Saturday, December 31, 2016

End of Year Thoughts/Things I've Learned From Publishing

For starters, I never thought that I would publish 1 book this year but I've published 3 books. It's been an interesting journey for me this year as I've figured out my purpose in life and my passion for writing. I've always enjoyed writing, especially poetry but I never knew I'd be writing in this magnitude and I'm happy GOD showed me this journey and got me to sit down and write stories about societal issues that we all face in today's society.

The biggest thing I learned this year with my publishing is to do it on your own, you appreciate the journey more. I wrote, proofread, edited, wrote the synopsis for my books, created the book covers and went through the complete process with publishing my book. I only hired people to format my books which is something I plan on incorporating into things I want to learn how to do in the coming year.

As far as other things I've learned, don't get caught up in reading all of these books by people who have their claim to fame with their books. Everyone's journey is different so don't get too caught up in what everyone else is doing. I'll admit I got caught up in trying to figure out how E.L. James, Stephen King, James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and other authors got their rise to dominance with their books. Then I realized I could figure out what they did, apply it and doesn't work for me. My genre is different than theirs and the market is different for various genres.

With thousands of books being published yearly, everyone is trying to get their books noticed, read and given good reviews. My genre is poetry and it's fictional stories so I'm in a whole different realm and the reality of it is, getting my books noticed will be a big battle but it will not stop me at all. I've read so many articles on the internet about poetry books not selling, boy am I about to change that.

There are a lot of other projects coming next year and I look forward to publishing another 3-4 books next year. Remember, strive for greatness and follow your dreams. Happy New Year!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Writing My First Book and the Process

When I decided to write my first book, the process was arduous but definitely worth it. I knew I wanted to write something worthwhile so I decided I needed to address the issues that men face in today's society. One of them being that we are weak if we express and show emotion and feelings. Meanwhile, women want a man who is able to express himself but not do it too much to where he isn't manly enough.

So I started to think about things we as men struggle with along with things that I struggle with on a daily basis. I knew I had to incorporate all of the things I see and deal with on a regular basis and then add some things to it such as a young man who's made mistakes and is learning things about life along the way. It took a good 2 weeks to brainstorm all of the ideas and writing down things I wanted to address and discuss in the book.

I knew I was good at writing poetry so that was the only format I saw myself writing in. I've been writing poetry since I was 13 years old but I never took the time to write a story. I didn't want to make the story too long but surely didn't expect to write a Part 2 (which will be ready sometime in 2017). I had to address the struggles some of us deal with growing up, sometimes our circumstances are harder than others and it's a process with growing and learning about yourself and others. 

The Struggles and Growth of a Man was written within a month and it was because I had time to write and I had a lot to share. People need to know we struggle too, we need hugs, comfort, warmth, a listening ear and advice from others. Society has drilled into our minds that men need to always be strong, mentally tough and be aggressive along with assertive at all times. Sometimes we don't want to be that way, we just want to vent and relieve ourselves of the daily struggles of life.

My book is in stores now at a low price for eBooks and Paperbacks can be ordered on Amazon so take advantage of the low eBook price, it won't last long. My author profile is below where you can get excerpts of my book and insight. Be good and follow your dreams!
Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Struggles and Growth of a Man

The biggest thing happened to me a few days ago. I got a book review from Realistic Poetry International, a company that does book services for up and coming authors and writers. They do book reviews and I sent my first book, The Struggles and Growth of a Man to be reviewed. I got an amazing review and that's when it finally hit me, I am really good at this and I hope that my books will impact people's lives. You can find my books on Amazon and all other major bookstores. Be sure to check out my author profile page on Bublish to get excerpts from each chapter, eBooks are 99 cents right now so take advantage! Below is my review:

Review of:
The Struggles and Growth of a Man
by Jamell Crouthers
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Reviewed by:
Realistic Poetry International

“A book that forces you to reanalyze yourself & life.”

Poetry to Change the World

For ages, the image of a man has primarily been identified by popular alpha male characteristics such as; masculinity, strength, and power. His primary role being, that of a sole provider, especially financially. But in this book, Author Jamell Crouthers tells us of a different side of a man; a side that is commonly disregarded, overlooked, and purposely ignored. And with a persuasive pen, good intentions, and experience at hand; we learn what it’s like for a man to grow up minus the silver spoon and family portrait full of glee. Which happens to be the main focus of the book's introductory poem entitled; Growing Up.

Verse after verse, this poem hits you with direct indisputable facts; facts that are not only supported by testimony, but more importantly by truth. It’s overall message provides great insight on how growing up in a dysfunctional home without a positive role model negatively impacts the development and growth process of a child or adolescent. Essentially, with no role model to teach the misguided soul wrong from right; mainstream popular celebrities whom openly endorse drugs, disrespect of women, and violence inevitability replace the unfortunate void, as many of them are doing today.

Author Crouthers also touches on aspects that, perhaps, many men may be uncomfortable expressing aloud. Like the undeniable pain and yearning that comes from the lack of love a mother gives; and how some days, men can feel ‘ugly’, unconfident, small, and powerless---just like women, even if they refuse to admit it. Simply put, there are days that a man just feels...less than a man. Even so, this book is not limited to merely a man's adversities.

Author Jamell goes over and beyond by breaking down the superficiality that is destroying the authenticity of love, romance, relationships, and marriage. He is blunt and honest about the insufficiency of the educational systems incomplete academic curriculums; adamant and knowledgeable concerning the effects of bad habits that affect our overall health, but not once does he forget to pass along the moral virtue of kindness - encouraging hope, compassion, confidence, and ultimately success.

There are so many words that come to mind after reading this book - but there is only one way to best describe its impact - powerful! There were so many unforgettable takeaways in this book, to be perfectly honest, we’d need to write a novel in order to efficiently include them all! Nonetheless, we’ll leave you with our final thoughts after taking the books entirety into account.

Author Crouthers is an inspiring humanitarian that doesn't just present you with a problem, then drill his own opinions and views into your head. Rather he uses a direct writing technique that allows you to mentally feel and envision the situation for yourself. He achieves this concept by skillfully using a first person perspective, which was an excellent choice for this type of book! His poetry takes you all the way back to the roots of an issue and presents to the reader, strictly facts! Granted, it is an extremely emotional reading, reminding us all of the imperfect world we live in. Nevertheless, it is a plethora of issues necessary to be addressed.

This book stresses a truth that applies to us all, but there may still be a voice in your head, whispering; “None of this stuff has ever happened to me, so it doesn’t really matter”. But the truth is, it does. The theme rekindles some core values and responsibilities that are innate to all human beings that seem to be a bit lost in the wind nowadays. And we respect the Author for his unconditional passion in being a voice of leadership, as it is individuals such as himself that use the gift of poetry to change the world. Outstanding work, Author Jamell Crouthers! Can't wait to read the next book!

We rate this book 5 stars! Author Jamell, your work and words will go far!

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Hardest Part About Writing

There are always obstacles in anything that you do in life. So it's only fitting that I write this blog to share the hardest part about writing. I know what most of you are thinking, it's getting writer's block in the middle of writing a chapter. Well, guess what? For most authors, it's not writer's block, it's finishing the book in general.

When you have an idea, you brainstorm the idea, write down all of the chapters that you want for your book (you eventually delete some or add some to make the book better) and you start writing. Then life gets in the way, responsibilities, family, your job and/or career, you get caught up in a bunch of other things that keep you from getting back to what you were working on. Before you know it, you've lost your rhythm of what you were working on and you forget most of those ideas you originally had.

I've read numerous interviews on website and read social media posts with authors who have said that finishing the book is the hardest part. I have plenty of friends who have started books and have never finished them. They let their own personal lives get in the way of finishing that first book they have. I'm not going to deny it, while I have already published 3 books this year alone, I was fortunate enough to have the time to write them as I was in between jobs and travelling to the west coast.

Right now, I am working on 4 books at one time (I know it sounds crazy but I'm a good multi-tasker) but the next two that I want to publish next year I haven't finished yet. I come up with a plethora of excuses as to why I haven't finished them yet but I know my determination and the fact I've already published 3 books will motivate me to finish what I've started. My goal is to try and change the world, one book at a time. That's my moniker and I'm sticking to it.

So the question is, how do you finish the book you've started? The best advice I can give people is to set days and times that they're going to write. Set a goal for the amount of pages you want to write or a certain amount of words you want to write for that day. You can even set an amount of time you want to write and make sure you stick to that time. It's all about carving out the time to write, that's how you finish your masterpiece.

Be sure to click on my social media links and follow me, I post a lot of poems and content and be sure to follow me on my author profile page to get content on my books!

Be good and follow your dreams!

Aquarianmind
Jamell Crouthers


Saturday, November 19, 2016

How I Write My Books

The question I seem to get asked the most is how I write my books. For me to have published 3 books in one year is a big feat but it's not as easy as you think. So it's time for me to breakdown how I write my books and the process. The biggest part for me is to be comfortable, in a clear mindset and music is the biggest component to my writing.

After spending a good amount of time brainstorming my ideas and writing down every possible idea I'd want to put in my book, then comes the part of sitting down to write the story. Most days I can write a good 2-3 chapters without any breaks (that's when I'm really focused and want to get things done). Other days I'll write 1-2 chapters and then brainstorm how I will write my next few chapters. A lot of times I'll re-read stuff and go back and edit or change what I wrote to get more impact on what I'm trying to say.

As far as the music goes, I mostly listen to ambient or electronic music which is relaxing and allows the ideas to flow onto paper. I have numerous pairs of Bose headphones so it depends on whether I want to drown out any noise and distractions or just listen to my earplugs. Most of the artists I listen to are Joey Fehrenbach, Kodomo, and Mokhov (if you don't know who they are, definitely check them out). The melodic beats and flow to their songs get me in a zone and allow me to write fluently without any writer's block.

I have a Google Chromebook that I use to write all of my books and I carry my iPad just in case I have an idea or need to get something down while I'm on the go. My Google Chromebook is the greatest thing for me because the operating system is built into it and if it needs to update, it's an easy 2 clicks of restarting the computer and I'm done. I don't have to worry about buying Microsoft Office, buying anti-virus software for Microsoft products. For me, Google Chromebooks or Apple MacBooks get the job done so if you're looking for a good laptop to write and be able to save your stuff, those are two of your best bets. My Google Drive saves everything for me and I have a flash drive as a backup.

It's all a process for me especially since I'm writing my books in poetry format. It's not the traditional pickup a book and read it so I have to make sure I emote everything and tell a story that is engaging and keeps the reader. The traditional book can start off slow but for me I have characters that I need to get the reader engaged in from the minute they start reading so it's a different process for me.

The biggest part for me is I enjoy the process of writing my books and with me having so many more book ideas and projects, I look forward to sharing more books in the near future. The marketing part is the hardest part for me as I'm trying to find different ways to do it but that's for another blog and another time. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and if you have any questions, feel free to ask away.

Don't forget to follow me on Instgram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Google +. I have some stuff in the works in the near future so stay tuned!

Be good and follow your dreams!

Aquarianmind
Jamell Crouthers

Friday, November 4, 2016

How Does It Feel To Be An Author?

The title of this blog is pretty self-explanatory and it's a question I get asked a lot these days. So, here's my thoughts on being asked this question daily. To be honest, after my first book was published it was kind of surreal. It really didn't hit me until I typed in my full name on Amazon and my book came up. In my head I was thinking, "wow you really just published your first book." So let's just say it took a while for it to sink in.

My second book, when I published it and I went to type in my name on Amazon, once I typed in my first name, my last name would fill-in, that's when reality set in. My writing is displayed for the whole world to see and read. Now, I'm on my third book and I'm fine with it, it's more about getting my stories out to the masses.

People constantly would tell me, you should celebrate, it's a huge accomplishment. In my mind, I'm thinking of the next project I need to be working on. That's the creativity and mindset and how I'm thinking. I've accomplished so much in my life from college graduation to working for some of the biggest companies in the world and it was celebrate, be happy, feel accomplished but with my writing, I'm not fulfilled. My sense of fulfillment will be when millions of people are reading my books and realizing how many societal issues we have and don't speak about enough.

Does it feel good to be a published author? Of course it does, it's one of my biggest accomplishments in my life. To me, there's always more to write, more stories to share, more people to meet and talk to about not only my books, but the societal issues we face on a daily basis.

I guess the Aquarian in me won't let myself get too high, nor will I get too low about this process and how long it takes to get noticed. My books are different, it's not the traditional read, I don't spend tons of money on fancy book covers and writing extravagant synopsis for my books. My books are written in poetry format so it probably turns people off from reading it. But the goal is to allow readers to get insight into my books and give them the opportunity to get inside of my mind. 

This is the start of a few blogs coming about being a writer/author, the process, how I write, what I've learned about writing and being an author and also how to be a good writer. I will say this, it's not easy at all, it takes time, dedication, patience, energy, consistency and effort. I've made some mistakes along the way and I will state those in future blogs. 

I'm still a work in progress with being an author, it's a whole different business and realm. So I'm learning along the way, trying new things and as time goes on I'll figure out what works and what doesn't. 

Be good everyone and follow your dreams.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Book Released October 17th!

Hey everyone,

My new book is being released tomorrow on most bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo and Apple. It is Part 2 to my first book which deals with and discusses a variety of societal issues. If you haven't taken the time to buy Part 1, you should, it a great read! The book cover will go up on the site in the next few days.

In the meanwhile, you can click on the 'B' on my page (if you're on your laptop) and read insight into my first two books along with the first few chapters of my new book.

Be good everyone and follow your dreams!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Get To Know Me As An Author

I know I haven't written a blog in a while, been working on a lot of different projects and also finalizing my next book for October 17th. A lot of you that read my blogs don't know me as a writer and how I do things so here's your chance. I did an author interview with a poetry book website so here's the link, I hope you enjoy reading it! In the meanwhile, I have 2 books on Amazon and other websites that you can read and buy along with my author profile page that's on my website.

Author Interview:

http://www.poetrybookclub.com/2016/09/19/jamell-crouthers-interview/


Be good everyone and follow your dreams!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind


Sunday, September 11, 2016

The World We Live In A Poetry Book On Societal Issues

My first book was planned out to address societal issues and what people deal with on an everyday basis. Since I put so much passion into my first book, I made it a goal to write a part 2 to the series. It's been very fulfilling to write the 2nd book and now it is in preorder on Amazon and will be on other bookstores in the next few days.

The problem with society is we don't address a lot of issues that are going on around us. Why do we wait for something bad to happen for us to feel emotion and feel empathetic for others? We should be doing more by talking in open forums to each other to learn about our experiences and how we can grow from them.

My books deal with personal struggles, personal issues, societal issues such as drug addiction, alcohol addiction, depression and many more. I hope that people take the time to understand each other and how bad this world really is right now.

Hopefully my books will open people's eyes and want to take action to better our world. Let's stop living in complacency and start being proactive with what's going on around us.

Be good and follow your dreams.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

My Radio Show Interview For My Book

There's nothing harder than marketing yourself to the masses. I did what not many people do when it comes to their books. I went to the radio to market my book. It seems unlikely that you can do something like that but I was able to through using my smarts and figuring out what avenues I can do down.

So last Sunday, I was able to setup an interview on a talk radio show and answer a few questions about my book:

http://bit.ly/2bV9UxZ

It's a great interview, worth the listen and it'll give you insight into my book, why I wrote it and my purpose for putting forth so much time into writing a story like this. The interview is 10 minutes long and I answer questions that most people would ask me if they met me.

I hope you all enjoy listening to it and if you have the iTunes Store on your phone, tablet or laptop, its under the Talk 2 Q radio show, you'll see my name in his podcasts Jamell Crouthers.

Be good and follow your goals and dreams, don't be an average person in a world where you can shine and impact others!


Aquarianmind

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Your Purpose In Life

Sometimes I wonder if people ever stop to think what their purpose is in life. I say that because I'm around so many people that live a life of mediocrity. It seems like people are walking around like zombies like they have no purpose in life. Everything is so routine and predictable. Wake up to the same alarm clock every morning, get ready for work, sit at a desk, do your work, get paid and wait for Friday to enjoy your weekend.

It's just a sad thing to look at and see. I understand that certain circumstances with having kids, a home, a car and a family to support where you have to grind but then I look at people with the same situations who busted their butts to do better for themselves and their families in life. Has society brainwashed people into law-abiding citizens where they don't critically think and strive for greatness? I'm not saying that everyone should be striving for something bigger but I see potential in so many people and they don't even see it in themselves.

There's this sense of comfort, they have a job, a consistent paycheck, medical benefits and that's all that matters. My question is what would you want to be remembered as when you die. I surely don't want to be remembered for being the desk job guy who did the same monotonous things every single day. Not for nothing but I'm blessed with too many talents and gifts to be doing the desk job thing.

Maybe it's the Aquarian in me, we are creators, we think a lot, we think of the world differently, we see the world differently. Maybe that's because I see I have a different purpose in life. I'm so thankful to the man above for making me realize and see that there's more to life than what our baby boomer parents were taught.

That's one thing I'll say about this newer generation, a good amount of us are striving for better and are thinking in a business mindset. Whatever your passion is, pursue it. You want to live in a certain city, state or country, go for it. I say that to everyone, maybe it's time I follow that advice myself.

Be good everyone and strive for greatness.

Aquarianmind

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Societal Issues

There's always the question of why societal issues are never discussed. Are we afraid of speaking about it because it's taboo? Or maybe it's because we don't want to offend anyone. I wouldn't know but too many times we see things go on in front of us or on the news and nothing is done about it.

There are groups of people who do all that they can but there needs to be more people doing more things. Why don't people have more compassion for others in the world? It seems like nothing bothers us until it hits close to home, then we seem to react to things. It seems like it takes a tragic event to make us react to things and what's going on in our environments. 

This is why I wrote this current book which you see below. I watch and observe the world daily and I wrote a few chapters of stories that happen to people and hopefully it opens people's eyes to how much is going on around us and all of the time.

It's time we start discussing societal issues, why they happen and why we deal with them on a daily basis. You can find this book on Amazon and also on Barnes & Nobles. You can read insight on my author profile page which is on this blog. The letter B in white is where you can click onto and read excerpts from chapters of my book along with insight. Hopefully we can start discussing societal issues more and doing what we can to make the world better.

Be good and follow your dreams.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Determination For Success

After years of working in the sports industry along with retail, I finally realized what I am supposed to be doing, writing. I started writing poetry at such a young age but I never took it seriously enough to where people would actually read what I have to say. I feel that the world has so many issues and we need to be open to discussing them.

To me, my success will be determined by how many people read my poetry along with reading the books that I write. I feel that GOD has given me a talent and to speak through him. My ability to story tell has grown over time and I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I have a lot of poetry books to write and they're different than the conventional book that you would pickup at a bookstore.

I write my poetry books, edit them, make book covers, write the synopsis, publish it and market my book. So in hindsight, I do a lot of things and there's a reason behind it. I have a vision, I have goals and I like to be in control. The point is, be in control of your destiny. Don't stop, don't let anything or anyone hinder you from your success.

The one thing that I follow for myself is to do something everyday that will prepare you for your success later.

Be good everyone and remember my social media pages, author profile and books are on this website so click away, stay motivated and inspired.


Jamell Crouthers

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Man's Struggles

Life is hard and it's a tough road. There's an understanding that, we all go through experiences to learn things and grow from those experiences. Through it all, we struggle, go through trials and tribulations to get to where we are supposed to be. So why is it that society has trained our minds to look at men as weak because we go through struggles in life?

It's one of those catch 22s where a man has to be manly and show his bravado rather than express and show emotion. Women wonder why we as men struggle to express our feelings, be open and be vulnerable. It's because society has ingrained into our minds to be strong, hold your emotions and feelings in, crying is for punks (which we are told from the minute we are able to walk on our own as babies). When we fall as kids, our parents told us stop crying, even though we are hurting and feeling some pain. We never take into account how the things we are told as young children come back to haunt us when we become adults.

Don't get me wrong, no one wants to be looked at as a punk or a soft person, that hurts us internally but we should be allowed to express our feelings openly without being judged. We as men are caught in a conundrum where we should express ourselves more but not too much. We can cry but not too much because then we're too sensitive. We should be vulnerable and open but not too open and honest with every single thought in our heads. So we struggle to be ourselves based on who we are dealing with, how people will think and perceive us and whether we will be judged.

Nothing is more important to a man than how he is perceived in this world. It's a pride and ego thing with us, we just can't help it. I wrote my first book to shine some light on the fact that we as men struggle and we bottle up a lot of our emotions, thoughts and feelings to ourselves. Sometimes we do need comfort, a hug, a kiss, a pat on the back, to be commended and appreciated, we just aren't going to come out and say it (granted we should be able to).

Let's start being more talkative to the men in the world (whether you're a man or a woman). Let's start listening more and being there for each other.

Be good everyone!

Monday, July 11, 2016

What Has America Come To?

There's so much I can say about the past week of events going on in America. It's really sad to see what the world is coming to. All of these killings by police officers on young black men is becoming far too common. For me, well as a mixed race man (even though people see me as black because of my skin tone), it's a hard subject to discuss and deal with.

Seeing all of the social media posts got to me after a while, I had to sign off because there was too much anger and negativity and rightfully so. I try to avoid watching the news too much, life is hard enough as it is and you're not guaranteed tomorrow which is even scarier. The only thing I can really say about all of this is, be diligent in your thoughts, feelings and emotions. While at the moment you are angry, after you calm down, take the time to think everything through.

This has been an ongoing problem for hundreds of years. Black people have gone from the slave trade, to lynchings to now videotaped shootings and choke hold deaths in this nation. So yes, black people are tired of the same things happening to our youth in society. The reality of all of this is, the news doesn't report everything. Whatever they do report, you have to look beyond what they're telling you. They also do interviews of people and they're the ones who say things that we don't key in on. The reason why is we're too busy shaking our heads and expressing a plethora of emotions.

I don't get caught up in the propaganda because I see things for what they are. I don't condone killings of anyone, especially good people in society who are trying to live their lives right. Convicted felons get treated differently no matter if they're trying to get their lives right. That's the first thing that's plastered in front of your TV screen of the people who are killed to justify police officers killing these young men.

Police officers being killed, that just makes matters worse. That will just turn into a demolition of military officers coming out with bigger guns, tanks, martial law and elections being cancelled. But then again, marching doesn't help anymore either. I don't have answers to how we can resolve things but I surely don't plan on watching TV much and listening to the mess that's being reported.

When it's all said and done, the reality is that police officers know who are the bad ones. You can't be in a workplace environment and not know that there are a select few who could careless about civilians and protecting and serving us. They're the ones who will protect and serve themselves and the elite wealthy people who run and control the world.

Be cognizant of what's going on around you and be careful of the people you come across, there's a lot of evil going on in this world and a lot of people are good at disguising themselves as good. Evil is loud and noisy, the good is calm and quiet. Listen more than hearing, it'll take you a long way.

Be good people and there will be a poetry book in the future on this matter.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

My Passion for Writing and Storytelling

Years ago, I started seriously writing poetry and eventually I decided to write a book. I always knew I had a talent and a knack for it, I just never got to a point where I decided I'm going to write something that has meaning and purpose. I always thought to myself, no one will care to read what I have to say, plus it's poetry but boy was I wrong.

I went onto social media and started posting my poetry on Instagram and eventually I grew a following of my writing. I began writing about content that was relates to people and gets them to think about life. A lot of what I write comes from experiences, what I'm thinking at that moment, what I'm feeling, an experience a friend has been through or something that I commonly see in today's society. 

Poetry became a sense of enjoyment and escape for me. Since I don't openly discuss my thoughts (since my mind is full of clutter), I figured people can get to know me a little more through my writing (since I'm a private person and don't let many people in). What I'm really trying to say is, pursue what you love. The bigger question is, what is your passion? What are you good at and know that it can impact others? How can you incorporate your talents and gifts and make it something that you'll enjoy doing for the rest of your life?

We're not meant to be here just to pay bills and eventually die. I'm quite sure you've heard that saying before but the reality is, do what you feel is right for you, not for others. For me, I no longer care to work in corporate America, I'd rather write and eventually I'll get to that place where I don't have to worry about working in an office to survive and it'll just be writing blogs like these, promoting my books and posting my poetry. 

With that said, you can find my poetry postings on Instagram (aquarianmind), Facebook (Jamell Crouthers in the search engine), and Twitter (@aquarianmind1).

My first poetry book is on Amazon: The Struggles and Growth of a Man (http://amzn.to/1qPJDIr).

Be good everyone and follow your goals and dreams!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Do You Find Your Soulmate In Life?

There's always this discussion about whether you find your soulmate in your life. I start to question that these days, and I truthfully don't think that you do. It's hard to say you've found someone that makes your soul feel at ease when in the drop of a dime, everything can change. I tend to think we all fall for each other way too fast when it comes to relationships and we forget to realize that you NEVER know everything about a person.

There will always be a few things that you may not know about a person. I mean, I find out things about my parents that I never knew and I'm in my 30s. So if I'm still learning about my parents, what makes you think that they won't learn something new about the person they are dating or are in a relationship with?

To me, I think you find the right person that you are supposed to be with for an allotted time (however long that may be) and that's it. My reasoning behind this is, the reality of life is things change and people change (all of the time). Nothing stays the same and the one person you say is your soulmate may not be. They may be a totally different person than you think they are or maybe they like or love someone else and you may never know it.

I think life is about growth and learning from each other through a plethora of experiences. Nothing lasts forever, if it did, we would never die and this Earth would be overcrowded full of people. We all love differently and we are always in the process of learning about ourselves and what drives us, motivates us, makes us happy, and what inspires us so how can we say that we've found a soulmate in someone else when we don't even know ourselves completely?

Your soul is something sacred within the core of your being and that should be cherished and kept deep inside of you. If someone is your soulmate, that means you've given them your soul and ask that they cherish it like a gift. Your soul is not just any ol' gift, that's something serious and it's not like it's materialistic where you can use it whenever you feel like it. Saying someone is your soulmate means that they are contributing to your inner core of your existence daily and every single day. That is an impossible task to hand to someone and expect them to give you that.

The reality is you have to feed your own soul, that sacred place inside of yourself that you don't ever want to lose. If anyone should be your soulmate, it should be yourself and who you are as a person. There has to be something within you that keeps you going and driven everyday. Handing your soul to someone to give you everything you could ever want and need is an unfair deal in my eyes.

This is just my thoughts and my opinion on it, too many times I hear people say someone else is their soulmate. I don't think I'd ever be able to say that in my life because there are too many things that calm and soothe my soul without any special woman being in my life. That's just me, my soul is fine with music, sports, living life, writing these blogs, writing poetry, writing poetry books. Just something to think about when you say you've found your soulmate.

Aquarianmind

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Writer's Mind

There's always the question of how a writer creates his/her work. How do they come up with the content that they do and what drives them to continually write all of the time? It's a hard question to answer for everyone but I'll be as honest as possible from my perspective.

Honestly, I've been blessed with a gift to story tell since the age of 13. I remember all of my sing song rhyming poetry until I got into my late teens and early twenties where I started expressing myself differently and everything didn't rhyme as much. It was a journey of growth all of these years and as I get older, I write more about the issues we face in society.

Now, in regards to my writing and how I do it. I write based off of experiences I've been through (along with friends and family) and seeing the world for what it is. Writing about things that are relatable is what my goal is at all times. My goal is to reach at least one person who can relate to what I'm saying or what I wrote about. Maybe they've been through a similar experience or they know someone who has and that opens up dialogue.

We tend not to talk openly about things we deal with and go through and my gateway is through writing poetry. Writing about it let's others know that I'm more open to expressing myself through that avenue. I'm a very quiet person, also observant of what's going on around me and the people that are in my life and also around me. I'm not that open to people and the amount of people I open up to, I can count on one hand. Which is why I'd rather express myself through a few lines and leave it at that. Sometimes I have more to say but I like to leave people intrigued and wondering if I'll express more of my thoughts at a later time.

Writing is my sense of relaxation and escape so I tend to avoid getting writer's block and I write down a lot of my book ideas in a blue book (which you'll see posts of on my poetry and personal page on Instagram). It's basically my best friend and it goes with me most places since ideas come to me at the most random times.

Creativity and finding ways to reach the masses is what keeps me going and I enjoy the journey. Somewhere along the lines I'd like to get to a place where writing is all I do and I'm able to travel the world a bit and experience different countries, cultures and people. I know being around different people will inspire me more to write.

It's hard to turn my brain off and my mind is always in thought (a little tidbit and secret about me that a lot of people don't know). Sometimes you have to take a break from it all which I have but I'm slowly getting back to my writing.

My poetry Instagram page: aquariamind feel free to read, enjoy and give me feedback, always open to dialogue about my writing.

Be good everyone.

Aquarianmind

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