Saturday, December 9, 2017

Connect with Verse - Poetry Corner! Featuring: Glacia Townsend

Glacia Townsend

I Write

I write because it is how I express

I write because I can’t afford a therapist

I write because my pain and pleasure becomes ink

I write because I can put down whatever I think

I write because pens and paper don’t talk back

I write because I don’t want to be an alcoholic or addicted to crack

I write because I hurt so deep inside

I write because unless I let you read… my misery, I can hide

I write because it is how I exhale

I write to keep myself out of jail

I write because self-destruction is wearing me down

I write because I am lonely although there are people around

I write because I realize it is a gift

I write because this is how I get my lift

I write because it helps me release

I write because it brings me peace

I write because who would really care anyway

I write because I have something to say

I write because people ask me too

I write because I can Pozitiv Lee speak for you

I write because it frees my soul

I write because it fills my empty hole

I write because it keeps me alive

I write because it is how I survive

I write because maybe, just maybe I could help someone

I write because rhyming it a lot of fun

I write because I don’t have a diary

I write because I am my own best friend as well as my own enemy

I write because I can speak for my hood

I write because it makes me feel so good

I write because I always feel better when I am done

I write because of my daughters and my son

I write because it helps me to understand me

I write because it gives me clarity

I write because I feel it’s what I am supposed to do

I write because if not me, then who?

I write because only I can tell my story

I write because through it all, I have to give God the Glory

I write because although it may sound a little odd

Writing helps me in my relationship with God

So now that the inner me myself and I has come to light

You too know the reason why I write

Written by Glacia Townsend

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Theo's Sports Corner by Theo Abbott

A Promising Season for University of Maryland Terrapins Football turns into Disappointment 

The Terrapins (Terps) were blown out 66-3 by the Penn State Nittany Lions on their last game of this Season. This is not the way they wanted to finish considering the Terps started the year 2-0. After 12 games they finished the year with a 4-8 record. The Terps have a long way to go to become a football powerhouse.

Maryland dealt with major injuries throughout the year. The Terps lost their starting quarterback, then their backup quarterback, and a top defensive pass rusher. However, injuries are a part of the game and the coaching staff has to be prepared to make adjustments and put a strong product on the field.

After wins against #23 ranked Texas and Towson to start the season, the Terps were blown out by University of Central Florida 38-10, Ohio State 62-14, Wisconsin 38-13, and Michigan 35-10. Although this is a low point for Maryland Football there was one good thing. Wide Receiver D.J. Moore caught 80 passes for eight touchdown and 1,033 yards. However, D.J. may skip his senior season next year and go to the NFL.

There will be no bowl game for the Terps this year. However, there is still a lot of excitement surrounding Head Coach D.J. Durkin and his ability to turn the Maryland Football Program around. In order to do this, he will need to recruit better players which can be a challenge especially when competing for players with the likes of Penn State. The Terps are trying to taking the next step. They are the newest addition to the powerful Big 10 Conference but are not on the level of Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan, or Michigan State.

There is optimism for the future though. You have Under Armour (the powerful sport and athletic brand) in your backyard which is also the Sponsor of your new athletic facility. Under Armour has partnerships with sports stars like Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Steph Curry, Jordan Spieth, and Clayton Kershaw. This will continue to help with recruiting football talent to the University because Under Armour is recognized by many of the young players coming up today. “Building a football team is a process,” Durkin said. He has already started to get ready for next season. Let’s see if he can take his message to talented high school recruits and get them to commit to the program and the university. Stay Tuned! Time will tell.

Connect with Verse - Poetry Corner! Featuring Felicia Malone

An Angel and a Garden

Must have been an angel
Before my birth
Left on this earth
Trying to build a garden
From shards of stone.
Is this my assignment
Before I earn my wings
To create beauty
Out of broken things? 

Copyright 2017 Felicia Malone

Friday, December 1, 2017

Divine Wellness by Traci A. Fonville

My Beautiful Body

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
-Janis Joplin

Almost all of us have a distorted image of our body, often due to the importance our culture places on outward appearance and the onslaught of media images of airbrushed models and celebrities. On a daily basis, we talk to ourselves in ways we would never speak to another. Imagine speaking to a child the way you speak to yourself about your body. It would devastate and squelch a child. It affects you similarly, causing stress and emotional pain in your body, which can make improving your health or losing weight even more difficult.

Think of all the intelligence, creativity and time you spend on improving, altering and judging your appearance. Who would you be and what could you accomplish if your valuable resources weren’t used this way? Constant emphasis on the external makes us discount the great presence and intelligence that is housed by the body. It makes us forget the magic of our internal rhythms and fail to acknowledge the beautiful bodies we have.

The body you have right now is incredible! It never misses a heartbeat, it maintains homeostasis and it miraculously digests whatever you put in it….good and bad! It is your instrument for expressing your creativity, intelligence, and love. By focusing on the 1% you don’t like or wish were different, you may be ignoring the remaining 99% of your body that is beautiful, unique and delightful.

What would your life be like if you were simply at peace with the body you have? You may wish to make your body healthier and stronger, but could you do that out of love and respect for your body instead of the opposite? Could you begin to treat yourself with kindness, to limit the negative self-talk and reconnect with your inner wisdom? Take a minute to imagine what that would feel like. It would mean celebrating your body rather than punishing it. It would mean nourishing your body rather than depriving it. It would mean a chance to watch your body flourish when treated with care and respect.

So as the new year rushes in and you begin the process of making new goals for 2018, make YOU a priority! Celebrate, nourish and be kind to your body. Put your fresh new perspective on YOU at the top of your priority list and let it seep down into your everyday doing and being. Happy Holidays!

Traci A. Fonville is a board certified holistic health coach, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a registered yoga teacher. She is the owner of I Affirm Wellness, which specializes in health coaching and beginner yoga classes. She is a Wellness Advocate for dōTerra Essential Oils and a Brand Ambassador for ItWorks! Follow Traci on Instagram and Facebook @iaffirmwellness. Log onto her websites for health and wellness products at and

Dear AunT,

Q: How do you help your partner cope with disappointments?

Signed: C.A. ~ Partner4Life

A: Depending on the severity of the disappointment, there are a few ways that you can help your partner cope. Unless you are a professional, licensed therapist or counselor, do not try to diagnose your partner. This action will shut your partner down and they will not trust you. You are partners because of the trust. During this time, he/she really just need you to listen, hold, hug, or just be there, so do not play doctor. If it becomes too much for both you and for them to handle, seek professional counseling/therapy. It is perfectly ok to allow others to intervene.

Here are a few ways to help your partner:

  1. Listen. Don’t try to give interventions, advice, comparisons, etc…just listen.
  2. Hug. Sometimes a hug will do it.
  3. Offer your partner a bath (yes, men as well can take baths!). Sometimes just sitting in the water can relax the nerves and tension so that release can take place. You can also add Epson salt or bath cocktails such as bubbles.
  4. Change the mood. Make the environment stress free by turning on soothing music, lighting candles, utilizing a vapor with oils such as eucalyptus or peppermint.
  5. Offer personal space. Your shoulder/lap/body can be soothing for your partner to cuddle, hold and even cry on.
  6. Most importantly, say a prayer and words of affirmations. Let your partner know that everything will be alright. :)
Until next time, I’ll chat with you later!

Love ya,

Trinette Collier Green is a Certified Relationship Stylist
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sticky Notes by Trinette Collier Greene

Sticky Notes….Sticky Situations Daily Dose of ?!?!

Welcome back to Sticky Notes…Sticky Situations Daily Dose of ?!?! The first half of the school year is coming to an end. The holiday season is here and the kids will be unfocused and excited because of holiday programs, events, and more! It can also be a stressful time for teachers because they are trying to keep the kids focused. Practice testing still must continue and preparation for the New Year is happening. Everyone is scrambling to make it to the last school day in December! Emotions are at an all-time high!

By now, routines have been established, so there should be a flow of homework, conferences, and activities. This is the perfect time to start your school holiday organizing! Start preparing for the class party, class gifts, teacher/administrative gifts and more! There are many ways you can help your child and their teacher during this time.
  1. Ask your teacher for a class list and the holiday plans. Even if the teacher is unsure of the holiday plans, you can still get generic class gifts and provide your teacher a store gift card so that they can shop for the party items.
  2. Ask your teacher if you can be of any assistance to them during the season. You can file papers, start the cleanup and provide a bathroom break for the teacher.
  3. Ask your teacher for their wish list. It may be hard to get one from him/her because they don’t want to say but the thought of you asking will place a smile on their face.
  4. Send encouraging words and mini gifts…utilize Pinterest!
  5. Be patient with your teacher and child.
Stay connected for more tips on having a great year and more! Until next time, remember to get a daily dose of laughter and love.

Mrs. Collier Greene

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Connect with Verse - Poetry Corner! Featuring: C. Michelle Atkins


What you want, I got it 
You don't have to explore other options
I'm the only option 
The One you're looking for 
You dreamed of me 
Now I'm your reality 
I'm in your inner space 
Enter space as you enter me 
My mind, the place where the soul resides 
My soul, where you can run and hide 
I'm the "It Factor", the stuff dreams are made of 
Your dreams, when you're awake 
I take you there and lift you high above 
The cares of this world 
Yes, I'm "That Girl" 
Your intergalactic chic 
The galaxy abyss 
The soul star, shooting far 
Above what your mind can conceive 
But what your heart can believe 
And your soul can achieve.... me

Friday, November 24, 2017

Dear AunT,

Q: Should you ask questions about your mate's past?

Signed: L.S. ~ Learning to Love

A: While pursuing a healthy relationship, we are naturally inquisitive about our mates and their past relationships. When we find bits and pieces of the past, we try to connect the dots and then compare to the current connection.

However, if you are concerned about the past and begin questioning it, be very prepared for the answers. Questions are good. They can provide insightful information that will help you with your current relationship and expectations.

Before you start the questioning process, be clear about why you are asking. Are you being nosey? Petty? Are you wanting to know the dating pattern? Was there any abuse? Mishaps? Whatever your motive is, just be clear about it. You don’t want to sound like the FBI in an interrogation room! Then ask yourself, what are you going to do with the information given? Will it help you to make the decision of staying or leaving the current relationship?

Questions can be part of the learning process, it’s how you ask them and when you ask. So again, be very clear about why you are asking about the past and what do you plan to gain from it. The past is the past, let it be. Of course, if there is any type of harmful acts or abusiveness, make sure to make a decision that will ensure your safety.

Until next time, love, live, and laugh!
Chat with you next week!

Love ya,

Trinette Collier Green is a Certified Relationship Stylist
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Connect with Verse - Poetry Corner - Featuring Glacia Townsend

Glacia Townsend


AGGGGHHHHHHH! This whole race thing is really frustrating

All the killings of these black males with no hesitating

And then to boot, with no penalty or indictment in the end

Yes, some of the males may be wrong, however then you need to apprehend

Punish them and/or make them do time

Because No, they should not just get away if they committed a crime

But to put them in a GRAVE

C’mon these young lives could have been saved

And what gets me… is when there are no weapons found

However, his family is suffering because he is 6 feet in the ground

While the murderer gets off scot-free

And you are telling me justice is distributed equally

I know one of the issues is this word called RACE

We were created equally I don’t know how that part got so displaced

God created one race called human… go on take a look

Nowhere in the Bible it reads differently trust I looked through that book

Yes we have different cultures, ethnicities, and pigments in our skin

But because of that for our life, we have to defend

This is the 21st century and still so much more room for change

We went from hangings, where we believed that to be strange

So no more strange fruit on sycamore trees

However, the killings are now with guns still done publically

Who are you to judge that a life can just be taken away

So how do you get to decide who goes and who stays

We are all human I which we could just all understand

To live in love with one another is Gods plan

Not to hate on the bases of pigment of someone’s skin

Take a moment and check yourself within

You bleed and hurt and I do too

That’s because I too am human just like you

Why can't we treat each other with respect and be a little kinder

Why do I have to write these words as a reminder

That its only one race so how could one, when there’s only one be better

God put us all here to live peacefully together

And for a very long time that has not been the case

We have allowed Satan to intervene and try to divide the human race

C’mon we can’t continue to let him win

Especially by being divided because of the difference in our cultures, ethnicities or color of our skin

It hurts me so bad to realize that we come so far but yet still have so far to go

However, I think even little steps can continue to help us grow

Let’s not loot and steal because two wrongs never become right

But let’s stick together like snowflakes to win this fight

One snowflake alone does not shut anything down

However, when they all stick together they can shut down schools, businesses, and towns

Let’s make a difference that will last forever

Let’s promise not to give up, never!

But let’s see this thing all the way through

And remind each when asked what’s your race… reply, 
I am HUMAN just like YOU!

Written by Glacia Townsend

Friday, November 17, 2017

Dear AunT,

Q:  What are the components of a strong relationship?

Signed: R.G. ~ Waiting & Ready

A:  There are many components that can build a foundation for a strong and healthy relationship. However, it really depends on the individuals.

When you enter a relationship, you must set up your expectations and start building from there. Remember, a strong foundation cannot be built after the first day or date of the relationship. It is work.

Here are some components that I incorporated during the initial dating stage;

  1. I set my expectations of what I wanted in a relationship and I shared it with my partner IN CONVERSATION! Not text, emails, gifs, or emojis….I talked!
  2. I listened and understood my partner’s expectations. It wasn’t one sided and again, it was through conversation.
  3. When we started officially dating, I did not worry about a title, I wanted to enjoy dating because my expectations were already set. Meaning, he knew that I was not looking for a one night stand or cuffing buddy. :)
  4. We built a friendship… listening and learning with each other and from each other.
  5. We took our time, being patient is essential. We allowed things to flow.
  6. We found a common denominator in our spiritual life, meaning, we prayed.
  7. We enjoyed every part of the process and are still enjoying it.
So I hope this will give you a start and I wish you the best!

Until next time, I’ll chat with you later.

Love ya,


Monday, November 13, 2017

Mindset Matters by Cassandra Williams-Herbert

Living a Life of Intent by Renewing of your Mind

Are you living life with the greatest intent? Your lifestyle takes an evaluation of learning to focus on you, finding time to identify skills, values, and interests. This includes exploring options by getting connected with individuals that are walking the same path and to pursue the area that follows your desired outcome. These areas include preparing yourself, placing yourself in the right circle, fair, networking event, taking classes. The goals of all this will involve reflections and decision making for the desired life you wish to live.

One of my greatest joys is waking up living a life of intent and gratitude. We must remember to focus on the things that matter in life. In our daily lives reflects our passion motivator which is connected to our actions and decisions. The day when Intentional Living Intentionally takes priority in your life it will transform.

Living intentionally recognizes distractions that you normally would take part in the activities of wasted time and many unproductive days.

Is life fair, No. Is life perfect, No but the journey that takes you through to help you define your life purpose is defined by family, friends, daily interactions with others, setting and locations.

Recently I had a moment to reflect on life about family members and friends that I have lost too deeply take a strong aim at not taking life for granted.

After attending a funeral of a very close friend, a very strong woman of faith, all I was left with were reflections. These reflections took my attention to other past loves in my life that have past on. Individuals most live with intent, making every moment of every day of their lives matter to others and most essential to God.

Remember, tomorrow is not promised and the next minute not guaranteed. Renew your mind for living a life of intent and no regrets. "If" is such a big word; If I did, If I could, If I knew - what would you do differently? What would matter most? We should not let living life be a life lived of I did not but yet I lived a life of fulfillment; live each day with purpose and passion for a life of impact.

“Living An Intentional Lifestyle is Essential” to create a world of joy and peace. Be intentional with your life through your actions, words, thoughts, love and your mindset. 

Cassanda Williams-Hebert
Contributing Writer & Social Media Specialist, Simply Cindy Blog

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Rosenda O. Starling


Rosenda O. Starling is a Vice President with Bank of America and has been an associate with the bank for over 16 years. In addition to the financial sector, Rosenda has also worked in the health insurance industry for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and the pharmaceutical industry for GlaxoSmithKline. She has over 20 years of corporate experience.

Rosenda holds an MBA Degree (Accounting Emphasis) from Winthrop University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from South Carolina State University where she graduated with honors. Rosenda is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

In her personal life, Rosenda is a divorced mother of two teenage boys. This is where her real passion lies and what pushes her to go above and beyond to provide the path for them to reach their highest potential. To this end, Rosenda’s hidden desire lies in entrepreneurship and business ownership. She believes that everyone should strive to attain multiple streams of income to gain wealth and pass on a legacy to their families and she works to help others in this effort.

Rosenda is currently the co-owner of the Columbia, South Carolina market of Paint Nite. She has been the co-owner of this business for the past three years where it had expanded to Sumter, Newberry, Lexington, Irmo, and Chapin. Rosenda’s other endeavors are in the Network Marketing arena where she considers herself to be a serial Network Marketer. Rosenda’s interests are reflected in the businesses she has chosen to focus her energy in the areas of personal defense and safety, travel and on the go business promotion. She wants people to understand the power of Network Marketing and how it can be used to facilitate business ownership but more importantly personal development.

Rosenda is an advocate for domestic violence victims and women and children who are subject to any forms of violence or abuse. This is reflected in her involvement in Damsel in Defense, which focuses on empowering, educating and equipping women with the tools needed to protect themselves. Self-defense equipment, roadside safety items, family education products and digital defense services are just some of the products and services promoted by Damsel in Defense.

Rosenda also promotes the travel industry through agency ownership and marketing. Rosenda’s desire is to show others how to use the industry to have exciting adventures through traveling the world and building financial freedom through earning residual income. Her personal desire is to take her sons on trips and tours that they otherwise never could experience and to widen their cultural awareness and span of influence.

Lastly, to help the promotion of her businesses, Rosenda promotes Asirvia Go, which is used to promote business through proximity marketing. This tool is helpful for any business owner as it sends messages via smartphones to potential customers who are within a 100-foot radius of the Asirvia Go device.

Rosenda lives her life based on the poem by Marianne Williamson, Our Greatest Fear. She tries to be a source of encouragement to everyone she meets through words of encouragement and empowerment. We are all powerful beyond measure!

Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Connect with Verse – Poetry Corner! Featuring Sophia Johnson


By: EnFenaTi

Walking through life trying to decide

Running around wondering why

Asking the question

Answering the clue

Taking the time to open your mind

Open your ears

Open your eyes

Take a while, live the life

Nothing takes away the pain

Nothing to disclaim

Open doors; closed doors

Closed eyes; closed ears

Situations, disappointments

Happy and sad days

The times you cherish

The days you miss

© 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ask AunT

Dear AunT,

Q: How do you know if you're in an actual relationship?

Signed: L.C.~Seriously Need to Know

A:  When you meet a person and you are attracted to him/her, there’s a light, glow, smile, and much more that goes through your body and mind. When you proceed to the next step of introducing yourself and wanting to know more about that person, you are showing an interest. That interest should lead to a few questions and a Meet & Greet/Date. This is your opportunity to let the person know what you are looking for; such as a relationship or hangout partner.
This doesn’t mean that on the first date, you pull out the list of rules, but you are setting the tone for what you are desiring. This gives the person an idea of your expectations. That is why honesty, in the beginning, is extremely crucial! Then AFTER dating (however long you both agree on), you should be able to have that conversation about the status of your relationship; exclusively dating each other, dating other people, bedroom buddies, coffee buddies, etc… Just make your expectations clear from the beginning.

Until next time, I’ll chat with you later.

Love ya,


Trinette Collier Green is a Certified Relationship Stylist
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Beverly's Beatitudes by Beverly Branch

His Strength in Your Weakness

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. —2 Corinthians 12:9

I didn’t have an easy childhood. I came from a home that was broken many, many times over. But I can look back on my past today and instead of moaning about it, I can say, “I went through that, and now I can comfort others.” It has become a tool to help others.

I wouldn’t want to go through that again, of course. Nor would I want anyone else to go through the same thing. But I’m thankful that God can take my past and use it for His glory today. I’m thankful that He can take that hardship and use it for His glory. He can do the same for you.

Maybe at this time in your life, you’re going through some hard times, and you’re wondering why. God will use it. It’s hard to believe now. But just remember that it won’t last forever.

As 1 Peter 1:6–7 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Trials don’t last forever.

I’m reminded of a sign posted at the end of an airport runway that reads, “Keep moving. If you stop, you are in danger and a danger to those who are flying.”

You can take that same statement and apply it to the Christian life. Keep moving. Don’t give up. Don't abandon hope. You are going to get through that valley in your life. There will be an even greater mountaintop beyond it, with great lessons you have learned as God demonstrated His strength in your weakness. Let GOD be GOD in Your Life! Let HIM Lead and Guide you in ALL You SAY and DO through Prayer, fasting and being in HIS Presence!!! You were born to Survive and Conquer All!!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Theo's Sports Corner by Theo Abbott

Washington Redskins are playing like an average football team and that is simply not going to cut it.

After six games, the Redskins record is (3-3). The Record says they are an average football team. However, they have shown flashes of greatness at times this season by handily beating the Oakland Raiders, showing poise in defeating the Los Angeles Rams, and coming within a dropped pass in the End Zone of upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, on this past Monday Night Football, after a promising start to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly, the Redskins came up small. They lost the game 34 - 24. The Redskins continue to struggle in the Red Zone scoring touchdowns, are not able to establish a strong running game, and are not converting many third down opportunities. I was lucky enough to be at the game in Philadelphia and saw firsthand the Redskins having troubles with execution in key moments.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to put up good numbers. However, he threw an untimely interception at a crucial point in the game when the Redskins still had a chance to pull the game out. That will not work. With the loss, the Redskins are now two full games back of the Eagles in the NFC East Division and received a season loss sweep from Philly. It does not get any easier with the archrival Dallas Cowboys coming in town this weekend to play the Skins.

The good news is the Redskins have the talent to turn things around. Cousins has a number of weapons on offense to pass to including Chris Thompson, Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant and Terrelle Pryor. Yet, they all have to play at a high level for the Redskins offense to be successful. The team can definitely move the ball up and down the field but has to be able to score touchdowns and put points on the board.

As for the defense, the Redskins have to limit big plays. They definitely can get pressure on opposing quarterbacks but can’t let what happened in the Eagles games where quarterback Carson Wentz was able to escape the pocket a number of times after it seemed he was going to be sacked.

The next few games will be a big test for the Redskins to see if this team is legit. The goal of making the Playoffs is still attainable. However, it depends on what Redskins team shows up to play these games because being average will not cut it. If this team wants to go the Playoffs to be able to compete for a Super Bowl then the Redskins need to make a winning move now.

Theo Abbott
Contributing Writer

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Divine Wellness by Traci A. Fonville

Get Slow

There is more to life than increasing its speed.


Who doesn’t feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? We rush through the day, running here and there and end up exhausted. Somehow these days that are full of duties, obligations, and busyness have begun to build up and become our lives. We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet we feel we should. We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do list is the ultimate goal.

The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift, and our time is too precious to be used like this. If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lessen our load and increase our downtime. This means planning less in a day, prioritizing those things that make our hearts sing and de-prioritizing those things that are not imperative.

If we must accomplish many things each day, we can still change the quality with which we do things. How can we transmute that sprint to the train into something delicious instead of the usual gripping and tightening experience? Where can we find ease in the midst of stress? How can we cultivate the art of going slowly?

Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and to think about what you want from the day. Leave your watch on the bedside table. Take the scenic route. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Check email only twice a day. Don’t pack your schedule so tight that there’s no time for a short walk. Light candles before you start to cook dinner. Add one moment here and there for slowness; it can be done simply and will have a profound effect on your well-being.

Adapted from an article by Marco Visscher & Jay Willjasper, Ode Magazine, Issue #15

 By, Traci A. Fonville, HC, AADP, RYT

Traci A. Fonville is a board certified holistic health coach, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a registered yoga teacher. She is the owner of I Affirm Wellness, which specializes in health coaching and beginner yoga classes. She is a Wellness Advocate for dōTerra Essential Oils and a Brand Ambassador for ItWorks! Follow Traci on Instagram and Facebook @iaffirmwellness. Log onto her websites for health and wellness products at and

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sticky Notes by Mrs. Collier Greene

Sticky Notes….Sticky Situations Daily Dose of ?!?!

Welcome back to Sticky Notes…Sticky Situations Daily Dose of ?!?! The school year is in full swing and everyone is in the groove of the curriculum. It is mid-season and progress reports and/or report cards have been delivered to you. Teachers and Administrators are preparing your child with test prep information along with preparing for holidays. By now, you should know your child’s teacher and the school as a whole.

Are you familiar with the school’s plan of action such as testing schedule, expectations, the district and more? If not, now is the time. You should also know the daily procedures for homework, discipline and other important details of the school. During this time, your calendar of events is handy as to not have any excuses as to why you are unable to attend the upcoming programs or workshops. November will fly by very fast because of the upcoming holiday break….Thanksgiving. At this time, schedule your conferences and know where your child stands in his/her grades. This will also give information if your child needs extra help in the curriculum.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and be proactive. You as the parent should know the school and everyone who is affiliated with your child. Learn what media programs are available, tutorial services, science clubs and educational scholarships for summer camps/programs! There is so much to learn about your child’s school! Take advantage of it.

Stay connected for more tips on having a great year and more! Until next time, remember to get a daily dose of laughter and love.

Mrs. Collier Greene

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Carolyn


Carolyn Jeffords is a graphic designer. She is currently searching for a full-time position in the arts while maintaining her freelance website, Carcoal ( Carolyn attained her degree in graphic design from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. She does a little bit of everything, from advertisements to drawings to posters, to photo colorizing and restoring. You name it, Carolyn's tried it. And if she hasn’t tried it, she's willing to give it a shot!

Ever since she was a little girl she loved doing things in the arts. Carolyn was a huge movie buff, she loved to draw, she loved to sing (but had stage fright, and still does to this day), and she had a huge imagination. "Art is honestly the thing that makes me the happiest, besides spending time with my friends and family." After some experimenting in college — trying to figure out who she was and what she really wanted out of life — Carolyn finally decided to get her degree in graphic design. "I greatly enjoy making something out of imagination and adding my own interpretation to things. It also gives me great joy creating something for a client or loved one and seeing their reactions as well as hearing their words of support."

Carolyn's biggest project thus far has been a poster series for a Dutch rock band called Thursday’s Child. "I did it for my graduation project my last semester of college." Their posters were displayed during a July 7th concert in Hoofddorp. "This was hard work but it was fun. It was fun to have my project used on such a level." Carolyn's currently working on a children’s book with one of her best friends and she's doing the new newsletters for a local organization called House of Hope. They help the homeless and people in dire situations get back on their feet as well as overcome any addictions they have, help them find a job, and help them find a place to live. "I feel that is a cause we all can stand behind!"

Carolyn's a big dreamer and she seeks to do huge things with her life. She has three big goals for her life. She wants to be successful in graphic design. She then wants to gain the confidence to make a foray into music and become successful in that. Lastly, she wants to start an organization that advocates child advocacy. Besides the arts, another passion of hers is giving back and helping others. "I feel fulfilled when I am a part of something bigger than myself and when I give back to people. I know for a fact I can and will be successful in my goals. I just have to remember to not get discouraged and to be protective of my dreams. I never see myself getting complacent, and I want to do a little bit of everything in my life."

Below are a couple more samples of what Carolyn does. She does a little bit of everything! If you're interested in following her, collaborating with her, or even buying some of her work, please do not hesitate to contact her. Carolyn's always looking to meet with fellow artists and to seek new opportunities. "Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my work!"

Carolyn Jeffords

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Connect with Verse – Poetry Corner! Featuring: Felicia Malone


"The Other Side of the Sun"

Today I saw,
The other side of the sun. 
Dark and bitter.
Clawing at anything
Reflecting the light. 
I saw the dejection,
Masked by bravado - 
A stern look,
A harsh word, 
The alter ego of,
A man I love.
Funny and attentive,
Where is he now?
Hidden by a
Wall of protection, 
Built from rejection, 
And a wound never healed.
On the other side.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Dear AunT,

Q: When are you comfortable enough in a relationship to give up the facade; to just be real?

Signed: AJ - Tired of faking the funk

A: ‘Houston, we have a problem!’ You started the relationship with a lie and that’s not healthy. You should have been comfortable in the beginning, to be truthful about everything, if you are expecting the same thing from the other person. 

This is not to say that you will not have any surprises along the way but let’s keep it real, you are setting yourself up for some major issues in the near future. Honesty is always best even when it doesn’t feel good, it's still best. You never want to mislead anyone in a relationship. Truthfully speaking, you are not honest with self.

Until next time, I’ll chat with ya’ later!

Love ya,

Trinette Collier Green is a Certified Relationship Stylist
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Theresa Hodge


Theresa Hodge is an Alabama native - loving mother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She is at her best when she is able to bring happiness to others. This author loves to read almost as much as she loves to write fictional stories. She finds writing therapeutic at times, especially during the loss of her oldest sister from breast cancer, which birthed her "Ask Me Again" Series. This was her first but this compilation led to her writing several other books. These books include her bestselling Noelle's Rock series among many others. Additionally, Theresa has a love affair with poetry. She began writing poetry at an early age and it served as a catalyst for her growth as a writer.
About Book:
Persuaded By A Tycoon, is an Interracial/ BWWM love story. It’s about a wealthy businessman named Aizen Chaplin. Aizen is doing business at a Resort when he meets up with a new University graduate who just happened to be looking for a job. Kimberly Owens happens to be walking on the beach one night when Aizen is out jogging. He runs into Kimberly and knocks her down. She has a few choice words for him, but before it’s over, he asks her on a date.

To know what happens next be sure get your copy of Persuaded By A Tycoon available on Amazon as of August 24, 2017.

Theresa’s inspiration for writing was a promise to her sister who died from breast cancer. Some tough times came her way that Theresa learns to write her way through depression from losing her sister and dad in less than a year apart. Her writing became therapeutic for her spirit that helped her to deal with death again less than a year after her sister and dad. Within in a two-year time span, she lost her grandmother, aunt, and uncle which she classifies as dark days in her life.

Learn more about Theresa Hodge by following and connecting with her on social media.

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