Sell-Out and A NI$$@@

You Ain't Hungry Until I'm Starving

This is an excerpt from my first book You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m” Starving. I wrote this piece in 2006 after two men assaulted and called the girl I dated at the time a “nigger lover.” These two guys moments before tried to sell me a slice of their pizza as I headed inside to by my own pizza pie. Moments later these two guys threw the girl into oncoming traffic. I intervened to protect this young lady. Soon witnesses arrived and told me to get into my car. Next thing I know is I’m forced on the ground by seven police officers. Thank God for the witnesses and the crying lady saying I wasn’t the person in the wrong. At this time the two guys walked off. The polices officers did apologize and they did try to catch the guys who assaulted the young lady. The funny thing about this is earlier in the day I had a talk with a guy who lived in the “hood” I grew up in. He basically called me a “sell-out” for going to college and doing my best to better myself and the community.

Disturbed by the fact of no matter well you do or carry yourself some people will still see you as a “nigger”. While others will think you are “selling out” for striving to do better in order to uplift the community, no matter how true you stay to the community.

 

SELL-OUT AND A NIGGER

                   It’s sad that no matter what I accomplish in my life I will always be a nigger to you because of the color of my skin.  I’m tired of being harassed when I try to get into “your” so called bars, colleges, jobs, movies, etc.  All I want is to have the same opportunities that you have, but you consistently push me down. Why? Because I am of a darker complexion than you.

On the other hand, even some of my own race will consider me a sell-out for striving to make a difference and take advantage of the opportunities that are before me.  My brother, don’t you see that in bettering myself, I am bettering us – not as a single race but as the whole human race?  However, you do not see that – because all you see is that I am trying to be better than you – by going to school, having a career and not hanging out in the streets.

Well, my friends, how much do I have to prove to earn something in your eyes?   Whether you think that I haven’t struggled enough – or that I don’t know what it feels like to be treated as an outcast without a voice in this world – I’m certain that you have never experienced life’s struggles from my point of view.  Have you been excluded by other races and even some of your own people, despite the fact that you’re a respectable, hardworking, goal-driven human being? Have you consistently been discriminated against, felt like you did not have a voice, and we’re being prejudged before people even got to know you?  It’s frustrating and defeating to work as hard as I have, just to get knocked down on both fronts. But I will not give up.

I see what you try to deny.  That is, that both of you fear me – I am your worst nightmare.  I am the Dream that Dr. King envisioned.  I am diverse in my taste, my intellect, influences and activities.  Some of you treat me as a nigger because you’re scared to compete with me – so you try to disqualify me before the competing even begins.  However, I do not want to compete against you.  I just want to be afforded the same opportunities.  And some of you call me a sell out because you are afraid of trying, of succeeding, of getting out of your comfort zone. So, call me whatever you want – but I am neither the nigger, nor the sell-out.  In the meantime, I’m going to continue to take advantage of the opportunities before me – until you all can get it together and get on the bus.

xxx

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Inside of the Mind of a Saved Warrior Who’s Soul Bouncing His Way to the Top.

Vid Lamonte' Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC

Walt-Leon is a multi-talented artist and community leader who hails from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Walt-Leon has a drive that isn’t matched by many. He uplifts his community through his music, spoken words, and dance performances. He is a man of God who relates to those who may not be the most religious. His new song Soul Bounce is an example of how he can explain “adult like situations and still hold the attention of the youth”. Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-one with Walt-Leon to learn his keys to success.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr:  Let me first start off by saying how proud I am of you and your movement. It seems like yesterday you were coming to the basketball courts to see me play and now you are a grown man who is uplifting the community in many ways.

You are a multi-talented person who has several endeavors going on like myself. I know how challenging it can be. How do you stay motivated and overcome the challenges?

Walt-Leon:  I am able to stay motivated by putting God first. It’s not about me. He created me with a purpose and blessed me with gifts. Who am I to say, “I don’t feel like doing it”? The next thing that motivates me is my, “Why”. I have two children and I cannot tell them, “Daddy didn’t feel like getting it done today, so I can’t take you to Busch Gardens”. They are counting on me to provide for them. I also want to see a change in the community and my focus is on the youth.

VLBJ:  You are a musician, choreographer, athlete, poet, and an upcoming author. What inspired you want to become all of these things?

WL:  Honestly, all of these are passions of mine; they are therapeutic for me. They keep my mind clear and bring me peace. Any way I can use my gifts and help someone develop and better themselves, I will. You never know who is watching and by using my gifts that someone may be ashamed of having, helps them to feel more comfortable being themselves. If one life is touched and changed for the better, I am satisfied. That one life can grow to change many more.

VLBJ:  You have a movement called “S.W.A.G”. Can you expand more about your movement?

WL:  S.W.A.G stands for Saved Warrior Anointed Generation. It’s a reminder that we are not who the media makes us out to be, but we are great. We were born to be great. It started as a song which was the first single off of my upcoming album entitled, Music Take Me Away. Now it’s grown to a full blown movement with the slogan, “I Got SWAG”, which came from a moment when I performed the song at Hampton University. The entire crowd was saying, “I Got Swag” back to me and it stuck with me.

VLBJ:  How do you balance your time between all your endeavors and your home life?

WL:  That’s the tough part (Laughs). My four year old daughter demands so much attention. I make sure she gets her time first. When she goes to bed is when I start to handle business as WALT-LEON. I sacrifice sleep to make sure I can handle as much as possible. I often have my daughter and son with me while handling business when they ask to go. So they can understand how to get into business for themselves and also so they can see what I’m actually doing when I’m not home. So when it’s their turn to be in charge they can already know how to operate.

VLBJ:  Who and what inspired you to travel the path to becoming who you are?

WL:  Everything that I do has always been a passion of mine, but I haven’t always been confident doing them. My family inspires me to keep going no matter what. The kids in the community also inspire me. At first I didn’t know they were paying attention until they started speaking up and saying, I make them feel like they can do whatever they want to do in life.

I pull inspiration from any and every little thing from books, to videos, to a child’s imagination, movies and more.

VLBJ:  Who are your biggest influences as a musician, choreographer, author, community leader, and poet?

WL:  As a musician I have my favorites such as Jay-Z of course; but artist like Sean C. Johnson, Sean Slaughter, Reed Dollaz, Reignman, Fred the Godson, Timeless Treez, Philmysoul, Billy Mercury, and more. The reality and hunger in their music speaks to me.

Influences as a choreographer are Muata Langley, Shaun Evaristo, Vernita Williams, Brian Puspos.

Authors I’m influenced by are you (Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.) of course, Erica Spradley, and one of my favorite books is by Paulo Coelho.

Since birth I’ve watched community leaders fight for rights and just help people in general.  Two of the strongest I’ve seen are Edna Davis and Andrew Shannon.

My favorite poets are Godchild, LEVI, and Michelle “TuTu” Vinnie.

VLBJ:  I’m honored that I’m in your list of authors who influence you. Thank you. Let’s talk about your video that is causing a lot of buzz, Soul Bounce.  I love the song and video. Tell us how you came up with the concept of the song, as well as the video.

WL:  What’s crazy about this song is I got the beat for it in 2011 but I couldn’t find the right voice for the song. In 2016, I linked up with a guy named Carlos Anthony that I played basketball with growing up. I haven’t seen him since 2003. His voice was perfect for the song and we were finally able to record it. The concept of the song was to remind people no matter what you go through in life don’t let it break your spirit and if you look at any situation again, you can find something positive worth rejoicing. The hook is actually the directions to the line dance. At the same time it is what we do in everyday life. We often fall off of our path and go left or right, but we always have a chance to straighten out. Then we get to celebrate once we make it through the obstacle and what was supposed to break us only made us stronger and we used it as motivation instead of as an excuse.

The song had a summer fun skating rink feel to it, so I really wanted people from the community to come have fun and enjoy themselves and be a part of something that they can look back on forever. Once releasing the video, it picked up 8,000 plus views on Facebook in the first week.

VLBJ:  You just signed on to publish your book through my company 4-U-Nique Publishing. Why did you decide to write a book and what is it about? 

WL:  I decided to write a book because I ran across a lot of people who will sit on Facebook and Instagram for 30 minutes at a time but say they don’t have time to read. I decided to write a book which would be 1-2 minute daily reads. Each insert is a daily motivation to get your day started. I was inspired by excuses of others to write something they don’t have an excuse to not read. Starting your day with positivity is critical with all the negative the media puts out.

VLBJ:  Out of all the other publishing companies, why did you decide to let 4-U-Nique Publishing work with you on your book?

WL:  4-U-Nique welcomed me and made me feel comfortable as a first time author. When explaining all of the details, you all was honest and broke everything down into terms that someone, who isn’t a publisher, would understand. Built a trusting relationship and the lines of communication have been open for me to ask any questions. I’ve seen the quality of what 4-U-Nique Publishing produces and I love it.

VLBJ:  What are your other goals and aspirations?

WL:  My main goal is to be the best father my children can ask for and to break generational curses that linger in the community. To help others remember, with God they can do anything. I was blessed with many different talents and I love using every one of them. I really want to get into real estate. Once I get the album out, the book out, and one or two more shirts out, I will expand into the real estate side of things. My company TouchLife is about changing lives and being a positive impact on a person’s life anyway you come in contact with them.

VLBJ:  What are your best tips for dealing with creator’s block and staying creative?

WL:  My best tip is to always be teachable. You can learn from a child, from nature, from animals, etc. Always be teachable. Don’t force it. The moment you feel like you’re forcing an idea, step away and you may be inspired be something completely different which will get your creative juices flowing again.

VLBJ:  Can you tell us about your creating process?

WL:  I’m an insomniac, so most of my creativity starts going around 2 am. I often turn on music and cartoons. Being that my focus is for the youth to have something positive and I’m artsy, I watch cartoons and sometimes get a metaphor that the children can relate to while explaining an adult like situation. This way I can reach adults while keeping the attention of the youth.

I love to drive. I will take an 8 hour road trip in a heartbeat. A lot of my creating is done in the car, so I put a lot in my voice memos. Once I come to a stop, I put a rough draft in one of my notebooks. When something is seriously bothering me, I will go sit out by the water and write down what’s bothering me. Then I find a positive way to flip it, so instead of being angry and making someone else relive their anger, I can now have a way to help someone get over what they are going through and not feel alone.

VLBJ:  Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community?

WL:  Don’t let anyone discourage you. People who laugh at your idea or talk down about it, is simply because they don’t understand. The same ones who laugh are the same ones who will thank you and congratulate you. The only way they will understand what you are saying is by seeing you in action doing it. Someone else is waiting for you to fulfill your purpose and execute the idea you have to make your community better. KEEP GOING!!!

VLBJ:  Where are people most likely to see your works? 

WL:  People are most likely to see my work on social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. I am in the process of discussing a website with a web designer and possibly an app as well.

VLBJ:  Do you have any funny or interesting stories to tell us about a project you’ve worked?

WL:  I play a lot, so every project I work, song, album, etc. has an interesting story. I’m going through a situation now honestly, which is why the album is entitled, Music Take Me Away.

I’m the goofy one, so I’m always falling and I can’t play anything off because as soon as it happens my daughter always screams, “Ahhh that’s what you get” (Laughs). I would be here for days discussing interesting stories.  

VLBJ:  If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?

WL:  I would be an international artist. This way I can travel the world for a living and take my children to see the world. Give me more to talk about to inspire the children in my community and communities around the world that there is more to the world then the city you live in. I’ll be able to post pictures and show them what I mean instead of just speaking about it.

VLBJ:  Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

WL:  Yes, I will be interviewing with DJ DirtyDi on August 6th. August 12th, I’ll teach a workshop where the headline artist will be stellar award winning artist, Bri Babineaux. On August 19th, 2017, the album will be released. I’m also booked to perform at a community day and I have an interview on the Leroy and Janice Butler morning show on 940am radio in Virginia on August 19th. I’ll perform at Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration during the Southeast Day Parade and Festival in September. Just to name a few.

VLBJ:  Awesome. DJ DirtyDi did an interview with me at the beginning of the year. She is definitely doing big things. Where can people reach you at? What social media channels? Websites?

WL:  I can be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic. Instagram and Twitter as @walt_leon and on YouTube as WaltLeonMusicTV.

VLBJ:  Is there anything else you want people to know?

WL:  I want people to know, whatever they put their mind to they can do. Make sure your why is bigger than your excuse and you will accomplish just about every goal you set out to accomplish. My company slogan is what I tell people whenever I get a chance, “See A Life, Touch A Life, Change A Life.

 

Don’t forget to check out Walt-Leon’s new video Soul Bounce.

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IG & Twitter: @walt_leon

YouTube: WaltLeonMusicTV.

 

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Life is short

The only certainty in Life is Death.

Is Death a part of Life

Or is Life a part of Death?

Only thing I’m sure of is we lost too many too young

Robbing us of future memories together

While leaving us of past memories.

Life is short

And Death is a friend we don’t want to see soon.

Let’s not fear Death

Or take life for granted.

We should use our time living to the fullest

But take time to reflect on moments passed.

Life is short

But a Life of Regrets is a long Life to live.

So tell your loved ones you love them

Spend your time wisely

And don’t waste your life living in fear

Or being unhappy.

Life is short

So why waste it hating others?

Death is certain

So why not leave a positive Legacy behind?

Time is all that we are given

So why not be a Blessing to the world

Before our time runs out?

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Until I’m Starving, Getting Out of the Dark: How to Live a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness, and Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul, all available here

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7 Easy Steps for Creating Balance In Your Life

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We live in an age where the average person is always on the go. Throughout the day we are hustling and bustling between work, taking care of daily needs, and doing for others. In a world where we are attached to our phones and many things are convenient for us, we seem to live our lives without any balance.  Many people don’t know why living a balanced life is important (find out here) and how to live a balanced life. Below are some tips on how to find balance in your life, so you can achieve more success, wealth, and happiness.

Things to remember:  Life is about balance. Once you are at either side of extremes, (all work or all play), you naturally become unfulfilled. Being balanced keeps you leveled and fulfilled.

1) Me Time.

Me” time for me consists of meditating and being in your own thoughts by yourself for a while.  During this period you should assess your life, connect to your inner voice, find solutions to issues, and find your passions in life.

2) Plan and Life Set Goals in Every Area of Your.

Planning a schedule and setting goals in all areas of your life will help you be accountable for spending time and energy in different areas of your life so you can become balance. It is important to spend equal energy in all areas of your life.  If you are devoted to your work, you must be equally devoted to your family, your personal time, and play time. If you do not spend the same energy in all areas of your life issues will arise and spread to other areas of your life.

***Remember, time and energy aren’t the same, so you may spend more time in one area opposed to another area, which is fine.***

3) Learn How to Say No!

If you are like most people you do not like disappointing others and turning them down.  To have balance in your life and become successful, you have to learn how to say “no” more and “yes” less when people ask you for your time and energy. If you spend all your time doing for others, when will you have time for yourself?  A balanced life consists of being there for others, as well as having time for you.

*** Although we love people and things, we shouldn’t feel guilty when we need a break from them. Taking a small break will  help you value these relationships, people and things even more. ***

4) Take Risks and Make Sacrifices.

You must take risks and make sacrifices to change. These risks and sacrifices do not have to be major; even a small change is a significant change. If you are unhappy with your job situation, take the risk in going for a promotion or leaving your job to chase your dream job.  If you don’t find enough time in your day to sit and meditate, make the sacrifice to get up earlier so you can have quiet time for yourself  and be alone with your inner thoughts.  Make the sacrifice of doing less for others so you can do more for yourself. Take the risk of facing your fears and living your life to the fullest.

5) Reflection.

In You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul, I wrote a few pieces on how important daily reflection is in our lives.  You should reflect about your day every night before bed. When you reflect you should realize at least one thing you learned during the day, you should see the good things you did throughout the day, and you should see what you need to improve on going forward.  Reflection helps you take a moment to sit and enjoy all that you have done, appreciate yourself more, see what you need to work on in all areas of your life, and plan for the next day.

6) Take a Break.

I live by the rule of, “if something that you love doing becomes a chore and you start despising it, it is time to step away for a while”. Routines are great, but living life all the time by a routine will lead you to become burnt out and lose passion for the things you once enjoyed. A balance life consists of having a routine in certain areas and being spontaneous in other areas. By having a mix of both will keep life exciting.

7) Exercise.

You know by now that exercise is essential for living a healthy life. What you may not know is exercising your mind, body, and soul is key to obtaining a balanced life.  Life is about growing and changing. You cannot expect to be successful, happy, or balanced if you aren’t stimulating your mind, awaking your soul, and being physically active.

By practicing these 7 steps you will have a balanced life and be on your way to a more successful, wealthier, and happier life.  To find out why having a balanced life is important please click here.

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Until I’m Starving, Getting Out of the Dark: How to Live a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness, and Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul, all available here

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True Kings Society – Empowering the Community Through Love and Hope

FullSizeRender (5)If you have been following Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. you may have noticed the eye catching shirts with powerful messages that he has been wearing.  These messages promote “More Love, Less Hate”, as well as looking past our ethnicity and focusing on being united as “Humans”. Recently,  Mr. Buggs and 4-U-Nique Publishing caught up with founders and owners of True Kings Society the brand Vid loves to endorse.  Like 4-U-Nique Publishing, True Kings Society prides itself as being unique and diverse, while providing a message of hope, love, and empowerment. 

 

4-U-Nique Publishing:  Tell us about yourselves and what True Kings Society is about.

True Kings Society:      We are lifelong friends. Both of us graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, FL. We both envisioned a way to be successful as well as help the community. These goals were the forces that created True Kings Society. True Kings Society is a brand who focuses on the Black Community Empowerment and influencing our Culture to live Royally!

4UNP:   What made you two get involved in fashion?

TKS:     Growing up we both had sense of style. We figured we could use the fashion industry to spread influential messages we look to bring through our Brand.

4UNP:   What sets you apart from others who are in the fashion industry?

TKS:     We feel that we are in a totally different lane than other brands because we don’t just sell fashion. We sell hope, love, and empowerment.

4UNP:   What advice would you have for anyone looking to get into fashion?

TKS:     Don’t compromise; don’t follow trends; and use fashion as a way to express yourself. Also, when things seem tough, keep God first and work harder.

4UNP:   If you could work with or hold a conversation with anyone past, present, or future who would they be?

Eric:     I would definitely go back and talk to the 12 year old version of myself. With all the knowledge life has given me, I could save my younger self from future pain and struggle.

Andre:  I would want to talk to the world’s first black billionaire to spend some time picking their brain, to find out how they mapped their way to such an amazing financial status, even with the struggles presented today for most people.

4UNP:   Who are you inspirations personally and in the fashion world?

Eric:     My personal inspirations would be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Tupac, and my dad. In the fashion world it would be Sean Combs and Daymond John.

Andre:  My personal inspirations would be my mom who is my hero and my late uncle Daron Avery. Daymond John would be my fashion industry inspiration because I see many similarities in how both of our dreams came about.

4UNP:   What is the most recent book you’ve read? Who are your favorite authors?

Eric:     The most recent book I read was Revolutionary Suicide by Henry P. Newton. My favorite author would be Michael E. Dickerson.

Andre:  I recently read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.  I am currently reading Daymond John’s Power of Broke. I don’t really have a favorite author because I’m a fan of everyone honestly.

4UNP:   Shameless plug. You both need to read You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving by Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. and other books published by 4-U-Nique Publishing. You will really be doing yourself a favor.

4UNP:   What are your 2017 goals?

TKS:     2017 goals will be expanding our business as well as becoming more involved in our community.

4UNP:   Where can our audience find your apparel? DO you have a website? Any Social Media platforms?

TKS:     Currently we have Facebook and Instagram pages active @truekingssociety. We also have merchandise available for purchase on our website truekingssociety.bigcartel.com .

4UNP:   What message do you want to leave with anyone reading this interview?

TKS:     Never try to plan for God’s plan, go in the direction he leads you.

 

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Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Pain, Passion, and Purpose.

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This week’s spotlight is on a person who helped, 4-U-Nique Publishing and my book, You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving,  transition from being a dream to becoming a reality. Marci Wise is a mother, wife, author, and an adviser whose mission is to help others reach for the stars. Mrs. Wise’s words of wisdom inspired me when I needed them most. I am sure after reading both her interview and her book; you will see why Marci touches so many peoples’ lives.

 

Vid L. Buggs Jr:      What made you want to become an author?

Marci Wise:  I don’t think it was a want as much as a need. For years I was kind of haunted by this inner yearning to express myself – but I was blocked. It wasn’t until I went through my “breakdown to breakthrough” moment that I realized that it was my desire to be “perfect” that was the enemy. It made me paralyzed with fear that I might look stupid, so instead I did nothing. But I looked really great during all those stagnant years! Anyway, I eventually realized that perfectionism was holding me back and letting go of that has really freed me. Now my passion is spreading the word and helping other people to break free of the things that are holding them back. Knowledge is power, as they say.

VLB:   What motivates you to write?

MW:  I hate to see unnecessary struggle. So often people buy into this notion that our worth is tied to our accomplishments, but it takes a long time to reach a goal. What about all those moments in between? Are we not worthy of peace, happiness and contentment along the way? It seems like such a waste – so I decided to say so – and people seem to really respond to this alternate viewpoint, almost as though it has never occurred to them. Giving people permission to shine, right now, just as they are, seems like a powerful way to make the world a better place.

VLB:   Describe your writing style.

MW:  My style is very conversational. I think I’m a combination storyteller and problem-solver. I like to use metaphors and real-life examples to help people relate to my message on a heartfelt level. And I’ve always had a talent for breaking complicated information down into its simplest elements. With my writing, I try to present a logical sequence of information that not only provides information but also motivation. I want to put the fire and enthusiasm back into people’s lives.

 VLB:   Tell us about your book(s). How did you come up with the concept? 

 MW:  I would say the concept found me. During the economic depression I was laid off from my job, and losing that part of my identity threw me into a personal crisis of sorts. I was feeling very disillusioned with life. Little did I know that losing that job would end up being the impetus for an amazing, spiritual growth spurt. The book, Pain, Passion & Purpose, is a very personal chronicle of my own journey through that time and the revelations revealed within. At times it’s very raw and real – at other’s it’s almost magical. It began to take the shape of a how-to manual for getting back to the “real you.” It took me four years to write the book because it’s not just words but blood, sweat and tears. I had to live the lessons before they could be transcribed to the page.

VLB:   What do you think readers will get out of your book(s)?

MW:  I hope that it will offer people the comfort of knowing that they’re not alone in their struggles. We all have those private, vulnerable moments and they’re nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, I think if we would actually allow ourselves to listen to what they’re telling us, instead of chastising ourselves for feeling that way, we would be led to a better life. The book outlines a plan for expressing your whole being, mind, body and spirit, though the use of self-awareness, personal responsibility and Divine inspiration. In the end, it’s about accepting ourselves unconditionally, rediscovering the joyous abandon we had as children, and offering our unique gifts to the world.

VLB:   What are your other goals and aspirations? Do you have another book in the works?

MW:    Pain, Passion & Purpose was a snapshot in time of my own hardest breakthrough moments. Since that time, I feel like a different person. I’m no longer blocked and afraid to take chances – and I’m excited about life again. I’ve gone back to school and am now working as counselor helping people one-on-one, in addition to my writing. I have a couple of partially written manuscripts on my laptop that I will get around to finishing, but life is a learning process and I’ve spend the last few years studying the theories of some of history’s greatest minds. I know this information will add to the depth and integrity of these new projects. I’m excited to put all that I’ve learned to use.

VLB:   Can you tell us about your publishing process?

MW:    For Pain, Passion & Purpose I chose to self-publish in order to preserve the genuine nature of the project. This wasn’t a book written to reach a certain market or fit into a specific genre – it was a heartfelt message that was meant to be. I’ve ghostwritten for traditional publication, but this was a different animal and I knew that it was meant to stay that way, so I went with Createspace. Choosing to self-publish allowed me to control every aspect of the process. I won’t say it wasn’t challenging at times, handling the editing, formatting and cover design, but it was infinitely worth it. I’m proud of the book and pleased with the outcome.

VLB:   Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

MW:    I am currently finishing up the final semesters of a Master’s program so I’m off the circuit until at least the fall.

VLB:   Where are people most likely to see your works at? 

MW:    Pain, Passion & Purpose is available on Amazon or it can be ordered through Barnes & Noble. Additionally, some libraries stock a copy from time to time.

VLB:   Do you have any advice for writers who want to become published authors?

MW:    Write as much as you can, in any way that you can. This helps to hone your craft and get the flow going that will be needed to bring that book to reality. Articles, short stories, editorials – whatever you can. Also, allot a daily time in your planner for writing your book. This is staggering but I read somewhere that 97% of writers never finish their book! Just keep plugging away and treat yourself with something special with the completion of each chapter. Even if you’re never a best-seller, just completing your book will put you in the coveted 3%.

VLB:   If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?

MW:    That’s tough. I suppose I would just say “a light.” Whether that means I’m informative, inspirational or simply pleasant, I believe that world needs more people who are willing, ready, and able to shine.

VLB:   What are your best tips for dealing with writer’s block and staying creative?

MW:    I think the best advice I ever heard came from writer Anne Lamott who said, “Give yourself permission to write the worst s**t in America.” Getting the words to the page is the hardest part. Once you have that, you can edit and refine it until it shines – but if doubt stops the process then you’ll end up nowhere. To me, creativity means taking chances. Try new things, expose yourself to new experiences. Allowing yourself to feel and experience all the facets of life will add depth and passion to your work.

VLB:   What keeps you busy these days? Editing, writing, family, etc?

MW:    I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take on a second career with counseling. Yet to me, I don’t see this as a huge divergence from what I’ve been doing. My clients are seeking answers and a better of life, just like my readers. The only difference is that this time I can actually look them in the eye to see if the message is getting through. I’m also looking forward to doing some traveling in the coming years with my husband. The new me knows that there’s an adventure around every bend – and I want to experience as many of them as I can.

Marci, thank you for your time and advice.

To find Marci’s book, Pain, Passion & Purpose, please click on the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Pain-Passion-Purpose-Escaping-Torment/dp/1475032544/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484350426&sr=8-2&keywords=pain%2C+passion+%26+purpose

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

There’s Never Enough

An associate of mine recently shared a business idea with me. After he explained his idea he asked, “Is there too many people in the field? How can I succeed?” I would like to share with you all what I told him because many people struggle with the same question that he asked me.
Many people aren’t living out their goals and dreams because they feel there are too many people doing what they want to do. My answer to this type of thinking is, “There’s never enough”. It isn’t about how many people are doing the same thing you are doing; it’s about what you bring to the table.
Look and you will see thousands of motivational speakers and authors on social media. Should this stop someone from writing a book or posting motivational messages? No! The same goes for those wanting to become lawyers, doctors, athletes, artists, and pursuing any other endeavors. Don’t let numbers stop you from becoming who you want to be. Remember, we all have a story to share and we all inspire others differently. Your story, gifts, products, and services will touch others in ways that the next person isn’t about to do.
Just as there can never be enough love, wealth, success, and happiness; there can never be enough ideas, motivation, books, athletes, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and so on. It’s about putting your passion into whatever you decide to do and humbly realizing that no one else can do “it” like you do.

 

 

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.