My best me will learn to put myself first because you can’t champion someone else’s life when yours is in shambles.
Remember, if the plane is going down, you have to secure your oxygen mask first before you can attempt to help others. This is because in order to help others, you have to be able to breathe (at the very least). Thus putting yourself first isn’t selfish, it’s smart.
I know we often dive head first into the various, daily crisis that our love one’s experience. It’s easy to do. Trust me, I know. But at the end of the day, there are only 24 hours in a day. How many of those hours do you spend doing someone else’s bidding? Be stingy with your time. Invest in yourself and most of all take care of yourself!
Although I am a night owl at heart, the older I get,
the more I grow to appreciate the calm of the early morning.
It brings peace and clarity of thought.
Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I am not living.
Novel: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Arthur: Jonathan Safran Foer
*The first time I read this quote it gave me chills, literally – such a profound statement. Have you ever felt like this? If so, share your thoughts.
In the spirit of independence, I ask, who or what do you need emancipation from? Freedom isn’t an abstract notion, and it does come at a cost.
I release the strongholds of shame, guilt, and fear. I walk in righteousness,
free of condemnation.
Keeping in the theme of freedom, check out my poem, My Me (I think you’ll enjoy it – let me know). Below is a quick excerpt.
…So at two seconds from insanity,
when I am suspended in a silhouette of shadow,
I will visualize invisible shackles,
and hear freedom ring as the caged bird sings…
Well Guys, I have been nominated by Charlotte White of Poetic Bliss for the Unique Blog Award. Not only is this a tremendous honor but this is my second nomination by Charlotte – she totally rocks!
I was first introduced to Charlotte through her warm support of my serial fiction piece He Listens. I grew to wait for her feedback after each post (I truly appreciated it). I really love her poetry and 6 word romance series. Be sure to check it out!
- Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
- Answer the questions.
- In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate fellow bloggers for the award.
- Ask them 3-5 questions.
Q and A:
- What inspires you most about your blog?
I am most inspired by the creativity that my blog allows me to have. It is my own little spot on the internet and I love it. My day job is pretty serious and doesn’t allow me to really flex my creative juices, but I control the content of my blog and I take that seriously. My craft is important to me and I work hard to publish posts that are authentic, relevant, and relatable.
- What author inspires you?
I am extremely inspired by the poetry of Nikki Giovanni (look for a Poet Praise post on her in the near future). Her collection of poetry “Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day”, made me look at language differently and really helped me to explore the way in which poetry plays with words. Likewise, I am inspired by the captivating fiction tales of Terry McMillan. I attribute her to my venture into fiction writing. I have been writing poetry since I was in elementary school, but fiction didn’t come until much later, after reading her book, “Disappearing Acts” (which I have read like five times!).
- What is your favorite Disney song?
LOL, this question makes me smile (it’s kind of random). At any rate, I have 3 favorite Disney songs: Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas), A Brand New World (Aladdin), and Somewhere Out There (Fieval American Tail).
Below are 5 blogs that I find truly unique to me and worthy of a nod, please be sure to check them out!!
Okay, so I’m going to just call a spade a spade.
I dropped the ball this month – sorry (better late than never).
I am greater than the things that stand in the way; stronger than the forces that oppose me; and brighter than those that try to dim my light.