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Marching To The Beat Of My Own Drum

Do you hear that sound?
The unruly beat of drums in the background?
That is me.
The sound of me marching to the beat of my own drum.
The soundtrack of me living life on my own terms.
Not a care in the world as the beat grows louder.
The bass drum of my life intimidates.
The crash cymbal screaming “look at me!”.
Everywhere I go dirty stares follow.
Too busy dancing to the rhythm of life to notice.
You glare because my beat is different from yours.
The drumbeat of my life demands respect.
It calls for my voice to be heard.
It shows the world that it’s okay to depart from the band.
This beat is contagious.
Our beats, although different, carry the same message.
Life is too precious to adopt the sound of another.
Find your own movement.
Love your beat.
Dance your beat.
Make it loud.

-Asia Aneka Anderson, Marching To The Beat Of My Own Drum 2015©
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Day 242: Thought I'd try something different again. I guess this style is okay. I need some more up dos so that I'm not twisting my hair at all. #PhotoGrid #naturalista #naturalhair #teamnatural #NaturalHairDontCare #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 241: There will never be another. #HappyBirthdayMichael #MichaelJackson #MJ #IMissHim #TheKing #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka

Lucky Where It Counts

A mood of misfortune hovers over me.
The darkness that seems to grow.
Although, I am still lucky.
Lucky where it counts.
I’m here to fight another day.
No matter how hard it may be.
Although, I’m still lucky.
Lucky where it counts.
There are those who love me.
Love I sometimes cannot feel.
Although, I am still lucky.
Lucky where it counts.
Money found in the road.
A meal on the house.
A million tiny specks of luck.
All the luck in the world and I still don’t feel complete.
Although, I’m still lucky.
Lucky where it counts.
Luck shows me her face everyday.
Too deep in a rut to see.
Although, I am still lucky.
Lucky where it counts.
I stop and I see how much I have overcome.
Luck has made my road less bumpy.
Perhaps I will finally see the gifts she has given me.
I am very lucky.
Lucky where it counts.

-Asia Aneka Anderson, Lucky Where It Counts 2015©
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Day 240: Crosswords are so soothing to me. #2015 #365DaysOfHappy#HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 239: Working on some #poetry for a contest coming up. #FingersCrossed #amwriting #poem #InsideMyCreativeMind #Instapoet #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 238: I think I have another obsession. #NaturalSoaps #MissSelbysSoap #OurFamilySoap #local #Ohio #natural #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 237: Just watching one of my most favorite movies of all time. #BASEketball #MattStone #TreyParker #TreyIsBae #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 236: #PaulMcCartney will be in Ohio 4 days after my birthday! Someone give me a car, a bike, pegasus, or a large bird so I can make it there! #TheBeatles #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 235: Yaaassss #FearTheWalkingDead #FTWD #TWD #ImReady #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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It would be a project documenting the effect the recession had on businesses on my hometown/state. I’d hope to expand that to other smaller cities across the US.
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Day 234: I love this lipstick color. #DarkWine #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals #naturalista #naturalhair #teamnatural #LipstickQueen IG-AsiaAneka

Review: The Book Of Mormon

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I FINALLY got a chance to see "The Book Of Mormon" here in Dayton at the Schuster Center. I know I mostly review skin care and hair products, but I definitely had to make a review on this musical.


It's fucking amazing.

That's it. Go see it if you haven't or go see it again if you have. Trust me.

And seriously.... Hassa diga eebowai.


-Asia Aneka Anderson




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Day 233: I know the lighting is awful, but that's not the point. The point is I went back to grab that shirt from about a month ago and said to hell with my self doubts and bought it. #BodyPositivity #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 232: They pulled the best name last. #Dude #Sweet #IveGotAGoldenTicket #FrontRowBitches #BeingAPartyOfOneAlmostAlwaysPaysOff #BookOfMormon #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 231: #ParanormalWitness marathons are the only thing getting me through the mornings this week. Bless you, #Syfy. Can't wait until this show comes back . #2015 #365daysofhappy #happygoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 230: Making my days a little brighter. Not sure if I should stick with the glitter or change it up and go with hot pink or neon yellow. #nailpolish #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka

My Mind Is Slipping

My brain overheats.
Watch my sanity crumble.
Reality gone.

-Asia Aneka Anderson, My Mind Is Slipping 2015©
Goals: To start on and expand on a photography project I have in mind.
Goals: To interview and photograph people that I admire.
Goals: To own my own art gallery/ youth center.
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Day 229: Always looking for that perfect product. I look forward to using these and writing a review on my blog. #Cantu #naturalista #naturalhair #teamnatural #ProductJunkie #InsideMyCreativeMind #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 228: Pretty shitty day. Nothing #Sherlock can't fix. #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 227: Wearing my crown and keeling it cute in orange. Looking at more up dos because I'm so tired of twisting my hair 😩. #naturalista #naturalhair #teamnatural #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 226: Finally #DemetriMartin's new standup is on #Netflix. Love this dude to death and he's one of the sweetest people I've ever met. #LiveAtTheTime #2015 #365daysofhappy #happygoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 225: Yes I did jump on the bandwagon to shamelessly plug my blog. Go like, comment, follow, and all that good stuff. I'm trying to be on my grind and I'd appreciate the love. @asia_aneka_writes, AsiaAnekaWrites.Blogspot.com, AsiaWrites.Tumblr.com, and Facebook.com/AsiaAnekaWrites #StraightOuttaMyMind #InsideMyCreativeMind #amwriting #poem #Poetry #photography #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 224: Since I'm binging on #DoctorWho my #wcw is #BilliePiper. She's so cute and #RoseTyler was the best companion imo. #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 223: I can't believe it's been a year. I swear almost every happy moment from childhood revolves around a #RobinWilliams movie. He will forever be my favorite comedian. I'm glad his movies and genius had an impact on my upbringing. SN: If anyone close to you battles mental illness or depression be there for them, listen to them, and let them know you care. It's not an easy battle, let me tell you. #riprobinwilliams #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 222: I'm trying to shake the hell out of it. #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 221: We all know why I got these. #ImAnAdult #Marvel #TheAvengers #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka

Reasons I Don't Like To Be Around My Grandma

My mom and I took my grandma to this festival in her neighborhood that she wanted to go to. At one point after we grabbed some food my mom points out this cute kid that’s clinging to her moms leg because she wants to be picked up. We both playfully laugh with the mom (Who’s a bit of a distance from us.) The mom picks the girl up and my grandma says “I wouldn’t have picked her up. Let her fat ass walk. There’s nothing wrong with her legs.” Did I mention the little girl looked to be about 2-3 years old? My grandma called a toddler a “fat ass”. Have I also mentioned that quite a few women in this family suffer(ed) from body image issues and/or eating disorders? Hmmmm….. I wonder where that comes from? Either way it’s unnecessary to call someone a “fat ass” and it’s more than disgusting to use that term to describe a child.
        After we were done eating and I told her how awful a person she was, we walked around and looked at some of the stuff people were sellin…
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Day 220: don't bother me for at least 6 days. #DoctorWho #TheDoctor #Whovian #2015 #365daysofhappy #happygoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 219: Progress. So so close to bra strap length. #naturalista #naturalhair #teamnatural #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Ada, Ohio 2008©  Photo: Asia Aneka Anderson   #InsideMyCreativeMind IG: Asia_Aneka_Writes
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Ada, Ohio 2008©  Photo: Asia Aneka Anderson   #InsideMyCreativeMind IG: Asia_Aneka_Writes
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Day 218: I’m gonna miss #JonStewart on @thedailyshow. It’s been fun!! #JonVoyage #TheDailyShow #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 217: I keep this calendar next to my bed. Trying to wish this beach lifestyle into existence. #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 216: I took this about a month ago. I've battled with myself over whether to post it or not, but here it is. Many times I've tried on certain clothes, like crop tops, and end up talking myself out of buying them solely based on how I think others will see me. "Who cares? It's a fucking shirt." Is always my first thought when walking into a dressing room then shortly thereafter I rip my own self to shreds. Life is entirely too short to constantly worry about what others will think about what I put on MY body. No more. No way. There is no goal weight, just a goal mindset, and that mindset is to be happy and at peace with myself. I'm beautiful. You're beautiful. We're all beautiful. If someone doesn't think so, fuck 'em. #nofilter #natural #BodyPositivity #naturalista #teamnatural #naturalhair #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 215: You don't even know how excited I am for this. #Fantastic4 #Marvel #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka
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Day 214: when you see that Johnny 5 is being sold for $3.95. #BestMovieEver #ShortCircuit #GuttenbergAF #2015 #365DaysOfHappy #HappyGoals IG-AsiaAneka

How Do You Forgive What Still Hurts?

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It is past midnight making it officially August 2nd. It is my father’s birthday. I am quite impressed with the birthday card I picked out. It’s very sweet and thoughtful. It says everything you’d want a birthday card to say.

         As many stories and poems I’ve written I’ve often stated that my father is a drug addict. I went from denial, where I lived for many years, to hurt, and anger. I’m still angry, but far more hurt. I am now in a place where I want to forgive, but how do I do that when I’m still hurt and no one seems to acknowledge that pain? I love this card, but I feel it speaks to the man my father used to be. He was the best father a girl could ever have, but the key word is “was”. The man I looked up to no longer exists. I look at this card and it says everything I want to say, but yet it feels like lies. Part of me would like to think that when I give him something like this it’ll awaken a drive in him to be better. I only set myself up for disapp…

#SandraBland #SamDubose

The main reason why what happened to Sandra Bland scares me to death is that this literally could’ve been me several years back. A few years ago, on my birthday, no less, my best friend and I were celebrating. We drove from where we live in Dayton, Ohio to the amusement park King’s Island which is about an hour drive south, if that. We went late because my birthday is in October and it’s Fright Fest around that time at King’s Island. On the way back, I honestly couldn’t tell you if I was speeding. I don’t think I was because I was keeping up with the rest of traffic, if not going slower. At one point I see this car tailing the fuck out of me. Whoever it was was dead on my bumper with bright lights, and because it was dark I couldn’t make out the car. Even though it was late the highway was still busy and I really wanted to get the hell out of this person’s way. I sped up a bit to get over and as soon as I did the cop threw on her lights. I was confused because t…
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Day 213: finally got around to making a post about my new skin care routine. I look forward to documenting my progress. http://asiaanekawrites.blogspot.com/2015/08/my-journey-to-better-skin-post-1.html #InsideMyCreativeMind #amwriting #2015 #365daysofhappy #happygoals IG-AsiaAneka

My Journey To Better Skin: Post #1

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I made a post several weeks ago which was apart of my 365 Days of Happy. It showed several items I had bought to help get rid of the dark spots I have on my face that I've been trying to get rid of for years.

        I purchased 100% black soap with lemongrass and African shea butter (the castor oil was for my hair). I bought all of these items at a local beauty supply store. The shea butter is an 8oz tub that cost about $6 and the black soap was about $3.50. Both are from RA Cosmetics. For about the first 3-4 days I was loving the black soap and shea butter. I had heard that black soap can be drying and I more than anticipated it since my skin is so sensitive. With lots of products my skin can go from loving it to hating it to loving it again in the matter of a month. When it came to the black soap it really made my face feel clean and smooth. Those first few days my face would feel a little dry, but nothing I couldn't handle. (Both photos taken after using black soap…