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Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being
Imagine taking a vase and breaking it on the floor. Now gather as many pieces as you can and glue them back together…like a puzzle. You can make it look like a vase again. It no longer holds water. However, if you light a candle and place it inside, the light shines through the cracks. We are that broken vase. We can always put the pieces back together and let our lights shine.
Here’s an excerpt from my forthcoming book. This powerful truth didn’t hit me until I saw the worlds on the page… This is my sixth book. It is the book I’ve been afraid to write my whole life. It was inside of me when I first started journaling as a teenager. It was the book… Continue reading I Got There Eventually
“I testified. My mama cried. Black people died. When the other man lied.” These are the opening lyrics to Public Enemy’s 1991, “Shut ‘em down” and they are also the words that inspired my recent personal retreat. By the grace of God and the power of His vision I have been able to achieve the… Continue reading Shut ’em Down: My Personal Retreat Experience
Did you miss me? Be honest. It’s okay if you didn’t even notice I was away. It’s been a few weeks since I lasted posted on Shine TYC. I’ve been consumed by completing the first draft of a project that’s due — and my older son’s wedding and my younger son’s college applications. If I’m… Continue reading Be Honest with Me
COVID19 sheltering has given me time to ponder the mysteries of my life. Some of these discoveries are welcome additions. I’ve learned that I have more patience, perseverance, and discipline than I thought I had. Other discoveries have been tough to acknowledge and excruciating to accept. The most disappointing is that there are seven things… Continue reading 7 Things I MUST Believe in More than God
Governor John Kasich speaking at the 2020 DNC made me so happy. Not because I’m a die hard Democrat— because I am not. Not because I’m a die hard Buckeye— though I certainly am. But, because I want to stop feeling so yucky and polarized. I did my miserable years at recess in dirty sandboxes… Continue reading When You Know Something Is Not Right
Eating has always been a “thing” for me. I’ve been obsessive about my weight since I was fifteen and broke a hundred pounds on the scale. 104, to be exact. I’ll never forget it. That same week my dance instructor told me “You’re gaining weight. Watch that.” Not sure if I thought I’d live my… Continue reading Eating: It’s Definitely A “Thing”
A few months ago I tried to run an IG ad about how important the keto diet has been for my health and well-being. The ad had pictures of me by the decade from my teens to now. My weight has pretty much been the same outside of those post-pregnancy months when I was desperately… Continue reading Transformation Tuesday: It’s Not Just About the Weight
I’m simple but complex. To me, those things are not at odds with each other. The opposite of simple is “complicated”— not complex. Complication is horizontal. Complexity is vertical. When you’re life is complicated it has a lot of interconnected parts popping off in multiple directions. On the other hand, a complex life is having… Continue reading 5 Reasons You Might Need to Burn Bridges
For a deeper exploration of this content, subscribe to this week’s devotional newsletter. I’m all about conflict that produces positive results. If the process gets contentious, I’m okay with that. In my humble opinion, the end always justifies the means. It’s the part of my identity that took a while to accept. Once I discovered… Continue reading 5 Identity Tools: Know Who You Are and Believe It
Tomorrow I will close out my fourth week of sheltering in place and I’ve only been away from home once. Usually, I open the outdoor kitchen around mid-March, but yesterday was my first day firing up the grill. I did spend a couple of days lying in the sun for some much needed vitamin D… Continue reading Week 4 and My Closet is Still A Mess
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