Blogmas

Blogmas

Writing Tips & Info
Happy December! Welcome to day 1 of Blogmas! First, I can't believe I agreed to participate in Blogmas this year, especially with everything I have going on this month. But somehow, my fellow sister in writing heyy_friend_ on Instagram convinced me. So, here I am. What is Blogmas?Blogmas is like a calendar countdown for bloggers. From the first of December until Christmas Day, bloggers and vloggers alike, create a post a day. Some focus strictly on Christmas, but there is no strict rule that says you have to concentrate on winter holidays. My Blogmas post will be a mixture of Christmas favorites, my new ebook- No, I Don't Have To, and because it's the end of the decade, a few of my favorite things and memories from 2010-2019. I hope…
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Why I Wrote-No, I Don’t Have To

Why I Wrote-No, I Don’t Have To

Black Excellence, Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire
Cover of No, I Don’t Have To Release Date: December 19, 2019 With the release of my first ebook, I wanted to share a little bit about my inspiration for writing it and what I hope for my readers to get out of it. No, I Don’t Have To is a collection of stories about women finding and using their voices to take back their lives. These women are in everyday situations trying to do the best they can with the experiences they have had. Each story is written in the first person as each woman highlighted in each story tells readers about her experience in life, love, relationships, and becoming a better person. The reason I wrote this book is that I hear and see time and time again…
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My Year In Books

My Year In Books

Book Lovers
Hello! Thanks for joining me again. I've missed posting but needed the small break I took for myself in the last few days.But I'm back! Life has been pretty busy now that I'm moving forward with self-publishing my own book. So much so that I probably won't get to read all of the books on my fall list. So, today, I'm going to share some of the books I have read and enjoyed in 2019. I plan to add at least two more books by the end of the year, so I'll share those later. In the meantime, take a look at my reading list from the last ten months. Nonfiction The Autobiography of Malcolm X The Autobiography of Gucci Mane The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae…
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Blogtober Reflections

Blogtober Reflections

Empower & Inspire, Writing Tips & Info
Well, I did it! It’s day thirty-one and I have posted a new blog everyday for the month of October! I’ve never posted thirty-one blogs in a year, so to stay on track and consistent for an entire month is something I’m very proud of! On day one I told you all about my goals for the month of October and I’m happy to announce I’ve accomplished each goal I created for myself. *takes bow* First, let me tell you how proud I am of myself. There were many days this month I wanted to quit. Life got in the way, things didn’t fall into place like I wanted them to, I didn’t always meet deadlineS I set for myself, and I was TIRED. But, I kept pushing. I kept…
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Love Is Not Abusive

Love Is Not Abusive

Empower & Inspire
Domestic Violence Advocates On day 30 of Blogtober, I want to talk about a serious topic, domestic violence. It’s a subject I became too familiar with at a very young age. A few years ago, I wrote about my experience as a kid witnessing domestic violence in the home. The incidents I witnessed, while I was only three, and can still remember most details vividly, from the abuse to the day we left, shaped who I am to this very day. It shaped my attitude towards men, how I demand to be treated, and how I view police based on the encounter we had with them the one time I remember my mother trying to seek help. It shaped my No, I Don’t Have To, and I WON’T attitude at…
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My First Book Release!!!

My First Book Release!!!

Black Excellence, Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire
Available December 19, 2019 Day 29 of Blogtober! The month is almost over, and it’s time for me to reveal some information about my very first published ebook- No, I Don’t Have To. Release date- December 19, 2019! Pre-order details will be available in the coming weeks.  So, let me tell you about the book.  No, I Don’t Have To is a collection of stories about women taking back their power by stating proudly, boldly, and unapologetically-No, I Don’t Have To. Women are practically bred to be dormant, silent, and put up with the many things life throws their way. Everything from maintaining the home at all cost, rearing children, dealing with toxic relationships (familial, romantic, or platonic), staying in shape never letting anyone down. Women and young women have…
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Intention Creates Reality

Intention Creates Reality

Empower & Inspire
I am a firm believer in doing everything with intention. Everything from what I post, say, do- it’s all with intention.  Do I still have times when I get frustrated or become doubtful?- You better believe it. But I sit back, evaluate, and think of the greater good or the lesson I’m learning, and I’m able to get back on track.  Deepak Chopra defines intention- Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.  Intention drives your purpose, and it gives you the inspiration you need to achieve your purpose.  Because intention drives your purpose, you must first determine what you want out of life, what you plan to contribute to the world,…
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Sunday Reflections: Believe

Sunday Reflections: Believe

Empower & Inspire
Blogtober-Day 27 Each Sunday in the month has been reserved for my reflections on the 31 Day Bible Plan I mentioned in my October Goals post-Believe.  I have continued to stay on track by reading the devotional and accompanying scriptures daily.  Check out week one, week two, week three of my Sunday reflections for the month. Each devotional begins with a question about faith and believing, and the author goes on to answer each question by using scripture and life examples.  Three key ideas stood out for me this week: 1. I am committed to loving God and loving others. 2. Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life. 3. I am slow to anger and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life. This week’s…
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This or That

This or That

Writing Tips & Info
Happy Saturday! Thanks for joining me for day 26 of #Blogtober. Since it’s the weekend I decided on a quick fun post today. Check out my this or that lists below. A little about me A few preferences Book Worm Edition Fashion Edition Food Edition From the lists above, what’s your choice and why? Thanks for checking out Day 26 of #Blogtober.
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My Favorite Writers and Bloggers on Instagram

My Favorite Writers and Bloggers on Instagram

Black Excellence, Writing Tips & Info
Happy day 25 of Blogtober! As you know, I love to read and write, so I often read other blogs and websites for inspiration, ideas, and to gain information. Today I'm sharing a list of some of my favorite writers and bloggers to follow on Instagram. Monique D. Mensah- Editor and writer, Monique helps independent authors self-publish their books. She also offers free game via her Instagram page and newsletter. HeyyFriend Blog -This blog is about empowering women and creating a safe space to discuss issues and concerns. Linnea Blogs Her Way is a blogger and writer who writes about her personal experience, encouraging others, reviews, and so much more. She also has a podcast you should check out - Unpacking The Box. Blackwriters is a page where I find…
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