Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy New YOU!!!















We are only a couple of days from the New Year. A lot of people contemplate how they are going to make things better for themselves every time a New Year rolls around. Truth is, if you know that something needs to change, or that you need to do something different, those changes need to take place then, instead of waiting. The more you procrastinate, the longer your goals will take to reach. The time you're wasting should be spent planning and executing the proper strategies to get where you need to be.

Always remember that the strength of your mentality along with positive words and actions can take you anywhere you want to go.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Art of Penography




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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Art of Penography. Now Available!!!














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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dreams



















Your dreams are yours to have, hold and protect. Never allow anyone to deter you from the path you are on. Be encouraged by those who have set and accomplished their own goals, as well as those who are still moving forward in an attempt to do so. Be encouraging to those who you see in the midst of a struggle along their way and be grateful for every single moment in your journey.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Motivation













In your quest to be who you are supposed to be and do the things that are within your purpose, there is absolutely no room for doubt or fear. Seal ALL cracks with confidence and certainty that you WILL achieve what you set out to do and show GRATITUDE for every single part of the process. If you can THINK...you most certainly can BE.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Time Management












How much time have you used inefficiently today?

People complain all the time that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything they want accomplished.

The key is to use your time efficiently. We all have the same number of hours in a day so the lack of time is not an excuse to not be successful. We all have the same 24 hours as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The difference is not monetary because both started with nothing. The difference is in what they've done, how they did it, and how they managed the time spent doing it. You don't want to either underwhelm or overwhelm yourself. It's all about balance.

Are you using your time wisely?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Long Way To Go











Every one of us has habits. Some are good habits and some are bad. Most of our habits are formed early in life while our parents are raising us. That's usually where we pick them up. As we get older and start figuring life out for ourselves, we also pick up some of our own, either from other people or just from living.

Something that I've learned about habits during my journey through life; Good ones are hard to keep and bad ones are hard to break.

There are certain habits that I have that I've been trying to break for years but they just won't go away. Every time I think I've got it beat, here it comes again. I pray all the time that this habit can be broken, that I can be free of it once and for all but...until then, I know that I have a long way to go.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Song Straight From My Heart

I hope you're ready for this moment/ Let love in/ You're the student I'm the teacher/ Let God in/ Pay attention let me show you/ What you've been missing/ And I promise you will never be the same...

Once you open up the door and/ Let me in/ You will never ever close it/ To me again/ Girl I'm here for reparation/ Of what he did/ Let me bring your heart new shelter from the rain...

This is how I feel...




© 2012 Don Savant

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Power Of The Tongue















Life can be as difficult or as easy as we tell ourselves it is. Most of us don't realize the power we possess within ourselves, while a lot of us that do choose to use that power against others instead of for ourselves and others.

Start speaking things that help as opposed to things that hinder. So many of us disguise maliciousness as "just being real" or "keeping it 100" when in actuality you're really just keeping yourself in a place where your mind or spirit cannot grow.

Release yourself from the bondage of your own thoughts and tongue. Speak things into existence that will prosper you...speak greatness over those that have wronged you. I know it's easier said than done but at the same time, if it was easy it wouldn't be worth doing.

Things you have to work for are the things in life that are worth more. Stamp that on a t-shirt and display it proudly.

Love y'all!!!

Poetry: Overcoming






Overcoming

obstacles
situations
trying to get
the best of me but
i know i have...
His best in me so
overcoming
is a way of life

it's encoded
in my DNA
to succeed and
the only person
that can
keep me from doing so
occupies
the space in my mirror

he's so
reflective...and
when i smile
he smiles back...
mimicking my
every gesture as if it's
some form of mockery
but i know that
it's God watching me
just to see that I'm
doing the things
He designed me for

© 7.15.2012 - Don Savant

The Beauty Of Life












As human beings, we can take the most beautiful things in the world and destroy them out of selfishness. Instead, we should cherish them out of love. God gave us so many things to enjoy on this earth yet we continue to ruin them. Let's begin to restore things in our lives. Let God heal what's ailing us and start to appreciate Him for all He does and for everything He's provided us.

Amen?

Don Savant Confession: I Almost Gave Up






I used to frequent the message boards on Tyler Perry's website. I'd been silently fighting my worst bout with depression at that point. I was on the edge, literally about to jump over. In a moment of desperation I reached out on the forum. At the rate people posted there, I knew I wasn't going to get a reply from anyone. Almost immediately, I received an e-mail from 3 individuals encouraging me. One in particular started keeping a check on me daily. She informed me a few days into our correspondence that she'd looked me up on the net and found some of my poetry. She used the very thing i was blessed with to turn around and bless and encourage me. Not a week later, I ran into a gentleman at work seeking to find out how he could have his upcoming book carried in our store.

After speaking with him, he gave me the info to contact his publishing company. If it were not for Tyler Perry's website, the young lady that reached out to me and the gentleman that shared his info with me, Don Savant's Book of Poems, Sonnets and Vows for Relationships and Weddings and all that I have done after it may not exist. This is a shining example and testimony of how God will send you exactly what and who we need right when He knows we need it the most. Don't give up on your dreams y'all. They are placed in you for a reason. Things may get bad...it may seems as if there's no way but He will always make a way for you if you just hold on.

I hope this blesses and encourages someone.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What Are You Looking For?

So many of us go through life searching...for something...yet we have no idea what it is we seek. Look to God first and He will give you direction.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The New Don Savant Biz Card

I would like to introduce you to my latest creation...My new business card.

I wrestled with what to put on it, as I didn't want to put too little, then I didn't want it too crowded either so I decided to leave off my e-mail address?

Why?

Well because my e-mail is already flooded on a daily basis with so much stuff and I didn't want to chance missing a potentially important e-mail. Also, because when giving out the card, it gives me the opportunity to vocalize my e-mail address to the person personally. When they look at it and say hey, your e-mail address isn't on here, I can tell them that I can be contacted viz the social media options that I included and that if they want to e-mail me directly, it's don.savant@gmail.com. Then I get the opportunity to see how serious that person really was about contacting me by finding out if they actually remembered it or now if and when the e-mail comes through.

Makes sense to me.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Get Up!!!








When I was in high school, my mom used to wake me up every morning and I would just lay there trying to gather myself. Every minute she used to peep in telling me to get up. I'd always respond by saying I'm up!!! She'd say...you're awake but you're not up!!! On your feet!!!

There are so many of us that are awake but we refuse to get up...we refuse to stand up and do what needs to be done in order to move forward. We have to stop allowing ourselves to believe that there's nothing better out there for us. We were created by greatness to do great things. It's all about purpose. Find that and you'll see all things in life start to make sense. Get up y'all!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Random Thought

On the road to building something great, and thinking about you every step of the way.

I know I shouldn't, I'm not supposed to...but I do. I love you with every breath I take, with every stroke of my pen thoughts of you are released and it shakes the core of my soul every time I write.

I love you.

-To the woman I can't have.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Word From Don Savant




Read along the lines, but be sure to learn what lies between them.

-Don Savant

Hunger For More

























When we are hungry, the natural thing for us to do is to seek food. If we apply that same theory to other aspects of our lives we will find ourselves walking through doors we never knew could be opened for us. Live hungry...always seek nourishment through knowledge that inspires growth.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Message From Don

Place no effort in figuring out the things you feel you cannot do. Instead focus on the things that you can. Once you do those things, you may find that what you struggled with previously may no longer be difficult.

Have a blessed day!!!

-Don Savant

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hustle HARD!!!









Are you willing to lose sleep in order to make your dreams a reality? What a bout friends? Are you ready to let go of your free leisure time to get where you need to be?

What all are you willing to give up to make all of your dreams come true? A real hustler will do whatever it takes if it means that much to him or her. Sleep and free time isn't important when you're working towards making the big picture clearer and clearer until it's right there in the palm of your hand.

When you do get there, don't get lazy or comfortable, move on to the next thing while maintaining the thing you just achieved. Always keep moving forward...keep growing...keep changing...keep reaching higher...keep LOVING what you're doing. Don't let procrastination or doubt slip in and take what you've worked so hard for.

If you plan to get it then get it properly planned and execute that plan by any means. No matter who says you can't, ALWAYS tell yourself not only that you can, but you will!!!

Let's get it done today!!! Seize YOUR moment!!!

Let's GOOOO!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Book Releases!!!


Battle of the Sexes II: The Poetic Rematch











Battle of the Sexes II: The Poetic Rematch is a continuation of the Mars Vs. Venus saga. It's an age old battle reformatted into a head to head display of poetic skills. Each sex is determined to come out victorious in order to prove to the other that they truly are the better of the two. Prepare yourself of an original journey through poetry.

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Unseen Voices: Life Inside The Asylum Vol. II











Unseen Voices is a poetry anthology featuring some of the poets from the boxden.com message board. It is their thoughts in poetic form.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Be Active In What You Seek














Are you consistent in going after your goals, or are you on what I call the hot and cold or stop and go plan?

If you operate in that way you're more likely to give up on your dreams because during those cold moments you start to overthink things and then doubt sets in. The next thing that will happen is you'll start to feel that all of your efforts aren't worth it.

When you go after something you must eat, sleep, drink and live that thing. It has to become a way of life for you. It has to become something you think about constantly, something you're forever working to improve on. It can't just be an aspect of you life...it has to be what you're identified by. When people see you or hear your name, it must be synonymous with that thing you're trying to be.

You must be willing to accept any setback as a challenge to move forward more aggressively. Keep fresh thoughts and ideas written down and always be in construction mode because the moment you stop building, you stop growing.

Actively seek the things you're after in life.

Let's grow people!!!

Family

Family means the world to me. I love it when we can take the time to be around one another, to go to church and worship together, to vacation together, break bread and eat together. There's a feeling that just can't be explained. It's excitement mixed with anticipation and gratitude.

Your family members are the first friends you have in life so that connection is established early. Especially if you have a big family. No matter how much we try not to everyone has their favorite sibling or that favorite cousin aunt of uncle. It doesn't mean you love the rest of them any less, it's just that at that time in your life you were around those individuals more than others.

I remember every year we'd have our family reunion and everyone would show up. No matter what they had to do or how far they had to drive they were right there. It was such a great era in my life. Now that everyone has grown up and have their own lives to deal with, we don't show up anymore. We're too busy to pick up and phone and call or too busy to take just a moment to reestablish that family bond. The majority of us don't even know each other anymore. Our kids go through every day interacting with people that may possibly be their family but they will never know because as parents we're so preoccupied with everything else that we don't have the necessary time to show them who their people are.

I wish we could go back to the time when family was important...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Faithful Imagination















When we were children our imaginations would sometimes run away with us. We wanted to be doctors and lawyers, etc. Most of the things we pretended to be were things we took an interest in. Somewhere between being a child and becoming an adult some of lose the ability to imagine in that way. Our imagination is a gateway to our dreams. We all have them, it's natural for us. We all have something in life we'd like to accomplish, something we're good at and would love to do. We all have goals.

Unfortunately, being the impatient people that we are, we give up on those dreams before we can ever see them come to life. That's because if it doesn't fit in our timeline, then we feel that it's either impossible to accomplish or that it simply wasn't meant for us. Let me tell you this. We dream for a reason. There is purpose behind the things we want to do in life. We cannot expect everything to happen overnight, nor can we give up when we feel things aren't going the way they should. It's all a part of a plan has been designed for us.

It's important that we find that thing we wish to do and become as educated as possible in that field. For some that may mean to go for an institutionalized education with a degree in our field of interest. For others, it means to read, to research, to live through trial and error, never giving up on that which we feel in our hearts is for us. In live we must always be in a state of learning, so that we may properly grow, and also that we may commit to teaching those that are approaching the obstacles that we've already overcome. We must also have love, determination, drive and most importantly, faith. With these things in their proper place, there is absolutely nothing we cannot achieve. Keep moving forward!!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pursue Your Dreams


















If you have a passion for something...by all means pursue it. If something you do in particular makes you happy when you do it...pursue it!!! Don't worry about who tells you that you can't or shouldn't be doing it. It's your dream...your gift, not theirs.

Actively participate in the things in your life that make you feel alive!!! Live ladies and gentlemen...starting right now...LIVE!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grateful For Life

Every time my lungs expand and contract, I know it's God breathing life into me and it's such a glorious feeling..it's such a humbling experience because I know that it's because of Him that I'm here. It's because of Him that I live and breathe. It's because of HIM that I'm BLESSED. I know I'm still a work in progress but Lord I'm willing to change whatever it is that needs to be changed in order to be who YOU designed me to be. Everything I say, i do, and I am is part of something bigger than myself. For that I am truly grateful.

Recondition Your Thoughts

A lot of things in our lives revolve around repetition. If we think negatively, that means that we've constantly been around negative people and situations. We've conditioned ourselves through repetition to believe what we can't do. It's time we reverse that and start telling ourselves what we can and will do. Repeat it until it comes naturally for you to do so. Repeat it until you believe nothing else in your life to be true. Then live it like your life depends on it because the truth is...it does. Be positive, live positive and surround yourself with positive influences.

Back to work I go. Y'all have a good one.


-Don Savant

When You Realize

People have the common misconception that you are grown as soon as you hit the age of 18. From a legal standpoint, this is true, but it in no way signifies that you are indeed an adult in stature or maturity.

You are not truly grown until you realize that the things you're doing, saying and participating in coupled with the people you are surrounding yourselves with are not helping you grow and prosper in any way. When you make this realization and start to plan things, start to write out and execute the things you'd like to accomplish in your life and actually start doing them. That's when you can officially call yourself grown.

Let's grow people!!!


-Don Savant

Take A Moment...

I know we all lead busy lives...we skim over things when we should really read thoroughly for full comprehension. We go into things blindly when we should have taken a few more moments to assess what it is we're diving into. We jump into relationships without really knowing the person we're sharing ourselves with. We neglect our loved ones...our elderly...our children...because we're too busy to give them a moment of our time. We're doing a whole lot of running around yet we truly aren't getting anywhere...because the people...the things..and the situations that really need our attention are not getting it. Stop and take a moment to love, fellowship and cherish the things and people in your lives that matter. In that may lie something you really need to continue moving forward.

-Don Savant

Never Stop Moving Forward

No one ever said that life would be easy. But, if you do the right things, make the right decisions, stay focused on your goals and surround yourself with the right people...it will be well worth it when you get where you're supposed to be.

Don't take your struggles for granted...they will help build and strengthen you.


-Don Savant

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Fear of Forward Progression

The things in life that are the worst for us are usually the hardest things to let go of. Even in our times of struggle we get comfortable and don't want to move out of them for the fear of things getting worse if and when we do. All the while that thing we're supposed to be doing...what we were meant to do is staring us down waiting for us to realize that it's there and always has been. We always say we're waiting on things to happen when the fact of the matter is...those things are waiting for us to breathe life into them. Your purpose in life cannot be carried out without you.

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day























Inamorata

beautiful woman
i stand before you
a man that
honors you
that
adores you
and cherishes you
for the queen that you are

i
stand by you
side to side
hip to hip
in complete sync
with your mind
as our souls connect
through the will of God Himself

i stand
behind you
through all that you endure
no matter
how pressing the issue
or how deep
the situation

i'm here
with you...
for you...
excited to be
in the presence of
one of His
most significant creations

WOMAN

the one who is considered
arduous
by those that
choose not to take the required time
to acquire what is necessary
to know
and to understand
exactly who you are

WOMAN

whose true identity
is often lost in the translation
that man has created
to fit his ideals
forgetting
who God designed you to be

our natural nurturers...
the host of our seeds and
supporters of our dreams

our wives...
the true mates to our soul
the one
made just for me

WOMAN

i love you
more than
any of these words
could ever display
more than any gift
that value could be placed upon

i love you
for your mere existence...
just because you are
just
because
you
are...

I STAND FOR YOU!!!

because you were made for me


© 2012 Don Savant

Monday, February 13, 2012

Get Up and Get It!!!!















Welcome to Monday ladies and gentlemen!!!

So glad to see you all and to be in the midst of it. If we realized just how much control we have over our own lives, we would know exactly how amazing life can be. The quality of our lives is the sum of the decisions we make, the people we allow to influence us, how well we educate ourselves and how we react to the situations that arise. The power to change is, always has been and always will be within us. So many of us are waiting on God to "show up and show out" for us, not realizing that He's always been there helping us along the way. He's waiting on you!!!

Stop sitting there waiting for something to happen for you. You have to go out and MAKE something happen for you. In order to BE something, you must DO something because if you continue to do nothing, that's exactly what you're going to get.

Be active in your life, be influential, surround yourself with people of influence. The people you look up to should be visible in your life outside of a television screen or a magazine article, etc. Make your reality greater than the dream that lead to it!!!




Let's get it ladies and gentlemen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Don't Give Up!!!


















If you feel you're not receiving the attention or recognition that you feel you deserve in what you're doing, don't let it frustrate you. I've seen many people quit something that they are great at, that they were meant to do all because they weren't getting the feedback and/or accolades they felt they deserved.

The truth is, we can't help but feel that we should be noticed for what we do but, the reality of it is, that won't always happen. However, there is ALWAYS someone checking for you. There is ALWAYS someone who appreciates you and what you do. They may not make themselves known or vocalize it to you but trust me when I say that they are taking note.

Your biggest opportunities in life will be offered by people you never knew existed, people that have been taking careful notes of what you do and have enjoyed it. You will have random people compliment you on what you do at the time when you least expect it. Let those moments keep you going. Let the fact that someone out there is digging what you do motivate you even when you don't see them. That's what faith is all about. Believing what and when you can't physically that see person or persons, that support or that love. It doesn't mean it's not there. You just have to have some patience and believe that what you're doing is not in vain.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012



A Woman's Worth

If only she knew
how beautiful she is...
both inside and out
she'd know how
not just i but
how even the strangers in her presence
truly see her

if she could only feel
about herself
how i feel about her
how
everyone around her
really
feels about her
she'd know
exactly how loved she is...

she
gets lost in
misguided compliments and
knows only those who
give her the attention she craves and
in return she
bares her body
not realizing the beauty of her
mind and soul

she's empty...
not able to feel what real love is
through all of the
selfishness
that she's encountered

if she
only knew
her true worth

if she
only knew the value
that not man but God
has placed on her life...
if she could feel something
other than the many hands that have
force-fed her iniquities
with their
shallow promises and
ill intentions

if she only knew...
that the attention she seeks was
already there
she would have never
fallen into the hands
of a world that loves to see us fail...
that loves when our women
demean themselves because it
gives them permission
to continue the trend...

if she would only
open her eyes to her surroundings
open her heart to some real truth
open her mind that she may think for herself
and
open her mouth to speak up and say
NO MORE...
will I be subjected to this pain...
this...
self destructive path
for I choose life
before I lose it completely

Wake up my beautiful females...you are far more than your physical attributes.

© 2012 Don Savant, Real Writing

Monday, January 30, 2012

Challenge Yourself


The easiest thing to do in life is nothing, but doing that carries the most harsh consequences.

Life itself is simple, there is nothing at all complex about it. It's the things that can an will present themselves to you that can be a problem....if you allow them to be. In order to be something you must first do something. Life itself should compel you to be proactive as well as reactive. Your reactions, however can and will define you either in a positive or negative way depending on how you react to the situations that arise.

We look at people that have things...that are successful and some of us automatically assume that they've got it made, that they are living it up. We don't normally see what they had to overcome to get there, what fears they may have had to conquer or what losses they may have suffered along the way. Every one of us have to give up something in order to get something. That's just the way it works. It's the circle of prosperity. You receive, then you give, you receive more, you give more....etc. It doesn't matter how big or small the thing is that you give because it will mean the world to the person receiving it. But....



First you have to commit yourself to something other than standing back and looking at what others have. Get up and use what you've been given to pull yourself out of where you are. Once you do, you will feel a great momentum shift...then you will feel a great resistance. This is when people start to give up, because the old ways will try to kick back in and that level of comfort from doing nothing will once again try to take over. This is the time when you have to push yourself. You have to take a glance back to see how far you've come and not want to see that place again. You cannot be satisfied with where you are. You must always forge ahead.

There should be nothing or no one that can talk you out of being who you are and accomplishing the things that you know were meant for you. Do what you do so well that you could do it in your sleep if you had to and never stop learning to be even better than you already are.

There's nothing holding you back but you.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Remember His Dream By Not Neglecting Your Own. Happy MLK Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. made it alright to dream. He shared his dream with the entire nation and gave his life in the midst of trying to realize that dream. How many of you have a dream that important to you that you're willing to lay it all on the line to achieve it?

Forget King's dream for a moment. Think about what YOUR dream is. Think about what YOU'D like to accomplish; what you'd like your life to stand for. What are you willing to do to make sure your dream becomes your reality?

What adversities would you willingly face? How far would you go before you gave up, or would you never give up no matter what comes your way?

Let's always remember how important our dreams are. Let's always remember the sacrifices that others have made just so our dreams can exist. A man that has no dreams has nothing in life to look forward to. Look forward to doing, to being, to achieving something in your life no matter how big or small. Accomplishments have no size requirements nor do they have limits. Live your dreams starting today.

Thank you Dr. King.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Message from Don Savant
















Let the love for what you do inspire you to keep doing it well and as often as possible. This will inspire others to do the same.

Never believe that your goals are unattainable.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

The sky sits above us...and knowing that He sits on His throne up there in the midst of it gives me hope...it gives me a reason to want to exist...it gives me motivation to want to do better and inspires me to move forward with my dreams...that they be His will through the gifts and talents that He blessed me with. We're told that the sky is the limit...I say with Him, and the right mindset, there are no limits because beyond the sky is where He is seated, therefore, I will think..I will live...I will truly exist beyond the sky... Let's live beyond the sky!!!