Author: Corinthian

Corinthian is a mom of 3, bestselling author, intuitive healer, entrepreneur, artist, rapper, painter, and middle school art teacher. She is the owner of The Book of Corinthian LLC that is the umbrella for Corinthian The Lighthouse, Divine AF Fashion, and Painting Prophecies. She is the creator of The Book of Corinthian blog and the Backpacks and Hairwraps podcast.
Class is in Session
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Class is in Session

My first week of virtual teaching this year went well. I have 285 students this semester alone which is double what I had last year for each semester individually. I was happy to see several of my old students as well as all of the new faces. They were happy to see me too. Just like in “regular class”, they did not want to get off of zoom when class was over. We did have a few hiccups earlier in the week with technology glitches and some parents were frustrated. I understand their frustration, but I also saw that they cared which is what I focused more on while assisting in the best way that I could. While virtual teaching may be easier to do in terms of classroom management and such, I honestly feel that having class on zoom is low key boring. I miss interacting with my students in p...
Visual For Beauty in the Bayou
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Visual For Beauty in the Bayou

I’m excited to share my new creation with you, my first short “film”! Here is my visual that I created for The Book of Corinthian Chapter One: Beauty in the Bayou! There is some spoken word and a preview of my new song. I’ve uploaded it to my YouTube channel! Check it out and leave a comment. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe! Click here!
Mom Life Uncut
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Mom Life Uncut

I posted a new video on my YouTube channel on Sunday sharing some hard truths about motherhood. I’m talking about mom guilt which is a real thing, breastfeeding, separation anxiety, postpartum, and more. There are also a few clips of my kiddos. Check it out here! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so that you get all of the updates on new videos!
Latest Podcast Episodes
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Latest Podcast Episodes

The Backpacks and Hairwraps podcast has two new episodes of season 1! Episode 2 “Finding Your Purpose” aired two weeks ago. If you've been pondering your life's purpose and/or experiencing an awakening during this year, this episode is especially for you! You can check it out here! Episode 3 “Let’s Talk Mental Health” is also available now. If you've been struggling to stay grounded during these times, then this episode is for you. You can check both episodes out here and choose your preferred plan to listen on! New episodes will be available bi-weekly on Thursdays at 7:00pm. Tune in and follow on Instagram @backpacksandhairwraps!
New Youtube Channel
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New Youtube Channel

I launched my new YouTube channel this week! This channel will share more moments from my personal life with my family, journey with holistic health, art, teaching, and more of my lifestyle in general. I’m excited to share these moments with you! While I do still have my business youtube channel, this new channel will serve as my personal vlog. Think of it as seeing the artist behind the art, the teacher behind the desk, and mommy and wife behind the scenes raw and unfiltered. I’ve posted two videos so far and I am open to any and all feedback as this is something new for me! My first video is of me dying my hair a blueish green color. I'm talking a little about my 7 year natural hair journey and why I decided on this change. You can check it out by clicking here! My second video i...
Just Fly All July
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Just Fly All July

This month has been one for the books as I sit and reflect on all that has come from it. On top of launching my podcast and publishing my book, I’ve grown a lot and have learned even more. I’ve also had the opportunity to come face to face with some hard truths that I’ve needed to process about myself in order for me to elevate and to continue to become my greatest version. This month has also been one for celebrations too! My baby girl, Freedom, turned 1 and she is on the move! It’s been amazing to watch her grow and become the bold and free-spirited force that she is. I shared last month in the blog post “Two” that she was getting closer to walking. I also shared that my baby boy, Legend, was getting closer to crawling. Since that blog, the two of them have reached new levels on th...
Podcast Episode 1 Season 1
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Podcast Episode 1 Season 1

The Book of Corinthian now has a podcast called “Backpacks and HairWraps”! The first episode of season 1 is now available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Anchor, Pocketcasts, & more platforms! This first episode is called “Healing Your Inner Child”. It includes some spoken word poetry that’s featured in my new book, Beauty in the Bayou and also a guided meditation that you can use anytime to help you with getting to the root of issues that may have stemmed from your childhood. Tune in here! I’m excited to share a new chapter with you with the Backpacks and HairWraps podcast! Think of it as healing, art, and inspiration coming through your speakers! New episodes will air every other Thursday! Please send me your feedback! I look forward to hearing from you!
Virtual Book Tour
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Virtual Book Tour

Last week concluded The Book of Corinthian’s virtual book tour and I must say that it was a success! It’s bittersweet that it has come to an end but definitely more sweet than bitter. I’m grateful that my new bestselling book has received more exposure and for the beautiful connections that I’ve made this month. While the first virtual tour has come to an end, the physical tour is being planned for this fall as I type. Here is a recap of the virtual tour along with links to check out the interviews! If your browser does not show the links in color simply click on the word “here” for each interview. Interview #1 was with Pretty Women Hustle Magazine. Check it out here! Interview #2 was with Hardy Publications based out of Las Vegas Nevada. Check it out here! Interview #3 was on a...
Three Times The Love: How Being A Mom Has Made Me Better
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Three Times The Love: How Being A Mom Has Made Me Better

When my children’s birthdays come around, I experience rebirth. In the midst of another rebirth experience with Freedom’s birthday approaching on the same day as my book launch, July 11th, I can’t help but reflect on how much motherhood has shaped me and brought me closer to being my authentic self. As I was answering questions for interviews this weekend regarding my book launch, I did some reflecting. One of those questions (paraphrased) was how am I different now that I’m a mother, wife, and author than before these accomplishments. I remembered how when I first found out that I was pregnant with Jarvis Jr. and I felt a bit discouraged because I felt like my life was over as I knew it. I was 22 at the time so I felt like I had a lot of more life to live and experience before having chi...
30 Day Raise Your Vibration Reflection
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30 Day Raise Your Vibration Reflection

Since doing the Raise Your Vibration Commitment I experienced a complete shift in my reality for the month of June. Raising my vibration and coming back to my center has helped me with mental clarity and creating a new sense of balance in my life by getting back to a place of discipline in the areas that have proved most beneficial to me on my journey so far. With Mindful Mondays, I got back in the habit of journaling my feelings regularly and I also started back writing in my planner. I am more organized. With Thankful Tuesdays and Thankful Thursdays, I started back reading The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. The book is about the power of gratitude and how practicing gratitude creates magic in our lives. With doing Wellness Wednesdays, I got serious about my yoga journey and finally took the time...
Freedom is a Mindset
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Freedom is a Mindset

This past weekend Juneteenth was celebrated. Reason being, African Americans were not free in 1776 when America gained its independence. The same can be said about Juneteenth for my ancestors as well. My grandmother was born in the 1920's and she was still living on a plantation farm with her parent's former slave master's. I learned of this back in 2017 when I was writing my book The Book of Corinthian Chapter One: Beauty in the Bayou. This baffled me. I had a ton of questions. When did slaves in that part of Louisiana learn of their freedom? Why would they still live on a plantation if they were free? Come to find out, my great grandparents were told that they were free at some point later, I'm not sure of the exact date, but they still chose to stay where they were comfortable and work ...
Shadow Work and The Healer’s Journey
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Shadow Work and The Healer’s Journey

In the age of social media, healing may appear to be these glorious yoga retreats, picturesque spiritual baths, and pretty crystals alongside song bowls. In reality, healing also requires work. Some of that work being shadow work. Shadow work is the process of confronting your deepest fears, trauma, pain, and anything else that you attempt to hide from. It is literally facing your shadow or the dark parts of your soul. Healing is not a one time fix all solution, it happens in phases and in different stages of your journey. Its an ongoing process to heal and become whole on this journey to freedom. It entails learning, unlearning, and deep introspection in various pursuits. I was involved in a period of deep shadow work back in 2017 when I went back home to stay with my parents in Louisia...
Two
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Two

My baby girl Freedom is 11 months old today! My baby boy Legend just turned 2 years old 2 months ago back in April. That means for a smooth 9 months I had the experience of having 2 babies under the age of 2! Some days it’s still surreal to me that I had babies back to back like that. Even now there is still a lot of diapers needing to be changed, crying, and screaming going on at the same time. There are still times where one, if not both of them wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for hours before going back to sleep. Even with my husband being a great father and my oldest son being an awesome big brother helper, some days still have more challenges than others when it comes to parenting little ones and growing in patience. Quite honestly though, I wouldn’t have it any oth...
What My Plants Are Teaching Me About Self-Love
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What My Plants Are Teaching Me About Self-Love

Back when I worked for the State of Texas years ago, my boss told me that I should always keep a plant. She explained why by letting me know that having a plant would serve as a good indicator of how well I was taking care of myself. It made sense to me then but it makes more sense to me now. I tried my hand at keeping plants when we first moved to Dallas back in 2018. This new journey started off well, but then eventually my plants died because I wasn't being consistent with taking care of them. I also didn't take the time that I needed to learn how to care for each plant fully which also made me feel somewhat defeated. A lot of things come naturally for me, but I am also a firm believer that I can do or learn anything that I put my mind to with good intention. When spring started this ...
Cosmic Events, Lunar Eclipse, and Healing
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Cosmic Events, Lunar Eclipse, and Healing

We currently have four planets in retrograde right now, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, and Venus. Retrogrades bring change, collective energy shifts, and opportunities for deep healing. We can see this in action right now as the world has been going through a deep purging since the rapid spreading of Covid 19. Racism is also a pandemic, which is being brought to light at this time in particular causing the planet to shift more in regards to unity consciousness. Its a lot, I know, but there are things being worked out right now for our highest good that we cannot see with the naked eye. What's going on right now is a spiritual war. In the end, the light will shine through, the righteous will ascend, and the hatred and darkness will be cast out. If having four planets in retrograde isn't enough, to...
Raise Your Vibration 30 Day Commitment
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Raise Your Vibration 30 Day Commitment

I've been well aware of the social injustice here in America for quite some time now. It's reflected in my art as well as in the work that I do. I am also knowledgeable of how the trauma that's been passed down to us for generations is still affecting us, especially mentally and emotionally. By us, I specifically mean the black community. We as a people are hurting and we are tired. Seeing that more of the world is now awakening to the prevalence of racism made me dig deep within myself and remember why I am here right now. I was reminded of my life purpose and my desire to shine light in any way that I can. After working through every emotion possible over the weekend while processing the current events of more murders of innocent black people at the hands of police officers, I decided to...
Lunar
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Lunar

Lunar Crescent lipsBetween hipsCreative energyFlowing, shifting, evolvingAs the seasons goIn sync with the tidal flowCalmer lightLess intensePure and beautifulCalm and peacefulKeeping secrets of the darkest hoursA time to heal and reclaim powerWith every phase and eclipseThe power of lips is magnifiedThe light hypnotizesMagic is createdNew reality is shapedWith more curvesAnd less words                                       It is my prayer that you use the energy of this super moon to heal, release, and let go. May you align with the Divine and let flow. Check out my favorite Full Moon Ritual if you need assistance tonight. Blessings to you, -Corinthian    
Heavy Is The Head
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Heavy Is The Head

One thing that I’ve been extremely grateful for during this stay at home order is creating a new bond with my baby boy Legend. Before Freedom was born, Legend was practically glued to me. I always carried him, we were so close. I talk more about that in a past blog. Of course I thought when I had another baby that I would be able to manage being a mom of three and dividing my time up. I realized that it wouldn’t be so easy just minutes after giving birth to Freedom when I walked over to pick Legend up to let him know that he was still my baby. The nurses quickly told me that I could not lift anything heavier than Freedom. My heart was shattered that I wouldn’t be able to pick Legend up for a while. Then later I would experience extreme mommy guilt when I started working three weeks after ...
The Gift
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The Gift

A few weeks ago I went to the post office with a lot of packages to ship out from orders from my online shop. I had so many that I had to put them in a bag to hold them all. The line was long and I was waiting for what seemed like forever. I could have easily complained about the time that it took to get to the front of the line but instead I thought of the days when I prayed to have multiple orders to ship. Same with now. I can either complain about having more time at home or be grateful for more time with my family, more time to take care of my mental health, and more time to tune in to my gifts. When I choose the latter and shift to a place of gratitude, I am able to see the gift in everything. By the time that I got to the front of the line I asked to buy 20 stamps. I wanted them to ...
The Art of Contentment
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The Art of Contentment

School hadn’t quite started yet as I stood at my door greeting students upon arrival as they began to fill the halls for the day. We are on block schedule and it was an A day. Tiffany, one of my B day students, walked up to me to return the markers that I let her borrow the day before to finish her black history poster at home. She shared with me how she finished her poster and that her mom hung it up on the wall because she was proud of it. I asked Tiffany if she was also proud of the work that she had done and she hesitated. She said, “Yes, but I could have did it better. I wanted to redo it.” I told her, “Be proud of yourself and what you accomplished. The goal is to continue to improve but you have to celebrate where you are right now even if it’s not where you want to be.” Per usual...
Manifesting With Self-Love Jars
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Manifesting With Self-Love Jars

The new moon in Pisces today February 23rd is bringing intense energy that is stirring us up emotionally in the midst of this mercury retrograde. I welcome the new moons as they give us a chance to manifest and start fresh with setting new intentions for the upcoming moon cycle. This moon cycle and retrograde are both special as they will propel us into the new year that starts at the beginning of spring next month. Back in December I created my first self-love jar to add to my moon ritual. I found healing in doing this and have been seeing the results unfolding exponentially. I’ll be making a new one tonight to go along with my new intentions. I’m considering making one for Freedom as well. In order to make a self-love jar you’ll need a jar first and foremost to place all of the ...
Lessons in Art Class: Self-Love Is The Best Love
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Lessons in Art Class: Self-Love Is The Best Love

Yesterday was the calendar holiday Valentine’s Day. Some of my students celebrated this on Thursday since the students were out of school on that Friday. I watched in the hallway as students passed out gifts to their friends, boyfriends, and girlfriends with excitement. I also noticed that some of my students were empty handed and some were even sad. Fortunately, I had a lesson plan for the day that wasn’t typical for Valentine’s Day that also tied into black history month. Before I could introduce the lesson to my 3rd period 8th grade students, I felt a heavy wave of sadness flood the room. Before we meditated I asked, “How are we feeling today” as I could feel tension coming from the right side of the room. KeKe spoke up, “I’m not having a good day! I didn’t get anything for Valentine’s...
The Importance of My Morning Routine
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The Importance of My Morning Routine

Honoring my morning routine is one of the most beneficial ways that I practice self-care. As a mom of three children, wife, teacher, business owner, and artist my plate is full. That's cool because I love to eat; however in order to show up and be present for my family, students, and clients, I have to wake up early in the morning before every one else does. If I don't, I find myself irritable within a few hours of waking up. In some seasons I'm super strict about my morning routine. I have to meditate, pray, read, journal, burn sage, light my candles, etc. Other times I may just paint or really focus on a cleaning tasks which are both forms of meditation because I'm able to be present in the moment. Some times I'll wake up and just sit down and talk to God and write the messages that I re...
All About Vision Boards
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All About Vision Boards

The theme for my art class this year is "Visualize. Believe. Achieve" with the intentions of teaching my students how creating art and creating a vision for their lives are one in the same. During the first six weeks my first semester students made vision boards after we meditated. We jammed Nipsey Hussle's Victory Lap album while doing so. They enjoyed this experience and I enjoyed it even more seeing them accomplish some of their goals as the semester progressed. Above all I witnessed them believe in themselves and gain more confidence. One of my students in particular didn't have any goals when we first started the semester. I asked him to try to come up with something to start and he finally said his goal was to make it to his 21st birthday. I teach in Oak Cliff where this is a common ...
Why I Choose To Celebrate the New Year in the Spring
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Why I Choose To Celebrate the New Year in the Spring

The winter brings about a time of reflection, moments to rest, and actions geared towards preparation for the spring. Naturally when I'm doing my reflections around this time on how far I've come, I'm also able to note what goals I still want to accomplish, plans I want to put in motion, and habits that I want to adapt. I feel hopeful, exited, and then somewhat anxious because I'm reminded that the calendar marks the start of a new year January 1st and I'm not quite where I think I "should" be. In doing my self-care rituals, spending time in meditation, and being grateful for all that God has done in my life thus far I'm reminded that spring marks the true beginning of the new year. This is when all of the zodiac signs complete their cycle and everything turns green becoming alive again. A...
What Breastfeeding Has Taught Me About Self-Care
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What Breastfeeding Has Taught Me About Self-Care

As I reflect on finishing my first semester as a middle school teacher, I note that one of my greatest accomplishments is maintaining my breast milk supply for my baby girl. This isn't my first breastfeeding journey having breastfed Jarvis Jr for 14 months and pumped milk for Legend for 4 months, but I can honestly say that "the third time is a charm". Freedom and I have the breastfeeding relationship that my heart desires and despite me going to work three weeks after her birth, we are still going strong. While I've been providing all of Freedom's nutritional needs with my milk supply, this experience has provided me with new insight in regards to self-care. One of my intentions this year was to be more selfless. With everything that went on with my family this year, breastfeeding brou...
Day 1 of Self-Care: Confidence Through Nail Art
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Day 1 of Self-Care: Confidence Through Nail Art

I started going to the nail shop to get my nails done religiously every two weeks back when I was in the 9th grade. Some time shortly after that I started getting pedicures too and then soon eyebrow waxes followed. Each trip I would get new color schemes most times with designs. This became “my thing” that manifested into one of my favorite acts of “self-care” back before the term became trendy. I carried this with me to college even when times got hard. If I had to work extra shifts, sell some of my clothes on eBay, or pick up another side job, I was going to find my way to the nail shop. When I started my motherhood journey 5 years ago I completely stopped getting my nails done. I felt like I didn’t have extra time to go to the nail shop. I figured that any extra money that I had need...
Better Together
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Better Together

Jarvis and I went on a date this weekend; not just any date, we went to Walmart. We had a gracious offer for baby sitting our three children and an opportunity to get out for a few hours. Instead we both fell asleep taking mid day naps that we seldom get to do. We woke up and realized that we didn’t have enough time left to go “out” and that we still needed to make our store run for the week. We decided to turn our store run into a date. I was excited considering the fact I missed my man. Yeah we spend time together every day but that time is shared between Jarvis Jr., Legend, Freedom, and the 164 students that I still think about when I clock out and go home in the evenings. As we were heading out to the store, Jarvis said something to me like, “I’m good with whatever we do as long as I’m...
11/22
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11/22

Today a new me emerges From the dust like The Phoenix does I transform These ashes as I burn to the ground Igniting my foundation And adjusting my crown This is transcendence -Corinthian Elizabeth
The Day I Subbed in Music Class
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The Day I Subbed in Music Class

Around this time last year I was substitute teaching, waiting tables, and making strides with my art by expanding my business and brand. In this blog I'm sharing a poem that I wrote titled "The Day I Subbed in Music Class" describing one of my experiences substitute teaching. I've felt every emotion possible on this journey since my awakening when God gave me a vision for creating change in education three years ago when I quit my job working for the state of Texas in the residential childcare contracts division as a program specialist. On this particular day that I was the substitute, I knew that I needed to get in the classroom as a full time teacher and that I needed to do it ASAP. The Day I Subbed in Music Class I was told that the kids were bad I was cautioned to take names ...
Featured Painting: “Naked”
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Featured Painting: “Naked”

About 3 months ago, I had a dream that this massive storm was over Dallas. I saw debris flying and flashes of downtown. Fast forward to June 9th and that dream became a reality when me and my kids were caught in this storm leaving the craft store. Hail was falling from the sky, lightning flashing, wind blowing, and both of my babies in the backseat crying while I was struggling to see clearly enough to get us home. I tried to take our normal route home only to see that there was a tree or bush in the middle of the road appearing to be on fire. I turned around and parked near an establishment so that our vehicle would stop swaying back and forth from the heavy winds. When the storm finally calmed down I proceeded to drive. Along the route home I noticed that several trees had fallen and...
Tips for Surviving Eclipse Season, Mercury Retrograde, and Cosmic Shifts
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Tips for Surviving Eclipse Season, Mercury Retrograde, and Cosmic Shifts

With the solar eclipse and new moon on July 2nd and Mercury Retrograde beginning on July 7th-July 31st, its been a lot to keep up with. The cosmic shifts and new downloads have been intense, yet fulfilling all in the same. The new moon reset the clock for the next 6 months while the solar eclipse shined light on the new portal for ascension designed to shift our planet further into the next dimension. Mercury Retrograde tends to get a bad rep being known as a time for discord in communication and things seeming to go wrong. For sensitive souls, empaths, lightworkers, and healers this can be a season of intense emotions, heightened senses, increased psychic abilities, intuitive dreams, and sleeplessness sprinkled with waves of anxiety. However, this time of enlightenment is not to be fear...
First of July
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First of July

New moons are ideal for setting new intentions. With this new moon signaling the halfway mark of the year, I believe an intention setting exercise is fitting. This month's new moon intention setting exercise piggy backs off of the ritual from last month. Although the new moon was on July 2nd along with the eclipse, the energy is still strong and it's not too late to set new intentions. If you didn't get a chance to do last month's new moon ritual check it out, here. If you did, look at what you wrote out. Spend some time in meditation, reflect on the past 6 months, and come up with a new purposeful plan to achieve the rest of your goals and manifest your desires for the next half of the year. Write out the plan along with your goals on paper and then add those goals to a poster. I also c...
Birthing Freedom
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Birthing Freedom

I'm super excited about the second half of this year! Every July for the past 9 years has been a pivotal month for my evolution on my journey towards freedom. Around this time in 2010, I was preparing to leave Louisiana to go to college. This is also when I started my spiritual journey awakening to my desire for freedom. The two summers that followed bought big changes for me with traveling, internships, and gaining independence getting my first apartments. In July of 2013 I started my journey with holistic health and I met my soulmate for the second time who is now my husband. In July of 2014 I started my career post college graduation. The July that followed I changed jobs while adjusting to being a first time mommy. In July of 2016 I earned a certificate and a promotion. This time was...
New Moon Ritual
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New Moon Ritual

During the new moon phase you don't exactly see the moon so it appears that there isn't one on these nights. In actuality the light from the moon is being hidden from the earth because the side that's illuminated is facing away from us. This symbolizes a beginning of a new cycle and a chance for a clean slate. The full moon phase (see past blog post) reveals what we need to release and let go. By the time the new moon approaches we tend to have clarity on the new that we want to create and the steps we would like to take to make this happen. I have a ritual to help with setting intentions for this new cycle. Here's what you will need: White candle Poster board Scissors Journal/Notebook paper Pen Marker Tape or push pin/thumb tack Meditation music (YouTube) Optional it...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #17: Delayed, Denied, or Divine?
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #17: Delayed, Denied, or Divine?

Legend had a great month in May! He's gaining weight, growing taller, and controlling his episodes better when he throws up and struggles to breath. He has a new care team. He's been doing great in therapy exceeding the expectations that his old company had set for him. He's more alert and becoming increasingly active each passing day. He's showing up everyday and letting us know that God is still in control. We got good news a few days ago about his insurance and are on track to get a new team of specialist and additional therapy. A day after the good news we ran into a new stumbling block, but I know we will get through it. It's already being worked out for the good. I have a new alternative remedy that we will be trying this month too. As I look back over Legend’s life, I'm constantl...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #16: Run
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #16: Run

I pulled up to Jr.'s school on Friday. I asked him if he was going to have a good day. He said yes. There was no hesitation, tears, or hints of fear in his voice. He said, "I'm not going to cry at nap time today because you always come back to get me." As many times as Jarvis Sr. And I have reassured Jr. that one of us will always pick him up from school and that we will never leave him, this is the day that it finally clicked for him. When we walked to his class out on the playground, he ran away to go play without telling me bye. His teachers were elated too to see his enthusiasm. I waved and walked away with the reminder from above that as I too leave my comfort zone and run through the doors that have already opened for me, God will always be there for me and will never leave me.
Featured Painting: “Agony”
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Featured Painting: “Agony”

Agony: Extreme physical or mental suffering I painted this a few days after I painted Visions of Freedom . This was during a trying time for me. This was also my first day of "Sober September" when I made a conscious decision to let go of a habit that didn't serve me anymore. It was tough. I was struggling with other situations as well at the time. I knew I had two choices. I could allow everything that I was going through break me, which would have been easy. Or I could allow it to build me. I chose the latter and journeyed through the process. In some of the religions that I'm familiar with, suffering is a part of the human experience that leads to a spiritual awakening. That awakening is followed by a great reward. In the Bible for example, men like Job, Joseph, Daniel, Saul and the I...
Managing Perinatal Depression
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Managing Perinatal Depression

With the new light being shined on mental health awareness and the open discussion on postpartum depression (see link to blog post from last year), I want to talk about perinatal depression or depression during pregnancy.  This kind of depression often gets mistaken for the common changes that happen during pregnancy like moodiness and being exhausted all the time. In reality its intense feelings of sadness, fear, worry, guilt, shame, and anguish all bottled up in one that manifests from hormonal and physical changes a woman experiences while creating a new life. This needs treatment and healing just like any other mental disorder and should not be ignored. All of my pregnancy journeys have been different. The one thing that they all have in common is that I too battled with perinatal depr...
Caregiving as a Mother
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Caregiving as a Mother

Never in a million years did I expect my son to have complications with his health and have developmental delays. However I can say that I was prepared that this would be a different ride from what I was use to dating back to his time in the womb. The featured image is titled "Differences". I painted it while I was 5 months pregnant with Legend. I could feel that he would be unique to the point that I would cry because I just couldn't explain what I felt to anyone. I still can't explain it to this day. Its a conversation only understood between me and God, just like this painting full of healing energy is. I remember when Legend got discharged from the hospital back in December. The nurses gave us all of this equipment and a quick tutorial on how to use it for Legend to feed through a NG ...