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The Power of Celebrating Yourself: How I Learned How to Clap For Myself

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,...
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Are You Living or Are You Just Existing?

What would you give to have peace of mind? Would you give up that corporate career, that nice looking brother on your arm, or your...
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Reclaiming My Time: And A Whole Lot of Other Things While I’m At It

Okay, be honest. You’ve chuckled at a Representative Maxine Waters meme. Right? You’ve seen them…the ones where she is peering over the rim of her...
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Why We Should All Ignore The Annoying “Worthy” Woman

Everyone has that one church member, homemade hair butter making aunt, or Facebook friend who constantly reminds herself and others publicly and boldly that...
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Phoenix Rising: How a Challenging Childhood Shaped My Destiny of Strength & Love

At six years old, my positions as a writer and loving parent were solidified when a note I'd scribbled on one side of a...
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6 Ways to Worry Less & Live More

A few days ago, I found myself thinking about the younger me. The younger me whose cares were few and her bouts of troubles...
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I Loved Him But I Didn’t Like Him

The carport lights flashed on through the kitchen blinds and the engine of the light blue 1988 Cadillac Deville could be heard in the...
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The Misconception of the “Independent” Woman

I’m not quite sure when it happened. I’m sure that it wasn’t when Ne-Yo was crooning about “Ms. Independent” and why he loved her. But somewhere...

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I’m Single and I Just Might Stay This Way

Being single is being an individual and defining yourself as a singularity. The definition of "you” involves no other person or object other than...