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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 …

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”. …

Embarking on a Conscious Pregnancy Journey

When I got pregnant with Jarvis Jr. back in 2014 shortly after I graduated college, I was an emotional wreck. I had heard the stories about pregnancy hormones but I didn’t know how they would affect me. One minute I was crying, the next minute I was angry, and then the next I was spiraling …

My Soul Teacher Lesson #15: Leave Your Comfort Zone

My big boy started school last month! I cried like a baby when I got to myself and realized that he was growing up. Junie soon faced challenges as he was making the adjustment to going to school everyday. Some days he was excited to go and on others there were tears. Whenever we would …

My Soul Teacher Lesson #14: Wound Care

Back in March when Legend had his g-button placement surgery we were instructed to clean it once a day and that it would heal in eight weeks. To my dismay when we went to the eight week checkup we learned that granulation (extra tissue) had formed around the site and it didn’t look so great. …

Featured Painting: Visions of Freedom

This piece was inspired by the visions and dreams that I was having about my daughter, Freedom, back in August before she was conceived as well as the visions and dreams that I had of freedom in the literal sense too during that time. It was a time of intense healing and divine transformation. The …

My Soul Teacher Lesson #13: Carrying Grace

I’ve been carrying Legend for almost 2 years now. First in my womb and now in my arms. I use to carry him everywhere in a carrier before he got a g-button placed in his stomach. In the womb, he was unable to sustain his own life so I did all that I could to …

My Soul Teacher Lesson #12: Jr. The Artist

It had been a long week spent in the hospital with Legend back in March after the doctors diagnosed him with lysosomal storage disease (which has changed since then, thank God.) We were all exhausted, stressed, and ready to go home. I had asked the Child Life Specialist to come in to speak with Jr. …

Healing Gestational Diabetes

Growing up, I watched my paternal grandmother stick her fingers several times a day to check her “sugar”. At a young age I became familiar with the notion that diabetes “ran in my family”. Every since I can remember, about age 2, I’ve had a heart and a desire to heal. I grew up wanting …

I AM Mother Earth

I am Mother Earth  Skin smoothly Resembling the dirt  Salt of the land  Slick as sand  Soil thrown   Strength is born  From the dust I emerge  Admire these features  Imperfect symmetry  The laziness in my left eye  Reminds me to embrace my creativity  Slanted eyes that see truth  Small ears  Yet still I hear Spirit  …

Magical May Motherhood Edition

Welcome to Magical May! Last month for Abundant April I got to witness God’s abundant favor in a major way! Not only did I experience this favor but I also saw God’s hands working in my family and love one’s lives too. So many great things happened and I am forever grateful. I’m expecting the …

Full Moon Ritual

I believe the Creator’s Divine Design for oneness is so beautiful in how we’re connected to nature. I’m grateful for the ability to tap into the gifts of Mother Nature and use them for healing. Along my spiritual journey thus far, I have found healing in getting in sync with the moon and it’s different …

Abundant April

Spring is here, my favorite time of the year! I’m excited about this new month, “Abundant April” and all of the possibilities and opportunities that it holds. I can feel this powerful new moon in Aries in full effect and I’m taking full advantage of the productive and creative energies that it is bringing. The …

Tips For Managing Depression

One thing I’ve learned through battling depression over the years is acceptance. Instead off resisting what I’m feeling or going through, I’ve become intentional in accepting what is going on in the present and using that awareness to create change. I’ve shared some of my experiences with depression on the blog in past posts, one …

Self-Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shannon’s Story

I, Shannon Nand, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I attended Graduate school in Buffalo, New York. Currently, I live in Florida where I work as an Occupational Therapist. I have an insatiable thirst for travel, interior design, learning, (especially in the areas of cultural anthropology, world history, marketing, branding, and personal development) and a new found interest in cooking …

The Plug

Here lately I’ve developed this poor habit of falling asleep without putting my phone on the charger. When I start the next day my phone is already in the yellow zone or sometimes on red signaling that it needs to be charged as soon as possible. I start the cycle of putting my phone on …

My Soul Teacher Lesson #11: Rest

Legend has been in the hospital since his surgery on Monday. I’ve been by his bedside since then with the exception of leaving my husband and oldest son with him to go to the store to get a few things one evening. Neither of us have been getting much sleep, especially since his diagnosis. The …

First of February

Magic is certainly happening My visions continue coming to past And manifestations are showing up In the physical more rapidly My heart chakra is clearing My ego is transcending Those around me are elevating My consciousness is ascending I’m excited for what’s to come While being present in the now Whenever I fall short I …

Full Moon in Leo

The paradigm has shifted A new portal has opened It’s time to reset And create new focus The past is just that It’s okay to let it go This time is ideal To awaken my spirit And refresh my soul   Full Moon Affirmation: I am in alignment with full gratitude for this cosmic event. …

January the 18th

Today is a special day I feel as though I am emerging again From a dark place I’m finding the light Within this time I’m being challenged to rise Above my greatest achievements And walk in my birthright of Abundance, strength, peace, and love For I am whole And no good thing will be Withheld …

Dues in December

This year has come and it has gone by Now is a time for me to appreciate the light As I reflect on all that I’ve overcome And everything that I’ve accomplished I’m in a better place from where I started eleven months ago God promised that I would be If I would let the …

What if You’re the Toxic One?

With self-love, self-care, and protecting your peace being the new trends, I see a lot of posts on social media about cutting people off as soon as you notice toxic traits about them. While there can be some truth in this tidbit of wisdom, there is also some soul searching that can be done when …

What Happened When I Stopped Eating Dairy

Every since I can remember, I’ve always hated milk. Hate is such a strong word that I try not to use often but this is how strongly I felt about the taste of milk. I remember getting teased in kindergarten for not drinking milk like the other kids in class. Thankfully, my parents never forced …

What Happened When I Stopped Eating Meat

Around the summer of 2016, I started my journey with eliminating meat from my diet. I knew one that I would “go vegan” I just didn’t know how soon it would happen for me. First, I eliminated beef by eating more ground turkey. Next, I cut pork and started eating more chicken. By the end …

Purging

Last year I packed up a U-haul along with my family and started my whole life over. The life that I had put in work to achieve. I had a great job with salary pay and benefits. I had just earned a promotion and a certificate in Contract Management. I was even winning awards in …

11/11

It’s 11/11 And I’m up Manifesting the greatest blessings Joy, love, peace, and riches of the soul Wealth, prosperity, abundance, And Divine overflow –The Book of Corinthian

Voyage Magazine Interview

Two weeks ago I was featured in Voyage Magazine of Dallas. In my interview, I shared information about my brand and business, The Book of Corinthian. I also had the opportunity to share more of my story, details about my vision at large, and the scoop on my latest project. You can check out the …

Painting Giveaway

It’s time for a painting giveaway! I’ll be doing a drawing for a 18×24 ready to hang custom abstract painting. The winner can choose from a painting currently in my collection or let me know what you want painted and I will bring it to life. The rules to be entered into the drawing are …

New in November

It’s a new month The golden era has come The gateway to freedom Where love has already won I have no reason to worry No reason to fear Everything I’ve prayed for Is finally here As I keep shedding The layers that no longer serve me I will continue to bloom indefinitely With a renewed …

A Breast Cancer Love Story: Meet Survivor and Healer, Kristen “Nikki” Cook

My name is Kristen Nicolette Cook, my friends and family call me Nikki. From a very young age, I knew exactly what I wanted out of life. I mapped out my life including where I would attend college, the courses I would take, the degree I would obtain, my career after graduation, and even when I expected to meet …

My Soul Teacher Lesson #10: They That Wait

I had just finished my morning prayer, meditation, and reading. I picked up my phone and had received this encouraging message from a dear friend of mine. She wishes to remain anonymous, however, I will say that she is a devoted wife, mother of two, daughter, sister, and friend. Most of all she loves God and is …

Healing Trauma Through Art: Meet Kaia Tyus

Kaia Tyus is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She currently resides in Plano, Texas where she attends Richardson High School. Kaia is a member of the award winning Dallas Youth Poets Slam Team. One of the team’s most recent achievements includes winning top 12 in the annual international youth competition, Brave New Voices. Aside from performing …

Damn Drugs

I wrote this poem almost 2 years ago from a place of anger. I was angry seeing how drugs have and continue to destroy our communities. I was even angrier with the people in my life that use and how their actions effected me and those around them. This poem chilled in my notebook. Out …

Ways to Do a Mental Detox

Whenever I would hear someone say anything about detoxing, I would automatically assume that they were referring to a physical detox. They probably were talking about flushing their bodies of toxins by using detox tea, sweating, or whatever their preferred method may have been at the time. While those methods may have produced desired results, …

Who Do You Think You Are?

Psalms 82:6 “I have said, “You are gods, you are all children of the Most High” When you know exactly who you are You know exactly who you are not Nothing that anyone says Can shake you at your core Simply because you know who you are -The Book of Corinthian

Benefits of Meditation

Somewhere in my childhood I adopted the belief that meditation was something mystical and that I should probably stay away from it. Maybe it was my vivid imagination, growing up in churches with strict rules, things I saw on TV, or a combination of the three. Whatever the reason was, I am so glad that I ditched this belief …

The God in You

Mental detoxification Deprogram indoctrination Unlearn false information Physical elimination Increase hydration Consume more vegetation Spiritual purification Chakra calibration Resulting in liberation To awaken the God in you -The Book of Corinthian

Mental Detox

Dear God, Help me to silence my mind And separate all of my thoughts That do not compliment who I truly am inside Thoughts of envy, jealousy, and pride Works of the ego, twisted lies Help me to remember what’s true Help me to remain centered in You And then allow my actions to align …

The Rainbow

It’s been raining off and on way more than usual here lately. My old self always hated rainy days for many reasons. I wouldn’t so much as step outside for fresh air let alone go anywhere. Before I shaved my hair off, getting my hair wet was a no. Correction it was a hell no …

Be Bold, Take That Leap

What if you had enough faith to move mountains What if you believed that you could do anything and that every obstacle is insurmountable What if you were as confident in your ability to succeed as you are in the possibility to fail What if you believed that you could have heaven on earth the …