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Cierra Kaler-Jones

Cierra Kaler-Jones
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Cierra Kaler-Jones is a graduate student whose research focuses on using storytelling and artistic expression as effective strategies to teach and empower students to have constructive conversations about social justice issues. When she isn’t researching trends in education or speaking to students about the power of sharing their stories, she is dancing professionally or leading free arts workshops. cierrakalerjones.com

Life is Messy: Letting Go of My Filtered Self

The quote “Be messy, complicated, and afraid, and show up anyway” greets me every day as the background photo on my phone; a reminder...

Don’t Back Down When God Gives You Everything You’ve Prayed For

This year I’ve learned that sometimes when we whisper our prayers, we pray for what we believe we need. I speak things into the universe...

But Do You Forgive Yourself?

When we talk about forgiveness, it’s usually geared towards another person. A wrong doing. A broken promise. A stinging word. If asked to name the people...

How Yoga Helped Me Regain Self-Confidence

Everyone who knows me well can easily see that I’m always thinking. Analyzing. Predicting. Wondering. Stressing. For a long time I begged my soul to...

How I Found Peace through Solo Travel

Ihave the heart of a wanderer and the mind of a calculator. My spirit calls me to be free, but my mind usually holds...

How Shonda Rhimes Changed My Life

For the majority of my adult life, I’ve been consumed by fear. Fear of being judged. Fear of being ridiculed. Making mistakes. That somehow someone...

Self Love Journey: My Love Affair with My Curly Hair

When it comes to my mass of curls, I’ve tried every hairstyle imaginable - keratin straightening treatments, braids, extensions, relaxers - all to hide...

The Power of Celebrating Yourself: How I Learned How to Clap...

When I was in college, I took a public speaking class to work on becoming more comfortable expressing myself through voice. On the final day,...

Our Purpose, Our Plan

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True Confessions of A New Mom

Growing up, my parents conveyed a very negative sentiment about having kids. They would often tell my brothers and I not to have kids...

My Experiences Abroad Gave Me Panic Attacks

My heart starts racing. I feel my chest tighten, skin tingling. My breathing becomes labored. Terror grips my body as I brace myself for walking...

The Morning Shift: 3 Tips for a Great Start to Your...

BUZZZ….SNOOZE…...BUZZZ...SNOOZE Yep that is the sound of the alarm in the morning for so many people. You hop of bed and straight to the reality of...