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For me, joy now comes with my ability to live & truly experience each day… each moment… intentionally & with gratefulness in my heart.

It comes with my new appreciation for LIFE & with my desire to taste & see all of the pieces in my world working together for my good; for my growth!

My joy now comes with forgiveness and acceptance.

My joy now comes with freedom and free from bondage.

My joy now comes when I see just how far I’ve come & when I realize/ understand/ comprehend/ experience that authentic & genuine knowing in my spirit that my story isn’t over yet. That my purpose is still alive!

My joy comes when I recognize my courage & the stand that I’m taking for myself…

Self, I am proud of you and the steps that you are taking to be the woman that you dream up on the inside. Continue to dream. Continue to see yourself embodying the vision that God has graced you with. You are fully capable of accomplishing all that you envision for yourself and beyond.

Be the change! Walk into your destiny!

And that goes for all of you reading this as well. You are fully capable of fulfilling the calling on your life. Just have the courage to be used. Have the courage to allow your story to change lives.

Discover your assigned purpose. Embrace your story. Walk into your light.

Until Next Time Loves


Signed “Courageous Self”


Dear Self – Just in case you forgot again, I just wanted to remind you that You Are Beautiful!

There will always be doubters, and nay-sayers… Who cares! Stop hiding who you are to please the world. Some may think you’re selfish. Few may misinterpret your introverted nature as having a “better than” spirit. Others may even know of your past pains and only see damaged goods. But through it all, you know your truth, you accept it & that’s all that matters.

Know that there is beauty in your growing! Beauty in your knowing! Beauty in your strength! Beauty in your mourning!

There is beauty in your smile. Beauty in your eyes! Beauty in the kinks of your crown! Beauty in the chocolate hews of your stride!

As long as you know and accept your truth, there opinions don’t matter. Trust in the raw nature of your beauty and embrace it.

Do not be ashamed of who you are or of your choices. Life is such an awesome gift and you were created for a beautiful purpose. Yes, some of your choices may eventually lead to lessons learned & that’s OK!! That’s the beauty of life!

To live & to love & to create & to express yourself SHAMELESSLY!!!

So just in case you forgot again, I’m here to remind you that You Are Beautiful! You Are Worthy! You are Bad-Ass! & You are an awesome mother!

Never again question your worth or allow your circumstances to dictate what you see in the mirror. Take control of your story. Create the beauty you know to be true of yourself in your heart.
With Unconditional Love,
Courageous Self


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Seeing Beauty Amid Chaos


God can use both stillness and chaos to shape his purpose for your life. He does not exist within the chaos, but he can use it for your good.

I can attest to the fact that sometimes life can throw you some unexpected curveballs. But one thing I’ve learned, and I’m still learning is that God is never through. Through every valley, every mountain top, thunderstorms and sunny skies, God is always working on your behalf.

When you’re in the midst of your storm

And calamity encircles the makings of your existence

Joy and peace may appear light years away

Frustration and fear attempting to smolder

What optimism was left within your soul

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Afta’ while, I Fell Head-Over-Heals with Myself


How does one see the beauty within when it is covered in filth? Covered in the dirt and grime of self-imposed doubts and lies inhaled at the mercy of low-self-esteem; suffocating the true beauty lying within. I’ll tell you how. One-day-at-a-time!

Grateful that I am not where I was, I still know that more work needs to be done. But, I.Am.Hopeful. I am confident in the growth taking place and excited for what my future holds. I am falling head-over-heals in love with ME – and oh what a feeling it is!

But I can see her. I see the insecure beauty hiding in women across the world. I see her potential being held down by hands of deceit and mendacity choking the life out of her existence. Years of accepting untruths have caused her to remain stuck. Wedged in-between a gap of “I’m not worthy” and “there has to be more”! She wants to fix what’s in the full length mirror, but…

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A Painted Masterpiece: With Every Stroke of Love, With Every Brush of Pain

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Don’t allow fear to distract you from the truth

You are worthy


The clouds of contrary thoughts

racing through your mind,

blocks the rays of light trapped inside of you –

waiting to break free


Afraid to shower the world with all your sweet, candy coated goodness

you hide behind the obscurities of your comfort zone,

nuzzled and content in your blanket of mediocrity.


It’s OK to be vulnerable

To be bold with your craft

Allow your heart to embrace the unique intricacies

that mold the refined artistry

that is your beauty


Speak life. Inhale courage. Exude confidence.


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Novocain the Pain, or Nah?


Overwhelming emotions are simultaneously introduced

Pain, betrayal, fear, shame

You take your pick

But she doesn’t want to wine and dine


To taste the bitterness produced

By resentful anger and its fame

Renown for its antagonistic wrath

Consuming all who allow his entry


No! She’ll rather partake in Joy and Forgiveness

Have peace enter in the same

To create her own path

Where Love, Success & Happiness abound


Choosing to lean into the uneasiness

She will not numb her symptoms this time around


Often times, I know it can be difficult to confront our emotions. So much so that we choose to hide behind them instead, pretending that they don’t exist; hoping them into oblivion. Instead of allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and truly experience our feelings, we choose to numb them instead. Blinded by the ache mounting beneath your left rib cage, you inject your Novocaine of choice into the coronary arteries surrounding your pained heart.  Continue reading

Leading Lady – Arise


It’s time for me to make my own path. No more “fake it till’ I make it”. I want to be able to inspire other women from my gut! I want others to gently sense my true spirit, like a crisp autumn breeze, Cabernet in right hand (or left – your preference). I want you to taste my genuine self! A Leading Lady, with her own unique story to tell.

As women, we are all connected. Intertwined. The essence of our life giving spirits serve as individual links in a long chain of love and support. No more putting each other down! We are life givers – its in our nature. When we allow it, whatever we exhale our souls into come to life. Our children, our partners, our work, our passion -are all resuscitated by the breath of our love and nurturing abilities.

We must commit to living as our true and genuine selves; No longer existing as the shadow hiding behind the substance. Continue reading