Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Featured Book Of The Week - Granddaddy

More than a coming of age story of a
man-child, Granddaddy is the story of a  
coming of ages past. When 11-year-old
Curtis is sent begrudgingly down south
to spend the summer with his
grandfather, he is reborn into a world
of nature and manhood. Here, on a
rickety sharecropper’s plot, he stands
to inherit the timeless ancestral lessons
into which he’s just begun to grow.
Lilly-May Hunter is a woman that once
fled the racially tumultuous south for
that peaceful promise of the north, but
where she finds herself is not within
that glorious skyline that first appeared from the distance. Here is
the northern brand of racism, materialism and other-isms—the
steely, prying mechanisms that tear methodically away at her, at the man she loves and even their only son. She determines to send
Curtis to the very place that she left behind, her father’s house in
the rural south, trusting that the wholesome countryside can instill
more value in him than the city has taken. Just a summer will do him some good, but little does she know. Lilly herself must ultimately
return to that place from which she fled. There she will confront the
secrets that her own stubborn memory refuses to share.
Howard is a man decidedly estranged from the world and himself,
seeing as both seem to be run by strangers somehow, and both spin
invariably beyond his control. Deep down he has learned the weight
of life and relationship; that they will crush him, or he will stay on
top. Now he stands to lose everything in this strange place, this cold
northern city that hardens the very attitude of his wife while
spoiling that of his only son. But change brings the challenge of new
lessons; that some things can be controlled while others will not be,
and that it all starts with himself.
While the adults search the past, and the child looks to the future,
the answers for the generations are found in the pages of
Granddaddy.




About the Author

“As during tumultuous times,
when peace is within the eye of
the storm and safety in striking
at the heart of danger, so we are
free within the grips of
desperate struggle. This is our
way for now, our legacy and our
right to be free. We write to be
free in all we do, the truest
words of our-story to bear the
record of greatness.”


Cavis Adams is a full time District
Fire Chief for a major midwestern
fire department. He also
freelances as an English/Spanish
Medical Interpreter in Hennepin
County, Minnesota.
Writetoexistnow@gmail.com
Cavisadams/aalbc.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour for We Are One by Muriel Gladney. The book tour will run June 24-July 5, 2019. Book a tour here.
Book Title: We Are One         
Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN-10: 1644387190
ISBN-13: 978-1644387191
Meet Muriel
An abusive childhood had led me to become a full-blown atheist by the time I was 16. God introduced Himself when I was 52. This journey to true life is recorded in my book: Mine: An Everlasting Promise of Love, Deliverance, and Wholeness.
Now 76, I have spent the last twenty-four years learning to walk free in the shoes of being a child of God, while also honing my God-given skills as an ambassador and writer for Jesus, author, and speaker. After moving to California, I returned to college at the age of 61. There I received an Associate Degree in Arts with honors, functioned as a reporter and Editor-In-Chief of the college newspaper, along with receiving numerous rewards for writing, such as the 0CCWF Beverly Bush Smith award. I am also published in God Encounters, a book by author James Stuart Bell. 
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We Are One presents an unchanged, endless, truth—women were not created to live in disappointment, disillusionment, and defeat.  We Are One is bursting with inspiration and encouragement as each chapter utilizes the raw, true life, experiences of several women who endured personal pain and yet came through empowered and victorious.  How? Through the use of a key that a woman never knew she had. We Are One unveils the key.  It will heal a woman’s soul, as item powers her to live a life that is not defined by trials and persecution. Women will know the power of a woman’s purposed influence and thus her eternal value.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Level Up

My blogs cover everything from poetry, articles on world news, and featuring new authors. As a self published author who has written five books over a seven year period I wanted to take it up a notch and challenge myself. A thought crossed my mind when I meet readers at book signings and present as a panelist on various topics at events there is never enough time to cover topics that touch them. It was a couple of years ago that I posted on social media my dream to have a seminar to help people on topics of real estate, women issues, financial planning and relationships. Now I am putting plans to a goal that is coming into fruition.






 I am preparing to travel to Louisville, Kentucky to get certification to present seminars and workshops on topics of Women's Issues and Diversity, Me Too Syndrome, Workplace Harassment, Bullying and Depression. My books have covered majority of the topics in poetry and nonfiction but this will be a platform that the audience will be able to hear the guest speakers, ask questions, and apply the principles.







 When I started writing my first book my purpose was to write a book each year so that my words would be my legacy if I inherit Alzheimer's. I decided to level up and let my words not only be on paper but to be heard for the masses to hear and hopefully help someone who is going through a struggle know that there is light on the other side. Life is always about the next chapter that you preparing for.

I look forward to the challenge and I am ready to level up!




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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Excuse me ! It's still my decision isn't it ?

I try not to ever get political when it comes to my blog but.... Here is a topic that I have to vent. The year is 2019 and now we are going to have men decide what women can do with their bodies AGAIN. Alabama stated that they were going to reverse their law on abortion. That anyone that is found to have perform an abortion will be sentenced to 99 years in prison. So many emotions are going through my head that I want to scream! If I a woman or child who was sexually assaulted had gotten pregnant by her attacker that she would have to have the child because it wasn't the child's fault, they are saying that from the moment of conception the woman's rights stops, no matter how traumatic it is going to be for her, that her voice means nothing! Do you know what this means? Before Roe vs. Wade there were women who were impregnated and decided that they didn't want to have the child they went to someone who wasn't not medically licensed within the state, hadn't gone to school to have credentials behind their name, but used instruments to remove the fetus. Women bled to death, got infections and became sterile. Worse there will be those who are poor who will use measures to end it themselves the millennial have no idea about the wire hangers but there are older elders who share stories. Let's go to the other extreme a woman is going to give birth to a child and tests are performed by a licensed OB-GYN that advises her life is at risk, that the child will have complications , may be deformed, may have a medical condition that any adult wouldn't want to be in and the parents can't make the decision to terminate the pregnancy. I had to research the definition of what an abortion is because the terminology is being thrown around loosely to fit the agenda ? Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. An abortion that occurs without intervention is known as a miscarriage or spontaneous abortion. As I am sitting here my minds is wondering is this really about abortions? Is this about regulating the woman's reproductive system? Other states are joining the discussion reversing a law went to the Supreme Court in 1973 that was to protect the woman's right is going to the courts again with old men deciding. This isn't about religion because there are plenty sitting in church pews now that had miscarriages induced and yes abortions. It's bad enough women don't make equal pay, research for diseases that are killing women don't get the funding they deserve, women have been raped and assaulted and it didn't come to the forefront until #metoo movement and now my sisters across the states voices are to be silenced they don't have a choice on what they can do with their bodies if they are pregnant under a specified amount of months? Sign petitions, protest, and let your voice be heard! Those that represents you in Congress and your state capital need to know women do have voices! Loud and Clear! Submitted by Author Patricia A. Saunders Poet, Author, Speaker

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Whatever May Come by Tracee Lydia Garner. The tour will run April 21-27, 2019.

Author Name: Tracee Lydia Garner Book 
Title: Whatever May Come Book Release 
Date: April 19, 2019 
Genre: Multicultural, Inspirational, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

About the Author

Tracee Lydia Garner is a speaker, private writing coach and author of twelve books. Born and raised in the DC Area, she holds a degree in Communications from Old Dominion University. She tremendously enjoys the written and spoken word and prior to entertaining full-length novels, was a contributor to her alma mater's campus literary magazine for her poetry. Whatever May Come is her 12th book and revisits the Jameson Family, a well to do family from the DC area. This family saga will have four books total in the series.

In addition to writing, Trace enjoys marketing, graphic design, making video trailers for her books with popular apps, event and conference planning, reading of course and she's also a recovering shopaholic.

Tracee is a member of the Washington Romance Writers (DC) Chapter, the Association of Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Virginia chapter, and the Faith, Hope and Love, online-only chapter of the RWA.


About The Book
Synopsis
School teacher Tisha Jameson flees her Virginia hometown to start afresh in Macon, Georgia. Although she hadn’t planned on falling in love with former pro football player Chase Alton, Chase's son Thomas is determined to get them together somehow. Before long, the pair come to realize that they are unable to resist one another and Chase will discover what a caring mother figure Tish can be for his son. But when Tish finds out that the danger she thought she’d outrun for good has followed her across state lines, Chase and Tish find out what love really means.

Excerpt
Tisha breathed a sigh of relief at the fact that Sharon Wellington, the first woman to befriend her when she’d moved to Macon, was now involved. She let go of the child reluctantly, already feeling an all-too-familiar misplaced responsibility for Marina’s condition. Tisha felt helpless, although she reminded herself hurriedly that the child’s name was Marina, not Melinda. Tisha wondered vaguely who had called the ambulance, as she heard its faint wail from outside. Thank goodness someone had called them. She felt sick to her stomach and no longer had the strength to remain standing.

A flood of relief came over Tisha, then her legs buckled and she felt herself collapse to the floor. Then she saw Thomas. His eyes were flooded with tears and his face was drawn in concern. She wanted to be strong for him, but the worst headache she’d had in her entire life now pounded her skull. He looks every bit like Chase was her last thought as her eyes closed. “I’m all right, Thomas,” she whispered as she felt his hand touch her shoulder – then her head gave an almighty throb and she collapsed into an unknown darkness.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Fresh Start



Greetings,

I took the month of December off for personal reasons. I was purging negativity from my life.

I went through my closets and started getting rid of clothing that no longer fit, had worn out it's welcome.

I was baking a lot and only wanted a slice but my co-workers enjoyed it.





I felt that I was going through a writer's block and the words couldn't come out.

It hit me like a brick it was December. It would be the time to reflect on my life and had I grown.

It was the time of year where the grieving started again and it had been 12 years since she passed.

I felt that the world was going to swallow me up and spit me out and I wasn't  ready!


I haven't been going to church where I am able to normally go and get rejuvenated. The silly reason

they changed the time , it was only supposed to be for the summer, and it went past that . I was protesting.

The only one that I was hurting was myself because I needed the word of encouragement, the word of

guidance, and the word to tell me where to go next. I felt lost! Does anyone else go through this?

As an outgoing person I had been becoming more and more an introvert. Not wanting to deal with

people wanting to challenge me because I had nothing to prove to them.  Not wanting to deal with crowds.

Not wanting to dress up and put on heels these were things that I had once loved to do.

So reality slapped me up side my head and said snap out of it !.

My first step was to pray on it.  I prayed that those who loved me would support me. Those who were

trying to be users would be removed.  I prayed to let go of things that weren't worth holding on to.

I started watching less television and spending more time reading. Something that I loved to do as a child.

I then started planning outing with friends that I had stopped being around and realized that they were also

going through a storm . We were both coming out on the other side and ready to live life to the fullest.

Trips are being planned for 2019. Heels are being ordered to replace the Nike's in the closet.

Church service is going back to the time that I preferred to go. Resume is being updated with all the new

experiences that I have learned. The wall that I had put up to protect my heart is lowering to take risks and


feel again.

I have gone through each room of my home to declutter. I have a freeing feeling that has come over myself

and it might sound passe' but its a fresh start and that's all it takes. Sometimes we go into a funk and can't

figure out why . It could be that we are overwhelmed, overworked, or just needing to take a mental break.

December is the month that my Mother passed 12 years ago and I know it like clock work that I will

feel sad, on top of that my sibling had gotten sick and my job was going to a reorganization. I am still here

I made it through all of it without a scratch. I feel alive again and for the first day of the new year I am looking

forward to new beginnings! Here's to a fresh start !


Submitted by :
Blessed Poet Pat
aka Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Poet, Blogger

www.patriciaAsaunders.com

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Sister's Love

A Sister's Love


Growing up I was the youngest of 13 siblings. I had one in particular who took the role at the age of 11

to be the Second Momma. She would babysit me, as she got older her job was to make sure I ate, bathe

and did my homework. She was a teenager and I did everything that she did. She applied Noxzema to her

face for teenage acne well here I am right behind her when she went to school putting it on my face. She

would put ketchup on her collard greens well here I go doing the same thing again. When she started dating

her boyfriend who is now her husband I was scared that our relationship would change. On her wedding day

my nose was bleeding because I was afraid my sister was going to leave me forever.

Our relationship didn't change if anything I was calling her to talk on the phone like she was next store, when

I could I was taking the bus to spend weekends with her until I learned to drive. She later moved to

California and when I was in my late 20's and my father's health was declining it was best that I go

where I had family and support. I was going to be closer to my Second Momma.

I understand that not all families are the same. Some siblings have arguments and don't speak for years but

that's not our case. We talk on the phone daily, talk about everything that I normally would with my Mother

who has passed, and if I am ever hungry I know I can go grab a plate.

The best thing about having sisters is that they are always going to be there, they are your best friend, your

counselor, your shopping buddy, and travel partners. My sisters will always be honest with me and tell

me their honest opinion even if it is going to hurt me. 

People don't understand from the outside our dynamic but it takes something traumatic like a brush with

death, a serious illness, something that will harm us that makes the five sisters forget any misunderstandings

and get into formation. My lonely brother feels left out at times but together my mother had instilled in each

of us a piece of her. That together we are the glue to hold each other up when a crisis arises. 

 It's the holidays when we always check on each other. It's the time of year when we miss our mother most.

This year especially we had a scare with the Second Momma and we all got into formation like we did when

we had to take care of our mother. We all got on phones calling our friends and family who work in the

medical field, called on our Heavenly Father to not let her go, and we started praying. Our family is tigher

members who were not speaking are speaking. The baton has been passed to the younger generation to

take over as we are getting older. A sister's love is like no other love.


Submitted by
Patricia A. Saunders
Award Winning Author, Poet and Blogger
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I want to write a book ... where do I start?

I am asked all the time once someone knows that I am a writer.

How did you publish your book?

I tell everyone that I started writing in my journal and once I had enough content I started taking

pieces and putting them into the outline.

I challenged myself to write poetry and nonfiction with the outcome that the reader would find

motivation. I wanted the reader to take what I had wrote and relate in some parts to the topics.

Then I started doing my research with other writers on what they were doing.

I also used Google to find self published publishers over traditional.

Once I felt that there was a relationship I read all of the contract before signing on the dotted line.

I uploaded my manuscript and the work began.


I was contacted to give a synopsis of what the book was about, where did I want it to be sold, how

many pages was the book. What type of formatting did I want to use, the color of the pages and lastly

help in selecting the book cover.

Again research research and more research.

I decided on the amount I wanted to charge for my books, found the book covers for each of my

books because I had a vision that I wanted the buyer to capture off the shelves to purchase.

I found my own editor and went through revision after revision until I felt the book my baby

was ready to be born.

My advice to any poet, new author, or reader who is contemplating writing their first book is to do

your due diligence. What works for one might not work for you. Whom I chose for a publisher

was based on my need . There are many out there and make sure you have your work copyrighted!

I wish all the best on the journey. There is a story in each of us to share.


Submitted by :
Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Poet, Blogger

visit my website at www.patriciaAsaunders.com

Monday, November 5, 2018

Not Needing Your Acceptance

Not Needing Your Acceptance

Powerful words

Letting them roll off of my lips like dew drops

As a child we do everything to appease our parents

Then it become peer pressure when we are teenagers

Then it's someone else that we are trying to please

At some point it stops!



When I was younger I was told I was beautiful

That all that matters is that you're beautiful

So as I aged, life challenges presented itself ,  as most men and women I found  myself with a few extra

pounds

Now I was still beautiful but society had labels 


I had family members who love me say " You dress cute for a big girl"

It would sting because why wasn't I thought of as someone who dressed nice

I hit 50 years old and there was a feeling of liberation.

I was letting friends go who were negative

I was letting relationships go that were toxic

I was letting jobs go that were killing me

Again the same family member would say " You know companies won't hire you because you're plus size

they discriminate".

I would prove her wrong , get a wonderful job and keep stepping.

I have had to overcome adversity due to the color of my skin, my gender and my age but never my size!

Recently the same sibling stopped talking to me because while stressed I confessed that within 24 hours I

ate 8 donuts. She was sending me affirmations, saying she was doing an intervention, and literature on

12 step programs for Overweight Anonymous. I got her intent was good but the delivery sucked.

Here's the funny thing out of 13 siblings I don't have cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure or anything I

am the healthiest child. The only ailment is arthritis that I inherited from my father's side of the family.



I had a conversation with a friend recently talking honestly about life , sexual orientation, religion and

everything grown talk about. I said as I have grown to be my age and hope to grow older that the last thing

I need on this earth is anyone's acceptance. Anyone who knows me knows that I wear my heart on my

sleeve, I bear all my emotions, relationships and everything on the line I have nothing to hide.

I have ended childhood friendships with people over their insecurities that they tried to pass to me.  I have

walked off of jobs where I didn't feel that I was treated with respect and didn't have another one lined up. I

am still living, employed with another job, and new friends have come into my life. When people tell me their

stories it's not for me to judge and tell them how I feel the chapter of their book should be written.


What people fail to realize in life everyone makes decisions. They are either right or wrong depending on

who you ask. The answer is do you need their acceptance to live your life to the fullest capacity? Majority

the time the answer if no!

So I live my plus size life blessed and curvy! I drink my wine when I want to and I smoke a good cigar!

When you have others in your life who want you to follow their way or no way it depends on you do you

want to follow! I will never be a follower except to the man above who I call my Almighty Father!


I hope this blog today helps someone who has been judged and feels bullied . Don't let them get you down.

Keep your head up !

Not Needing Your Acceptance ! keep saying that .

Live, Love, and Laugh




Submitted by Patricia A. Saunders
Author, Poet, Motivational Speaker and Blogger
http://www.patriciaAsaunders.ocm
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Guest Blogger Kimberly Lee delivers a message for all to find a voice




Valiant Voices-Kimberly Lee

We’ve all had something that could potentially silence the sound of our soul. Even as you read this the corridors of your memory could be opened to a memory, a scent, a day or time that you’d rather not remember. Or perhaps you’re the vigilante that that has snatched their life’s vocal chords back from a traumatic experience.  You could even be the doula that helps the injured survivor process the pain of circumstances in order to birth purpose.

No matter which you may be one thing is for sure, trauma on any level is just that; trauma. Trauma is a deeply distressing event that changes the trajectory of an existence that you deem as normal into a reality that can range in emotions from sullen numbness, trickery, deceit, rage and chaos on any given day. This doesn’t even include the time it takes to heal and eventually come to a place of wholeness. Trauma that people have experienced over time comes in all different shapes and sizes ranging from pay inequality, abuse of power, or the very current light that has been shed on sexual violence and sexual misconduct voiced by the powerful Tarana Burke and her #Metoo movement.  


I’m no therapist but I know trauma because I’ve experienced it in my own life. As an ex-wife of a pastor, and mother infidelity and loss of my own identity ravaged my personal and family life a few years back. I won’t go deep into the story but so much kept me silent that I wasn’t even aware of the silence until I was physically out of the situation. One day I prayed a short but powerful prayer, “God get me out of here” when He answered the walls that constricted my voice began to open up to give birth healing as I became amicable to the scary possibility that I could actually be free. Over the year’s I’d not only experienced emotional abuse but physical abuse as well, in addition to yet another cataclysmic way of life, dumbing myself down and restricting my life’s voice to the command of what other’s thought my life should look like was a way of life I knew all too well. Dumbing oneself down yields a return of anxious perfectionism that puts your real life on mute all while having to wear a mask until you decide to say, “me too, I’m hurting too!”

We live in a society where much is said about things that can silence us but they can also deafen us to the real cries of our societal woes. As I sat and watched the 5:00 news the other day I was flabbergasted at a piece reporters were doing on the mortality rate of pregnant African-American women losing their lives in childbirth due to lack of preventable health care being offered because of the color of one’s skin. I couldn’t believe what I was watching, I was appalled at the fact that we are even having to even bring light to the topic that should not be happening and more than that the reason that it is happening! In the report, “Mother’s Matter”, the reporter went on to say the as she researched the topic with not only African-American women but other cultures too, one thing was clear, the voices of women of color or their counterparts are simply not being heard. This lets me know that there is a clear power dynamic that needs to be addressed not only in this situation but in all situations where power, fear and lack of identity are used to prevent others from advocating for their best lives. It is up to us to take our power back and understand our needs and wants and be our own best advocate. We need to realize we owe nothing to dysfunction and it is our privilege as well as our responsibility to speak up and create healthy boundaries for our own lives and communities.


So what can we do? Here lately so much is able to be said in our social-media driven society where everyone is an expert that I feel the sensitive subjects mentioned in this article have the chance of not being taken as seriously by society as they should be. I’ve seen it where people of influence shy away from the realness of sensitive topics like sexual abuse, racism, and political foolishness so then we by default forego the freedom of voice that brings about true witness and transformation to our society, our families and our own selves. I believe this happens for many reasons, as in my case, fear of change, lack of resources, shame, and the disdain I would experience from the powers that be. It takes courage to speak up and I believe sometimes in society we don’t have the courage to change or speak up so we make light of complex topics and use as a diversion such topics as “side-chicks” or the tom-foolery that keeps us distracted from truly rallying in political areas to see the changes we so desperately want and need. In my experience we do this as a society because it’s easier to move on to the next hot topic versus dealing with the hard, ugly truth that is necessary for deep, lasting healing. Truly hopeful, I believe there are being raised up even now some more courageous movements in society that are committed to uncovering truth and advocating for the necessity of healing. It will be these types of courageous pioneering movements of teaching and healing work that will leave a lasting mark on our society by way of doctrine and demonstration of truth. These teaching and healing movements are really what is needed to bring about powerful ongoing healing and restoration that are a gleaming light and the powerful truths that give people the courage and opportunity to take part in creating new normal.

So what is it that creates a new normal? For me, it was desperation, it was feeling like I couldn’t breathe in my current situation, the repeated loss of dignity and it was the taste of freedom and one single recurring thought that “I was more and there has to be more to life than this.” I’ve lost my voice and even given it up on several occasions. Then one day I came to the brink of my breakthrough, I’d had enough of being muzzled by life and people. After that one-liner prayer courage arose in me to find my own valiant voice, to heal and begin again. I think the hardest recovery of them all was the emotional abuse that stained my soul and broke my spirit to what felt like some days a point of no peace and no return. It was in this place that I couldn’t see because I was bent over in my mind wondering things like, “what did I do wrong and why wasn’t I good enough?” I went on like this for days, and months like many others, until I was thrown a life-line by way of an idea to share my story and teach what I needed to learn. I spent many hours researching my pain and my failures; intertwined with sharing my story little by little I began to experience weight lifting off of my life. I began going on social media everyday sharing my life lessons through what I called, “Lunchtime tip of the Day.” Lunchtime tip of Day to my surprise had an overwhelming response from others just like me fighting to gain their freedom and their God-given voice back.

In this moment I am reminded of all the courageous leaders like yourself who rebel against status quo ideals that are prevalent in society and on assignment to lull us to sleep and dull us to the point that we go along with the current trends of societal silence. So I ask the question again, what does it take to create new normal? Of course there is not enough time to go over an exhaustive list of answers here but I believe we can start with these-


Understanding what a valiant voice really is-A valiant voice is not always the loudest voice but a still small voice that says yes to self-worth, that says, “I am taking my dignity back because I am more than where I am right now.”  A valiant voice finds the courage to choose shedding comfort zones to break cycles of bondage in order to experience new freedom in life.  A valiant voice says, yes to the truth that they are God’s masterpiece and were created for good works.  A valiant voice says I will heal and rid myself of being clothed with the embarrassment of shame for myself and my choices. A rebellious valiant voice understands they are not what they do and they are not their choices but they are believing-beings called to glorify God in the time they have here on earth. Lastly, a valiant declares, “I will be true to myself and my giftedness. I will live with the type of vulnerability it takes to become more and more whole on my journey, while learning to be a unique voice of service to others as well.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou



Uncovers the lesson-Any good coach studies losses as well as wins so uncovering lessons of traumatic life events or setback is imperative to being a being valiant voice. Making the same choices and expecting different results is simply defined as insanity. Uncovering a lesson is knowledge- a valiant voice takes it a step further and uses that knowledge in everyday decisions allowing it to become wisdom that brings about that new normal. Change and failure are unavoidable so we should make our best effort to fail forward because as the quote goes, “Change is the true result of all true learning.”


Amplify their unique sound-Sometimes we are afraid of the sound of our voice. Reason being, because we’ve been made to feel powerless in situations then in other times we are afraid of how magnificent the sound of our own voice is so we become uncomfortable not yet being used to what freedom sounds like. To amplify the sound of your life’s voice you must spend time developing as a person, spiritually, personally and professionally. It is our responsibility to know what gifts and talents lie with us and then cultivate those gifts and talents to live fulfilled lives all while serving some greater purpose. Each of us has a call, a purpose and once we begin to take destiny steps that foster our purpose our sound will get clearer and clearer. When our valiant voice begins to show up it is up to us to write the vision for our life and make it plain, set it on steps of faith and work to assure our goals come to pass. Amplifying your unique sound for your sphere of influence means not being afraid of what others think because you are committed to living authentically and to that I say, “Turn it up!”

Unity-No man is an island and when your life vision begins to turn outward where you are touching the masses you will need help, you will want help! Collaborating is key and very necessary when you are building anything of significance. As a matter of fact your gifts and talents can only go so far before you understand that you are not graced to do everything that your vision needs. To have a valiant voice you must be secure enough within yourself to know when and how to ask for help and humble enough to take the help! It has been said, “True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”  With that train of thought we must realize we can cover more ground as everyday leaders in excellence and efficiency together than we could if we were just trying to do it all alone. A valiant voice has a distinct sound and is a great self-starter but works well as part of a team going in the same direction. Unity is one very important component that produces results for dreamers that are willing to wake-up and work together. Remember a puzzle has many pieces but when put together correctly makes one work of art.

Trauma happens, setbacks happen; failure happens sometimes at the hand of others and sometimes by our uninformed decision making but what matters most is how we will respond. Will we ever remain voiceless victims in our own stories or decide to go within and receive the divine downloads that will lead us to liberty. Living in liberty is no easy feat, so I don’t mean to make it sound trite but it is a necessary faith-filled feat if we will change our own existence and hopefully in the process encourage one, empower one, bless one or all of the above. It’s up to us as individuals and tribes of people’s to understand what our valiant voice sounds like and uncover the lessons that lead to victory. It is our responsibility and right to live fulfilled by amplifying the sound of our life’s voice and working together in unity with those who are on a profound and powerful mission, just like us. Once you’ve found your voice, stand up and have your say, make your mission clear, make it matter and prayerfully it leaves an indelible mark of legacy that outlives you. Your voice matters.


References-

Maya Angelou Quote
Mother’s Matter-King Five News, Seattle, Washington


About the Guest Blogger and Author:


Kimberly Lee is an ordained minister, professional speaker; coach by nature; author and facilitator of her signature program Empowered Living. Kimberly uses anyone of these functions to help you breakthrough tough mindsets and tough situations. She is fiercely committed to those who are ready to redeem painful experiences in order to pursue purpose and come into their own value, voice and life vision. She is the author of On the Brink of a Breakthrough and Bridge to Breakthrough expressly designed to help you shift from mindsets that undermine your potential while encouraging you to prosper holistically. You can catch Kimberly via Social Media or in person building people up mentally and spiritually by offering practical wisdom that helps people live an empowered lifestyle. She has impressive experience in breaking through hard places in life, inspiring others, soul-work techniques, project management and transformational speaking. She proudly holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Kimberly mentors and ministers as conference host of her ministry Wise Women Win. Her mantra, “You can live above anything that has tried to render you powerless by faith in God and faith in yourself.


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Thank you so much for being a guest blogger on Blessed & Curvy.