A Little Halloween …

…for monsters we created, but demons we did not…

I like the ones that start on a rainy night.

A subtle introduction alarming for fright.

The scariest is not what is already known,

but what is known and knows you’re alone.

In your most vulnerable state, flat on your back,

in your nightmares or even dreams, it plans to attack.

Between Heaven and Hell, asleep or awake,

you’ll find you can’t fight what it wants to take.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe,

existence wasn’t made, just simply conceived.

For monsters we created but demons we did not.

The wage for your soul is a battle to be fought.

They know you’re afraid and feed off your fear,

every flinch, jump and shiver has them smilin’ ear to ear.

They see the hair raised on the back of you arm,

the whites of your eyes anxious and alarmed.

The beads of sweat across your brow

to add to your fear, they give a low growl.

And what they are that makes you so afraid,

created in imagination and there they should’ve stayed.

Believe it or not, design of our own,

for demons we didn’t create but have been shown.

And with what little effort did we spin a web

allowing fear and fright to slowly ebb,

the hope we had to evade the demons

without realizing their appearances are for a reason.

For within inside each and everyone

is what our human race has become.

Happy Halloween! 🎃

It’s Still Poetry Month

You’re Supposed to Be Supportive

Hey, I know it’d late but because it’s still April and it’s still Poetry Month, I wanted to share a few more with you if you don’t mind.

You’re suppose to be supportive

When your friend tells you the news

That in nine short months

Their bundle will be due.

But how am I supposed to be joyful

With unexpected news from a friend?

That baby bump she’ll soon cradle

Is how our friendship will end.

Oh, you think I’m being dramatic

I’m making this all about me?

My circle of friends is already small

And I don’t make friendships lightly.

She swears up and down

That nothing between us will change

As much of a relief I want that to be

It also sounds very strange.

Like, she wouldn’t change

Her number one priorty?

She’d put that baby on the back burner

If it meant spending time with me?

Nah, I don’t believe that

I don’t believe that for one second

Any good parent puts their child first

And everyone else can just suck it.

I’ve chosen a childfree life

Which means having childfree friends too

It’s much easier to maintain those relationships

When there isn’t a child in between you.

Yeah, go ahead and call it selfish

I’ve been hearing it for years

But I carved out an intentional life

Children were off the map, free and clear

You’re supposed to be supportive

When a friend enters a new chapter

You just never thought a new chapter

Would kill off your character right after.

You’re Supposed to be Supportive (ML Morgan)

Thanks for letting me share! Night!

Poetry Month: I Lost A Friend Today

I Lost A Friend Today

(Whispers) It’s late, it’s midnight. If you’re up… wow, you’re a night owl too. Great to know.

In honor of it also being National Poetry month, I wanted to share something of my writing with you, if that’s all right:

I lost a friend today
when I spoke my truth
or was it my truth
or just a ruse?
A ruse for anger?
A ruse for pain?
I don’t think it matters
the friendship is slained.
I lost a friend
because I couldn’t smile
and nod my head
knowing all the while
the choice she was making
would be a huge mistake.
And the words I chose
were enough to break
10 years of trust
10 years of secrets
10 years of laughs
10 years we’ll now forget.
I lost a friend today
today, a friendship I lost
I ask myself repeatedly
was the truth worth the cost?

Psst – It’s Also National Poetry Month

It’s Also Poetry Month

(Whispers) hey! You still up? For all my writimg hustlers – authors, screenwriters, copy writers, novelists and of course, poets… let me share a littlr of original work with you in honor of it being Poetry Month.

There’s such a pain

from a lively loss

that no truth could’ve paid

for its higher cost.

No marks on the body,

no scuffling of feet

just a broken bond

when two sister-souls meet.

No love is “unconditional”,

we always take measure

when unwanted words take flight

it endangers what we treasure.

It gives pause to questions

that were never, ever asked

it casts shadows of doubt

of something insidious being unmasked.

I dare not ask

for the pain is too fresh

what happens to those two sister-souls,

what becomes of their flesh?

No longer bonded,

no longer bound

are they still sister-souls

or extras in the background?

Thanks for letting me share!

Look What I Wrote: The Single Woman’s Guide to Side Hustlin’

The Single Woman’s Guide to Side Hustlin’ Book!

I feel like Stuart from MadTv, “Look what I can do!”

Well, look at what I wrote! My first (kind of) self published book on a topic that is near and dear to me: Side Hustlin’. And gentlemen, don’t let the name deter you from reading it just because I slapped on the label “single, woman” on it. That’s how I identify myself as, an unwedded woman, aka, single.

This book is a short read, under 90 pages and I did my best to really walk through the simplest of steps to help someone even at a novice level use their current skillset to create a side hustle and start earning some extra dinero! Especially, right now during these times. The pandemic isn’t quite over. Jobs have still been lost, many which are never coming back. This is the right time to start a side hustle.

I encourage everyone to pick up a digital copy and go through the book and really sit in the steps and know that you can create your own side hustle, whatever that may look like. And from there, you can create your own business — if that’s the road you want to take.

One of my favorite things about this book – aside from that it’s finally published, live and not a to-do item – is that I titled each chapter with a quote from an influential woman that I thought spoke to the content in the chapter. You’ll have to read it to see what I mean.

So please, I ask that you show some support, some love and pick up a copy on Amazon! Here’s the link to download your copy: https://amzn.to/3bxWfhb

Thanks a million!

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., photo credit: The Baltimore Times

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” “- Martin Luther King Jr.

How to Use Craigslist to Market Your Side Hustle

Last year, I wrote a short eBook sharing five tips I use to market my side hustles. Many people did not and still don’t believe me that Craigslist helped me turn my notary hustle into a part time notary business.

What’s the difference between a side hustle and a part time business (or a business in general)?

  • A dedicated bank account
  • A dedicated website, self-hosted
  • An email address ending in your website domain and not in gmail, yahoo or msn
  • A separate business phone #
  • Business cards (yes, business cards still work)

I even had to explain to a woman in my LinkedIn notary group how I’ve been success using Craigslist to market myself because she didn’t believe it either.

I break it down in five simple steps that are not just applicable to notary publics, but anyone who has a service based hustle. It’s not magic and it’s not an overnight gimmick, but it does work. I’m using these tactics to this day, every week.

To learn my 5 steps, buy my eBook using this link: https://bit.ly/38TUGb9

And I welcome feedback and free thoughts!!

Word of the Week: Recharge

Recharge yourself

How do you recharge?

I search for jazz music on YouTube and play them in the background while I’m working, reading or cleaning.

I pull out a journal or planner and start listing things I want to accomplish in the next couple of weeks or months or for the following year.

I nap. Ain’t gonna lie, that’s my favorite one. And I try to get a nap in at least once a week.

I call a friend and shoot the breeze. Bounce ideas off of them.

Pout myself a glass of wine, sit at the computer and write. Currently working on book #3.

I think it’s very important that we find ways to recharge and that we find multiple ways to do so. We may not always have immediate access to our regularly used tools so we need to be able to go to the next channel and recharge that way.

How do you recharge?