Category Archives: BEYOND MY THOUGHTS

5 THINGS HOLDING YOU BACK FROM LIVING THE LIFE YOU DESERVE!

At the end of the day, everyone wants to live what can be considered a “good life.”  If you ask most people what’s currently holding them back, you’d likely get a long list. Because of its length, many people would have no idea where to begin and simply give up before even trying to make the necessary changes. While change doesn’t always come easily, it isn’t impossible. It is important that we not hold ourselves back from the life we rightfully deserve. Recent conversations with friends along with a post written on SincerelyCrys have inspired me to create a list of the things that often hold us back. Life can be frightening but happiness and success is certainly obtainable. Let’s all…

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DEAR AMERICA

Dear America, Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Brian Keith Oliver. I’m a 31 year old African American male residing in Baltimore, Maryland. I grew up in a middle class family who certainly had it good by society’s standards. I attended only the best public schools that the city had to offer. I graduated from one of the state’s top public universities. I’m one course away from obtaining another degree. I drive a luxury car. I’m a homeowner. I’ve traveled to almost 30 different countries. I’ve eaten at the finest of restaurants. I’ve sat in the room with many well known individuals. I grew up highly involved within the black church. I have no felonies. I have morals.…

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FIVE THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM TRAVELING

MINDS ARE LIKE THE DOORS TO PLANES; THEY’RE MEANT TO BE OPEN It’s way too easy to be closed-minded. I’ll be the first to admit that there are many things my 20 year old self would turn my nose up at that my 30 year old self now embraces with open arms. We live in a society where everything from politics to religion comes along with a “My way of thinking is better than your way” mentality. It took for me to continuously leave my comfort zones and surroundings to truly see and appreciate the ways that we as humans all over our nation and world are so different, but still so much alike. Belief systems and cultural traditions that…

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FIGHT OR FLIGHT?

Fight-or-Flight response– a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. Oh Baltimore… where do I begin? Should I start with the 344 homicides in 2015? How about the ridiculous property taxes, abandoned homes and pothole filled streets? Or maybe I’ll talk about our sad and embarrassing school system. The issues I just mentioned are more than enough for anyone’s fight-or-flight response to kick in and have them packing their belongings and haul-tailing out of here. But, you’re HOME and for some reason I just can’t seem to leave you. Years ago when I decided it was time to grow and move out of my childhood home, the options were endless. I…

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