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MORE IS NOT BETTER

We live in a world that glorifies being busy. We’re constantly hustling, adding items to our to-do lists and saying “yes” when we could be saying “no.” It’s normalized and expected. If you’re not insanely busy, are you really living? This is just one way to live, and, I would argue, not the best way. The problem is not that we’re busy, but that we’re busy doing things that aren’t most important to us. We have filled our lives up with other people’s version of success and piled on tasks accordingly. Will this leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied with your life? Probably not. The danger in this is that we’ll spend all our precious time and energy on achievements that don’t really matter to us. From the outside we may look like we “have it all,” but in reality, there’s a huge gap b...

HEAVEN GAINED A NEW ANGEL

She passed away on a summer Sunday afternoon. Shades drawn and family near. She waited with each shallow breath to say goodbye. Goodbye to all nine of her now grown children. Goodbye to all 29 of now grown grandchildren. She waited for the “I love you’s” and the “We’re going to be okay’s” She waited, and waited, as they drove and flew from miles and miles away. Because that was her… Even in her final act.. She wanted us all to be together. She always wanted us all together. Together and well fed. I wish I would have said more, but I don’t think you ever know how to really say goodbye. So I hope someone whispered in her ear that her homemade frosting will never be forgotten. That Christmas Eve was nothing short of magical, with tinsel de...

LOSING

Her body is a noose around her neck, And every pound she gains makes it a little bit tighter. And the more she knows, the more it pains her to take a single step in the bathroom before she takes a shower, Before she takes it all off and tries to wash herself clean, Tries to wash herself of your eyes and her lips and her hips and the way she sometimes eats a snack when she isn’t really hungry. She didn’t think it was that bad. She counted the chips and she measured the dip and she’d never dare go over a serving size, And her friends say she’s looking fine. But no one wants to hear that they’re looking fine, So she’s alone and she’s staring at her image in the mirror with so much scrutiny you’d think she was the very first art critic to see a Van Gogh and call it ugly. Because her body is li...

THE CHAOS AROUND ME

It’s as is if I want to run afar to the places unknown being here is a disturbance and I like to be alone, finding a way a way, to stay away, from the never ending faults and also by the noises of chatters and horns, amidst the solitude and books I want a place so that I can be at ease be at my pace, regain all my strength be audaciously brave fight all the odds without any disdain….     Author: Lark Email: navychildrenschool@gmail.com  

WHY MAKING MISTAKES ISN’T ALWAYS A BAD THING

I was recently reminded that I can be impulsive, indecisive, and at times, chaotic. Generally, these are not great adjectives for a business owner — or anyone — to have. But I am who I am, and despite others’ opinions, I am okay with that. In fact, I admit that I have never been more proud of myself than I am today. Over the past few months, working for myself has provided me with a lot of time to think and reflect back on all the decisions I made that led me to where I am now. Some of them were fairly impulsive, some of them were risky, but I don’t regret any of them. While they technically were mistakes, I am glad I made them when I did. So, I want to use this example from my own life to teach you — or remind those of you who knew but have forgotten — why making mistakes isn&...

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A STRONG WOMAN?

When I was younger, my idea of a “strong woman” meant a lady who could kick-ass. Literally. I had a very specific mental image: a girl clad in black ripped jeans, black leather jacket, mouth smeared with vibrant red lipstick and killer high heels adorning her feet. She would walk through hallways with a charm and ferocity that would make every guy in the vicinity quake with fear. And to whichever poor guy who dared challenge her? Whew, good luck to you. My little self aspired to be like her – needed to be like her. Because if I wasn’t anything like my mental image, then I couldn’t be a “strong woman.” Right? Wrong. As I grew up, I realised that my mind-set was incredibly wrong and toxic. Over the past two decades, I had the luxury of coming into contact with many amazing woman – strong wom...

FIERY CREATION

There’s a moment in time when we meet a person (or people) who affect us in a deep way that is beyond thought. We feel a distant connection to them, as if it’s more than a physical attraction, but spiritual. It is as if we knew them before, as a spirit, in a world beyond Earth, a place beyond time. These people we meet are hard – impossible – to forget. They connect to us, as if they merged into us, an innate part of our being. They are no longer two individuals, but one – when two hearts connect. December 9th, 2014 One You and I are as one Two souls connected from a distant time With me, you are home I am your comfort from the pain Shelter from the rain Life can be cruel But we rule our world We are our destiny You are meant for me I am part of you You and I know this is true Two souls co...

FACING FEARS AND MAPPING MODERN LOVE

September 2014. If you were anything like me for the duration of that month, year and every other day leading up to that time period, you were drawing up your plans to take your respective career ladder by storm, trying to find your footing and permanency in building up your work and credentials within the multiple degrees you worked hard to earn, and not caring a thing about finding a guy who, in your words, “would only eventually leave.” Believing this mantra, you almost never dated and, outside of accompanying friends and family on special events, dinners, or nights out on the town, you hardly saw the outside of your home’s door. “Your last date was two years ago, Jess,” a friend and co-worker told me one day during a casual bout of conversation. She emphasized the words as if I hadn’t ...

MY STRENGTH IS NOT WEAKNESS

I’m five feet two inches and 107 pounds. I probably can’t do a pull up. Not that I would be one to try. One thing I’ve never been described as in my life is strong. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told to speak louder, be more authoritarian, stop being so nice. I’ve been told to lean in, stand up, take up more space, take charge, say no. The older I get, the more competitive environments I find myself and at the higher level I succeed, the more frequent the comments have become. I am told to be a good leader, I need to stop being “weak.” While much of that advice was well-meaning, it is disempowering. And it is false. When they say weak, they’re talking about the moments that I listen instead of speak, think instead of raise my hand, process instead of stand up, acknowledge ins...

WHERE IS YOUR VENUS ZODIAC SIGN IN LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS?

Have you started dating someone and want to know how you match up using astrology? When you are born, each planet is occupying a different part of the zodiac. Venus the planet of love, relationships and attraction will be in a zodiac sign within your birth chart. Using the knowledge of you and your partner’s Venus zodiac sign you can get a better idea of what drew you together in the first place. Was it a case of opposites attract? Or are you almost the same person with the same interests. Your Venus sign may be able to tell you more! Read the description for your Venus signs and then your partner’s to determine what attracted you together! Note: If you do not know your Venus zodiac sign, you can get a copy of your chart at Astrodienst AG. Venus in Aries ♈︎ If you have Venus in Aries you h...

POETRY: “BLACK WOMAN REPETITION” AND “LONG LINE OF STRONG WOMEN”

Black Woman Repetition – (After Terrance Hayes)   Black woman, college degree Black woman, master’s Black woman student loans,   Black woman loaned her life over to student, Student, Black woman, woman full time job   Single black woman over 30 Single black woman… 30?   Black woman, world calls bitter Black woman bitten angry black, Black woman bitter black angry broke Is she the only thing broken?   Let’s talk about war, let’s talk about Vietnam men coming home limbless, Agent orange where black souls should be,   Let’s talk about fathers, daddy didn’t come home, Black woman got daddy issues, black woman daddy issues, Black woman, 30 still dealing with daddy issues?   Black woman nurse black man, Black father? Black boy too afraid of his own insecu...

A TALE TO TELL

You know the worst part about letting a man cum inside of you? The waiting. For the woman, it has to be the waiting. We wait. Count the days. Count them again. Panic. Feel and over feel every little thing in our body. Then panic again. Then wonder, “What the hell am I gonna do?” Every day that passes beyond what it is supposed to, I think about how would I even begin to do have a child. Then remind myself I’m capable and I’ve figured out lots of things and will figure this out too. Probably alone, because the waiting is alone. What sucks is knowing the man goes off to work, hangs out with friends, f***s whoever is in his bed and doesn’t even have to worry. It most likely doesn’t even cross his mind again, aside from moments of arousal. It’s like a constant reminder it most like...

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