THE HEALED VERSION OF YOU

Can you see her? Can you see him? The healed version of you? Truth be told…it’s very difficult at times.

As a believer, I’ve been to dozens of conferences over the years and have heard thousands of sermons. In my online writing community, I’m surrounded by several positive and/or inspirational people. But when fiery darts and or triggers come my way, I have to pull from an internal reservoir of sound thinking.

Most of the time, it’s easier to believe God for someone else’s breakthrough or miracle. It’s easier to cheer for another and send best wishes their way. But what about you? Ever wonder what the healed version of you is like? And why wouldn’t you be deserving of that?

I pray that your fear of dreaming big ceases today. I pray that you begin to believe again that blessings can still come your way!

I see the healed version of you. Healed in your mind, emotions, attitude, actions, reactions, heart, body, soul, finances and sleep pattern.

I see the healed version of you.

Won’t you?

Because of Him,

e

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Blessings!

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GOD CAN…I CAN’T



When I first launched “Inspiration with E” I was surrounded by people who only knew one fragment of my mosaic. They either saw me as ONLY a love poet @authenticiteespeaks, or ONLY a blogger at http://www.authenticiteespeaks.com or ONLY a mother or ONLY a singer/songwriter/speaker. A few still ONLY see me as the bass player’s wife. Wondering how I pulled the Worship Pastor’s youngest son or how he pulled the Grad student from Brooklyn. I have had MORE than my share of those who ONLY try to get close to me because of the artists my husband works with. Caught off guard by my down to earth-ness & even turned off when I don’t name drop or “take advantage” of connections. In my mind, they’re great people who I admire/respect but they’re HIS coworkers…not mine. They too, deserve people in their lives who don’t want anything from them. Imagine that.

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Then there came @grindhardradio. “What? My own radio show? Nah. Not ready”. I wanted everything to be just right. I used to be smaller. Had a perfect smile. Skin was clearer and life hadn’t beaten the freakin’ hell outta me yet. I didn’t want to be in debt. I didn’t want to be overweight. I didn’t want to have a shattered heart in recovery & a brain with glitches. I didn’t want trust issues. I didn’t want health problems that interrupted my life. How could I inspire people when I STILL need inspiration?!

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And then GOD began to encourage me to encourage others…right from where I was. ALL PEOPLE. To share what makes me smile, gives me hope, and breathes LIFE into me.

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Yes. I’m glad you’re here. Nope. I don’t have all the answers but GOD can handle your questions. I say WE encourage as many people as possible and remind them that they matter too. No NOT RELIGION OR JUDGMENT. Just good old fashioned LOVE💫e
PS: It can still be a good day!
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PRAYER WEDNESDAYS – 6 WEEKS



As most of you know, my own radio show, “Inspiration With E” launches next Sunday night – Aug. 20, 2017. 7p – 830p @grindhardradio


The season runs for 6 weeks so the WEDNESDAY before each show has been set aside as a day of prayer specifically for the show and my guests. 


DISCLAIMER 

I am a woman of faith BUT at times my show will feature secular music, and interviews with different races and/or non believers. IF that is an issue for you, PLEASE keep the negativity far, far, far away from me. I am VERY serious about life outside the 4 walls and showing much LOVE to EVERYONE is very important to me. 
HOW TO TUNE IN:

1- LIVE & On Demand Shows available at BLOGTALK RADIO – http://www.grindhardradio.com 

2- Call in LIVE on the air: 323-693-3043 (Press 1 to speak with my guests and I. -*Listeners who call in are automatically muted when calling in) 

3- ON DEMAND via Podcasts on iTUNES: Search “Grindhardradio” then look for “Inspiration With E”! 

Inspired to inspire others…healed to do the same! All are welcome, Including YOU! All genres of music, interviewing amazing guests, raising awareness & ending stigma! ALL are welcome. The support, both publicly & privately has been incredible. Blessings💫e
So if you’re on board with inspiration for ALL and/or will be praying or need prayer…Holla below.

 ***PLEASE*** (nothing personal but…) DO NOT SEND DMs  – Thank you. If your request is private in nature, just type “Pray For Me” & we got ‘chu. 

If you or a loved one are in crisis or have difficulty coping the National Suicide Hotline is available 24/7 @800273TALK 

Much love💫e

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Meet Ericka Arthur

 

Known as fearless behind the pen, Brooklyn NY native Ericka Arthur of Authenticitee Speaks is an Inspirational blogger, speaker, writer, singer and poet. A lover of love, she writes from the core of her heart; to the core of hearts. 

As a volunteer Suicide Crisis Counselor, Ericka has a burden to raise awareness and end the stigma facing those having difficulty coping; especially in communities of color and faith. 

Her latest movement, Inspiration With E, was created to share what inspires her while encouraging others. “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels Ericka and has now culminated in the launch of her own radio show. 

Inspiration With E, set to debut Aug 20, 2017 on Grindhard Radio, is where she will share what inspires her. Everything from different genres of music, interviewing Indie Authors, Artists and Entrepreneurs while raising awareness about issues close to her heart. 

Be sure to tune in Sundays from 7p to 830p EST & tell a friend!

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Inspiration With E



Are you a survivor? Can you inspire someone in a 1 minute video or less? What inspires you? Art, comedy, music?

My new labor of love @InspirationWithE is something that I’m SUPER excited about! It’s a space where I raise awareness while combining my love for fellow survivors, multicultural diversity, ALL genres of music and all nouns that inspire me! 

For a chance to be featured on my #InspirationWithE INSTAGRAM page, share YOUR 1 minute VIDEO of inspiration, love, motivation of overcoming, enduring health/hardships or survival that ends with a message of HOPE!! Get CREATIVE!

1) SUBSCRIBE @inspirationwithe on Instagram – 2) DM me THERE for more info OR leave a comment below! *Reminder* 3) No Profanity Please & Thank You😉#PositiveVibesOnly | Tag & Share with a friend!

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Don’t forget to keep in touch & share with a friend!

Much love & welcome new faces!
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Remember YOU MATTER!

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triage

 

overly concerned

you were not healthy enough to love

misdiagnosed

as you are not healthy enough to be loved…Beloved

 

 

 

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Don’t forget to keep in touch & share with a friend!

Much love & welcome new faces!e

Remember YOU MATTER!

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For me it was a red dress. That’s what his wife was wearing the night of the big argument. I was living in California and staying with the Director’s family while I worked on his indie film. That was the night he decided to kick me out for no reason. I was thousands of miles away from family and friends and had no place to go. I was also told that I would be flying back to the East Coast the next morning and good luck finding a way getting to the airport.

Instant trauma. It was horrible. I was sent back to the East Coast broken and very damaged. I didn’t realize I was dealing with the aftermath of trauma until seeing a red dress on TV soon thereafter caused me to break down in tears, made me afraid and feel anxious. I remember my mother, grandmother, brother, and then boyfriend now husband just loving on me; very carefully. Handling me with kid gloves. I returned to them very differently than how I left. There was no official diagnoses, I was never seen by any professional so I didn’t have a label for what I was experiencing. I just knew I had been severely injured and there was no physical evidence of it.

Eventually, I would say a few weeks later, I began to not be bothered by red dresses or casual California references at all. The events instead had just left a very bad taste in my mouth and the feisty, vibrant Ericka had resurfaced. Imagine my surprise when I was contacted three months later and offered an opportunity to return to California by the same Director that put me on the streets that winter night. I graciously declined. It wasn’t until several years later that I learned he was schizophrenic.

Knowing what our triggers are empower us and if we are proactive, it can even render them powerless. Since then I have survived many other traumatic experiences and the unexpected triggers that followed suit. I’ve noticed that over time a number of them have decreased, however others are just too prominent to ignore.

I’m excited about being aware of them because it helps in dealing with it. I have an incredible support network. That coupled with writing, music, comedies and lots of communication etc. works for me. You have to find what works for you. It may be professional therapy, taking up a new hobby, traveling, exercise…or Netflix and a whole lot of Chillin’.

Whatever it takes, pay attention to YOU, yourself, your body, your mind, how you feel about and around certain people; and in certain places. Begin to pay attention to scents and sounds. Whatever it takes to take care of you and be the best version of you needs to be your focus. Period.

We’ll talk soon. Proud of you. Remember to seek professional help if needed, reach out to crisis hotlines, go for a walk, and/or talk to a loved one. But no matter what remember you are never alone, you matter and are NEEDED!

Peace,

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DJ Saxy. Hers was a story I asked to tell months ago; and then life happened to me. Wave after wave of circumstances in unchartered waters crashed against every facet of my being. Every time I tried to open my mouth to gasp for air, drowning waters overtook me. As I began to get my bearings together I was able to remember unfinished conversations. My conversation with DJ Saxy was one that I wanted to finish. Life had forced me to leave our warm exchanges mid-sentence. She was headed out on tour as a DJ for Carnival Cruise Lines and that bought me some time. She’s been patient, as her’s I felt, was an important journey to share. After having graciously accepted my private apologies, which she didn’t feel were necessary; I wanted to publicly apologize as well. Thank you again for your patience DJ Saxy, let’s get this story told.

We worked together for the first time as co-hosts on GrindHard Radio’s Radio Divas talk show this past season. Besides being fun, articulate and mad cool; she is extremely knowledgeable about the music industry and selflessly shares from a global perspective. In getting to know her better, I quickly learned more than music had captured her heart. Her mother’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis weighed heavily on her. Using her platform as an internationally renowned DJ to help raise awareness about the disease, only increased my admiration and respect for her.

She Speaks In Her Own Words – Business

The name DJ Saxy came from the instrument. I played the saxophone for several Blues groups and artists while I was in college. I even had a chance to play for Blues singer Bobby Rush! I have always been a music lover, I grew up in a musical family. I started DJing when I realized I had an ear for picking out hits or songs that can do well in the industry. I was always interested in DJs at a young age like DJ Spinderella, Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri and local radio jockeys. In my sophomore year in college I bought my first turntables and began learning the concepts of DJing. After I realized I had a grip on the art of being a DJ, I changed majors from Music Education to Music Industry.

As a female in the industry it is hard. It has been hard for me to work my way into clubs because I’m a female DJ that doesn’t dress provocatively to get in good with club owners and promoters. I’m just a girl who is a dope DJ. Of course you have the guys that try to come at you in non professional ways and once that happens I don’t deal with those clubs anymore. As a female I feel I have to prove myself even more because we are usually overlooked. I have to go harder than the guys. I often get a “look” or talked over by older men when it comes to talking about sound and DJing. They think I don’t know technicals or simple stuff because I’m a woman, but when I open my mouth and talk, they look stupid and say, “Oh…you know what you’re doing”.

I was blessed to have two club owners that gave me a shot to DJ at their clubs. I went in and “kilt it”, earning residency at their clubs, Ventura’s Lounge in Shaw, MS and ABG in Tupelo, MS. These club owners were different because they saw me as a DJ and not just a little girl trying to play music.

My break to becoming an international DJ came when I took the last of my money I saved and went to Atlantic City for a DJ conference. At the time I was a broke college student that bought a bus ticket, rode 22 hours, paid for a hotel room and had $55 in my pocket to eat off of for 4 days. At the conference I met a guy who heard me playing around with turntables and he talked me into auditioning for a job. I didn’t want to but did it anyway. I used his laptop and controller and auditioned in a room for 4 people including DJ Irie! They loved my audition and didn’t believe I was just a girl from Mississippi. Two days later I had an email offering me a job to work with cruise lines and resorts!


She Speaks In Her Own Words – Mom’s Multiple Sclerosis

I want to go to church too“, my mother said. Due to her long 12 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Barbara Rainey had lost her ability to use her legs and at times her arms and hands. Multiple Sclerosis is a rare (fewer than 200,000 US cases per year), chronic, typically progressive disease for which there is no cure. It involves damage to the sheaths of nerve cells disrupting communication between the brain and the body causing numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.

I started a Go Fund ME page in an effort to help raise funds to purchase a special van that my mom can drive her powered wheelchair into. She has stated she “feels like a prisoner in her own house”, simply because she is unable to leave and travel, even if it’s to go to a much needed Dr.’s appointment. At this time, it takes two people in two different vehicles to take her out away from the house. She has to be lifted and transferred into her van and the wheelchair is lifted into the back of it as well. Once this is done there is no room for the lift to fit into the van. Therefore a second vehicle will have to travel and carry her lift. The idea of a van where she can just drive her chair into would be such a blessing for her and our family.

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Missing Dr. appointments has taken its toll on Barbara Rainey’s health. Once she was finally able to get to the Doctor, the latest MRI revealed that she had new lesions on her brain. Though it’s been an honor to help raise awareness about women in the DJ industry as well as Multiple Sclerosis, raising awareness is just the first step. I pray this serves as a catalyst for change, an incentive to donate to the cause as well motivation to seize a moment of self reflection. We never know what someone is dealing with. Especially if they are not one to complain. Perhaps you or a loved one is dealing with a chronic illness and there are days you long to tell the whole world. Then there are days when you do scream it on every mountain top while feeling as though you’re on MUTE.

Praying you’re unmuted today and even consider…passing the mic.

DJ Saxy Links

Barbara Rainey’s GO FUND ME Page: https://www.gofundme.com/8vv9bv44  {*Site issues have been resolved per DJ Saxy}

EPK: http://artistecard.com/djsaxy

Website: http://www.thedjsaxy.com

IG: @dj_saxy

Twitter: @djsaxy

Snapchat: thedjsaxy

Facebook: thedjsaxy

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I’M THE NEWEST CAST MEMBER!



Yours Truly Has Been Invited To Join the Gritty GrindHardRadio’s Empowering RadioDivas Cast as a CoHost!

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! 

*ALL SHOWS ARE AVAILABLE ON ITUNES AT THE END OF EACH TAPING! (LANGUAGE ADVISORY)

Thanks for the love & support💘e
THIS SUNDAY…. 0/17/2016 #SEASONPREMIERE of #RadioDivas #Season5 on #‎GrindHardRadio

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From poisoned lips to poisoned tips

Tangled webs to undefiled beds

Pretending it’s not on our minds

While stroking egos and scrolling timelines 

I’m here for it

Every angle of it

Burned from it

Healed by it

Yes. I still believe in

L O V E

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When reflecting on 2015, has your perception of love changed this year? Love. Let’s talk about it. Would love to hear from YOU!

  
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