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It鈥檚 ok to rise鈥.from anything or anyone who makes you feel small, unheard, not seen or valued.

Always remember that your voice, your story and your very existence matters.馃挆

鈥淪o if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed鈥. – John 8:36

It鈥檚 ok鈥

Healing doesn鈥檛 happen linear, it ebbs and flows and many days I鈥檓 battling my mindset as I demolish thoughts that try to set off my anxiety. There are many days when I can smile and genuinely say 鈥渢oday鈥檚 a good day鈥 and then there are days when I can barely get out of bed, and yet choose to say 鈥渢oday is a good day鈥o鈥est. Both days are good, it鈥檚 all about how I choose to respond to my circumstances.

鈥淪o if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed鈥. – John 8:36

#nolongerheldcaptive

Celebrating a day in history…

Wearing pearls & Celebrating the History making of our Madam Vice President Kamala Harris 馃枻馃馃馃挍鉂わ笍

I will not be silenced…

My voice matters.

My opinion matters.

My words matter.

My thoughts matter.

What I have to say matters.

How I feel matters.

My questions matter.

My disagreeing with you matters.

Standing up for myself matters.

Speaking up matters.

What I like matters.

What I don鈥檛 like matters.

Telling my jokes matter.

Telling my story matters.

My choice matters.

My dreams matter.

My disappointments matter.

My goals matter.

My style matters.

Being comfortable in my own skin matters.

Being confident matters.

Being unsure at times, matters.

Taking my time to process my feelings matters.

Being sad matters.

Being happy matters.

Being angry matters.

Laughing out loud matters.

My smile matters.

My quirkiness matters.

My 鈥渘o鈥 matters.

My 鈥測es鈥 matters.

Saying exactly what I mean matters.

Having boundaries matter.

Being kind to myself matters.

Being kind to others matters.

Practicing self-care matters.

Loving freely matters.

My brown skin matters.

Being myself, even when others say it鈥檚 鈥渢oo much鈥 matters.

Being free spirited matters.

Letting go of what I can鈥檛 control matters.

Liking myself matters.

Loving myself matters.

I matter.

~ denise marie

the stroke of a brush releases anxiety…

鉁 Art is beautiful in the eyes of those who simply embrace the freedom of each stroke of a brush.鉁

鈥淪o if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed鈥. – John 8:36

#nolongerheldcaptive

Inhale the sweet fragrance…

As I inhale the sweet fragrance of self acceptance,
my joy emerges.

~ denise marie

鈥淪o if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed鈥. – John 8:36

#nolongerheldcaptive

Be Strong & Courageous…

My new art piece, which is one of my favorite scriptures now hangs on the wall in my bedroom. These words have been on repeat as I continue to recover. I never would have imagined that I would be adding 鈥淪urvivor of Pulmonary Embolism鈥 to my story. But nonetheless here I stand, believing Gods promises for my life even when things are hard 馃檶馃徑馃槶

I have hope and faith as I continue to say:

鈥淚 AM Strong and Courageous, I will not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord MY God will be with me wherever I go鈥. – Joshua 1:9馃挆

~ denise marie

#nolongerheldcaptive