I am my own woman and I love everything about her…

Unlike the average person, it hasn’t always been an easy task for me to accept compliments. And while it isn’t completely clear to me why it has even been an issue, one thing is obvious and that is that “I have come a long way baby”. As a dark-skinned woman, it was difficult for society…

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Pain has a resting place by Sonya McKinzie

Crying over the past will not bring it back Do not stand at the grave site and cry Instead place your brokenness and pain In the open and shallow space And cover it with God’s open earth Turn and walk away Forbidding self to shed another tear Be mindful that lingering and crying over the…

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In the past: I have allowed people to take advantage of me…

  I’ve made mistakes in my life. I’ve let people take advantage of me and I’ve accepted way less than I deserve. But, I’ve learned from my bad choices and even though there are some things I can never get back and people who will never be sorry, I know better next time and I…

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Underestimating the power of a touch

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo Buscaglia

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As a mother….

As a  mother, I find it interesting that we are able to make a dollar out of fifteen cents, create a gourmet meal with limited resources, magically make a “hurt leg” brand new.   I remember the first day that I took my daughter home from the hospital and t how grateful I was to…

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Relationships: A Black Woman That Is Standing Still

  Today while chatting with my mother on the telephone we discussed a variety of topics, as we always do. One of the top discussions was relationships and more specifically “Men”. We were talking about the many challenges we experience as African American women in relationships and how difficult it is to find a man…

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Letter Writing Campaign

Originally posted on Real Beauty A to Z:
It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to post.  Lot’s has been happening with the book.  When you have a moment, visit the website to sign up for a copy of the newsletter–some pretty exciting things are underway! (www.realbeautyatoz.com). I have recently launched a…

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Being True to Yourself

Over years, I have found it quite difficult embracing and loving who I am however through the peaks and valleys in my life, I somehow found the way to believe in and love myself. I now have a better understanding of the saying “You cannot love someone else, if you do not love yourself”.  In…

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Mental Imagery: Black Unicorns and Blue Waterfalls by: Sonya McKinzie

Black unicorns and dark blue waterfalls Concealed deep within the forest Mental Imagery Underneath the lush greenery Amidst the saplings Nearby the ripening trees They run, hide and play By the riverbank neighboring the dark blue waterfalls Black unicorns Sip from the shallow brooks that babble over the unique stones How enchanting and Intricate they…

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Unnecessary Lies

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight. One thing that has always been disappointing to me is finding out someone (family or friend) you like, love or care about has constructed a lie without purpose. While there is no good cause to lie, when…

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Spiritual seeds must be recognized and then nurtured to grow

It is 5:02 a.m. and my day has already started with a heavy heart and mind (as it usually does). I tossed and turned last night with the draining thoughts of my “Integration of Psychology and Theology” on my mind, my daughter starting her first extra-curricular activity at daycare (ballet and tap), work and my…

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External beauty is overrated

External beauty is overrated What is it that you see When you stare back at me Perhaps it is a shallow shell, Vacant Empty Hallow External beauty Look a little closer Now tell me What do you see Is it my spirit Or my soul The inner place that defines me When I look in…

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He Appreciates Me by: Sonya McKinzie

He is in my blood Spiritually, he pumps through me like an artery to a heart I carry his soul inside my chest Thoughts of our last “spiritual” encounter lingers beneath my breast He watches me as if I were a miracle unfolding before his eyes He collects memories of me My words My appearance…

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Encouragement right in the nick-of-time

Words of encouragement for the week: (Psalms 2:11) Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. (Psalms 40:8) I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” (Exodus 23:25) So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And…

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Deeper, Beautiful Peace within

Lately, I have felt a deeper connection to God. Perhaps this is because I have been challenged severely by each and every thing that crossed my path over the past few months which has resulted in my deep evaluation of my spirituality.  Going through turmoil and having no control over the direction of my path…

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