DREAMSCAPING
I am Jomarie Malcolm, a firm believer in the power of positivity and living your dreams out loud. Refusing to stay on one path, this blog will provide insight into the art of maintaining a positive mindset aka dreamscaping and going beyond your wildest imaginations to bring about the most potent joy.

Along the way I will be sharing words of wisdom as well as proving to you that putting your dreams out there for everyone to see is a step in making them a reality.

I am also about looking fabulous both on the inside and the outside so I will be incorporating fashion with mindset to create the beautiful soul you want to become.

Feel free to ask questions and be a part of the journey.

JM
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New Year’s Resolutions: The Voyage to a Better You!

As incredulous as it is, reality is pointing to the end of the controversial year of 2012 and some of us are either dreading it or embracing the possibility of ringing in the year 2013 with a reassured sense of pride. No matter what side of superstition you’re on, you will always need a plan going forward so that the perfect opportunity does not take you by surprise. 

The irony with New Year’s resolutions is that they are created with such enthusiasm and re-visited at the end of the year (let’s be honest) with a sense of regret and in some rare occurrences (again honesty guys) accomplishment. I’ll be the first to tell you that planning is my thing and it’s rare to see me without a journal, diary and several folders with planning sheets to keep my hectic schedule in check. However when it comes to planning for 12 months, a different strategy and mindset have to be in place. 

I want to show you how to plan out your year without restricting yourself and limiting your opportunities while staying on track for your dreams and success story. 

Let’s call it Jo’s Guide to New Beginnings (original right? I know :)

  1. With every successful endeavor, there has to be a positive mindset and a strong belief in self. Without it we are just going through life with a compass without a needle. So look at this way, the optimist says the glass is half full while the pessimist fixates on it being half empty. If you are success driven you will look at the fact that there is a glass to begin with and from that spawns the opportunity for endless possibilities.
  2. Put pen to paper. You don’t have to be as meticulous as I am with my chronic planning but it’s definitely important to get your dreams and visions of success out of your head and on to somewhere you can constantly refer to. This can range from a vision board (there’s an upcoming post for that) to a memo pad you keep on your phone. Whatever fits your lifestyle and will ensure constant reference is definitely a step in the right direction. 
  3. Work out a strategy that will bring you closer to success. Remember that compass without a needle I referred to earlier? Well it’s time to start plotting a course of action. Basic tips for this are to keep an open mind and get out there and represent yourself well. Nothing fruitful was accomplished while waiting for greatness to happen. 
  4. Ask yourself the difficult but fruitful questions. Now a lot of us know what we want in life but are often lost as to what it is we need. We all want the fabulous amenities but how many of us just want happiness and good health?  You have to be very specific about what it is you want to introduce to your successful story in order for it to reach an interesting climax.
  5. Be confident and self assuring. Now some persons might be wondering, but Jo I am confident and self assuring but nothing is happening for me. Unfortunately the latter statement negates the former one since confidence is an unwavering belief in your outcome and an appreciation for the concept of delayed gratification. So be sure to follow the 3P Principles of Patience, Productivity and Passion.

I hope these tips have brought you closer to understanding how to start your path to a new beginning and I hope it brings with it an abundance of success and good health. Remember to live, love and laugh.

JM 

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DREAMSCAPING: Welcome to Say Yes To Success

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The decision to turn my thoughts into a blog did not come without a bit of apprehension as I have often shied away from being that open with how I feel about things but then came the epiphany. As a mentor and unofficial psychologist, it has been my privilege to assist others with tumultuous situations as well as providing introspective techniques to ensure positive mental health. In essence their stories become open books in which I equipped with my figurative red ink pen, make informed edits to preserve the possibility of a felicitous conclusion. So I thought that it would not be fair to them to not open up about my passions, pleasures and pain. Thus the Say Yes To Success blog was born (insert Powerful Girls theme song here)

After consciously making a decision to not let life arbitrarily pass me by, I have been in the process of laying the foundation for my dreams in order for them to be nurtured and reach maturity with maximum return, in essence “dreamscaping” The word was coined as a way for me to remember the visual of a lush garden and how it takes time and patience to nurture it but once the hard work is over, the fruits of my labour will be succulent success. 

What this means in practical terms is practicing the art of writing the script not only for my day but for my life through to do lists and mission projects (these I will discuss in future posts). Also it means not settling for the residual effect of a dream deferred but rather to make time my friend so that my happiness does not attract a deadline.  

So I warmly and graciously welcome you to my new creative space where I hope to inspire you to BE-YOU-TO-THE-FULL and focus on being the best you you can be. I have enabled an “Ask me about dreamscaping” option on the menu because I hope to continue my mentorship and advice role in a sense that is specially curtailed to you. What you can expect from this blog is positivity in its most potent format because I am firm believer in the fact that success has no age limit and it’s better to be infecting the world with your genius than your grim disposition.

Looking forward to having a positive journey with you.

JM 

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November 22, 2012: My Anniversary 
Today is the only just one of the special days I spend my time fixating on how blessed I am to have the gorgeous Warren R. Gordon in my life. It’s our monthaversary and I couldn’t help but stop and think about all the ways he makes me happy. Since they are so numerous I’ll just sum it up by saying his support is unwavering and his commitment to our happiness is without a doubt solid as a rock.

November 22, 2012: My Anniversary

Today is the only just one of the special days I spend my time fixating on how blessed I am to have the gorgeous Warren R. Gordon in my life. It’s our monthaversary and I couldn’t help but stop and think about all the ways he makes me happy. Since they are so numerous I’ll just sum it up by saying his support is unwavering and his commitment to our happiness is without a doubt solid as a rock.

There is something irrevocably sexy about a man that lets soul and passion hang from his every word and allows his fingers to do the talking. John Stephens, more popularly known as ‘John Legend’, is definitely a legendary talent with a voice that can tantalize from the nape of your neck to the very recesses of your soul. This 31 year old continues to release albums that are a raw combination of sex appeal and are reminiscent of the Barry White and Teddy Pendergrass era of soulful sexuality. Another element of Legend’s attraction is that from Get Lifted to Once Again to Evolver to Wake Up one can see a transition exponentially growing from great to greatness.

Why is John Legend a Style Icon?
Legend entered the music world in a light bluish-grey blazer, light pink button up and brown pants, a bold fashion statement in his debut video for Used to Love U. His signature style has emerged as sophistication draped in debonair appeal that is topped off with devilishly good looks. He shatters the typical black and white tux palette for pianists and adds GQ inspired looks to his arrangement.

What also makes Legend stylish is his heart that resounds with a love for philanthropy. On his list of accolades is the launching of The Show Me Campaign, through which his fans are encouraged to donate funds toward improving the living situations and prospects of victims of extreme poverty in Mbola, Tanzania. 


John Legend channels everything that is sexy and sophisticated about a soul singer and pianist; style, swagger and vocals that serenade away the very essence of sorrow.

There is something irrevocably sexy about a man that lets soul and passion hang from his every word and allows his fingers to do the talking. John Stephens, more popularly known as ‘John Legend’, is definitely a legendary talent with a voice that can tantalize from the nape of your neck to the very recesses of your soul. This 31 year old continues to release albums that are a raw combination of sex appeal and are reminiscent of the Barry White and Teddy Pendergrass era of soulful sexuality. Another element of Legend’s attraction is that from Get Lifted to Once Again to Evolver to Wake Up one can see a transition exponentially growing from great to greatness.

Why is John Legend a Style Icon?
Legend entered the music world in a light bluish-grey blazer, light pink button up and brown pants, a bold fashion statement in his debut video for Used to Love U. His signature style has emerged as sophistication draped in debonair appeal that is topped off with devilishly good looks. He shatters the typical black and white tux palette for pianists and adds GQ inspired looks to his arrangement.
What also makes Legend stylish is his heart that resounds with a love for philanthropy. On his list of accolades is the launching of The Show Me Campaign, through which his fans are encouraged to donate funds toward improving the living situations and prospects of victims of extreme poverty in Mbola, Tanzania. 

John Legend channels everything that is sexy and sophisticated about a soul singer and pianist; style, swagger and vocals that serenade away the very essence of sorrow.
There is something truly remarkable about a woman that can command such power with a voice that rests easy on the ears and fingers that delicately unravel the intricacy of minor keys. 31 years have etched on her an appreciation for the unpredictable nature of relationships and after four dynamic albums, she has definitely emerged a master of the craft of sentimental music. Submit willingly to the sweet surrender and musical genius that is Alicia Keys.

 

At just 7 years old she was introduced to the romantic and poignant world of classic piano and since the beginning of this journey, she has used this weapon along with her contralto voice to slay the hearts of her many fans.

 

The year was 2001 when an all too familiar love story was sung with a vivacity and passion that could only belong to someone’s personal experience. She called this story Fallin which would ultimately be the name of her journey to success as we all fell for the girl with killer vocal and piano skills who wore her New York state of mind on her sleeve. 

 

Princess of Soul: Why is Alicia Keys a Style Icon?

 

Soulful and sexy is a lethal combination and with her talent to complete her star image, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Being bi-racial has proven to be an amazing asset for her as she is two shades of divine looks and charm. Her beauty in itself is a fashion statement that speaks volumes to a subtle sophistication with a New York edge that matches her classically modern musical aesthetic. 

 

She has shown and continues to show versatility with her look especially through her hairstyles (whether it is natural curls or straight hair) that only accentuate her strong features. Beauty and talent create a carrying case for her philanthropically wrapped heart which has struck chords with several charitable causes. Keys is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of ”Keep A Child Alive”, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

 

Whether she is repping New York with bamboo earrings and a Yankees cap or sashaying down the red carpet in a Georgio Armanic gown, Keys’ style is chic and sophisticated with a side of bad ass and is much appreciated.

There is something truly remarkable about a woman that can command such power with a voice that rests easy on the ears and fingers that delicately unravel the intricacy of minor keys. 31 years have etched on her an appreciation for the unpredictable nature of relationships and after four dynamic albums, she has definitely emerged a master of the craft of sentimental music. Submit willingly to the sweet surrender and musical genius that is Alicia Keys.

 

At just 7 years old she was introduced to the romantic and poignant world of classic piano and since the beginning of this journey, she has used this weapon along with her contralto voice to slay the hearts of her many fans.

 

The year was 2001 when an all too familiar love story was sung with a vivacity and passion that could only belong to someone’s personal experience. She called this story Fallin which would ultimately be the name of her journey to success as we all fell for the girl with killer vocal and piano skills who wore her New York state of mind on her sleeve.

 

Princess of Soul: Why is Alicia Keys a Style Icon?

 

Soulful and sexy is a lethal combination and with her talent to complete her star image, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Being bi-racial has proven to be an amazing asset for her as she is two shades of divine looks and charm. Her beauty in itself is a fashion statement that speaks volumes to a subtle sophistication with a New York edge that matches her classically modern musical aesthetic.

 

She has shown and continues to show versatility with her look especially through her hairstyles (whether it is natural curls or straight hair) that only accentuate her strong features. Beauty and talent create a carrying case for her philanthropically wrapped heart which has struck chords with several charitable causes. Keys is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of ”Keep A Child Alive”, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

 

Whether she is repping New York with bamboo earrings and a Yankees cap or sashaying down the red carpet in a Georgio Armanic gown, Keys’ style is chic and sophisticated with a side of bad ass and is much appreciated.

Common
Caramel decadence poured over a poetic soul dipped in winning good looks is certainly uncommon. Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr., more popularly known as Common, is a hip hop veteran that has certainly evolved into a modern day heart throb. With vocals laced with sex appeal and irresistible masculinity, he brings a tinge of tenderness to the gritty and edgy world of hip hop with his neo-soul inspired style.


 This Grammy-award winning artiste has given us infectious love songs such as Come Close to Me featuring Mary J Blige, Love of My Life featuring Erykah Badu and I Want You, slaying hearts and raising the value of a serenade.


 His Undeniable Swagger is Common Sense

In showcasing his acting chops in movies such as Smoking Aces and Street Kings, he underscored the fact that his lethal weapon is his talent. Strutting armed and dangerous, evoking charm and sophistication are just a few of the reasons that makes Common a style icon.


 His style star shone brightly in the romantic comedy “Just Wright” opposite the talented Queen Latifah. The scenes acted as a look-book of how a suit was meant to be worn garnering the appreciation of the women that watched this display of style transfixed in a daze.

 Behind the stylish threads are heart strings that are deeply rooted in charitable causes. He is a supporter of animal rights for PETA and the Knowing Is Beautiful movement which has at its core, HIV/AIDS awareness advocacy. He was featured in the video for the candidacy song for Barack Obama “Yes We Can

Common

Caramel decadence poured over a poetic soul dipped in winning good looks is certainly uncommon. Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr., more popularly known as Common, is a hip hop veteran that has certainly evolved into a modern day heart throb. With vocals laced with sex appeal and irresistible masculinity, he brings a tinge of tenderness to the gritty and edgy world of hip hop with his neo-soul inspired style.

 This Grammy-award winning artiste has given us infectious love songs such as Come Close to Me featuring Mary J Blige, Love of My Life featuring Erykah Badu and I Want You, slaying hearts and raising the value of a serenade.

 His Undeniable Swagger is Common Sense

In showcasing his acting chops in movies such as Smoking Aces and Street Kings, he underscored the fact that his lethal weapon is his talent. Strutting armed and dangerous, evoking charm and sophistication are just a few of the reasons that makes Common a style icon.

 His style star shone brightly in the romantic comedy “Just Wright” opposite the talented Queen Latifah. The scenes acted as a look-book of how a suit was meant to be worn garnering the appreciation of the women that watched this display of style transfixed in a daze.

 Behind the stylish threads are heart strings that are deeply rooted in charitable causes. He is a supporter of animal rights for PETA and the Knowing Is Beautiful movement which has at its core, HIV/AIDS awareness advocacy. He was featured in the video for the candidacy song for Barack Obama “Yes We Can

This 26 year old embodies the poignant soul of jazz with the contemporary tones of hip hop and gives you rapture in minor keys. Janelle Monae is a musical phenomenon that has an undeniable force of passion and creativity. She released her first studio album in May of this year entitled The Arch Android which is a musically abrasive masterpiece that will shatter your expectations and leave you yearning for just another dose after the 18 sessions of therapy.What makes Monae a Style Icon?
 
Monae can always be seen rocking what most would consider the very uninspiring black and white palette. However with such a strong sense of individualism, she emerges as a vision of sophistication and sensuality.

Monae is as her homophonic artist reference [Monet] would suggest, a work of art both musically and physically. Her most striking feature is her eyes which have the power to generate her eccentricity while engendering your warmest emotions for the lyrics in her song.

She has the remarkable gift of embodying feminity and poise in masculine apparel which has become her signature look of choice. She is a refreshing take on the vintage aura of style and danger and cements herself as a style icon with her unabashed and unique approach to fashion, style and musical creation.

This 26 year old embodies the poignant soul of jazz with the contemporary tones of hip hop and gives you rapture in minor keys. Janelle Monae is a musical phenomenon that has an undeniable force of passion and creativity.

She released her first studio album in May of this year entitled The Arch Android which is a musically abrasive masterpiece that will shatter your expectations and leave you yearning for just another dose after the 18 sessions of therapy.


What makes Monae a Style Icon?

 

Monae can always be seen rocking what most would consider the very uninspiring black and white palette. However with such a strong sense of individualism, she emerges as a vision of sophistication and sensuality.

Monae is as her homophonic artist reference [Monet] would suggest, a work of art both musically and physically. Her most striking feature is her eyes which have the power to generate her eccentricity while engendering your warmest emotions for the lyrics in her song.

She has the remarkable gift of embodying feminity and poise in masculine apparel which has become her signature look of choice. She is a refreshing take on the vintage aura of style and danger and cements herself as a style icon with her unabashed and unique approach to fashion, style and musical creation.

LAW 1- A suit should be tailored for you and have a bit of your personality in the stitching. This J Crew Take on the classic suit definitely makes the grade.

LAW 1- A suit should be tailored for you and have a bit of your personality in the stitching. This J Crew Take on the classic suit definitely makes the grade.

12 WAYS to do up my favourite ACCESSORY!

12 WAYS to do up my favourite ACCESSORY!