“Just because a person has cancer, to me that’s not a death sentence. No matter how many people give up on you, don’t give up on yourself. They might not even fight it. In 1986 when I had breast cancer, it was like it was a journey. I didn’t even know anybody who ever had breast cancer. Now here I am. I know this cancer wants to kill me. I don’t know if it will or if it won’t. But I made my peace with God and I’m not afraid to die. I just wanna see Laney’s house. And I wanna see Maxine. And Daddy. Just like I wasn’t afraid of no cancer, I’m not afraid to die, either.”
The Place to SOAR recently participated in a half-day workshop focused on youth, where parents, educators and mentors came together to learn holistic skills for the healthy development of our young people–in mind, body, and spirit.
As one of the workshop leaders, I guided the audience in a discussion of the importance of positive self-image in youth. Specifically, we will examine self-image through the lens of bullying thoughts, actions and behaviors and how it all links to personal accountability and responsibility (PAR). We discussed the need for leadership, influence and connection in bullying intervention and prevention.
Did you know? 1) 70% of teens do not have a positive self-image
2) Peers play varying roles in the bully experience
3) Bullying is your business
PAR: Personal Accountability and Responsibility Bullying is Everybody’s Business
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User Guides are available to broaden the understanding of various roles such as community leaders, faith leaders, educators, administrators, parents. etc. Guides are available for 11 different audiences
Working with Steel Smiling Pittsburgh founder, Julius Boatwright, I am searching for a group of 25 individuals who (1) believe there is a need for greater public mental health awareness, (2) agree that myths and stigmas associated with mental health need to be busted and (3) are willing to contribute to improving mental health knowledge and skills for first responders. This is a profound need and we have the tools to provide the right knowledge and skills.
By the way, Mental Health First Aid Training offers sessions focused on youth and adults.
“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”
Moving through life and jumping hurdles is a part of everyone’s journey. And mine is no exception. The biggest lesson that I have learned along the way is that my own inner beliefs and self talk have more impact and influence on me than those filtering in from the outside. Pastor Brian Edmond, Senior Pastor of Macedonia Pittsburgh, my home church, spoke recently about living from the inside out. What resides on the inside should influence what is manifested on the outside, not the other way around. Very powerful indeed, especially when you have triumphed over the negative self talk that resides in your head, most of which —believe it or not— is rooted in past experiences.
One of my goals as a life coach is to help people move through hurdles right into triumph and victory. Watch the video to learn more…
“Mr. Pie Man, deemed the Oldest Man in Homestead, owned a small store right on Dixon Street. Mr Pie Man just may have been the one to teach sailors how to cuss because it didn’t matter if he was talking to an adult or a kid, they would eventually get cussed out. He was also know for having an uncanny ability to throw bricks around the corner—though admittedly, Nita never actually saw this feat.” —Anita D Russell
Local Author Book Signing at Barnes & Noble at the Waterfront in Homestead. What a wonderful event it was!
I love stories written by “regular people” in their grassroots voices. I met such a group recently at the B&N book store in Homestead Pa—5 local, self-published authors sharing a bit of themselves through the written word. Best of all, I have my name on the list for a future event!
CONVERSATIONAL BOOK SIGNING
5-7 PM saturday may 5
studio am | 225 e 8th ave homestead
My second book, Empower Your Life, was a huge launch success and made the Amazon #1 Bestseller. And now I’m onto the next phase…a series of Conversational Book Signings! The first one was held in my hometown of Homestead, right near the Waterfront.
I chose Studio AM as the venue because I absolutely love the atmosphere there as an artist haven, an art gallery and culinary artistry that is simply magnificent! And because it is a gem right in my hometown of Homestead. Check out Studio AM welcome video…