The life of a mom / student is definitely unpredictable, so I focus on researching ideas that would make my life and the lives of others more balanced and doable. So, when I realized that it’s not really possible to study and parent perfectly, I decided to blend the two. Now, audiobooks are my friends because carpool and commuting to work is where I spend the majority of my time. One of my favorites is The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav. In the foreword to the 25th edition of that text, they discuss how the book spoke to them and it’s usefulness. As I explored the book, I resonated with his concepts of authentic power vs. external power. The contents therein made me question the perception of power as strength, which led me to my research topic for 2019 on the evolution, fallacy and redefinition of the “Strong Black Woman”. I wanted to know if this stereotype was valid, and if black women had something buried deep within the psyche that forced them to be strong. Arguably, Oprah Winfrey, an African-American millionaire and Angelou, a poet and holder of over 70 honorary doctorates are one of the best depictions of this trope. Many women of all races and cultures look to their words as wisdom and light. Over the course of my research, I found several surprising issues that not only black women, but many women, struggle with in silence. I hope that my research will offer healing and hope to all.

Living Strong

Strength and power have been synonymous since the beginning of time. Most of the world’s disagreements are over power, and most human relationship challenges are rooted in power-struggles. Like the electrical systems in our homes, we rely on power to work as it should to maintain our level of comfort. But what happens when we lose power? Most of us grapple around in the darkness, and either become angry or sad. Hear more about this at one of my talks on: “What Makes You So Strong: Cultivating Authentic Power" or “Good Afternoon: Thriving Instead of Striving in Middle Adulthood

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Parenting Beyond

In America, we educate our daughters, teach them to be smart, independent, talented, beautiful and resourceful. In addition to ensuring they are well educated in the best schools, we teach them to clean and cook for themselves, work within a budget, and care for those who are less fortunate. This preparation is supposed to make them ready to navigate the rocky waters of young adulthood.Learn more about balancing life, developing strong children all while thriving personally. “Rethinking the American Dream: Mentally Preparing Our Children for College and Success”

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Global Thinking

Currently, America is in a “social media civil war” due to ideas of American identity amongst other things. It’s citizens are choosing sides and weakening the country as a result. American identity at home and abroad may become more cohesive if global citizenship were emphasized juxtaposed to national identity awareness. Discover more about what we can do to unify our country.“Global Citizenship: Self-Identifying Beyond my Tribe” and “Writing with Your Left Hand: Life Beyond a Political Identity. “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along: Identity and Crisis in the Heart of America”.

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Mom-Student-Teacher of Three

Regardless of what people say, I never consider myself a “good” mother. According to me, I am not present enough, or supportive enough. I don’t make dinner enough or force my kids to clean my house top to bottom each Saturday like a good mother should. Instead, I settle for dishes washed and put away most nights, garbage (and recycling) thrown out when it gets high, moderately clean floors and lemon pepper wings and veggie sticks at Wingstop for dinner instead of McDonald’s - because it’s on Keto. When we are living on the edge I order them cajun corn too.

I am first generation suburban mom, so I am having to figure a few things out. I grew up in the inner-city of Dallas, and things were quite different than they are on the mean streets of Plano. Our schedules are crazy busy all of the time, because out here, you have to be at the top of your game in everything in order compete. It seems like you have to be, well… perfect.

Coming from an urban background and learning to live in suburbia offered me an unexpected learning curve. My daughters’ and son’s friends parents come from all over the world, and we are all learning this suburban lifestyle together. One of the things I have found most interesting is how our children’s different cultural backgrounds influence each other. It seems like the amalgamation of cultures produce a more tolerant global outlook on race and culture, and it has made me question what I teach my children about being black versus what I teach them about being human….

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