Working Through Discomfort – Black Creatives

First let me say thank you to Melissa Kimble for asking me to take part in such a great chat within an amazing community. I’ve known her online for years now. The other two guest were Tiffany and Rob. They were dropping gems left and right. The chat was moving so fast I had to […]

Pass The Peace Like We Used To Do

If you’re a Martin ( and I mean the TV show) fan then you sang that title like when Mama Payne, her friend and Pam sang this song, lol. Okay let’s get back on topic. As we get ready to enter the holiday season, peace is what people want but often don’t obtain. We do […]

Are You The Toxic Person in the Relationship?

This may be the most revealing yet hardest post I’ve had to write in a very long time. I realized as I was hosting the ‘Summer Journaling Series’ in my Facebook group that I was the toxic person in the relationship. That’s why I’m no longer friends with someone I was truly close with. And […]

Healing from Hurricane Harvey Trauma

Looking at social media and watching the news is just too much to take in right now. It’s heart breaking to see the city I love being washed away in a sense. But the strength and resiliency of the people is why I love Houston. It has been my home for 10 years now. And […]

What Is Detox the B.S. Summit?

The last few months have been nothing short of glorious. I attended TSP Live this month in Atlanta and came back ready to get back to the grinding attitude I had years ago. I was blessed to attend and not worry about paying for the entire trip. Then last week I won a ticket to […]

Advocating for Black Mental Health

This is a collection of tweets from the #thrivefiercelychat on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The host is Ms. Imani Pope.  It was a combination of therapists and advocates in addition to others who suffer from a mental illness sharing what they know, been through and ways to help others. As someone who advocates for black […]

Mental Detox Matters For Black Teachers

It’s around 12:30a and I know I should be sleep yet I’m up thinking about mental detox. Maybe because I’m speaking at the Texas Alliance for Black School Educators Conference about this topic. Or maybe being a former black educator in public school and reading way too many articles has forced my hand to write […]

Mental Health And the Black Community #EbonyChat

Mental health black community relationship is often a horrible, tragic story. Yet it’s the one relationship that once fixed, can heal generations. Yesterday, I caught the second half of a mental health awareness chat. I think this is a great way to end National Minority Mental Health Awareness month. Break the stigma and share the resources. We […]

Drowning in Depression

Have you ever felt so much pressure it felt like weights were sitting on your chest as you try to breathe? That’s how depression felt to me. Like I was sinking underwater and couldn’t swim back to the surface. Or the walls were closing in on me. I lived this way for years in silence. […]

Put On Your Oxygen Mask

If you’ve ever been on a plane you know the flight attendant says to put on your oxygen mask before you help someone else. Well think about that the next time you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or stressed. While these feelings aren’t a mental illness, if left unattended they can progress into depression. At least that […]