Why Are You Afraid To Be Great?

Why Are You Afraid To Be Great?

My friend Yolonda asked me a question the other day that I’ve been pondering this entire weekend. She said to me, “Why are you afraid to be great?” It’s not something that I hadn’t thought of before, but having a friend ask me that in a middle of a conversation where I was sharing an idea […]

My Maya Angelou Memory

Phenomenal Woman

It’s one of those memories that I had forgotten about until just today. When I woke up this morning, and learned that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed, I was immediately taken back to my 9th grade talent show. I was in Philadelphia at the time, and my friends and I performed Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” in […]

Preschool Is Ending. Hold Me.

Preschool Girl and science

In a couple of short weeks, we’ll be closing the chapter on one of the most fun, most challenging chapters of Ayva’s life. She’ll be finishing up preschool and heading to kindergarten in the fall. Is this outrageous or what? I’m just getting used to being the mother of a preschooler and now, grade school? […]

Good Soil Collage Children’s Church Activity

Good Soil Collage

Serving in Children’s Church with Terrence over the past few months has been such a blessing to me. It seems like every time it’s our turn to serve, the lesson that we teach the children speaks directly to what’s going on in my life. I take it as confirmation. Words from a friend during a […]

10 Things To Say To Your Child Every Day

10 Things To Say To Your Child Every Single Day

Not a day goes by when I don’t go to bed thinking of fifty ways that I could have been a better mom to Ayva. I mean, I know I’m a great mom. I love Ayva more than anything, and I work hard to make her happy, but there’s always room for improvement. I could […]

Growing Up Mama #NakedMoms

Mama Knows It All

At the beginning of my motherhood journey, I was a tad bit tentative. I was already dealing with some “about to be 30 and single” growing pains before I had Ayva. After she was born, there was a period of self-doubt, guilt and shame, that had it gone without being handled, could have greatly affected […]

We’re Not Going To #BanBossy

#BanBossy

There’s a new girl power initiative spreading across the internet that’s backed by some of the world’s biggest bosses. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In has spearheaded the #BanBossy movement to stop girls from being branded as bossy, and to encourage them to become leaders. Now y’all know I’m all about […]

Black Girls Are Magic #BlackGirlMagic

Black Girls Are Magic

Earlier this week, Ayva told me she wished she had “gold hair like Ashley’s”. Now, being the Soul Sister Mama that I am, I let her know that her hair is beautiful, just like her friend’s, with the added benefit of being able to be braided, twisted, curled, straightened, or left alone to be gorgeous […]

5 Ways For Moms To Slow Down And Enjoy Motherhood

Have Patience: 5 Ways For Moms To Slow Down And Enjoy Motherhood

In just a few months, Ayva is going to be finishing up preschool and starting kindergarten. Every time I think about that, my heart starts pounding, I start sweating, and it feels like I’m going to faint. What happened to my baby? She’s already started to make friends who take top billing over me during […]

10 Things To Say To Your Husband Every Day

Words of Affirmation for Your Husband - Mama Knows It All

There’s a new trend among married folks that I agree with completely. Instead of the “ol’ ball and chain” stereotype that used to define matrimony, men and women are treating marriage like a gift (because it is), and their spouses like a prize (because they are). Nowadays, wives aren’t belittling their husbands for laughs. I […]