We’re bringing in a 2nd Line Band at our inaugural @gmbofest on Saturday, December 1st. Come catch @tubadonline and the bad boys of brass live at @promontorychicago. Early bird tickets are almost sold out. Grab them now at the #linkinbio . #gmbofest#afrotrak
Sorry this is one is a day late, but I just wanted to say “Wow” what an experience this was! Thank you so much to @urbanscapes @thebeemy @mtalentasia @amanracom @sizez3ro @ainaabdul @vandigital @kylofiren @naufalanwa @dashalogan @fatboytonyparker @stevedrumhouse @evaricho @batteryheadz and all the members on the #2NDLine . This project has been a dream I’ve had for a few years and to see it come to fruition is such a blessing! Thank you Universe. Also huge thanks to those who supported us by purchasing the VIP tickets. So much to say here and not enough space!!! But thank you thank you and thank you!!! Wait till you see what we do next! #qs2ndline
The last 2 months have been a blur. After decades of frustration, I had a lot of anger. That went away quickly as I decided to do everything I possibly could leading up to my surgery, and had a blast doing it!
50 of the most badass community came out and lifted heavy with me. I even was able to snatch 245# after not snatching for nearly 5 months. Then crushed heavy DT with my wife. I saw @odesza at Jawbreaker fest and danced for nearly 5 hours straight (holy shit it was the best concert I’ve ever seen!!!). I hit golf balls hard. We went to New Orleans and danced 2nd line. I walked for 6 hours at the National WWII museum. Danced 2nd line again (I noticed I danced a lot, and having a new hip isn’t going to stop that). Oh and I learned that I like throwing an axe.
The outpouring of love and thoughts has been amazing. I can not thank you all enough for your support. My beautiful wife has been amazing and I can’t thank her enough, especially when I’m hungry the next couple days and she has to take care of me 😊. I seriously love you all so much and excited for new adventures with you all without the pain. ❤️ #goodbyehip#youlittleshit#hipreplacement#nomorepain#crossfit#dancing#edm#hockeyass#aimingjuice#weightlifting#neworleans#2ndline
We concluded our journey to New Orleans for #stripcoven in a 2nd Line Parade 🎼🎼🎼 !! It felt so fucking good to literally sweat through my clothes singing, dancing and being ridiculous at times in the middle of the street. Yes, we had a twerkoff and it IS as magical as (15+ Sexy ass women dropping down into the middle of the French Quarter, hair swinging, hips undulating, laughter/loud) - it sounds. .
Not caring how people were looking at me (because the truth is many people joined us) and wondering whether I should censor myself to be more palatable. And then to have the opportunity to dance with this one in one of their favorite places in the world - more sweaty - happy - undone in so many ways but open to the journey. I’ll never be able to have this moment again in my life. Not like this. I am so glad I did not let life pass me by this day. God really knows how to position experiences in our lives. As we marched I thought of all the things I wanted to let go and shed in my life. I thought of all the things I craved to no longer be a prisoner to. I laid down with each step the barriers between myself and my joy. I remembered that this weekend was the 10th anniversary of the last time I self-harmed. I remembered the love I lost and gained that night. I remembered that my ancestors knew how to celebrate the little and big deaths of life - because there is always rebirth. So I let myself dance and shed. .
I said to Miller this weekend- somewhere in between an argument and making love “I don’t want to be that person who is defined by the pain of her past. I don’t to be a prisoner to these painful memories anymore”. And so the Universe got busy doing her thing and brought me exactly what I called out for. An opportunity to shed. .
The first shedding is of the ego. It has to be stilled so spirit even has an opportunity to work through us. And when I say stilled - I mean snatched like a mama ripping her small child back from the green light of a busy intersection. It hurts a little but you know someone is trying to save your life. Shed like that. When I feel a little more courageous I will share how.
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