Michelle Williams Reminds Us to Take Care of Our Mental Health

This week, Michelle Williams, former member of the group Destiny’s Child; reminded us of the importance of being in tune with our own mental health.  Williams told fans in an Instagram post that she was taking some of her own advice by seeking “help from a great team of healthcare professionals”.

While she has not provided the details of her treatment, Williams says she has struggled with depression since she was a teenager.  She talks about periods of the illness reoccurring during college and also during her time performing with the trio.  In an interview with the co-hosts of “The Talk”, Williams reveals that she was even once suicidal.  She tells the co-hosts that it wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she had a name for what she was feeling.  She admits to feeling ungrateful because, while she was at one of the highest points in her life, she still felt “sad”.

The singer has been a long-time advocate of mental healthcare, seeking to increase awareness of it’s various forms and being supportive of individuals seeking help as needed.  Williams states that she wants to “normalize” the conversations surrounding mental health, a topic that is often dismissed by those who do not understand its effect.  And, her transparency is being well received; as celebrities such as Missy Elliott, Solange Knowles (also open about her battles with ADHD and Autonomic Nerve Disorder) and Tina Knowles Lawson respond with prayers and well wishes while she works on herself.  Add us to that list of those sending Michelle love, peace and understanding.

According to the World Health Organization, “one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

If you or someone you know exhibits signs of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Michelle Obama Wants You To Vote

Former first lady Michelle Obama wants you to vote; YES YOU!  While the former POTUS is hitting the campaign trail for November’s mid-term elections, Auntie Shelly announces her partnership with the non-profit, When We All Vote, aimed at getting all eligible US residents registered to vote.

In the ad, Mrs. Obama calls on a few celebrity friends to if they are registered to vote.  She encourages them to vote, not only in the big elections, like the presidency but, to turn out for the smaller local elections as well.  Famous faces like Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton, NBA’s Chris Paul, and triple threat Janelle Monae appear in the two-minute video.

According to the website, the nonpartisan, non-profit organization wants to spark conversations about the responsibility to vote in each election.  Former senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarett, is among those who serve on the board of directors.  They want to target young voters, as the video mentions that 4 million Americans will turn 18 this year, the legal age to vote in the US. The website, still in it’s early stages, allows users to register to vote as well as subscribe to a mailing list for voter registration events all over the nation. And, if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, you can register for that too.

This announcement comes just as strategies begin for the Democratic Party to attempt to change the congressional tide by winning more seats across the country during the mid-term election and regain some control in Washington.

The former first family has kept a low profile since leaving office (sad face).  But they have been involved in a number of projects to keep them busy.  The former FLOTUS is still working with the education initiatives and women’s issues she began while still in the White House, and she is working on a memoir.  Former President Obama has been working on the presidential library being built in Chicago and they have both inked a production deal with Netflix.  Whatever they are doing, we just want to be a part.

When We All Vote
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Emotional Vampires

I’ve been tired but, I couldn’t figure out why.  It is not a physical fatigue, it is more emotional; I was distracted and finding it hard to focus and complete my tasks.  I wasn’t exactly depressed but I had a consistent “down in the dumps” kind of feeling.  Then I figured it out, the EMOTIONAL VAMPIRES had been sucking the life right out of me.

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PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Yesterday, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by my gynecologist.  At first it sounds horrible, but I’m a “half full” kind of girl, so I know that things could always be worse.  I immediately set out to do what I do best, RESEARCH.  But, just like most of the journeys I’ve taken, it seems that I will be one of the first, one of the few to venture into this new(for me) territory.

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An Open Letter From One “Baby Mama” To Another

I don’t pretend to know you but, you and I have two specific things in common: 1) we both had a relationship with the same man & 2) we both became mothers as a result of it.  I don’t know your story or the circumstances surrounding the birth of your daughter but, I’m sure that you envisioned something a little different when planning for the future with your children; I know I did.  Nevertheless, here we are, the mothers of two sisters who have to work together in order to make the best of a blended family situation.

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Finding My Joy

 

I’m a work in progress,  but aren’t we all at to some extent? What I’m about to do is something much BIGGER to me.  It’s so much more than losing a few pounds or fitting into a smaller size pair of jeans.  I WANT TO CHANGE MY LIFE.  I am seeking JOY!   Continue reading Finding My Joy

Reflections of THIS single mom

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I never grew up thinking that I would be a single mom.  As with most adolescent girls, when I looked ahead, I saw the white picket fence and myself, married to the love of my life complete with two children and a dog; I don’t even like animals.  But, life happens and so did my pregnancy.  My story isn’t the tragic comeback tale of an unwed teenage mother who conceives a child on prom night and spirals into the abyss of hopelessness and despair.  My story is of a young woman who used her unplanned pregnancy to re-purpose her life. Continue reading Reflections of THIS single mom

Just a little push should do it

Just because we think someone needs a “push” doesn’t mean it’s OUR job to push them. They have to want to that guidance (that push) and help from YOU or it’s just going to be like moving mountains. We can see all the potential in the world in a person, but if they can see it in themselves, pushing is useless.  If they are content, let them be, but don’t let that IMPEDE your own progress. Continue reading Just a little push should do it

My “Why”

My “WHY”

Quite often my friends and family ask me how I do some of the things that I do. Not that I do remarkable or amazing things that can’t be accomplished by others; but, I realized that God has blessed me by putting me in situations to help me understand and learn about myself.  I have also put myself in situations that HE has had to get me out of, which I have also learned from.  I am a firm believer that everything is of purpose.  No one is here and nothing happens by accident.  Everything that I have experienced is to help someone else navigate a path that I have already traveled. Continue reading My “Why”

…my life lessons & the things that I know for sure

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