Quarantine and Chill

Hey and welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com! Yes, I’m back again with another blog post.

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It’s officially Day 7 of being quarantined (I think). It honestly feels like day 111. How has everyone been doing? I hope you all are okay. Me, I’ve been spending the majority of my time indoors writing/doing things to keep me entertained.

Tonight’s blog post is all about what you can do during this time. Before I even begin, I just want to note that I know these are very sensitive times and I truly hope we are staying indoors and following the necessary procedures put on place by the CDC. But above all else, I hope we are taking this time to truly take care of ourselves in all aspects of health.

I’ve come up with just 7 ways to keep yourself preoccupied during this quarantine. Now keep in mind, there are so many ways, but these ways, in particular, I’ve been practicing.

Here are 7 ways you can keep yourself productive/ preoccupied while in quarantine

  1. Catch up with a loved one. It’ll allow you to utilize the time that you never thought you had due to your busy schedule.
  2. Read your favorite book or check out a new one.
  3. Devote this time to much-needed self-care. Again, this is the time you’ve never had due to your hectic schedule. Light your favorite candle. Burn some sage. Pour your favorite glass of wine (Moscato for the win!). Whatever self-care looks to you, now’s the time to do so. 
  4. Find a new show to binge-watch. Like a lot of people, I’ve also been tuning into All American.
  5. De-clutter and organize your space. You probably have shoes and clothes that you no longer wear. It’s time to do that Spring cleaning you’ve been trying to put off for quite some time now.
  6. Take a nap. I can’t count how many times I’ve already done this.
  7. Create a new music playlist. I’m currently compiling my favorite Ty Dolla $ign songs. If you want me to share it with you, let me know in the reply section!

Bonus: Please stay indoors. If you’re not required to be outside, stay home. I can’t stress this enough.

 

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Practice social distancing by hosting online ventures whether it be a DJ session, a dance class, yoga, do karaoke by having your friends join your live on Instagram and singing along with you or just simply chatting online with your friends. You can also FaceTime your friends.

Above all else, enjoy the time you have whether it be to yourself or with a loved one. Stay safe and let’s continue to practice humanity and empathy with one another. 

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Until next blog post,

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Magnolia

 

The Return

Welcome back to another edition of Takemetotheheights.com!

It truly feels amazing to say that again after all this time.

Now before I even start let me just apologize for not writing to you guys in the last few months. I have so much to share/ spill with you guys I don’t even know where to begin. Above all else, I hope everyone has been setting new goals/intentions for him or herself coming into 2020.

Aside from that, I can say that I’ve been in better spirits since we last touched base. I no longer feel the heavy burden of my day to day (I’ll get into that in another blog post) If only you guys knew what went on, you too would feel drained and no longer passionate about the things you truly love to do. However, something happened where I realized I needed to reshift my focus and really give my all and attention to the things I truly enjoy doing no matter the circumstances.

This new found sense of freedom that I have is truly undeniable. Never did I think I’d be in a space where I truly felt free to do whatever my heart desires. I feel more inspired than ever and I can’t wait to share what else I have in store for you guys.

So yes, I can officially and proudly say:

I’M BACK AND I AIN’T GOING NOWHERE

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No seriously. Did you guys miss me? Because I definitely missed you. No, I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Takemetotheheights has become a huge component of my life that if I no longer devoted to it, I would be doing a disservice to not only myself but to all those who take the time in reading these blog posts. For those who have continuously checked in or even asked questions about Takemetotheheights, it truly means the world to me and then some.

So as always, please stay tuned to all that I have planned. I have so much more up my sleeve. Before I end tonight’s blog post, I just want to take this time in saying how much I appreciate each and every single one of you. You guys have continuously proved time and time again just how devoted you are to Takemetotheheights.

Make sure that you’re following Takemetotheheights on Insta, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything Heights related.

Stay safe and I’ll check you guys in the next post.

With peace and so much love,

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Magz

 

 

 

 

Lights Out

 

It’s been forever and a day…but I finally get to say:

Welcome back to another installment of Takemetotheheights.com. 

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I’m just gonna jump right into it.

My last blog post was in August (I know I’ve been slacking 😩). Now before I even get into the why’s and whatnot, let me just note how thrilled I am to be writing again. Feels so good to come back and share with you guys what’s been on my mind. 

So let’s rewind a bit. Since we last touched base I was gearing up to head back to work for the new school year(man I miss summer. 😰) Let’s just say September was the start of my shaky months ahead. All of September I already was beginning to feel burnt out ( I was already exhausted and tired of work y’all…OVER IT.) I instantly lost my desire to write because of my day to day work life(which I’ll eventually share with you guys) and long and behold October was coming closer and closer. 

Aside from it being my birthday, it also marked a year since my loved one’s passing. 

How was I functioning? I wasn’t. I completely checked out from work and found myself not being present for others. I couldn’t describe the feeling then. I just knew I didn’t feel like myself. 

Tonight’s blog post is me shedding light on those moments where we oftentimes might check out due to overwhelming circumstances. I felt that it was imperative for me to say to you guys that no matter what, keep pushing through. I know it’s easier said than done. 

But if it wasn’t for me checking in with myself and utilizing my resources I would’ve never been present to even write out this blog post let alone go about my day. Despite those moments I had in October, I above all else definitely looked forward to kicking off November in the best way possible. 

I also want to make note that those moments truly taught me something valuable: never ever take for granted your resources (whether it be in the form of therapy, counseling, or something that you prefer such as a hobby that you enjoy doing or even reaching out to a loved one)  

I  feel more empowered than ever and I can’t wait to see what else this month has to offer. I’m affirming nothing else but positivity for the remainder of this month and the months to follow. 

Before I close out this post, I just want to thank those who check out Takemetotheheights whether it be here or on Instagram.

Your unwavering support means the world to me and then some. Thank U Reaction GIF by Chloe x Halle

 

Please stay tuned for all that I have in store for Takemetotheheights.com and make sure you’re following Takemetotheheights on Insta, Facebook and Twitter. 

With peace and so much love,

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Magnolia

Founder/Owner of Takemetotheheights

 

New August Flow

I’m on a wave

I guess that’s just the motion

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

NEW MONTH ALERT

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When you realize summer is almost over😩

It’s officially August and I just want to take this time in saying: Let’s continue crushing our goals, be open to all of the amazing opportunities that will present itself to us but most importantly, let’s continue doing all that we love and then some all the while receiving the fruits of our labor.

Entering August, I felt even more compelled to continue sharing with you guys in different mediums. For those of you who have checked out my first hair video, just know that there will be more on the way.

Truthfully, before I dropped that video I felt a little discouraged but I knew I had to keep pushing forward no matter how many times I became doubtful. I knew in the end that video and all that’s going to happen for Takemetotheheights.com will be all the worthwhile.

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The video truly served as a reminder just how much my doubts can often times get the best of me, yet  I’m glad I got the opportunity to upload and share it with you guys. It’s been well received and I do have another hair video coming sooner rather than later!

Above all else, I am looking forward to all of the collaborations that will occur this month. Please stay tuned to that as well!

Let’s not forget that with any new month, let’s continue to set our intentions and know that all that you want and desire is truly there. Just continue to manifest but above all else, put in that work. So like July, I hope that August treats us well and I look forward to all that will occur. 

If you have any goals you’d like to share in the reply section please feel free to do so, also, don’t forget to check out my hair as well as my other blog posts and stay tuned for what else I have in store for Takemetotheheights.com!

As always, with peace and so much love,

Magnolia

Aug 3 '19

Founder/Owner of Takemetotheheights.com

StandStill

Welcome back to Takemetotheheights.com!

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This post is lonnnnnnggggggg overdue. But before I delve any deeper into tonight’s blog post, let me just take this time in apologizing for any confusion I have caused with any emails you guys have received about published blog posts. I’ll be all the way honest:

I was not all the way confident about those posts and I found myself going back making changes here and there to them. For now, those posts will be kept on the back burner as I turn my attention to something a bit more important.

Now I know it has become quite the norm for me to not write as often as I had hoped but I knew the comeback would ideally be all the worthwhile. Tonight, I’m turning my attention to my standstill.

This go-round, my standstill was and is my moment in really listening to what I truly need and essentially blocking out the things, people etc..that no longer serve me. This time frame is vital in the sense where it has allowed me to really zero in on what I truly need to focus on and what really pushes me for the better.

I can recall a time where my standstill was more so used as a defense mechanism/an excuse to no longer do the things that I love or even set precedence on the things that hold value in my life.

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Moving further not just for the summer but in my adult life, I wholeheartedly knew that approaching this particular season would force me to really take ownership of all that I am and all that I can deliver. #Period

For anyone who is currently going through his or her own standstill, just bear in mind the following:

You have the absolute right to a standstill. Not everyone will understand why and that’s okay, just remember why you decided to do so and what you plan on doing after.

This goes back to your why. Reflect on what caused (or what’s currently causing you to have) your standstill. Know that you truly hold the power to move beyond any doubts or fears you might have.

Lastly, your comeback will speak volumes for you! As often as I’ve taken my moments to reflect and essentially have a standstill, I knew the aftermath of it all would be monumental. Just know you have to put the work in to show and prove and never forget why you started in the first place.

Before I end tonight’s post, I want to take this time in truly thanking those who visit Takemetotheheights.com.It never goes unnoticed and I will forever be filled with gratitude because of it.

Thank you

Also, please be sure to leave me your comments about tonight’s blog post and stay tuned for any other posts/updates from Takemetotheheights.com!

As always, with peace and so much love,

 

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Magnolia
Founder/Owner of Takemetotheheights

 

Did you remember​ you in June?

Screen Shot 2019-06-14 at 3.06.23 AMFor starters, I honestly was not anticipating June 😐😓

With April came along Mother’s Day and that first birthday.

Whew!  I won’t even lie, it was beyond tough getting through those last two months. As a result, I felt more inclined to just disappear; not write or even record for a bit. Forget about me blogging at the very end of May.

Yet, the hope remained for those woes to subside and eventually get it together in due time. 

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Right?! 

I was so wrong in believing that hype. SMH. And so as a result, I turned this first blog post for June as a little reminder/a few tips to all those who are experiencing the same feelings. 

1. Never ever feel afraid of utilizing the resources that are available to you. Whether it be counseling or therapy, whatever healthy medium, know that it’s for you.

2. If need be, take the necessary time to just be. All that means is don’t feel as if you have to rush nor don’t allow anyone to rush your process. 

3. Remember that once you utilize those resources, you have granted yourself the permission to truly be aware of every wave of emotion and it’s okay.  

4. Give yourself time. I can’ t stress that enough. There have been moments where I felt that if I didn’t complete something, I was not doing enough. Do know that you have to take time to pour into you. The moment you feel as if you aren’t doing enough, you’ll feel the urge to continue to pour into other things/other people. Never ever forget you throughout all of this. Baby Girl/Baby Boy, you matter too.

*Ultimately, do what works for you in the healthiest way possible.*

Before I end this blog post, I just want to say look how far we have gotten and all that we’ve accomplished! 

We’ve come a long way to get to this point so let’s relish in these moments/highlights and hold on to that!

Above all else, thank you for checking out today’s blog post. It means the world to me and then some in knowing that you guys hold it down and keep coming back😩🙌🏾

With peace and so much love,

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Magnolia

 

 

All the Right​ Words

Happy May!

Let’s take this time in finally welcoming Spring (it’s been a LONG time coming 😩)80s may Sticker by printmeggin

I am beyond happy that it’s May and although last month was not the easiest for me (I was itching for May to come) I want to welcome in all the amazing opportunities for more collaborations, partnerships as well as earning more $

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Thank you for tuning in today’s blog post! Last month taught me even more what I need to continue to do… COMMUNICATE.  Yes, I take the time in doing so, but was it truly effectiveWas it really meaningful? 

I say all of that and then some to simply indicate/ stress how vital it was for me to push forth my voice. I felt empowered to do so at work and within my personal peer groups…yet under stress, I felt myself reverting back into my shell and dwelling on the could have/should have been.

 

I grew tired of it.

 

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Rolling my eyes is part of the aesthetic

 

Here I was making the strides I needed to do so in terms of realigning myself but I couldn’t, no refused to talk. It honestly grew annoying and I reached my breaking point.

With this particular post, I didn’t want to give off the vibe that I had everything figured out. Nor did I want to normalize not communicating.

Our voices hold so much weight and power. I can’t forget how important it is for me to regain that strength especially in spaces that are not deemed for people who look like me.

So, with that being said, there’s gonna be a huge shift in the way in which I use another outlet in expressing myself especially during times of difficulties.

I can’t forget the significance of using my voice in every capacity and circumstance.

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All in all, I’m taking more ownership/advocating more of my needs and wants and expressing myself through voice.school coming Sticker by Stuck On You

I’ll have my moments here and there, but for me to share this with you guys is true growth.

Before I end today’s blog post, I just want to take this time in thanking all those who check out Takemetotheheights.com.

It means more to me than you’ll ever know.

Let me know your thoughts about today’s blog post and make sure you’re following Takemetotheheights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

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Ohhh Snap 3 Poetry Event-Three-Peat​​​!

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Thank you for tuning in to this edition of Takemetotheheights.com! If you read last month’s write-up, then you know very well what tonight’s blog post is all about. The Three-Peat Poetry Event is officially the new name for Ohhh Snap Poetry 3! I am so glad I got the opportunity to come out once again and witness artists take center stage and share their love for spoken-word poetry.

For this write-up, I decided to upload some footage I got that night just to give you a taste of what Ohhh Snap Poetry Event is all about!

Poets that night included but are not limited to:

@queenlis

@the.rsolo

@smoove_montana

@cee.concrete_

@omg_itsqueen

@Wordup.poet

@parlayliving

@haunznoire

@mrsgorgeous

Along with many others.

The hosts that night were @dizzybrown718 and @mw_free (both can be found on Instagram) Together, they brought energy and Friday night’s vibe to get the crowd ready for the event. Thank yous are in order for Creative Square Studios (CSSBK) Brand Ambassador, Dizzy Brown, and the owner of CSSBK for once again giving me the opportunity in giving you another write-up.

Check out parts 1 and 2 of Ohhh Snap Poetry 3 down below and you’ll find yourself wanting to see more! Luckily, I was able to upload two videos to share with you from Ohhh Snap Poetry 3 Event.

Check out parts 1 and 2 of May’s Edition of Ohhh Snap Poetry Event 3

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All in all, these poets captivated the audience and kept us engaged at all times. It truly takes an immense amount of courage to take center stage and share your passions, art but most importantly, your thoughts to the world.

Thank you, poets, for putting forth your craft and having it serve as a reminder for me to keep pushing forward and honoring my true gifts. If you are looking to attend the next Ohhh Snap Poetry Event, be sure to do so if you are in the NYC area or plan on visiting. All Ohhh Snap Poetry Events are held at Creative Square Studios located in Brooklyn. Be sure to visit CSSBK’s website here for all of their future events.

Before I close out this write-up, please be sure to leave me your comments but also don’t forget to subscribe to my Vlog Channel. As always, thank you for checking out today’s blog post on Takemetotheheights.com! Don’t forget to leave me your comments about this post and share it with your friends!

Be sure to also follow Takemetotheheights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Magnolia

 

Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event April Edition

Good evening and welcome back to none other than Takemetotheheights.com!

In tonight’s installment, I am more than thrilled to embark on my journey of Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event’s second showcase!

 

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If you weren’t at this event, then you are clearly missing out on all of the magnificent spoken word artists both new and old who showed out last week Friday.

Before I delve any further, let me just note how overjoyed I felt in knowing I was able to come out for this second event.

With the excitement and anticipation from last month’s showcase, there was undoubtedly this climatic energy in the air.

April 5th’s poetry event was reminiscent of the feeling of rebirth. 

That feeling of rediscovering all that I am and all that I love made Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Event all the worthwhile. Poets that night included but are not limited to:arrow click Sticker by BUSINESSGRAM

@rsbexpressions

@benedict

@jaceeThepoet

@missvibes

@Wize_prophet

@Shadeniasivad

@Negroinvogue

@parlayliving

@samara_thepvssypoet

@queenmehkai

@I_solanged_ya_bitch

@Kyla_lewis_ 

@sha_outloud

along with others.

You can find all of these poets with their respective Instagram names all on Instagram.com.

Collectively, they all allowed me to further delve deeper into my self-awareness and continue to harness the power I have.

Aside from that, I just want to express my gratitude in thanking Creative Square Studios BKNY and @dizzybrown718 (brand ambassador) the opportunity in helping me provide you guys with write-up number 2 for Ohhh Snap 2 Poetry Snap event. 

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It was truly an eye-opening experience for me and then some. I just want to extend my gratitude to these spoken word artists who showcased their courageous spirits in this space made for us and by us.

Themes that presented themselves that night included but were not limited to our strength in numbers, honing in all that we are and then some, harnessing our true potentials when used effectively in our communities, love for one another, how we view ourselves in the eyes of our peers and others.

Entering this space made possible by Creative Square Studios Brooklyn NY (CSSBKNY), made it evident of its effect in fostering our development and showcasing what happens when we are granted more opportunities in Black self-expression.

Before I close out this months’ write-up for Ohhh Snap Poetry 2 Event, please be sure to visit CSSBKNY’s website by visiting csquarebk.com and stay tuned for when the next Ohhh Snap Poetry Event will be held along with any other future events hosted by CSSBKNY.

Also, if you’re looking to host your very own event, look no further!

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CSSBK is your one stop shop for your event needs🙌🏾

Be sure to visit their site at csquarebk.com when inquiring about utilizing their space for your events and follow them on Instagram at cssbk.

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Also, make sure you’re following the above-mentioned poets as well as Creative Square Studio BK’s Brand Ambassador, Dizzy Brown (@dizzybrown718) on Instagram.

As always, love on one another and stay tuned for the next write-up brought to you by Takemetotheheights.com!

Magnolia

Introducing Signed e.

In this edition of Takemetotheheights.com, I decided to switch gears and place my focus on an individual who showcases the committed go-getter.

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 12.18.18 AMErica, better known as Signed e. is the fashion designer who is recapturing the essence of authenticity behind her budding brand.

Having met Erica at Sister Social (by MLNNNYC) proved time and time again that your clientele/tribe will show up for you before you even realize it.

Having the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals in this safe space like those created by MLNNYC, was and continues to be essential to further foster my own growth and development as a Black woman.

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Let’s get right into these garments

“Get Me Body” Bodysuit

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I loved that I could play around with this top due to its whimsical nature in fabric choice.

“Tie me up” short sleeved crop top

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For starters, this magical crop top isn’t the everyday top that you see in other stores. The lacing alone gave this piece the extra oompf most crop tops need.

I love the simplicity yet low key approach to this particular piece.

Down below, you’ll find me wearing the top while out on dinner. It is truly a comfortable fit. I loved that it truly stood out and can serve as a staple piece in my fall/summer wardrobe. (Pieces that can be worn in different seasons are pocket-friendly but also saves the trouble of having to rearrange our entire closet.)

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I styled the crop top with a few of my favorite dainty necklaces.

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The ambitious designer behind the brand reminded so much of myself when I was taking Apparel Design in high school.

Erica’s tenacity was that reminder for me and to all of the readers who are in fashion or are creatives to continue to push forward and presevere no matter the trials and tribulations. 

Here’s another piece that every woman needs in her closet: LBS (Little Black Skirt)

I love the versatility behind a mini skirt, let alone in black. Additions like these in your closet with allow easy transition through looks.

Purchase your very own “Adrienne Skirt”

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The next but certainly not last piece redefines sexy, yet chic and it is truly made for the curvy woman in mind (just like all of her other show-stopping pieces) I won’t lie, I’m a sucker for a body con dress, but this one?!!!

It is by far trendy in its own right but is indeed a statement piece…

 DRAYA (the new definition of body con)

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Signed e. is the perfect example of what happens when you stay true to your own identity. Erica’s self-awareness behind her brand allowed her to remain authentic and true to who she really is. 

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Before I close out this feature, be sure you’re following Signed e. on Instagram at Signed_e and check out the website here:  Signede.com.

If those above images haven’t persuaded you yet to make your own purchases,

here’s one more reminder:

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Let me know your thoughts for this feature in the reply section down below and thanks for tuning in!

Until the next blog post,

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Magnolia