Negative self-talk was my most toxic behavior. I truly wanted to be more positive but I was prone to taking things too personally and even quicker to feed myself negative thoughts. I really wanted to get it together but being petty was; well easy. As I questioned how I could be more in control of my feelings I started to understand that nothing was ever going to be exactly perfect. I also realized that everyone was struggling with one thing or another. In fact the people who were living their best lives, appeared to be doing so because they looked at things differently. That’s when I realized that I had to change my perspective.To be ever vigilant in this endeavor I began to write a positive word on my coffee cup each morning. Well everyday didn’t suddenly become magical but my one positive word served as a reminder to be grateful. It was a small step, but it was one in the right direction!It has been four years since I wrote that first word on my styrofoam coffee cup, and as I changed the way I looked at things, the things I valued began to change. Living, learning growing is a collection of some of these words and the stories that inspired them. I hope that these simple truths inspire you to improve your perspective. If not perhaps you’ll have a good laugh at some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Love, peace, blessings and happy reading!
Scarlet is traveling to New York City for Christmas! Anxious to see the big city Scarlet starts planning her trip. Countdown with Scarlet, as she experiences New York City at Christmas time.
The year is 1332 and Mali; known in the mid-evil world, as the pearl of Africa; is a bustling metropolis, renowned for its wealth, culture and extensive trade. As a young girl Awa’s mother tells her that her forward thinking and just heart are the very traits that will one day make her a natural leader. Her mother’s words validate what Awa’s knows in her heart to be true. One day she will travel across the Sahara leading a Caravan. Determined to fill her life with exploration and adventure seventeen year old Awa Camara; eldest daughter of Mali’s wealthiest salt Julla (trader/merchant) is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. Unfortunately for Awa these desires are un-conventional and become dismissed when her ambitious father is able to secure her marriage to the King’s son. Through this advantageous marriage Awa’s father stands to gain military protection for all of his trade routes. As Princess of Mali Awa’s chances of sailing across the desert, appear to sink beneath the sands as nothing more than figments of childhood fantasy. Unable to have any say in the matter the un-pretentious Awa is unsure of which path to take. Certain that her destiny should lay in her own hands Awa decides to run away. This coming of age novel reveals the voyage of a strong willed and determined girl who discovers her purpose along an uncharted path. Journey with Awa as she encounters experiences that will give her the constitution to be the woman that she is destined to be.
When successful attorney Rachel Calloway loses her father; she inherits his firm, and to her surprise a sister. Raised as an only child she looks forward to forming a bond with her new sibling. Her sister Deanna on the other hand; happens to be a newly released ex-con who delights in making mischief. Deanna settles into Rachel’s life and is determined to stay legit. But, true to form she finds herself tangled in deception when she sleeps with Rachel’s new man; Brian. Will Deanna and Brian add to their treachery by continuing their affair behind Rachel’s back, or will Rachel and Deanna find out Brain’s been lying to them both all along. Enjoy this thrilling suspense drama as these sisters learn that lust often masquerades as love.
Victory is a talented and gifted pediatrician living in Atlanta Georgia. Despite her successful career Victory’s past seems to be standing in her way when it comes to finding love. When the love of her life shatters her trust by cheating, marring and starting a family with someone else, Victory decides to avoid Brooklyn and any ties to that betrayal. Frustrated and unable to trust her decisions in men, Victory falters time and time again when faced with opening up to the possibility of love. But when a tragic accident forces her to return home, Victory suddenly finds herself in the arms of the man she could never truly stop loving. Will Victory falter beneath the passion she still holds for this man or will fate force her to love someone whose been worthy of her trust all along. Indulge in an adventurous and gripping love story as Victory learns that true love is always Victorious when pitted against deception and lies.
Chance Jennings finds himself on an unexpected and enlightening journey. This reminiscent itinerary forces him to re-evaluate the life he’s worked hard to build. Abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother Chance’s humble and dysfunctional beginnings only make him more determined to succeed. With a drive to achieve he builds one of the leading IT firms in the technology field. His mansion in one of Atlanta’s most prestigious neighborhoods, boasts seven bedrooms, ten bathroom, and an onsite bowling ally . His wife Janell is intelligent and drop dead gorgeous. His son and daughter are smart, healthy and adorable. From the outside peering in, his life appears to be perfect, but when faced with an ego shattering dilemma, Chance finds himself at a crossroads. In the company of a mysterious and interesting stranger Chance is faced with one very important question; “Do you know who you are?” As he struggles to delve between the pomp and materialistic things he has filled his life with; Chance must decide if he will continue to falsely let money determine his happiness, or will he let love guide him to a more noble passion. This thought invoking novel will delight your imagination and ignite a haunting nudging at your core, as you too will be left wondering if; You truly know who you are?
The year is 1929 and Jazz has enticed the heart of the nation. Prohibition, gangsters and speakeasies explode across the country; giving birth to the Jazz Star Era. The great migration is in full swing and thousands of African Americans have abandoned the south with a thirst for big city living. Nineteen year old, Virginia born; Penny Nichols dreams of escaping her small town so that she can sing in one of Harlem’s Jazz clubs. As she plans to leave town for good, Penny finds herself the victim of a brutal attack. With the Klan hot on her trail she flees for her life. Fearful but unwavering Penny is determined to make her Next Stop; Harlem.
When Nico & Kyra’s parents announce that they will be moving from Capital City to the small town of Kentsville, Nico and Kyra are far from happy. But when these siblings at their new home, they soon learn that moving to Kentsville means one great adventure after the next. Travel through time with the Sassy Kyra and the Rambunctious Nico as they learn moral lessons from different cultures throughout history.
When Nico & Kyra’s parents announce that they will be moving from Capital City to the small town of Kentsville, Nico and Kyra are far from happy. But when these siblings arrive at their new home, they soon learn that moving to Kentsville means one great adventure after the next. Travel through time with the Sassy Kyra and the Rambunctious Nico. They’ve traveled to Kemet, where will they go next?
Nico and Kyra have been begging Mom and Dad for a dog for what feels like forever. Travel with the rambunctious Nico and the Sassy Kyra as they learn the responsibilities that come being a pet owner. They’ve traveled to Nok, which ancient civilization will they travel to next?
Nico and Kyra have spent their summer vaction traveling through time to ancient civilizations. But summer vaction is coming to an end, and Nico & Kyra will be attending a new school soon. With school around the corner will there be time for adventures? Take a spin on Nico & Kyra’s time travelling bench. Where will they go next?
Seven People living in Queens New York learn the value of family and friends. Calvin struggles with alcoholism, Kenneth is in love with a woman who doesn’t love him, Ebony’s marriage is falling apart and she’s sleeping with her boss. Marissa is a single mom attempting to provide her daughter with the best. Kaliq and Zanay fall in love under unlikely circumstances, and Althea; well Althea is in a class by herself. Journey with these seven individuals as they learn life is all about your perspective.
Kenneth the ultimate playboy finds himself falling for Kenya. A beautiful, smart ambitious Psychiatrist. Kenneth is ready to trade in his player card and settle down with Kenya. But just as it seems like Kenneth will begin his happily ever after, an old flame blows into town. Will Kenneth be able to reform his ways or will he falter under the weight of temptation.
Calvin & Marissa appear to be finally living their happily ever after. Calvin lands a new job and Marissa begins to focus on her passion for music. But that freak Karma….. She got a way of hitting everyone off…
Kaliq and Zanay are college bound and ready to face the world together. Their love is strong and their bond is unbreakable. But college is a new playing field. Is their love strong enough to brace the storm of the real world. Or will the pressure of campus life tear them apart. Enjoy a roller coaster ride of deception, lust, scandal and jealousy as Kaliq and Zanay learn to navigate through the trials that come with adulthood.
Ebony is a girl from the hood with big dreams and lots of ambition. As an infant she’s abandoned by her mother. While she juggles feelings of rejection she meets and falls in love with Calvin. Together they dream of escaping the projects and creating their own happily ever after. Calvin’s love fills Ebony with the hope that even a girl like her could have something beautiful. But soon Ebony realizes Calvin has a lot of maturing to do. When another man confesses his love for her she’s faced with making a choice between the man she loves and the man who’s good for her. Enjoy an itinerary filled with lust, romance, and intense drama in this final chapter in the Perspectives Saga.
A Collection of inspirational, motivational, and entertaining poetry, that touch various topics; from motherhood, politics, faith, anger, hope and a love.
This Color was written to help other early readers identify sight words as well as learn and memorize their colors. The author loves all colors and came up with the idea one morning while speaking with her mother.