Good Sunday Morning Everyone!! Time for a music spotlight! Today we will be listening to Chloe x Halle. Chloe x Halle is a contemporary R&B duo made up of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey. These two first made it big after wining Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing competition. They then uploaded videos to YouTube, where their cover of Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” garnered the singer’s attention. Their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, was released in 2016. They had a cameo appearance in Beyonce’s Lemonade video, and served as her opening act on the European leg of her Formation World Tour. Chloe x Halle released their first studio album, The Kids Are Alright, on March 23, 2018. The pair also currently stars on the Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish opposite Yara Shahidi, where they also composed the theme song.
Happy Without Me
The Kids Are Alright
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Happy New Year!! A quick update, I’m on my third book of the year: 1984 by George Orwell. I set my 2018 Goodreads goal at 25 books. I bought a bicycle last weekend and did my first ride yesterday.
I bought a Trek 7.2 FX, women’s specific design. I have not ridden a bike since I was a kid, so I was excited to buy it. I had been going back and forth between buying a bike for about two years now and I finally decided to go ahead and get one. I really had no more excuses left to justify not buying one. As part of my goals for 2018 I want to stop denying myself things because of fear and naysayers, so the purchase of my bike is one of the first purchases that adhere to my desired goal.
When I was on my ride yesterday, I fell a few times but suffered no injuries. For someone who has not ridden a bike in so long, I feel I did well. Before I purchased the bike last weekend, I did ride it around the parking lot of the shop. I purchased my bike from one of my local bike shops. I bought it from a shop verses a big box store because the shop was able to tailor the bike to my size. The bikes I liked in Walmart and Target were too big for me.
When riding my bicycle, I rediscovered how important it was to keep pedaling. It sounds funny, but really, whenever I stopped pedaling or got distracted in some way, I ended up failing or almost falling. As long as I kept pedaling, I maintained my balance and began pacing myself. You cannot pedal too fast because the bike may slip from under you if you are not careful, you cannot pedal too slow because you will end up falling. I had to pedal at a moderate speed in order to keep my balance.
via Daily Prompt: Strategy
The invisible weight on his shoulders is becoming too much. He tries to smile and act like everything is well but it is hard. Death seems to be chasing him. Last week his cousin died, last year it was his uncle, two years prior, it was his classmate. He cannot escape the feeling that he will be next. It will be his photo in the obituary section of the paper. Friends and family will be making memorials for him.
He moves cautiously, with thia question in his mind daily. He is careful not to drive too fast, not to drive too slow. Never take a hit, drink in moderation. Don’t walk to fast down the sidewalk, don’t idle too long at the stoplight, or in front of someone’s house. Be careful, be cautious, be afraid.
He is only 19. He looks around and sees what his future could be. Working for pennies at the local store, slinging dope on the street, in and out of lockup, fathering children he is not prepared for.
There are no dreams of college, no dreams of having his own business, or beinf a doctor, or pilot. He knows some guys who went to the military. He does not see that for himself.
He is stuck, like a deer in headlights. He does not know where to go or what to do to escape his fate. This weight is getting too much.
It is crushing him, slowly but surely.
Is there no mercy?
She stepped to the edge of the sand. The water was beautiful. She had never been here before and felt a tingly sensation of gratitude. As she inched closer to the water, it was cool as it swished over her toes. She gingerly walked forward. The water was slow and steadily moving. She walked farther until she was she was knee deep in the shallow water. She dipped her head under the water. Still blue, salty, and crisp. She raised her head above the surface. She looked back and realized she was farther from the shore. She liked this. She kept moving forward until her feet did not touch the sand at the bottom. She swam now. Slow and steady strokes, preserving her energy. She swam down under the surface. It was so beautiful. She felt at peace. She did not want to go back up to the surface.
She felt something tug at her leg. She attempted to move. She couldn’t. Something was pulling her down. She started to panic. A bright light obstructed her vision.
When she awoke, she was strapped to a table. She opened her mouth to scream, but no sound came out. A figure appeared. She kept trying to scream, trying to get up, but her body would not respond. The figure put their hand on her shoulder. She felt a sharp pain. Everything went black.
via Daily Prompt: Shallow
They stepped cautiously off the bus as it cruised to a stop. The heat was sweltering. A sandy desert seemed to stretch for miles. Their wary eyes settled on the enormous gate in front of them. As they approached the gate, they had no inkling of the terror that awaited them on the other side.
via Daily Prompt: Gate