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Tell Your Story

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When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” ~ Harley Davidson

A musician’s first album is always their best.  It is their life’s story, the pain, the glory, the heartbreak, the victories, the highs and the lows and everything in between.  It is a culmination of hustle and desire, the blood, sweat and tears of pursuing a dream, a passion that burns deep within and comes flooding out with a force so magnanimous it is hard to contain, and a humbled spirit that never accepted no or rejection.  When finally given a chance to tell their story and pour it out on wax, art is born.  No different for a writer.

As writers we pour our souls out through the pen that paints a prolific picture on paper (or the computer screen – lol).  Scribe, griot, narrator, voice of the mistreated and misunderstood, or storyteller.  No matter how depicted, a writer finds freedom in allowing his or her pen to bleed with syllables and soliloquies that supersede mere conjecture or random thought, but instead take us on a spiritual, emotional, and physical ride that surpasses what was once seen or imagined.  A writer’s greatest gift is bringing the reader into the writer’s world, luring them in, captivating them, and holding their conscious captive for the duration, while permeating their subconscious well after they have finished reading.  If you ask any writer what their objective is when writing, 9 out 10 will readily tell you to allow the reader a glimpse into my world while telling my story with a vivid picture.

One writer when asked why he wrote responded by saying, “You might as well ask me why I breathe.”  How profound to equate the art of writing to the very breath that gives and sustains life.  Writing in and of itself is a lifeline, a metaphysical bridge that transforms words into literary oasis that quenches any thirst, fulfills any desire, and takes us on a magical journey that is only limited by our very own concept of reality and how far our imagination wishes to travel.  There are no other mediums that can transport you to a distant land without ever leaving the comfort and confines of your home such as writing.   (more…)

Not the End of the Story

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“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have left.”

If you have not heard of Project Semicolon, I assure you are in for a treat.  It takes a phenomenal and strong person to take the worst of life and transform that situation into someone else’s breakthrough.  @ProjectSemicolon started in the spring of 2013, when founder, Amy Bleuel, wanted to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning.

With a mission and a goal, those at Project Semicolon started the journey to inspire and help others overcome life at its worst moments.  Whether it was the person suffering, lost, confused, and feeling isolated or those not knowing how to help and just as tragically affected, they have embodied a mantra that is literally changing the stigma on self-inflicted pain.  “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to.  The author is you and the sentence is your life,” is a motto that they live by and share with as many as can be reached worldwide.

They embody the notion that we all have a choice to add a semicolon in any part of our life and discover a different ending.  Life will inevitably back you into a corner, but that does not mean you have to succumb or give up.  That part of life may end with a period, but it does not mean the story is over, the chapter is closed, or the book is completely written.  Add a semicolon to life and start rewriting your story.

If you are interested in the work Project Semicolon is doing and want to contribute or support in any way, please visit their site at  You are never too lost to be saved.

Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - The Pen

There are certain things in life that no one can take away from you – hope, integrity, education, self-worth, self-discipline, or character.  No matter the obstacles or the detractors, there is no one or no thing that has more say so in your development other than you!

As many have seen, the livelihood of several professional athletes has been stripped away and/or put in jeopardy over the last few weeks.  A life they worked for from the time they could walk until it materialized, these men gave their all and positioned themselves to reap the fruits of their labor.  How little did they know that in the blink of an eye, it would be all snatched away.  It is one thing to have an injury derail your career, but when it stems from behavior that could have been prevented, self-inflicted, that is when circumstances start controlling your life instead of you controlling your circumstances.

Learn from others’ mistakes and stop letting everyone else dictate your life.  Look at the picture above, it speaks volumes.  As long as you continue to let others hold the pen, they will continue to write the story they see for your life, and that is where you lose all power.  Today is the day to take back control and start acting as your own scribe.  The life you seek is at the tip of your fingertips and all you need to do is start penning your memoirs.

Your life is filled with so many endless possibilities, but what is certain is that we each one, you have an opportunity to formulate the life you seek.  Our paths may be different, our journeys longer, but no matter the road we travel, we all have the ability to reach our destiny.  Hope is eternal, integrity is a choice, self-worth and self-discipline are innate traits, and character is the lasting impression.  How will the story of your life read and who will be the author?

Where others have faltered, you can learn, and the quicker you do, the better off you will be.  It is very cliché, but there is truth in the statement, “you are the captain of your ship.”  “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach me destination.” ~ Unknown 

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