Author: Yolanda Jenkins

The World Centers Around Us (Part 1)

It started with a dream. I woke up one morning with the very vivid memory of a dream about my marriage ending. The feelings that I felt in the dream became even more disturbing after waking. I tried to shake it off, after all, it was just a dream, but then I gave into the overwhelming emotions that centered around losing my husband. I pressed the length of my body next to his and cried silent tears while the weight on my chest made it hard to breathe. That morning I had an epiphany…the world centers around us. That...

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Feeding My Soul and Refilling My Tank

“What’s unplugging?” It is an interesting question that I was asked last week. I’d spent three nights of my week being social and I’d posted a picture on Instagram sharing that I would be unplugging that weekend. Ok honestly, I posted a picture on Instagram to show off an outfit that I felt really good in and the caption included that I had an overstimulating week and would be unplugging over the weekend. Who’s splitting hairs here? Anyway, I wasn’t sure how to answer the question. At first, I started by going through my list of actual plans, but...

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Living the Next Year Intentionally

I love this time of year! No, not fall. Fall is nice, but I mean LIBRA SEASON. I am a Libra, which means this is my birthday season. Plus, I know a million and a half other Libras that are all amazing people! There is no denying that great humans are birthed in late September to late October. Since my 30th, I have come to view my birthday as my New Year. It is a season of reflection, renewal, and revitalization. I am not yet certain what my specific goals look like, but I know that overall I want...

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Four Years Ago

Dear Little Bear, Four years ago, you changed our lives forever. In September of 2013, we became first-time parents and I soon learned that I had no idea what we were in for. Being a parent is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do. As we prepare to celebrate your life I cannot let this time of year go by without reflection. You are my love. The second you came into this world, eyes wide open, you became a love that I can only describe as the type that you experience the first time you...

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I Want My Body Back

In three of the last five years of my life, my body has not belonged to me. It has belonged to two humans that grew inside me for 39 weeks each. It pushed two healthy baby boys out. It cared for helpless newborns while healing itself. Then it spent six to eight months, per kid, being a food source. Although my responsibilities as a mother will never end and I will continue to utilize my body as a vehicle to help me in these duties, the contractual obligation of my body to provide for these people has ended. Yep,...

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Meet Martine

Born-n-raised in Brooklyn, New York, I now live in the suburbs of Maryland with my amazing husband and three hilarious kids. Thanks for visiting. Kick it for a bit and I'm sure you will find something to help you improve the relationships that matter to you most and live a healthier, happier life. Read more...

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