For as long as I can remember, I have felt inadequate in the fitness, sports, athleticism, etc. world. In elementary, I could never swing the bat at the right time or kick the ball soft enough so that it didn't fly into the air and get caught. In middle school, I couldn't run long enough … Continue reading Transparent Tuesday: Fitness Journey
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. ~Bob Marley Choose to feel the rain today; don't just get wet. Today is filled with all kinds of gifts and surprises. Choose to embrace each one as it greets you. Even if a storm comes your way; weather the storm. Initially, when I read Bob … Continue reading Motivational Monday
Awaken your inner being. There are seeds in you ready to produce. The world is ready to eat your fruit. Tune in to your thoughts, feelings, responses, and actions today. What do they mean? Shut out the noise today and be present with you!
If you've followed me for a while, you probably have read about some of the dysfunctions of my relationship with my father. You've also probably read that I'm on my healing journey; tending to all the wounds created from our relationship. Being present can be tough, really tough! Determining what's best for me and how … Continue reading Father’s Day 2020: The Process
Me: Hey Dad. What time are you all getting on the road tomorrow? Him: Oh, about 5 am or so Me Internally: Losing it! 5 am?! What in the world and why? Me Verbally: Oh, okay. That’s all I wanted. See you all in the morning. Him: Okay, darling see you in the morning. Me … Continue reading Father’s Day 2020: Trust the Process
Don't lose hope. Darkness can't out shine light. Be the beam. Let nothing or no one rob you of your soul. Continue to learn yourself. Continue to do your part; however, don't be afraid to give yourself permission to recharge. This weekend, I recharged. Friday and Saturday evening, I spent time with a small group … Continue reading Slow Down and Recharge
I began a tenure-track position at a Research I university August 2013, a month after Trayvon Martin’s murderer was acquitted. Our academic year began in one of the university’s ballrooms with announcements of new faculty, food, and light banter. I was the only black face at our round table. I’d grown used to being the only, but this felt different. I remember chit-chatting about inconsequential topics so minor that I cannot recall the slightest detail.
I remember wondering if I should ask any of these white faces what they thought about Martin’s death or his killer’s acquittal. After all, we were scholars. I remember wondering if this incident mattered to them at all, not in a Black Lives Matter way, but in a we live in the state of Florida and this just happened in Florida type of way.
Instead, I remained silent, returned to my office, and prepared…
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There is liberation in storytelling. There is liberation in forgiveness. There is liberation in honoring your truth. There is liberation in receiving compassion. There is validation in knowing you're not alone. Have you ever felt misunderstood because of "daddy issues?" Have you been hurt by your father and battled with how to grow beyond your … Continue reading Your Mind Matters: Storytelling
Domestic Violence is deemed as a strategy to gain Power and Control. Most people can easily identify and understand that concept. However as another UNARMED black man murdered in America at the hands of Law Enforcement, I wonder if anyone sees the underlying element of abuse. Abusive Power and Control is defined as the form … Continue reading Psychological War: What’s the Message?
Today, I want to introduce you to GirlTrek. I learned about this organization a few years ago and have been in awe with it ever since! GirlTrek is a movement. A movement focused on public health; specifically, the health of African American women. They have a goal for 1 million women to be trekking by … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday: GirlTrek