hope! There is a window of possibility.

One of the best ways to get moving in your life is to realize you already are. You are always moving.

Right now as you read this, you are moving:
* physically/physiologically
* mentally, intellectually, and emotionally
* in the spirit of your intentions
* with the motivation of your thoughts, beliefs, and expectations
* from either love(faith) or fear(s)
* consciously or unconsciously
* voluntarily or involuntarily towards the results and consequences of your actions ("Dr. Phil" McGraw says, "When you choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.")

If you feel you are not moving right now in your life, or you would like to do more but can't seem to get a move on, or muster up the gumption to start a new or better activity in your life, don't feel discouraged. You are already there - you are a persun taking action in your life, in fact, taking millions of actions of thought and physicality every single day!

Here are some ways to begin taking action towards your goals and dreams, even when you feel depleted of energy and direction:

* take a moment every day to feel good about yourself. Healthy self-esteem is the base for most successful people.
* recognize your progress and accomplishments
* create a support system, which includes:
1)action plan: life management guidelines (incorporating nutrition, medication, and fitness), 2)seeking and using the advice and resources of people who specialize in treating and/or living with the same issues and struggles that you do
3)supporting others in a way that works with your talents, abilities, limitations, and is pleasant for you to do
* take baby steps every day towards your goals

May these all assist and support you on your journey!

Cassendre Xavier is a $15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-winning self-described "multi-media healing artist" who writes, records music and guided meditations, and creates community cultural arts events. She has written for Wisdom Magazine's webzine since 2009. Visit her storefront of recordings, and books of poetry and inspiring essays  at http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com




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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Friday, November 10, 2017

Time, Lessons, and Regret

If you learned an important lesson, it was not a waste of time.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


It Takes a Village to Rescue Oneself

You can rescue yourself, but you can't do it alone. We are meant to need each other.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Brick By Brick

Brick by brick is better than leaps and bounds because no matter how down you are you can always work with bricks (or work towards being able to). Start where you are and never give up!

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Friday, November 3, 2017

Survivor's Corner: Re-Learning Love

If "love" was used against you, try "kindness​."

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Survivors Corner: Affirmation to Heal Eating Disorders

I treat myself with love at all times; that includes my body, food, and how I eat.


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bipolar Affirmation for Discernment

Bipolar Affirmation for Discernment
Today I choose well and I focus on actions towards good and lasting things.


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Monday, October 30, 2017

They say "Write what you know"

They say "Write what you know." Well I know crazy! And believe it or not, I'm grateful for that!

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Evening 10-29-17

Today I did the following stuff 'n junk:

PHYSICAL HEALTHERIES
* Drank 1 gallon of water (four (4) 32oz sports bottles, half a bottle at a time throughout the day, before 8pm)
* Ate one large raw kale salad with my turmeric dressing
* Ate oatmeal

CREATIVE DREAMS
* Emailed JB a request to add 15 pages to the "Health & Progress" chart of my print/ebook "Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal" (2009). This will "expand [my] capacity for the "joy" of eventually and finally having a title and my name printed on the spine of one of my books for the very first time! Whoo-hoo!!!
* Read one of my poems into my Free, 24-hr Inspiration Line.

RELATIONSHIPS
* Had a lovely day of solitude plus fun time with my nesting partner.
* Called and had a nice conversation with my ma
* Responded to email from DX to continue making plans for a family kids' outing

INCOME
* Created itinerary for tomorrow's income-related task(s)
* Decided to relax about money, and not post a daily song, etc., anymore because it isn't fun!

Well, that's all and that's it. Evenin' report later, yo!

Links below or in my comments!

Thank you for reading :)

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My links:

MUSIC
* [Music downloads][http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre]
* [Music "listening room"][http://cassendrexavier.bandcamp.com]

WRITING
* [Wisdom Magazine articles][http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom]
* [Blog][http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com]
* [Erotic blog][http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com]

YOUTUBE
* [YouTube channel][http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier]

SOCIAL NETWORKING
* [Facebook profile][http://Facebook.com/cassendrexavier]
* [Twitter profile][http://Twitter.com/cassendrexavier]

FOR PATRONS & SUPPORTERS
* [GoFundMe][https://www.gofundme.com/cxinspiration2017]
* [Paypal][http://paypal.me/cxinspiration] or Send Money to cxmusic@gmail.com
* Checks and money orders may be mailed to a Philadelphia address (address and Payable To information available upon requestation). My Patrons become my pen pals, and I also welcome moneyless cards and letters of support and appreciation!

  To my patrons and supporters: I consider myself a multi-media healing artist, and I thank you for your continued support of my art/work, and therefore, life!





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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Morning 10-29-17

Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Ediccione, if you will. (As it were.)

Today is gray and rainy and a Sunday and I am taking it very easily.
I have plans to call my ma, and go to PriceRite with my nesting partner to buy some very necessary water ice and beloved prunes.
Other than drinking a gallon of water, exercising for 25 minutes, and eating oatmeal and one large raw kale salad, I have no other tasks for the day. But I listed many below, in hopes of incorporating them into my week's eventualities!

Today and this coming week I hope to do the following stuffs for the following areas of my life-al unit:

PHYSICAL HEALTHERIES
* Exercise for 25 minutes
* Drink 1 gallon of water (four (4) 32oz sports bottles, half a bottle at a time throughout the day, before 8pm)
* Eat at least one large raw kale salad with my turmeric dressing
* Eat oatmeal

GROOMING/APPEARANCE (I include this because these things are hard to keep up with when you have depression-related mental health issues. I have had bipolar 2 and PTSD since the early 90s and I don't think I would ever do these things if I didn't date or appear on a stage or in front of a camera from time to time! I also share in solidarity with mine co-sufferers/"gifted" and our understanding loved ones.)
* Another 25 minutes of exercise.
* Tweeze mine facial regionnes.
* Remove and reapply toenail polish.

CREATIVE DREAMS
* Release daily song/track and album WITH YouTube video/Wisdom Magazine article/personal  blog post.
* Email JB a request to add 15 pages to the "Health & Progress" chart of my print/ebook "Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal" (2009). This will "expand [my] capacity for the "joy" of eventually and finally having a title and my name printed on the spine of one of my books for the very first time! Whoo-hoo!!!
* Audio record one of my Wisdom Magazine articles to YouTube and release it.

RELATIONSHIPS
* Call my ma
* Email KO with plans to get together
* Respond to email from DX

INCOME
* Create itinerary to go to CAO (County Assistance Office) tomorrow in my new district/county to follow up on my paperwork from last Thursday to transfer services from my previous county. (I include this in solidarity with those who receive food stamps and Medicaid, as I do and have for years, to show that it's ok to need them, and also that you can create/write/record, etc. with very little money!)
* Release a GoFundMe update, including my latest YouTube progress update video
* Add my GoFundMe and Paypal links to "My links" that I include with many of my posts
* Create a Patreon account, as lovingly suggested by one of my longtime supporters!

Well, that's all and that's it. Evenin' report later, yo!

Links below or in my comments!

Thank you for reading :)

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My links:

MUSIC
* [Music downloads][http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre]
* [Music "listening room"][http://cassendrexavier.bandcamp.com]

WRITING
* [Wisdom Magazine articles][http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom]
* [Blog][http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com]
* [Erotic blog][http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com]

YOUTUBE
* [YouTube channel][http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier]

SOCIAL NETWORKING
* [Facebook profile][http://Facebook.com/cassendrexavier]
* [Twitter profile][http://Twitter.com/cassendrexavier]

FOR PATRONS & SUPPORTERS
* Create an Amazon Wishlist (I have been doing all of my writing on my tablet, using my two thumbs, because its keyboard no longer works. And I could use my laptop but its battery's been dead for months. Literally less than $30 plus a little time on Amazon is what's keeping me from being able to comfortably type and not text my way to my readers' heartal reggiones!)
* [GoFundMe][https://www.gofundme.com/cxinspiration2017]
* [Paypal][http://paypal.me/cxinspiration] or Send Money to cxmusic@gmail.com
* Checks and money orders may be mailed to a Philadelphia address (address and Payable To information available upon requestation). My Patrons become my pen pals, and I also welcome moneyless cards and letters of support and appreciation!

  To my patrons and supporters: I consider myself a multi-media healing artist, and I thank you for your continued support of my art/work, and therefore, life!




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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Evening 10-28-17

In addition to the other things I did and posted in my "Morning" blog, I also did the following in the following categories: 

GROOMING/ APPEARANCE
* Did another 25 minutes of exercise.
* Washed, separated, and moisturized my locs. 

CREATIVE DREAMS
* Released daily song/track and album blog.
* Tried to put my print/ebook "Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal" (2009) into my Google Docs. It didn't work on my tablet. Will have to try again on a desktop. 

ADDITIONALLY I:

* Responded to an email planning a family get together. 
* Drank 1 gallon of water before 8pm.
* Emailed one of my siblings.

Something else good happened, but it wasn't a goal and it wasn't G-Rated ;) (nesting partner initiated, whoo-hoo!)

See comments for my links! 

Thank you for reading :)


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Daily Song/Track/Album

10-28-17

"Friend"


First song, first album (2002).

Tracks and album available to listen or download from Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby, YouTube, etc.



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Morning 10-28-17

2:49pm

Today I have already done a bunch of housework and have also done the following:

PHYSICAL HEALTH 
* Exercised for 25 minutes.
* Drank 32oz water.
* Ate two large raw kale salads with herbal and nutritional supplements. 

RELATIONSHIPS 
* Returned my mother's text message about possibly talking this weekend.
* Talked, laughed, ate, and watched TV with my nesting partner.


==========by 9pm I hope to complete the tasks below======

GROOMING/ APPEARANCE (big challenge when you're depressed and rarely go out/have any reason to look snazzilicious!)
* Clean, separate, and moisturize my locs. 
* Another 25 minutes of exercise.

CREATIVE DREAMS
* Release daily song/track and album blog.
* See if my print/ebook "Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal" (2009) is in my Google Docs. If it is, review it for revisions, if it isn't, put it there.  

Other tasks are on hold til I get to a desktop (I am using a tablet).

I am having a wonderful day and look forward to having a wonderful evening! 

Thank you for reading :)


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


The best exercise for a cat...

...is another cat.

--Jo and Paul Loeb, Animal trainers and writers 


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Breakfast 10-28-17

(Not including first meal of 2 bananas and 8 prunes.)

2 ears of fresh corn
Kale salad with dressing of onion powder, garlic-infused extra virgin olive oil, raw organic apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and lite salt
And a nice big piece of fried chicken (very acidic and not ideal)


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Friday, October 27, 2017

Evening 10-27-17

Today I relaxed all day and tried not to worry too much! 

I rested and procrastinated all day until finally at 9pm (what a champion I am!) I began to work on most of the following taskal units: 

PHYSICAL 
* Ate oatmeal.

RELATIONSHIPS 
* Texted my mama.
* Answered more emails from the ones I sent yesterday.  

CREATIVE DREAMS
* Released daily song/track and album blog.
* A quick Google search led me to a CreateSpace help forum where I learned about 130 or over is how many pages are required for a CS book to have printing on its spine. 

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PHYSICAL 
* Exercise for 25 minutes. 
* Drink plenty of water. 

INCOME
* Review and update if necessary my CDBaby prices.

EMPLOYMENT 
* Relax, meditate, and visualize.

I am still content at the end of the day, pleased with my effortizing and productivation!

Thank you for reading :)



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Daily Song, Track & Album blog

10-27-17

Reclaiming & Celebrating the Spirit 


Amethyste Rah is my self-assigned spiritual name.
This album was released in 2007.
It features my speaking, and the music of Thaddeus.

Tracks and album available to listen or download from Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby, YouTube, etc.




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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Morning 10-27-17

Today I wanna relax, take it easy, and go with the flow. I had a big day yesterday and with the challenges in my life right now I just want to stay positive and not worry too much. :) 

I think I can muster the following taskal units: 

PHYSICAL 
* Exercise for 25 minutes. 
* Eat oatmeal.
* Drink plenty of water.

RELATIONSHIPS 
* Text or call my mother.
* Take out my stationery and address book. 

CREATIVE DREAMS
* Release daily song/track and album blog.
* Email my book formatting friends KN/JB/JD asking (or Google search) how many pages are required for a CreateSpace book to have printing on its spine. 

INCOME
* Review and update if necessary my CDBaby prices.

EMPLOYMENT 
* Relax, meditate, and visualize.


I see myself content at the end of the day, pleased with my effortizing and productivation!


Thank you for reading :)


My links:

* [Music downloads][http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre]
* [Music "listening room"][http://cassendrexavier.bandcamp.com]
* [YouTube channel][http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier]
* [Blog][http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com]
* [Erotic blog][http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com]
* [Wisdom Magazine articles][http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom]
* [Facebook profile][http://Facebook.com/cassendrexavier]
* [Twitter profile][http://Twitter.com/cassendrexavier]




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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


SINGLE & HAPPY: Ringing in the New Year Solo

 If you are single, you can still be happy! And if you want to enjoy your New Year's Eve, you don't have to wait for someone to make plans with you - you can make your own! 
 That may be taking yourself out for a meal, going to the movies, volunteering, visiting a community center, or attending an event or going someplace where that holiday is not recognized. 
 Or you can do what I do - stay in hotels during certain holidays!
 I just booked a hotel room for New Year's Eve. That way I know for sure I'll be in excellent, positive company!
 I have done this for the past couple of years and I really enjoy it.
 Just because I have a nesting partner doesn't mean I'm not still single. As some long-time married or together, co-habituating partners know, domestic bliss doesn't always necessarily translate into the romantic kind.
 I started staying with my nesting partner in February and we stopped dating then.
 But even when I have been romantically partnered I have mostly not enjoyed New Year's Eve. It is a stressful holiday for me as the ugly duckling who has only periodically and briefly or only in certain freak circles been considered a swan.
 Waiting for the ball to drop and then kissing or finding someone to kiss or hoping to be kissed is such an anxiety- producing experience for me I even hate watching it in TV and movies! (When Harry Met Sally comes to mind.)
 It all takes me back to high school and dances and rejections. Even when I seemed to get it right I didn't! 
 For example I was invited to the prom, by a cute guy, but he told me I was an unusual kind of good-looking, "the kind that gets raped." Wtf? 
 And perhaps it was a good thing that my prom plans were revoked by my father, which at the time really devastated my teenaged self. 
 Anyway, I was feeling anxious about the upcoming holidays, because I just do NOT enjoy that holiday!
 Even when romantically partnered I have not enjoyed it. It hasn't been hell, but it hasn't been for me - going to a bar to have a glass of wine and be in a group of people as we all kiss at the stroke of midnight. .. I was more enchanted by the excited, almost skipping walk together to and from the bar.
 Or staying in and banging pots and pans. I was more excited about the cake and candles.
 No, New Year's Eve is not really for me. But as Joan Armasteading sang, "I'm open to persuasion!"
 So I booked a room so I can enjoy the holiday. Nothin' says self-lovin' like watching TV and enjoying delivered Chinese food! 
  Re: the ugly duckling mention from earlier. Yes, I feel beautiful, but I don't know how others see me, and my feelings about myself vary greatly according to my moods, which vary greatly on account of a wee touch o' the old bipolars the good lord sees to bless me with.  Which is why I am up at 6:26am writing something I'm not quite sure "flows" but I do sure hope made you smile and perhaps identify a little bit. 
 It's just that the holidays are hard for a lot of people,  harder for those of us who are single, have family-of-origin/childhood trauma or abuse and addiction issues. Or are atheist (I'm not, I just enjoy their ideas and sexy brains!)--- what do atheists do during certain holidays? Do you go to Chinatown like the Jews taught us queers and (child abuse) survivors? Forgive me father for I have not only sinned but I keep sinning all over the place!

Anyway, I booked a hotel room for New Year's Eve, and even though I have other nifty stuff in my life, I'm already droolin' for it.

That is all, I encourage you to employ the discounted hotel room feature for more joy in your life. And I...


Thank you for reading! :)


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Evening 10-26-17

Today I accomplished 8 out of 11 goals!:

PHYSICAL
* Exercised more than double the 25 minutes I wanted to (walked a lot during my errands, and the walk to the bus this morning alone was 20 minutes)
* Ate oatmeal

RELATIONSHIPS
* Emailed certain family members to continue making social plans we began making yesterday.
* Emailed 3 people I care about.

CREATIVE DREAMS
* Released daily song and album blog.
* Submitted December 2017 article to Wisdom Magazine.

INCOME
* Deposited check and cash
* Printed and mailed a W9 and invoice for a project I did last month

========AND HERE'S WHAT I DID NOT DO=======

EMPLOYMENT
*Googled but did not get address and hours of nearest unemployment office. Will have to keep looking and asking.
* Did not try to find out if there's a closer or better place to buy audiocassettes inexpensively than the chain thrift store outlet I heard of in New Jersey.
* Did not drink plenty of water, but I had a good reason: I drank as much water as I could given my heavy errands schedule today (many bathroom trips).

I have done well and made progress in the last couple of days of using this system I am making up as I go.
And I hope to do the same, or better, today!

Thank you for reading :)

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My links:

* [Wisdom Magazine articles][http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom]
* [Blog][http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com]
* [Erotic blog][http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com]
* [Music downloads][http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre]
* [Music "listening room"][http://cassendrexavier.bandcamp.com]
* [YouTube channel][http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier]
* [Facebook profile][http://Facebook.com/cassendrexavier]
* [Twitter profile][http://Twitter.com/cassendrexavier]



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com