Getting Off The Porch

Love Letter

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance” – Oscar Wilde To My Love Alicia, I want to take a moment on this Valentine’s Day to express my love and appreciation for all you have done for me! You stopped giving away your power, and choose to have authentic relationships that honor who you […] Read more…

Intentional Living and Your Best Life Yet!

“Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency” -Maya Angelou I’ve begun to live my life very intentionally.  No more new year’s resolutions!  Instead, now, I decide intentionally the things that I want most to materialize in my life.  In 2017, I set four intentions that I had no idea how I would […] Read more…

Aiming High…

“If I stop to kick every BARKING dog… I am not going to GET where I am GOING.” –Jackie Joyner-Kersee October 2016 a friend of mine that has followed my work invited me to the I AM Woman Conference in Atlanta.  She had invited me the year before, but scheduling conflicts kept me from going. […] Read more…

No Room for Judgement…

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” –Mother Teresa I’ve confessed to being a “recovering perfectionist”, and in recovery you must own your stuff. I was once a very judgmental person. Not by choice, but it is something I did without even realizing I was doing it. In my quest for […] Read more…

Choosing the Path that Leads to Peace…

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. -unknown This time last year I was feeling very restless in my life.   Two weeks before my 47th birthday […] Read more…

Push the Pause Button

“Feel your emotions, Live true your passions, Keep still your mind.” ― Geoffrey M. Gluckman I recently visited Cancun, Mexico with my sister and two childhood friends.  It was an amazing time and a great escape from the routine for a few days.  Upon returning, I was hit with two major issues dealing with my […] Read more…

Choose Extraordinary…

“until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.” ― Stephen R. Covey I recently attended a training workshop.  The facilitator said to me that I need to get in touch with my humanity.  She said […] Read more…

Believing in the Possible

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin As I watched President Obama give his farewell speech, my heart literally ached.  I began to remember how I came to know him.  Initially I was supporting Hillary Clinton […] Read more…

Own Your Part!

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” ― William Hazlitt This past Saturday I watched an episode (for the third time) of the new drama This Is Us on NBC.  This time I watched it with my kids.  This episode explored a secret that a mother kept […] Read more…

People Color

I wrote about this topic in undergraduate school, but edited it and posted it during the 2008 election.  I just edited it again for the 2016 election, because it is still so relevant…. At about age 4, when I first realized that skin color was quite important to a number of people, I was asked, […] Read more…