Happy Mother’s Day!

Yo I’m tired now that I’m actually sitting still

—BY MYSELF. Finally.

Hosted an event, facilitated class today, and an hour and a half-long admin meeting.

But God gave me the strength… This is a Gal. 6:9 moment. Just being able to sit still, alone.

Grateful for a day filled with great conversations, but I am really gracious for this moment to:

—just sit.

—reflect.

—breathe.

—collect my bearings.

—center myself.

—rest my mind.

Did I say breathe?

I love building community, but it comes with a price. I had a guy ask me out to drinks this weekend—and I said no. For a few reasons, but mainly because I’m looking forward to recouping from today and this week and the very similarly structured week ahead.

In fact, the thought of not going to church on Sunday crossed my mind, too. Now that I’ve sat in my car one Tasha Cobb song too many, I have to go and get My Joy with a smile on my face and with energy I do not have this evening.

And I wonder: How many more of us are running on fumes?

As we move into Mother’s Day Weekend, I pray that after the celebrating and the gifts that you get a moment to just breathe the sacred air found in solitude. I pray your weekend is a reflection of your actual priorities and passions and not solely those of beloved family members. I pray you get to breathe in the midst of it all.

Have a blessed weekend!

Sincerely,

Tyra

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Voice and Freedom

I used to be “the quiet one” in the family.

But my fam knew how to uplift me stoically. Voice is still only revealed or reeled in when necessary—mostly to heighten the sound of another’s. It’s tougher out here for the introverted mind that’s alerted by the time we usually tend to run out of while creatively converted rhymes creep up behind us or before us or however.

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Never one to waste breath so I guess if I’m in front of a mic it’s my time to shed some light on a situation that needs exposing. I’m supposing the fam could be better if we all poised our voices to be a bit more righteous. We are the only ones who can write us into history. Honestly, who’s words are more powerful than our own? It’s a known fact that no one can tell your story better than you. Remember, they used to call me the quiet one, too.

#SincerelyTyra

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Voice and Freedom

Bellies & Babies

Sometimes I look at my stomach and cannot believe there used to be a living, breathing being inside of it…

at least until My Joy decides to randomly pat it and says “I used to be in Mommy’s tummy” or “I wanna be in Mommy’s tummy”

or… the most infamous one of all: “its looks like there’s a baby in there.” 🤦🏾‍♀️😩

I’m not sure if the child really thinks my stomach is a teleportation device, a time machine or if she’s trying to tell me she wants a sibling. Do other toddlers do stuff like this?

I’m so confused and can literally only take suggestions for the teleportation device idea. I rebuke any ideas of siblings in the near future. Two versions of me under the age of five—in the same house PLUS myself? …Yeah, I’ll pass. 😅

—Sincerely, Tyra

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Bellies & Babies

Excerpt from “Soul Fed”

Excerpt from “Soul Fed”

Sameyah Haile

I love conversations with My Joy.

She is so free with her emotions

that I learn something new

about confidence, imagination or love

with each dialogue.

You can’t teach this type of self-love.

It makes me weary wondering how

I can protect her from

the darkness of the world.

So I pray her light never diminishes

and for the power to see

all she that is.

–Sincerely, Tyra

Sameyah Haile

The Party is Over | Chicago Ideas Week

Y’all. Today, we ended up at an event that we technically weren’t supposed to be attending because of a change in venue…

After a great set of Chicago Ideas Week discussions, I gave Michael Eric Dyson my business card. He basically asks what I do and starts cracking jokes about how I’m too young to be teaching teens.

I turn around to our moderator, Jamil Smith, standing behind me and smacked him on the arm like “bruh, why isn’t your book on the table?” We laughed and he said thanks for lighting the fire under his butt to finish his book proposal.

…Kinda reminds me of the time I met Doug E. Fresh when I was leaving O’Hare, but I digress…

Oh, AND, I got to make essential oils in a trauma training this afternoon.

Somebody cue “Today Was a Good Day” for me, please.

Just sharing.

—Sincerely, Tyra

The Party is Over | Chicago Ideas Week

RIP King Basquiat

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

—Sincerely, Tyra

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