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September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month

When a family member commits suicide, the entire family is plunged into confusion and grief. Life is instinctually valued by all of life’s creatures. Even a blade of grass of a flower fights for the privilege of life. When someone close to you voluntarily ends their life, your entire value system is thrown into question. Family members may also be consumed with guilt thinking they somehow should have seen the signs that led to the individual’s suicide. Consider My Best Friends Departure by © Carina Spencer I jumped, you caught me. I laughed, you joked. I was down, you picked me up.…
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Have you ever walked into a room called shame?

Have you ever walked into a room called shame?

The key that unlocks the room is shaped like a negative unexpected event or circumstance that makes us leave safe places in our lives. Shame is an existential feeling of unworthiness. Dr. Bryn Jessup says. “When people feel shame, they believe that they are ultimately an inadequate person or an unworthy person.”[1] Shame is one of the most powerful emotions that we feel. It can cause us to sever relationships, sink into depression, fuel addictions and eating disorders, and even lead to suicide. For me it was rape; years ago. Before that, shame was a term I had not associated…
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How do you spell neighbor?

How do you spell neighbor?

It seems most of us have forgotten. The 24/7 global news cycle upholds the fact that indeed we have. Bob Goff, bestselling author, suggest the following in his 2018 book, Everybody Always: “Each of us is surrounded every day by our neighbors. They’re ahead of us, behind us, on each side of us. They are every place we go. They are sacking groceries and attending city council meetings. They are holding cardboard signs on street corners and raking leaves next door. They play high school football and deliver the mail. They’re heroes and hookers and pastors and pilots. They live…
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Back-to-school shopping: Bullet proof backpacks.

Back-to-school shopping: Bullet proof backpacks.

 “As schools across the nation prepare for the 2018-2019 educational year, parents, students, teachers, and school officials are keeping bulletproof protection and gun safety in mind, along with computers, books, lesson plans and learning. In all, 74 percent of the 1,000 parents who participated in the national online survey said they were concerned about a school shooting happening at their child’s school this year, and 63 percent said they were more concerned than they were last year. And nearly one in five said they had already purchased some form of ballistic protection for their children. “There are very few places in America left where people still think they’re safe…
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“Hidden Figure” and human computer, Katherine Johnson, turns 100.

"Hidden Figure" and human computer, Katherine Johnson, turns 100.

“Over a decade before Neil Armstrong made “one small step for man,” Katherine Johnson was making giant leaps for all women. Despite the fact that Johnson was the “human computer” behind the calculations that were critical to launching the first American in space, sending the first American man to orbit the Earth, and landing the first human on the moon, her place in history remained largely unrecognized—until now. In 1953 she began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)’s West Area Computing unit, a group of African American women who manually performed complex mathematical calculations for the program’s engineers. The women, known…
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Back to School: Dreaming of a Clean Slate

Back to School: Dreaming of a Clean Slate

I love that expression: “A clean slate.” Maybe, I’d think each new school year, maybe this year would be new. So new that it would make me anew. Or at least make a new story: Frantically gathering food for the day as I rushed to be in time for the bus, stuffing my paper-bag lunch into my backpack. By mid-day, the yogurt would break open and soak into my homework & textbooks. Maybe this would be the year the yogurt stopped breaking? Desperately wishing I’d started my homework earlier. Loathing and the self-loathing Sunday-night realization that I wasn’t prepared for Monday. Maybe this would be the year…
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Four Hard Truths About Today that Will Make You Stronger Tomorrow

Four Hard Truths About Today that Will Make You Stronger Tomorrow

“Life keeps leading us on journeys we would never go on if it were up to us.  Don’t be afraid.  Have faith.  Find the lessons.  Trust the journey today. We are all beautiful human beings, just trying to find our way.  Today and every day we seek to better understand the meaning of our lives.  We long to discover our gifts and release them fully into the world, and we hope to find happiness, peace, and strength along the way.  For some of us, the key to these desires rings loud and clear, driving what we do and how we…
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What was the last note you wrote to you?

What was the last note you wrote to you?

“You need to do hard things to be happy in life.  The things most people avoid, such as those that make you uncomfortable, that are far easier to hide from, that others can’t do for you, that make you second-guess yourself and question how you’re going to find the strength to push forward. The hard things ultimately build you up and change your life.  They make the difference between existing and living, between knowing the path and walking it, between a lifetime of empty promises and one filled with progress and fulfillment.” We distract ourselves.  We procrastinate.  We make excuses. …
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Your story has already been written.

Your story has already been written.

Know your label. You are not a markdown. You are a one-off … a designer’s original, fearfully and wonderfully made. Two hundred to six hundred million sperm fought to see who would become you!     Your eyes can see 10 million shades of color. Your ears can hear 20 – 20,000 Hertz. Your body can withstand 60 degrees Celsius. Your tongue can taste 100,000 flavors. Your nose can smell 1 Trillion scents. You have a unique thumbprint, a unique heartbeat, and unique tongue print. Know your label. You are not a markdown. You are a one-off. You have no…
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On the other side of through … finally.

On the other side of through ... finally.

I wrote these words after I learned that revelation comes in retrospect.  May you find promise in the process… life is a journey, not an event. BEFORE WE WERE STRANGERS We finished each other’s sentences. We called holding hands “quality time”. Our silence was a loving pregnancy. We started and ended our days with cuddles. We saw each other in each other’s eyes. We sang in harmony. We fought for equality and justice. We fought for joy and hope. We fought for us. And then we didn’t. I did not know how to spell goodbye. I did not know I could live beyond…
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Tyra's intuition and ability to coach you beyond the pain of your past and inspire you to do the work
necessary to step boldly into your future is phenomenal. She is one of the wisest women I know and I
am delighted to have her in my corner, cheering me on along the way. With Tyra on my side, I am confident that I will move through the challenges life brings.”

Lethia Owens, President/CEO, Game Changers International, Inc.

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