Married by 26. Kids by 30. Millionaire by 35. Travel the world by 40. 10 pounds lighter by next week… We all have a to-do by ____ list that reads more like a 5th grade word problem.  It’s what you do when you’re preparing to be a grownup (I’m pretty sure I started mine in 5th grade.) […]

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A mirror with sticky notes full of affirmations

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Remember how it used to be? Before the heartbreak, the bad decision, the financial disaster, the abuse, the addiction, the unfulfilled dream, the illness, the weight gain, the doubt, the fear, the broken promises, before you lost the connection with who you are and who you could really be… How did it used to be? Before life got the […]

Confident woman

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I had no idea how I was going to afford college.  I just applied, prayed, packed, showed up, and signed away more than half of my first real salary (in student loans.) I did what I had to do. I had no idea how to write songs or manage a music business. I bought some books, asked […]

Woman in deep thought

I know this charming man who wakes up every single morning prepared to solve a problem. For over 40 years, he says, he wanted to be ready… There this girl at the gym that I used to chat with a couple of times a week. She’s decided to either expect the worst or expect nothing […]

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A black woman waiting for something good to happen

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“Don’t nobody bring me no bad news.” – Diana Ross, The Wiz   I wish I could hire someone to sing that song every time some bad news decides to swing my way.   I know. It’s a part of life. Good and bad. Highs and lows. Comings and goings. Loss. Disappointment. Heartbreak. Failure… But, […]

A woman thinking of what to do after hearing bad news.

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I had to find a way to make since of it all. The struggles, the difficulty choices, the unfortunate circumstances… The good days, the small wins, the victory in spite of the odds… All of it was part of me, part of my journey, and part of my story. Instead of hating the story of […]

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