The Garden of Life: Cultivate Your World

“Change your thoughts, and in the twinkling of an eye, all your conditions change. Your world is a world of crystallized ideas, crystallized words. Sooner or later, you reap the fruits of your words and thoughts” Florence Scovel Shinn Your phone rings. It’s an unknown number. Normally, you’d let it go straight to voicemail. ButContinue reading “The Garden of Life: Cultivate Your World”

The Message of a Migraine

“Every feeling, every thought-every emotion we experience sends a message to each cell in our body” Unknown I started having headaches when I was 16. My father used to tell me, “you think too much. That’s why your head hurts. Stop stressing”. That’s a man for you. Simple, rational, and with the enviable ability toContinue reading “The Message of a Migraine”

Peace or Pieces

“Acceptance is a small, quiet room” Cheryl Strayed I had this insatiable need to be right. To have my side of the story not only heard, but accepted as the one and only truth. I wanted the people who had wronged me to admit they were wrong and desire my forgiveness. I needed vindication. Justice.Continue reading “Peace or Pieces”

Demand Repicrocity

“Forgive yourself for every single time you forgot your worth” Reyna Biddy As a recovering people pleaser, I must constantly remind myself that there is only one person in the world I don’t have a choice when it comes to being there for and that is my daughter. Everyone else? I can pick and chooseContinue reading “Demand Repicrocity”

Alone But No Longer Lonely

“Hold company with yourself so sacred that even when you are alone, you are whole” AVA All my life I’ve felt like an outcast, destined to always be on the outside looking in. Or maybe on the inside, looking out 😀 Before I continue, please don’t mistake this as an invitation to a pity party.Continue reading “Alone But No Longer Lonely”

Expecting Loyalty from People who Betray Themselves

I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. Maya Angelou One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn is that not everyone is like me. I am unquestionably loyal. WhenContinue reading “Expecting Loyalty from People who Betray Themselves”

Sexual Energy from Past Lovers

“I am trying to remember you and let you go at the same time” Nayyirah Waheed In my first book of poetry, A Sojourn Back Home, I wrote a poem titled, “Top Dolla Hoe”. It goes like a little something like this: I’ve been fucked a thousand times In a thousand ways By the sameContinue reading “Sexual Energy from Past Lovers”

Let Go and Live

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go” Herman Hesse Each year, I marvel as the leaves change color on the trees and fall to their death. Each year trees release and let go to survive the impending winter months. The trees understand that in order to live,Continue reading “Let Go and Live”