What Does it Mean to Endure?

Some days are a crushing weight on my shoulders But I am too busy to breathe too busy to feel sorry the nights are the hardest when cluttered thoughts refuse to sleep But I endure      

Don’t Confuse Where You Are with Who You Are

Don’t confuse where you are with who you are. Don’t let your circumstances define you. When trouble comes, when your circumstances make you feel small, tell yourself, “I am bigger than this. Better than this.” Don’t let life’s blows keep you down. Get up and keep going until you get to where you need to…

The Simple Things That Matter

What do you do when negative thoughts come your way? I choose not to entertain them. I have enough on my plate already, thank you. It’s that simple. Or at least that’s what I do when I can — on days like this when I’m simply grateful I put Niya to bed. And managed to…

Success Begins With You

A book I’m currently reading is called Start with Why by Simon Sinek. It’s made me think a lot about the secrets to success. In truth, there is no secret. Life is what you make of it. Success begins with you.

My Heart Is Full

I have come to a point in my life where I can say my heart is full. Today while I was sitting in church, I just felt this joy filling me up. A lot of this joy has to do with Niya. I dressed her up in this cute outfit and was extremely excited to…

I Can Do This!

The days are falling into themselves. Life with Niya has a constancy, a flow and ebb. I am adjusting to its rhythm as I change diapers, coax grins, read books like The Foot Book, The Nose Book, Are You My Mother? and Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Niya’s eyes are always bright with…

The Real Me

Sometimes, while Niya naps and the minutes drift by I find my mind reflecting on the past. I retrace my steps, wonder at the small things that do not matter, like the job I quit a while back, the books I should have written… At times like this when the world is quiet and all…

Hope for Our Women

I can’t sleep. My heart is heavy. I’ve tried to block the horrors of the news from seeping in but my heart is remembering. A fifteen year old girl is dead and so many more of our women here in Jamaica and across the world are suffering.

The Strength of a Mother

I am usually very happy so when the sadness hit me late last night I felt a bit overwhelmed. It was like staring into the darkness, where there was no beginning or end… I am writing this post to clear my head. I am praying for strength to bear the burdens only mothers know.

Hard Times Can Be the Best Times

When’s the last time you did something really hard? The kind that makes you grit your teeth as your muscles strain to move mountains. Hard times are usually the most opportunity-rich moments —  the ones that, if we let them, prove we are stronger than we first thought. Let me tell you about my friend.

What I Wish Those Mothers Had Told Me

It all started when I was about 7 months pregnant. Mothers I knew, full of warnings and words of wisdom, began texting and calling. Most of the warnings related to the horrors of childbirth (like this relative who told me she got 30 stitches! Another warned me of unexpected bowel movements). As if that wasn’t…

They Say I Have Spoilt You

You have cried for too long i swoop in, my arms under you put you against the pillow of my breasts, thinking “i am a bad mother” you do not care as you stare suckle, breathe, sleep. They say i have spoilt you You are too used to my arms, the scent of rose-water breast…