My home is not a turnstile.

My home is a sacred place. The place where I recharge from draining conversations, loud noises, and traffic-related stress (my introversion is showing, I know). Home is where my child lives, where my plants grow, and where everything on the walls and on the shelves has meaning, a story. Home is where I know the…

A Song for When Your Dreams Are Under Fire

You must prevail. “Ready Aim” Mali Music I’m on an airplaneAnd the destination of this flight is to the other sideGuess I have to go thereGuess I have to come here yeahI know where I’m from but nowI’m headed where I’m going rightBut there are powers, in the air, you can’t see themAnd they have…

July is Fibroid Awareness Month

Cherise’s Story It was either late 2002 or early 2003 when I learned I had a uterine fibroid. I went to the doctor about the heavy bleeding and bad cramps I suffered monthly. I remember it clearly, the doctor said, “Oh, the tumor is probably bigger.” “What tumor?” I asked with some concern. Instead of…

Self-sabotage is a hell of a drug.

Blame my introversion, or maybe it’s just Candace Candace-ing, but analyzing the kinks in code, copy, and content doesn’t end for me when the clock strikes five. I like to think about what I think about. I like to excavate my belief system to extract the stories that influence my day-to-day. The stories I can’t…

Advice for my daughter.

Use your words wisely, dear one. You are the author and the main character of the greatest story ever told.  No one but you and your Creator can write it. I’m so grateful you chose me to bring you Earthside, but I’m only here to observe. I’ll keep your paper and pens stocked, and your…

My favorite content creators are depressed.

Depression. Burn out. Writer’s block. Your favorite creators are tired, y’all.  A few months ago I hopped back on YouTube as a consumer for the first time in several years. I subscribed to the content creators I once looked to for makeup tutorials and skits. I binge-watched commentary videos on the latest celebrity news. I…

Journaling is my happy place.

I love the feeling of starting something new. I picked up a new journal at my local Barnes & Noble to track my progress with starting another stream of income. I wanted a black, spiral journal that didn’t have any writing prompts or quotes. I loved this black and gold journal distributed by Fringe Studio,…

Our thoughts betray us.

Nothing is ever as good or as bad as you think.Nothing ever takes as long or lasts as long as you think.When you’re wrong about it all, every thing is still alright.In all ways, it’s always all right.Our thoughts often betray us. We trust them the most.Being is living is unlearning is freedom.Being is breathing…

Today I made tea.

Today I made tea. That’s it. That’s the headline.  For the last few months, I’ve attempted to map out the best plan of attack for re-launching my YouTube channel. I’ve pondered and re-pondered. I’ve mulled and reconsidered. I even uploaded a couple of videos, but I wasn’t particularly proud of them.  I’ve had several false…

Today is my first Mother’s Day.

Today, and every day, I am grateful for my mom.  Before I became a mom, I didn’t believe the women who said they couldn’t fully appreciate their mothers until they became a mom themselves. That notion always seemed silly to me. Even as a young adult I felt like I had a pretty good understanding…