As women we are trained by example and expectation to say yes to the commitments that serve everyone and everything except ourselves. We are so intune with giving to others that oftentimes we willingly serve ourselves from empty cups. In fact, we attempt to shrink ourselves in order to fit into spaces and places that were never designed to contain us. Many of us will continue on this limiting path until a life altering interruption is introduced.
For years I was guilty of living my life just like this. I wanted to experience something different but I was too afraid to pursue it because I understood that in order to possess something I’ve never had it would require me to do something I’ve never done. We have a tendency to readily accept the unacceptable. Are you guilty of living your life like this? Ultimately I made my leap of faith and you can take one too. Now I’ve become intentional about showing up for myself. My book She Said Yes to Herself Unapologetically: The Empowerment Guide for Women ignited a summit that sparked a movement. The She Said Yes to Herself Unapologetically Anthology: EmpowerHER Guide is a compilation of stories of inspiration, with tips, tricks, and strategies that will help women of faith level up in every way imaginable. The leaders, authors, professionals, entrepreneurs, and change agents that are connected to this dynamic project united because of their shared mission and vision of pouring purposefully, powerfully, and passionately into women. As women of faith we want to see women living an abundant life.
Are you ready to break up with any toxic or limiting version of yourself? Are you ready to say yes to the most valuable player on your team?
How does a "simple" procedure leave a child crippled for life? No one knew that when I went into the hospital to have my tonsils removed that it would take me on a roller coaster ride that has not yet ended.
**The author never gave up. She was determined to have no limits on her life, even if she had so many difficulties and complications at an early age. That's a life changing story. I love the encouragement and motivation the author installed in her children. We can be strong even in times of adversity and despair. She didn't allow her pain to re-define her, she learned to love herself and to help others along their path in life. A woman of faith, strength, hope and leadership. Thank you LaQuita for sharing your story of determination and to help others know that they are not alone and God is always there to answer prayers. I recommend this book for all women. **
How did I become the person I am today? I have become a weak person, a person that now has low self-esteem, a person that now feels broken, unloved, and in so much pain. I am trying to figure out why and when I stopped loving myself and accepted the type of treatment that I have endured. When you hear my story, you may judge me, call me weak and insecure, and say I have low self-esteem and no self confidence.
Well, whatever you say about me, believe me, I have already said it about myself repeatedly. I have cried many days and nights, asking myself the same thing, but the pain I am feeling right now is so unbearable that I feel like I am losing my mind. Every day I wear a mask with a smile on my face, laughing and talking to people at work, my family, and friends. A mask of happiness but inside, I am sad, feeling drained, tired, and most of all, embarrassed. I did not want people to know what I was going through because of the embarrassment and being disappointed in myself that I had allowed myself to become the person I am now.
"It has been a long road for me to travel. The journey has been dark and full of rain! The process of becoming a man happened long after I was of adult age. The years I would spend being like a dog chasing his tail. The mistakes I would make would create a resentment that I would harbor for the man that I looked at in the mirror every day, yet I had a sickness lying deep within me. That sickness was like a cancer that chewed away my hopes, blurred my vision, and took away my voice."
Author: Anthony Wallace is an author, poet, and motivational speaker. He is the author of several children's books, including "From Fears to Friends" and "My Neighbors Don't Look Like Me!" As a child, Anthony lived a nightmare that he thought he would never wake up from. Anthony writes human interest books that come from years of personal experience. Each book has nuggets of hope and positive fragrances of peace.
Self-love is an amazing journey that I chose to take many years ago. My journey started with a simple three-word affirmation, “I LOVE MYSELF!” I won’t lie and say it was easy, but it has definitely been worth it. As a victim of medical childhood trauma at the hands of a nurse, I was left crippled for life and dealing with chronic pain every day. This was what I called the beginning of my walking limitations. I knew nothing about “self-love”, and as I got older, I started piling on more of those limitations. One morning, I took a long hard look at myself in the mirror and said, “today is going to be a great day because You are going to make it so!” And guess what, it was a great day. That was when I discovered the power of affirmations.
There are a number of reasons why kids tell lies, one reason is to avoid getting into trouble. TOuch, lies hurt is a fun, engaging, interactive book that encourages children to tell the truth. Telling the truth is a very good thing while and telling lies is very bad. Ouch, Ouch, Lies Really Hurt and they make people cry. Please boys and girls, don't tell a lie!
John and Eric become fast friends when Eric and his family move next door to John and his family. John is white and Eric is black. They are the same age with the same birthday and are in the same class. On the first day of school, Mrs. Shaw, the teacher, does a science lesson using soil and snowflakes to highlight the importance of these things as it relates to skin color.
Little Free wanted to fly but he was too afraid to try. With a little faith and motivation from his friends, Free finds out that just like all the other "A Right to a Rainbow!'
"What would happen if all the contributions that "we" made, never existed? What would the world be like if "I" were not in it? A World Without Me gives a small glimpse of what life would be like without a certain race of people".
Author: Masiya Bomoni is a mother of hour beautiful biological children and a mommy to many that the Creator gifted her to encourage. She is an educator and inspirational speaker. She chose this journey to educate and inspire in order to be the change and make a difference in the lives of others. Masaya's ultimate goal has always been young minds to the truth of who they really are and to never allow their circumstances to dictate the directions they choose for their future. "Along my journey, I have come to the realization that I didn't choose this path. This path chose me!"
Mary Lewis thought that God gave her a second chance at being a grandmother and a wife in The Best in Me. She successfully rescues her three grandchildren from a tragic situation. Then she marries the man of her dreams, Pastor Zachariah Williams. Now she is back in Father, Can You Hear Me? Out of nowhere, the kids’ mother returns to disrupt their happy lives and reclaim them. On top of that, her new husband is displaying reckless behavior that could make him lose his beloved church and her.
Zachariah should still be celebrating being a newlywed with his lovely wife, but they have a house full of grandkids and issues at Mount Zion need his attention. Then suddenly people in his life start dying. Mary was always his support system, that is until they said, “I do.” Now that she is First Lady Williams, things are different.
They both figure out that everything that glitters ain’t gold in Father, Can You Hear Me? People always say that marriage is hard. But with all of the drama in their lives, will Mary and Zachariah even be able to survive their first year of marriage
Butterfly in a Jar is the true story of how "Mz. Hollywood" lost herself within the cracks of life and how taking control through life altering transformations allowed her to fly. We can all relate and reflect at some point in our lives feeling stagnated and losing ourselves in the process. Your start to have those agitating feelings of not being in control of your life, so you look for ways to pass the time, cover the hurt and hide the scars.
Kimberly "Mz. Hollywood" Raven is an actress and lives in the Atlanta area. She has two sons.
Mother Lucille D. Shazier's life epitomizes, exemplifies, and summarizes this profound truth. For 107 years, life has taken her in crevices and places where "there ain't been no light." Through smiles and tears, she says, "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it and splinters and boards torn up." Langston Hughes.
Through it all, she NEVER allowed bitterness, hate, and defeat to define her. She never knew her birth mother and never knew what happened to her oldest sister. Pandemics are not new to her; she remembers the Spanish Flu, cited as the most devastating pandemic in the world's history. She was seven years old when the U.S. Government legalized the women's suffrage movement. African American women were not invited or included. To combat societal ills, injustices, poverty, racism, and death, Mother Shazier developed a deep and abiding relationship with God. Her relationship with the Lord has been her thermometer and guiding light for 107 years. Her final declaration..."I WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.
Jacqueline Young-Landi is the CEO & Chief Creative Designer at JYL Image & Lifestyle. She is a Seamstress, Fashion Stylist, and a Designer. As a transformational coach, Jacqueline desires for you what she desires for herself, and that is to be the best version of yourself in the areas of your image, your wellness and your finances. Jacqueline lives in Stuart, Florida with her husband Warren
"There are always opportunities to find a new ways to change and improve your life. Thinking about changing is the easy part, actually implementing that change is where you have to do the work. Depending on who you ask, change has a different perspective for everyone. One person might look at change as a simple walk in the park while someone else may view change as climbing Mt. Everest. No matter how you look at change, the one thing that change requires is commitment."
"They Gave Him Life is a story of the redemption of Willie C. Harrison Jr. It is the raw and real truth of the circumstances that lead to Willie being sentenced to life plus twenty years in prison for murder. This story also offers a firsthand journey on the trails that followed once Willie was released."