Graduate.

Fame is not fortune; and although prosperity does often lead to popularity, popularity doesn’t often lead to prosperity. Many people believe they are networking when in reality they are simply socializing. Track your progress. If you are doing a lot, you should be seeing a lot of results. If your environments have not changed, if your audience has not expanded in number or demographic, if your work is not requiring more time and attention and help, you are more than likely going in circles.

An example of this is the school system: in life some people’s first priority is to make friends, to make themselves more desirable to their peers, failing to realize their peers do not give them their passing grade, neither do they set the academic standard, neither will they help them advance to the next level. The successful in life are the great students, that spend time finding new teachers, that always show up to class ready to learn, that spend time studying, and spend time talking to guidance counsellors.

We live in a time where having money is cool but working hard is not. So my challenge to you is to be unpopular long enough to become prosperous, I challenge you to show up to the school of life prepared to do work, leaving little but valuable time to socialize. I challenge you to find your teachers, know your guidance counsellors, and build a relationships with people that have the power and resources to take you beyond your current situation.

-Jaime Lee Lewis

…I haven’t written a spoken word piece in a minute but, I was listening to some poetry from one of the homies and out of nowhere I just started finger vomiting this piece about time traveling. Here’s a snippet of it. (It’s kinda heavy.) |📱

…I haven’t written a spoken word piece in a minute but, I was listening to some poetry from one of the homies and out of nowhere I just started finger vomiting this piece about time traveling. Here’s a snippet of it. (It’s kinda heavy.) |📱

It’s interesting to hear people reveal their perception of the changes in my life during conversations. Sometimes I see it in their eyes. (I mean, he must be getting old; he must be on a spiritual journey; or maybe he’s returned to religion; it must be a woman, right? Of course—not.) It’s become hard to believe that a person can actually critically assess their own life and decide within themselves to make the necessary (drastic) changes to ensure their own peace of mind, happiness, progress and development as a human being—and then actually do it. People that are asleep and choose not to wake up from the dreams they’re living find it hard to believe that another person can actually wake up on their own; many would rather believe in biological alarm clocks, earthquake love, alter calls, or unplanned children shaking people awake.
Jaime Lee Lewis
modest.

a mother
a father,
their two beautiful twin daughters.
modest.
all they seemed to have was each other.
but in each other they seemed to have everything.
riding the 4 train,
in the solidarity of silence,
they kept each other like a secret.

-Jaime Lee Lewis

Johnny cake. | #Philly

Johnny cake. | #Philly

barbecue chicken. | #Philly

barbecue chicken. | #Philly

roast corn. | #Philly

roast corn. | #Philly

escovitch fish. | #Philly

escovitch fish. | #Philly

curry goat. | #Philly

curry goat. | #Philly