Just a little perspective.

AnXiety- You X the spot where I don’t want to be. Even in the light, you sneak around it and make it impossible to feel safe and in the worst of situations, you completely cover it up like it never existed. Anxiety is very sneaky and I know it is coming. I am its prey.Continue reading “Just a little perspective.”

Make it Happen: Action + Reflection = Change

This year, I decided to choose a mission word for 2019. My word is action because dreaming big is just the beginning, but change requires so much more than a great idea.  We need a plan for action with results… No matter if we are 14 or 41…. Every month, I am going to completeContinue reading “Make it Happen: Action + Reflection = Change”

Hope. Strength. Courage.

There was a time and place where I would have written, “Facing the unknown creates anxiety and fear.” I find myself progressing and developing awareness of self, which allows me to experience life differently and more fully. Today, I write, “Facing anxiety and fear moves you from the unknown to full knowledge of your potentialContinue reading “Hope. Strength. Courage.”

Making My Mess, My Message

As I near a milestone birthday this month (the big 4-0!), I want to share some personal memories from my life journey…I am going to quickly review each decade and close out this blog with a reflection & lessons about my story progressing this year. My Journey: 1977-2017 Decade 1:  1977-86 Memories: Little sister, onlyContinue reading “Making My Mess, My Message”

Self-care and so much more…at Ohio Reach’s first College Retreat!

I have attempted to keep my writing separate from my work, but this week,  my professional career and personal journey of transformation blended. This week, we conducted a week-long conference and  inducted new Scholars (former foster youth) into the Columbus State Scholar Network. We have nearly 20 students this semester! Yesterday, Columbus State Community CollegeContinue reading “Self-care and so much more…at Ohio Reach’s first College Retreat!”

Being loved.

It’s been a year, since I have been carrying her keys on my key-chain; there are days that I’m trying to unlock my door, and I mistake her keys for mine; I get so frustrated and I tell myself that I am going to take them off. But I refuse. I don’t take them off,Continue reading “Being loved.”

The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak,Continue reading “The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.”

All things grow with love, Part I and Part II

Preface to the Preface I planned to post this on 12.31.13 on my sister’s birthday; I wanted my family to read this first…thus the delay… – – – Preface I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so adjust the volume as needed… As a writer/artist and mother, I choose to openly express myContinue reading “All things grow with love, Part I and Part II”

Learn the facts & take action now

In honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I wanted to share this online article: Five Facts To Remember On The UN’s International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women I did this painting (below) over three years ago, it illustrates many things, but I believe that it captures theContinue reading “Learn the facts & take action now”

Ready to win my life back

Today’s post is inspired by a phrase that Dolvett Quince speaks to his contestants on The Biggest Loser. During workouts on the show, he shouts, “win your life back!!!” Last week, when I heard him shout, “Win your life back,” I wept. Since I was 11 years old, food has been an inappropriate coping mechanism.Continue reading “Ready to win my life back”