#30Layers30Days 2016 Worth the Wait

Eyes wide opened | Worth the Wait | Cravings   For the first time in her life, June felt like her eyes were wide opened to something new. Although she was not sure what that meant for her. Before that night when she sat in a room of supposed virgins and those who claimed their virginity again. She…

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30 Layers 30 Days 2016

  It’s back! GG of ALLTHEMANYLAYERS.com blog and her #30Layers30Days project. I participated last year. And I am watching the hashtag gain popularity again. As people are getting back into the swing of writing every day in November. I know, you thought Iris is not about to get on that train again. Because it’s day three and she has…

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What Happened to Sunday Dinner?

I remember when we would go to church and afterward to Ms. Gladys’s house for dinner. My cousins, friends and I would play in one room. The adults in another talking about God knows what. I am not sure because we couldn’t sit in their face soaking up all the gossip. But when it was…

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Why You Need Me-Time & How To Create it?

I love my me-time. Although, after getting into a serious relationship I found it harder to take a few hours to myself. It felt like I always had to be available to someone. I needed to be available to the boyfriend because we were developing something. And it was nice, to finally find love and…

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The Battle Of The Grind & Family Time

I love interviews with successful people. They inspire me. They make me feel like there are no limits to what I can do if I do the infamous grind: work hard and sacrifice. But they also scare me, a little. Some success stories although filled with promise. Are also underlined with the habits of a lonely…

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So You Want To Know Me Better?

A few weeks ago, I asked everyone to do a survey for me. No judgment if you have not done it yet. You can click this link and take it now if you will like. It won’t take much time, I promise. Anyway, those who did it help me get an idea of who are my…

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I am Changing

Press Play to hear me read.  I can feel it. My skin is getting thick. My patience thin. My heartbeat has a new rhythm. What I use to shy away from is now the thing I look forward too. **WARNING** I am changing. And God is creating something new.

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She Thinks She’s The Cat’s Pajamas

“She thinks she’s the Cat’s Pajamas,” he said. We were watching an episode of Ink Master. It looks pretty good this year. They made a lot of drastic changes to the show. And it looks like it’s going to be fun and intense. Glued to the TV, we watched Team PECK & Team NUNÉZ develop. And…

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A Rookie Photographer With A DSL Camera

  I can’t wait to get my hands on a DSL camera. Oh, wait. I have one. The problem is, I am a rookie with a DSL. I’ve tried taking fancy pictures the first few days. I would even dare to say for a few weeks before I realized taking beautiful pictures is a skill. Taking…

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Work At Your Own Pace With Grace

“Glad to see you keeping up with your blog / newsletter & book when you can. I’m inspired by your commitment to your craft. Keep doing it!” She said. Not that I need motivation nowadays, but her encouraging words were like a warm hug. But more than that she help me with a battle that…

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Write With Aliya S. King

Aliya S. King has 18 years in the business. A freelance writer who has penned several stories. Vibe Vixen, Giant, Essence, Upscale, Black Enterprise is just a few names she has worked with. She worked in several editorial positions, the latest being Entertainment Editor at Ebony magazine. She’s also an author. Fans still rave about…

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Writer’s Life: The Perfect Writing Situation

I write it — in one setting. From beginning to end. The rhythm is effortless. The thoughts flow from within. Then I walk away. I come back. Re-read the confusion. Take a deep breath. Re-write  it. Step away again. Re-read. Edit. Re-read. Edit. Walk away. Breathe. Publish it. Are people inspired? At least Intrigued? Yes. I…

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I Have No Words

I am at a lost for words. I know for a writer, that’s impossible. But today I don’t know what to say. Everyone is sharing their take on this morning news, and how it affects them. Just like every other morning. When the news is about another Black person gun down, killed and discarded. The world…

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Quality Takes Time: A JORD WATCH Review

Let’s face it, we are in a world where everyone expects instant gratification. We’ve developed this sense of urgency to be the fastest, have it first, to do more with less. But in our hustle and bustle, we forget the value of time well spent. However, it’s in those long days and late nights, I…

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Chrisette Michele’s Milestone

  On June 10, 2016 Chrisette Michele’s 5th album “Milestone,” hit the stores. And I am excited. So forgive me if I ramble a bit about Chrisette Michele’s “Indy” ways and “Black Girl Magic.” Fun, upbeat,  soulful, jazzy, playful, romantic, energetic, exuberant, organic, smooth, provocative, earthy sounds. “Milestone,” is a collaboration of Michele’s well known gift of story-telling…

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I Want To Write A Book

I always wanted to write a book. However, there’s wanting to write a book. And then there’s wanting to write a book. Let me explain. The writer in me felt like writing a book is the most natural thing to do. At least the most natural thing to say I want to do. It made sense…

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Yes I Took The Day Off To Hang With My Lil-Sis

“Okay, Mrs. Kirkland. I see you tomorrow?” “Uhm. No.” “What do you mean no?” My supervisor said looking at his watch. I smiled. “I took off tomorrow,” I said. He looked confused. “You changed your days off?” He said. “No, I took the day off. Can’t I just take a day off?” I said. I…

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100 ways to the perfect journal: Write your prayers down

After listening to “Fervent (A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer,)” I’m convinced writing your prayers down is powerful.  And it has become the 5th idea for the #100WTTPJ series. Author and narrator Priscilla Shirer is known to usher women into a stronger prayer life. And her book gives in-depth steps to praying effectively. Throughout the book,…

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My Get Out Of A Funk List

I read “60 Small(ish) Things That Make Me Happier.” It’s a list of 60 things Emma Gannon has done when she’s in a funk. We’ve all been there, I know I have. But it wasn’t until I read Gannon’s list, that I realized I do some of those things too. And yeah, they do have a…

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My Mom Visit

I live about two hours away — give or take —from my mom. It’s not too far, but far enough that when she comes she treats it like a mini vacation. Most of the time she comes with her crew: Wesly her dog, and my sister. It’s cool. But it was cooler that she came alone…

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How Do You Get Things Done?

Avoiding getting things done is like standing in quicksand. Eventually, you will drown in an ever-growing to-do list. Overwhelm, you would want to bury your head in the sand, acting like nothing exists. But who wants to live like that? No one. It’s depressing. I should know, I have a few things I need to get done like yesteryear….

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100 WAYS TO THE PERFECT JOURNAL: Journal Used As A Planner

I was listening to Behind the Brilliance, by Lisa Nicole Bell. It’s my latest podcast crave and for good reason. I’ve pick up little gems from Bell and her interviewees. On episode 77 she interviewed Maren Kate Donovan of Zirtual. Of course they talked about the rise and fall of Zirtual and the lessons learned from the experience. It’s a good show…

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A Writer’s Life, The Funk

The funk we get into as writers, it’s foul. We can believe in ourselves… All day. Week. Month. Even an entire year. Then without warning, we agonize about not being good enough. And we do it, for no damn reason at all. Nothing traumatic or life changing happen. We just find ourselves asking,”Do I want this?” What question is…

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100 Ways To The Perfect Journal

Starting April 11th, 2016, I will start a series called “100 Ways to The Perfect Journal.” If you’re like me, you love journals. You buy them all the time and you’re always looking for ways to enhance them. If so, I think you will enjoy this series. The plan is to post 100 useful ideas, products and or…

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A Writer’s Life After Spilled Tea

I might have been doing one too many things at the time. And the reality is I shouldn’t had my tea so close to my laptop. But I, like most writers, tried to nourish my body while depleting my mind. Those pictures on Instagram is not just a façade. If you like to write and you like to eat, then…

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Book Review: Don’t Waste Your Pretty

Demetria L. Lucas who stars on Bravo TV’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels” did it again. The no-nonsense relationship expert, author, and award-winning blogger put together another “go-to guide.” Different than her first book, which she talked to single ladies on the dating scene. “Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life &…

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Chrisette Michele’s Journey to “Better”

I’ve loved this girl from the time she introduced herself in a soulful album“I AM Chrisette Michele.” I can relate to the church girl from Brooklyn, with a baby face and real women issues. Her words seem to come from the pages of my life.  As she talked about what love looks like for a “Good Girl.”  And the wisdom…

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A Writer’s Life At 2:00 AM

I woke up to toxic fumes. I almost gagged, as I sat my head up to see what time it was. It was 2 AM. I looked at Mr. B staring at me in the dark like this was some cruel joke. Or worst, my husband forgot to take him out, and Mr. B decided…

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50 Conversations About ‘Formation’

  You know you that b*tch when you cause all this conversation. — Beyoncé   I just came off my “social-media fast” Saturday night. Sunday, I called myself easing back into a world of tweets and posts, only get drenched with Beyoncés ‘FORMATION’. First, came a Face-Book comment with part of the video, just to tease me….

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Girl Lost In The City By Emma Gannon

I love Girl Lost in The City, by Emma Gannon. If it was a book it would be a page turner. However, it’s a blog about a girl who doesn’t seem lost at all. Actually, she’s more of the confident, type. The award-winning blogger, works for British GLAMOUR  as a social media editor. She’s published in the digital…

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The 40/40 Bucket List

I turned 38 and thought to myself, the BIG 4-0 is around the corner. I never had a bucket list before. Now for some strange reason, the idea of writing down things I want to do (even if it scares me) seems like a good idea. I have to be honest. I revised this list several times. I found…

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I am Featured on ALL THE MANY LAYERS

I am pleased to announce that I am featured in ALL THE MANY LAYERS blog by GG Renee.  I took GG’s “The Words That Move” class this summer and I found so much inspiration to write. It was during this class, I wrote a poem called “The Skinny-Fat Girl Blues.” I wanted to share it with…

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I needed a Moment from Xmas to Enjoy Christmas

I couldn’t get out of my mind what Liz said about how intense Christmas was as she juggled school and everything Christmas. She marked her friend who expressed excitement for finishing Christmas shopping online just in time for Wednesday delivery, the week of Christmas. Liz felt like people was just pushing through it, not enjoying…

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Things I learned Doing The #30Layers30Days

I was nervous about doing the #30layers30day November Challenge, by GG of ALLTHEMANYLAYERS.com. I knew it would force me to be creative and challenge me to write daily. However, I also understood the challenge would reveal my strengths and weakness. None-the-less, I did it. I wrote and published daily. I was proud of my accomplishments…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: The Story With Layers is Completed

  “You know, what’s most important to us is the cover story. How’s it coming along?” “Well, you know it’s not that easy…” “Wait a minute Trish. I don’t have time for excuses. This is the first time we are allowing someone new to handle the cover story, but I trust you. You can get the story,…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: Never Real Always True

Trish couldn’t believe her eyes. She looked back for Lala, with hopes that she noticed ‘Mr. Your Not The Perfect Canvas’. It was clear with Lala’s big eyes and cheesy smile, that not only did she did not notice but she was preoccupied with the youth minister. So, she turned around and cleared her throat. “Real cute.”…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: Couldn’t Stop Touching

“Service was good, but what’s up with the pastor? He could not stop touching his beard.” “Trish, you’re crazy.” “I’m just saying, it was kinda distracting, but he can preach.” “I told you girl. So, you’re coming next week?” “Dang, I didn’t get out of the door yet and you asking me back.” “Well?” “Let’s just…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: When it Rains

She woke up early to the sounds of rain drops at her window pane. She always loved when it rained. It was the best time to cozy up with a good book. She rolled over and stretched. The phone rang. It was 7:00 am. She was wondering why was her party girlfriend calling her so…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: Under The Covers

She sat down with her back against her headboard, took a deep breath and sighed. Thoughts of last nights encounter kept flowing through her head. She grabbed her eye-glasses off the nightstand, grabbed her journal and pen. She began… November 19, 2015 The one-night stand I love to hate. So about last night. It was…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: Mixed Signals

She couldn’t believe that he called, so she called her girlfriend to vent. Her friend answered the phone so quick it seemed like the phone didn’t ring. “Hey girl!” She said. “Hey, what’s up?” “No you tell me what’s up? You went for some air, and next I know you was texting me an address….

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: No Explanation

She reached home and took her shoes off at the front door. She dropped her keys, tossed her clutch on the couch, and made her way towards the bathroom. She got undressed, and turned on the shower. The steam turn her bathroom into her personal sauna. The water ran over her head, down her face, while tears…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: The Cycle Keeps Reapting

She stared at him as he laid with his eyes shut. She was pissed at what he said, even though she wasn’t sure what he meant by the perfect canvas. Who talks like that anyway? She thought. She sucked her teeth. “You’re not all of that yourself.” She said. He turned on his side and…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: The Perfect Canvas

The curvy silhouette at the entrance got his attention. He leaned against the wall and waited. Watching every move from across the crowded room, his imagination painted the perfect canvas. He was interrupted by a petite lady who bumped into him. “Excuse me,” he said. As he tried to get control of his drink. “Oh…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: This Heartache

I recall the days you smiled at me. Singing, “We will be, Steppin, Steppin, Steppin.” Teaching me how to be a lady. It was the softness of your skin that made me enjoy kissing your cheek. My lips would always sink in. Without many words you taught me about;  Jesus. Roasted peanuts. And how important…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: Because it Warms Me

I had men in my life. But they never had me. So it’s my pleasure to be with you and love you unconditionally. They don’t understand it. And that’s okay. It warms me to serve you this way. I have joined @GGReneeWrites in her November 2015 Writing Challenge, #30Layers30Days. Did you? Leave in the comment section…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: It’s Never Enough

It’s never enough just to write. You must read. You must watch. You must listen. You must consume. You must live. Then you must sit still. And, when it’s just right. Write. I have joined @GGReneeWrites in her November 2015 Writing Challenge, #30Layers30Days. Did you? Leave in the comment section where I can read your…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: The Next Puzzle Piece

A brain teaser. I was always left with confusion as to what’s next. I was always baffled with your next sentence. I never got it right with you. I don’t think you wanted me to. You’re such a brain teaser.     I have joined @GGReneeWrites in her November 2015 Writing Challenge, #30Layers30Days. Did you? Leave…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: He Looked Back and Said

Monday 11/9/2015 6:24pm Dear Journal, I am working with 3 hours of sleep. If I go and lay down I could probably sleep until tomorrow, and wake with only time to start the routine again. I don’t want to do that without giving him a chance. The problem is I don’t know who he is. I…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: My Gift Your Gift

My Gift Your Gift… My gift to you is to be virtuous. Your gift to me is to be a man with integrity. Our gift to God is love one another as He has loved us. I have joined @GGReneeWrites in her November 2015 Writing Challenge, #30Layers30Days. Did you? Leave in the comment section where…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: When You Don’t Express It

When You Don’t Express It   So you said nothing. Instead you looked deep into your partners eyes, with hopes he knows your thoughts. Without one word. You hoped his love for you was enough. But it wasn’t. And as he kissed you on your forehead for such an easy agreement. You felt incomplete. A few more…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: I Admit That I am Addicted

I Admit That I am Addicted I spent all day on this. I wanted the right words. I must have written over a thousand of them. And not one combination seemed flawless. I tried everything. From reading out-loud , to reading backwards, to reading to someone else. Each time the sound of crumbling paper followed…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: What I see now

WHAT I SEE NOW…   I am not always right. I hate to admit this. I struggle with the idea. I mean, whenever I speak it’s not just to hear myself. And I have great intent for my love ones. But they don’t always see it that way. So, I decided to pray. I decided…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: His Touch

HIS TOUCH He was tired. I was not. He was worn down. I was not. I went to comfort him. And he hit the spot. I have joined @GGReneeWrites in her November 2015 Writing Challenge, #30Layers30Days. Did you? Leave in the comment section where I can read your #30Layers30Days challenge. I would love to read…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: The Closer, The Better

The Closer The Better  THE CLOSER, THE BETTER   I am so close I can taste it. I can feel the layers on my tongue. I can eat it. Yum. Yum. What’s better than this? To be even closer. I have joined @GGReneeWrites in her November 2015 Writing Challenge, #30Layers30Days. Did you? Leave in the…

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Writer’s Dialogue: Waiting to Be Published

Me: (Sigh) Writer Me: I know. I wonder about the same thing. Me: Do you think we should send an email inquiring when our work will be published. Writer Me: I’ve thought about that, but we did get an acceptance letter. Maybe we just have to be patient. Me: Yes, but I thought the wait would…

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#30LAYERS30DAYS: What I Say, What I Whisper

WHAT I SAY WHAT I WHISPER With a boisterous voice I say, By His stripes I am healed. Then at night I whisper, Thank you repeatedly. Even though the pain is all I feel. I have joined @GGReneeWrites in her November 2015 Writing Challenge, #30Layers30Days. Did you? Leave in the comment section where I can…

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30 Layers 30 Days November 2015

This is time of the year where you can find a challenge for just about everything. There are challenges relating to your finances, health, declutter your life and writing. Well, I am challenging myself this November with #30Layers30Days challenge by GG Renee of www.allthemanylayers.com. You’re welcome to join if you would like.  For details, go here and…

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What if It’s Cancer?

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was young. I had no job. No health insurance. And a stinging sensation that went through my nipple. It was painful to the touch. Even taking a shower was unbearable. I was afraid of the unknown. What if it’s cancer? At the time I lived with…

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Writer Dialogue: What Are You Writing?

Me: (Humming. Tapping pen against paper. Writing.) Man: What are you doing? Me: Writing. Man: Writing What? Me: Stuff for my blog. Man: So, What’s the topic? Me:  (Thinking to myself.) “Why?” Man: Anything special? Me: It’s my about page. Man: About? Me: (Roll my eyes) Yes. Man: To talk about yourself? Me: Yeah. And the…

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Writer Dialogue: We Need To Write Again

Me: I’m tired. Writer-Me: Of? Me: Not writing. Writer-Me: Me too. So when are we going to start writing again? The blog thing was kinda fun. Me: I know. But it can be hard to keep up with. Writer-Me: Yeah. And? Anything in life worth having you’re going to have to work for it. Me:…

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How I Went from Aspiring Writer To Writer

Young. Vibrant. Passionate. I set out to create an online magazine. This was before the concept of a blog or blogger existed. I took lessons from Hunter College as a Journalist and Media Studies Major and created a medium that made me proud. Then”life” happened. I listened to the voices that said it was time…

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