Monday, January 23, 2012

This is how my hubby makes me feel....

Usher - Superstar

This is for you, you, my number one
This is for you, you, my number one
This is for you, you, my number one

Spotlights, big stage
Fifty thousand fans screamin' in a rage
Bodyguards and limousines
This is the way I see you in my dreams
Paparazzi flash, hundred pictures all of you
Hangin' on my bedroom wall
I'm a kid again, I feel like thirteen
But I knew since we fell in love
Girl I'd be

I'll be your groupie baby
Cuz you are my superstar
I'm your number one fan, give me your autograph
Sign it right here on my heart
Girl I'll be your groupie baby
Cuz you are my superstar
And as your number one fan
I'll do all that I can
To show you how super you are

Front row, there I am
Jumpin' and hollerin' waving both hands
Would you notice me, Little me
Drove twelve hours girl just to see
Your pretty face one more time
Bought my ticket I was first in line
This is a metaphor to show how I adore (I adore you)
Baby I do


Now you know how I feel
You're truly special
Your love is legendary to me
Without you my life stands still
I'll never leave your world
Treat you like a diva girl
Girl you're one of a kind
Cuz they don't make 'em like you anymore
So I'll be your fan for life
I dedicate this to my superstar for all time


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Putting on Confidence vs. Embodying Confidence

Is there a difference between 'putting on confidence,' and 'embodying confidence?'

There's a slight contrast and a subtle difference. When I hear, 'putting on,' I envision getting dressed or donning oneself. On the other hand, 'embodying' refers to a part of my being. There is no separation between me and confidence. I just am...

Why is this even important?

What if I forget to 'put on confidence?' Truthfully, there are days I forget to put on earrings, forget to put on perfume and sadly enough there have been days I forgot to put on confidence. There's nothing that I can do most effectively and believably without it. Every time, I leave my confidence off, I compromise the witness of God in my life, the depth and uniqueness of my gifts and talents and the ability to authentically connect with others.

Confidence is not something that I can afford to leave behind. So how do I go from 'putting on,' to 'embodying?'

Being full convinced of who God has created me to be and who He is in my life. Hebrews 10:35-36 talks about not throwing away confidence because there is a great reward for those who endure.

The ability to endure says to me that things will come to test and break my confidence. If I maintain it throughout, the reward will be well worth the struggle. I'm challenging myself (and you if it applies) to move from just 'putting on' confidence to 'embodying' confidence. 'Putting on' says we have the ability to take it off, but 'embodying' says it's who we are and we can't afford even for a minute to take it off.

Be Confidence!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Procrastination is no friend of mine!

As I write this, I realize I procrastinated to start this post.

When did procrastination, with it's evil lurking head seep into my life? 
Even reading the definition of procrastination is painful: To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness; To postpone or delay needlessly. 
Ouch! This truth hurts.
I started noticing that some of my priorities were out of line a month ago. Naturally, I'm a very organized person. Creating good methods of tracking and follow up are some of my strong abilities. However, lately, I've noticed that my urgency to tackle simple tasks or follow-up is lack luster.

Since I'm an obsessive compulsive self-fixer, I've begun taking steps to combat this leaky faucet called procrastination. Not with a patch or a band-aid, but with deconstruction and rebuilding. 

Deconstruct - To break down into components; dismantle. To write about or analyze (a literary text, for example), following the tenets of deconstruction. To expose or dismantle the existing structure in (a system, organization, etc.)
Rebuilding - To remodel or make extensive changes in; the activity of constructing something again.
I'm on a mission to deconstruct and rebuild.  My first steps include committing this verse to memory: The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor. - Proverbs 12:24 (NASB); prioritizing what's most important and putting everything in a category; reading through my unread emails, surveying all unfinished projects with either plans to complete or abort the task.

Procrastination is no friend of mine! He's actually my enemy. Along with doubt, worry and fear. My life plan has no room for any of them!

In 21 days, I will include an update on my progress. 

Death to procrastination!


Monday, January 16, 2012

One Year - RADIKL Living

On the east coast it's my 1st wedding anniversary. Right now, I'm on the Westcoast and I have one hour to go.
I'm excited! A little nervous, but mostly excited. This has been the greatest roller coaster ride of my life, and the best is yet to come.
The extended version recapping this past year is soon to follow.
For now -- Happy 1st Anniversary to my husband and I. I'm blessed beyond measure.
Mrs. Pope

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Life Without Christ

In my early adult Christian life, I heard the terms, "the world," and "the kingdom," to define those who were not in relationship with Christ and the mindset that goes along with their lifestyle and those who were in relationship and their holy lifestyle. As I've grown and developed in my Christian walk I believe that a relationship modelling your life after Jesus the Christ should look a certain way, but I don't believe it's as black and white as the terms suggest, but there is a foundation.

This thought has been bombarding me: What would my life look like without Christ? It became such a broken record that I had the thought investigate further. When I look at society or "the world," I see people hurting one another, unloving, glorying the wealthy while casting off the poor, emulating stereotypes, portraying themselves as carbon copies instead of a unique original.

Christ, in my opinion is the greatest example of faith and life lived whole that we have ever known. He set the standard for a relationship with God, our Father and people. He is the blueprint for how we are to do the same.

My life without Christ looks lost. Being in relationship with someone is constant work of sowing. The same is true for my relationship with Christ. I have to chose to be in a relationship with him everyday. It's not enough for me to "get saved," and never talk to him again, or never take the time to get to know him. It's a daily journey.

When I haven't spent time with God, listening to the Holy Spirit and studying Jesus, I feel lost, out of focus, like I'm searching for my center.

I need him. "The world," needs him. If you're searching for a deeper meaning in probably need him too.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6


Friday, January 6, 2012

Arts & Technology: Red Tails Movie Red Carpet Premiere

The highly anticipated movie, Red Tails based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American U.S. service members during World War II, is garnering a lot of buzz prior to it's January 20th release date. The movie stars: Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrance Howard, David Oyelowo, Nate Parker, Method Man, Ne-Yo, Tristan Wilds and Jazmine Sullivan. 

In advance of the worldwide release Red Tails is giving you front-row access to all the stars by living streaming their Red Carpet Event! The event takes place Tuesday, January 10th from 5-8pm. Details on the location and link are still TBD. (I will post as soon as they are made available).
Here's more background on the movie: The story goes on to tell about this crew of  pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during WWII.  They are then called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options -- including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. With the stakes stacked high against them, these fearless young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country. (Source)

Music Technology: Gospel Singer - Trish Standley hosts Online Listening Party

Gospel singer Trish Standley is not a novice to ministering the Good News through song, but she is bringing a fresh sound in her latest sophomore contemporary gospel album, Redemption.

Since her beginnings, Trish has opened up for Dorothy Norwood and shared the stage with award winners Phillip Carter, Earnest Pugh and Rev. Dr. Emory Andrews, The Oxon Hill High School Choir, recently charted on the UK Soul Chart with a single from the new release entitled “Love.”

Trish will be showcasing all of the songs from Redemption album with an Online Listening Party on on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 4PM EST.  To tune in to the Listening Party, log on to  Trish will also speak about her influences for her music.

A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Trish began singing at her home church.  Her songwriting career began when she took her mother’s poetry and put melody to it.  Years later, after moving to Atlanta, she continued embracing her musical talents, and studied voice with Canangela Boyd-Robertson of Jan Smith Studios, owned by the famed vocalist and songwriter. For more information about Trish Standley, log on to


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Does Social Media and Reality Television Retard Creativity?

A few months prior to the stroke of midnight on NYE 2011, I started making some lifestyle changes. I'm not a fan of new years resolutions. I believe that whatever success I'll experience I must commit myself to daily practice. My personality, behavior and mindset is not going to change at the the flip of the switch.

As a result of my not so new epiphany, I am doing a personal experiment. It involves adjusting my personal and professional priorities and deactivating my Facebook page temporarily. A part of me believes that it's not healthy to be so involved in other people's lives, especially when it's only the snap shot and highlights.

Reality television and social networking is all broadcast through some form of media. Media (Television, Radio, Internet, Magazines, etc) have long been the shaping tools of the masses.

Year to year, month to month, day to day, people are being "told" how to dress, how to look, how to talk and comparing their lives with others. My calling and trade requires me to be creative. Not only that, without the thoughts of others, your forced to form your own thoughts, ask your own questions and create your own identity instead of one being force fed to you.

I also question, how productive one can be when spending countless hours on social networking sites and watching reality television. Speaking from experience, I've logged onto Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc and looked up to find too much valuable time had passed. Afterwards, I felt unproductive and guilty.

Of course this is not true for all people, but it seems to be a growing trend. So I'll check back in on this personal issue in about 30 days to see if I notice any measurable difference.

In addition to cutting certain habits off and shifting certain elements of my life around, it's important to seed those areas with important nutrients. For me involves: more prayer, more quiet time to listen to the author of creativity--my Heavenly Father, listening to my husband and investing in relationships that bear continual fruit in my life, constant experimentation and greater leaps of faith.

I'm looking forward to becoming a better version of me.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Our last picture of 2011! I hope your New Year's Eve was blessed!

Here's to a supernatural, abundant and overflowing with greatness 2012!