Your Life’s Purpose

If we’re being honest, the the real reason I go to work and church is to spend time with my youth.* They may not be my own babies and, of course, there are times when they get on my nerves (which I’m sure is a mutual sentiment for them some days, too). Nevertheless, my honest belief is that my life’s purpose is being carried out when I’m around teens and young adults. You may ask why, but in my eyes, it’s simple: I wish that as a teenager someone would have spent more time talking to me about things that I cared about.

I know many youth who are currently wishing someone would talk to them about the things that actually matter to them. I had a very interesting conversation with a group of youth today around everything from suicide to slavery to the most recent series of Chicago shootings. Many of them had close relatives who were victims of homicides or murder within the past two weeks. Although a few of them did not understand why other people commit suicide, I made sure to give them the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and they names of licensed staff members that they could talk to if they or their friends were struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression, or grief.**

Then, we ended up playing a game of Uno with a Twist. My youth at church know that I like to infuse games in our lessons, too. Its probably because I’m still young at heart. I can remember having family game nights with my mom are a close family friend when I was younger. That bonding time with genuine adults was fun, but it stopped in my teenage years–which is unfortunate since those are some of most formative years of our lives.

To fulfill my life’s purpose, I want to continually expose our youth to new experiences and new opportunities that will amplify the small voice in their head that tells them to #SlayTheDream; that they are destined for leadership, greatness, and service to their community. Honestly, I have yet to completely determine how to do that. However, I do know the first step is by showing them that someone cares about their well-being and is concerned with the things that concern them.

What is your life’s purpose? Do we share the same passion for youth development, advocacy, and organizing? Or do you think I am insane? Leave your honest comments in the box below! Remember to connect with me via social media, too!

Feeling blessed and favored…

–Sincerely, Tyra 🖤

*Outside of my responsibility to provide and bring peace to My Joy. Whereas my daughter is my first purpose, youth work is definitely my second purpose in life.*

**Let be clear: I am not a licensed staff member and do not sugar coat my abilities when it comes to talking about these topics. This was an unplanned conversation in which some of my young people gave me discussion questions that they wanted to discuss. My follow-up will be to bring in the qualified staff members to introduce themselves to my youth, just in case they need additional services in the future. If you or a young person is having thoughts of committing suicide, please direct them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. **

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Your Life’s Purpose


We went on a mission to see Shakespeare in the park and failed up with an extraordinary play date with some new friends, a photo shoot, and ice cream.* We were sharks, zombies, frogs with sharp teeth, and zappers (whatever that is). Oh, and I can’t forget–astronauts discovering new galaxies!

—Sincerely, Tyra 🖤

Sometimes I look at My Joy and think about how much she’s grown up. I tell her all the time that she is not a baby anymore. But when didn’t want my help to climb the monkey bars, I think my eyes started sweating a little bit.

*Dear Joy Yee Noodle: you need to stop it with this contraption you call ice cream 😅. We had to have some fruit after this behemoth of S’mores goodness!

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So I’m at the monthly HIVE Meetup and to spark small group conversation, I’ve been asked 1) to share the 5th photo in my phone and 2) how I felt during the moment it was captured.

A1: Clearly, this is a screenshot (which means I stole it, but that’s another post for another day).

A2: I felt rather relieved that it WASN’T a candid shot with my mouth wide open, mid-sentence and that the photographer captured my youth at the height of our learning. We’ve been having really great and complex conversations all week about the ways in which ‘God Wants Us’ and the type of servant leaders we are all called to be. @QuinnChicago

During this morning’s Meetup, one of my colleagues elected me to share out for our group. So I talked about how my motivation for sharing the photos that I post is to combat the hate that we see in the world and promote more love (interpersonal and self-love) and peace.

Maybe I’m an idealist, but I honestly believe this type of intentionality in what we choose to share on our social media platforms could have a major impact on the way people choose to perceive our city, our network, our neighborhoods, and most importantly, Black youth.

We spend so much time capturing important moments on our phones these days. What’s the fifth photo in your photo library? If you share, tag me! I’d love to see your memory!

—SincerelyTyra 🖤

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Dear Self | Reminders

Artistry withstands the times long after the artist cannot.

—Sincerely, Tyra

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Dear Self | Reminders

RIP King Basquiat

“Artistry withstands the times long after the artist cannot.”

—Sincerely, Tyra

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RIP King Basquiat

Bargain in Aisle 5

Attention Shoppers!!!

I have been searching Pinterest, Etsy and the likes for awe-inspiring home office decor and wandered upon some brightly-colored Kate Spade nesting storage boxes.

I saw them at a couple of other brick and motor locations being sold separately. The three of these cute and functional decor details would have cost over $30 if I would have purchased them when I originally fell in love with them. So glad I didn’t! I bought these three storage boxes as a set from the Marshall’s on 119th and the Dan Ryan for $13!

Happy hunting!

—Sincerely, Tyra

Bargain in Aisle 5

Happy Book Lovers’ Day!

What are y’all reading on this Book Lovers’ Day ??


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Happy Book Lovers’ Day!