Move on, Sis!

“If we both wanted the same thing, we would be in a relationship right now.”

I had to explain to my friend that I knew this because he never made a deciding move. Don’t get me wrong now, we’re not on bad terms. We don’t hate each other. We simply aren’t meant to be committed to each other. And ultimately, his actions (or lack thereof) spoke for his desires.

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 IContinue reading “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 ofContinue reading “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 looksContinue reading “Bellies & Babies”

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 neverContinue reading “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 toContinue reading “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

#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 theContinue reading “#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

“7 Post-Breakup Reminders”

° Never let anyone make you forget what you want for yourself. ° Remember to devote time to your passion. ° Sometimes I need healing, too. ° God stored an entire universe in my womb. ° And screenshot all my gifts + everything I lack. ° To create My Joy, the perfect peace who isContinue reading ““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.Continue reading ““7 Things I Do When I’m Sad””

Black Goddess

Creatively faithfully, redemptively, and frequently I find myself stepping outside of myself to assess the damage. Because I make mistakes consequently as I can be more human than godly some days. I find myself journeying back to mirrors in search of how to recreate my past. Times like these come in lulls and with weightContinue reading “Black Goddess”

Slay. The. Dream.  #2017in3Words

So this last quarter of 2016 has been really insane as far as life goes. I experienced a lot of ups and downs forcing me to make some tough decisions and cut a few people out of my life, focus more on my own self-care, and publish more of my writing. Once again, life happenedContinue reading “Slay. The. Dream.  #2017in3Words”

Formation Station 2:19 (excerpt)

He say, I gotta a little thicker since my younger days. Say, I still slay, still sexy. Wanted to get with me then too. Asked about my baby and my Mr. Boo. Said he liked my vibes then, always knew I was cool. Talked a bit about his bid, his mama, siblings,  and his kid.Continue reading “Formation Station 2:19 (excerpt)”

Ran across this 2 Cent piece…

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Dear Love

Dear Love, We pretend to be so into you but the truth is, we barely know you. We think we have you under control but we can’t begin to understand how vast you are. Maybe one day, if it’s in Your plan you’ll find us on bended knee begging for forgiveness. –Sincerely, Tyra ©2014 TyraContinue reading “Dear Love”

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