I See You

Dear friends in recovery, rediscovery, and/ or simply on the path of wholehearted living.

Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, maybe you know something isn’t quite right but you’re not sure what it is, maybe you’re just tired, and yet still, you’re trying and…

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I see you

Out there doing your thing, trying to redeem yourself,  trying to maintain.

I see you struggling day in and day out maneuvering your stride, adjusting and letting go of baggage from old pastimes. Having to dodge character assassination attempts on this new life, and thankfully another chance.

Funny how people fully clothed in their imperfection try to shoot you down for yours. Interested in resurrecting a past self that while you can’t ignore, don’t be fooled, it isn’t the complete story. And you may feel guilty because you’ve played that role too. You might wonder if it’s worth it and if you’re even worthy. You are. You’re not now who you were before. But you were always enough even on your yesterdays and you’re enough even as you stand here all patched up today.

So don’t worry, keep doing you. Keep being true to your journey.  Don’t be afraid to seek out your own truth.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. It’s downright scary sometimes too! Yeah, you’re going to stumble and yeah you may just fall. But get back up and dust yourself off. Not because you should,  but because you believe deep down that you could and you would…eventually. You already have before. And you can once more.

Listen, I’ve worn similar shoes,  heck sometimes I still wear them because like they say ‘one day at a time,’  and sure enough some days aren’t as bright as some of the others but, some days are even better. And you learn to cherish each moment and even be grateful for the disappointments every once in awhile.

I didn’t want to take up too much of your time. I just wanted you to remind you that you are not alone. I wanted you to know that…

I see you
I get you
I choose light and life too just like you
I’m praying for you
And I love you.

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Until Next Time…Peace!

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The Relationship between Mental and Physical Health [Video]

*Web series has ended but you can watch all episodes on YouTube via the MoonTube Channel

I’m super excited to introduce to you the launch my New Web Show “Your Mental Wellness Matters” with co-host Dr. Angela Clack of Clack Associates, LLC and Women’s Empowerment Group International Inc.

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We plan to bring on guest speakers for Q & A segments who specialize in specific fields that affect mental wellness.

The new show will talk about various topics under the umbrella of mental health and wellness. Including Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Stigma, and SOOOO much more.

For now, we plan to LIVESTREAM two shows a month. And yes, they will be recorded but attending a LiVE set will give you an oppurtunity to interact and ask questions right then and there.

Please Check out our 1st Episode below and Please SHARE with your friends and family. We offer practical insight with some practical practices you can put to use as soon as you’re finished watching.

Enjoy!

If you have any questions or want to offer feedback so we can improve your viewing experience please let me know either in the comment section below or send me a private email at hello (at) LynetteDavis (dot) com

Until Next Time…Peace!

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Hope For Chronically Ill Children and Their Caregivers

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I became aware of two awesome local nonprofits. I’ve already exposed you to one, now let me introduce you to the other, the Erick J. Umstead Memorial Foundation(EJUM).

The EJUM Foundation is a nonprofit that provides resources for chronically ill children and their caregivers. Some of programs within the Foundation include: “Caregivers Count” which address the monetary need of the parents and caregivers of chronically ill children, “My PJ’s” which addresses the need of the children to have fresh pajamas during their time at a medical facility, and “The Scholarship Program” to help high school seniors pursuing education that addresses the chronically ill community.

The need for nonprofits such as the EJUM Foundation has truly grown
over the years. There are literally Millions of Children living with diagnosed chronic illnesses. Parents and caregivers are very overwhelmed as they try to care for their loved ones without going broke. The Erick J. Umstead Memorial Foundation is here to break down the barriers that keep parents and caregivers from getting the help they deserve as they take on the very challenging task of caring for chronically ill children.

What makes the EJUM Foundation so special is the passion and determination held by its founder, Sabrina Umstead Smith. After experiencing first hand the struggles of a working parent trying to raise a chronically ill child, Sabrina knew she could not keep all of her experiences and resources to herself and so the EJUM Foundation was born, in loving memory of her son Erick. The EJUM Foundation currently serves Southern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, and Philadelphia. By localizing its efforts, the people served get focused attention and their needs met from an organization that is aware of the high cost of living in these areas.

If you would like to aid in the efforts to help chronically ill children and their caregivers you can do so here.

Connect with EJUM Foundation on Facebook and Twitter

What Do We Want? Nonprofits! When Do We Want Them? Now!

Do we really need more nonprofits? Simple answer…YES!

 When I read this post by one of my new favorite nonprofit bloggers, I was a little taken back that she even encountered “Do Gooders” who were discouraging fellow idealists. I quickly recovered when I remembered the anxieties experienced by former coworkers who worried if our program was going to be the next budget cut. I’m not so naïve to think that the competition for funding isn’t great. However, as a person who has utilized and worked in social services I cannot sit back and watch the increased need for resources and hope someone else will step up to the plate to get things done. Looking back, being so worried about the next paycheck should have prompted us to take action to help secure funding and cultivate relations with donors and potential donors so that we would be less dependent on state funding.

One of the small lessons I can take from my experiences and share with those of you who are working in direct care for a program; be proactive in informing your Development and Communications department about the good work you and your coworkers are doing to improve the quality of life for your clients being served. One way to keep funding and help get more funding is to highlight real life testimonies and experiences.  Don’t be afraid to talk about how the lack of staff and lack of training on best work practices hinders your program from feeding a family in need or I don’t know, saving a life. Perhaps, as we share the needs of our programs we can encourage others to fulfill those needs because let’s face it; there are way too many problems in this world and not enough solutions addressing the needs of the people. Case in point, I live in a state where the housing department stopped taking applications altogether because the waiting list was too backed up. Why would anyone discourage someone who wants to open another homeless shelter or soup kitchen?

Nonprofits are needed but I wouldn’t be realistic if I didn’t say, we also need people who are willing to aid the causes of nonprofits too. In response to Mazarine’s post, I posed a question; How do we, (We being anyone who wants to do their part in fostering social change), find and encourage more philanthropic minded people so that established nonprofits don’t squabble and feel intimated by new change makers onto the scene? I would love to hear your suggestions.

Black History Now: Meet Joseph L. Poole

As promised in my post Black History Now , I would like to introduce Entrepreneur Joseph L. Poole!

Tell me a little about yourself and what you do?
I was born and raised in South Jersey, the youngest of six (6)
children.  My parents originally migrated from Darlington, SC to
Philadelphia and then to Berlin, NJ. We attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church
in Atco, NJ where my Father was Assistant Pastor.  During my junior year in
High School my parents sent me to SC to keep me out of trouble.  I joined
the Marine Corps in 1986 and went on Active Duty after graduating high
school in 1987.  In August 1991 I preached my initial Sermon.  While
serving in the Marine Corps I had the privilege of teaching and preaching
across the U.S. and overseas. In 1992 I developed my personal Self defense
system and began teaching.  In 1998 I medically retired from the Marine
Corps and went to work in the Higher Education Field.  From 1998 unto 2008
I was blessed to have worked at St. John’s University, Ingersoll Rand
Education Solutions Department, New School University and Berkeley
College.[Joseph L. Poole is now the Owner/Chief Instructor of M.V.P.]

What prompted you to become an entrepreneur?
It just seems natural to me, my father was an entrepreneur and I think
that the characteristics that were instilled in me along with just the way
that I have been directed in life has brought me to this place.  I
started my first business in Junior High school with my best friend we
would by candy from the corner store near our church and then sell it to
the other kids.  I ran a small Security/Security Technology Consulting
Firm from 1997 until 2003 which I ended due to possible conflict of
interest with my new job at the time.  Now I am blessed to be able to
Minister through my business and although it gets financially tight
sometimes I truly thank God for the opportunity.

What were the first steps you took towards making your dream into reality?
Research, research and more research.  You have to educate yourself to
every aspect of what you want to do.  It doesn’t matter if you are working
for yourself or for someone else; in order to be good at what you do you
need to be a student of whatever profession you choose.

How do/did you handle obstacles and roadblocks?
Prayer, Patience and Praise.

Where does your inspiration come from?
God gives me my inspiration; through my faith, through my wife
Priscilla, my kids and my parents.

How do you define and or measure success?
I measure my success by the success and the development of those that I
reach out to.  For example if the goal is to help someone pass a test my
success is wrapped up in the passing of that test.

How has your business helped with community growth or development?
I believe I have had a positive impact on the community because of a
few things.  First is that I really don’t look at this as a business, it is
Ministry for me.  As a Not for Profit. I try to keep the cost down in order
to allow families to afford to train.  The After school programs are done
at a cost while I have donated my time teaching Martial Arts and Leadership
Characteristics that teach responsibility for Self, Family and Community.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?
The best advice that I can give anyone is seek God’s will for your life
and then pursue it with all that has been put in you.  Pay attention to
those who have been put in your life because they have been put there for
a reason.  Choose a good Mentor and always look to mentor someone.