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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!
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...
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
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...
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.
I AM Mother Earth
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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  Full lips to speak with purpose  Wide nose taking in scents  Of this surface  I now realize my worth  I am Mother Earth    Drawing by Robert Williams
Magical May Motherhood Edition
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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 momentum to continue this month, hence the name "Magical May". I'm praying that this month God works magic in your life too as you receive all the love, peace, and happiness that your soul desires! The Creator loves you and so do I! May is also always a magical month for me because it's my birthday month. I always experience a rebirth around this time. I've also experienced rebirths each time that I've brought a new life into this world and I feel it happening again as I'm preparing for my baby gir...
Abundant April
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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 past 6 months have been challenging for me with learning of my new pregnancy, reality setting in that I would soon be a mother of 2 under age 2, my baby boy's recent diagnosis of a life threatening illness, having to rebuild myself once again after another battle with depression, and just trying to create balance while staying on top of things. While challenging it has been, my faith has also grown. I've become stronger, I've learned to ask for and receive help, and I've become a bet...
Tips For Managing Depression
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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 in particular being Managing Postpartum Depression . Here recently this winter when I slowed down with posting new blogs I went through depression again. Some of it was due to the season changing, balancing my new pregnancy with baby #3, and the challenges that came with the changes in Legend’s health. My mental state is much better now and I’ve compiled a list of some tips that have helped me on this journey. Reading Taking a few minutes to read something posit...
Self-Healing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shannon’s Story
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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 food that is equally tasty and healthy. I hope by sharing my story others will realize the impact lifestyle has on their health and that it may inspire them to be more proactive with their health. When were you diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis? Did you experience any symptoms or receive any alarming signs leading up to your diagnosis?  I w...
The Plug
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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 the charger for a little bit and then I take it off when I need to use it. I sit the phone down and do something else. I get another low battery notification and I repeat this same cycle. My phone never fully charges and sometimes it dies completely if I'm out and about. There are instances where I want to just pick up my phone and read an ebook for 30 minutes or listen to a full album. Sometimes these moments can't happen because I need to have my phone on the charger to do so. If I would have charged my ph...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #11: Rest
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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 nurses and techs have constantly been in and out drawing blood to run more tests trying to slowly bring his electrolyte levels back down. It's been frustrating to say the absolute least. It's been harder on Legend because he's the one that has been having to endure the sticks and pricks. Every time the nurses and techs would get done, I would try to rock him back to sleep and put him in the crib. About 20 minutes later he'd wake up voluntarily or involuntarily because another professional was coming i...
Full Moon in Leo
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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. I am free to release anything that no longer serves my highest good with love and faith in knowing that all will be replaced with better. I am open to Divine transformation and receiving the manifestations that best align with Spirit. I am walking in my purpose and everything that I need is being provided in Divine timing I give thanks for all that is and trust in the Creator’s will. And so it is! -The Book of Corinthian
January the 18th
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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 from me That pertains to the highest level Of my soul's advancement On this journey of evolution -The Book of Corinthian
What if You’re the Toxic One?
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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 you identify toxic traits in someone. Soul searching? But how and why? I'm glad you asked! You can begin by checking yourself. Ultimately we are all mirrors, we can see our own reflection in others. Basically the way we view others is the way that we view ourselves either consciously or subconsciously. Ouch! That's a thick pill to swallow. The truth is like that sometimes though. Everything that we deem as bad isn't always "bad". That person that keeps showing up in our lives that's angry, bitter, o...
What Happened When I Stopped Eating Dairy
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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 me to drink it despite the claims and advice that I needed it for strong bones and teeth. Maybe just maybe I was on to something back then but the world around me just didn't respond well to my attitude towards milk. Now it's more common for people to say that they have a dairy allergy. It's even more common for children to refuse milk and it's socially acceptable. There are many milk alternatives readily available in just about every store now. While I could never drink a full cup of milk, I did f...
What Happened When I Stopped Eating Meat
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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 of that year I had cut chicken and turkey. I was eating more fish. I was now a full blown pescatarian, if you must give it a name. Pescatarians abstain from eating any meat with the exception of fish. With this new diet, I had been seeing major changes. I was confident that soon I would be done with fish too to see more of a transformation. In February 2017 when I went back to Louisiana, I went backwards with my eating habits. I started back eating the fried chicken that I once loved so much. I noticed that ...
Purging
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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 my professional organization, Toastmasters. Shout out to my time in Toastmasters and all of the amazing people that I met by the way. That experience helped me get back comfortable doing public speaking which also led to me finding my voice again. On top of these things, my husband and I both had cars parked outside of our nice rental home that had more rooms than we needed. Yet still packing up that U-haul was the best decision that we could have ever made. My Higher Self was calling me to do more, calling me to do s...
11/11
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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
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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 full interview here, Voyage Magazine of Dallas.
New in November
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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 mind And a stronger spirit I am more in alignment with my vision May my heart be humbled May my courage be doubled As I embrace the new beginnings On this journey And receive God's promise -The Book of Corinthian
My Soul Teacher Lesson #10: They That Wait
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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 beautiful both inside and out. I value her insight, plus she gave me permission to share. Here goes: "My son is funny to me. Whenever he wants to watch Sesame Street, he climbs into MY bed, pulls the covers over his legs, and reclines on the pillows. He then says, “I'm ready mommy.” He basically assumes the position and expects mommy to deliver. He’s intelligent because he knows to come to mommy instead of daddy. He knows the position he’s suppose to be in to watch the show. In s...
Healing Trauma Through Art: Meet Kaia Tyus
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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 with her team, Kaia also frequents the stage solo to do shows in the DFW area. Kaia recently did the show, “In The Words of A Little Sistah” here in Dallas. In her free time, she interns at Healing Circle's events. Kaia enjoys writing poetry, journaling, and doing anything that allows her the opportunity to express herself freely. Some of Kaia's goals include being a traveling poet and a published author. She desires to relate to others as she tells ...
Damn Drugs
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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 of sight, out of mind right? Since then, I've edited and added to it. Now I can spit it from a place of love instead of bitterness. Since then I've healed. Damn Drugs Just this one time That hit you end up Chasing a lifetime Using up all lifelines The wealthy made it To profit off of Our ghetto losses While we wallow in debt To chase that hit Many soldiers have fallen Victim to the oppressor's poison Now living a life of disorder Daddies out the house And out on the streets Feening but can't bu...
Ways to Do a Mental Detox
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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, physically detoxing isn't the only way to cleanse. Its equally as important to detox our minds as well to ensure that we maintain optimal mental health. Here are some natural ways that have worked for me when it comes to clearing my mind of all of the junk that accumulates over time. Silence Practice sitting in complete silence for at least 10 minutes a day. You can plan this time and set aside a special space or this could mean using your toil...
Who Do You Think You Are?
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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
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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 and decided to start practicing meditation two years ago. It changed my life drastically. I also believe that it helped save my life as well considering that before I started I couldn't see the end of my battle with postpartum depression and I had seriously contemplated suicide more than a few times. I'll admit I was a little intimated and felt overwhelmed about the idea of meditation because I didn't know where to start, if I would do it "right", or if I had the proper ...