You have the power

For me, surviving has been an ongoing process that involves choice, honesty, hope and a support system. With every step of being a survivor, I accrue more strength and determination. I’d like to remind you that we have so much power and influence over the type of life we live. Continue reading “You have the power”

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Sometimes you have to fall back

In life we have to make so many decisions – some easy and some hard – but until we master the ability to distinguish between what we want from what others want from/for us we can never make our BEST decisions. We live in a world that is full of demands. There are demands placed on us from our jobs, homes, schools and church families, but I believe our greatest demands come from ourselves and the false ideas of who we should be and what we should be doing or what we should have accomplished by now, etc. There’s always that standard, person or certain reality we measure ourselves by that for some reason seems more important then the person we actually are. We get tricked into disbelieving our own worth and often, without thinking about it, belittle ourselves. Continue reading “Sometimes you have to fall back”

Reflections

When I started my journey of hope and healing, I knew I was in for a ride. It’s been bumpy yet invigorating. There is always another level of growth, healing and discovery. When my pain became my purpose and my mess my ministry, things really got real! The pressure to retreat has been great; but I push forward despite setbacks, disappointment and fear. Continue reading “Reflections”

Himalayan Pink Salt: from bath to kitchen

Being on a mission to eat and treat my body better, I research many ideas for cooking healthier meals.  One of my quests is to find multiple use products and ingredients. In the past few years, Himalayan Pink Salt products have gained mainstream notoriety due to the major benefits it can provide to the human body.

Himalayan Pink Salt is said to be salt at its purest form due to there being no changes to its composition when harvested.

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Antibacterial risks outweigh health benefits

When it comes to fighting germs, old fashioned soap and water has proven to outweigh daily and long term health risks.  On September 2, 2016, the FDA announced their ruling to remove active ingredient triclosan and triclocarban from marketed antibacterial hand and body washes. Antibacterial chemicals have been under scrutiny about their safety and effectiveness since 1978. Continue reading “Antibacterial risks outweigh health benefits”

Chicago Mass Choir culminates Summer of Praise Tour with 2 Dove Awards nods

Chicago Mass Choir is a staple in Gospel music across the nation and around the world. This year, Chicago Mass Choir hit the road on their Summer of Praise Tour creating a joyful noise wherever they stopped. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards announced, September 1, nominations for 2016 and the Chicago Mass Choir has been nominated for two awards. Whether a television appearance or festival performance, Chicago Mass Choir ultimate goal is point their audience to the One, who made it possible for them to reach the masses, God.

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Abuse in Hindsight

Before falling in love, like for real love, I had several notions of what it’d be like. I imagined how happy we’d be, how much we’d enjoy talking with each other throughout the day and how fun our dates would be. Love would find me and usher me into a realm of perfect, blissful living. Naïve, yes, and a bit fanciful, but it was my dream. I was looking forward to escaping the pain and difficulty of my life by diving into a relationship and finding solace in someone’s love for me. I knew true love existed and I was confident it’d bring me my happily ever after.

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