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The Anniversary of my First Love

The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson’s sixth studio album was released in 1997.

I fell hard and fast in love with music in 1995.

When the realization that I’ve been in love with music for this long left me feeling all sorts of things. Shocked, awed, appreciative, and loved are the main things running through my heart. Folks have come and gone, I now have a few regrets, some gray hair strands, and have begun to travel the world.

But the one constant in my life has been music. For over 20 years now!

Making it the longest relationship that I have ever been in to date.

Of course, I had to write about that, because I am proud of that fact. It tells folks so much about me, in a weird way. What I was like growing up, my political stance, my pride in being a woman,  my ‘sexually awaking’ moments, and how I like to be silly and dance half naked in my bedroom….

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And I flove how Janet Jackson is still apart of my life’s playlist. The first song I remember hearing from her is ‘Pleasure Principle’.  I remember being home alone and seeing that video of her just dancing and singing her heart out.  The feeling that I felt watching her was new to me and I didn’t know what to call it until much later. It was happiness.

I was fascinated with her then, and that fascination only grew when The Velvet Rope came out. The video ‘If‘ aired on MTV and I was glued to the screen! Then came ‘Together Again’, ‘Go Deep’, and ‘I Get Lonely’ and I was head over heels for Ms. Jackson then. There was no going back after I finally heard the full album that December!

Up until this point in my life (at the tender age of 13 or 14 – seriously, someone should have been monitoring what music I listened to back then! LOL), I had not seen many black women express themselves in such a way and it captivated me. Seeing her with her curly hair, septum, and natural roots style – I knew that would be my look when I grew up.

Even though I didn’t get my septum piercing until 2015 🙂

Other artists and songs have come along since, but Janet Jackson is still one of my all-time favorites. Her gentle voice, honest lyrics, and boldness in always experimenting and allowing herself to be as free as possible through her music are almost unrivaled to any other.

So, allow me to thank her and celebrate the anniversary of one of her best albums within this post. As I celebrate the beautiful anniversary of my first love –  music.

Thank you.

-Soprano Musings

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Samui TEFL is the BEST!

Last week I became a TEFL teacher and I have to thank Samui TEFL!

It was a tough 3 week course, though honestly I would not change one second of this experience. Most folks would say that I was crazy for spending my birthday in Thailand – teaching P4 students for my teacher practicums while sweating profusely and receiving a painfully honest critique afterwards.

Though if I had not seen this TEFL program through, I would not have received the knowledge needed to teach English as a a foreign/second language. I would not have learned more specifically what areas that I am lacking in as a teacher.

Not only do I have more tools at my disposal to be a more sound teacher, I now know what subjects I need improving in to become the best TEFL teacher that I can be to my future students!

Spending time on the beautiful and welcoming island of Koh Samui, Thailand was the icing on the cake 🙂

Again, thank you Samui TEFL for this amazing opportunity!

I promise to try my best to do you all proud. And to check in every few months or so to share my journey as a TEFL teacher in Mexico 🙂

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Me? Teach (and Learn)?

As most of ya’ll know – South Korea has been calling me this year.

And I have decided that I want to go and see it all in person 🙂

The more that I learn about the culture (and food), the more I know that I don’t want to just visit for a few weeks. I want to stay. For at least a year.

So, I have decided to prepare for teaching in South Korea!

Since it is so competitive there these days, I have started to learn Hangul. I’m still waiting on my passport, and am almost done with my AA. Now, to teach in Korea, you need at least a BA, so I figure that while I am still in school for that I can continue my Hangul studies and take the required TEFL courses online.

And if anyone has any suggestions on where to start with that – please let me know 🙂

Someone asked me one night why I want to teach in South Korea (now that I’ve told my closest family/friends about my decision, I can’t seem to stop talking about it. lol) and I legit teared up.

I was just so happy, and I had never really said my response out loud before. Yes, I love the language. I’ve studied other languages before, but Hangul seems to make the most sense to me and even when I’m struggling with it – I still am excited about learning it.

The culture and history is also interesting to me, but the main reason why I want to teach is the possibilities.  The idea of teaching kids and in turn learning from them is one that I never considered before. And the thought of being able to show them a positive representation of a black woman is amazing!

I know that it is going to be hard – if I even get the chance to teach. But I can’t shake the image and feeling that I get from the possibility  of teaching and hopefully doing away with the negative stereotypes surrounding my culture while being in theirs.

Sigh. So I plan on spending the next 3 years preparing for the opportunity. Because when it comes I don’t want to miss it.