On a personal journey of self-care and what that looks/feels like to me, I rediscovered my love of writing. Writing has become my release and one of the main ways that I take care of myself. One of my favorite quotes is "You can't pour from an empty cup." Writing/Journaling as a form of expression and release has become my way to "refill my cup."
Both journals were born out of my need for motivation, as a source of inspiration. I needed to find a way to cope with life because it was coming at me fast, very fast. When I was 26, I lost my mother. Undeniably this period of my life is when I started needing my mother the most. I'm sure you can attest to this. Shortly after losing my mother, my aunt passed away, then my grandmother and most recently my brother, Keith, at the young age of 37. During these extremely difficult times, I endured a miscarriage. A year later, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Camille who shares names with my mother and I. I have also made it through a successful brain surgery to remove a tumor from my cerebellum. I thank God that during this time, I married my best friend. It is with my husband, friends/family and the grace of God, I am still standing.
Out of these struggles, The Responding to Life Journal was born. It is a motivational journal, that asks you thought provoking questions to assist you when needing to respond to life.
Those who know me, know that I use the word DOPE to express when I really, really, really like something. "That's dope, she's dope, they're dope," etc. However, for my 2nd journal Be D.O.P.E it's an acronym for Be Different, Be Original, Be Purposeful & Be an Example. D.O.P.E. helps to remind me to remain these things and as a motivational journal it will help you to become, maintain and remain being the D.O.P.E individual you are.
I sincerely thank you for visiting my site and implore you to find your way to "refill your cup." If you would like to try journaling, I encourage you to check out either of mine on the next page. Grab one for you and one for your friend too :)