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Danger: Brick Wall Ahead

Hitting a brick wall HURTS, but what happens when you hit the same wall over and over? You find yourself tired, bloodied and looking for a way to stop hurting. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein I’ve always had this drive to have more. To…… Continue reading Danger: Brick Wall Ahead

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A Hollywood Gesture

It’s not unusual for a relationship to dangle on a fishing line. If you’re anything like me your swimming technique sucks, but it’s enough to keep your head above water. That’s how I feel about dating. The universal nuisance for most single women is the constant reminder of being single during Valentine’s season. It’s advertised…… Continue reading A Hollywood Gesture

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Confessions of a Binge Eater

I sit at my desk at the corner of vulnerability and exasperation. This year as everyone starts their weight loss resolution, I start a resolution to have a healthy relationship with food. You see I’m a binge eater. While I put on a smiling face in public and seem to have my life somewhat together, I’m…… Continue reading Confessions of a Binge Eater

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A Dream in Birmingham

What’s there to write that hasn’t already been written about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? So to honor him on this day, I will share some quotes from his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Anyone who lives inside the US can never be considered an outsider anywhere in the country” “All too…… Continue reading A Dream in Birmingham

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Loss & Found: An Open Letter to Myself

Dear Janelle, I’m so happy you have found the time to sit down and reflect 2016. I’m also more than proud you’ve set your goals for the upcoming year and I’m confident you will meet them. I want to share somethings you’ve done in the past that’s not been positive and has hindered your journey.…… Continue reading Loss & Found: An Open Letter to Myself

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Woman Talk: The Unhappy Uterus

I wanted kids when I was younger. Three kids in fact. Three kids (boys), a husband, a couple of dogs with a white picket fenced house in Atlanta, Ga. Working at as a broadcast journalist for Headline News. As I got older and ish got real, I re-evaluated my life goals. I instead had no…… Continue reading Woman Talk: The Unhappy Uterus

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Shonda says: It’s the Year of Yes

Then it came to me…what if I just said yes? I say no to things frequently. Yes sometimes it’s laziness, but for the most part it’s fear. Fear I’m not enough. Fear I don’t have outside validation. Fear I’m going to fall on my face in failure and embarrassment. Fear of I reach my goal and then what?