Book Review: More Myself

More Myself

I recently blogged about my interest in reading E-books and one of the books I downloaded is Alicia Keys’s book entitled More Myself. As a fan on the sides, meaning not really die hard but I’m well aware how great she is as a musician, I got curious upon seeing that she published a book about her life journey.

Most people are aware that she’s one of the few or probably the only celebrity who goes on stage without any make up. I always thought that she’s pretty carefree and unbothered about what others think of her even before reading her book.

In her book I discovered the following about her:

  • Her Mom almost aborted her
  • She’s a classically trained pianist who lived in Hell’s Kitchen, NY
  • She was part of a girl group in the beginning but Music Execs urged her to go solo
  • She graduated Valedictorian in High School
  • She entered Columbia University but chose her love for music over a college degree
  • She’s very close to her paternal Grandparents but not her father, I almost got teary eyed reading the part about her Grandma’s passing.
  • She’s very passionate about her beliefs
  • She knows her privilege and uses it wisely especially when it comes to social issues
  • She’s very spiritual and practices Kundalini yoga

And here are my favourite quotes from her book:

“It’s hard to pinpoint the precise moment when we internalize others’ assessments; it’s usually not just a single experience but rather a series of moments that bruise the spirit and lead us to distrust ourselves and those around us.”

“Death is a gift meant to wake up the living, to nudge us toward a life of purpose and intention.”

“Bliss is a beautiful destination, but you can often only reach its shores after a turning point.”

“Let’s live our lives more aware and awake to both ourselves and the surrounding world.”

“What makes us different is also what makes us wildly, boldly, and marvelously who we were born to be.”

She’s truly one of the Unbothered and Unapologetic Queens promoting self-love and self-discovery which every one should be able to do.

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From the Inside Out

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
I’m caught in Your grace
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out.

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise
Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give You control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love You from the inside out.

Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

In my heart and my soul
Lord I give you control
Consume me from the inside out,
Lord, let justice and praise
Become my embrace
To love You from the inside out.

Everlasting
Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending
Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out.

Everlasting Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart
Is to bring You praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

*I just wanna share how much this song relates to how I feel about myself and my struggles in life. This song secures me that the Lord God will always have mercy on us sinners as long as we make a commitment to Him that we will be a better person and that we are worthy to be saved.

Mr. A-Z in Manila 2013


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I can’t believe I was able to watch one of my favorite singer/songwriters perform LIVE!!! This is the first concert I ever went to after graduating college and since I’m not really a concert goer.

I have no regrets in the ticket prices, it was soooooo worth it! Even if I went for the general admission(845php) slots since it was a last minute decision, standing for more than two hours was nothing if it meant listening to him serenading the audience. His voice was really soothing to the ears.

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Jason Mraz performed his heart out with a song list of most of my favorites from The Woman I Love, Lucky (duet with Zendee), I’m Yours, Living In The Moment and I Won’t Give Up.

He was so comfortable on stage as he took his time reaching out to the audience and his band was really good too. He even pulled off a fake british accent while he was introducing his next song which was “You F*ckin Did It”.

If you notice, I don’t have pictures of my own coz it was a last minute decision, meaning I wasn’t able to bring my camera and Jason was too far to be seen in my phone. Oh well! I dragged my boyfriend with me coz he LOVES Jason Mraz too! It was funny seeing him all giddy and excited watching one of his favorites.

It was such a superb experience I’ll never forget!