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Dear Blog Family,

It’s Linnea!! You know me as a writer here BUT I am also a Podcaster!! I decided to start a Podcast as an extension of my Blog, breaking down my Blog Posts. However, it has become so much more!! So if you are reading this right now, I invite you to take a listen to My Podcast Unpacking the Box which can be found on all Podcast Platforms. Unpacking The Box is a comfortable space for me to be able to express my thoughts, feelings, opinions, my writings, my hidden talents, and so much more! It’s also a comfortable space for my guests (a few celebrities have graced the Podcast) to be able to express themselves. Honestly, ALL of my guests are AMAZING, TALENTED, and are VERY INSPIRING! Sometimes it’s surreal to me because I really created a space in this world  that is empowering, SUPER transparent, fun, and everything I hoped it would be! I literally talk about EVERYTHING LOL with NO FILTER! I am unapologetically ME!  Listen here>https://anchor.fm/linnea-38

 

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BE WELL

Apply Black Pressure

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I’ve been trying to find the words. The right words. Then I realized there are none. I know the world is in dissaray right now, discord, and there is apparent division. There is so much tension, hurt, pain, trauma, struggle, and stress. When you witness a human being in distress, struggling to breathe, struggling to live, wanting to live, WANTING TO LIVE, NEEDING TO LIVE, calling out for their deceased mother, and another human being is kneeling in between life and death for them, it hits completely different. When another human being is applying pressure to a vital organ, not letting up even after the other human being is screaming out in pain, begging, pleading, and is in total distress. When you actually see a human being transitioning from life to death before your very own eyes, it messes with your mental. Now add race into the mix, and that piles on more mental trauma. Being Black in America is hard. Being a Black Woman in America is harder. Being a Black Man in America is impossible. Now, here we are in 2020 living in the land that is not free. Not for us. A land where Racism has been planted, and is continuously watered mostly by the white hands with invisible sheets. A land where WE are being preyed upon, stalked, and hunted daily. It is extremely sad that we have been reduced to the likes of animals. Then again, I’ve seen animals get better treatment.

How do we fix this ongoing problem? How do we come together? How do we get everyone to understand, and agree that Black Lives Matter? How do we demand to be treated equally? How do we fix a system that never works in our favor. The system is not broken. It just doesn’t work for us, and it was never meant for us. We need to infiltrate the system, and design a new one. We need to get into Media, so that we can control our own narratives. We need to become Police Officers, so that we can break the corruption, and brutality chains. We need to become Judges, so that we can preside over cases fairly, and justly. We need to become Lawyers, so we can try cases fairly and justly. We need to become Medical Examiners, so that we can perform proper, and thorough autopsies. We need to become Doctors, so that we can advocate for patients who cannot advocate for themselves, and for patients whose health complaints have fell on deaths ears. We need to become Farmers, so that we can grow our own food. We need to become elected officials to be able to change laws, that work in everyone’s favor equally, and justly. We need to become Architects, so that we can build places for our Youth. We need to become Investors to be able to invest in some businesses, invest in our communities, and programs that will render aide to our suffering, and broken communities. We need to learn to save our money, so that we are able to facilitate these investments. This will help us all in the long run. We have to infiltrate the system in order to change it, and break this despicable cycle. We need to sit on boards, so that we can make decisions, and so that WE can make changes! We need to present these career options to our children. They just might hold the key that opens up the door to permanent change.

 

BE WELL and STAY SAFE!

Inspiration

77FD409C-4426-428B-BC2E-92ED0A1A3B91After watching Self Made, a series that was inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker on Netflix, I felt more empowered and stronger. It also left me feeling like I’m not doing enough. Yes, I do many things now. However, I’m not going as hard as I could be going. I could be more ambitious and more productive. It just left me wanting more for myself, and wanting to be more for myself. I can always be doing more. How could I possibly conjure up any excuse as to why I can’t do something at this point? There are none. Madam C.J. Walker was extremely determined, convicted, and focused. Her level of passion, determination, and perseverance was something I had never witnessed before. Hell, I don’t see it on that level in myself yet. Yet it’s starting to feel like her attributes were transferred to me via the screen lol. She had people coming at her from every angle trying to destroy her dreams, her hopes, her accomplishments, and everything she worked so hard for. They tried to tear her empire down, and burn her legacy. But she still kept on going. She kept going! She inspired me in ways that are partially unexplainable. The fact that she was able to accomplish all that she had accomplished while factoring in her being born into such a discriminatory era, was a great accomplishment all on its own. She used her voice, and stood up to folks because she believed in herself. She invested in herself. Let me repeat because these are the main ingredients for a successful recipe. She believed in herself and she invested in herself. It is required!!!! It is necessary!! It pushes you. The minute it went off, I grabbed my spiral book, and began writing. I’m definitely going to be an Author. I’m going to revamp my Podcast, and continue growing that platform! I’m going to continue expressing my thoughts on this Blog. Then, I started brainstorming about some other projects I want to work on. I created a new vision board. I want to do SOOOO much more! No, I’m going to do so much more. I’m going to create, create, and create! I don’t want to work for anyone else anymore, and I want to live comfortably! I want to spend my days on this earth doing the things I love, and things I’m passionate about. So, I’m giving myself my word that I will do everything in my power to ensure that happens. I know I have LOTS of work to do, and I’m going to get it done.

Well, there is one last thing I’d like to touch on if I may. The series also shined a much needed light on a dark truth, that has plagued our Black Communities for centuries, colorism. Yes an ugly and sad truth. The “brown paper bag mentality” still exists today, even in 2020. Light skin vs Dark skin. Sisters, I pray that for those of you who’ve experienced hate because of the shade of your skin, know that you are beautiful, you are loved, and I pray that you heal from all hurt and pain. Sisters, I pray for those of you who think you are superior because you happen to be a shade lighter. You are not fully responsible for those thoughts that have been embedded long before you were born. But like the saying goes, “When you know better do better.” I pray that you realize someday soon that you too are beautiful yes, and that you belong to the same community. My hope is that you are healed from all hurt and pain as well. We can move more mountains together. For any of you who have been prejudged negatively and doubted because of the color of your skin, please know that you are more than capable, you are more than enough, and you can do anything you want to do. “Your only limitations are the ones you place on yourselves.” Now get to it and go work!!!!!

Bravo Octavia Spencer for portraying this role so eloquently, strongly, and effortlessly! You are a superb actress and you’ve made waves in the industry!!! You’ve inspired myself and countless others.

Thank you Queen Madam C.J. Walker for setting a prime and beautiful example!!!!!!!! Thank you for opening up the doors for us. Well done.

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Be Well!!

 

LINNEA!

 

WHO IS SHE?

 

 

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I may not be your cup of tea nor your cup of Vodka.

I’m a full, and distinct glass of an acquired taste. My words can command your ears with one stroke of my well read tongue. My mind works in unpredictable, beautiful, creative, and mysterious ways. My smile will bring light to where light no longer exists. I am hypnotic. I can arouse your soul into a trance. Don’t sleep on me baby. I can awaken the soundest sleeper. My body will delight you, and ignite you. I wreak a sexy impressionable havoc. I will swallow you whole, and spit you out.

 

I am the only force to be reckoned with.

I am your kryptonite or I can be your dynamite.

 

I may not be your cup of tea nor your cup of vodka. But someone is going to drink from my glass…

What say you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep

My soul is the keeper of my words. It tells me what to write, what to say. I can’t control what it concocts. I move when it tells me to. I move wherever it tells me to. When it compels me, I listen. The sound is deep. I am its vessel designed by intricate parts. Lined with complexities and substance. Are you receiving this? When my soul starts speaking to me, the noise outside begins to suffocate. The world outside no longer exists. The feeling is divine. My soul speaks a language that I understand more than my native tongue. It’s solid. It recognizes the good and the bad energies. I rely heavily on my soul to lead me and I am in tuned. If you want to get to know me, you must bring depth to the table and match my soul at eye level. Then, I will let you know if we approve or not.

Fake

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Do you have a Fake Friend in your circle?

We’ve all had a fake friend or two or three. You really have to pay close attention to the company that you keep. Fake friends tend to slip right underneath your nose without detection most of the time. It’s easy to miss because they usually appear, and pretend to be something they’re not. They do it so well because they have perfected their fraudulent craft. The million dollar questions are, How can you tell if your friend is fake, and is showing you fake love? Well it’s simple kind of.

  • Have they ever given you several backhanded compliments? For example they may say to you, “I love your outfit today. You look so much better with your makeup on.” For the record, there is a difference between telling your friend the truth and being shady. You get my drift!
  • Do they act totally different towards you around other people?
  • Do they treat you differently around other people?
  • Do they constantly try to compete with you?
  • Does it seem as if they judge every single thing that you do?
  • Have they ever betrayed you?
  • Have they ever lied to you?

 

If you’ve answered yes to some or all of these questions, you probably have a “fake friend” in your circle. The thing is, most fake friends are also disloyal, shady, jealous, envious, and they were never really fond of you to begin with. It’s twisted actually which is why you must pay close attention. People will always show you who they are. Though it isn’t always evident right away. But the signs are there. This kind of friend can be dangerous. Jealousy mixed in with envy can equal trouble for you. Make sure you reevaluate your circle of friends and readjust if necessary.

Research

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I’ve always been a researcher. I don’t take the words of others to mind permanently nor do I take it to heart. I like to seek my own answers. Recently, Trump was impeached. The word impeachment brought excitement, and pure joy to most. Lots of people (NOT ALL) immediately took to social media to express their elation because they understood that to mean, he would be removed from office effective immediately. Not knowing or understanding that it’s a process. Impeachment is great and all. But now it must move to the Senate, and they will make the final decision for actual removal. The Republicans control that house which means he most likely won’t actually be removed. Unfortunate, yes. It seems that many people are not very in tuned with politics, and how it operates. You should know that I used to be the same way. Politics was so boring to me, and I felt like it didn’t affect me. I could’ve cared less! Now that my mentality has changed, I view politics quite differently. I view the world differently. Through time consuming research, I learned that in fact, it is an extremely important piece to life’s puzzle. It does affect me, and it does affect you which brings me to the point of this post. If you don’t understand something, or If you are questioning something that someone has told you, do your own research. You never have to accept one answer to anything. I’m not saying that you have to heavily indulge in politics. You don’t have to watch CNN all day or keep up with every single update. I’m simply saying at least research, and learn how politics operate so that you can be knowledgeable. Knowledge is Power. I’m saying to simply learn how it affects you. Honestly, as with anything you should want to be well informed. I sure do!!!

 

Be Well!  

Soul Mate

 

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My eyes latched onto to yours, and I got a glimpse of your soul. Our souls connected and created one. The energy we share is electric. I can feel when your vibe is off, and you can feel when my vibe is off. When our minds meet, the dialogue is eclectic. I get lost in your company when we’re together. The outside world doesn’t exist when I’m in your sensual midst. It’s just me and you. When we make love, my soul moans, and becomes detached for a moment. You make me climb into my feelings in unfamiliar places. I don’t recognize this kind of love. My soul yearns for you when we part ways. You’re the one. You’re my only one. My soul mate. 

 

Have you met your Soul mate yet? 

Q & A!

 

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I asked my Instagram Fam to send me questions to answer on my Blog! Here it goes! 

 

1. What’s next for your Podcast in 2020, besides having me as a guest?

I’m going to have more guests on. I’m working on having some guests on that are in the political world. It’s going to be more great conversations, more informative conversations, and even more transparency. I can’t wait to share!!!!!

2. How do you get those famous people to come on your Podcast show?

When I first decided that I wanted to interview famous people, and to be clear, I have all types of dope guests on my show. It is not just limited to famous people. But to answer your specific question, I started doing research on how to go about reaching out to them. I came across an interesting article that gave tips and examples on how to contact them. I’ll tell you this, some people are more accessible than you think. At the same time, there’s lots of tedious hard work, research, and rejection involved. I’m thankful for each and every guest who graces my show!! It’s amazing to be able to connect with so many different people who are doing so many different things! I love it!!

3. What do you have planned for 2020? 

Omg! Where do I begin?!! I plan on traveling, releasing my CRAZY LOL Erotic Thriller Novel, upgrading my Podcast equipment, growing my podcast more, collaborations, building my brand, creating merchandise and just being successful.

4. How do you let go of a friend who cut you off because you told them they were not supportive of you?

A real and true friend is always supportive even if you’re doing something they don’t necessarily agree with. They’ll usually support you anyway. Maybe this friend felt like they were supporting you, but not in the way you thought it should be done. So they got offended. Cutting you off is a bit extreme, but it also speaks volumes. I don’t know all the facts so I can’t get deep into this. To answer your question, if this friend cut you off, you might have no choice but to let go. It sounds like they’ve made their choice. Don’t hold onto someone or something that doesn’t want to hold onto you.

5. What did you learn in 2019? What are you hoping for in 2020? 

Wow! I learned that life is way too short. People will be people. If I don’t take the time to heal my wounds, I will always be scarred and the brokenness will never subside. I learned that I can’t change people, but I can inspire them. I have to do what’s best for me and do what makes me happy.

In 2020, I’m hoping to find a million dollars on the ground or in my cash app LOL!!! I’m hoping to travel to California, Atlanta, Jamaica, and so many more places. I’m hoping that I can become even more successful. I’m hoping to evolve even more!! I’m hoping to exercise my creativity more!!

6. I read some of your sexy Blogs and stories. Why do you write about sex?

Sex is a of life and it’s intriguing. It’s a beautiful thing in my opinion. Sex mixed in with creativity equals a great read! Why not write about it? I enjoy it!! People enjoy it!!

 

7. Who’s your favorite actress and why?

Viola Davis! Some people are gifted in a special way and they’re meant to do certain things. That’s her! She portrays every role with a unique conviction. I pray I can interview her one day!

8. Who are you going to interview on your Podcast next? 

It’s a secret! LOL!!!

 

That’s it for Q & A! Thank you to all who participated and sent in questions!! Thank you and thank you for taking time out to read my Blog!! 

LINNEA

Fix Me

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To be completely honest, I once considered having plastic surgery because I hated my body. After having three children, my stomach wasn’t as flat as it once was. I gained a considerable amount of weight, and I just wanted zero parts of my new body. At the time, I didn’t fully understand nor did I realize just how much my body would change after giving birth to three children. So, I decided that plastic surgery would prove to be the perfect fix. I was thin and fit once upon a time, and I wanted to get back to that. I wanted to get back to that body quick, and scrolling through social media didn’t help. I used to wear cropped tops all the time. My stomach used to be my most favorite part of my body. I was always showing it off and I wanted to be able to do that again. I wanted to wear bikinis on the beach. I just didn’t feel sexy, and I wanted to feel sexy again. I didn’t believe I could be sexy again or wear some of the same things until I fixed my body. My body wasn’t pretty and I hated what I saw in the mirror.

The internet is filled with false expectations, and misinterpretations of a woman’s body form. They lead you to believe that all women should have flat stomaches, small waists, and big butts. They want you to believe that once the baby is born, it’s all about the rapid bounce back or the snap back. It’s misleading and it has never been my reality. The truth is that all of our bodies are different, and respond differently after giving birth. There’s no need to rush, and there is nothing wrong with real natural bodies. Social Media has some of us questioning whether a woman’s natural body is real or not simply because so many women are getting surgery nowadays. It’s hard for some to believe the same body built in the operating room, can also be built in the gym. It can be done and it has been done. I was so close to jumping on that operating table because I was insecure, I fell into the social media trap, and I just felt unattractive. Then I woke up, and I thought about it more and more. I thought about it deeper. I had to ask myself some very imperative questions. Why was I doing this? What are the side effects? Is it going to fix my insecurities? Is it going to make me feel better? Is it going to make me pretty? Is it going to make me more desirable? Is it going to fix me? When I answered these questions, I knew that I couldn’t go through with the surgery. I couldn’t. Yes plastic surgery would’ve fixed my outer appearance, but it wouldn’t fix my struggles within. I had LOTS of struggles buried inside of me, and it would’ve only served as a temporary mask. I am in no way knocking women who’ve gotten or who are thinking about getting plastic surgery. Do whatever makes you happy! But you should know that plastic surgery is not a cure for insecurities, or a lack of self love and self validation. You can sweep your shit under the rug all day, but it’ll still be there under the rug, waiting on you to deal with it. I’m saying if you’re going to do it, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. No I didn’t go through with the surgery, but I did change my eating habits. I did go to the gym. I also started being more kind to myself, more patient with myself, and I started my long journey to self love. It sure wasn’t a quick process nor was it easy. However, it was worth it!!!

 

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