Let’s Start Over

First and foremost happy New Year to you! I truly hope everyone was able to ring in the new year safely. Aside from that, I wanted to touch on what coming into the new year meant for me. No, it didn’t necessarily mean setting goals(shocking, yes I’m aware) But I felt as though it was important to shed some light on what this new year or this season if you will could potentially mean for you.

I was able to end off 2021 reaffirming my faith in myself and rediscovering my new found sense of independence. Above all else, I was reintroduced with something I’ve put on the back burner due to my then circumstances and how I relatively felt about it (I know it’s hella ambiguous but stay with me. I’ll eventually touch base about it in due time 🙏🏾🧿)

Back then, the thought of starting over was something I couldn’t fathom. The moment I was granted the opportunity to start over, whether it be a job or even going back to school or even dating, I started questioning as to why I’d ultimately started over. I’d be wrong if I didn’t mention the countless times where the thought of starting over frightened me. It went against my better judgement. Why did the thought of starting over or attempting to do so bring up so many thoughts/worries?

And then it dawned on me: the pressures of what it “should” look like when you’re starting over was filled with an overwhelming need of reaching this so-called expectation/perception society has on someone restarting anything. Why did it matter so much to me about how other people felt about the choices I made with my life?

What I started to realize more was that it was ALWAYS okay for me or anyone at that to start over. I know those fears/doubts and even what people may say would often deter you or me at that but I remembered just how much it meant for me to go back and start all over again (and again if I needed to)

I stopped caring about those “expectations”, I stopped worrying about the what if’s. I knew deep down I owed it to myself (in more ways than you could imagine) to just do it over, no matter what it was, no matter how tiresome it was, or frustrating. I was allowing myself to hone up to what I left behind and honored every wave of emotion it came with when I gave myself the time to do it again. Only when it came back around, I moved more intentionally and allowed my deepest desires and manifestations to truly be the foundation I needed to keep pushing forward.

Before I leave this blog post, I want you to take what you will from this post but walk with the grace in knowing it isn’t ever too late to start over.

Let me know what you plan on starting over or simply starting in the replies.

As always, I’ll catch you in next one.

Let’s meet: Maya Davis of Udeen Designs!

We here at Takemetotheheights want to take this time in thanking Maya Davis for allowing us to get to know her and her brand, Udeen Designs a bit more. As part of our mission here at Takemetotheheights, we think it’s crucial to educate ourselves as well as others more about small black-owned businesses.

1. Tell the readers who you are? What is Udeen Designs? My name is Maya Davis. I am an interdisciplinary artist and the founder of Udeen Designs. Udeen Designs is an art & home lifestyle brand.

2. Why did you start? I have always been creative. Art is my very first love. Udeen Designs was born out of my need to be a more creative and ethical designer. I worked as a textile designer and noticed how much waste my industry produced. I began taking it home and making art with the recycled fabric and paper around me.

3. What are you manifesting for Udeen Designs before the year is over or overall? I am manifesting growth for Udeen Designs. Growth in network, in collectors, in sales, and opportunities to showcase my work. I would love to see a Udeen Designs & Anthropology collaboration. I feel I could express my love of art, home decor, and more in partnership with them.

4. Who would you want Udeen Designs to collaborate with?

I would love to see a Udeen Designs (and) Anthropology collaboration. I feel I could express my love of art, home decor, and more in partnership with them. I would also love to work with artist Christina Martinez. I admire her work and her journey as an artist and I believe it would be an incredible opportunity to learn and create.

5. If you could go back in time, what would you say(to yourself or your brand) or want to change?

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to call yourself what you are, an artist, and launch your brand with intention and while you’re still employed lol.

6. Any advice for any up-and-coming artists/creatives who practice your medium?

(The ) advice I would give to up-and-coming artists/ creatives would be to be patient with yourself and your process. Explore all that you can in your own time and in a way that feels good to you. It will only help with your development.

7. Where can people find your work?

People can find my work at www.udeendesigns.com & @udeendesigns on IG & FB.

Before we close out, we just wanted to note what it means for us to showcase a fellow creative. It really does wonders for us whenever we get the opportunity in learning about a creative who not only look like us but can also capture creativity that’s reminiscent of the things we’ve been exposed to or are trying to express.

Let’s continue to remember the power behind our creativity and the lives of those we can captivate through our art of storytelling.

As Maya has mentioned, be sure to check out her beautiful work by visiting her site and let’s continue to support and amplify one another.

Dirty Thirty

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com.

A few days ago marked a month since turning 30 and I am incredibly grateful for that. Y’all, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve gone back and forth with these edits and with what I really wanted to say due to the nature of what this particular blog post would entail.

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Of course before turning 30, I spoke to a few close friends of mine of what it felt like being 3o, what’s changed for them ( It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t ask -____-) I definitely got hit with responses like knees hurting, certain foods no longer being a staple so on and so forth. But I realized I wasn’t asking what I truly had in my heart:

What has turning 30 taught you? Yes I relatively feel the same. Yet my thoughts and the way I express myself more explicitly/intentionally feels different. Now before I delve any deeper, I’m gonna give y’all a bit more context. i’ve always ( and I mean always) been the type to brush off things, not really allowing external factors so to say, get the best of me. Let me tell you, if you’re like me, then I suggest you take heed to speaking up as often as you need to.

Turning 30 has truly opened my eyes to the things I’ve ignored. I no longer have the bandwidth to do so as I get older. I knew coming into this post, I didn’t want it to be the typical/cookie cutter post of do’s/don’ts approaching 30. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. You just have to make sure that all that you do is intentional and beneficial to you and only you. (Yes, I mean you reading this) Man, if I had the power to go back and change certain things I would but I believe it all happened for me to be in this space to be so much more appreciative/grateful.

Being 30 has given me a bit more of an edge so to say to truly stand in all that I am and all that I say (coming from a Libra, this is huge..we are seldom to being indecisive -____-)

So in honor of my Dirty Thirty and all those who have (or will turn 30 ) my only advice is to really live your life. Go out and do the things you truly love to do. Make time for the person that truly matters and that’s you. You deserve all the beauty and splendor this life has to offer.

I got so wrapped up in my personal affairs that I almost lost sight of that. I am truly thankful I am in the space that I can continue to prioritize myself, my needs and all of that I desire and then some.

So before I end off this blog post, I just want to stress just how significant it was to write this to you, the readers. As I delve a bit deeper, be a bit more transparent with you, I knew I needed to showcase just what turning 30 meant for me. If you’re embarking your 30s or have already done so, let me know in the comments down below.

Above all else, if you made it all the way here, you are truly appreciated. Please be sure to follow takemetotheheights on all of is its respective social media pages and as always….

With peace and so much love,

Magnolia “Nolia”

Redemption Song

“Life is but a dream that you manifested slowly.” (Victoria Monet- Moment)

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com! Round of applause for an all-new blog post! Before I even kick things off, let me just note that I’m a Libra so no Libra slander will be tolerated lol. But all jokes aside, it brings me joy in knowing I am back with another blog post.

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Because the only Steve my generation acknowledges is this one -_____-

With any new month, it’s become a ritual of mine where I have to address the theme or at least what’s been pressing on my mind since the start of October: There’s been an overwhelming feeling of redemption. That feeling of starting over but essentially being more intentional about it. Depending on whether or not this holds true to you (I hope it does) that feeling of essentially wanting to do things contingent upon how you see fit has been reminded in the people I talk to on a day-to-day basis.

No longer falling victim to our fears but really pressing the envelope and being more purposeful about all that we want to do, has been coming to mind more and more (let me know if you’ve been feeling the same) I mention redemption and being intentional because for me personally, in those moments where I know, wholeheartedly and spiritually where things naturally fall into place is simply because I am in the space where I am on the receiving end of it all.

Let me backtrack a bit. If you’ve ever had those moments where situations revisit you like a goal you wanted to achieve or even moving back to a particular area that holds a deep resonance with you, I truly feel as though that’s the universe’s way of letting you know it’s your time. It’s your time to not only accept all that you’ve been desiring but also a reminder in letting you know this is your season.

With that being said, I truly hope everyone has been taking the necessary steps in not only stepping fully into all of who they are but also being intentional in how you go about navigating your personal journeys. Yes, I’m fully aware of the minor setbacks that come along the way. Those same setbacks often times try to blurry your vision. But do know those minor setbacks are truly minor so please don’t find yourself getting caught up in them(please take my word for it -____-)

All in all, I hope everyone has been taking more purposeful steps coming into October. I hope you either become more intentional in your practices in however you’re achieving your goals or manifesting your hearts’ desires. Remember to stay present throughout it and above all else, you got this!

If you’ve made it thus far, I truly appreciate you for taking the time in reading today’s post. Be sure to follow Takemetotheheights on their respective social media pages down below, and as always…….

With peace and love,

Magnolia “Nolia”

What am I afraid of?

Welcome back to another installment of Takemetotheheights.com! We appreciate you for choosing to read this blog post!!!

Beyoncé is always a mood 😩

Before we even start, we truly hope everyone has been doing well. Let us know in our replies how you’ve been! Aside from that, we’d be wrong if we didn’t mention how exhausted we’ve been feeling. For those of you who are back in the classroom teaching, know that we are right there with you with those same sentiments.

Despite that, we’d be wrong not to close out this month with a blog post for this month. Who else is feeling as if this month just came and left? It was literally just Labor Day 😩

Aside from that, we truly hope you’ve been tapping into your manifestations and applying all the necessary pressure required to see those dreams become a reality.

But, I realized in order to do so, we were reminded to stay faithful to ourselves no matter what may come along the way. (The trials and tribulations of life, our individual stressors, those negative thoughts that like to tell you otherwise etc….the list is getting long y’all!) I too saw how easy it is to allow ourselves to remain complacent in our spaces especially in our comfort zones.

Baby, let me tell you. Our comfort zones are truly the ones that make it okay for us to stay stagnant. I think you should read that line again. When we refuse to step out of that familiar, comfortable space, we stunt our own growth and essentially prevent ourselves from ascending to our highest good. Whew! Don’t you want to become the best version of yourself?

Wouldn’t you like to see yourself grabbing hold of all that’s meant for you? Let’s not hold ourselves back especially when we are going after all that we desire and deserve. Let’s step fully out (and I mean all the way out) of our comfort zones. How else would we know what we truly need for our personal development?

In order for anyone to truly manifest, you have to be willing to let go. Flip that I can’t to I can. Turn that I won’t to I will. Challenge those negative thoughts that like to come in without warning. Fully embrace that new way of thinking and in turn, it’ll change your language and your actions will reflect that. It’s never easy trust me I know, but you have to be willing to let go of the old you to embrace the new you.

Before I close off on this blog post, I just want to say how much it means to me to be back with another blog post for you! Let me know your thoughts in our reply section. Let me know what you’ve been manifesting and how you’ve been working towards it. Have you stepped out of your comfort zone? What does it feel like?

If you’ve made it to the bottom, I thank you for reading this blog post. It means more to me than you’ll ever know! Be sure to follow Takemetotheheights and Nolia on all of the respective social media platforms!

With peace and so much love,