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

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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

#SincerelyTyra #SlayTheDream #RIP #RIH #Basquiat #art #artist #time #forever #past #future #quotes #artwork #writer #poetry #painting #portrait #facts

RIP King Basquiat

#InternationalSelfCareDay

During last week’s Career Day discussions, some my students asked our professional guests whether or not they bring work home. There was a time when I would have said yes.

For example, I could be having the craziest day at work. Somebody else could be working on being messy while everyone else is doing the actual work. Trust, that mess will not come home with me anymore. Recently, I made a commitment to myself to not bring work home anymore or let stressful energy follow me home.

At three years old, My Joy (my daughter) constantly reminds me “ain’t nobody got time for that.” Quite honestly, she has an energy that makes me forget about the negativity (or on some days, an overwhelming amount of work) anyway.

So right now we are over here on my couch watching sign language videos and she is having a ball.

Thankful for work-life balance.

–Sincerely, Tyra

#InternationalSelfCareDay

#Focused

“The writers will get it.” -Sincerely, Tyra

#sorrynotsorry #focus

#SincerelyTyra #SlayTheDream #saturdayscholars #passion #fruit #blem #sincewayback #icy #Drake #drizzy #drizzydrake #writer #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #bae

#Focused

“7 Post-Breakup Reminders”

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Never let anyone make you forget what you want for yourself.

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Remember to devote time to your passion.

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Sometimes I need healing, too.

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God stored an entire universe in my womb.

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And screenshot all my gifts + everything I lack.

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To create My Joy, the perfect peace who is watching my every move.

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So refuse to let her see your tears for him.
“7 Post-Breakup Reminders”

“7 Things I Do When I’m Sad”

Read one new poem every day.
Write down all your dreams; turn them into goals.
Listen to the music you won’t mind humming later.
Dance away any tension or frustration; your hips are your friends.
Continue moving forward without leaving your conscience behind.
Begin every day as if you know it will end too soon.
Recite longer, more sincere notes of gratitude.

-Sincerely,

Tyra

“7 Things I Do When I’m Sad”