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Been gone for a minute…

What’s up EVERYONE!!

Hope your days have been going well. There is so much I want to say. Let me see if I can get my thoughts organized…… SIKE!!! I’m sure if you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you know that my thoughts and feelings are everywhere. Many times I just like to give an update about what’s going on in my life. And if there happens to be some kind of lesson or something you can relate to, that is a great thing for me. Because All I really want to do is relate to you all. Let you know that you are not alone in the things you may experience or how you feel.

Thinking you’re the only one who feels or goes through the things you do, is something I experienced for a long time. I truly believe it got to me a little more because I had a mentally and emotionally abusive step father. I like to think he had ‘No’ effect on me, but the older I get the more I realize he’s the reason I handle most people with kid gloves.

I remember being loud, fun, extroverted, and unapologetic when it came to how I interacted with people. Now I’m timid and self conscious. Many times I don’t do things for the fear that my mere appearance will cause the wrong kind of attention. So because of that, a lot of my life has passed by without me doing anything.

I understand I have time to get it right, but it’s gonna take some time. I really would love to get back to being that care-free extrovert I was once upon a time.

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Lose of Inspiration

Good Morning!!!!

Hope everyone is doing well. I have to say, I’m feeling GREAT!!!! There are so many things I want to do. But when is there not so many things I want to do. The great thing about me feeling this way is, it lets me know I’m back to myself. Something I’ve been praying for, for a while.

Now that I’m back to myself I need to make somethings shake. The problem is with me; I want to do so many things, but I don’t know the actions to take to bring them alive. Over the years there have been so many things I’ve started. Things like a soap business with Grade A soap. The only thing I have No clue how to market it. I definitely know how to spend the money to create it though. Then there’s the book I published Loyalty Love Lies & Betrayal. I published that almost 2 years ago, but the sales are nothing to write home about. Then there’s my podcast Elevated Living and my YouTube channel Lulus Lavish Lathers.  These two are also things I could be working on to generate money. But to be honest all I really know how to do is start things. I never seem to have the focus or motivation it takes to keep it going. But I have a strong feeling that is going to change. Mainly because I really do not want to work for anyone anymore.

The reason I haven’t made it in any of the things I’ve tried yet is….. FEAR. Fear of being in the forefront. You know how you want to be well of but not famous? That’s me. I want the payoff from it, I just don’t want the attention that comes with it. But the longer I sit with this and let life pass me by it becomes more apparent being in the forefront is exactly what I need to do.

My apologies for the short post. But currently this is the only thing on my mine. If this happens to be something you’re also dealing with, maybe we can figure this road block out together.

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Good Morning everyone!

As you know sometimes life has a way of seeming too heavy sometimes.

Well for me, now is that time. I only created this video out of desperation. Mainly to relieve the pressure of obstacles I’m facing at the current time.

I may not say it always; but I really appreciate and love every single one of you who take the time to check in on me from day to day.

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Question?

Good Morning !!!!

As always I hope everyone is doing well. I’ma tell you one thing; I feel so much better then I’ve been feeling in the last couple of weeks! I guess you could say my body and mind needed the rest. I feel a little guilty saying that, because we’ve only been back in school for about 3 months. I shouldn’t feel bad about saying that though. I’m sure there are a lot of  people just as grateful for this break as I am. There’s probably teachers out there already planning their Summer vacation.

Well… Like I told you all before there’re going to be some things I’m going to be working on bringing to life. First I need your input.

First is:

Which play should I work on producing first?

  • Desire- A tale of  a very gullible girl, who falls in love with someone who appears will never love her back. Not realizing everything she thought she knew was a lie and sh*t was gonna hit the fan a lot sooner than she ever expected.

Or

  • Loyalty: Love, Lies & Betrayal- My first self published book. A tale of  a homosexual couple who has problems just like anyone else. Centered around Jacoby who is an owner of a multimillion dollar record company. But has failed to realize everything he has is due to his loving somewhat crazy husband Stacy. Things start taking a turn for the the worst when Stacy gets wind of just how giving and generous Jacoby has been and has continued to be to his female counter parts.

If you’re interested in either book, minimal entries to Desire can be found here on  ShadsShortStories.com or if you would like to read Loyalty: Love, Lies & Betrayal in its entirety grab a copy @Amazon.com/Loyalty Love Lies & Betrayal.

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Take that Step

 

Often times we have large gifts we never manage to share with the world. Many times because we have other obligations or because we’re afraid too. Thinking that by sharing this thing with the world it leaves you vulnerable to criticism. True it does, but what if by allowing other people in, you learn you are actually good at what you do? Not only that you start to receive praise for it. Let’s take it a step further, you are able to monetize it and live doing the very thing you love.

 I completely understand it won’t be easy. The real question is; Will it be worth it?

A: Hell Ya!!

There are gonna be times when it’s gonna seem impossible to keep going; but you have too. There isn’t going to be a better feeling then doing what you love and knowing you’re getting paid for it. 

I knew from young a regular 9 to 5 wasn’t for me. For 1 I don’t like to be told what to do. Also I like to be in control of what I do. My current job title doesn’t offer me any creative space. So based off of that I know it won’t be my job for much longer. 

I will not allow a job to take away my creative spark. There are many things I want to do in this life and I’ve started doing a couple. The reason I haven’t been able to do those things full time is do to not being able to make a living from them as of yet. 

A job is a job but a career is a lifestyle. 

Please remember that.

 

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Finding U

I am going to remain positive. Sometimes the old way that your body handles conflict rises up and takes hold. Your job is to make sure you correct that way of thinking if it has a negativeimpact on you.

Sometimes you have to take things for what they are and then move on. I understand many of us want to be in control of every interaction and outcome. But you have to know the way a person chooses to react isn’t in your control. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but you have to except it and move on.

It is not your job to make sure the next person is okay with you. It’s your job to make sure you’re okay with yourself before you concern yourself with someone else’s problem with you.

If you find yourself always trying to be in good grace’s with the next person that is a remedy for anxiety, overthinking and discomfort.

Please (for yourself) find other ways to cope with the discomfort that comes with putting you first. Your confidence will sore once you do.

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Simple Living?

Hope things are always going in your favor. Remember if they’re not it’s because you’re wrapped up in your negative thoughts.

You are the Master of your own destiny! I know that sounds a little corny, but it’s true. If you want bigger and better things to happen you have to believe and know that they are possible. I speak about this often, because a lot of us believe life is happening to us. In reality we are the shot callers and we haven’t realized how much control we give to other people and organizations.

We relinquish power because we don’t know what to do with it. Too often many of us are stuck working jobs we hate or make little to NO money from!

Recently inflation has skyrocketed, do to COVID-19. The sad thing is, people like me who are not making a comfortable salary are going to have to make some hard decisions. Decisions like; whether to spend 11 dollars on that bottle of Lysol, $5 dollars on that hand sanitizer, or going back to work making it almost inevitable they will catch the very virus they’ve been trying to protect themselves, from for all these months.

The point I’m trying to make is, being safe or comfortable is not going to get you anywhere. You’re going to have to switch things up; do something different. Remaining safe or comfortable leads you down a path of monotony and boredom. I understand some of us live for safe and simple; but those aren’t the people I’m speaking too right now. I’m speaking to those of you who aren’t happy with the way life is for you currently. Those of you who have a long list of woulda, coulda, shouldas.

I’m sure there’re going to be many who won’t agree or even understand where I’m coming from. That’s okay if you don’t. I don’t expect everyone to have the same opinion or out look on this situation. Your opinions are your own.

The only thing I want those who read this blog to take away from it is; Live on your own terms. F*** what someone else has to say! People love to talk about what you should do when they haven’t or would never do what they’re telling you to do. That’s why you have to do what you’re comfortable with. Don’t feel pressured to follow the advice of someone else because you don’t want to upset them or you’re afraid of making the wrong choice.

In the end you’re going to have to deal with the choice you made, regardless if someone made it for you.

Also if you need help getting to the stage of manifesting your dreams and aspirations, read Breaking the Habit of Being yourself written by: Joe Dispenza (Currently Reading) & Money and the Law of Attraction written by: Esther & Jerry Hicks (Currently Reading).

I’m sure there are many books out there that can help you manifest the life of your dreams, you just have to take that first step.

If your mindset isn’t serving you at the current time, you need to work on the way you think and master the art of manifestation.

I don’t want to make this too long. So I’ll stop it here.

As always….

Thank you so much for reading!! I hope this blog helps you get your life going in the right direction, if it isn’t already.

Anything is possible!!! The first step is to believe it to be so. Shadrieka Franks

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Freedom is a mindset

What’s up Everyone?!!

I hope you all are doing well. There have been somethings that are changing everyday. Recently I found out schools are supposed to be opening again very soon. This wasn’t a concern for me for a long while now. But knowing we will be starting school really soon is kind of giving me anxiety. Mainly because I suffer from Agoraphobia.

I try to be normal, but I’ve been suffering from this for a very long time. I developed it when I was younger, do too having a tyrant as a Step-Father. In order to avoid his stares and disrespectful language I would remain in my room for days; only coming out to eat or go to the bathroom. All though this house belongs to my mother, I always felt in order not to be picked on or hurt I had to fit into the space I was given (figuratively). Growing up feeling like I was a burden caused me to fold under conflict. I found myself bending to meet other peoples expectations of me because I had been indirectly taught to bend like the air.

It’s something you learn to do when you’re a child. I’ve seen people talk about this time and time again. I think the term for it is “People Pleasure”. You become this way because you’ve had to learn how to maneuver around other peoples emotions. Then because of your developed need to please  others you have begun to loose yourself.

You may not realize it at the time, but the more often you neglect your own needs to meet the needs of someone else you’re loosing a piece of yourself. Trust me, I know. I’m 37yrs old and I have never made a big decision without input from those closest to me. As  a result life has been ‘SAFE’. We all know what that means (boring). 

I’m in ‘No’ way blaming anyone for the choices I’ve made, because in actuality they’re my choices. Many times I’ve used other peoples advice to justify how I felt or what I should do. So that if anything out of the way happened the full blame wouldn’t be only on my shoulders. But it’s time I stand firm in my decisions and stick to every and anything I start. If I don’t I fear I won’t make it in this world.

The other thing is; When it comes to fear I have it by the boatload. I really want to change the way I approach things, because I fear without changing I will forever be afraid to actually live. 

I have people telling me everyday how talented I am. I know I’m blessed to have the gifts I have. I’m sure I would have made it a long time ago if I did what I said I was gonna do, not only with what I’m comfortable doing. Like it’s been said so many times before,

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Layered like an Onion

What’s up Ya’ll!

Hope everything is going well….

You know how you start thinking of different things that you’ve been through, through out your life? Well that was me the other day. I mean I always think of the different things I’ve been through. Thing is I just don’t understand how I kept my cool through out so many different times. I remember I was working out at the gym I had a person I thought was a friend. She was with a friend of hers. I said ‘Hi” and they proceeded to walk past me. Next thing you know I feel something wet on my back.

I was pissed but didn’t do anything about it because I was so concerned with others seeing me act out of character. Ask me why, I still don’t know till this day. Or the time I got used repeatedly by the same guy. At the time I thought that was the way it was. He would leave come back, leave come back. And I would be there to receive him every time. It was my warped perception of what I thought love was.

At the time I didn’t know what Love looked like between a man and woman, so I want by the examples around me. The sad part was every example there was always heartache and pain. There was never any couple that was happy more then 50% of the time. There were always problems coming about.

But to make a long story short, I’ve realized there is much that I have to talk about. I thought there was nothing I had to offer. But when I begin to think about it, there’s plenty. My only problem is I don’t let many people into my most intimate circle. It’s hard for me to let others see me in the raw. I’m so used to putting up a vail that many times I put up one on myself.

It wasn’t until I spoke to my potential “Dom” that I realized I don’t let that may people see the person I truly am. He pointed it out to me the other day. I just thought it was crazy he knew me on a way deeper level then most people know me.

It’s something about trust someone sexual that will allow you to bare all your layers. I say that because many of my ex’s know me way better than most of my family and friends. I’ve gotten a little better with opening up, but I still have a ways to go. As I’ve said before I do this because I don’t want to taint the image most people have of me. But when it gets down to the meat and potatoes of who I am; I’m a very complex being. Hell, I’ll still figuring my own self out.

One thing’s for sure, with every blog it helps me take a step in the right direction.

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The Unknown

What’s up ya’ll?!

 

Back again with another post. Never know what I’m gonna talk about until I start writing about it. I guess I really just want it to be genuine. I understand other people would say that means I’m unprepared. but I think my realness is a plus never a negative.

The other thing, I don’t like to write a blog unless it’s something I feel strongly about or interested in. For example; recently I started having interest in astrology and numerology. Mind you, I never really cared about that type of stuff before. But for what ever reason it’s peaking my interest now. Well to make a long story short, I found out a lot of interesting things about myself. It was crazy because it was spot on!

I found out things like my Moon Sign, Ascending Sign, Life Path, and I’m still learning about other things like the houses and about Indigos, Star Seeds, Blue Rays and I believe the last one is Crystal Children. I for the most part believe things like these can be real. I just don’t have the solid proof to know it for sure and that is why I’m on the fence about it.

When you dive deep these things start to make sense. The only way I see this as not making sense to someone is if that person believed only in this physical world we can see smell and touch everything. Your consciousness begins to open and except these ideals when you realize there are other things out there you do not know anything about.

Think about this; there is a whole 65% of the world we know nothing about; 65%!!!  For all we know there could be other civilizations out there. There could be millions of species we’ve never  laid eyes on, people or animals with abilities we could never imagine.

This is a strong reason why I tell people to keep an open mind; because things aren’t always the way you think. I hate to be the wierdo, but I believe there are things the government and other officials know of they don’t want the general public to know anything about. So they make sure to give us just enough for us not to question what’s really going on.

That may be another reason why I don’t like the News. I don’t believe half of what they’re saying. I just think they tell you what they want to tell you; and it’s never objective. Many times if you listen carefully you can hear the judgement in they way the story is delivered.

I’ve always heard growing up; “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.” That statement is very accurate. You have to keep in mind, they really do this!!! People in the Media have been trained on how to flip a story and spin it in the way they want it to be perceived. 

I could keep going but I am going to end it here.

For those of you just a little curious, these are my signs and Life Path.

  • Sun Sign: Virgo
  • Moon Sign: Cancer
  • Ascending Sign: Virgo

Life Path:

Celebs who are on Life Path 5 

  • Stephan Spielberg
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Uma Thurman
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Malcom X
  • Tina Turner
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Mick Jagger
  • Vincent Van Gogh

Also if you’re interested in learning how to find out your life path number, all you have to do is add your birthday numbers together.

Example: 10/20/1967= 1+0+2+0+1+9+6+7=26 

                                                                     2+6=8

The Life Path # is: 8

Well that is going to be all for today. But I’m going to continue to learn about numerology and astrology because I believe it helps me to figure out the true person I am. Just to add to that, there are people who have known me for years and still don’t really know me because I’m still not sure who I am. I guess you could say I’m on a path of self discovery. One thing’s for sure, I’m gonna have a damn good time getting to know me!

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