Dear 2016, From Dj Empress Rah

Before we close the year, AB+L Radio would like to formally introduce and welcome Dj Empress Rah to the family. She's the resident DJ for the Moving Art Experience and will be joining the AB+L Radio show line up with "The Eye of Rah." In the open letter below, she reflects on her year long journey and her pursuit of happiness following her passions.


Dear 2016,

A part of me wants to kick the living crap out of you for how you have completely been an asshole in so many ruthless ways. But I also feel the need to hug you. Thats how bipolar you were. It's mind blowing how you panned out. I'm pretty much still in disbelief. But I do know that everything happens for a reason, even if I don't agree or understand. 

5 months ago my life completely changed. I got laid off my corporate job of 6 years, shortly after I got into a car accident (which resulted in losing my car) while my apartment lease was also up and I had to pack up all my shit and move to a new place, all by myself. 

Crazy right? And that's just the cliff notes. When I say I went THROUGH it? Every array of emotion, I felt. Anger, sadness, frustration, fear. E-v-e-r-y-thing. 

They say be careful what you ask for. I have been wanting to step out on faith for the longest. But because of good ol' fear and comfortability, I didn't. Until God literally pushed me off the cliff and said "FLY RAH." 

It's been 5 months of flying. and it has honestly made my skydiving experience from a couple years ago feel like a joke. It is the scariest, and yet, most exhilarating feeling ever.

So thank you 2016, for showing me emotions  that I didn't know that I had. For bringing me down so low, that I have no choice but to go up. 

Being pushed off the cliff wasn't what I anticipated. And I have yet to find all the answers on how to keep flying.  But one thing I do know is that life is INCREDIBLY short. Here today, gone tomorrow. So I made a promise to myself that I'm going to LIVE. I'm going to be FREE. Why? Because I'm finally where the magic happens. Outside of my comfort zone. 

2017, I'm sure the challenges are awaiting me and so many other people.  But I have to thank 2016 for this crazy preparation. 

Always live in the moment!

-Empress Rah


For more on Dj Empress Rah, visit her website at

and check out her latest soundcloud mix "Funk Me Slow"