The Angel I Rejected

November 23, 2015 — 1 Comment


Hey Lovers,

Years ago I went through a major transition in life where the life I had built on my own was completely overturned and replaced piece by piece with the life that God had for me. During this time my spiritual eyes and ears were on 100% and it wasn’t unusual for me to encounter angels weekly. I shared with you the story of my Airport Angel and how I knew it was an angel by his eyes. The eyes are always how I know, it’s the first sign that I’m having a supernatural conversation and that I need to pay close attention to what is about to follow. There is one angel encounter that caused me shame and grief for years due to my own response. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to forgive myself and see the blessing in my moment of weakness and the lesson that this angel taught me. This is the story of the angel I rejected.

I was on my way to a commercial audition, probably for the role of “Party Girl”, when the light turned red. I was the first car in line at this red light and I remember rehearsing my lines while I waited. Out of the corner of my left eye I saw a large figure, so I turned. There was a man who was dull and grey, everything about him seemed muted. He had a shopping cart and a gold coin in the ear that was turned towards me (he was still in profile). He put out his hand as if to request some change from me and I remember in that moment my exact thought was, “I only have a few pennies in my coin compartment, that’s nothing.” So I shook my head no and mouthed that I had nothing. He then turned and pointed to the cross that was hanging from my rear view mirror and looked at me with his fiery eyes. The light turned green and I realized what I had just done but I had to go. As I drove away I looked in my side mirror and he seemed to be floating through the lanes, no car came close to him until I lost sight of him.

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November 20, 2015 — 2 Comments

Hey Lovers,

I used to listen to this song on repeat. I felt like this group Monsters Of Folk captured the struggle of trying to understand God. At the heart of this struggle is human suffering. I remember reading one of Mother Teresa’s books and she wrote about how she reached a point of losing her faith in God. This was after walking with him as a nun and sharing His love with orphans and the poor. Why did she temporarily lose her faith? It was because of human suffering. Whether we are talking about the ongoing suffering a terminally ill person has to endure or losing a loved one to murder, drugs, or poverty, suffering is painful. I’m sure we all can think of a moment when we cried out for help and felt alone.

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Hey Lovers,

I came across this short story that I found years ago and thought it was a sweet reminder that there is always more to life. Do you believe in an after-life? I do.

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replied, “Why of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense,” said the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”

“I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”

The other said, “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eating from our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”

“I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.”

The other replied, “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.” “Mother?! You believe in mother? Where is she now?”

“She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her, there would not be this world.”

“I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.”

To which the other baby replied, “Sometimes when you’re in silence, you can hear her, you can perceive her. I believe there is reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality.”

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October 21, 2015 — 3 Comments



Hey Lovers,

That’s a photo of me hiding behind a photo of my g-g-grandparents Lillie and Charles Campbell. This journey that God has taken me on over the past couple of years through identity has been so rewarding. For me, it’s been a spiritual journey but it’s also included the physical aspect of identity with my actual family genealogy as well as issues like body image and eating. If you haven’t read some of my previous genealogy posts you can catch up here –

What Are You – Part 1

What Are You – Part 2

The 7 Daughters Of Eve – Helena & What She Means To Moi

In the midst of growing in my understanding of identity I have discovered that genealogy is something I’m actually passionate about. There are many things that I enjoy but there haven’t been many things that I actually feel passionate about and it’s something I’ve been praying about. I love everything about genealogy; connecting dots from the past to the present, gathering information, and discovering the hidden gems on family branches. It’s something that I have loved sharing with some of my friends and it’s also given me new ways to connect with my family.

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Hey Lovers,

The other day I came across a website called Developing Multiple Talents for creative and gifted adults with multiple interests and talents. Over the past 4 years, Clarence has patiently helped me process my creativity and the many intersections that cross. There’s no way I can choose one box when it comes to what I do, but I always feel strange saying that I do this/this/this/this when I’m asked what I do. And let me tell you, if you live in LA it’s pretty much the 2nd question that gets asked after your name. What I’ve finally realized is that I really don’t have to limit myself, and neither do you. If you wear many hats and go with the flow of life, there’s no reason why you can’t switch hats when you need to. It doesn’t make you fickle. It simply means that you are multi-talented.

When I come across a website that I like and they offer a free ebook, I’ll usually input my email to receive it.  The first email to come through from Developing Multiple Talents had a link to a Tedx talk on being interested in many things and the creative mind. I found it to be helpful and wanted to share it with you.

Have too many passions to settle on just one? Perfect. Your unique mix of interests may turn out to be your very own super power.

Author, entrepreneur and artist, Wapnick was blessed with so many interests that she was unable to pick just one. She studied music, visual arts, film production and law, and graduated from the Law Faculty at McGill University. After years of feeling anxious about her zigzagging career path and hyphenated credentials, she finally decided to embrace her plural nature and start a movement for others who lean toward being “multipotentialites.” Since launching her website, Puttylike, in 2010, Wapnick has inspired thousands of multipotentialites to stop trying to fit themselves into boxes, and embrace their plurality. She has been featured in Lifehacker, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post. Currently, she is working on her forthcoming book, “Multipotentialite.” – TedX

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Photo: Nancy Park, Makeup: Bebe Booth, Wardrobe: Naon Chun


At birth, humans become separated from Source, from God. We are all aware of our separation, but some of us are more sensitive to it than others. We sensitive souls feel an emptiness, a longing, what many of us refer to as “a hole in my soul.” We sense that something is missing but don’t know what it is. We long for relief from the aching void inside … but we’re confused about what will ease our existential dis-ease. – Dr. Peck

I used to sleep for hours. I would sleep because I didn’t like the dream I was in while awake. You may get what I mean, life is but a dream. The soft pillow and comforter enveloped me and I could return to the womb from which I wasn’t ready to come from. I say that because I had to be induced at the time of my birth on June 11, early 80’s. I was past due a good week and my dad had to sail away on his ship, with his crew, in the US Navy. I sometimes wonder if the drugs they used to force me into this world kept me in a Delta Wave length all my life. Well, until someone would wave their hand in front of my face and ask, “You ok?” This dream-like state made it easy for me to see between the parallel worlds, this one and the one beyond.

When I found ways to fully function in this realm, it often felt overwhelming. I never knew if what I was experiencing was a gift or a curse. Sometimes the line can be a bit blurry until we understand the functionality and purpose with experiences like this. Then a spiritual healer told me I was an Empath. The idea of what she described made sense to me, but I still didn’t totally buy into it. But then I took a Strength Finders test and my #2 strength was Empathy. So I started to read more into this.


Empaths – are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. – Judith Orloff

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Hey Lovers,

It’s been a while but I pray you are well and happy. As a writer, it’s rare for me to run out of topics to write about. I don’t experience writer’s block often. And I usually find inspiration all around me. But the past few months have been challenging and for the first time I have felt like I have nothing to say, well nothing to write. So I took this time to listen to God, pray, and focus on things that I’d been conveniently avoiding. I kept getting this message from random devotional emails, friends, newsfeed articles and public speakers that there is a season for everything and when things are still it could be a season of reaping. Since I tend to be super driven, I often feel like if I’m not doing “something” then I’m not being productive. But the past few months have shown me that this ins’t necessarily true. Sometimes when we are still and just sit back and receive, breakthrough happens.

This year I didn’t write a birthday post, which I like to do because I feel like it’s the perfect time to assess what’s going on and hear what God has in store for the coming year. I did learn quite a bit about what to expect for my 33rd year on earth, and I did experience the natural shift of people in my life – losses and gains. I’m grateful.

Something unexpected and exciting was the publication of a post titled #BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out . It happened to publish on my birthday and without the author realizing it, confirmed a question I had on my heart and that was if God was truly leading me to eat like Daniel. A plant based diet is no doubt a compassionate way to eat and I have been following this way of eating (on and off) for quite some time. Through the publication of that pretty impressive (and humbling) article, a TV producer found me and wanted to know if I wanted to be a part of a documentary she is currently filming. This documentary is about black culture and vegetarianism. When I received the email I was surprised because she sent me screenshots of women she had already interviewed and they were academic scholars and published vegan authors. But when opportunities appear like this with uncanny connections I know who they are from. So, I said “yes”.

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Hey Lovers,

I’m so honored that the ladies over at The Love Letter asked me to contribute to this month’s letter. Enjoy!

Love Your Authentic Self
One necessary key on your journey to loving yourself is to live authentically. This means that everything you do should permeate the essence of who you are. You can start by incorporating a few small decisions into your day. Here are a few of my favorite things that have helped me on my journey. 
  1. Find A Signature Perfume – Are you a fan of florals? Maybe you are an earthy girl? Whatever you naturally gravitate towards and makes you feel happy you can wear on your skin. Take a trip to your favorite department store and test a few perfumes. You don’t have to rush this process because you want the scent to really reflect you while bring you a sense of peace and confidence as well. Once you have your signature scent, be sure to wear it each morning. It’s up to you if you want to share your signature scent with others. 
  2. Stick To Eating That Works For Your Body – Food is an absolute necessity if you want to love yourself. But as we get older or simply evolve in our personal journeys we may find that the food we ate in childhood no longer works. Take a season to experiment with your food and take note of what your body loves and is sensitive to. One tool that will help you is a food journal. Once you find the way of eating that your body loves, stick to it. What works for your best friend may be totally different than what works for you, and that’s a beautiful thing!
  3. Rediscover Your Favorite Color – We all had a favorite color as a child, but how many of us keep the same favorite color as we get older? Color therapy has been proven to help with emotional well being. Take note of the colors you gravitate towards now and play around with wearing them or purchasing pieces for your bedroom in those colors. In time, you can re-discover your favorite color and may even choose one as your signature color to go along with your signature scent. 
  4. Buy Clothing That Makes You Feel Beautiful – Clothes may not make the woman, but they do play a role in self expression. Do the clothes that you currently wear reflect how you feel inside? If you haven’t taken the time to buy a new garment in a while, make it a point to find something that makes you feel beautiful and authentic. And if your body has changed shape, give yourself permission to buy the current size that you need. 
  5. Find A Workout That Feels Like Childs Play – We know that exercise releases endorphins and that makes us feel better in general. Take some time to try a few classes and activities to find the workout you love. A sign that you have found what you love is that it won’t feel like work but will actually feel fun. A few ideas are Zumba, Yoga, Bar Method, Running and Swimming. 
It takes time to discover your authentic self. But if you are patient and kind towards yourself, it can be a tremendous blessing. Let’s dare to be comfortable in our skin and live our authentic lives. Can you challenge yourself today to start with one of these tips?

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The shirts will go live Monday June 22nd!

Be sure to purchase a shirt and share our video! Help us #ReleaseBeauty!

Hey Lovers,

Over the years I’ve watched Beauty I Am flourish into a wonderful outlet that encourages women to pursue their dreams without compromising themselves. Several months ago I had the honor of being one of their Featured Artists and it blessed me tremendously to be able to process and share part of my journey with other creatives. Over the next few weeks, Beauty I AM is promoting their #ReleaseBeauty campaign via social media.


To purchase your #ReleaseBeauty tee, check out the following LINK.



Hey Lovers,

Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a monthly love letter in the mail filled with encouraging words and gifts you can use? I recently discovered a service through Instagram that offers this very thing and was so pleased to connect with the lovely ladies who started it. Whenever I see a mission devoted to LOVE my heart skips a beat because, well, it’s the answer to everything in life. Check out my interview below with the beautiful soul, Sarah,  behind The Love Letter.



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