My Top 3 Productivity Tips

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

"So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless."
— James 2:17 NLT

As millennials, we are served a world that capitalizes on technology and social media. 
There are rather many perks to these advances; however, it has been very detrimental towards how we move through our day-to-day. We find ourselves scrolling through an infinite timeline full of tweets and images for hours and pay no heed to the things we should be prioritizing. I too fell a victim to these things but I was able to take myself out of the pit I fell in and wisely manage my time and became more productive. 
So to help you become more productive and less of a technology zombie, I put together a list of 
My Top 3 Productivity Tips that you can apply to your everyday life.

The #1 reason why people aren't as productive is because they lack a management system. 
A mangement system is nothing affiliated to computers or anything software related. This system actually lies within yourself and how you manage your day. 

So my first tip is to Plan Your Day Ahead of Time by scheduling your day the night before or early in the morning before you start your day. Planning your day can consist of you writing down your hourly To-Do's or you can do what I do and create a general To-Do List. Writing down or digitally inputing important events, deadlines, and e.t.c into your calendar is also an essential component for this system. 
Personally, I love the traditional way of doing things so I manually write it all down in my book.

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My 2nd tip is very straight to the point — DITCH THE DEVICE.
I know how tempting it is to just pick up your phone and casually scroll through that timeline but you MUST be present in your work. Look, you knew you could have finished that assignment at 8pm but  you decide to start at 10:30pm knowing it was due 11:59pm but because you took hours immersed in your device you now have anxiety, rushing to complete it. This poor habit will not only become second-nature to you but it will slow you down in any field you undergo. 

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"The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities"
—Stephen Covey 

Have you ever found yourself the evermore productive in the library than in your own room? Well if your like myself, you know that working on your bed can serve as a catalyst towards procrastination. For instance, doing homework on my bed would tempt me to want to sleep and push aside my priorities. 
So if this you at this very moment, get up off that tempurpedic mattress and go sit at that desk of yours and get in the bag. Begin to discipline yourself enough to create or find a work space good enough so that you are motivated to complete all tasks that you were handed.

With that said, your ENVIRONMENT makes Tip #III of My Productivity list.

I hope that you took away something from today's post.

I. Plan Ahead
II. Ditch The Device
III. Place Yourself In Productive Environments

Vol. 3

Friday, January 12, 2018

"I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."
(Jeremiah 17:10 ESV)

Hello again, welcome back to another Wine&Chill playlist. 
On this episode were taking it back to the 80's, 90's and the early 2000's.

This playlist features Anthony Hamilton, Prince, Bob Marley, Teddy Pendergrass you know name it.

Enjoy my babies!

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The Liz G | 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

"For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted" 
(Proverbs 2:9-12)

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself,
My name is Elisabeth Gasson better known as The Liz G.

On this very day of 2017, I decided to take a huge leap on becoming a creative and it was a decision that I won't ever look back on. For those who may or may not know, a year ago I launched my blogged on January 1st and it amazes me to see how far I have came. 
I grew to not only understand the direction in which I want to take my brand but more so who I am, The Liz G. 
In the current season that I am in, I am embracing every part of my essence; concurrently, acknowledging my strengths and weaknesses. This journey of mine led me to access my inner mystery; parts of myself that I was too prideful to welcome but it is of those things that I am who I am.

We In A Whole Different Mode
This year I declare to soar with the eagles, refraining from flocking with the pigeons.

I want to be accompanied by people can uplift me spiritually, mentally, and emotionally all by the Grace of God. The direction in which my life is headed, I've grown to be more specific with who I want share personal tidings with, how much time and investing I put into people, and who I speak my dreams to. As I reflect back on 2017, I truly embrace the the tears, the setbacks, the disappointments and whatever else contributed towards my growth; I wouldn't trade it for the world. 

What's Next Liz?
All in all,
2018 calls for me to step out of my comfort zone and become unapologetically creative. 
This year I will most definitely tap into different things because A Woman of Many Trades is who I am.

2018 marks a new era for me. 
I will forever remain true to thyself and God all the more. 
Love you all. 

Vol. 2

Sunday, November 26, 2017

[Music is the soul of language]

Welcome back to another Wine&Chill Playlist.
The Wine & Chill playlist will now be on iTunes, so pour yourself a glass of wine 
and experience some soul. 

Vol. 2 Wine and Chill Playlist Click Here.
"Immerse in some soul


Mastering Your Essence

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"Live up to your potential instead of imitating someone else's," (Martha Burgess)

In this generation of social media, everyone is so caught up trying to be a carbon-copy of someone else that they lose contact of who they truly are at heart. 

Lifestyle vs. Passion
Social media makes everyone want to be a youtuber, a makeup guru, an artist, a comedian, and so on and so forth. But before you guys try to drag me, spare me and allow me to elaborate on that statement.

 My program director told me once: 
"If the glitz and glamour of it all was stripped away from it would you still pursue it?

So my question to you is are you pursuing what you're pursuing because of the lifestyle or are you pursuing what you're pursuing because it is truly something that you have a burning passion for. Owing to the fact that social media makes us admire the lifestyle of these influencers, we almost forget the workload that is required of it.

"You have to fancy the work that is required just as much as you do the lifestyle"

Comparatively, that is why a lot of people start Youtube channels and don't post in a consistent manner or at all because in order to get those desired "views" it calls for you to be consistent and hard-working and most people can't live up to those expectations.

Like Wendy Williams said in her Live Leadership Talk, "You have to study the behind the scenes of your desired career." That is absolutely true because the lifestyle may look glamorous but there are a lot of sleepless nights, overtime work, and a whole lot of hustling that needs to be put in. But as I would tell anyone if you're truly passionate about something hard work and consistency comes naturally; being lazy isn't an option.

Mastering Your Essence: First They Laugh, Then They Copy
I remember being a freshman in Highschool (2012) and I had dark, aesthetically pleasing photos on my Instagram. I loved my feed up until one day a person told me that my feed was weird and too old school.
[It was at this moment that I f***ked up]
I thought to myself, "well maybe that person is right," so I changed my Instagram feed back to what everyone else was doing. In the means of me compromising, a good friend of mine (Quadir) told me that I should stick to that vibe because, "Eventually everyone is going to want to hop on that wave sooner or later," and he was absolutely right. 

People don't understand your vision until it becomes something that is sought after and soon enough it becomes something that they imitate. I know you're aware of the common saying, "First they laugh, then they copy." However, an original is worth more than a copy. So my advice to anyone who is trying to master their own essence the key is to honestly stay true to yourself and not to compromise to the norms of society. 

Vizual Ape

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce” (Karl Lagerfeld).

Meet photographer Fritz M. Metayer, who is widely known as Vizual Ape by many. 
At only the age of 21 Fritz, has accomplished many major milestones. And to get to where he is today of course took a lot of sleepless nights, hard-work, and one hell of a burning passion. 
I was given the opportunity to interview this millennial boss. Lets dive in. 

Who is Vizual Ape? 
Ape is a young photographer who lives in his own little world. I think of myself as nonexistent. Im in this kind of world that doesn't exist to anyone because they don't understand it. So I explain it through pictures. Vizual ape is a guy who sends burst of energy through images. I capture emotions and give it to a crowd of people hoping they feel the same energy I do.

Who or what sparked your interest in Photography and when did it dawn on you that it was something you were deeply passionate about?
My father. He was a photographer and his style was hella vintage and clean. I liked him because he took pictures of everything including himself. When I was a kid I shot my first wedding along side of my dad. He bought me a big bird from sesame street camera haha. Then I got to college and I linked up with Rico (@Love4Rico) and from iPhone pictures to camera pictures - that fascination dates back to my childhood.

How would you describe your style of photography?
Dark. I'm a really dark person; I love black and outer space. I like scary shit and shit that seems unreal. I like giving out vibes that relax the mind and make people really have to look. So I'd say my style is beyond this world. Portraits are my favorite thing though. 

Where do you typically find inspiration?
Vibes. I like catching vibes, usually from music; my favorites are Travis Scott, PartyNextDoor. and a little Drizzy. Tumblr helps me to dream too and women haha. Females are one of the things that are always on people's minds. And The way females make me feel is usually spilled into my art. I like talking to women because they think different; it's more of a feeling than a conversation. All my life females told me that I had this dark kind of vibe, a really chill kind and I learned myself from those convos and interactions.

Who is, by far, your favorite photographer(s) of all time?

How do you stay organized being as busy as you are?
F*** organization, it makes me move slower haha. Usually I'll just wake up and my days are based off of phone calls or running into people in the city. Then going from place to place working until the next day and doing it again and again. When things started getting serious I had to get a manager, so I'd say my manager organizes things for me.

I see that you are a sensational, uprising industry photographer. What opportunity did you land that propelled such success? What was the experience like?
When I first started I was in college and there were always parties. I would go to these parties with my camera and make videos and stuff just to practice controlling large groups of people. Then I started going to events hosted by celebrities and I would give it my all because they were important to me at the time. I remember being in the party scene linking with DJ’s and through that I made connections. I wasn't as gifted back then but I was really different and got a lot of attention and support. I started running into FatBoy a lot and he would post my work and that really helped. Then after a while I started realizing to make it you have to take chances. I started going to New York every single day even ditching classes to go to the city and I started making progress. Started linking with people from Hot 97 and going to the station to link Drewski which landed me some opportunities as well and I really just took advantage of every situation handed to me. I started moving around with a huge influencers who are actually really close with Drake now (@ItsBizKit) and just worked and from there I can't tell, I just got far I'd say. Now I'm currently working with Atlantic Records in New york which is a great look for me. I never thought I'd have one of the biggest record labels ever be one of my clients moreover free lancing with celebrities, traveling, shooting shows, hanging out, and going out on tours.. its really cool. It mentally takes a lot though. I never get too sleep, I barely eat, I work 24/7 and I'm always in front of a large group of people or traveling waking up in different places. People really don't know how to talk to me sometimes because of what I do and who I hang out with. 
I stay really humble and down too earth. Just trying not to get lost, its a lot of pressure in that field. 

What keeps you motivated?
I never really had much, my family wasn't poor or anything, but me, personally I never had much. I just wanted to be comfortable and have full control over my life. Hearing what people think of me and my art definitely pushes me because I realized that I can't let everyone down. My biggest form of motivation is knowing that one day I'll have nothing to worry about. 

There is this common saying that you are who you surround yourself with. How big are you on the crowd that you keep? Moreover, how do you deal with fake love?
My circle is very lowkey and small other than that just business partners. My crowd has to be filled with people that can help me grow and that I can help grow. The pressure of life is too much to go through alone. I don't deal with fake love. I'd like to say that always being behind and infront of the camera I'm really good at reading people. So I usually just ghost people that show fake love. I've made the mistake of falling into it and it really does bring you down. So don't get caught up guys keep your eyes open.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to break into the industry of photography? 
Be aware and consistent. In the field of photography everyday thousands of new photographers make a debut. Always ask yourself out of the tons of photographers that exist why would I be the one to make it? When you have your answer never forget it and push to be better than everyone! Even me. Don't ever get frustrated, the money and opportunities will come. Just trust yourself and work extremely hard.

What advice were you given that you live by faithfully?
Never change yourself. No matter what. If you made it this far by being yourself time will only carry you further but only if you stay true to yourself. 

Where do you see Vizual Ape in the next 5-10 years?
On billboards and in magazines. I know I'll be big really soon and will do more than just photography. I'll build an empire and make sure everyone that deserves to win gets a chance.

Lastly, what are some upcoming projects that you have coming up?
Uhh, currently I'm about to go on tour, until January, with Kranium to Florida, Europe, Dubai, and Germany etc. When I get back you know I'd like to rest and spend some family time then do a few projects with models and more artist. I don't wanna ruin any surprises! haha. All I can say is if you know you're gifted and want to model I have something huge in the works for all of you local NJ, NY models. So keep working.

I love all of you guys 
- Ape

Social Media
Instagram: @VizualApe


Sunday, October 29, 2017

[God, Goals - Growing, Glowing]

Welcome to the first #Wine&Chill playlist. 

Every last Sunday of the month there is a #Wine&Chill playlist to help you
unwind and destress. So, pour yourself a glass of wine and immerse yourself in to some
soul with me. 

Wendy Williams: Live Leadership Talk

Thursday, October 26, 2017

How You Doin'
When I got the email from Career Services stating that Wendy Williams was coming to Montclair State for a Leadership Talk, without any hesitation, I bolted to get my Eventbrite ticket. To know that Wendy Williams was coming to my school I was so surprised because being at a PWS (Predominantly White School) how often is it that you see a person like yourself, most importantly a Black Woman, talking to students about their success story? Not many. 

Wendy's Background Information
Of course many of you guys know that Wendy is a woman of many trades; she is an actor, a radio personality, fashion designer, author, and is also the host for her daytime show, 'The Wendy William Show.' While attending college at Northeastern University, Wendy majored in Communication and minored in Journalism. She was greatly influenced by media personalities Michelle Marsh, Chee Chee Williams, Sue Simmons, and Frankie Crocker. In-between time, she was able to land a solid internship with Matty in the Morning (Kiss 108). With her fiery passion to be successful, Wendy was the only person out of her group of friends who secured an actual career upon leaving college making $11,000 yearly. Contrary to her friends who ended up working retail store post college. Ultimately, Wendy stressed that in college, 'You have to be on your P's and Q's and #BossUp,' and with instilling that in yourself will help you acquire all that you desire.

What is your VISION?
In the leadership talk, Wendy mentioned something that stuck out to me most. 
She said, 'What is the lifestyle that you want to live?' 
This statement resonated with me because lifestyle is important. In other words, however you vision yourself long term will definitely remind you of the hard work and energy that is required of you to put in to get there. And of course, you'll have those people who are DREAMERS that talk about the life they WISH to live and then you have the GO-GETTERS who WORK for that lifestyle. So Where do you stand? Are you a DREAMER or A GO-GETTER? 

Plough A Lone Furrow
"Clear the path so that you can walk your truth, but that walk is most of the time lonely as hell," (Wendy Williams). 99.9% of the time you have to weather the storm that life hits you with by your lonesome. But truth be told, you have learn to access on your own and learn to be your own best friend.

The Hunter Foundation
Outside of media, Wendy and her husband, Kevin Hunter, came together and established a non-profit charitable organization that gives back to those who are in great need. This foundation also supports and partners with programs that deal with drug addictions, poverty, homelessness, the LGBTQ community, and services that provide shelters and food. 

For More Information On The Hunter Foundation Click The Link Below:

In close, Wendy's overall presence and delivery on stage was beyond amazing. Thank you for dropping gems to the people who aspire to be their own boss especially in the field of Entertainment. 

See you at the top Ms. Wendy.

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