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Q&A W/ Carlos J. Avent-Author of “10 Extraordinary Lessons from an Ordinary Dad”

Q&A W/ Carlos J. Avent-Author of “10 Extraordinary Lessons from an Ordinary Dad”

Book Review
Last year a friend from college (Thee GREAT Morgan State University) published a book about the lessons he's learned from his father throughout his life. I knew when it was released that I would be supporting simply because he was someone I knew from school, and he was doing something positive. I was not disappointed with my purchase and support of author and self-development mentor, Carlos J. Avent. About the Book: 10 Extraordinary Lessons from an Ordinary Dad is about Carlos' experience growing up with his father in Baltimore City and the lessons he advertently and sometimes inadvertently taught him from childhood through adulthood. Carlos' goes into lessons he's learned about love and respect, the importance of discernment, self-control, and personal effort to name a few. At the end of…
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Book Review: I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl

Book Review: I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl

Book Review
A few months ago, I went on an intentional search for books written for and about black girls and women. While I did find a few books with black characters, I was shocked to find upon further research that quite a few of the authors of those books were not black women or even black men for that matter. I won’t dive into my theory and disappointment on this post because what I did find made several girls that I teach and me very happy, and that’s the book I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl written by Betty K. Bynum. I absolutely fell in love upon my first reading. I thought to myself- where had this book been when I was a little girl? My son, who shares my love…
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Affirmations To Speak Out Loud Daily

Affirmations To Speak Out Loud Daily

Empowerment
I believe in the power of speaking over your life and your situation. One of my favorite bible verses is Proverbs 18:21. Each day it is essential to not only set intentions but to speak over your life. Speak things as if they already are. I have gotten in the habit of writing out my affirmations and speaking them out loud to myself. This daily practice helps to shape your day or can help when you have a not so good one. I start many of my affirmations with I am. Here are a few general affirmations to look at yourself in the mirror and speak out loud every day. I am beautiful.I deserve happiness.I deserve love. I deserve respect.I am worthy.I am intelligent.I am a successful __.I am healthy.I…
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A Few Teachers Changed My Life

A Few Teachers Changed My Life

Education, Writing
Happy National Teacher’s Day! Being in the classroom for the last eleven years, I have gained millions of stories, trials, tribulations, and OMG stories that I can tell you right now! But, that’s not what this post is about. Instead, I want to tell you about some fantastic former Baltimore City Public School teachers who developed and nurtured my love for reading and writing. It all began at Mary E. Rodman Elementary School #204. I was in second or third grade, Ms. Gilmore’s class to be exact when I discovered my love for creative writing. Back then it felt like we were writing a new story every day, the whole time I think it was because we had finished all our other work. I enjoyed writing and creating all types…
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This Is Us: The Experience

This Is Us: The Experience

Encouragement
Let me start by telling you that I was not at the This Is Us Conference wearing my blogger hat. I was there to support and assist in ensuring the day went as smoothly as possible. It was such a phenomenal experience that I knew I just had to write about the beautiful day. The flyer Let me take you back. Last year I began volunteering with different organizations at least once a month. I had been following the This Is Us social media page, and when I saw the advertisement for the conference, I considered attending as a guest. A little while later I saw they needed people to volunteer for the entire day and I thought that would be my March service, so I reached out and volunteered…
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Oh How I Love To-Do List

Oh How I Love To-Do List

Writing
To-do list; one of my favorite things to write. So by now you know I’m a writer. I love to write. Everything from novels, short stories, poems, and to-do list. The highest form of and most writing I complete being a to-do list. It is just something about writing something out either in my own handwriting or typed up in a pretty format. If I can write it up, take action, and scratch it off, it’s a high like no other-for-me at least. Especially because in the not so distant past, I was best friends and tied entirely down with the evil known as procrastination. Creating to-do list not only feed my love to write but it “speaks” into existence the things I want to do whether it’s a goal…
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Why I Write

Why I Write

Writing
As I grow as a woman, as a person, I am always reflecting on how to understand and walk in my purpose. Reflecting is how this website; how my blog came to be. Through my constant reflection on what I want to do with my life and what feels right, I am led continuously back to writing. Writing has been a part of me since I could remember. From sitting on Hilton Street learning to write my name, and what seemed like, hundreds of creative writing stories in Ms. Gilmore’s class at Mary E. Rodman Elementary School. My true love for writing developed from my love of reading. Growing up I was a natural scholar and reader. But for the first part of my elementary school career, I didn’t enjoy…
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Reading &Writing Is Important

Reading &Writing Is Important

Writing
But why is it so important?Like I tell my students, no matter what you want to do with your life, whatever path you take, no matter the career field-you will need to be able to read and write. The study of Language Arts is the basis for learning and understanding all other topics. Reading and writing go hand and hand. Let's face it; it's 2019 no one talks on the phone anymore. Most communication is via text through your phone, some app, or your email. It's important to be able to read and understand and communicate in writing and to make sure that communication is clear. So read often. Write often. Expand your knowledge. Reading and writing will only grow your mind and lead you to higher heights.   Make…
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3 Reasons Why The World Should NOT Be Your Therapist

3 Reasons Why The World Should NOT Be Your Therapist

Encouragement
At this point the Kanye interview has been seen and  heard around the world. As a Kanye West fan and an admirer of Charlamagne the God’s interviewing style, the anticipation was real.  After his trip to TMZ, the anticipation was pretty much dead. I was not interested in hearing anything Kanye related for a few days. I did my best to scroll past any mention of it on social media, but finally I listened to the segments of the interview with Charlamagne on The Breakfast Club podcast.  Please keep reading my friends, this is not an analysis or my “woke” thoughts on Kanye, Charla, or the interview. This is about the very first thing I heard that made me pause and give a side eye like I was sitting next…
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