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Embarking on a Conscious Pregnancy Journey
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Embarking on a Conscious Pregnancy Journey

When I got pregnant with Jarvis Jr. back in 2014 shortly after I graduated college, I was an emotional wreck. I had heard the stories about pregnancy hormones but I didn't know how they would affect me. One minute I was crying, the next minute I was angry, and then the next I was spiraling with anxious thoughts stemming from every irrational fear that you can think of it. It was safe to say that my emotions controlled me. This was discouraging. I went through perinatal depression over the next few months and then postpartum depression after I gave birth which lasted over a year. In 2016 when I went through my version of a "great awakening" I learned about the power in controlling my thoughts and emotions by taking charge of my mental health and utilizing other powerful tools to help with h...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #15: Leave Your Comfort Zone
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #15: Leave Your Comfort Zone

My big boy started school last month! I cried like a baby when I got to myself and realized that he was growing up. Junie soon faced challenges as he was making the adjustment to going to school everyday. Some days he was excited to go and on others there were tears. Whenever we would ask him why he cried he would say that he wanted to stay home. I would say, "But you can go and learn new things." He would reply, "But I like to learn with you and do school in my room (referring to his learning wall that I use for our homeschool lessons)." I would say, "You get to go and play with new friends and toys." His reply would follow, "I can just stay and play with you guys and play with my own toys." Reality set in that Jr. was afraid to leave his comfort zone despite the possibilities for growth ...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #14: Wound Care
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #14: Wound Care

Back in March when Legend had his g-button placement surgery we were instructed to clean it once a day and that it would heal in eight weeks. To my dismay when we went to the eight week checkup we learned that granulation (extra tissue) had formed around the site and it didn't look so great. It needed to be treated to get rid of it. It turned out that simply cleaning the g-button site once a day and waiting for time to pass wasn't enough to ensure optimal healing. While granulation tissue forming at the site is normal, it's not ideal and does need attention to keep from worsening. The nurse gave us two options to treat the excess tissue. One was to apply Granulotion four times a day for four days at a time until it was completely gone. The other option was to apply silver nitrate once to "...
Featured Painting: Visions of Freedom
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Featured Painting: Visions of Freedom

This piece was inspired by the visions and dreams that I was having about my daughter, Freedom, back in August before she was conceived as well as the visions and dreams that I had of freedom in the literal sense too during that time. It was a time of intense healing and divine transformation. The month before the blog's theme was "Just Freedom all July." I had a hunch to do an internal cleanse of my mind, body, and spirit. Then I started “Sober September” where I gave up things that didn’t serve me anymore and carried that momentum on into the real Sober October, which was also the blog's theme for that month. I took that a step further into “No Toxins November” which I also blogged about. Before I could finish the month of November, I had a positive early pregnancy test. I knew this was ...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #13: Carrying Grace
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #13: Carrying Grace

I've been carrying Legend for almost 2 years now. First in my womb and now in my arms. I use to carry him everywhere in a carrier before he got a g-button placed in his stomach. In the womb, he was unable to sustain his own life so I did all that I could to provide him with a healthy temporary home in there. Now he's unable to sit up independently, crawl, or walk yet so I carry him as often as I can to make sure that he's supported and gets around. This reminded me that God does the exact same thing for me by carrying me when I'm unable to carry myself which is really all of the time. I actually talk more about this in a previous blog, My Soul Teacher Lesson #4: The Carrier . Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the tim...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #12: Jr. The Artist
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #12: Jr. The Artist

It had been a long week spent in the hospital with Legend back in March after the doctors diagnosed him with lysosomal storage disease (which has changed since then, thank God.) We were all exhausted, stressed, and ready to go home. I had asked the Child Life Specialist to come in to speak with Jr. and to do some activities with him that would help him cope. I could imagine that it had to be challenging for him to be back and forth between the hospital and home with Daddy at night when I stayed with Legend. The Child Life Specialist left him some toys and a few other things after they were done with their activities. Among those things was a notebook and markers. When it was just me, Jarvis, Jarvis Jr. and Legend left in the room, Jr. began to draw on some of the sheets of paper. He made...
Healing Gestational Diabetes
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Healing Gestational Diabetes

Growing up, I watched my paternal grandmother stick her fingers several times a day to check her "sugar". At a young age I became familiar with the notion that diabetes "ran in my family". Every since I can remember, about age 2, I've had a heart and a desire to heal. I grew up wanting to be a doctor because I associated medical doctors with people that healed. I can remember having the desire to heal my grandmother one day and making sure that no one else in our family ever had to deal with "sugar" again. A part of me has always believed that every disease can be cured some way, we just have to figure out how. I saw my granny sticking her thumb. Her next prescription would come. Diabetes and high cholesterol? Where did our eating habits come from? Probably the slave masters that fed us th...
I AM Mother Earth
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I AM Mother Earth

I am Mother Earth  Skin smoothly Resembling the dirt  Salt of the land  Slick as sand  Soil thrown   Strength is born  From the dust I emerge  Admire these features  Imperfect symmetry  The laziness in my left eye  Reminds me to embrace my creativity  Slanted eyes that see truth  Small ears  Yet still I hear Spirit  Full lips to speak with purpose  Wide nose taking in scents  Of this surface  I now realize my worth  I am Mother Earth    Drawing by Robert Williams
Magical May Motherhood Edition
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Magical May Motherhood Edition

Welcome to Magical May! Last month for Abundant April I got to witness God's abundant favor in a major way! Not only did I experience this favor but I also saw God's hands working in my family and love one's lives too. So many great things happened and I am forever grateful. I'm expecting the momentum to continue this month, hence the name "Magical May". I'm praying that this month God works magic in your life too as you receive all the love, peace, and happiness that your soul desires! The Creator loves you and so do I! May is also always a magical month for me because it's my birthday month. I always experience a rebirth around this time. I've also experienced rebirths each time that I've brought a new life into this world and I feel it happening again as I'm preparing for my baby gir...
Full Moon Ritual
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Full Moon Ritual

I believe the Creator's Divine Design for oneness is so beautiful in how we're connected to nature. I'm grateful for the ability to tap into the gifts of Mother Nature and use them for healing. Along my spiritual journey thus far, I have found healing in getting in sync with the moon and it's different phases. I've shared affirmations, poems, and prayers that I have used to accompany my rituals surrounding new moons and full moons. For the first time on the blog I would like to share a complete ritual for this month's full moon. Full moons bring about healing energy to release and for completion of a cycle. Items Needed: Pen Journal/Notebook/Paper A quiet space Optional Items: Candle Lighter Sage or Palo Santo stick Crystals Incense   If using a...
Abundant April
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Abundant April

Spring is here, my favorite time of the year! I'm excited about this new month, "Abundant April" and all of the possibilities and opportunities that it holds. I can feel this powerful new moon in Aries in full effect and I'm taking full advantage of the productive and creative energies that it is bringing. The past 6 months have been challenging for me with learning of my new pregnancy, reality setting in that I would soon be a mother of 2 under age 2, my baby boy's recent diagnosis of a life threatening illness, having to rebuild myself once again after another battle with depression, and just trying to create balance while staying on top of things. While challenging it has been, my faith has also grown. I've become stronger, I've learned to ask for and receive help, and I've become a bet...
Tips For Managing Depression
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Tips For Managing Depression

One thing I’ve learned through battling depression over the years is acceptance. Instead off resisting what I’m feeling or going through, I’ve become intentional in accepting what is going on in the present and using that awareness to create change. I’ve shared some of my experiences with depression on the blog in past posts, one in particular being Managing Postpartum Depression . Here recently this winter when I slowed down with posting new blogs I went through depression again. Some of it was due to the season changing, balancing my new pregnancy with baby #3, and the challenges that came with the changes in Legend’s health. My mental state is much better now and I’ve compiled a list of some tips that have helped me on this journey. Reading Taking a few minutes to read something posit...
Self-Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shannon’s Story
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Self-Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shannon’s Story

I, Shannon Nand, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I attended Graduate school in Buffalo, New York. Currently, I live in Florida where I work as an Occupational Therapist. I have an insatiable thirst for travel, interior design, learning, (especially in the areas of cultural anthropology, world history, marketing, branding, and personal development) and a new found interest in cooking food that is equally tasty and healthy. I hope by sharing my story others will realize the impact lifestyle has on their health and that it may inspire them to be more proactive with their health. When were you diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis? Did you experience any symptoms or receive any alarming signs leading up to your diagnosis?  I w...
The Plug
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The Plug

Here lately I've developed this poor habit of falling asleep without putting my phone on the charger. When I start the next day my phone is already in the yellow zone or sometimes on red signaling that it needs to be charged as soon as possible. I start the cycle of putting my phone on the charger for a little bit and then I take it off when I need to use it. I sit the phone down and do something else. I get another low battery notification and I repeat this same cycle. My phone never fully charges and sometimes it dies completely if I'm out and about. There are instances where I want to just pick up my phone and read an ebook for 30 minutes or listen to a full album. Sometimes these moments can't happen because I need to have my phone on the charger to do so. If I would have charged my ph...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #11: Rest
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #11: Rest

Legend has been in the hospital since his surgery on Monday. I've been by his bedside since then with the exception of leaving my husband and oldest son with him to go to the store to get a few things one evening. Neither of us have been getting much sleep, especially since his diagnosis. The nurses and techs have constantly been in and out drawing blood to run more tests trying to slowly bring his electrolyte levels back down. It's been frustrating to say the absolute least. It's been harder on Legend because he's the one that has been having to endure the sticks and pricks. Every time the nurses and techs would get done, I would try to rock him back to sleep and put him in the crib. About 20 minutes later he'd wake up voluntarily or involuntarily because another professional was coming i...
First of February
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First of February

Magic is certainly happening My visions continue coming to past And manifestations are showing up In the physical more rapidly My heart chakra is clearing My ego is transcending Those around me are elevating My consciousness is ascending I'm excited for what's to come While being present in the now Whenever I fall short I will call on Spirit to show me how I will welcome this wave of creative energy And ask God to show me how to better serve humanity -The Book of Corinthian
Full Moon in Leo
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Full Moon in Leo

The paradigm has shifted A new portal has opened It’s time to reset And create new focus The past is just that It’s okay to let it go This time is ideal To awaken my spirit And refresh my soul   Full Moon Affirmation: I am in alignment with full gratitude for this cosmic event. I am free to release anything that no longer serves my highest good with love and faith in knowing that all will be replaced with better. I am open to Divine transformation and receiving the manifestations that best align with Spirit. I am walking in my purpose and everything that I need is being provided in Divine timing I give thanks for all that is and trust in the Creator’s will. And so it is! -The Book of Corinthian
January the 18th
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January the 18th

Today is a special day I feel as though I am emerging again From a dark place I'm finding the light Within this time I'm being challenged to rise Above my greatest achievements And walk in my birthright of Abundance, strength, peace, and love For I am whole And no good thing will be Withheld from me That pertains to the highest level Of my soul's advancement On this journey of evolution -The Book of Corinthian
Dues in December
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Dues in December

This year has come and it has gone by Now is a time for me to appreciate the light As I reflect on all that I've overcome And everything that I've accomplished I'm in a better place from where I started eleven months ago God promised that I would be If I would let the journey unfold So much has changed And the new has been birthed I championed through each trial With each lesson proving to be well worth it Now I'm taking some time to look back And reevaluate my decisions With the intention of gaining more clarity On bringing my vision into fruition I'm processing my emotions And letting go of the past While cherishing each moment Both the good and the bad For what is to come is better Than anything that I've ever seen I am setting new intentions To pursue my dreams ...
What if You’re the Toxic One?
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What if You’re the Toxic One?

With self-love, self-care, and protecting your peace being the new trends, I see a lot of posts on social media about cutting people off as soon as you notice toxic traits about them. While there can be some truth in this tidbit of wisdom, there is also some soul searching that can be done when you identify toxic traits in someone. Soul searching? But how and why? I'm glad you asked! You can begin by checking yourself. Ultimately we are all mirrors, we can see our own reflection in others. Basically the way we view others is the way that we view ourselves either consciously or subconsciously. Ouch! That's a thick pill to swallow. The truth is like that sometimes though. Everything that we deem as bad isn't always "bad". That person that keeps showing up in our lives that's angry, bitter, o...
What Happened When I Stopped Eating Dairy
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What Happened When I Stopped Eating Dairy

Every since I can remember, I've always hated milk. Hate is such a strong word that I try not to use often but this is how strongly I felt about the taste of milk. I remember getting teased in kindergarten for not drinking milk like the other kids in class. Thankfully, my parents never forced me to drink it despite the claims and advice that I needed it for strong bones and teeth. Maybe just maybe I was on to something back then but the world around me just didn't respond well to my attitude towards milk. Now it's more common for people to say that they have a dairy allergy. It's even more common for children to refuse milk and it's socially acceptable. There are many milk alternatives readily available in just about every store now. While I could never drink a full cup of milk, I did f...
What Happened When I Stopped Eating Meat
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What Happened When I Stopped Eating Meat

Around the summer of 2016, I started my journey with eliminating meat from my diet. I knew one that I would "go vegan" I just didn't know how soon it would happen for me. First, I eliminated beef by eating more ground turkey. Next, I cut pork and started eating more chicken. By the end of that year I had cut chicken and turkey. I was eating more fish. I was now a full blown pescatarian, if you must give it a name. Pescatarians abstain from eating any meat with the exception of fish. With this new diet, I had been seeing major changes. I was confident that soon I would be done with fish too to see more of a transformation. In February 2017 when I went back to Louisiana, I went backwards with my eating habits. I started back eating the fried chicken that I once loved so much. I noticed that ...
Purging
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Purging

Last year I packed up a U-haul along with my family and started my whole life over. The life that I had put in work to achieve. I had a great job with salary pay and benefits. I had just earned a promotion and a certificate in Contract Management. I was even winning awards in my professional organization, Toastmasters. Shout out to my time in Toastmasters and all of the amazing people that I met by the way. That experience helped me get back comfortable doing public speaking which also led to me finding my voice again. On top of these things, my husband and I both had cars parked outside of our nice rental home that had more rooms than we needed. Yet still packing up that U-haul was the best decision that we could have ever made. My Higher Self was calling me to do more, calling me to do s...
11/11
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11/11

It's 11/11 And I’m up Manifesting the greatest blessings Joy, love, peace, and riches of the soul Wealth, prosperity, abundance, And Divine overflow -The Book of Corinthian
Voyage Magazine Interview
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Voyage Magazine Interview

Two weeks ago I was featured in Voyage Magazine of Dallas. In my interview, I shared information about my brand and business, The Book of Corinthian. I also had the opportunity to share more of my story, details about my vision at large, and the scoop on my latest project. You can check out the full interview here, Voyage Magazine of Dallas.
Painting Giveaway
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Painting Giveaway

It's time for a painting giveaway! I'll be doing a drawing for a 18x24 ready to hang custom abstract painting. The winner can choose from a painting currently in my collection or let me know what you want painted and I will bring it to life. The rules to be entered into the drawing are simple and can be found on my Facebook artist page! I hope that you consider entering the drawing to win a free custom painting!
New in November
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New in November

It's a new month The golden era has come The gateway to freedom Where love has already won I have no reason to worry No reason to fear Everything I've prayed for Is finally here As I keep shedding The layers that no longer serve me I will continue to bloom indefinitely With a renewed mind And a stronger spirit I am more in alignment with my vision May my heart be humbled May my courage be doubled As I embrace the new beginnings On this journey And receive God's promise -The Book of Corinthian
A Breast Cancer Love Story: Meet Survivor and Healer, Kristen “Nikki” Cook
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A Breast Cancer Love Story: Meet Survivor and Healer, Kristen “Nikki” Cook

My name is Kristen Nicolette Cook, my friends and family call me Nikki. From a very young age, I knew exactly what I wanted out of life. I mapped out my life including where I would attend college, the courses I would take, the degree I would obtain, my career after graduation, and even when I expected to meet my husband. I did this while in 6th grade and from that day on, I tried my best to go according to the plan. I’m pretty sure I heard God laugh a time or two. Deviating from this ideal plan, I ended up attending several colleges including Baylor University and Texas State University after graduating high school back in 2010. During my time at Texas State University, I donated a kidney to my aunt and gave birth to my precious, lively little girl, my sweet Olivia. While attending Lamar ...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #10: They That Wait
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #10: They That Wait

I had just finished my morning prayer, meditation, and reading. I picked up my phone and had received this encouraging message from a dear friend of mine. She wishes to remain anonymous, however, I will say that she is a devoted wife, mother of two, daughter, sister, and friend. Most of all she loves God and is beautiful both inside and out. I value her insight, plus she gave me permission to share. Here goes: "My son is funny to me. Whenever he wants to watch Sesame Street, he climbs into MY bed, pulls the covers over his legs, and reclines on the pillows. He then says, “I'm ready mommy.” He basically assumes the position and expects mommy to deliver. He’s intelligent because he knows to come to mommy instead of daddy. He knows the position he’s suppose to be in to watch the show. In s...
Healing Trauma Through Art: Meet Kaia Tyus
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Healing Trauma Through Art: Meet Kaia Tyus

Kaia Tyus is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She currently resides in Plano, Texas where she attends Richardson High School. Kaia is a member of the award winning Dallas Youth Poets Slam Team. One of the team's most recent achievements includes winning top 12 in the annual international youth competition, Brave New Voices. Aside from performing with her team, Kaia also frequents the stage solo to do shows in the DFW area. Kaia recently did the show, “In The Words of A Little Sistah” here in Dallas. In her free time, she interns at Healing Circle's events. Kaia enjoys writing poetry, journaling, and doing anything that allows her the opportunity to express herself freely. Some of Kaia's goals include being a traveling poet and a published author. She desires to relate to others as she tells ...
Damn Drugs
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Damn Drugs

I wrote this poem almost 2 years ago from a place of anger. I was angry seeing how drugs have and continue to destroy our communities. I was even angrier with the people in my life that use and how their actions effected me and those around them. This poem chilled in my notebook. Out of sight, out of mind right? Since then, I've edited and added to it. Now I can spit it from a place of love instead of bitterness. Since then I've healed. Damn Drugs Just this one time That hit you end up Chasing a lifetime Using up all lifelines The wealthy made it To profit off of Our ghetto losses While we wallow in debt To chase that hit Many soldiers have fallen Victim to the oppressor's poison Now living a life of disorder Daddies out the house And out on the streets Feening but can't bu...
Ways to Do a Mental Detox
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Ways to Do a Mental Detox

Whenever I would hear someone say anything about detoxing, I would automatically assume that they were referring to a physical detox. They probably were talking about flushing their bodies of toxins by using detox tea, sweating, or whatever their preferred method may have been at the time. While those methods may have produced desired results, physically detoxing isn't the only way to cleanse. Its equally as important to detox our minds as well to ensure that we maintain optimal mental health. Here are some natural ways that have worked for me when it comes to clearing my mind of all of the junk that accumulates over time. Silence Practice sitting in complete silence for at least 10 minutes a day. You can plan this time and set aside a special space or this could mean using your toil...
Who Do You Think You Are?
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Who Do You Think You Are?

Psalms 82:6 "I have said, "You are gods, you are all children of the Most High" When you know exactly who you are You know exactly who you are not Nothing that anyone says Can shake you at your core Simply because you know who you are -The Book of Corinthian
Benefits of Meditation
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Benefits of Meditation

Somewhere in my childhood I adopted the belief that meditation was something mystical and that I should probably stay away from it. Maybe it was my vivid imagination, growing up in churches with strict rules, things I saw on TV, or a combination of the three. Whatever the reason was, I am so glad that I ditched this belief and decided to start practicing meditation two years ago. It changed my life drastically. I also believe that it helped save my life as well considering that before I started I couldn't see the end of my battle with postpartum depression and I had seriously contemplated suicide more than a few times. I'll admit I was a little intimated and felt overwhelmed about the idea of meditation because I didn't know where to start, if I would do it "right", or if I had the proper ...
The God in You
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The God in You

Mental detoxification Deprogram indoctrination Unlearn false information Physical elimination Increase hydration Consume more vegetation Spiritual purification Chakra calibration Resulting in liberation To awaken the God in you -The Book of Corinthian
Mental Detox
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Mental Detox

Dear God, Help me to silence my mind And separate all of my thoughts That do not compliment who I truly am inside Thoughts of envy, jealousy, and pride Works of the ego, twisted lies Help me to remember what's true Help me to remain centered in You And then allow my actions to align with my thoughts As you carefully examine my heart While I flourish
The Rainbow
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The Rainbow

It's been raining off and on way more than usual here lately. My old self always hated rainy days for many reasons. I wouldn't so much as step outside for fresh air let alone go anywhere. Before I shaved my hair off, getting my hair wet was a no. Correction it was a hell no and that was for my permed hair and my natural hair. I would also sleep late and procrastinate when it came to doing anything productive. Now having a greater sense of awareness, I know the reason that I'm more affected by rainy weather is because I'm an empath. I feel everything. I feel the hurt and the sorrow the rain washes away. I feel the procrastination, laziness, and sadness that others have too regarding rainy days. Now that I know this, I use rainy days to heal. I use them to cry. I use them to wash away the so...
Be Bold, Take That Leap
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Be Bold, Take That Leap

What if you had enough faith to move mountains What if you believed that you could do anything and that every obstacle is insurmountable What if you were as confident in your ability to succeed as you are in the possibility to fail What if you believed that you could have heaven on earth the same way that you fear being damned to hell What if your next invention catches on like the newly invented light bulb What if you choose to see yourself with the same eyes as the Creator does What if you just turn your light on What if you knew that you've already won Before you took form in your mother's womb What if you stop seeking worldly validation and go and do what you were called to do Go ahead, you got this I promise And if you start doubting yourself look up a...
What if God is a Woman?
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What if God is a Woman?

I didn’t know what love was Until I knew who God was I use to think that He Was this big harsh man Holding a book staring down from above But what if God is a woman? I believe that He is Not in the literal sense There is the masculine and the feminine Universal laws of gender In Genesis God said, "Let there be light" And then light there was If God was a man then we would need to see light bulbs Is it coincidental that women can only give life So If God is all masculine Then He must have a wife Women can create anything quick Give us groceries and we prep meals for the week Give us sugar and we make everything sweet Give us sperm and we labor a child Give us a brush and we paint the town We were not created for the hustle and bustle The masculine is the muscle We are...
Remembering DNA
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Remembering DNA

I am reclaiming my Divinity I am a spiritual being The power is in me The glory is too In doing what God Has called me to do I am walking in my purpose For the remaining days On this surface I am grateful to be chosen -The Book of Corinthian