Grace, not perfection.

The journey towards weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is not an easy one. I’ve tried many times and fallen short–each time gaining more than when I’d initially started. I’ve cut dairy, sugar and carbs. I’ve done Weight Watchers. I’ve gone Paleo. I’ve completed doctor recommended programs. While I found success through all of these…

I am human.

All of my life I’ve heard variations of the following: “Belinda, you’re such an OREO.” “Belinda, you’re not black. You’re the whitest person I know.” “Mrs. Martin, you’re different. You’re not like real black people.” “Belinda, don’t even try to act black. It just doesn’t work for you.” “Uh oh. B’s getting angry. Her black…

The Pruning Process

‎”I’m so grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry. The only credentials I brought to it were invective and witch hunts and arrogance. But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing-didn’t…

Oh, Lately It’s Been So Quiet

When trying to think about something clever to name this post, the only thing that came to mind were lyrics by OK, GO. For the first time in quite some time, I’ve been able to do almost nothing. Of course, doing nothing equates to me finding a wealth of things to do–things I meant to…

“Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Lillie Mae a post by Loman. It’s been one week since our Lillie passed and there is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about her.  As an only child, I have always found true friendship in my animals.  Their innocence and unconditional love has always given me strength as well as…

Lillie Mae / “Constant”

This past week was one of the most trying times of my life. Full of interviews, Teacher Work Sampling and Placement, I spent my Spring Break in Chattanooga. It truly was a great week for us, although we were both incredibly stressed. I had an interview at my dream school on Thursday and while I…

You Are For Me

This week has been a pretty trying one. I go to placement. Go home for 30 minutes to an hour. Then, I go to work. The current state of events have made me feel so cut off from my life as I once knew it, and such drastic change never sits too well with me….

Small Potatoes

Tomorrow is my first day of placement for the semester and to be honest, I’m incredibly nervous but also really excited about the possibilities. Placement means I’m closer to my dream career and also to graduation and I am experiencing an odd mixture of emotions. I’m afraid of failing but in many ways, I think…

Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child…

Angels Do Exist

Today, I had to go to court for a parking ticket. Scared out of my mind I sat amidst a group of people who were there for a variety of different reasons. I’ve never been in a courtroom of any kind before and found little to no guidance as to what was going on. I…