December 27th FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Without even the tiniest expressions of love, you can’t sustain the larger ones. So, dust off your ‘thank yous’ and appreciate the love in your life that is your life. -Byron Jamal The hardest thing to do sometimes is love from a distance. -Joshua Bridges Perfection is what you’re striving for, but perfection is anContinue reading “December 27th FOOD FOR THOUGHT”

Difference Between Stress & Anxiety

Individuals under stress will eventually start to feel mental and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping. Stress can often lead to anxiety, and these terms are often used interchangeably; however, there is a significant difference between stress and anxiety. Stress is a response to an external factor, such as an impending deadlineContinue reading “Difference Between Stress & Anxiety”


Sitting in her bed, she can feels her eyelids heavy across her eyes. She lays there still, reciting all the things she knows she should do, what she knows she would normally want to do – get out of bed, go for a walk, lay in the sun, reach out to a friend, meditate, eatContinue reading “DEPRESSION…THE MISCONCEPTION FOOLING US ALL”


Part of the problem with the word disabilities is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people whoContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”


“Be kind even if the person your being kind to doesn’t respect your kindness. It shows growth and maturity, and you will be rewarded in time.”―Joshua Bridges “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”― Plato “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodnessContinue reading “JULY 5TH-FOOD FOR THOUGHT”


July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Every day, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. But, one’s culturalContinue reading “YOUTH VILLAGES STORIES”


Always ask yourself, am I at the right place at the right time doing the right thing for the right reason. If you can answer yes, then be prepared for a blessing because it will come. -Joshua Bridges Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. -Stephen Chbosky “Remembering the pain will changeContinue reading “JULY 2ND-FOOD FOR THOUGHT”

Spiritual Breakthrough

“We are living in a broken world,” states Barbara Johnson. “We see broken marriages, broken people, broken lives. There’s never going to come a time when we’ve got it all together.” She continues, “As you go through grief, as you center your focus on what is ahead of you as a Christian, that helps youContinue reading “Spiritual Breakthrough”


In Daring Greatly, Brene Brown says: “We judge people in areas where we’re vulnerable to shame, especially picking folks who are doing worse than we’re doing. If I feel good about my parenting, I have no interest in judging other people’s choices. If I feel good about my body, I don’t go around making funContinue reading “JUDGE”


When I was a boy, I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others. -Fred Rogers TO LEAVE A COMMENT SCROLLContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”

Losing a Part of Yourself

The loss of a close family member creates extra depth and complexity to your grief. You shared a special and intimate connection with your loved one, and this relationship helped you define who you were. Losing this person has literally ripped you apart on the inside, leaving you unsure of your own identity. Dr. JimContinue reading “Losing a Part of Yourself”

Identify Your Losses

One reason grief disrupts so many aspects of your life is because your loss is not one isolated loss. You will miss so many qualities and facets of the person you lost that each will become an opportunity to experience grief. The range of things you need to grieve for may surprise you. Identify yourContinue reading “Identify Your Losses”

Grief Is Disruptive

Grief affects everything you do. It can disrupt every aspect of your life in ways you might not expect. “I don’t think I had time to think because psychologically I wasn’t with it,” says Nancy, whose husband passed away. “I would do stupid things. I would be coming home thinking I was on X Street,Continue reading “Grief Is Disruptive”


“Love like me that shit is on a different level. A level that most can’t understand. It’s intensely pure and unconditional. I’m not perfect I make mistakes, but I love like no other. The day I learn to love myself the way I love others, the world better be prepared to see something incredible”. -JoshuaContinue reading “JUNE 16TH-FOOD FOR THOUGHT”


You don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you. When I say, “It’s you I like,” I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch… that deep part of you that allows you to stand for thoseContinue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”

Another girl from nowhere

She laughed without fear. She smiled so confidently. She loved so fiercely. She protected her life and her kids like it were her job. Who was she? Where did she come from? How did she have this amazing soul? Would you of known she had been through great struggles? She battled man after man. SheContinue reading “Another girl from nowhere”


Forgiveness is not tricky. We make it difficult. It is easier to forgive a stranger than it is to forgive a family member or a close friend. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realizing the prisoner is you. Forgiving others is freeing. It is to let go of the longing for theContinue reading “FORGIVENESS”


I think the young feel pressured by the older generation. But I realized it isn’t just the older generation doing the pressuring. Young people are pressuring older people to change, too, and it can make us feel uncomfortable. But it isn’t all bad either. I know how much I learned from my parents and teachers,Continue reading “THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS”