Posts in Inspiration
What You Need to Know About Self-Compassion

The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t know shit about life.

I’m serious.

Think about it: even if you are the most knowledgeable astrophysicist in the world, you only know a small fraction of all there is to know about astrophysics … and you probably know a lot.


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Your Definitive Holiday Guide: 12 Perfect Presents for Increased Presence

The holiday season is upon us, Honey Bunny.

For the remainder of the year, we have a great opportunity to count blessings, reflect upon what’s happened this year and to dream of what’s to come. We can also give gifts to our loved ones as a way of showing our appreciation and our love.

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Cut It Out. Please and Thank You.

Do me a favor.

Stop letting fear run the show.

You live in a world where there are literally an infinite number of possible outcomes and you are only focusing on two: your earth shattering worst case scenario and your elusive best case scenario. You stress yourself out to no end with the first one and you use the second one as a reminder that you’re not worthy.

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The Next Time You Pray, Pray For This

When I was in third grade, I went to St. Louis Catholic School.

My teacher was Mrs. Stenvall. She’s the first person to ever really put me onto country music. I’ll tell you that country music has some of the best lyrics ever -- those country songwriters are able to paint a picture with their words.

When we’d have homework time, she’d play Garth Brooks’ No Fences album. The entire class would sing along to every song as we worked on our homework time. It’s one of my favorite memories of elementary school.

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What Momo Taught Me About Co-Creating with God

TA has been one of my best friends since we first met in junior high.

We instantly bonded during teen night at DV8. Our family would drop us off super early and we’d be some of the only kids there. Out of sheer boredom, we made up a game called, “I Bet You A Penny.” We would watch the entrance and say, “I bet you a penny that the next person who walks in is wearing a striped shirt.” We would literally spend hours doing this until more people got there and the club got hype.

Our stories are very similar because our grandparents played a very significant role in our upbringing. His grandma, Momo, was the sweetest lady you ever met. She always greeted everyone who stopped by their house with a smile and “Are you hungry? I made some food.” Oh, man, could Momo cook. My mouth waters thinking about her enchiladas.

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What a 7 Year Old Taught Me About Affirmations (and Life, In General)

My bonus son, James, is an amazing kid.

He is funny, kind, creative, and silly. James loves to draw and ask lots of questions. He also tries to answer those questions and I’m always amazed by his answers. We laugh a lot and he reminds me not to take myself and everything else so seriously (which I have a tendency to do).

When I first met James, we struggled. We were trying to find our flow and get to know each other. We struggled especially when it came to one of my favorite things in the entire world: food.

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The #1 Mistake People Make When It Comes to Affirmations

I always knew that I wanted to be in the music business.

My earliest memories are of me sitting on my swingset in the backyard of my grandmother’s home in Waco, Texas and singing my little heart out. I would make up songs and sing them all day long. My favorite cartoon was Jem. During the summertime, I’d stay up all night watching music video stations like MTV, VH1, BET, and CMT (back when they actually played music videos) and I’d also listen to the Quiet Storm on Dallas’ R&B and Hip Hop station, K104. I’d spend hours making my own mixtapes, carefully crafting the tracklisting and waiting for what seemed like an eternity for specific songs to play on the radio.

Those were definitely different times back then, Honey Bunny!

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Is This the Real Reason You're Staying Stuck in Life?

I’m convinced that one of the worst feelings in the world is holding on to a situation, a person, a mindset that no longer serves our growth or highest good.

I know how this feels firsthand because I, too, have held on longer than I should have several times in my life. From staying at different jobs that stressed me out and didn’t pay me what I was I worth to relationships with friends that were filled with drama, negativity, and gossip, I have overstayed my welcome in circumstances that did not serve my highest good.

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What is One Small Step You Can Take Toward Your Dream Life?

In order to determine which areas of my life are not authentically my own, it’s been really helpful to examine my attitude, specifically for any topic where I am using the word “should.”

I am firm believer that self-awareness is the first step in any change we make. In order to know where I am stuffing myself inside of something that really isn’t mine, I’ve got to know where exactly that is.

I did some self-examination and this is what I found:

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Why Stuffing Yourself Inside a Life That Isn't Truly Yours Is NOT The Way to Go

*In my best Sophia Petrillo voice*

Picture it. Waco, Texas. 2000. A young LaTisha Cotto is determining where she wants to go to college. She has received several offers from prominent institutions across the United States of America. Some of these colleges are located in her home state of Texas and others in places like Boston, Memphis and Atlanta. Where should she go? Which college will she pick?

If we were really watching a TV show, this is where the episode would end. Gotta love a good cliffhanger.

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It Doesn't Matter How Your Story Begins

I finally got to see A Wrinkle in Time and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

In fact, there were several parts that I found myself tearing up. I could identify greatly with Meg, the protagonist, and how she didn’t think that much of herself. I think we have all been there.

At one point during the movie, Mrs. Which, played by the great Oprah Winfrey, says to Meg, “Do you realize how many events, choices, that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading up to the making of you? Just exactly the way you are.”

All. The Feels.

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What Does Giving Yourself Your Best Chance Look Like?

Believe it or not, I put off writing the answer to this IWW for a week because I dreaded having to face the answer.

I know exactly where I am not giving myself my best chance and saying it out loud would make me accountable to all of you. I found myself saying, “Can’t I just write something else, anything other than this?”

Nope.

So here I go.

Giving myself my best chance would look like me doing what I say I’m going to do. I’m specifically thinking about the social media calendar I’ve created for 2018.

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Don’t Worry, Be Yoncé: How to Catapult Yourself Into Your Own Version of Super Stardom

Real talk: I been rocking with Beyoncé since the first time I heard “No, No, No” in high school. It’s no secret that I have tremendous respect for her and all that she has accomplished. It really inspires me that a 36 year old Texas mother of three children under the age of 10 is at the very top of the music game. She shuts down red carpets, award shows, Coachella, the Internet all with the magic of her authentic self.

It’s really easy to think, “Well, Beyoncé is uber successful because she has tons of help. She has a personal trainer, chef, nannies, management company, make-up artists, hair gurus, and a kick ass mama (Hey, Ms. Tina! I love you!) to help her out. I don’t have that kind of help so that’s why I’m not the Beyoncé of my own life.”

While there is truth in that statement, I want you to consider that the megastar Beyoncé that we all know and love today was once Beyoncé Gisselle Knowles, a little girl from Houston, Texas with big dreams.

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Name Your Genius

My genius is that I am really good at vibing with people from all walks of life.

For example, when you look at all of my friends, they are each very, very different. We talk about very different things, too. For example, my friend, Amy, is my silly friend. To this day, we joke like little girls on the playground. My friend, Bevin, is my entrepreneurial friend. We love to jam out on our businesses, our dreams, our future. My friend, Lauren, is my fun friend. We love to talk about having a good time, music, adventure. My friend, Angela, is my sister. She gives me room to be myself with no judgment. Granted, I realize I am grossly simplifying these women into one sentence descriptions. However, they are just too wonderful to capture in a blog post.

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