My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

Anxiety Resources from My Creative Mornings Talk

My Creative Mornings--Oakland talk went beyond what I could've imagined! The place was packed and people were standing. I appreciate everyone who attended, organized the event and were sponsors. I don't normally talk about anxiety so I was of course a bit...anxious. But I'm glad it all worked out. If you missed it, a video is coming soon.

A number of people asked about a slide I used during my presentation. As someone diagnosed with depression and anxiety, sometimes negative thoughts can make me feel really hopeless or stressed out. And so when I'm presented with a situation where negative thoughts come up, I ask myself questions to  help me look at things differently.

I learned this from a daylong meditation retreat I took at the East Bay Meditation Center and group therapy. The meditation leaders Kitsy Schoen and Mushim led a retreat called Getting Back in Charge: Mindfulness and Depression. I think they lead this retreat every year.

In group therapy we used The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety  and learned about ACT, which is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Here's a great podcast episode from when I hosted Mental Health & Wellness Radio. There's a lot of information and personal stories here from myself and my guests. You can also listen to the show on iTunes.

Take care of yourself!