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Book Nook, Lifestyle & Culture

Channeling Your Power of Conduction – A Reflection on “The Water Dancer”

I recently finished reading “The Water Dancer,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ debut novel. This novel was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, and Ms. Winfrey herself described the story as powerful.  Although it took some time for me to take in and digest this novel, I can confidently say that I’m glad I took my time with this book. A gripping masterpiece like…

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Love & Relationships, Spirituality & Self Care

To Season With Salt or Honey – The Importance of the Words We Choose

“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Dr. Maya Angelou Words. So simple yet they hold so much power. Language is the tool that separates humans from animals. Our words allow us to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Throughout time, many leaders and notable figures…

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Book Nook

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Review

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan was a riveting and gripping novel. I just finished this last night, and couldn’t wait to publish my review in my small corner of the internet. Set in World War II Italy, in the city of Milan, the story focuses on the young protagonist, Pino Lella. This book was sitting on my Amazon…

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Mom-umental, Spirituality & Self Care

Self Care Isn’t Face Masks & Bubble Baths – Here’s What Self Care is When You’re a Mom

Lately, the term “self-care” has gained recent popularity. More and more people are accepting the fact that taking care of yourself enables you to be your best self in external areas in your life. While this is very true, marketing companies have used this term to sell various products like face masks, bubble baths, and other items with the label…

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Spirituality & Self Care

9 Things to Be Grateful For TODAY

“Gratitude is the attitude that sets the altitude for living.” Gratitude. This is my most recent area of focus during my journey to reaching my highest potential. On this journey, I’ve learned that a grateful spirit makes us more receptive to receiving further blessings. To put it simply, by paying gratitude forward, we are already thanking the universe (or whatever…

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Spirituality & Self Care

“When You Know Better, You Do Better”

This week on my favorite podcast, Oprah’s Super Soul, she shared an invaluable lesson that she learned from the one and only Dr. Maya Angelou. “When you know better, you do better”. Seven simple words strung together to create a powerful statement which we should all inculcate into our hearts and minds.  So what does it mean? “When you know…

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Spirituality & Self Care

Cultural Identification & Mental Health: Using Your Roots to Calm and Uprooted Mind

“How do you identify culturally?” A few weeks ago, during a session with my therapist, I was presented with this question. I shrugged and hesitantly answered, “I don’t know, I’m African-American.” She scribbled my answer down while I anxiously tried to get a glimpse of her notes. The question definitely took me back. Usually, when someone asks about my ethnicity,…

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