Friday, October 12, 2018

    Trinette Collier Greene

Q: I’m a hard working woman with a full-time job and a business outside of that. I am single, no children, with a beautiful family but have no desire to get married. I am enjoying traveling and just being me! People are always wanting me to get married and don’t believe that I am happy being single. How can I convince them that I’m happy and ok with my single life?

Signed: F.N.~Happy Single Lady

A: Congratulations on being single, a woman and happy! It is quite natural for your friends and family to want to see you happily married with children. Over the years, we’ve equated being married to being happy and that’s not true. For some, it is hard to understand why you would not want to get married and have the ‘American Dream’ of a husband, 2.5 kids, a dog, and a white picket fence. We’ve been so conditioned to think that people can’t be happily single. It is absolutely nothing wrong with being single. The Bible did not say that you had to get married. It states that it is better to marry than to burn.

There is no need to convince anyone that you are happy. Living on purpose and in your full potential will be the only thing you would need to ‘show’ people that you are happy. Allow your living to be a testament to the goodness that God has blessed you with…be genuine as you live your best life. You can respectfully let your friends know that you are happy being single and if you choose to pursue a relationship, then you will. Do not change or feel pressured into doing something that you have no desire to do. This will definitely cause your unhappiness.

Until next time, laugh, love and live life!


Trinette Collier Greene is a Certified Relationship Stylist and Contributing Writer.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Theo's Sports Corner by Theo Abbott

Last Place Washington Wins Arena Football League Championship

It’s been an amazing few months for Washington sports teams owner Ted Leonsis. First, his Washington Capitals hockey team won the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Finals. Now, his Washington Valor football team won the Arena Football League Championship in the Arena Bowl. Here is what is amazing. The Valor went 2 – 10 in the regular season. The team finished in last place. Yet, in the playoffs, the Valor went on a winning streak when it mattered most in the season. The Washington Valor beat the Baltimore Brigade 69 – 55 to win the Championship. Washington was led by quarterback Arvell Nelson, who passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 42 yards and five more touchdowns. Nelson was named Arena Bowl MVP. Just like the Capitals did in the month prior, the Valor played We Are the Champions and drank Bud Light from their championship trophy.

Leonsis is so proud that DC is changing the culture in terms of sports success. He believes that DC teams are ready to win championships across a multitude of sports. Washington DC is starting to get the nickname District of Champions after some of the city’s recent sports successes. Now, we just need for even more teams to add championships to the legacy of Washington DC. The Valor hosted a celebratory fan rally to honor the Champions. It was a great way for fans to interact and take photos with their favorite players and coaches. The ArenaBowl trophy was also on display and you could enjoy food and drinks.

“I’m so proud of this group of guys,” Valor Head Coach Benji McDowell said after the game. “We fought the entire game. It was a championship performance from start to finish against a great Baltimore team.” Valor wide receiver Doug McNeil caught eight passes for 95 yards and three receiving touchdowns and added a kickoff return touchdown on his way to being named Offensive Player of the Game. Is Washington really the District of Champions? We will see! First, the Caps and now the Valor, and in the future, we have to see how the Mystics (who are in the playoffs now), Nats, DC United, Kastles, Spirit, Wizards, and Redskins perform. I believe it is DC’s time! 

Theo Abbott
Contributing Writer

Saturday, August 25, 2018

   Trinette Collier Greene

Q: I'm a single Christian woman practicing celibacy and I want to get married. However, in the midst of me waiting, I’m having ‘thoughts’ but I’m a Christian woman! How could this be? Help!

Signed: I.P. ~ Celibate and Waiting

A: Well, let me tell you first and foremost, you are a human being, a woman and a person who is having natural feelings. It is very natural even as a Christian woman to have those urges and thoughts. Living in a world that is fueled with constant sex through music, television, social media, conversation, etc… celibacy can honestly be a bit challenging and stressful in times such as these. I know this to be true because I was celibate for eight years before meeting my husband. I used to cry out to God wondering if I was a hypocrite or what because I had dreams, thoughts, conversations that would lead to sex and I didn’t understand how could this be! I honestly thought I was keeping myself pure at heart.

Throughout the journey, I realized that I was placing unwarranted pressure on myself because I wanted to prove to people that I could be this super celibate Christian woman on a quest so that my husband could find me! Not true…in fact, the journey became more personal, spiritual and the outcome was very different. For me, my celibacy journey was about me being obedient and renewing my body, mind, and spirit from the past. I had to reevaluate my situation and have a ‘coming to Jesus moment’ about what was happening because I truly did not understand at first. I had to be 100% honest with God about it all.

Here are a few tips that helped me on the celibacy journey;

  1. Ask yourself why are you practicing celibacy? Is it for a deeper relationship with God? Is it only to find a mate and get married? Are you trying to prove that you are a super Christian?
  2. Learn about celibacy. It is more than just abstaining from sex.
  3. Learn about your body, emotions, feelings and more as a woman.
  4. Find other Christian women/men who are on the same journey. Encouragement from others that are experiencing the same can help keep the mind clear.
  5. Clear your mind. Be mindful of what you watch, speak, conversations and other things. Be honest with yourself, if you are unable to handle certain environments, then remove yourself.
  6. Be honest with God. Talk to Him about what you are feeling and ask Him to help you. Don’t give up or feel discouraged. God will bless you for your obedience.
I will keep you in prayer!

Until next time, laugh, love, and live life!


Trinette Collier Greene is a Certified Relationship Stylist and Contributing Writer.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Benita Spinner


Mrs. Benita Spinner is a bestselling author, CEO, and Founder of BMS Talent & Entertainment (BMS). Clients, under BMS management, have landed roles on numerous television shows and commercials to include: Sesame Street, Law & Order SUV, Homeland, Purell, Expedia, Square, Honey Bunches of Oats, and Yahoo’s Kids Take On.

The organization has grown into much more than just a talent agency. Under Mrs. Spinner’s leadership, she has expanded the organization to include mentoring, leadership, and activism. This expansion can be read about through her authored works.

Her first authored title is part of an anthology called Reflections: I Wish I’d Known. This book is a bestselling novel on Amazon in multiple categories. Benita then went on to compile her own anthology titled The Aftermath: Life After which is a collection of stories about life after overcoming severe trauma. She now boasts two best sellers on Amazo

Benita has been recognized by her peers as one of the most influential people to know in Washington, D.C. She was featured in Vital Magazine where she earned the award Entrepreneur of the Month. She is deeply committed to numerous community service projects in the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area.

She regularly hosts events to empower and uplift the community by creating opportunities to network with business peers. She hosts workshops to educate aspiring entertainers new to the industry. Benita has been invited to take part in Actors Showcases with top casting directors and has been booked for several speaking engagements. She is part of the McKinnon Acting Studio Youth Division team where she offers mentoring to parents of young actors.

Mrs. Spinner often uses her platform, as an ambassador, to speak out against domestic violence and sexual assault. She is creating her first stage play called Out of Time which addresses the topic of domestic violence. She has been the keynote speaker at events in New York and other cities across the U.S. discussing how to heal after physical or emotional trauma.

While focused on healing, BMS launched an apparel division that focuses on delivering positive messages for people to wear. In addition, Benita launched the ‘BMSTE Radio Show’ which focuses on topics such as the arts, business, networking, and all things entertainment.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

     Trinette Collier Greene

Q: My husband started a business and I’m very proud of him but he won’t let me help him with any of the paperwork, bookkeeping, etc… Do you think he's hiding anything from me?

M.D. ~ Nosey or Not

A: It’s typical for a spouse to want to help their mate in a business. It sounds as though you are really proud and just want to help him out with anything if needed, and that’s great! That's being very supportive. However, ask your husband if you can be a part of his venture. If he declines your offer, it is OK. He’s not hiding anything from you.

Here are a few reasons why he may not want your help with those tasks but still needs your support:

  1. He doesn’t want anyone to help him due to his pride
  2. He wants to make you and his family proud
  3. He may be entering this new venture so he can continue to provide for you and your family
  4. This business may be something that he always wanted to build and it’s his opportunity
  5. He wants you to support him by just being there
Don’t worry, you are part of his team. Continue praying for him, cheering him on and be his confidant in those times that will become a bit tough for him.

Until next time, laugh, love and live life!


Trinette Collier Greene is a Certified Relationship Stylist and Contributing Writer.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Divine Wellness by Traci A. Fonville

“Don’t waste another minute dealing with a toxic, negative, energy-draining person. Some people are wired for negativity. They love being argumentative, combative and abusive. Run for your life as quickly as possible.” 

-Les Brown

Negative, toxic folks! We all know them….we try to keep them at arm’s distance but somehow, trying to be the good people that we are, we let them in and they drain us of our energy and ability to just be. What does that have to do with essential oils? Well, I’m glad you asked!

This month, we’re spotlighting Melaleuca or Tea Tree essential oil, also known as the oil of energetic boundaries. The leaves of the Melaleuca tree were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries, as they would apply the crushed leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. On an emotional level, this oil clears negative energetic baggage to make way for healthy connections and relationships to take root. Known for its purifying properties, this oil can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and supports a healthy complexion.

Melaleuca/Tea Tree essential oil can be used:
  • NEAT – which means that the oil can be applied to the skin without dilution.
  • AROMATICALLY – place three to four drops in a diffuser with water to purify your home environment.
  • INTERNALLY – Can be diluted in water or used in a vegetable capsule to support immune function. (*Not all essential oils can be used internally. Please read labels very carefully before ingesting.)
Another one of the most popular oils, Melaleuca has a number of top properties, including:

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Antiviral
  • Analgesic
  • Decongestant
Just take a look at some of the most common issues that Melaleuca can support:

  • Cuts, Wounds
  • Viruses, Bacteria
  • Cold Sores
  • Candida, Athlete’s Foot
  • Bronchitis, Colds, Flu
  • Sore throat
  • Cavities, Gum Disease
There is so many more everyday uses for Melaleuca! I even use it in my bathroom, to clean the little germy monsters that my family brings home. Energetically, Melaleuca can be applied to the bottom of the feet to release toxic energy and can also be used in a spray bottle with distilled water to mist around the home. If your home and your personal space are free of negativity, emotionally and physically, there’s a better chance of creating healthy boundaries and maintaining your peace of mind. Yesss….peace of mind! No more energy drainers!!!

These oils have become a part of my everyday life, so much so, it’s like having my own natural pharmacy right at home. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils and how they can benefit you and your family, please feel free to email me at Until next month! Be well!

Traci A. Fonville is a 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. As a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA Essential Oils, Traci educates on proper usage and benefits. Follow Traci on Instagram and Facebook @iaffirmwellness. Log onto her website for health and wellness products at

Traci A. Fonville
Contributing Writer

Friday, July 27, 2018

    Trinette Collier Greene

Q: I was recently asked if I was a ‘sugar daddy’ and would I consider being one. I am shocked because I am a man who is seeking a good woman, not a perfect woman but a good person, who I would love to take care of if we get married. Is this the new norm?

Signed: E.C.~ Shocked & Confused

A: I am sorry that you experienced that line of questioning. Unfortunately, there are some women who are NOT looking for loving, healthy, caring, and Godly relationships. They are seeking men who can take care of them financially without being committed. Sadly, this has become the norm among many women. I’ve learned over time that women who approach men in this manner tend to have been in toxic relationships prior, most commonly involving financial losses. However, there are some women who’ve been taught to have men take care of them.

I can’t tell you how to avoid those types of women but I can tell you that there are great women who are wanting the same thing as you. Don’t get discouraged because NOT all women have that same motive. There are MANY who have a desire to be in a respectable, loving, caring and Godly relationship. With these traits, they will know that you will be capable of taking care of them in all areas including financially.

Until next time, laugh, love and live life!


Trinette Collier Greene is a Certified Relationship Stylist and Contributing Writer.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

        Trinette Collier Greene

Q: Should your spouse know how much money you have saved or have?

Signed: I.J.~Wife In Training

A: Good question and commonly asked among couples. I remember during my first marriage, I was given the advice from seasoned women to always keep me a hidden stash. I was told to never let my husband know about extra money I received. I actively listened and followed this advice because I knew they were speaking from prior experience. I never saw any harm in doing so but I also felt like there was no honesty in our finances. However, reality hit me with unforeseen divorce and I was left with nothing. This came from improper and ungodly financial planning.

As I approached my second marriage, we attended marital counseling and one of the topics was finances. During our sessions, I spoke of my previous advice and my thoughts. I shared with my husband that I was afraid of being broke and disappointed financially as I was in my previous marriage so I had serious issues with letting him know my financial status. I did learn that this wasn’t a team effort and wasn’t healthy if we were building together. There is nothing wrong with you having your own savings for yourself. I would suggest that you both create a healthy and balanced financial plan that includes your tithes, financial goals, savings, retirement, his/her accounts, joint household account, etc…
This will also help build the trust and financial insecurities in your marriage.

A few tips on moving forward:

  1. Pray and seek a financial planner. Make sure that the financial planner understands your spiritual giving as well
  2. Work together and list your goals for your household
  3. Don’t compare your savings/finances with anyone else
  4. Be honest as you talk about finances and prior experiences
I pray financial blessings!

Until next time, laugh, love, and live life!


Trinette Collier Greene is a Certified Relationship Stylist and Contributing Writer

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Model P31 Moms by Bridget McCray


Imagine a world where there were no more broken children…a world in which no child ever had to endure the pain of his parents going through a divorce, never felt she had to question if she did something to make Daddy or Mommy go away, or experienced the feeling of “betraying” one parent because of having to live with the other.

Imagine a time in which there were no more broken children…a time when children were in an environment where there was transparency about both the joys the and challenges of relationships and were not “doomed” to repeat the mistakes of their parents without knowingly doing so.

Imagine a place where there were no more broken children…a place where before they existed, their parents came together in marriage only after much prayer, observation, and deep conversation, asking the hard questions about family history regarding relationships, finances, and other things, in an effort to avoid any destructive patterns that may have previously existed, in order to ensure a different and better future for generations to come.


Bridget McCray

Author and 2018 International Book Awards Finalist (Health: General category), H.E.A.L.T.H.: It’s Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me)

Available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats!

For speaking engagements, please contact Bridget through her website at

Bridget McCray
Contributing Writer

Monday, July 2, 2018

Theo's Sports Corner by Theo Abbott

The Washington Capitals Win their first Stanley Cup

In my last blog, I wrote to stay tuned to see if the Capitals could win the Stanley Cup Finals.  Well after years of frustration the Caps broke thru and won the Cup.  The Caps Superstar Alex Ovechkin finally lifted the Stanley Cup and shed the label of being the best player in hockey who had never won a championship.  Across their 43 seasons of team existence, the Caps dabbled inconsistent and effective hockey that even when they made the playoffs always ended in postseason failure.  However, this year was different.  The Caps beat the upstart Vegas Golden Knights in five games to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.  The Caps won four consecutive games over the Knights after losing a heartbreaking match in game one.

The party then started for the Caps when the final buzzer sounded in Las Vegas and the team bench emptied and swarmed goalie Braden Holtby, who provided the iconic moment of the finals late in game two by saving a sure goal that could have changed the direction of the series.  After leaving the arena, the Caps took the celebration to the famous Hakassan nightclub inside the MGM Grand Hotel where they consumed $100,000 worth of champagne, beer, and liquor, hung out with world famous DJ Tiesto, and drank alcohol poured into the top of the Stanley Cup.  The next day the Caps traveled back to DC where they partied for a week straight.  They took the Stanley Cup on a tour throughout the DC area to various nightclubs, lounges, restaurants, bars, and other establishments.  It all capped off at an amazing downtown DC championship parade and rally for the team and fans.  DC was so excited that the Caps brought a championship to the City after so many sports disappointments.

The aftermath of the Caps championship celebration was bittersweet as head coach Barry Trotz abruptly stepped down after he and the team could not agree to terms on a new contract.  The New York Islanders quickly hired Trotz giving him a two million dollar pay raise.  The Caps now turn to Todd Reirden as head coach after promoting him from within the organization.  Reirden has been an assistant coach with the Caps since 2014.  The team hopes he can continue the success of Trotz.  This year was an amazing ride for the Caps.  The only thing that could top it is if the team won back to back Stanley Cups next year. We will see what happens in the meantime the Caps and their fans can continue their chant all off season, “We Won the Cup!”

Theo Abbott
Contributing Writer

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Divine Wellness by Traci A. Fonville

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health. -Dalai Lama

Happy Summer everyone! It’s been such a long Spring, that we probably thought the summer would never get here! Living on the east coast I can say that not knowing when the sun was going to show up and stay was a little disappointing. But finally, I think we are in for a nice relaxing warm summer season.

I’d like to get back to our list of my top ten essential oils to have in your home. So let’s discuss lavender essential oil which is also known as the oil of communications and calm. If you remember from our first oil that we discussed, essential oils are volatile liquids originating from the bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruit of plants…nature’s gifts of the earth. These raw materials are either cold pressed or distilled through very tedious and meticulous processes which result in the essential oils that we use today. Lavender essential oil, one of my very favorite oils, is derived from the flower of this light airy plant, and the oil is extracted through steam distillation. Let’s take a look at what this oil can be used for and how it can support you.

Lavender can be used:

Ø  NEAT – which means that the oil can be applied to the skin without dilution.
Ø  AROMATICALLY – place one or two drops in a diffuser with water to take advantage of the scent in your home, creating a relaxed environment.
Ø  INTERNALLY – place 1-2 drops under the tongue or in a capsule for internal use. Lavender can also be used in beverages and to flavor your food when cooking. (*Not all essential oils can be used internally. Please read labels very carefully before ingesting.)

As one of the most widely used and popular essential oils, it has a laundry list of uses and benefits. It’s been said, when in doubt use lavender! Here we have just a short list of the top properties of this important oil:

Ø  Sedative
Ø  Astringent
Ø  Antidepressant
Ø  Relaxing
Ø  Soothing
Ø  Antibacterial
Ø  Antihistamine

Even more impressive than its properties are the ways you can use this oil to benefit you and your family. Lavender can support the following:

Ø  Sleep problems
Ø  Stress
Ø  Headaches
Ø  Sunburns
Ø  Allergies
Ø  Cuts
Ø  Bug Bites

Ø  Emotional Balance

How much do I love lavender? So much that I use it every day, especially at night to create a calm environment to help unwind from a busy day. This oil is a necessity and I cannot imagine living without it! Like to know how you can use lavender essential oil in your home? For more information on the many ways, you can use lavender essential oil, email me at with your questions or follow me on Instagram @iaffirmwellness. Until next time!

Traci A. Fonville is a 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. As a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA Essential Oils, Traci educates on proper usage and benefits. Follow Traci on Instagram and Facebook @iaffirmwellness. Log onto her website for health and wellness products at

Traci A. Fonville
Contributing Writer

Friday, June 29, 2018

      Trinette Collier Greene

Q: My husband has recently been released from prison after three years and my family is treating him differently. They are bringing up his past mistakes every time we get into a discussion. I’m feeling a bit torn because I want everyone to be happy…we were all fine before he went in. How do I make it like it was before?

B.T. ~ Locked In Love

A: I’m glad to hear that you are reunited with your husband after three years. I know that had to be an adjustment for you as well as your family while he was away. Now that he is home, you will have to create a new life for you and him. You will have to establish a new life. This will require some time and won’t happen in one day so don’t become overwhelmed. Pace yourself and embrace the new beginnings.

It sounds as though you care very deeply for your family and that is a blessing. However, this is the time that you must focus on your husband and self. Your family must learn to respect you, your husband, and the healthy boundaries you BOTH set. Bringing up someone’s past is not healthy and your family has to be mature enough to acknowledge that that’s not good to do. God forgives us so we must do the same for our brothers and sisters. You may never get back to how it was before because this is a new beginning for everyone. Don’t try to make it like before…God gave your husband a new beginning and that included reuniting with you.

Until next time, laugh, love, live life.


Trinette Collier Greene is a Certified Relationship Stylist and Contributing Writer

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Mindset Matters by Cassandra Williams-Herbert

Abandonment a Heartfelt Issue

There are so many life experiences that can cause issues of abandonment. Many are very obvious; some lay dominant. Abandonment issues carry wounds that can be hidden from individuals such as family and friends that are with you on a daily basis. They are often wounds and hurts that have a lot to do with past and present generational dysfunctions. Some people take on the biggest why and that is - trying to answer someone else’s why. These heartfelt issues (you may encounter) - understand that you can not take ownership of someone else issues or their reason(s) for abandonment but understand that they are also dealing with an issue you didn’t ask for, nor answer for. The only way to get rid of abandonment issues is to heal them at the root.

Abandonment is related to fear, insecurity, rejections, unhealthy relationships, low self-esteem, whatever area that might affect you, chances are they did not appear overnight.

When faced with trying to deal with these issues, you are somewhere between denial, discouragement, despair, and deep thought. You may be dealing with the silent killer Depression, making you feel alone in your ability to be able to maintain healthy relationships and find the happiness you want in life.

As I look at the loss of my father which I speak about often, I feel so lost at times trying to process my moment of saddest denial, despair, discouragement, and my deepest thought of why?

The feeling of these emotions is tough and terrible. How do I know, because I have been there. The most difficult part is trying to work through the pain and how the pain carries you through life; then it’s like pouring salt in an old wound when you've been dealing with things that shift your feelings or thoughts. A stage I would call the awakening to some issues that you suppressed, through your own way of self-healing.

It’ s not easy but finding ways to heal is possible. I didn’t think it was possible for me but I have came a long way since Jan. 3, 2010 and you can, too.

The process is key to working through your abandonment issues. What I know is, the truth about your feelings will help bring you into a place of healing.

When you look at healing your heart and mind, you condition them to help discover the process that can immediately pinpoint exactly what’s happening with your breakdown by identifying the who, what, when, where, and how - so it can finally heal and shift your mindset.

My encouragement is to know the cause to help find the cure. Healing is a process. Life happens and there are some questions about life that may not ever give or allow you to get the answer of your desires; there will be some things that only God can help you with in your soul to find peace and joy. Your Mindset to all matters of life is essential to your healing.

Cassandra Williams-Herbert
Contributing Writer

Friday, June 15, 2018

        Trinette Collier Greene

Q: How do you tell the relatives of your significant other that your relationship is fine? They are very overprotective and always want to know details.

V.W. ~ Man vs. Family

A: This is a common problem when it comes to dating someone and it will never go away, even after you marry. Family will always stick with each other, no matter what goes on. The need to protect is natural and expected. It can be due to previous relationships that were unfavorable or it could be a close-knit family. Whatever the case may be, you will have to make it known that you are in a relationship with him and him only. However, everything can be handled respectfully and in good taste.

As you approach his immediate family, be mindful that you will be treading those waters alone. However, he should be there with you to support and defend you if needed. Don’t be intimidated because you may become united and there must be boundaries in place. Be calm and respectful. Let them know he should respect your wish and support you. If this doesn’t happen, then you may need to invite a mediator to help resolve the issue IF it continues to be an issue. Just reassure his family that Y'all are fine and you have his best interest at heart. Sometimes calm words can soothe the most fiery spirits.

Until next time, laugh, live, love and stay faithful!



Trinette Collier Greene is a Certified Relationship Stylist
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cindy's Featured Artist of the Week - Valecia Carter


Valecia is a native of Wisconsin and is currently working with the Public-School System. She is a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She followed her dream of owning and operating Lecia’s Loving Childcare Center, LLC, for five years launching in 2002.

While owning and operating her business, she assisted her husband by being the Vice-President of his Home Improvement company for four and a half years where she took on the responsibility of Accounting, Human Resources, Dispatch, and Manager. 

Valecia decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer in 2017 while taking care of her grandson who was diagnosed with Chronic Lung Disease among other health issues. She loves being his caregiver which gives her more drive and motivation to succeed at everything she puts her mind to doing with extreme determination.

From middle school to adulthood, Valecia has expressed her emotions through writing poetry. She is a Freelance Poet, and Author with a book release, October 2018. She decided to write her book with the hope of helping other women and men who struggle in relationships. There are so many ways to do things, but doing things the right way is what turned her test into a testimony. Writing started out as her outlet and has now become her passion. She has the vision to be successful and knows that failure is not an option. She continues to stretch herself as she walks by Faith with the Spirit of expectancy in her endeavors and will continue to pursue her dream of publishing multiple books.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cindy's Featured Book of the Week! God Says by Angela Edwards

God Says
Angela Edwards

Abuse presents itself in many forms: physical, emotional, sexual, mental, neglect, and verbal—just to name a few. It does not discriminate, either. Abuse affects women, men, children, and even animals on unimaginable levels daily.

Have you EVER been:

· Heartbroken?

· Devastated?
· Molested?
· Raped?
· Abandoned?
· Neglected?
· Depressed?
· Rejected?
· Misused?

With the onset of the #MeToo Movement, women are now using their voice to expose abuse at an alarming rate. They know there is a freedom for their hearts, minds, and souls associated with the power of their words. Even animal abuse victims have advocates! #ThinkAboutThat

What about “the others”? Who is publicly giving them a voice?

The God Says I am Battle-Scar Free: Testimonies of Abuse Survivors book series—now in its fourth year of publication—provides women, men, and teens the opportunity to pen their abuse stories…100% anonymously and 100% free. Their transparent testimonies are compelling and purposefully-penned to speak to others who are or have been victimized. They share their painstaking processes leading to wholeness and FREEDOM from the abuse.

Today, they are SURVIVORS!

The Battle-Scar Free series includes over 60 testimonies and provides resources to help you break free…before your name becomes a simple hashtag due to another life lost too soon at the hands of an abuser. 

You are invited to do two things:
  1. Contact Angela Edwards at or via Facebook Messenger at Pearly Gates Publishing to inquire about having your survivor testimony included in the upcoming 5th publication in the series; and
  2. Visit to shop for the previous best-selling books in the Battle-Scar Free series. No two testimonies are alike—as I’m sure YOU have a unique story to tell as well.
Don’t wait any longer! You no longer have an excuse. You ARE significant. YOUR story and YOUR life matter. The doorway has been opened; walk through and get your healing on the other side! I’ll be waiting to hear from you!

~ Angela Edwards, Survivor

“Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5, NKJV