Brandon Marshall, after touchdown #2 during last night's W vs. New York
He wore lime green cleats for Mental Health Awareness Week (lime green = the official color. Photo via Star Tribune)
Last night, I attended the Thursday night home game at Soldier Field: the New York Giants vs. our own Chicago Bears.
The two biggest pleasant surprises of the night were:
1. My seats. My buddy GR surprised me with third row at the goaline, where it turned out my favorite Bear, Brandon Marshall scored two of his TDs (I was excited.)
2. Discovering a cause that instantly struck a chord: Brandon Marshall's support for mental health.
I had known that Marshall is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and had earlier in the day read a story about his desire to wear lime green cleats for the game (to promote his foundation and Mental Health Awareness Week) and the NFL's initial refusal to let him. The league allowed it Thursday, but will fine him for violation of their uniform policy (ridiculous).
Knowing all this while enduring the long walk into Soldier Field, GR and I passed a pop up souvenir stand with lime green tees and a sketch of Marshall in his signature touchdown pose. Immediately connecting it to support for mental health, I made a note to come back after the game and find out more (since we just missed kickoff... smh @ Chicago traffic).
Sure enough, we enjoyed a Bears win, and two Brandon Marshall touchdowns as icing on the cake, on a crispy Chicago night. On the walk back, we stopped by the souvenir shop and talked to a rep of the Brandon Marshall Foundation and 500 Level who explained more about the shirt — a limited edition release for Mental Health Awareness Week. Let's just say I would have paid more than the $25 for the long sleeve tee I've been reppin' all day below.
When I had a free moment tonight to look more into the Foundation, I couldn't help but feel even more respect and a desire to do what I can to support. I draw parallels to Brandon through the positive spirit I see in his interviews and on social media (including a devotion to God), and reading more about what he and the Foundation are striving towards gave me the feeling of alignment to our essence of #GowhereYouLove.
So with that, much respect to Brandon Marshall and his Foundation. You can read more and support by copping a tee att thebrandonmarshall.com. And while I know there are many athletes doing great things for the community (likewise, much respect), this all came together for me personally in just the last 24 hours and I wanted to write about it and share my experience. Call it a #GowhereYouLove moment of my own!
"Reppin the new limited edition @BMarshall shirt in downtown Chi today. Google The Brandon Marshall Foundation to get yours as proceeds will benefit those suffering from mental illness. The shirt is #LimeGreen - the official color for mental health awareness. And to honor Mental Health Awareness Week this week, Marshall wore #LimeGreen shoes during last nite's W and caught 2 TDs. #Respect #Support #MentalHealth #GowhereYouLove"
This track is going to go down in Gowhere Hip-Hop history as the first ever 3 for one. Not only is it a Gowhere Hip Hop premiere and the next installment in the WHOwednesdays series, but it also is the first release from a new “Gowhere You Love” series.
“Young Michael Jackson” was produced by theWHOever’s own J. Arthur, and is a great transitional track as we exit the summer. J starts off the song in a very calming tone leading up to a hook that starts to increase the pace of the song.DotKom kicks off the second verse with his signature up tempo style followed by a short but faster verse from Arthur as the track closes out.
Overall the track fits into a wide selection moods depending on how your feeling. If you’re cruising down Lake Shore Drive on a summer night or chilling with a young lady this can fit into any of your playlist.
Make sure to stay on the lookout for more from theWHOevers and our “Gowhere You Love” series. “Gowhere You Love” is going to be our newest series where we work side by side with artist to create brand new art. We’ll be working Rappers, Singers, Producers, Dancers, Illustrators, and whomever else we find and feel they have a talent that needs to be shared with the world. We honor the people that go where they love, and live what they love to do. They are the ones that move the world forward.
I must of strolled through this slideshow about 4 or 5 different times just now. The deliciousness level of this post is the truth, and now my hunger is only increasing with every word I type. You just be sure to make room, because I'm about to hit y'all with some of my favorite foods to eat and establishments to eat at. Foods that I think everyone has to try when coming on a visit to the city of Chicago. Those of you living in the city should pay up and pay attention as well. You might just see something you haven't tried yet or even heard about. So do your appetite right and satisfy it. Now if you will...please follow me as I trip you through some of my favorite spots where I love to go and grub.
Chicago Cheesesteak Company
My first stop brings us to the southside corner of 78th and Cicero. The home of one of the best cheesesteak's in the entire city of Chicago, The Chicago Cheesesteak Company. Actually, make that one of the best cheesesteak's in the world. At least that's how I feel about it. Here you'll find a vast variety of different cheeseteak's as well as mixture of other savory foods, like their shrimp sandwich or super steak taco. The cheesesteak menu is what garners most of my attention however. You just can't go wrong with whatever sandwhich you get. I myself have tried five of the seven different cheesesteak's off the menu. Got to say I loved all of them. The chicken teriyaki cheesesteak being my least favorite. Only because the chicken teriyaki sauce got my bread a bit soggy and broke it down. The taste and hunger satisfaction remained on point though. Like I said, you can't go wrong with any cheesesteak sandwich you choose. I recommend stopping in, saying hello to the owner Sal (really really good people), and getting yourself a steak sandwich. Be sure to add some of their hot or mild sauce to whatever sandwich you get. That really sets it off. I promise you that your appetite will be more than satisfied.
Stopping in and eating at Portillo's is a definite must. One of the better known Chicago food establishments which to me has never failed on food preparation. Every time I go and get myself a dog, I make sure to double up. A regular hot dog with everything and one covered in chili and cheese. Their Italian Beef's are among one of the best in the city as well, soft and savory. Go ahead and ask any real Chicagoan about Portillo's. I'm sure most will have nothing but good things to say about this food establishment. I'm also sure 99% of Chicago has tried Portillo's by now. Hopefully anyway.
If you live on the southside and love food as much as I do, then you know about Falco's pizza. One of the better Pizzeria's in the city of Chicago. I've actually been eating from here since I was a toddler, and after all these years the pizza taste remains the same. Some might say it's one of the best, and some would say otherwise. But I know anyone who's ordered the chili cheese fries will agree with me that those are some of the best chili cheese fries you will ever encounter. Their homemade chili just sits so well with the cheese over fluffy potato wedge fries. Stop in and get yourself a large order. There's no way you'll be disappointed with the taste, amount, or price for that matter. You'll get hooked up and you'll hook your hunger up. California and Archer. That's the place to be.
All I got to do is walk two blocks south and two blocks east. There I'll find myself standing in front of Durbins Pub. One of the better Pub's to eat at in the Chicagoland area. Their pizza I'd have to say is a definite top 5ver for me. But their basket of hot wings takes the cake. Durbins is known more for their pizza of course. But lowkey it stands above any other wing establishment I know. Hooters, Wing Stop, Buffalo....It don't matter. Durbins wings not only have more meat, but more flavor as well. Don't try and tell me otherwise either because I've eaten at all those places. They just don't compare. Durbins service can be a bit sketchy at times but their deals will keep you coming back. Half off Pizza's and $1.50 domestic half pints on Monday's. I'm talking a medium pizza, a basket of wings, and six half pints for under $25. Yup! You might as well start calling this place your second home.
Giordano's Restaurant & Pizzeria
Let's not forget about one of the most famous food establishments in Chicago, Giordano's Restaurant and Pizzeria. Known for their famous stuffed pizza, the Giordano's franchise stands as one of the faces for good food in the the city of Chicago. Anyone swinging into the city for a visit needs to stop in and eat here at least once. Their stuffed pizza is nice, but what really gets me is their thin crust with the green peppers. Absolute fire! Make sure you order yourself that garlic bread appetizer too. It's by far some of the best garlic bread I've ever eaten in my entire life. Mind you I've done my fair share of traveling and have eaten different foods throughout the country.
From one famous stuffed pizza place to the next. Gino's East is where we'll find ourselves eating some of the most legendary deep dish pizza known to Chicago or even man kind for that matter. This pizza establishment is one you're going to want to make sure you get checked off your list of pizzeria's to eat from. Trust me. It's Godly.
"In a city known as the “Pizza Capital of the World”, The Original Gino’s East is still the number one pizza restaurant where customers from near and far return year after year to scribble their names into the wood and stucco walls of our flagship restaurant in downtown Chicago." - Gino's East
Illinois Bar & Grill
Massive burgers! That's what you'll get when you take a trip on down to Illinois Bar & Grill. Home to one of the biggest burgers in the entire city of Chicago. Just be ready to have your appetite over powered when you stop in and order yourself this delicious creation of a food. You'll have no room for more as you continue to tell yourself...just one more bite. Til this day I have yet to find a more satisfying burger in the entire city of Chicago, true story. So if you got what it takes to take on this beastly burger than I say 47th street just west of Pulaski is where you want to be. Seriously.
Mario's Italian Lemonade
Hopefully you still got some room because we're off to Taylor street for what's probably Chicago's best tasting and most famous Italian lemonade stand. That's Mario's. The spot to be at throughout any summer in Chicago. That small shack stand you see in the image above gets some serious business. I'm talking lines down the block and around the corner at times. It really is that good. The perfect compliment to a tasty Italian beef from Al's, which stands directly across the street. I can't help but think that both Al and Mario are probably the best of friends. This image of both them sitting in comfy chairs side by side, smoking cigars, and drinking a cold one constantly replays in my head.
Waldo Cooney's Pizzeria
We now reach my favorite spot to get pizza from in the entire city of Chicago. That's Waldo Cooney's located on 85th and Pulaski, on the southside of Chicago. To me no other pizza tastes better. These guys definitely know what they're doing and have managed to keep the same great taste for many years now. I've always found their customer service to be excellent as well. Waldo Cooney's is the real deal, and will remain as my go to guys when it comes to satisfying my hunger for pie. I suggest giving it a try if you haven't yet. Don't think you'll be disappointed.
El Molino Taqueria
Last but not least we finally arrive at El Molino. One of Chicago's more lowkey Mexican food joints located just east of 31st and Pulaski. Next time you're looking for some good Mexican grub I suggest stopping in at El Molino. One can't go wrong in ordering their carnitas, which remains as this establishment's most popular item off the menu. I personally am in love with their steak torta. It comes jam packed with some of the most soft and savory meat you'll probably ever eat (pause). Adding their green in home salsa to anything you order is key. Kind of like the cherry on top, you feel me. Quality food and service from a quality family. Can't really ask for much more.
Hopefully I've been able to spread food knowledge upon you, expanding your "what to eat?" options. Please by all means, drops me some comments. Let me know if you've eaten at any of these establishments before and how you feel about them. If you haven't then drop me a comment anyway and let me know if you're looking forward to trying any of these spots and what you're looking to try. I wish your appetite satisfaction. #GowhereYouLove
When a sound resonates across a plane, it organizes particles of matter into form.
Thoughts, emotions, words, and all of physical matter is sound resonating to a certain vibrational frequency. Negative output de-harmonizes the vibrational state within and around us creating dis-ease — while positive output harmonizes into well being.
Each individual consciously or unconsciously transmits a vibrational frequency, which organizes their life experience based on their vibrational tone. By holding your attention on a vibrational tone without distraction, you will without fail organize the particles of matter within and around you to match that tone.
How is this practical? Look at the difference between the people that have met their goals, and those that did not. What you will notice is that the people who held their undivided attention on their goal, are the ones who accomplished it. It is as simple, and as challenging as that!
In our physical experience we are constantly bombarded with negative distractions, creating a challenge for people to hold their attention on their goals. Many people are unconscious of their birthright ability to attract whatever they want into their life experience, falling victim to the outer illusion. What do I mean by the outer illusion? For people to attract a new life experience, they must hold their inner vision on the invisible!
When Gandhi said 'change yourself, change the world' — what he meant was change your attention point. Your attention point is your personal power, and the only thing you can control! Everything in the outer world is working to get your attention, and when you're unconscious of this — you're creating your life experience half asleep.
To change your outer world, you must hold your undivided attention on the invisible inner vision within. You must hold it on the world, the version of you, the life you prefer — even if your outer world is in complete shambles and in no way aligned with it. By holding your undivided attention on the invisible, you will force the outer to match that inner vision. Again think to all the successful people, all the revolutionary humanitarians, all the world's inventions — all of these things came to fruition using this basic mechanism I'm conveying to you here. THERE IS NO FAILURE POSSIBLE. The only way to fail, is to succeed in holding your attention on what you don't want.
You may be beginning to see how we've unconsciously been attracting, and creating a life experience that we don't prefer. However in every present moment we have the opportunity to rewire, reprogram, and recreate ourselves into a new direction of experience. This transformational process is much like reprogramming a computer: First we must become aware of the patterns/programs running that are no longer useful to us. Second we must deconstruct those patterns (fear, anger, hate, frustration, unworthy, less than). Third we must create new patterns to replace the old ones (love, acceptance, ease, happiness, capable, certain, worthy). The fourth step is to repeat steps 1-3 from the newly refined version or perspective of yourself. This refinement process leads to self mastery, and the ability to instantly attract whatever you want!
The truth is we can only attract, what we believe we are capable of attracting. Therefore through dedication, we rebuild ourselves over and over again until we align with that inner vision which was once invisible! It's all about unwaveringly holding our attention of what we know is possible, even when the outer is convinced it's not. Every great advancement in human history was made possible by people that followed their inner excitement in the face of complete lack.
Therefore, take it from the examples of our great leaders, the scientific evidence of vibrational tones on matter, and the intuitive calling of your own heart — to gowhere you love… because nothing else will compare to the joy of following your unique authentic self expression. <3
The video above clearly validates how the vibrational power of our thoughts, emotions, and words directly organize the geometric structure of physical matter on a microscopic and macroscopic level. By taking back control over your attention point you will not only change yourself, but change the world too! As you hold your attention only on what you want, you will begin to see all of your phsyical, mental, and emotional dis-ease fall away instantly.
I'm excited to further share with you practical energetic tools, concepts, and templates that will assist you in clearing people and patterns out of your head, so that you can more fully follow your excitement. The more people aligned with their joy, the more peace and well being will permeate the world. We are interconnected, we are One hue-manity.