Are you dreaming of writing a book? However, you are afraid of what others may think or say about what it is you have to offer the world? You are not alone if you have or are experiencing any of these negative self-talk narratives such as:
my story is just like everyone else
what I have to say is not that important
no one will want to read my book
what will people say and think
can my book really help anyone
These authors have battled in one way or another some form a fear or challenge as it pertains to seeing their dream of becoming a published author materialize. But they did it! Be assured that on the other side of fear is where you want to be. You must walk right up to fear and look it in the face and say, “Not today fear, today I will fulfill my calling!” Allow me to introduce some courageous authors who have walked through their fears to show up for their destiny!
Taya Simpson 12-year-old author of How to Stop Bullying: A Guide and Journal - Taya states, “ I wanted to write a book to help other kids because I was bullied too.” Kristal Clark and Carla Yarborough- A Life Guide to living Victoriously Over Abuse - Rock: No matter what you throw at me; Paper: No matter how you try to crumble me; Scissors: No matter how you try to cut me down. I am an OVERCOMER! Todd Alan Cudabeck- Six Keys to Life Mastery: Unlocking Life Skills for Successful Living - Todd states, “ Today I can honestly say that I know who I am. I know my gifts, and I am grateful that every morning I wake again to a new day.” Kathei McCoy- To Mothers Raising Sons: How to Love them to Life Instead of Death - This book takes you on my journey of love, devastating loss, and triumph! Latoya Dukes-Breakthrough the Unbreakable: My Truth and Lies of Sexual Abuse - “My truth versus their lies and the lies I told myself.” Maria Y Drayton- The King and I: Steps for Living in Today’s World Through Intimacy with the Lord - “I grew up reading Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret”, by Judy Blume. Of course, I changed the title to Are you there God? It’s me, Maria.” These authors bio’s and or books can be found at www.mylifechronicles.org and www.amazon.com.
They stepped outside of their challenges and fears and so can you. If you choose, you can push past fear and write the book. There are fellow authors in this world who know what you are experiencing, and we are all cheering you on!
In this life, we choose paths that will serve consequences and or a response; some call it karma and others call it fate. However, not making decisions permits results as well. If we want to ensure that life will bring us the happiness we seek, we should solidify our intentions regarding our choices.
This past weekend I attended the “Rising Above” LA Live Film Festival with Meredith O’Connor and Summer Moore, these two women are passionate and intentional about their choices in creating film and music. It is empowering to see women in the arts making a difference for a cause. Meredith is the Celebrity Youth Leader at The United Nations, Anti-Bullying spokesperson, and singer-songwriter. Summer Moore is an Award-Winning writer for her short film Karma of Happiness, producer, and actress. I spoke with these two ladies, and this is what they had to say:
The ridiculousness of the president of the United States of America calling NFL players Sons of A B**** because they are expressing their right to freedom of speech is TRUMDICULOUSNESS AT ITS FINEST. Well, this is pretty low and Mr. 45 just insulted players and their mothers. Why? Is he trying to create a distraction?
What are we really arguing? Is it the flag or is it plain old cognitive dissonance? Whenever someone has a belief system that becomes upset and or contradicts another belief system, the mind begins to try to find a way to stabilize a belief. The ego attempts to find a way to make an excuse for the contradiction. Cognitive dissonance allows you to formulate a narrative that will cause ease for the mental anxiety
I remember the first time I sat down and had a conversation with this young man; he expressed his passion for creating opportunities for urban authors to showcase their literary works. Well, that was nearly three years ago, and Mr. Jeff Cheatham II has turned that idea into what we now call the Seattle Urban Book Expo! He did it! He made his dream come true for others.
Mr. Cheatham started to write when he was just five years old. However, his passion for becoming an author really sparked one day after visiting a book store with his daughter. He states, “My daughter wanted a dinosaur book, but I couldn't find a dinosaur book with black or brown girls, so I decided to write one for her myself.” That day in the book store pushed Jeff to write, now he has two published books titled, The Family Jones and The Eggs of Rex and Why is Jane So Mad?
The Seattle Urban Book Expo is in its second year, and it is going to take place at Washington Hall on Saturday, August 26 from 1-5 pm. There is going to be a full line up of 20 authors, that means there will be various genres of books available for everyone. This event will include activities for children such as face painting as well as a snack and coloring room. Food vendors include Hidmo, Catfish Corner, and Chef Dwane Butler will be serving up Island style food. There will be music, lots of books for purchase, and so much more! SUBE is pleased to announce that they will collaborate with the Seattle Public Library for this literary event. Some of the authors of SUBE will also conduct a Q & A, as well as a meet and greet with the community at the Renton Library.
I attended the book expo last year as an author, and it was inspiring to experience the overwhelming support of the community for their local urban authors. Trust me you do not want to miss this event! This event is going to be amazing!
Here are some truths about Charleena Lyles, she was a daughter, pregnant mother of 3 children, a cousin, and friend to many. “Leena” as her family calls her was adventurous with a smile as bright as the sun they say; she was willing to give anything to anyone they proclaim! I am told by her cousin Nakeya Isabell, as she recalls spending time with her cousin that she and Leena would make adventures out of everything when they spent time at their grandmother’s house together as young children. The pain in her voice is evident that she is truly hurt by the death of her cousin Charleena Lyles. She was loved by her family and friends. She will be missed.
I love to see fathers in motion! Fatherhood requires accountability and taking responsibility for moving their children forward in this life. Paying child support and the occasional visit from dad is only part of fathering. However, being a consistent active participant in a child’s life is what will propel children forward into their purpose and destiny.
According to National Fatherhood Initiative @ www.fatherhood.org, “There is a father absence crisis in America.” Also, the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that 24 million children, 1 out of 3, live without their biological father in the home. Consequently, there is a fatherless factor in nearly all social ills facing America today.
I was just 14 years old when I wanted someone to care; I longed to be loved and accepted by anyone. What I was unaware of at the time was, I needed someone to teach me that I was valuable. In search of love, I looked for it in all the wrong places because I felt inadequate. I did not know that I was worthy of anyone’s love. The downloads I received as a child were one of pain; the pain was all I knew and I somehow mistakenly took pain as love. The dysfunction and abuse I was raised around taught me to accept less in relationships. Healthy relationships were not portrayed in front of me, and this caused me to seek after the same dysfunctional relationships I experienced growing up. These toxic downloads that I received gave me a negative self-value system of beliefs concerning my identity and self-worth. In my search for true love and acceptance, I gravitated to unhealthy individuals. I stayed in what I considered to be at that time “love relationships” with anyone who would show me some sign that they wanted me. My desperation for love kept me in toxic relationships, and I wound up pregnant at the age of 14.
We are celebrating Women’s History Month, and I can’t think of a better way to do that other than highlighting a “Woman on the Rise,” Mrs. KaKela Hall. She is the CEO and Co-Founder KD Hall Foundation. Her passion is to be fearless about pursuing women’s rights of equity. She brings together women of all background and influences to motivate them to use their voice, teach strategic communications skills, and activate them for their greatness! KD Hall Foundation is growing and expanding locally in Washington state where her organization hosts women’s leadership conferences and workshops.
Her true story of overcoming some poor choices she made has inspired me to keep moving forward. We need more women who are willing to be transparent with their life challenges. I have learned that when we share how we overcome, it gives power to others to do the same. Well, Mrs. Hall has done this. She rose to the call of a greater path and because of that many women will grow with her! Often, we think that our story is not good enough, that everyone has a story, and or no one will want to hear your story. Well, our stories are important! Kela has proven how our stories can help transform lives by the work she is doing in her community. So, today we salute you!
I will leave you with one of her favorite quotes by Maya Angelou:
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise” from And Still I Rise
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Let Freedom Ring. Let Freedom Speak.
Freedom should be allowed to speak! If we silence the words that encompass the ability to activate people to fight for freedom, then we are not Letting Freedom Ring! It is our right to speak, and those who try to silence the truth have something to hide. Let freedom ring you say? Freedom is precious beyond belief, but which of us has indeed acquired freedoms reign? Even today, liberty is a priceless possession that many have not obtained in what we like to call, “the land of the free and home of the brave.” How could this possibly be? The possibilities of freedom for all become non-existent when we do not take responsibility for the most basic human rights of others.
Freedom does not ring when you have the ability to stop illegal and unjust treatment of another but do nothing. #cleanwaterforflint
Freedom does not ring when you stand by and watch people suffer because you want to possess money and control. #notodakotapipline
Freedom does not ring when murder is justified because of “who they are.” #noneedtohashtagnamesweknowwhotheyare
Freedom does not ring for any of us when we are silent bystanders and inactive participants in the inhumane treatment of another life.
Freedom does not ring when your neighbor’s fundamental rights to SPEAK TRUTH is threatened with silence, yet there is no outcry for justice among those who hold the greatest power.
Freedom does not ring when those who do not look like you are persecuted without cause, and you do nothing on your watch!
I just came to say, that FREEDOM WILL NOT RING until we ALL stand against those who use their positions of authority to spew divisive, evil, racist, and biased agendas. #holdthemaccountable
When does freedom ring?
Freedom says we will Not re-elect those officials back in office who do not stand for the will of the people.
Freedom rings when all of us stand up for each other’s basic human rights.
Freedom rings when we hold ourselves accountable for our neighbors, fathers, mothers, sisters, and distant cousins.
Freedom rings when we are no longer silent to the abuse of others.
Freedom rings when we stand up for JUSTICE and LIBERTY for ALL.
We are influential people, to say the least, we are the miracles that God created to live in this universe, and we are wonderful beyond our imagination. We are here to spew the anger of injustices and to bring healing for the wounds of our neighbor's existence. In Unity, we are the New Force You Must Reckon with. We will turn our pain into purpose, and we shall incite justice and humanity for all. Let Freedom Ring!
Here is my personal mental detox..
I cannot pretend not to feel what I feel. I am angry, pissed, and sad because of stance of our nations leaders!
However, now that I am acknowledging what I feel and processing the why's of my mental state. My emotions do not get to dictate my ENTIRE DAY!
So, I choose to re-focuse my energy. I choose faith, hope, and peace over terror and distress.
I will rest in my father's arms, to him I cry out and release what ails me. Now, I can walk in the freedom that he has awakened me too.
Today, I detox from the negativity that I feel. Letting go.