Stand UP for Yourself!

Sooooo last week I made a bold move.  I stood up for myself in a situation that has been perturbing me for a year.  Several people have told me they are proud of me for taking a stand.  Some have said they are inspired to address situations in their own lives.  I...

The Big Five

Barrier – A circumstance or obstacle that keeps people or things apart or prevents progress.  Something that impedes, separates, keeps apart, or makes progress difficult.  A law, rule, problem, etc. that makes something difficult or impossible. Barriers are life’s...

How Can I Help?

As a Social Worker, I work with families who are or have been homeless and are living in poverty.  People often ask me how they can help.  Some also ask about the lives of the families.  They don’t understand how they got into the situation, and why they make choices...

Be Faithful With What You Already Have

July is the half way mark of the year, and a good time for a goals check.  What is it that you set out to do this year?  Are you still sticking with it?  One of my goals this year was to make a motivational post every day on Facebook.  I call it 365 Days of Motivation...

It didn’t start off your fault…but it became your fault.

I work with women every day who have had hard lives, many with very tragic experiences.  The things that happened to them as children were not their fault.  However, the problem is when they continue the cycle into adulthood, the outcome becomes their fault.  Today,...

How Do You Present Yourself?

How do you present yourself to the world?  By “present” I mean your appearance, attitude, and energy.  When you walk in a room, how are you perceived?  People often say “don’t worry about what people think about you.”  But that’s only half true.  No, you shouldn’t...

The healing of a Mother

Today is Mother’s Day, and many people are celebrating their mother.  Unfortunately, a reality of life is that not everyone has a good mother and/or a good relationship with their mother.  I did not have a good relationship with my mother.  She was a good provider and...

Get It The Right Way!

Setting goals is important.  Dreams and goals are an essential component of my platform.  It is also the main tool we use at COTS in our Passport to Self-Sufficiency theory of change.  Most motivational speakers and writers encourage people to set goals.  That is what...

All doors should NOT be opened

All doors should not be opened.  Let me explain. Just because you CAN do something, does not mean that you SHOULD do it.  Getting involved in certain behaviors is like opening Pandora’s Box.  Here is an example that most people in society agree is negative: drugs. ...

I Am Good Enough

I Am Good Enough. I struggled with my value & worth because of my “past.”  Having my first child at 14, losing my precious baby, being homeless, being a stripper, being twice divorced, and in all of that being judged.  But God!  “He” turned...

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