Inspiration




Thought I’d share some sites/individuals that have served as sources of inspiration for me in my walk and everyday life – Enjoy!

P4CM – Passion for Christ Movement

A movement of believers where worship by means of art and creativity is encouraged. They also hold an annual conference in L.A. called Rhetoric. I attended Rhetoric 2016 and got to see and hear some amazingly talented individuals share their passion for Jesus and praise God through the art of spoken word.

Check out P4CM’s Youtube Channel for some epic, God-honoring spoken word pieces.

Desiring God

I’m no theologian, at least not formally, but I have been learning that it only takes an open and willing heart to diligently study the scriptures and dig deeper into the Word. As a supplement to the Bible, I often find myself reading articles from this site.  John Piper is the founder and teacher of the site – check out DesiringGod. Also, his Look at the Book series is pretty awesome too!

SingleRoots

This site has been super beneficial in my walk with God, and in my singleness. Check out SingleRoots and I hope you’ll be encouraged!

Boundless

This is a branch off of Focus on the Family. It’s a site dedicated to 20- and 30-somethings and offers a wide range of articles and podcasts on various topics regarding singleness & dating, financial preparedness, community and even, marriage. Check out Boundless and subscribe to their podcasts!

Clean Ears

Ever wanted to find good CHH (Christian Hip Hop) but were at a loss for where to find music that both feeds and hypes up your soul? Look no further than Clean Ears. It’s a bi-monthly podcast by two women who are passionate about two things: God and good, clean music that glorifies Him! If your playlists are in a funk and you need a fix, check out their podcast on the Podcasts App, Google Play or you can find them on Spotify and listen to their monthly playlists there (search for clean_ears_podcast for more!).

Modern Love

Oh my goodness, you guys! My dear friend and co-worker got me hooked on this podcast. The most beautiful and sometimes, downright ridiculous, stories about “love, loss and redemption” can be found in Modern Love. Originally a column in the New York Times, Modern Love is now a full fledged, weekly podcast. Check out the Podcasts App (for those iPhone users out there) and subscribe to Modern Love. It can always be counted on for a good cry, a needed laugh or just some insightful perspective.

Joseph Solomon

Joe is the founder of ChaseGodtv, an incredibly gifted spoken word artist and soulful musician. To be honest, I’ve had a crush on him since I found him about two years ago and it’s going strong. I love the honesty and vulnerability he shares with the community he’s created via his platform. And he inspired me to learn more about community and discipleship at a time in my life when I felt lost in the Christian bubble I’d been standing in for most of my life. I appreciate him, and artists like Jamaica West and Jackie Hill Perry–showing that there’s more than one way to be a black Christian millennial. 

Spoken word piece: “Shadow of a Doubt” – watch here

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Hot. No, it’s not what you think. As a matter of fact, when I first saw this picture I was horrified. I saw all that was wrong with my body, my hair and my skin—ugh. 
But you know what? No one’s perfect. And thank God I don’t have to be. Plus, my body was/is working just fine, my hair was moisturized, and my skin was poppin’. Trying to shift my moments of self-doubt and body-consciousness to thankfulness and positive self-talk. 
Also, the day this was taken was HOT, so it still counts towards today’s #augusteyecandy.

I don’t know if anyone’s told you today, but you’re made splendidly and you couldn’t be more perfect than you are right now—yes, even in this heat with your mascara running down your face. ttys 
S/O to @kayzilch and/or her awesome fiancé, Michael for this pic 📸
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5pm. 
It’s crazy to think that I’ve actually posted one picture on IG for TWO weeks straight. Especially considering all that’s been going on around me: moving back across the country for school, moving into my new place, actually starting school, remembering how to (somewhat) adult—throw in a little bit of anxiety, and you’ve got yourself the past two weeks of my life. 
All that to say—we made it, folks. We made it to today. And that is enough. You’re doing great—ttys
  • TW: Anxiety/Panic Attack

Anxiety is like a shadow that’s been following me around since I was about thirteen. I guess puberty marked the onset of racing thoughts, subtle hyperventilation and that queasy feeling you get when something’s just not right. I had my first panic attack at nineteen, during a new hire orientation. It felt like I was having a heart attack—my heart inexplicably began to race, my hands shook and I felt warmth all around me. 
I excused myself to the reception area and, in a panic, asked the receptionist if she could help me. She said to place my hands above my head and breathe. I paced around the lobby and breathed, eyes closed. Inhale. Exhale. I worried for a moment that I would die. Then gradually, my heart began to beat at normal pace again. My breathing deepened and my body cooled down to normal as I continued to pace, slower this time. The kind receptionist gave me some water to sip and sat me down until I was ready to go back to the meeting. 
Anxiety can feel like a high-speed train. Going 5mph one minute and 150 mph the next. It can also be subtler, feeling like you can’t quite catch your breathe and you begin to hyperventilate, in a way that is only recognizable to you. 
Although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, anxiety has taught me the importance of coming back to the present. And how allowing myself to feel what is presently around me, can ground me and remind me that I’m alive. I’m safe. 
I share this story in order to start the conversation. Anxiety is a part of my life, whether I like it or not. I hope you know that first of all:

1. You are loved beyond measure and valuable even with your anxious thoughts and actions 
and 
2. You are not the only one 
ttys
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Home. For now anyways—is Georgia. The most asked question I get lately has been “Well? Are you gonna stay out there, or move back to California?” So, to help answer anyone’s burning question about my plans for the future, here it is:

Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s just get this last year down and then talk specifics, shall we? Here’s to one of my last first days of school. 
To my fellow cohorts: May we grow. May we care for ourselves and others a little better each day. May we get up the hills to our classes in one piece #UGA
  • Wait, I can’t believe summer is over and I officially start my last year of my MSW program tomorrow! What is life? Time is flying by, and I’m just trying to soak up every moment ☀️
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Sunday morning. 
Mmmm, tacos 🌮 so far, I’m learning to enjoy this new life stage: also known as adulting. I’ll admit, at times it’s a little scary and a whole lot of trial and error, but I know it’s all a part of the plan—even if it sometimes feels like nothing is going according to plan 🤷🏾‍♀️ #adulting am I right? 
Faking it ‘til I make it since ‘92.

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