It's been over a year since I published my first book, It Don't Hurt Now: My Journey of Self-Love & Self-Acceptance. I have received emails, social media messages, and online reviews from so many women (and some men) about how inspired they were and empowered they felt after reading my book. This is one of the greatest compliments an author can receive. It truly warms my heart and enkindles my soul to sing when I hear such feedback. This book is an expression of my feelings and vulnerabilities, and I am so appreciative of all the love and support I have received. In this month's post I wanted to share a couple of my favorite pieces from the book.
Arriving at Love
It’s taken me this long.
I look in the mirror at this chocolate skin and I smile.
I can remember a time when I looked in the mirror with such disappointment; sadness.
But, no more.
My skin, my hair, my lips, all of me.
I look at my body; my chocolate body.
This smooth, creamy dark chocolate skin is beautiful.
I touch my thighs, my arms, my breast, all of me.
I’m in love!
To think I believed those lies.
I almost let them destroy me.
I didn’t know those lies were created out of jealousy,
Desire for this beautiful skin.
All this melanin,
It's The Little Things
I am grateful for so much.
Movement of my limbs: mobility and the ability to teach fitness classes
Empathy: the ability to understand the experiences of others and show compassion
Selflessness: giving of myself to others to be a blessing to them
Connection to a higher power: relationship with my creator God, the divine
Intellect and intelligence: the ability to reason and to learn
Friends: people who love me no matter what, not because they have to, but because they want to
Music: the ability to hear sound, the ability to connect with the experiences of others through music
My smile: my teeth and my mouth, being a blessing to others through my smile
My figure: my curves and edges, the confidence I feel in my clothes, shapeliness and flaws
Family: a reminder of my growth and development, a link to my past and my journey, learning and