A home isn’t always made up of four walls

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There are at least 553, 742 people without homes in the United States.

To this day, I often revisit a memory from when I was 8 years old — it comes to me like a vivid dream. I saw my dad living in the back of a vacant semi-trailer.

That was normal for me.

For as long as I have known him, he was homeless.

Growing up, he was never consistently in my life. My mom and him divorced before I was born as a result of his abusive behavior which was brought on by his addiction — alcoholism.


It’s never too late to start over.

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Addiction can come in many different forms. An addiction could be anywhere from compulsive eating, drug addiction, or even nymphomania. For me, my addiction came in a form that you’d most likely expect from a 70+ year old who resides in Florida and wears a translucent visor. My addiction was gambling, slot playing to be exact, and it took up a major part of my life.

As soon as I turned 18, I had to go to the casino. I mean, it’s one of those rites of passage you have to do once you're of age — kind of like…

This is a teachable moment for us all.

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“I am not pregnant; I am just fat.”

Those were the words at the bottom of the email that a friend had forwarded to me last week.

It appeared as though she finally reached her boiling point with the number of insensitive people who had been asking her at work when she was due — one person even asked if she was planning on breastfeeding her baby.

She sent a multi-paragraph email that was well thought out, compelling read about why you should never ask a woman if she’s pregnant.

It touched on the negative effects that doing so can…

Exploring this realm of writing can level-up your creative abilities

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I’m a ghostwriter on Fiverr. Believe me, it’s not as scary as it sounds.

I promise I’m not sitting at my computer with a white sheet thrown over my head murmuring “boooooooo” as I write content. I am simply writing material for other people behind the scenes.

I decided to explore this type of freelance writing shortly after beginning my writing journey at the end of January because I wanted more opportunities to share my words with others.

Contrary to what some people may think, I haven’t lost anything as a writer by letting other people take credit for the…

I pledge to only indulge in things that keep me happy and healthy.

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Addiction is a big part of who I am today.

Throughout my entire life, I have watched my dad suffer at the hands of alcohol. He is the true definition of an addict. His addiction has kept him from ever keeping a job and the revocation of his license. Those two things led to him living on the streets which aided his contraction of hepatitis C.

I have seen firsthand how ugly addiction can be. I’ve been exposed to it my entire life. There was a pivotal moment in my life when I made a promise to myself that I…

Don’t let your voice be silenced out of fear of being judged.

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Black women are not crazy.

They are not wild animals who are waiting in the night for the perfect moment to strike — to kill.

Yet, on the canvas of life, society has exhausted its entire box of paints while coloring a manic picture of what a Black woman looks like.

I imagine their hair is mostly unkempt and they are baring a snarl of sharp fangs. Their eyes are bloodshot and ready for war. In place of fingers, they have long, frightening claws where fingers should be.

They’ve been perpetually branded as wicked and stereotyped as the aggressors.


Gone are the days of wishing you had more time.

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You aren’t lazy, I promise.

I know that in comparison to the ‘go-getters’ of the world you feel like you aren’t doing enough — you aren’t getting as much done as you’d like to.

Trust me, you aren’t alone in feeling that.

You aren’t lazy though, you just haven’t tapped into your inner productivity. You are capable of getting more things done throughout the day and you don’t even need anyone’s help to do so. You can achieve this through self-coaching.

Here’s how.

Take time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses

To become more productive, you should start…

You’ve got to go big or log off the computer.

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I’ve never been so tired in my life.

Lately, my eyes have taken on a heavier weight, my attitude has been shorter, and my body is slower.

I’ve worn my exhaustion like a badge of honor because it’s a symbol of just how much energy I have thrown into my newfound side hustle — freelance writing.

I published my first story just under a month ago — 25 days to be exact.

Within 25 days I have managed to crank out 26 published stories and double my earnings from January…

Having a bi-weekly potluck is never going to be enough.

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The overarching question is while everyone has the ability to manage a group of people, does everybody have the ability to lead?

The answer to that question is ‘yes’.

You don’t have to be the boss that walks into the breakroom and your direct reports instantly get quiet because they are talking crap about you. The manager that makes everyone question how you managed to land your role.

It takes work, time, and energy.

You can grow your leadership skills in such a way that will not only make other…

Everyday is a new opportunity to be better than you were yesterday.

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So many people search the world tirelessly looking for the wisdom to live a more meaningful life.

They seek out signs, whether it’s a statement someone else says in passing, a penny on the ground, or a series of numbers.

Since her days as First Lady, Michelle Obama has exuded the wisdom that we all look for.

We’ve held on to every word that she has said and every cause that she has stood up for.

Her principles echoed loudly through the walls of the White House, and…


HR Professional with a forever passion for writing.

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