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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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Surviving Mother’s Day Without Mommy

Encouragement
The week leading up to Mother's Day is always difficult for me ever since I lost my mother thirteen years ago. Each year I find myself with the same exact feelings as the day approaches.  Feelings of anxiety, bitterness, and an overwhelming sadness.  I'm easily irritated, overly tired, and have no desire to do anything productive.  It's that life ain’t fair and I’m tired of having to deal with it without the comforting words and hugs of Mommy feeling. A couple of years ago I compiled a list of things to do leading up to Mother’s Day that helped me and a few others who have experienced the loss of a mother or mother figure. And while I know from experience that nothing will heal the pain, it is my…
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Advice For Young Black Women

Advice For Young Black Women

Encouragement
The other day I saw a question in one of the Facebook groups I follow. When I saw it I immediately responded with some advice that I would tell one of my young sisters. I then sent it to a group of my good girlfriends to get their thoughts. I'm one of the those blessed women who has a tribe of beautiful and successful sister friends who hype each other in all that we do. My girls are intelligent and they keep it real. Based on the conversations we've had with each other and the different things we've experienced, collectively and individually, over the years I knew they would have some sound advice. The advice we're sharing can be applied across the board to women of all ages, ethnicities, and…
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Lessons I’ve Learned

Lessons I’ve Learned

Encouragement
As I prepare to celebrate my birthday this weekend, I sit and reflect on the many things I’ve experienced and learned. Life has thrown me so many curve balls. Some I saw coming and prepared for as best as possible, some I saw coming but didn’t prepare for very well, and some that came so hard and blindsiding that it took forever and a day to recover. But the thing is- I did recover. Every single time, I recovered. I bounced back. And in that bounce back I’ve learned lots about the world, people, and most importantly, myself. (more…)
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