Blackbird – Chapter 6

Accidental Discovery WHEN THE STABLE aircraft was making its final descent through the broken clouds, I observed the rocky landscape surrounding the calmness of the ocean. With each measured kilometer dropped I could almost hear the harmonic waves pushing up against the shore. It's only desire was to move forward and gracefully flow as intended... Continue Reading →

Open Eyes

"Every morning when you open your eyes and embrace your passion, encourage yourself to never fall asleep again." - Topher Pike Every morning you have a choice: awake to the sound of an alarm clock, or awake with a purpose. I fight every morning to never hear an alarm that has no idea of what... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 5

Embracing Change I WAS DOING absolutely everything I could to stay inspired as I continued to find my voice. I looked everywhere for opportunities to encourage or assist the people that encircled my life. I bought breakfast for the person behind me when I picked up my morning coffee and actively searched for anyone requiring... Continue Reading →

Wake Me

"Don’t reach out to me if you want to talk about the disappointment of yesterday. Only wake me if you are willing to attack today, and I will be by your side." - Topher Pike This quote came to me after a conversation with a friend who was going through some difficult times. After a... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 4

Continuous Progression The following Tuesday morning I found myself sitting in front of my most prominent client. I had a good relationship with him at the time, so our conversations were casual. At first, I hesitated to tell him about my plans for writing my first book but felt an urge to bring him closer... Continue Reading →

Attainable Goals

The eyes of a leader can be seen in all those who decide to listen and believe their goals are attainable." - Topher Pike Leadership skills have become a great characteristic for your resume. It has such a narrow connotation that most believe it is a trait held by someone in a corner office. Leadership... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 3

Rediscovered Passion Writing has always been a part of who I am. The first time I remember it surfacing was when I was an 18-year-old kid. Fresh out of high school I walked through my university campus trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. With so many... Continue Reading →

Casting Judgement

"Don’t cast judgement until you are willing to judge yourself." - Topher Pike On your journey toward your new life, you will have many people stare at you with skepticism and tell you the life you want is impossible. They will say you don’t have the money, you are not smart enough, or your goals... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 2

Unlocking the Cage As the unclouded sun poked through the pastel shades enclosing my bedroom the next morning, I could feel my phone abruptly vibrating on the bedside table. I started to tremble in my lucid dream the moment before my sunken eyes opened for the first time. I reached for my phone and quickly... Continue Reading →

Powerful Wishes

"A thousand wishes unasked are worth nothing, but one dream surrounded with passion and purpose is powerful beyond belief." - Topher Pike   Have you ever dreamed of a genie who would appear in your darkest days in a haze of happenstance? A mystical figure who could provide you with three wishes that would change... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 1

In the Beginning The day was June 6, 2016. The smell of freshly poured instant coffee surrounded my kitchen as I reached for my early morning apple. I looked inside the interwoven reddish basket placed beside the freshly baked homemade bread as I arrived at the one closest to my unsteady hand. With my first... Continue Reading →

Responsive Reflection

"If you look in the mirror and see failure, look again." - Topher Pike This quote came to me during the first day that I realized I needed to change the way I think and the way I choose to live. We all have days when we feel we are not enough. We hesitate to... Continue Reading →

When in Doubt

I am grateful for another glorious day. When in doubt I am thankful for the crimson sunrise behind the clouds as an auspicious beginning is presented. The contented state emerging has a sound that cannot be contained within the fraction of tomorrow. I am grateful for the journey of life. When in doubt I am thankful... Continue Reading →

Sweet Surrender

The oxygenated blood gushing from my being provides the ammunition to lay down my singular sword. The temptation to grab it with both hands cuts my mind into pieces. As I whisper into the furious wind surrounding the infinite forest were it lays I gain strength. The glare from the warm steel invites me into... Continue Reading →

Returned Innocence

As I continuously circle around my decision to return I quickly decide that I never left. Once again I find the present and start again. Fear tells me to run, so I walk. I do not step fast or think slow but embrace the moment to instinctively feel a familiar path that once was. I enthusiastically... Continue Reading →

Prepared Expectancy

Don’t worry about me if you cannot clearly see, it’s not yours. Don’t worry if you cannot feel the elation in my expectation because preparation is not your donation. It is captured and released with every raw emotion portrayed through my graphic narration. Listen for yourself. In passion and faith, your continuous inhalation is found... Continue Reading →

Riverside Acquaintance

You have waited long enough to see the divine inspiration stream from the infinite river surrounding the funnel. It is not meant to be filtered but only discovered by the one willing to flow as a passionate expression of imposed vertigo. Do not obediently seek the unseen hand resting riverside, I am already here. Don't stand in the... Continue Reading →

Glorious Death

As I cross my arms in cessation, I am ready. I am not afraid to close my eyes when euphoria is what I seek on the other side. The death I choose tonight will give birth to another day and another breath. I will not forcefully bow my head kneeling bedside. I voluntarily rest in... Continue Reading →

Picture Frame

As it rests in suspended stillness, I momentarily question my physical reality. As I block out the constant noise with two pointed fingers, I voluntarily question my artistic sanity. The second-hand unwinds deep inside as the memory immediately triggers my expanding mind. Two corners show shadows from a light uncovered by an intermediate shade misunderstood by... Continue Reading →

Responsive Action

"Action is not a physical motion but the response to your thoughts." - Topher Pike Taking action is not possible if you do not produce a thought to proceed with movement. Before your body can move, your mind must make the decision that it’s the right step to take. Once you have an inspired thought... Continue Reading →

Take Me

The cursor blinks as I wait for the words to find me. Let me be the one who can find the precise words to slide away from the would be. Together we will fly and find a way to shine above the ominous clouds. I don't know, and I don't care because I know you... Continue Reading →

Buried Alive

I cannot comprehend how you continuingly surface when I have buried you so many times. Your disguise has many protective masks as you rise to reprise the confused existence that multiplies my delusions counterclockwise. I continue to improvise and devise plans to bury you alive, but with every quick blow I mobilize, I continue to be paralyzed from... Continue Reading →

Continuous Progression

"Growing isn’t just about the end result; it starts with small steps and daily progress. Make progress every day, and your direction will become clearer." - Topher Pike Always focus on the end result of the vision and dreams you are looking to create. You need to spend an extraordinary amount of time envisioning your... Continue Reading →

Habitual Change

"Change your daily habits to give your mind the freedom to create." - Topher Pike Your daily habits need to adjust if you are ready for change. You cannot continue to do the same things you do today and expect different results. If you are really looking to change your circumstances, you need to reshape... Continue Reading →

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