Suicide is Preventable

In 2010, just two years after September was deemed National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I (Cherise) led my first suicide prevention training. Based on the discussion during that training, it was apparent that viewing suicide as preventable was a rather new concept. In fact, saying “suicide is a preventable public health matter,” made no sense…

Social media became my haunted house. 

I never liked the idea of going to haunted houses as a child. Blood and gore, monsters even — the idea of those things never scared me. But to walk into any situation unprepared is still a source of extreme anxiety for me.  In a haunted house, you have no control. You don’t know what…

7 Things That Made Me Smile This Weekend

Happy Monday! One of my goals for 2022 is to finally do something with the 20K+ pictures and videos I’ve taken of my travels, my finds, and my kid. Yes, I really do have 20,000 pictures and videos saved on my Flickr, awaiting their forever homes. Unfortunately for me, it doesn’t take much for a…

Grief & Loss: Sometimes It Just Hits Different

Around this time in 2020, I, Cherise, wrote of feeling weary. Having dealt with six months of a global pandemic that entailed isolation, collective loss, and traumatic images playing across multiple media outlets… I was tired… weary. Well, 2022 has been another heavy year. This time the yuck hit closer to home. Since late February,…

13 Ways Dallas Humidity Changed My Skincare & Beauty Routines

I left Las Vegas and moved to the Dallas area in mid-January, days before the city decided to freeze and revolt. Roads were unusable. Businesses closed. The snow went from pretty to pretty inconvenient overnight. In all the ways a person could not be ready, I was not ready for Texas weather. Not only was…

Blooming Beautifully at The Plant Project Dallas

Dwelling on both sides of a duplex in the heart of Dallas’ Uptown district is a beautiful space called The Plant Project. Touted as the first black-owned plant store in Dallas, The Plant Project was conceptualized and set on its way within seven days by Houston native, owner, and founder Bree Iman Clarke. While one…

Keeping the Pests Away with Pure Aroma Essential Oils

Now that I’ve clocked over 4,000 hours in Texas, I’ve had my fair share of run-ins with creepy crawlies and flying pests. I’m unsure if everything is bigger in Texas, but I’m convinced the bugs are. Since moving here from Las Vegas in January, I’ve had the immense pleasure of meeting flying roaches, mosquitos, spiders, earwigs, biscuit…

If I Stay

There’s so much beauty here. Right here.  I’ve experienced the beauty of newness.  I’ve experienced the beauty of letting go.  I’ve experienced the beauty of detachment. I’ve experienced the beauty of surrender.  My bones know what it feels like to go.  I know what it means to run. I want to experience the beauty of watching a new thing wither. …

Purposefully Pausing at Historic Downtown McKinney

I hope you’re well. I had an interesting discussion with my mom today. We discussed purpose and passion and the pursuit of happiness — all topics that I think evoke way more stress than they should.  The chat came a day after I found myself spiraling. I was so close to running again. Weather, bugs,…

Self-Sabotage: It’s an Inside Job

It wasn’t until recently that when I, Cherise, really began to look at the notion of self-sabotage, that I realized I may not know as much as I thought I did. In a Facebook group discussion, we were attempting to determine why we felt stuck and not achieving our dreams. The question was asked if…

Reframing Eve’s Transgression

I’m learning that lies sometimes hide in the way we tell the truth. Fun fact: I started therapy last week.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, or if I was expecting much of anything, but I was there and a therapist was there and I already feel like I don’t need to continue. But…