Unprotected

I am afraid. I’ve always been afraid and left to fend for myself. I hide within my fear. Survival mode sustains me, I rise up and boss up because that’s what black women are expected to do; ALWAYS.

But if something were to happen to me, who would tell my story? And were I to suddenly go, these niggas knocking on my door wouldn’t even show up to my funeral.

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Coffee with Whiskey Recap

Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays I have the honor of hanging out at my good friend’s art space sharing poetry and chatting about mental health and expressive journaling. If you are in the Washington, DC area I encourage you to join us anytime!

Last session, we had a meaningful discussion about the difficulty of letting go of the expectations of others. This can be especially tough when many of us are conditioned to seek the approval of our family members and close friends even when it doesn’t line up with our personal aspirations or our own authenticity.

It’s important to remember that true love and acceptance is unconditional. Learning to set boundaries and to release yourself of the pressure others may put upon you is a strenuous journey that may lead to the loss of relationships along the way. I assure you, the price of your own personal freedom is well worth the hardship you may experience once you make the decision to embark on this path.

Sounds easier said than done, right? Well, meditate on this!

Writing/Journaling Prompt

Write about a day in your life, 5 years from now, that reflects your idea of true freedom.

Are you working the same job? Do you have the same friends? What truly makes you feel happy and at peace?

(Tip: try to stay away from fantasy and paint a realistic picture–these should look like achievable goals for your future.)

Happy writing! I hope to see you February 9 for our next sessionđź’š

Good Vibes Always

~Whiskey

Who TF Is Whiskey Girl?

2019 Behind the Scenes - we are magic

More behind the scenes in 2019! {Jacket: @vintagethrivals}

I’m tf is Whiskey Girl! I am firing up the blog again and I wanted to take a quick moment to reintroduce myself 🙂

I started this Embrace the Crazy blog almost six years ago with no idea how it would forever alter my life. About two years in (I’m old, I don’t really remember the exact timeline) I changed the name of the blog to WG’s Embrace the Crazy Blog without really giving an explanation.

At the time I decided to brand myself as Whiskey Girl (WG) spoken word artist, and I changed the blog name and my social medias to match accordingly. Everything I do—from stage performances, mental health advocacy, podcast to journaling workshops—falls within the realm of things that I am passionate about. However, I tend to compartmentalize my life so I’ve done a terrible job of representing all things Whiskey on this blog.

This year, I definitely want to add more content here and take the time to showcase a more well-rounded view of who I am not just as a writer, but as an artist/performer, mental health advocate and mother. 2019 will bring more poetry, more performance videos, more transparent blog posts—including the continuation of the “I Know Why the Caged Mom Drinks” series—MORE, MORE, MORE!

The effort it takes to balance my lifestyle of full-time job, child-rearing and chasing my actual dreams takes a tremendous toll on me but I absolutely can’t have it any other way. I fight for this artistry—it makes me a better person and a better mother. For all of you who read this blog and support my writing and other endeavors: THANK YOU! You are needed and you are integral in helping me to accomplish fullness of life and my goals both large and small.

I’m a month behind but I am present and I am ready to work. 2019—let’s go!!!

Good Vibes Always 

~Whiskey Girl