In a World of Darkness, Let Us Show Each Other Hope.

With all that is occuring in our world today, it is easy to be passionately opinionated, convictedly judgemental, and overall, uncompassionate due to fears and anxiety or where our world may venture to as our children grow older in a world of darkness and despair. As we try to commemorate a day dedicated to Martin […]

What Cinderella Taught Me….

My two older daughters are four years and one day apart. They both had birthdays last week and every year, I am amazed at how fast they are growing. Having daughters is not anything I specifically planned. I actually thought that I wanted to have all sons. That is, until I realized I didn’t have […]

Time to Be ReNEWed!!

I hope that everyone had a peaceful Holiday Season. Last year, I shared my opinions on resolutions and reflections. I still believe that reflection should occur everyday, as with resolutions. However, many times, reflection can be a slow process. As one can tell, my blog posts became somewhat sparce the last few months. The last […]

Maya Angelou Has Not Died

When I read that Maya Angelou died, I sat there and wondered, “Who do we have left?” It is very easy to believe that when someone so inspirational passes, that we may no longer have anyone to look up to and convict us with courage and hope. Every time I hear about someone’s death, I […]

What is Our Preoccupation with Celebrities?

  I am sure you have already heard about the crazy brawl between Jay-Z and Solange. If you are like me, you had your opinions when you heard about Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow “uncoupling.” And, I know that you are waiting for George Clooney’s wedding! THE most popular and tattered magazine in my waiting […]

Attitude

Just some inspiration to begin your week….. “The longer I love, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is  more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. […]

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“You Cannot Eat Beauty.”

I have listened to many speeches. I have read many books. I have surrounded myself around many convicting and inspiring people. But, NOTHING has struck my soul the way Lupita Nyong’o’s speech on beauty did. She gave this speech not too long ago and I cannot tell you how many times I have watched it. […]

The Legacy We Leave Behind

We often times go through life and function at its basic necessities. We get through our days and we survive them. We don’t typically look at our life until we are faced with death or we fear our own mortality because we have children who rely on us. We don’t often think of what we […]

My Youth Minister Changed the Path of My Life

“Heck NO, I am NOT getting married or having kids!” said a young teenage Charise. I was going to live in New York City and “be someone.” Much to my dismay and my parent’s bribing, I attended a local college. But, I majored in vocal performance with the dreams of singing one day. But in […]

Slow down

Well, it’s the last week of summer vacation before the kiddos start school next week. As we fit in last minute excursions, make sure their summer homework is completed, purchase new school supplies, and all the other joys of preparing, I find that everyone seems to be running a little ragged (including myself!!) So, in […]