30 Day Music Challenge: Day 27

“A song that breaks your heart”

There are songs that break your heart because you can relate and songs where you’ve never experienced the story being told but the lyrics and the emotions behind the artist’s delivery just hit you. One of those songs for me is “Music” by JoJo. In 2015, during her return with new singles and her lastest album Mad Love, she lost her dad. Knowing she fought so hard to get her career back on track, I felt her emotions. My heart broke for her.  I’m grateful to still have both of my parents, but I still thought about all the support they’ve given me over the years. I also thought about my grandfathers, the first passed in 2005 and the second this past January. It’s easy to tear up thinking about everything they did for me throughout my life. I’m happy for

 I’m grateful to still have both of my parents, but the song makes me think about all the support they’ve given me over the years. I also thought about my grandfathers, the first who passed in 2005 and the second this past January. It’s easy to tear up thinking about everything they did for me throughout my life.

Give “Music” a listen.

Kira Elise

30 Day Music Challenge: Days 23-26

As you can see by the title, I’m a bit behind on my posts! I’m working on a time consuming but fun grad school application on top of keeping on writing for MFST.

Day 23: A Song You Think Everyone Should Listen To

This was a hard one because everyone has different taste. I picked this cover of Brandy’s “Have You Ever” because it’s one of the best covers I’ve ever heard. These boys can saaannngg.

Day 24: A Song by a Group/Band you wish were still together

Glad You Came by The Wanted. The Jonas Brothers were my first choice until I realized how much I like Nick and Joe’s music now that they’re doing their own thing. It’s for the better that they decided to split as a band. If only Danity Kane didn’t get into fist fights. I used to jam to The Wanted.


Day 25: A Song by an artist no longer living

Purple Rain by Prince. Rest in peace to the legend.


Day 26: A Song that makes you want to fall in love

Perfect by Ed Sheeran. There’s not even an explanation for this choice. Just listen.

Kira Elise

A to Z Challenge: R is for Restoration

Restoration: the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.


The last few months, heck the last two years have been draining. Graduating and not knowing where I was going was like a lead weight tied around my ankles. Having to help others, only to see no growth or feedback was draining. Then losing a woman who was like another mother to me and then my grandfather, my last living grandfather, just a month later took its toll.

Now, as my loved ones, family friends, and I continue to heal, I find peace in the idea of restoration. Of finding comfort in the things I love. In completing graduate school apps that make me think of the next chapters of my life.

Restoration is a nice idea. You will fail. You will lose people and things. Putting things back in order or at least to a point of comfortable thinking and living is important. Things will never feel or be exactly the same, but the act of picking up pieces is growth and an achievement in itself.


Kira Elise

A to Z Challenge: Q is for Queens

During Women’s History month I read and saw the stories of so many inspiring women. Sadly, there were still stories and women that I was hearing about for the first time. They did amazing things that seem to just now coming to light. For example, I had no idea who Katherine Johnson was until Hidden Figures came out. Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae was even a teacher for short time at a school in my grandmother’s home county.

I’m not sure if it’s my generation or slang that has existed for some time, but there’s a trend of calling influence and badass women queen. giphy (3)

Just the other day, I retweeted a post by Viola Davis about her Top 100 Most Influential people achievement and quoted her tweet with a crown. I had no qualms about giving her royal status. Why are we dubbing women as royalty? I don’t know it’s just a thing we do, I guess.

Particularly in the African-American community, it’s a trend of recognizing ourselves as royalty and not what the media, bigots, and others who would put us down as a people say or try to define us as. It’s nice to see yourselves and people in a positive light, but I’m just me. Not royalty, but not peasant either.

Kira Elise

P.S. I’m a little behind on this challenge. 😦

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 20 & 21

Happy Friday!

Day 20’s prompt is “A Song that Reminds You of Your Mom”. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that admire and appreciate my mom so much. Whenever we go on family vacations, we end up having jam sessions when we’re forced to switch from our regional radio stations. A few years back in the mountains in Pennsylvania, I discovered her love of classic rock. The song that reminds of her is “Down Under” by Men At Work.


Day 21’s prompt is ” A Favorite Song With a Person’s Name in the Title”. No song jumped out at me for this one. I thought a while and I was transported back to middle school. I wore fingerless gloves, wore too much eyeliner, and probably freaked some people out for a while. My mom hated when I listened to Screamo music.

As a woman of color, plenty of people told me to stop acting white. Jokes on them, I still listen to some of the same music I did then and I love my melanin skin. My pick is “Helena” from the emo and scene kid favorites My Chemical Romance. RIP MCR. Please get back together and make more music.


Kira Elise

Wednesday Words

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Wednesday Words post so here are so quotes to inspire, make you think, and make you smile.

“Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.”

– William Zinsser, On Writing Well: A Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
– C. J. Cherryh

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

– James Openheim

Kira Elise

A to Z Challenge: P is for Patience

It’s a virtue. It takes practice to build it and even then there are times where I struggle to show patience. My mother is the queen of patience. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with patience like her. Between my brother and I, we did plenty to stress and frustrate her. Sure, there were lectures and times where her patience wore thin, but I’ve seen parents lose it. I’ve seen parents in stores yell at their children.

I want to have patience like my mother. To hold my tongue when I want to really go in on someone. To refrain from expressing my displeasure when someone messes up my schedule or creates more work from something that should have been simple. I don’t mean it in a way of staying silence and letting people walk over me, but in a way that shows maturity and self-control. Patience in a way that shows I don’t approve but I’m not the kind of person who’s quick to anger. It’s a fruit of spirit I’ve been told to work on. So I will.

What do you do when you feel your patience running thin?

Kira Elise