I vaguely remember hearing that NBA players never wear the same pair of sneakers twice at games. Not sure if that story is a fable or not but I rather fancied the idea. It left me fascinated with the notion of being given new artillery for each new battle.

New. It’s a concept we can’t really process as a result of the diminished value once we pull off a car dealership’s lot and smear fingerprints across the window of every new experience we touch.

Conditioned to sing about “mercies, new every morning” according to Biblical scriptures and life experience; I can’t say I remember the last time “new” really felt new…for me.

So I open the floor and pose a question: What does the phrase “brand new” mean to you?

If not here, then in your journal make the result of your reflections known🌹e

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Adulthood. A bit overrated eh? It seems the socially accepted window of time to run away from home has passed. Though tempted to run and hide or pack up and leave when life deals blow after blow; remember wherever you go, there you will be. Word on the street is, “you’ll be there too.”

For a moment, drastic changes can prove to be the hard reset needed to adjust one’s sails. However, there are some things that new career paths, new hobbies, new clothes, beaus or zip codes can’t compensate for. 

Once docked, unpacked, settled in and the novelty has worn off, we are still met with the resounding echo of our own thoughts, unfinished business and unresolved issues. 

Perhaps it’s time Beloved, for that quiet moment of self reflection. You know…that one box that’s never unpacked no matter where you go.

Love you to life🌹e 

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I PRAY

Mommy prays that you always make each other laugh. That you always look out for your little brother & that you always look out for your big sister.

 
I pray you always feel comfortable in your shade of melanin skin as you endure the insidiously frustrating questions as to whether or not you have the same parents ’cause one’s eyes are hazel & the other’s dark brown.

I pray you stay strong & hold your ground when they reach for your Locs & Afro out of ignorance & curiosity.

I pray you remain humble & walk worthy of your calling, even when Mommy & Daddy aren’t looking.

 
We not only love you, we respect, admire & like you; our miracles.

Be blessed beyond measure & strengthened for every mile of your journey🌹Mommy

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I AM THRILLED! 

YAY!! Today’s me born day…and it’s a really BIG one!!😂 Super duper HYPE & GRATEFUL I woke up ready to rock not only a brand new day but a brand new year! Muuahh! So glad YOU’RE here too😘 Love you to life🌹e

April 14, 2016 -Blessed & Grateful!



PS. Birthdays…especially MILESTONE birthdays are a SUPER BIG DEAL to me because my Daddy lost his battle with congestive heart failure on the threshold of his 34th birthday. It’s a bittersweet reminder to treasure each day & never take the gift of life for granted. Enjoy your day too, remember you’re AMAZING & thanks for your love & support of authenticitee speaks

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My Beautiful Antiguan CyberSista Gina Phillips Talks Living With CRPS

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Every time I leave the house, I’m reminded of the simple fact that people will see you but never really know you. And unfortunately that never stops them from thinking that they do. My physical therapist asked me just this week, “what has it been like for you living with CRPS?” I sighed and laughed lightly..because really, …where does one begin? To say it has been hard would be cruel actually. I haven’t had my limbs severed, I don’t need a wheelchair or assistance to move around, visibly and for all intensive purposes, I look fine. In fact, my doctor told me in the beginning that it would have been easier if I’d just broken my arm. I didn’t understand then. I couldn’t understand. But, I do now. 

CRPS -(Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)- has changed my life. In increments, monumentally and in ways I didn’t see coming. There is very little…

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Today, Feb. 3rd is an International Holiday!! It’s Aaron’s Birthday! (Cue music, release doves) Oh, who’s Aaron? He’s my friend from Junior High School (JHS) that I’ve not seen, nor actually talked to since JHS. If you were to compare our bios, and life experiences after JHS, you wouldn’t think we ran in the same circles. Oh wait. That’s ’cause he runs and I don’t. Yeah see. Now that I think about it…maybe that’s why he looks exactly the same as he did in JHS, minus that retainer that kept him from smiling. No. Really. EXACTLY THE SAME.

The man is ageless.

So why the random birthday shoutout to my Zen, Clean Eating, Champagne Drinking, Extreme Passport Stamp World Traveling, Physically Fit, Pine Nut Chewing, Yoga In Time Square, IT Tech Saavy, Motorcycle Riding, Polar Opposite Childhood Friend?

 It’s pretty simple actually. How many people can say they went to JHS with one of their HEROS?  

That’s. Why. Yep. Pretty. Darn. Cool. I’d. Say…

Now wait (insert sarcastic disclaimer here) No I’m Not A Stalker, Nosy. Though We Also Have The Same HBCU In Common (I transferred after a year and we missed each other); Thanks To My BRIEF Stint On Facebook Many Moons Ago We Reconnected. No We Never Dated. No. We Never Liked Each Other Like That. Nope. Nah. He’s What You Would Call One Of My Brooklyn Homeboys! Word Is Bond Son! And we have a serious love for love in common…

I just wrote a piece about (venturing out to) live a limitless life called Potential a couple of days ago. As I live vicariously through Aaron’s insatiable thirst for adventure I see what it’s like for a guy from the same rough JHS and neighborhood we survived in the streets of Brooklyn NY, to travel the world. On his own time. On his own dime. It’s inspirational. It’s encouraging. He inspires me. I share his stories with my family. I’m now sharing with you. 

Here are his actual realtime  Instagram photos from today and yesterday. He’s in Iceland right now for his birthday! How incredibly breathtaking are these shots?!

  

  

Most people are afraid to dream big for whatever reason. Can we be honest? I admit. I am too sometimes. I’m guilty. I love God and I say I trust Him but sometimes I want to help him draw out the blueprint for the next game plan. You know. Cause I can see so much further than He can…considering I’m omni-nothing and all. (Forgot to insert sarcastic disclaimer. Sorry. Not sorry.)

 
Look. Aaron and I, though polar (bear) opposites and thousands of miles apart have found that the common denominator for all humans is still the same, love.  Here I am writing tons of love/lust/longing poetry and inspirational pieces and he’s constantly encouraging people to love and to live in love. He speaks passionately about how life is too short so we should just: LIVE IT

I’m shouting from laptops and he’s shouting from mountaintops; literally. 

Our love for love is strong. We are both on the battlefield for love. As I’ve said on my Instagram poetry page “I’ve been hurt by it, I’ve been healed by it, but….”

 
He’s a soldier of love. May I make a suggestion? I think it’d be pretty cool to give him a birthday present by checking out his new vision and venture of love. Just go to http://www.soldieroflove.clothing/ and maybe a T-Shirt with a simple message of LOVE this season will catch your eye❤️ 

 
Make it wanderlusterly amazing…

(In Aaron’s honor today, won’t cha?)

Love you to life,

✍🏾💋e
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This Sunday’s Season Premiere (1.17.16) promises to deliver fun, “keep it 💯” dialogue, while tackling tough issues affecting women and urban communities as a whole. Incredible Indie Artists among other Special Guests to be featured throughout the season! 

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A YEAR AGO TODAY authenticitee WAS BORN…LET THE MUSIC PLAY!

I just wanna dance….FEEL FREE TO POST YOUR BLOG LINKS, INTRODUCE YOURSELF PLEASE! Meet, Greet & most of all, ENJOY🌹

My latest poem on Instagram (@authenticitespeaks) for your reading pleasure…

  
2016 I’m so glad you’re here,

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It’s been a rough year. Yet as a new blogger, authenticitee captured the potential of my range as a woman and as a writer. I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people here. Those who regularly engaged with me by leaving comments, I got to know better than others. However you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. 

God is so good but life can be so cruel. Sometimes we struggle with doing right and other times we can’t stop doing wrong. I’ve lived both sides of the coin. And even now in the midst of a very difficult time I say to you, be encouraged

“You e?”, they say. “We didn’t know you were going through!” That’s because I never talk about my trials; it’s much more important to me that others don’t give up! How does that translate for those of us who incessantly and without a second thought, care more for others than ourselves? 

Though I do not personally ascribe to new age, metaphysical beliefs, I know people who do. Seeing how I care so deeply for all people, while enduring trauma of my own, they’ve often described me as an empath

Google dictionary defines an empath this way: 

“em·path

ˈempaTH/

noun

(chiefly in science fiction) a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.”

An according to http://www.themindunleashed.org:

“Being an empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods. Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions.”

My personal belief system directs me to the Bible which is a sacred text for me. One of the scriptures that reminds me of Jesus who is the Christ’s way of loving is found in the A portion of Hebrews 4:15

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities

DOPENESS. He led by an example of not only great leadership, He was not so standoffish that He couldn’t feel what others were feeling. 

So be encouraged today. Please take care of yourself, while caring for others! I’ve learned the hard way that self care is not selfish, it’s imperative. Remember that you as a caregiver are most loved and cared about too!! You may not feel like or even believe it, but you were born for a reason and are someone’s reason to smile. Don’t believe the lie that you don’t matter, because you do. 

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God bless, much love and till 2016…be blessed💜

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Praying you’re blessed beyond measure and strengthened for the journey,

e

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