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Class is in session!

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As we prepare for a new approach to learning, advancement and transitioning as businesses and schools are opening back up. How are you preparing yourself, family and/or your child(ren) to learning/working virtually? Education starts at home so the environment is awakening the inner discipline tier to instill healthy habits. It will be tough on the children as they are more familiar to moving between different classrooms, seeing and embracing their classmates physically and having activities beyond sitting in front of a computer.

Routines, schedules and former structures will be coming to an end as others will be introduced. There are many different opinions and alternative ways in which we are adjusting to the times. The bottom line is we need to keep the youth entertained, be mindful of their mental health and offer assistance the best way we can to move as a unit. As we continue to turn the page back to old traditions by adjusting don't forget that change is apart of growth.

Beautiful Butterfly

I evolve

I transform

Here I sit - developing all my features

Similar to a fetus

I rise

Molding take form in the cocoon similar to a womb

Caterpillars crawl

I have to learn to adapt to my new surroundings

You nurture me in order for me to grow

Break through my old bodily form

My wings spread

Can't stay on the ground

I have to fly



to the sky

Beautiful butterfly

I soar

I'm free

Succeeding in life

I'm flying to new heights

I see life in a different light

It's beautiful

Instead of looking to the clouds

I am one with them now

Changes - Transformations throughout the stages overtime

Just as I mature

Bypass resiliency to transgress

I grow

I grew over time

Beautiful Butterfly

Written by: Chanel Benjamin


Book Recommendations

The Mastery of Self by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

{Are you still there???} ---> Contagious by Jonah Berger

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Wasn't Enuf by Ntozake Shange

The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

Powernomics by Claud Anderson, Ed.D

The Wizenard Series: Season One by Kobe Bryant and Wesley King

Movie/TV show recommendations

Lovecraft County

The Kissing Booth 1 & 2


Power Book 2: Ghost

Dora and the Lost City of Gold


The Rain

Project Power

The Babysitter's Club

This ends my scroll. 1. Remember starting is a direction. 2. Self care is not an expense it is a necessity. 3. It is ok to be imperfectly perfect. 4. Do something that makes YOU happy daily. 5. Be the change you want to see. Start small.

Until next time continue to be light.


Class is in session!

Splashy Playlist (For motivational purpose)

1. Note to Self (Okay) – Jah9 feat. Chronixx

2. A Trip Through Space to Clear My Mind – Tanerélle

3. Cycle – Sabrina Claudio

4. Thank You – Kehlani

5. Love Theory – Kirk Franklin

6. Tru – Lloyd

7. Masterpiece – SAULT

8. I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

9. Feels Good – Tony! Toni! Toné!

10. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bob Marley

(Bonus Track) Victory Lap – Nipsey Hussle feat. Stacy Barthe

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