Stop Putting Yourself Down. It’s Time to Elevate!

Do you constantly find yourself too wrapped up in your flaws? If so, it could be getting in the way of living the life you dream of and COULD be loving if you’d stop putting yourself down and start embracing your flaws.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Each of us has flaws. However, many of us fight against them; harshly criticizing ourselves for not being perfect. While there is a lot of pressure around us daily to be perfect, it’s just not possible. When we try, we end up hating ourselves and living a life that isn’t true to who we are.

If you want to learn to elevate (reach your next level), you MUST embrace your flaws and start to love ALL of yourself. Let’s look at why and the benefits you can experience if you will stop putting yourself down and start loving the person that you are.

A woman looking in the mirror
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Dr. Tasha Wilson: “H.O.P.E. (He Optimizes Pain Effectively)” from “The Purpose In My Pain: A 28-Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose”


This month, I am sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Dr. Tasha Wilson.

“H.O.P.E. (He Optimizes Pain Effectively)” by Dr. Tasha Wilson

Tasha’s chapter is among the shortest and yet one of the most powerful in terms of truly showing how a few words spoken in the right way to the right person can pack more healing within them than paragraphs to the wrong person. If you have been affected by grief but not allowed yourself to truly heal, what she shared will speak to your heart and spirit in ways that may require many tissues and a few trips to the library and a therapist because you will be ready to do the work. (The good news is that Dr. Tasha coaches millennial women on how to rise from a place of pain to a posture of promise. Reach out if you are in that category and she can guide you toward the promise land!)

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Robin M. Sample, MSW – “Broken Crayons Still Color” from “The Purpose In My Pain: A 28-Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose”


This month, I am sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotion Written by Women of Purpose. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Robin M. Sample, MSW.

“Broken Crayons Still Color” by Robin M. Sample, MSW

Sometimes you meet someone who share their story and you almost don’t believe it because it’s like “How are you still living?!” Robin is one of those individuals whose story comes with a trigger warning. She has endured, walked through, crawled through, and maybe sometimes sat in some serious traumas. Ones that will break your heart as you read about them. I know because even though we share this trait, my eyes began leaking as I read her story and thought of this little girl enduring so much pain so young in the ways that she did. It’s heartbreaking.

But isn’t it like God to take that heartbreaking story and allow the person who triumphed over it and came out on the other side victorious to share it with others so they know they aren’t alone?

Quote from Robin: 
When I think back on the word "comfortability" and associate it with my feelings of anger and resentment toward God, I can't help but chuckle as I ponder the very real possibility that He allowed me to become comfortable in what I chose to feel.
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Desha Henfield – “I Am” from “The Purpose In My Pain: A 28-Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose”


This month, I am sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Desha Henfield.

Quote from Desha's story.
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Poetry Reading: When I Stopped Remembering Tomorrow

This is the title poem to the book of poetry and prose that I released in 2020. I am finally getting around to making some more audio recordings while I work on my next release, “Releasing Yesterday” (working title).

Do you have to let go of the script you’re writing for your life? Let’s walk it out together. It isn’t easy, but it is simple.

Happy weekend!


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Dr. Tamika Hall – “God is Just That Into You” from The Purpose In My Pain Devotional Anthology

This month, I am sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose. Today’s highlight is the Introduction and opening chapter by Dr. Tamika Hall.

In the Introduction, Dr. Tamika Hall shares with us a glimpse of her history. As you read her words, she draws you into a state of empathy where you’re encouraged that someone who has endured so much is still standing and thriving.

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The Purpose In My Pain: A 28-Day Devotional Written By Women of Purpose

Dr. Tamika Hall is a multifaceted author, speaker, actor, producer, and publisher, among other things. I came to know about her because of a supplement ad on Instagram about a year ago that caught my eye because it was sassy and fun and about a topic most women won’t discuss. And y’all KNOW I love to talk about things we don’t like to talk about. I started following her and later found out that another passion of hers was publishing anthologies. At that moment, I felt my heart leap because writing with others is something I enjoy because it means I will definitely FINISH the project instead of letting it sit half done on my computer for 22 years.

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Journal Prompts – Week Six

We are in the sixth week of the year and the first week of February. Amazing! I hope the year is going well for all of you and that you are blessed with friends, family, and loved ones around you so you can get through the trials and overcome the insanely crazy times that come our way and try to pull us under.

Let’s continue to do the things we love, and work on using our voices through our writing, speaking, art, and how we show up in this world.

As promised, here are your weekly journaling prompts. When I do the prompts myself before sharing them with you, I set a timer for 15 minutes and see what comes out in my journal. This week, I recorded myself sharing my responses aloud so I could work on my ability to share thoughts verbally without thinking them through first. There are no rules around how you use them, but this is a good way to begin if you are new to using prompts.

Let’s jump in!


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Poetry: Waiting for You

Fun fact about me: One of my first career aspirations was to be the first female basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks. To play alongside Dominique, Mookie, Spud, and others. My fallback plan was to be an astronomer.  

Last night after a dinner with a friend during which we talked about relationships, I shared some thoughts with another friend and then used the inspiration she gave me to write some poetry and get my thoughts out. The outcome? I wrote a little poem that brought together my first two career aspirations as I thought about someone I’ve pretty much given up on believing existed: my future husband. 

I shared the draft on Instagram on December 6, 2021. Here is my current version.

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Journal Prompts – Week Five

We are already in the fifth week of the year! Let’s continue to do the things we love, and work on using our voices through our writing, speaking, art, and how we show up in this world.

As promised, here are your weekly journaling prompts. When I do the prompts myself before sharing them with you, I set a timer for 15 minutes and see what comes out in my journal. There are no rules around how you use them, but this is a good way to begin if you are new to using prompts.

I enjoy reading what comes up for you as you respond to them, so feel free to tag me on social or backlink here on the blog if you write or record a response. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the responses those of you who journal them in handwriting have sent to me via email. It’s exciting for me to see that these little ideas in my brain are fun and helpful for you as well. I may not always get to them in the same week I write them, as I have a few projects right now keeping me busy, BUT I will get to them and respond when I read them / watch them / see them.

Let’s jump in!


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