Nina Norstrom

Parenting & Relationships, Self-Help

Author Profile

Nina  Norstrom

Norstrom has a work history in the public sector. As an added element, she taught in the public school system. She has been writing for over twenty-five years. For a decade and a half, she experienced a mass of tainted relationships . . . becoming incarcerated by the chains of toxicity. Having She used writing therapy to find solace. In the artistic world, her literary creations Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter, A Journey Through Toxic Relationships and Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall . . . Where Does My Self-Love Fall? A Success Guide to Replace Toxicity with Love demonstrates a measure of personal growth that magnifies those hurdles conquered, from darkness to survival.

Books

Not a Blueprint: It's the Shoe Prints That Matter

Parenting & Relationships

Symbolizing a Journey ─ Learning Lessons ─ Letting Go ─ and Gaining Insight . . . tools that lead to relationships. Relationships are formed with people, alcohol, animals, battlefields, diseases, drugs, environments, and even our emotions. Whether toxic or nontoxic they’re an integral part of daily living. Follow Author Nina Norstrom through the journey as she peels off those toxic relationships. The story takes you through the experiences of grief, pain, trauma, and forgiveness. The story weaves lies with love, betrayal with deception and drama with murder. As the shoe prints are molded in and out of a variety of unhealthy relationships, they’ll leave behind a blazing trail of lessons. Teaching an ultimate lesson for the meaning of relationships, that builds honesty and compassion. The story in its raw image projects a remarkable voice to the heroic fight and bravery gained when striking back to wipe out the toxicity of deadly relationships. Through its reading, you will discover the importance that life brings many challenges, and that each challenge provides lessons to be learned. Inside the Excerpts, are sneak previews of what's bubbling: Preorders are available for April 5, 2016 DETAILS ABOUT THE JOURNEY Why is the topic so important? What we do in our everyday experiences brings about important life lessons. We’re living inside the topic each day we inhale anew breathe. In These days and times, toxicity has settled in the environment. Just think about it: every day we wake up we’re on the battlefield fighting a war. And just feeling where there’s: good against evil; sons against fathers; daughters against mothers; nations against nations; drugs against diseases; and the list goes on and on.

Book Bubbles from Not a Blueprint: It's the Shoe Prints That Matter

Knock, Knock . . . Treat or Treat.

This is the time of year I think heavily about mom and those good ole’ days when we’d dress up in our Halloween costumes. After going trick or treating, all six of us came back home, huddled in a circle on the floor (in our homemade costumes), poured all the candy out the bag in front of us . . . just to see who had gotten the most treats. We’d even try the sneaky scheme to grab a few extra treats from one another. Of course, that didn’t work! But before we could eat any of those treats, mom would say, “Don’t y’all kids eat any of that candy until I pray over it.” And after she’d gotten through praying, I knew that candy wouldn’t stand a chance of being contaminated, not even by the devil himself. Mom had a habit of giving out some looooooooooong powerful prayers . . . sometimes we’d even fall fast asleep waiting for her to finish. You see Mom was a praying woman, bless her sweet soul! You don’t have to flip pages to learn more about us kids. Just listen to the narrator (Sara L. Morsey) as she walks you through the journey: https://www.amazon.com/Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter-Relationships-ebook/dp/B016X198SO #Narrator #Audible #Growingup #Themtheredazes

What Just Happened?

I know he didn’t just do that! Told y'all there’s a lot of toxicity in the air . . . spreading like wildflowers. Don’t believe it do ya? Just look around at what’s happening in society today. There so much toxicity it has crippled our environment and invaded our circle. Can’t be any different than what this scoundrel pulled inside this bubbles’ storybook. Black magic, voodoo spells, curses, disappearing acts, what’s next, huh? Perhaps, it makes you wonder what else is brewing behind those pages. There’s other ways to find out about the “devil’s” work. You may prefer to just listen to its story rather than read it. And that’s possible too! Sara A. Morsey does a fabulous job in the narration of “Not a Blueprint It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter” “A Journey Through Toxic Relationships.” https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #Narrator #Toxicity #World #Environment #Relationships #Emotions

Do You Know These Creatures

Nowadays, we just can't escape the element of #toxicity. It appears EVERYWHERE. It's even in their speech. Perhaps, that's why this character wasn't able to get out what he wanted to say without stumbling over his words. Best I can say about the creature in this bubble, "Liar, liar your pants on fire!" Don’t pretend you’ve never met any of these snakes. Surely, they’ve crawled their way inside your circle. You don’t have to flip the pages. Just listen to the voice of Sara L. Morsey as the story unfolds. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Matter-Relationships-2016-04-05/dp/B01K3GGZ04 #Yourtongueislikeasnake #Toxicity #Poisonous #Audibleversion

The Faces and Their Voices

Toxicity can come to us in its many disguises. We won’t recognize the face behind the mask until it is unveiled. We see those faces on a massive scale that’s seemingly a never-ending relationship. These relationships are not limited to . . . drugs, diseases, stressors, work-environments, battlefields, bullies, abusers, the list goes on. Their grip loves to befriend us where we remain in its control. And its effects of their exposure can cause a deadly outcome. We all have choices in life. The choice to remain controlled or become the controller of our own destiny. On a daily basis, these unhealthy relationships bring on lessons . . . lessons to be learned. When these lessons are exposed we need to take heed. Don’t ignore the flags that fly high as a kite. Through the years, I’ve come in contact with many people (myself and family included) who were inflicted by its power and destruction. My discovery has been some of us will hear the voices to help make it out, while others will hear the voices there’s no way out. Our storybook is even available in audible form. And you don’t have to flip the pages to embrace the journey. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #Toxicityakiller #Powerfulanddeadly #Takeheed #Voicesinside

Parenthood

Parenthood can be such a wonderful and amazing experience. When growing up, one just doesn’t think about the task of taking on a parent ship role. #Parents are expected to be responsible and accountable, as we teach our children the many lessons life will bring. Our children are gifts from our Father above. HE even sends us these gifts without a name. So we have to name them, raise them, love and nurture them till they too find their way to adulthood. Yeah, there's joy in being a parent, whether acting as a mother or father. Life is just so full of wonders! Have you read what’s inside? Not a Blueprint: It's the Shoeprints That Matter https://www.audible.com/pd/B07BKPN29B/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-111350

Step Back Toxicity . . . Heavy Load to Carry

One can carry as much weight, as they can handle. But they’ll need those big broad shoulders to drag mountains, valleys, and hills through the journey. Yet, the journey seemingly never ends  as toxic releases those ugly and unhealthy  toxicants. Did you know our story is available in audible format? You don’t have to read it. . . Just listen to the voice of Sara Morsey as she reveals all the pitfalls behind the toxic journey. It’s a journey that gives insight into an unhealthy world.  https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7   #Toxicityaworldofdarkness #Journeys

Groupie Dazes

I reckon. . . . Those were the good ole days, hanging out after work and on weekends. Gathering in the neighborhood lounge, sitting at the bar (drinking/smoking), and listening to one of your favorite hometown bands. You could readily hang out then and didn’t worry much about all that #toxicity brewing in the air. You even thought you saw Mr. Perfect’s eye, giving you that “sexy wink.” Amazing the things you’ll learn from the discoveries of another person’s journey! This storybook is even available in audible form. And you don’t have to flip the pages to embrace the journey. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #Audibleversion #Toxicityjourney #Walkitnow #Groupies

Still Struggle to Avoid Toxicity?

Nowadays, we just can't escape the element of #toxicity. It appears EVERYWHERE. It's even in their speech. Perhaps, that's why this character wasn't able to get out what he wanted to say without stumbling over his words. The best I can say about the character in this bubble is "Liar, liar your pants on fire!" Really, does the toxicity in life ever cease? It just keeps growing, growing, and growing. Make you wonder huh, what's brewing inside this bubble? You don’t have to read it to enjoy it. Check out the audible version! https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7

Someone to Love

Do these words remind you of someone you’ve grown to know, love, embrace, admire, and/or adore? Our Creator sends many beautiful people in our circle. There has been countless times I’ve found myself having flashbacks about these precious memories . . . I’m sharing. Whether it's for a moment, a season, or a lifetime, there’s a reason why their presence will be remembered. When a person comes into our life, we shouldn’t question the reason why. Just embrace it! The aftereffect (of their existence) gives a powerful meaning. Truly, I’m grateful and blessed for all who’ve embraced my life! The love you’ve given and shown will be everlasting. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #Atimetorejoice #Preciousmemories

Say It Isn't So

There is no life without a relationship of some form or another. Don't believe it? Look around! To breathe brings a relationship with life. And when touched by a disease, its manifestation gives us a relationship with toxic invaders. So you think your life is the only one full of #toxicity? Think again! Toxic #relationships invade so many people. We're living in a toxic environment. A place where you can lose your self-love. You'd be amazed at the #bubbles that explode from behind these pages. Well, you don't have to read it! Just listen to it, narrated by the voice of Sara Morsey. A production of WriteLifePublishing. How sweet is that for a literary creation? https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #Life #Bubbles

I Tell Ya

Blieve me! Yes indeed, you heard right. Didn’t say believe me but “blieve me.” Blieve me, when I tell ya “never say never.” Those are words you’ll wind up retracting. I have lived to regret the day those words slithered from my tongue. And now, I’ve learned that one should never say never! We all must take a journey and there's no telling what path that journey will lead us down! Y'all best to keep blieving He's real and the power of His words are just as "real." https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/1939371473 https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #Neversaynever #Powerfulwords

Toxicity has always been a part of life. When it

Toxicity has always been a part of life. When it comes to the interactions of toxicity, we’ve inherited those sinful ways from our ancestors. And it’s not something that has just come into existence. This is apparent in the scene I’d encountered from the past. But there is a difference from then to now. The toxic interactions have become more widespread and more of the norm. So normal, it sprouts up like a blazing fire whenever it hits. Seemingly, there is no safe place to hide from its interactions. Not a day, hour, minute, or second passes without a life or lives being taken . . . as of toxic interactions. You don’t have to read it to find out what happened by the scenes . . . it’s available in audible format: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #RRBC #Listentoit

My Summer Memory from the Past

Hopefully, our students are happily engaged in summer activities and the enjoyment of “No School.” Their summer break takes me back to when I couldn’t wait to get one of those “out of school” vacations. There was one summer incident in particular that comes to mind. Perhaps, I should have taken my normal out of town vacation; it may have made a huge difference (in the turning point of my life). That one summer month when I didn’t go to Chicago, is where it all began . . . a life changing experience. Truly, I’d crossed the line and entered a world of toxicity. ************** There are times we may expect our life to be written as a blueprint. But in reality, it will be the shoe prints that speak to our journey . . . where we’ve been and how we’ve gotten there! **************** As the story unfolds, it reveals one's emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual side of life. Did you know? You don’t have to read about it, you can listen to it . . . narrated by Sara Morsey. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7 #Narrator #LifeExperiences #RRBC

A Life Worth Living

I’ve learned so many lessons along my new journey. Once having experienced an unhealthy lifestyle, I’ve changed those old ways of living. You know, one can change for the betterment of life. Being toxic doesn’t mean one has to remain inside that toxic space. Through those experiences endured, I was introduced to toxicity way back! I’ve discovered toxicity exist in many disguises not only people but drugs, illnesses, environments, battlefields, emotions, feelings, etc. But . . . Seemingly, toxicity has become a NEW wave of life. It is the effects of those interactions that have crippled today’s environment. Many innocent lives are taken senselessly by the hands and actions of those toxic people. The tragedy of it all they took a gift (i.e., our children, our husbands, our wives, our mothers, even our fathers, etc.) which was given by our Heavenly Father. Having robbed us, their thievery has left only memories of our loved ones’ presence. “Toxic people,” we curse you and all you stand for. May you find yourself begging our Heavenly Father to spare your life, while experiencing the painful hurt you’ve put us through . . . having taken a life that wasn’t yours to take! A life worth living. Your actions have tainted our world. available in audio format https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BKSF1Q7

Hormones on Fire

Toxicity has been around for centuries. All these damaging relationships didn’t just exist . . . it’s only gotten worst. Way back when, those toxic interactions were heavily brewing and striking hard when things went awry. There was no question, a woman knew what to do and became a “#force to be reckoned with.” When those emotions erupted, that all she wrote. Their actions said it all! If you didn’t know about ‘em there women, best to ask someone . . . Available in audiobook https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/dp/B07BKSF1Q7

Happy Father's Day . . . Near and Far

I once had a Dad. It was through his intimacy actions with Mom that brought me into existence. I looked up to my Father even though he lived an unhealthy lifestyle. He committed many toxic interactions . . . that affected my Mom. Dad, you did a lot of things that crippled our family which cause us to be dysfunctional. But that doesn’t take away the love I had for you. You were my father and I will always love you. Dad . . . Happy Father’s Day . . . wherever your resting place may be! #Father'sDay #Fathers #Dads

Childhood Dazes Brings Childhood Memories

Our #children are so precious, young and innocent. God has given us a relationship with them. They are God’s gift to us . . . parents (dads and moms). Children are the future Leaders of this universal world. As adults, we do all we can to guard and protect them. Wouldn’t it be a grand relationship to place a shield around their bodies? Relationships come in two styles: toxic and non-toxic. Toxicity is floating everywhere, even in the air we breathe! With what’s happening in the world today, we have to fight through a mass of toxic interactions. Stop and think about it . . . ‘tis was an amazing life living back in those childhood dazes.

Planting the Seed

It’s a gift to be able to reproduce a human life that grows inside another. This GOL (Gift of Life) is called Parenthood. A status that lasts for a lifetime. Think about it: The planted seed happens when one of the gentle bodily eggs we (female) have become fertilized and nurtured by our partner (male) to create a life. For the woman, the seeded, internal, developmental process growth begins. After the full procedure has ended, mom’s body muscles’ have expanded to bring to life a tiny seed. That small seed will blossom into what is known as a Newborn Baby. When that bundle arrives, mom soon forgets all the sufferance endured and lavishes at the moment . . . knowing she just delivered a precious little angel into this world, we call a “life.” Then, so shall Mom’s life change forever, recognizing another human being’s survival, existence, and/or growth is dependent upon them. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, a nurturer, and a caregiver . . . “Mom you’re one heck of a woman.” You got to be pretty darn beautiful and powerful to do all this! Yes, dad, your contribution to this process for a life cycle makes you one popular and mighty person as well. Its conception could not have been possible without your seed donation!

The Innocence Within

Our children are so very precious. Yet, life just throws those ugly experiences in their path . . . Seemingly, toxicity has captured the lives of many innocent children for centuries. #Life #Innocence #Children

My Teacher and Educator

We can learn much from ones who take the time to teach us. With those lessons, we give back to others. It demonstrates what we’ve learned, and shows how much we care about those who taught us. This storybook is not only a path to my healing it’s a true dedication to the love of my life. #Worldwidelessons #Gifts #Learned

It's Your Day Mom

Mom, you were an amazing woman. When dad missed used and abused you, you’d put up with his deceitfulness and all the shenanigans he’d brought into our family. No doubt, he was a character and a piece of work. I must not forget, he was your husband who you adored and loved. Perhaps, that’s because you saw him through blinders. Mom, you suffered and endured so much. Now, it’s your day for us to salute you with love and plenty of hugs. . . Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! And a Happy Mothers' Day to all you loving and beautiful moms everywhere.

Saving Your Life

I learned about Christianity at a very early age. Through my journey I lost those Christian beliefs. There I was living a life of toxicity. And hiding behind all the darkness that toxicity brings. Although I gave up on Him, our Creator never gave up on me. I’ve been given so many blessings since I’ve found my way back to a life with Christ. The beauty of it all I can’t stop praising His name. If He can save me, it thrills me to say He can save your life as well. #ALifeworthsaving #HeLovesUs

The Pretenders . . . Devils in Disguise

When one has been wounded, life appears to be a mass of darkness, traveling on a lonely road. Something life is not and that is a bed of roses! Through many obstacles of challenges and struggles, life can feel like a bed of stick pins . . . spilling out disappointments and disconnections. It is that which demonstrates a testament to our strengths and weaknesses. Although we may think we’re weak, there are many occurrences that show our strength. When we’re blinded by what is real and that which is not, those emotional and traumatic relationships becomes a heavy burden to bear. So our faith is tested. Yet, we should never give up and trust our Creator. Stuck in a dark place, I’ve been down that journey of sufferance and healing. It was a huge process finding the way back to a level of living a healthy lifestyle. Now, available in audible format

Another Angel

I received news that another of our long-time friends has completed his journey here. The things he accomplished in this life have left us (all) with precious memories. There are many other beautiful angels (I’ve known) who have returned home from whence they came. I only wonder whose life this angel will save to earn his wings into those pearly gates . . . to where there’s no more suffering, no more meds, no more illness/diseases, no more killings, no more robberies, no more kidnappings, no more worries, no more hatred, and no more of those ugly things that we’ve inherited from our ancestors. ******************** My friend I salute you for all your accomplishments and the lives you've touched. May you Rest in Peace. #Angels #Wings #LifeJourney#RIP

It's a Kodak Moment

Bring out the cameras. Smile you're on candid camera! Kids say the darndest things. They are only little ones for a short while. The things our children do in their tender years embrace it and treasure it. Don't let those years pass you by! www.ninanorstrom.com

Them There Dazes

Part Three of the Bubble from week 3/24/18 What can you #remember about the early 70s? More of the reviewer's feedback . . . Mandy was Nina's close friend (BFF) and had been separated from her husband. She was on public assistance and had two beautiful daughters. Being so close, the ladies shared a lot of their experiences about the men in their lives. Like that day when Nina's baby daddy, Craig, went out without her and how wacko she became, burning his clothes at the whim of the moment. What's sad about the ladies' relationship is that it ended tragically after Mandy was found murdered, a case of domestic violence by an estranged husband who didn't care that any of his under-age daughters would witnesses the murder. Sadly, this is the tone that runs throughout the book - one gleeful and carefree moment interspersed with a melancholic one. I was able to identify with Nina's book as it reflected a lot of the goings-on in my circle. I got to experience her frailty as a human. I felt her as she reached out and got disappointed by the men in her life. I felt for the beautiful child who would sit by the window looking out because it was her birthday and her father had promised her some gifts. . . .

The Blood of Jesus

It’s been stated that we’ve inherited a life of sin from our ancestors. There are many who have done more evil (in this lifetime) than good. And they keep repeating those ungodly sins. Has Satan blinded the minds of the unbelievers that they cannot see and recognize the precious gift Our Father has given us? Our Heavenly Father gave His only begotten son (Jesus Christ) so that we can have (eternal) everlasting life. He sent His son to pay the price for our sins; by dying on the cross. It was that blessing that we’ll live to see tomorrow. And through His giving there was a #resurrection. That alone proved to be a powerful miracle. The blood of Jesus Christ brought us so many blessings in this life. Through the journey, I’ve gain insight to those blessings. Sure, there were many, many #lessons learned along the way . . . among them was forgiveness (the most unforgettable and mentionable). Happy Easter to You All

Part Two of Previous Insight

Rated: 4 out of 4 stars! More of what the Reviewer (Quinto) had to say about the storybook . . . But rather, using an analogy of someone lost in the forest, it's imperative for the searcher to trace the lost person's shoe prints (trail) as they seek to find or help them. At times, the shoe prints may point to the searcher meaning that they are part of the problem or the cause of the problem. Anyhow, the searcher needs to have an open mind for possibilities whilst playing an active role in empathizing. Empathy is important because some of the issues at play are overwhelming for one person to handle, such as cancer, divorce, unwanted pregnancies, domestic violence and sexual promiscuity. Other themes discussed in the book are issues to do with faith, especially in a crisis, and family bonds. To elaborate further on the cliché I had earlier mentioned, it is said that we keep learning from others' experience so that we don't repeat their mistakes. The author has narrated her memoirs in a candid way. Stay tuned for more of this #reviewer's feedback in next week's bubble. Another new literary creation . . . coming soon an #activity guide releases October 1, 2018

A Reviewer's Insight

(Part One) A bit of insight one reviewer had to say about our journey . . . This review by Quinto has been published. Rating: 4 out of 4! The well known English cliché that experience is the best teacher is well exemplified in the book: Not a Blueprint: It's the Shoe Prints That Matter by Nina Norstrom. It's by far the most well-written memoir I have ever read from the point of view of the potential of a book's capacity to impact positively on its readers. This is because it's hard to read this work and not feel moved by its content. The aforementioned, are some of the fundamental questions that the book addresses. Reading her book heightened my perspective on the importance of not only giving timely advice but also offering a supportive structure to those encompassing physical, emotional, spiritual and mental turmoil. Focusing on the book title, it reflects so much on the theme of the book. It brings out the aspect of individuality towards approaching the theme and problem of toxicity in relationships. It recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-it-all kind of solution to the problem. . . . (Note: it was rather #lengthy I only shared part of it. The link will give more insight. Or just wait 'til next week.) https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=24

Nurturer or Nurturing

Caregiving is one of the biggest challenges you’ll take on in life. There are so many tasks that one must undertake and master to fulfill the position of a Caregiver. The #journey to this role can be an endless one and a heavy burden to bear. As a caregiver it is easy to forget about your own needs. Remember the saying, “Put your mask on first.” That is vitally important because how can you take care of another if you’re not taking care of self? Not everyone is capable of taking on the job of Nurturer or even knowing how to nurture. There are so many things to do and be accountable for. Can you identify some of these responsibilities? What expert advice would you say to a Caregiver? Just think about this and know . . .

It's that Time

With those Fathers/Daughters’ Dances in place, it’s a time for #festive events (dress-ups, entertainment, photo-taking, dancing, etc.). Schools everywhere will be having graduations as another way to engage in those celebratory moments. But for me, they bring back #memories from the past . . . some pleasant and some not so.

Taking Y'all Back

The #Feedback . . . By Yvonne Perkins positioned on Amazon.com / Format: Paperback This book was a great read it tells a story based on true life experiences, this book can easily be made into a movie that will help people realize that everyone has a journey they have to walk through in life and we are all connected. This book touch my heart, I can feel her pain you have to be a strong women to have endure so much. I highly recommend this book. *********** By Angela M. Dokos positioned on Amazon.com / Format: Paperback What a journey! I have cried my eyes out. I can't imagine overcoming some of the obstacles she faced. I'm afraid I could never be as strong as she is. I can only hope that I could forgive as she did. I am thankful for therapy and support groups that helped her get to where she's at today. I am most thankful for God helping her even when it didn't seem like it. This book is very touching. I'm glad she shared her Journey with us through this book. We can all learn so much from this. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Blueprint-Shoeprints-That-Matter/product-reviews/1939371473/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_paging_btm_2?ie=UTF8

Embrace those Cupids

With Valentine’s Day vastly approaching, I hope you’re embracing your #Cupid. As I think back, there once was a Cupid that walked and stood alongside me . . . through all that I was enduring. Life can bring you many ups and downs. Also, it can pick you up when you’re knocked down. And when your journey takes you on that rough and rocky road, you do need someone that has a strong shoulder to lean on. Through the tough years of sufferance, I’ve acquired many great lessons. Now, they are all tucked and stored away in my #survival kit! Mark your calendars for audio format (narrated by Sara Morsey) . . . coming 2018

The Cruel Things People Say and Do

Do we even care how the leashing of the tongue and one’s interactions affect another? It was back in time when we’d witness the effects of a few of those unhealthy habits. Seemingly, we’re living in those turbulent times and days were toxicity becomes the norm. There’s not a second, minute, hour, or day that passes where the likes of #toxicity doesn’t spew its venom. It’s everywhere now! Nowhere can we call a safe haven, not on our commute, our home, or our church. This is evidence in all the happenings . . . car-jacking; rapes; thievery from our churches; baby-snatchings; robberies from stores, banks, homes, persons-to-persons; mass killings; and the list rises daily. Are we living inside those last days our Creator once spoke of? It does make ya wonder. Come on people this is year #2018 it’s not too late to make a change! Coming soon Audio Version . . .

Memories . . . Is All of Me#2

Part Three of Two Regardless of how they left us, life on this earth was most #precious and beautiful. They've left behind a life-time of memories . . . and their many gifts. In actuality, those loved ones are our superstars, our heroes, our celebrities, they our legends. And truly are missed! Sleep on our angels; we shall meet in the hereafter . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=450p7goxZqg

Memories, Is All of Me

Part Three of One In the months, days, hours, and seconds that ticked by (from 2017), there were several loved ones who didn’t make it through to the next year. Some died as a result of mass killings, some died from those deadly diseases, and some were ja commonality of natural causes. Families, oh dear families, I fill your pain. I too traveled that journey. Hard to realize what we’ll do without our loved ones, huh? They were everything – comings and goings. All of me love you so much. We may never get over your loss, but we learn to get through it. You just have my head spinning and I realize life isn’t the same without you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=450p7goxZqg

So Hard to Say Goodbye

Part Two of Three Coming from 2017 to 2018 . . . We lose the ones we love. Sure, they may be gone forever, but their #memories are embraceable! This past year, many have sat back and watched the #angels take their love ones home. Some many have been taken through the hands of toxicity and others of natural causes. As parents, it was our duty to nurture and protect. When things go awry and out of our control, we become helpless. Truly, that pain (at times) can be too much to bear. My prayers are with each and every family that has experienced this lost. Taking the journey into 2018 (without your love one), may your days be filled with peace. Yes, it is can be very hard to say goodbye! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUDVj7qPqRE

Will Never Be Forgotten

As the year 2017 comes to a close, I think about all those sweet and beautiful #Angels that we lost to another life. Realizing they were on loan to us, I know their presence will never be forgotten. As a mother (a parent), I feel that #emptiness that lives inside, and that pain which reaps from those broken hearts. It is so very heart to let go. OMG, do I know the depth of the hardness! Surely, we break down and want to give up ourselves. Yet, I’ve discovered our Heavenly Father loves us enough that He sent them to shower us with their precious gifts. And whence He called them back home, He made sure they left behind an abundance of gifts to embrace. Our love and memories for them will be everlasting. Be assured, no one will ever rob us of that! RIP in peace all you little angels. The tears keep flowing but as the time passes they will lessen. Know your life here on earth will long be remembered. The years will come and go, but (Angels) you will still be in our thoughts and hearts. https://www.ask.com/youtube?q=you tube mariah carey I don't wanna cry

Holidays!!!

"Christmas, just ain't Christmas (without the one you love) . . ." The memories of those days are long gone but shall never be forgotten. It’s amazing the pain one endures to cling to life. The challenges we face paves our path for growth and successes. #Christmases still a time of happiness, joy, and family gatherings. Wishing you and your families a happy and joyous #holiday!

Don't Mistake the Devil for . . .

It's Sunday so beware! The devils will come to you in many forms and disguises. Don't be fooled by their . . . There’s no mistaken a devil in its flesh. You can dress toxicity up in many disguises. No matter how it appears, the toxic still remains. So when you step back and allow it to unfold, that devil is bound to be exposed. Those toxic body odors seeping from its actions are a stone dead giveaway. They’re like a magnet! But best ways to escape toxicity . . . avoid it head on and just stay away from it! #Sundays / #Devils / #Wash away

Wake Up!

As parents, we must learn to listen to our love ones' insight. Don't let our hearts speak for the mind. They're on the outside looking in while we're on the inside looking out. It took awhile. But, I had finally saw what they were seeing from the outside. Thanks for the wake up, my child. #Wake up / #Parents / #Blinded / #Self-love / #Self-worth

Alright Now!

Watch for these signs. “The Insights” are from the storybook. And great lessons learned from the journey. Yes indeed, working on my new book project. These are some of the “red” flags we’ll cover inside the guide. Does it sound like someone you know? Wait ‘till you see what’s coming down the tube. You may find yourself inside the guide. Coming soon . . . #Awareness #Activity #Self-love

Journeys Equate to Lessons

Truly, love can be blind. And with one lesson there’s always another . . . “Not everything that glitters is gold.” #Journeys we all must take them. When you walk that path, they’ll remain a part of the past and educate you in so many ways. Through one of those encountered experiences, I’ve learned to listen to my mind and not the heart! What lessons have you’ve learned through your journey? No need to share, just embrace it! The awareness of #self-love and toxicity: in audio and activity guide. Coming soon!!!!

The Biggest Part of Me

As you‘ve read, today’s bubble is just a one-liner. But it has such a powerful tone in all its ugliness. Since those days, I’ve come to realize that our past DOES NOT define our future. Through it all, I’ve grown mentally and spiritually. The biggest part of me . . . Yes, I’ve asked for “forgiveness.” And that was a huge part of the healing process. So many of us have a lot to learn through this #space we call #LIFE - as we learn, we grow. So keep growing! Coming soon #audio format and a workbook.

The Ugly Side of Life . . .

You think this world isn't toxic? Think again 'cause it has a label now. Nothing these people do amazes me. I’ve lived in the midst of that lifestyle for a many years . . . seeing the ugly side of how toxicity plays out. And when that venom spews your way, it can swallow you up with all its poison. If you think it's not real . . . just keep indulging yourself! It's #Raw, It's Real and It's #Ugly.

House Cleaning

True, my dad was a pistol to handle with his toxic behavior. Before, he left us; it was there he begged for “forgiveness” for his #tainted actions. Really, one just can't continuously do the same thing over and over and over and over. Their level of “forgiveness” diminishes greatly. N O W . . . . How does that old saying go, “Every Dog has their day?” One can only do so much damage to another before their number is chosen. It has never easy to get up and air one’s #dirty laundry. But when we keep our house clean, there’s nothing to hide under the carpet before company arrives.

Give a Gift for Life

Here's a reminder . . . With the battles we face warding off toxicity, there is an array of "Awareness Ribbons" to represent their causes. In the coming month, you may want to kick “Cancer” in its behind. There’s a walk to fight against it! So come aboard and join the cause to win the battle. Give a gift for life! Check out the ACS website to learn more about joining the team. #Battle /#Fight /#Journey

Gifts From Above

Parenthood can be such a wonderful and amazing experience. When growing up, one just doesn’t think about the task of taking on a parent ship role. #Parents are expected to be responsible and accountable, as we teach our children the many lessons life will bring. Our children are gifts from our Father above. HE even sends us these gifts without a name. So we have to name them, raise them, love and nurture them till . . . they too find their way to adulthood. Yeah, there are all kinds of joy in being a parent . . . whether acting as a mother or father. Life is just so full of wonders! Have your read what’s inside the rest of the story? #Parenthood #Gifts #Bundle of Joy

Toxicity . . . Ain't No Joke!

Toxicity has been around for centuries. All these damaging interactions didn’t just exist . . . it has only gotten worst. Way back when, those toxic interactions were heavily brewing and striking hard when things went awry. There was no question, women knew what to do and was a “#force to be reckoned with.” When it came time for those emotions to erupt, that would be all she wrote. Their actions said it all! Of course, if you didn’t know about them, there women, better ask someone . . . #No #Joke #A Force Reckoned With

Growing up and Taking Snapshots

Children are God’s gift to all parents. They are just life little #miracles and provide us (parents) with a world-wind of memories as they develop through life . . . from #baby to child all the way to adulthood. Thus book taps into the cycle of toxicity. And the many disguised relationships that are encountered. As we know, relationships are built on: people, animals, drugs, alcohol, diseases, work environments, emotions, life, religions, and battlefields. So the message reveals that life brings challenges and with each challenge there are lessons learned. The story itself, it’s about the shoe prints, those symbols of life journey that are left by our experiences. In these times, we are living in a toxic society . . . Seemingly, it's a world of toxins. Would you agree? #Society / #Relationships / #A World of Toxins

It's Your Life . . .

OMG! Are you too still clinging to that Toxic person of YOURS? Did you know you have choices? You don’t have to be in their presence, but that’s your life! You must be enjoying that toxic lifestyle he/she brings. So they’re always making promises, huh? Promises like . . . never hit ya again, no more name calling, or cheating on ya, ever again, and much more. Well, just keep hanging in there . . . ‘till you’ve had enough! And you’re wondering why your friends and family have isolated themselves from you. You need not wonder . . . it's crystal clear! #Love makes you do #crazy things.

Mother . . . A Praying Women

Yes, it’s Sunday again. Oh how, I miss those growing up days . . . recalling when we were a praying family. She taught us well. And . . . I still haven’t forgotten how to pray. With the toxicity happening in this world, I hope we ALL are sending out a little prayer. Seemingly, I’m praying more now, than ever. Lord, knows we need it! I call on HIM every day. How about you? #Prayers / #Sundays /#Toxicity

Ya Better Watch Out

When that #toxicity grabs you on the inside, there’s little time to let go of the hurt. The mindset is ready for a good fight or flight role. And life seems rather simple when all you want to do is strike out or find a way to strike back. There isn’t anything thing nice you can say about toxicity. Only that toxicity can be a cruel animal. So when it attacks, you best step away before it spew those #venoms in your direction.

His Vows . . . His Promises

Whatever happened to those #vows? I thought it would be everlasting, no one could’ve told me it wouldn’t! Engaging in any commitment takes plenty of #energy and work. And when you lack that effort, you get out what you put in. There are so many lessons we learn through life. And this was one of them. Can you recall your many lessons? Even so, we all may encounter broken vows and promises.

What's Going On?

What the heck are we doing? In this society, we just can't escape the elements of #toxicity. It appears EVERYWHERE. See it for what it's worth. Ask yourself: “Will the toxicity in life ever cease?” I’ll leave that question up to your judgment. Here’s my thought on that, “It just keeps growing, growing, and growing? I’ll leave you with that thought to ponder over!

Shoo, Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me

How many of us can actually remember those “Craig guys” . . . from back in the day? You see them now; you’ll wanna say, “They are the ones . . . .” Nope, I’m not going to tell you what I really want to reveal about them. I’ll leave you to fill in the blanks. It’s amazing, the lessons you can learn just from being in the “ole school” era. #Ole school / #Back in the day #Guys/#Slick/#Smooth Moves

Christian Values . . . It was preached and practic

Growing up, our parents were those old fashion churchgoers. Religion was one thing that was preached and practiced a lot throughout my #childhood environment. As children, we had to go to church. There were no second choices . . . no “ifs, ands, or buts.” In Mom’s house, Sundays meant church day and off we went to serve Him. By having a deep religious background, how could I’ve ever given up on HIM? Today, to think anyone could make that choice is in itself amazing! #Audio format coming soon!

Toxicity Shows Many Faces

Toxicity takes on many #disguises and appears in all forms and shapes. Remember, it’s never a friend. Toxicity will one day become the death of ya. It’s not just the actions of toxic people that can get the best of one another; toxicity can manifest in other styles to break ya down and cause ya #death. So whatever toxic activity you choose to engage in find the courage to walk away . . . ‘cause do you really want to become a statistic? Now, if you don’t care, stay and pay the consequences! As you see, toxicity is taking on all types of form inside this bubble. Stop! Don’t burst that bubble there’s more brewing . . . check it out in the next bubble!

'Tis Father's Day

Okay, this may be a repeated bubble from way back when. But I had to blow it up again . . . ‘cause it’s his day. And some of you may be familiar with this type of “Papa”. Dad you did it all, huh? That was your way and mom accepted it. Now, it’s your day for us to salute you . . . so to that I send you (my Papa) a “Happy Father’s Day Wish.” And wishing a . . . Happy Father’s Day to all those wonderful dads . . . out there! #Daddy’s Day /#Father’s Day/ #Special Day / #Joyous Day

In Living Color

Oh really, he went there! It only takes those few words (or a sentence) to realize you’re dealing with someone extremely toxic. Believe them when they show you who they really are. Stay tuned . . . coming soon in Audio format/Spanish version and Book trailer. #black magic/#toxicity/#true colors

Enraging and Blazing Hormones

Beware! Yep, we (women) all have those . . . . Indeed, there’s a “B” inside us women. And Tyler Perry proved that in one of his past scenes. If you've not seen it, go back and check it out. Now, since you’re aware of our other side, just ask yourself, “Do I really want to see my woman in action?” Be assured the end results wouldn’t be a charming picture. But it would become a most memorable and #unforgettable moment. So watch out when #toxicity strikes ‘tis ain’t nothing pretty. Liar, liar your pants on fire! Stay tuned . . . coming soon an Audio Version and a Book trailer!

Embrace the Memory

Imagine all the work that goes into building a friendship then only to lose them to the hands of #toxicity . . . Life has a way of bringing people inside your circle . . . . I believe they are placed there for a reason even if just for a season. Although it has been many years, I still think of my best friend (Mandy) and the good times we shared. At least, I have her memories to embrace. I hope and pray her (now) adult children are faring well after having lost their mom at such a young age. The experience of losing a #friend is never easy to digest.

Do Miracles Happen????

I won’t forget what HE’s done for me. Where I came from or even how I’d gotten there. So I’m still preaching, shouting, NO praising about his glory to this day. How HE brought me from the darkness into the light. I no longer live in a world of darkness nor do I waddle in that tainted world of #toxicity. Wonder no more . . . #miracles do happen!

HE rose, He rose, He rose from the Dead

They #crucified my Savior and nailed HIM to the cross. But none is greater than THEE My Lord . . . “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright,the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.” Then they remembered his words. HE has done so much for us. And this is how we show our gratitude and forgiveness for our sins . . . through a war of #toxicity . . .?

Talk about Toxic . . .

Ladies, don't let those #manly attitudes fool you. He can still be toxic. Not only will you recognize the “red flags,” the scent of their poison is a dead giveaway. When that toxicity starts spewing out it’s venoms,the smell alone is great enough to drive you away. #Drama/#Lies/#Murder/#Cheaters/#Relationships Lair, Liar, your pants on fire . . . Look for the book trailer coming soon!!!! . . .

Praises and Shout Outs

Going to church on Sundays were a big part of family gatherings . . . in our tender years, as siblings. There would always be one service after another. I can recall the words of Our Father. HE said, “If you follow me, I’ll walk with you all the way.” So when my shoe prints took that journey and lost my faith, I felt very alone. But a lesson I learned was that HE actually never left me. ‘Cause I discovered that one set of prints which I had seen it was HIS . . . HE carried me (us) through the journey. So, Mommy and Daddy, thank you for introducing me to this person . . . “Our Father.” And for that I shout out HIS name! .ask.com/youtube?q=jody miller foot prints in the sand

A Deep Emotional Feeling

To all those who’ve loved and loss . . . We can love so deeply. But when the ones we love leave us, it becomes difficult to say our #goodbyes#farewells. Yet, this poem pours it out in such beautiful #words . . . spread across those pages. Loving a husband, son, daughter or any family member can bring on a feeling of broken heartedness. Do you agree? If so, share and share . . . tweet it, face book it, or email it. Sharing is caring and caring is sharing!

Reflection Of . . .

Life is so full of #journeys and the many lessons we learn along the way. Some of us take those journeys but never to return. Perhaps, we get stuck over there and just can’t find our way home. Truly, when we make it through, that’s a blessing and the work of our Maker. HE alone will find ways that make us feel nurtured. Then, we can sit back and reflect on the many things life has afforded us to experience. Reflecting back . . . At that low period in my life, it was Minnie’s VOCALs that took me to a place of nurturing. Hearing her hit those octave notes was a breath of freshness. #reflection/#journeys/#life http://www.ask.com/youtube?q=minnie riperton memory lane

A Piece of the Past

So glad I don't do drama no more. I had my fair share. But this was a scene from my past . . The start of the Stevie Wonder song “Ribbon in the Sky” was my cue to come out of the bedroom. As the music played, I gracefully walked to meet my husband-to-be. Yes indeed, those were pieces of our marriage vows. But, are you positive ya wanna follow this particular #bubble? Think about that carefully . . . . ya liable to get #torched with a bottle of #matrimonial drama, #toxic poison, mystery, #murder and suspense. Now, if you decide to hang in there and see it coming your way, you’ll wanna say: “Toxicity, stay away from me. You’re #contagious! A pale of drama all played out inside an upcoming book trailer. Okay, not this one but one close to it. Stay tuned!

I Once Did That

Wow! I’m presenting this bubble because . . . When I saw the release of my book trailer (yesterday/2.25.17), this was one of the scenes exhibited. There I was in my sexy red/black mini dress when Marcus decided he wanted to rip it to shreds. He just didn’t know and realize . . . I am my daddy’s child! Those raw emotions that ran through my body wasn’t a pretty sight! Oh well, that was the past. This is now and I’m done with them there toxic ways. All I can say is: “Stay away from me #toxicity, you’re contagious! #drama/#emotions/#relationships/#book trailer

Lessons Learned

There is nothing beautiful about #toxicity. When engaging in toxic relationships, take off the blinders. And see it in full color! So from Chapter 6, embrace a bit of insight . . .

Fight or Flight?

With all the unhealthy interactions going on, we are truly living in a toxic environment. I’ve been there and done that . . . way before experiencing the raft of today’s society. Yup, told ya’ll there’s a lot of toxicity spreading around. You don’t believe me, huh? Just look around at what’s happening inside and outside of your circle. Can’t be any different than what I encountered back in the day. Have you read about what this scoundrel pulled inside my bubble? #Black magic, voodoo spells, witchcraft, what’s next, huh? Perhaps, it makes you wonder what else is brewing inside my storybook. Don’t be amazed at what you’ll see coming on you-tube with the book trailer (soon to be launched). There was so much drama going on back then. I was always putting out one fire after another. Shucks, there were those who’d say that I was always starting them there fires. Just can’t tell reveal it all now. . . guess you’ll have to wait and see how it all unfolds.

Wake Up and Recognize . . .It's Here to Stay

Life is all about learning lessons. Every experience we take brings on a new lesson. Life has taught me so many new and rewarding lessons. And I humble myself to these new experiences. The journey I walk now is all about sharing that which I’ve learned. ’Cause when we can share with one another, it shows we care. Today’s environment is so full of toxicity. You may not want to recognize it for what it is. Just look around . . . . Do you see the reality in that which you’re viewing? It's real and it's #contagious! I’ve walked that path of toxicity many, many years ago. Little did I know that you and all others inside this tainted and unhealthy world would experience a journey I once took. And when I walked, I thought I was all alone. But it was HIS footprints I saw in the sand. http://www.ask.com/youtube?q=jody miller footprints in the sand

The Effects of the Poison

When toxicity is spewing in the household, our children grow up in that tainted environment. You think it can’t affect them? W R ON G!!!! The effects it has can be very damaging and critical in so many ways. The toxicity seems to #poison their fragile child-like minds and even creeps into their lifestyle . . . in those adult years, infesting all the way to their adulthood. You shouldn’t be amazed when they do what they do. Step back and look at what they were taught as a child! Remember, you heard it here. But, they were taught in their family environment. Don’t worry why our children travel down the wrong path. Seemingly, It’s the environment they’re in! Give it up and show them a better way . . .#poison#environment#children

Damaged Goods (Corrected)

(A continuation of last week’s bubble 1.15, and with more excerpts included) . . . You may not wanna hear or face the fact "toxicity" is here to stay. Just because it’s got that ugly word “toxic” attached. There's way too many people whose lives are being taken senselessly (by the likes of toxicity). So don’t clench up your body. It’s not the word that comes at you. It’s those interactions you should be afraid of. You may think it’s the people who are only ones full of toxicity. . . W R O N G, wrong as two left shoes. Toxicity wears many mask . . . go back to work and look at that environment, go to the doctor and let them tell you, “you have a disease,” go get checked into an abuse center for alcohol or drugs, go get checked into a mental illness center, and let your mate keep kicking your behind up and down Central Park. . Trailer coming soon!

Damaged Goods3

(A continuation of last week’s bubble 1.15, and with more excerpts included) . . . You may not wanna hear or face the fact "toxicity" is here to stay. Just because it’s got that ugly word “toxic” attached. There's way too many people whose lives are being taken senselessly (by the likes of toxicity). So don’t clench up your body. It’s not the word that comes at you. It’s those interactions you should be afraid of. You may think it’s the people who are only ones full of toxicity. . . W R O N G, wrong as two left shoes. Toxicity wears many mask . . . go back to work and look at that environment, go to the doctor and let them tell you, “you have a disease,” go get checked into an abuse center for alcohol or drugs, go get checked into a mental illness center, and let your mate keep kicking your behind up and down Central Park.

Chapter One

Part 2 of (today's bubble) Okay, don’t take this bubble seriously; you can dismiss it if you wanna, sleep on it, pass it by or whatever your choice. But when you get zapped up, remember you heard it first-hand. You may not wanna hear or face the fact "toxicity" is here to stay. You can't say that I didn’t warn you! Now, you may have some “damaged goods” in your circle. Have you checked that out lately? If you want to be a hero, spread the word. . A companion (guide) to this story soon, a work-in-progress for 2017 Keep looking for the book trailer . . . coming your way! #danger/#damaging/#destroy/#wipeout/#toxic/#poison

"Damaged Goods"

It shouldn’t amaze anyone why Chapter One was given the titled: “Damaged Goods. Shucks, toxicity has been a family curse for years. I’m still wondering how come Dad’s middle name wasn’t “Toxic” . . . he wore that title well. By golly, he was a “pro” when it came to waddling in it. Many of you are just now becoming introduced and exposed to the likes of toxicity . . . even its crippling effects. What a shame! I know how it can break ya down . . . been witnessing it for years. Through the grace of Our Maker, I found my way out. Don’t think that you’re exempt from it reaching your circle. By the time this world finishes crumbling, we all will become affected by its poisonous venom. You can run but you can hide. Just be armed with protective gear when it comes your way . . . A companion (guide) to this story soon, a work-in-progress for 2017 Keep your eyes out for the book trailer . . . coming your way! #danger/#damaging/#destroy/#wipeout/#toxic/#poison

Lasting Effects

I can only imagine the emotional trauma and devastation this could have caused a child in those tender years . . .finding her mother murdered! So young, so fragile, and so likely to develop emotional issues (anxiety, mood swings, substance misuse, etc.). To this day, I still wonder how Cindy is coping with such an early childhood experience. Shucks, the memories surface in my mind from time-to-time. Somethings are not so easy to wash away in a lifetime. This too can be a long life effect. How would you cope with this happening inside your circle? Surely, it's not taken lightly! #murder#toxic#childhood Coming soon . . . a companion to the story.

God has a way of making us all humble . . .

When a mate is submissive in relating with their partner, don’t let their passiveness blindsight you. ‘Cause when they’re feed up with your drama and toxicity crap, you best to back it up and watch out! Anything is bound to take front and center stage. You’d be amazed at what might drop from above to bring ya down to your knees. Be careful what you ask for . . . you just might . . . Truly, #God has making us humble under to Him! Coming soon . . . a companion guide for this story!!!!!!!

On this Christmas Day . . .

I gift this poem to all the Little Angels we’ve loss (for the many years) due to the likes of @toxicity. Your presence in our life (here on Earth) will greatly be missed. And your memories will be everlasting! May God bless and keep US safe as your beauty lives on. To know we’ve lost you thorough such tragedy, our lives will never be the same. But, on this Christmas Day, we send you plenty of Hugs and Kisses! Just know we had so much more to give . . .

We May Walk in Blindness But We Must Live in Faith

“Life has a way of making us regret our choices.” I for one can witness that statement. Thinking about my bitter ways in doubting our Father and all He has done for us, that was nothing but the #toxic side of life. When I speak to Him now, I’ll find myself asking for His forgiveness. And with all the unhealthy actions happening in our world today, I can only pray that He forgives us all!

Holiday Blitz . . . When Life Repeats Itself

It’s that time of the year again! Those darn holidays can be joyous for many, but then for some ‘tis not quite as joyless. Holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations, and celebrations . . . ‘tis time of the year we tend to miss our loved ones. I think about my sister and her loss, my loss, and all the other parents whose precious loved one has gone home to get their wings. Looking back through the stages of life . . . I can remember when our house was filled with that holiday #blitz of giving, giving, giving, laughter and cheers. You’d think one has gotten use to living without. Nope, no matter how long of a gap exist there’s still that piece inside that longs for their presence. They are so precious . . . our little #angels who touched our lives with their special gifts. Their presence shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN and forever will be a part of our memories. Still it's a time to rejoice . . . this ole world is so seeded with toxicity. Knowing they're in a better place than you or I brings peace..

It's More than One Day

Giving thanks is not just ONE day it's everyday . . . Truly, we have so much to be thankful for. And just need to bow down and tell HIM how #grateful we are. This shouldn't just be for Thanksgiving Day. It needs to be a daily prayer. Just count your blessings! I know I can't count mine . .. I don't have enough fingers or toes to count on!

What The . . .?

Are you positive ya wanna follow today's #bubble? I suggest that you thoroughly think about it carefully . . . ya liable to get #torched with a bottle of #toxic drama, mystery, #murder and suspense. Okay, there are lessons that can be learned as you travel through it all. But, when it's all said and done, you may elect to stay away 'cause we all know what's behind those doors . . . TOXICITY IS #CONTAGIOUS! Coming soon . . . Workbook Activity Guide

Mom . . . the Superwoman

It’s a gift to be able to reproduce a human life that grows inside another. And this GOL (Gift of Life) is called #Parenthood. It’s a status that lasts for a lifetime. There’s no greater joy, no greater moment, no greater event, and no greater gift. But when that precious gift comes your way, it can be one of the joyous journeys a mom will ever experience . . .via walk, hike or take. Just think about how it is that: a Mom’s body muscles’ can expand to bring into life a tiny little seed that has blossom into that of a newborn baby. When that bundle arrives, mom soon forgets all the sufferance endured and ravishes in the moment . . . knowing she just delivered a precious little angel into this world, we call a “life.” Then, so shall Mom’s life change forever, recognizing another human being’s survival, existence, and/or growth is dependent upon them. Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, a nurturer, and a caregiver . . . “Mom you’re one heck of a woman.” You got to be pretty darn beautiful and powerful to do all this! Mom, you give Superwoman a new meaning . . . http://writelife.com/product/not-a-blueprint-its-the-shoe-prints-that-matter/

Down Memory Lane

When I sit back and think about my life and the journey I’ve walked, I can recall that moment as if it was yesterday. Thinking when I accepted that ring, it would be for a lifetime. Now, I wonder: Is there anything in this world that last a lifetime? If so, how long is that lifetime . . . a minute, a second, an hour, a day, a month, a year, a decade, a century, or #forever.? I know a lifetime can mean from birth to death. Then I ask, does Forever really mean forever?

Walk With Me

The shoe prints says it all . . . I spoke about these deep TOXIC #emotions yesterday at my book event, Saturday, 10.22.16. I was amazed to discover I wasn’t the only person in attendance who once harbored such hazardous, raw, crippling, dangerous, poisonous, ugly, evil, dark, demonic, fiery damaging, dangerous, hateful, ______________. Well, that one word carries so many negative adjectives there’s no doubt of what is being described here. Guess, you’ve just had to have been there and walked the journey to embrace the moment.

It's a Boy NO It's a Girl!

More Love, More Joy, More Happiness . . . We all have journeys where life will take us. No one will remain journey-free! While our #children are inside that circle, life can seem so meaningful, joyous, happy, and #precious. Today, another angel was born. So another life was created. And I say to that Mom and Dad “Embrace the love you three will share and know life can bring much joy and happiness.” Journeys will come and go. But may those memories last forever.

Living Inside the Topic

Yes, that's the cover page and title of my book. But have you realized we’re living inside the topic, every day? Surely, you’ve seen how our world is so contaminated (infected) with #toxic interactions. Seemingly, each awakening day, we’re on the battlefield fighting a war. Where there’s good against evil, fathers against sons, mothers against daughters, drugs against diseases, nations against nations, and the list goes on and on. Life is just so full of relationships. And #unhealthy ones at best! So, there’s no better way to say it than “Our world is on fire!” But isn’t that how our last days are to be . . . first the flood and then the fire? Think it about! I’m trying my best to get it right this time around. Are you? Self-love can mean so much . . . BTW, there will be a workbook activity guide coming soon!

Journaling . . . A Path to Therapeutic Work

The hurt the pain . . . the raw emotions . . . Journaling is an art with a facet of terms . . . journal writing, journaling, expressive writing, therapy writing, and dairy keepsake. Often times, we are not aware there’s beauty in #journaling? But when we take on that process we’re reaching into an emotional and physical pipeline to wellness. From another approach, we can look at journaling as a vehicle used to express emotions and step into the past, present, and future. While going through my journey, there was so much #raw emotions buried inside . . . even the medical drugs couldn’t break the barriers to relieve the pain. Through it all, I’ve discovered a wonderful and beautified prescription . . . and that’s Journaling. The healing that I gained (from it all) was most rewarding . . . Truly, I can say I’ve reached emotional wellness. Henceforth, it’s all about nurturing my thoughts, feelings, and behavior - to become aware of my own emotions. And these emotional feelings are healthy ones. So healthy that I’m able to embrace satisfying relationships while achieving positive self-esteem and enjoying life despite its many outright challenges.

A Devastating Moment In Time

This was one day I'll never forget . . . Going to the doctor has it many disappointing #moments. And this just happened to be of those unforgettable scenes. What a day it turned out to be . . .one heck of a pill to #swallow! There are many pills our doctor prescribes to us when we come in for a visit/an illness. But this "one" pill became bigger than the #stomach could dissolve . . . To this day, I'm still trying to swallow it down.

Ain't nobody I know. . . or is it?

Have you’ve ever experienced that raging moment of #toxicity? Hope you’ve never gotten there. Life is way too short to give anyone that much of one's energy. Yet, life goes on for them while you're drowning in those raw #emotions . . . of hate and anger. When you’ve faced the realization of it all, many wasted years have passed you by. Moving from the past to the present . . . When the healing has taken over, you can talk about it . . . http://www.ninanorstrom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/FOLDER1_REC00019_NINA-NORSTROM-RADIO-INTERVIEW.wav

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly . . . that’s life!

Life is so full of lessons, wouldn’t you say? Seemingly, we just haven’t lived without taking a journey . . . at least once in life. I’ve learned a many lessons while traveling through my journey. And what a powerful learning experience that has been! I would have never imagined my life in such turmoil (and so unhealthy) . . . had I not taken that walk. Truly, so many of us will take that journey. Yet, many may never return; perhaps, they'll just get stuck inside their #journey. For those who come back and recognize the lessons put forth them that'll speak to volume! If you’ve ever been on the other side, you’ll know life brings out the good, the bad, and the ugly. But isn’t that what life is all about? Sharing is caring! . . . Care to take that #dare?

An Unspoken Journey

Many of us have taken that unspoken journey . . . Yet, we’ll dare not expose where we’ve come from or where we’ve been. Understandably so, no one wants to admit that their #tainted and damaging lifestyle had gotten the best of them. One thing for sure there is love in sharing . . . sharing is caring. It can be so beautiful when we care about others as we do ourselves, enough to want to break through that wall of silence, trapping us inside that darken world. Believe me when I walked that trail, it was so dark all I’d seen was darkness. Not even a smidgen of daylight passed through my narrow path. There was a time I can remember drowning my sorrows in a bottle of booze and wanting to wash away all the hurt and tragedy that life had bestowed upon my family. Drifting back to those memories it was there . . . where I often sat back to embrace the words of Mariah’s beautiful melody, “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” http://www.ask.com/youtube?q=I don't wanna cry youtube

From Whence I Came

So much has happened through my journey and returning from whence I came. There are times now when I’ll just sit back and easily relive those precious and endearing moments. Yes, there were lots of heartaches traveling that journey. But there is never nothing refreshing about living amongst unhealthy relationships. But isn’t that what makes up this space we call a “life?” We’re living inside this topic . . . “Not a Blueprint It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter,” “A Journey Through Toxic Relationships.” Seemingly, every day, each and every day, we awaken there’s a loved one or some precious little angel whose life has been taken senselessly and selfishly. The interactions of toxicity appear to be invading our circle and crippling our surrounds. For me, this here life is like reliving inside those unhealthy relationships, all over again. But the beauty of (this time around) is that I’m in a much better place, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. HE has brought me from the darkness to the light. Most importantly, I’ve regained my faith and belief in our Maker and our Protector. That has helped tremendously! So when I feel an urge, I’ll just tune in and embrace the lyrics of her sweet melody. http://www.ask.com/youtube?q=youtube for minnie riperton down memory lane

That Epiphany Moment

(Continuation of 8.14.16) "Life's a journey; it’s not just a destination." I speak to this statement from experience, gaining the knowledge that everyday life brings on new lessons. Take that joy and embrace your walk through the journey. ********* Through my journey, I’ve discovered that trust, honest, and compassion brings out the #beauty in relationships. Returning from the darkness into the light, I see the beauty in life . . . readily recognizing when #relationships are healthy or unhealthy. ‘Cause Lords knows HE's shown me my share of the toxic side of life.

A Piece of the Beginning

Part One of Two This is a two-part topic . . . Yes, that piece of a life was only the beginning leading toward a world of toxicity. And there’s nothing sweet about its lifestyle. Living a life of #toxic relationships can only be a road to disappointments and so many other unhealthy . . . . It's readily easy to embrace if one has walked the journey. With the #beauty of these relationships, there are lessons learned. And journeys we all must take them! I don't know anyone who will be exempt . . . journey-free. Do you? Stay tuned for the conclusion of this excerpt . . . Coming Soon!

Men . . .Whatcha Gonna Do With 'Em?

#Men, are they really creatures of habit? Or is it that their activities are just habitual? We can’t live with them. And, seemingly, we can’t live without ‘em. So you tell me, “What the heck is a woman to do?” But I'm certain . . . . Back in the day, our #Papa wasn't the only "Rolling Stone" of a father figure.

Looking for "Mr. Right"

Was there no such thing as “Finding #Mr. Right?” Perhaps, I was on one of my impossible missions . . . I never found him! Surely, there is only one I know of who holds the role of perfection. Unfortunately, HE is taken by many. You may know HIM as Our Maker, Our Creator. So, does Mr. Right really exist? ‘And it isn’t the one on earth.

Ole' School . . . Back in the Day

Ole school popping and rocking in the house, shucks I was all on the scene. You didn’t know I was a groupie back in the day, huh? Well, that’s what I was labeled. And those were the days . . . then music was popping and rocking. From the ole school music, a lot of lovers found their mate and got their groove on. Listening to those sweet and gentle lyrics, you couldn’t help but make a love connection. The 70’s was oh so sweet and loving. To this day, I still embrace those ole school tunes. How about you? But I must confess: I’m no longer considered a groupie. Plus, it’s way too toxic to hang out at those bars. Times have surely changed. Don't you think, so? There's lots more behind those pages. Don't believe me, check it out!

Them There Teen Years

The teen years are those tender years. They bring out much of the past that affects our future. So in the adulthood don’t look to go back and erase the pass . . . it is what it is. ‘Cause once #filtered into the environment, there it remains.

Living Inside Toxicity

Yes, Dad was “Damaged Goods” during his existence in this life. And I'm sure he was not the only male species. Nor did his actions cripple the love I had for him. In his world, being toxic was a way of LIFE. Perhaps, that's why I named Chapter One, "Damaged Goods." It was a good fit. But I still miss him so. Does that seem crazy or what? Apparently, some of his traits (the #toxic side) found its way into my circle. 'Cause during my years of romancing, it was the only type of men I seem to attract. So you see, life is not always that bed of roses, you dream of!

Deception of Vows

"Life is a journey, not a destination." Even in our youth, there are events from our #past we step into that can change our lives forever. Truly, this was one of those moments. Any #regrets, huh?. Well, there’s been some I must admit! You may want to check out the story to see where it all lands . . . ‘Cause we all will take a journey in lifetime and this was mine, part of it anyway!

Papa a Rolling Stone!

Dad you did it all, huh? That was your way and mom accepted it. Now, it’s your day for us to salute you . . . so to that I send you my wish, “Happy #Father’s Day to You” It's never too late to salute you . .

Forgiveness. . .

The things they do to us. Unhealthy actions can spew from either side. The things we women tend to endure in a relationship (regardless of what type it is). We put up with so much from our #men. Sometimes it makes you wonder is it worth it all! ‘Cause really we can do bad all by ourselves. We don’t need any help with that!

Heartfelt

As authors, we tend to give #tribute to those who have found a special place in our hearts. And during the writing of this piece so it was! And so shall that love live on . . .

A Killer in Our Midst

Sorry: You had to read the excerpt broken in pieces. It just wouldn’t copy properly to the site. Anyway, it’s readable. Now, for the insight . . . I did a #horrible thing by not telling all I knew. Yep, there was guilt lagging over my shoulders, afterwards. Now, I look back and can see the error in my actions. Of course, it’s always best to #FESS UP!

A Dangerous Place

Does one toxic action deserve a reaction? The place I’m in now . . . I don’t think so. Had that question been presented in my toxic lifestyle, its answer would be a lot different. Really, who are we to give a punishment? We just don’t have that kind of power. Leave it in HIS hands, those who do wrong must answer to our #Marker. Can YOU say the same for those toxic elements that crept into your circle? I would hope so. In a flash, you must move away from it. No RUN 'cause it can be very damaging! Tainted elements (in any form) are poisonous. They bring you to the point where one can hardly breathe . . . making inhaling difficult. You know!

Mariah

"You took me there Mariah where I didn't want to go. Yet, through your lyrics and vocals, I found comfort as you eased the pain." I was in that world where everything appeared so doomed! A place that was shadowed by a mass of toxicity. Reliving the #memories . . . it's a world where I wouldn't wish my worst enemy to travel. Life is so full of #stuff (the good, the bad, and the ugly). But isn't that what life throws at us: obstacles, struggles, challenges? It all boils down to taking that J O U R N E Y. And mine was a journey full of tainted relationships. Through it all, there was this shining light and I found my way home.

Taking on . . . Parenting

Parenthood can be such a wonderful and amazing experience. When growing up, one just doesn’t think about the task of taking on a parent ship role. #Parents are expected to be responsible and accountable, as we teach our children the many lessons life will bring. Our children are gifts from our Father above. HE even sends us these gifts without a name. So we have to name them, raise them, love and nurture them till they too find their way to adulthood. Yeah, there are all kinds of joy in being a parent . . . whether acting as a mother or father. Life is just so full of wonders! Have your read what’s inside the rest of the story? It’s been released and available to enjoy the #read!

Out the Frying Pan into Skillet

Yep, you can leave one bad relationship. Only to #bound into another. Now what sense does that make? So, when you’ve been there, and #done that . . . time to move on. Does that sound like something you've done? Or someone you may know? They're out there for the knowing!

An Emotional Experience

With all the #damaging relationships, life brings our way, death can be a painful and emotional experience . . . when losing a loved one. Regardless of how toxic they were themselves. Dad took the stage when it came to tainted #relationships! You'd have to read it to know . . .

What Goes On

What goes on in the household stays in the household. Anyhow, it’s what we were taught. And he called himself a #Christian. Yep, we were reared with Christian values. But the actions of his violent ways spoke differently. The #dysfunction of it all can be too much to harbor. Releases Tuesday, April 5th

Line of Fire

Growing up in a Christian environment . . . Had he really practiced what he preached? There was so much friction going on inside. It’s a wonder we survived our #childhood.

Daylight turns to Darkness

Coming at you in all directions . . . When you’re sucked in by one level of tainted emotions, it’s so easy to become swallowed up by another degree of damaging relationships. #Toxicity has a way of turning your life inside out and upside down. At that point, it seems impossible to escape. So you tend to find an “out” inside the bottle. When that happens, the cycle only continues, and #daylight turns to darkness. There's more coming April 5th

Glory Day

Religion, it was preached and it was practiced . . . Growing up, our parents were those old fashion churchgoers. Religion was one thing that was preached and practiced a lot throughout my #childhood environment. As children, we had to go to church. There were no second choices . . . no “ifs, ands, or buts.” In Mom’s house, Sundays meant church day and off we went to serve Him. By having a deep religious background, how could I’ve ever given up on HIM? Today, to think anyone could make that choice is in itself amazing!

The Power of . . .

The power of prayer. Amazing! With all the #toxicity experienced, I found the time to give thanks to my "Father," for being us through each day. You think He doesn't hear ya. But He hears and sees all you do. Releases April 5, 2016

Who is . . . Mr. Right?

Mr. Right, is there even such a person? Looking for Mr. Right you're bound to wind up finding Mr. Wrong. Seemingly, all that #glitters is not gold. Not only back then (but nowadays) #toxicity is stirring up everywhere. And it's something that can be stated for marriage. Coming April 5, 2016

His Fight Lives On

Martin Luther King strived to achieve #equality in relationships and to wipe out the toxicity. There are two styles of #relationships: toxic and nontoxic. See what’s brewing inside this bubble as both styles unfold Coming April 5, 2016 . . . https://www.bublish.com/bubble/add_rough/2948#

Who Are They Really?

Yep, beware! Men are they really #creatures of habit? Or are they just . . . . Thinking they can crawl their way in and out of relationships. Nope, not really being a man #basher ‘tis just making a discovery. Coming . . . April 5, 2016

God Works in Mysterious Ways

"Ask And Ye Shall Receive" Yep, there are women who become submissive in their marital relationships. But don’t let their passiveness fool you. ‘Cause when they’ve had enough of the #toxicity crap, anything is bound to happen. Watch out! There’s no tellin’ what might fall from above to bring a mate down to their knees. To be released April 5, 2016

Toxicity Long Gone

Well, this is the last day of a year end. In few minutes, 2015 will be a thing of the past. As the New Year vastly approaches and I was granted a wish, I would wish that toxicity stays in 2015. For the New Year, may we all live with #Peace, Joy, #Love and #Happiness. More coming April 5, 2016.

Precious Memories

Holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations, and celebrations . . . those are the times of year we tend to miss our loved ones, deeply. They are so precious . . . our little #angels who touched our lives with their special gifts. Their presence will forever be a part of our memories. Yet, as we embraced their presence, it's hard to accept they're only on #loan to us. Coming April 5, 2016 Pre-orders available

I Know You Didn't!

I know he didn’t try that one! What the heck? Did he just try to #punch my lights out? Really, that’s how all the #toxicity gets spewing, through the air. Guys, you can’t treat a woman like that and thinks she’s gonna sit back and allow. Perhaps, there are some that do. Be aware, some won't! Do you really know what kind of environment a person comes from? Toxicity was deep in the family, so counteracting the #attack was bound to release those toxic emotions that we all possess inside. Pre-orders available . . .release date: April 5, 2106

Damaged Goods

Growing up brings back so many childhood #memories. Does it for you? Gee, talk about toxic! It all was happening behind those doors. Seems #toxicity has existed for centuries. It didn’t just surface. Beware it’ll gobble you up! That chapter one wasn’t anything nice. Toxicity kept wooing out! It was just as hot as those pipes . . .lika burning furnace. Coming April 5, 2016!

Serene . . .Water Waves

To this day, I still love to take those long strolls down the #lakefront or soak up an ocean view. And I’m particularly fond of watching the sun as it rises. The sound of those water waves rolling off can be so stimulating and soothing to the soul. Reaching back to write this scene, it definitely harbored some memories; and still does. The #toxicity just seems to disappear anytime one listens to those water waves.

ICONS . . .Trailblazers

OMG, watching TV One (Unsung Marathon) really took me back. It took me to ‘em days while on the scene with those wonderful icons and vocalists “The Emotions.” Talk about #trailblazers! Glad to know they are still at it. They’re coming back . . . with nieces and nephews. Truly, they’re a great musical family. Back then wasn’t anything #toxic about those days. If only we could turn back the hands of times . . .

Toxicity . . . Heavy Load

One can carry as much weight, as they can handle. But they’ll need those big broad shoulders to #drag mountains, valleys, and hills through the journey. Yet, the journey seemingly never ends . . as #toxicity releases its toxicants. Releases April 5, 2016.

Which Way Is Out?

Toxicity coming at you in all directions . . . When you’re sucked in by one level of toxic emotions, it’s so easy to become swallowed up by another degree of toxicants. #Toxicity has a way of turning your life inside out and upside down. At that point, it seems impossible to escape. So you may tend to find an “out” inside the bottle. When that happens, the #cycle of toxicity only continues. Coming April 5, 2016 www.ninanorstrom.com

Storytelling

Everyone’s a #storyteller . . . there’s a story inside us all that desires to unfold. Whether life like or made up (fiction or nonfiction), it will find its place alongside the genre: memoir, fantasy, poetry, romance, science fiction, spiritual, etc. There is magic behind writing . . . writing can be the power of #healing. Creating a story out of a messy experience can be so therapeutic. Therapeutically it's about writing expressively, which settles those sawed off emotions. The pen, paper, energy, effort, organization, and creativity (in some cases, depending on story), is all that’s required. But when the “Writer’s Block” creeps in, just know that’s part of the process and keep moving forward. The best part when writing, YOU’RE in control! Coming April 5, 2016

It's a Miracle

When you think it’s all over, miracles can happen. And it does right before your very eyes. There is so much more unfolding behind these #miracles. It’s totally an eye-opener! Coming Spring 2016.

Childhood Dazes Without Toxicity

Life hasn’t always been a #toxic environment. ‘Em old #dazes were the good ole dazes. As children, we all probably can remember the toys that were stuffed inside our toy chest. My favorite was the Easy Bake oven. I even enjoyed playing with my little imaginary friends? Can you remember your favorite?

Toxicity in Fight or Flight Mode

When that #toxicity grabs you on the inside, there’s little time to let go of the hurt. The mindset is ready for a fight or flight role. And life seems rather simple when all you want to do is strike out or find a way to strike back. #Toxicity does all it can to take us to a level we have less desire to be at. Sometimes, it's not easy but we must learn to shake it off. Coming Spring 2016.

Reaching Back to our Miracles

Children are God’s gift to all parents. They are just life #miracles and provide us (parents) with a whirlwind of experiences and memories, as they develop through life . . . staging from #baby to child all the way to adulthood. Stay tuned . . . coming Spring 2016.

Toxicity . . . Hormones Arising

Toxicity has been around for centuries. It ain’t nothing that just existed . . . it’s only gotten worst. Way back when, those toxic emotions were heavily brewing and striking hard when things went awry. There was no question, women knew what to do and was a “#force to be reckoned with.” When it came time for those emotions to erupt, that would be all she wrote. Their actions said it all! Of course, if you didn’t know about ‘em there women, better ask someone . . .

It Is What It Is

Diseased and it's toxic. . . Toxicity, there ain't nothing nice about it. This can be real ugly . . . the way it takes control to destroy your whole being. When you got this level of #toxicity manifesting inside, a diseased relationship is one no person should have to endure. And will make ya bring out all those confessions. Coming soon Spring 2016 . . .stay tuned.

Rocking . .. Popping

Those neighborhood clubs . . . Were the best place for hanging out. Seems, couldn’t wait for Friday and Saturday nights to get ya groove on. You could pop in and find some good ol’ music for the soul? Back then nothing toxic in the air. All you’d hear was good ole #rocking, popping, jumping, stomping music for the ears. Remember ‘em days? But how much #toxic will you find inside this story? Coming spring 2016 – no tellin’!

Those Values

Oh what a # toxic world we now live in! What happened to our values? Does anyone remember? 'Cause back in the day, #Christianity once meant so much to a family. Where has it all gone???

Busted, Huh?

Why is it we women seem to take relationships more meaningful? Is it that we #love deeper, harder and faster? With any sour relationship, one can spend many years holding onto “anger.” In order to be free, one must find forgiveness within . . . Let go of the anger, bitterness, and other toxic emotions harbored. #Relationships take plenty of work and energy. It’s not an easy task to conquer. So often they want to be in when it’s convenient for them. Seems when the going gets tough the tough will get going. Better yet, they'll R U N and RUN FAST !!!!!

Calgonate (Inside Kiddyland)

Calgon, #calgon take me back to those tender young years, when life was but a dream. May not have had many of ‘em there #toys to play with . . . as most kids would. But it was sho’nuff fun being one of those kids and living in a kiddy body, exposing a kiddy mind, and having a kiddy spirit. Life then was oh so grand. Gee, I almost forgot what childhood was like but remembering now . . . as kids we had . . . There's more to be exposed - coming spring 2016.

Tying Titles into Books or Chapters

Writing maybe the easy part, but when it comes to . . . choosing that right title it can be a #killer of a task. With a lot of brainstorming, the selection of a title should be most appropriate . . . crafting that right fit for the story. Whether it’s the book or chapter titles, just let those brain juices flow. Think of them as being creative, catchy, or unique. Before the #writer/author is satisfied with using a particular one, titles may change many times and take on different forms: one-word titles; a character’s name; action words; names of places; play on names; a form of expression; in question form; or a quote. Really, there are all types of angles a writer can approach in developing its title. Everyone has a story inside them. You own it . . . so tell it! Now just what is yours?

On Fire

Here’s another sneak peek at one of those good ol' dazes swinging on the #music scene. With a blend of rock, soul, and funk, their music was steaming hot; the beat was funky; and the fans were jumpin', jumpin', jumpin'. Sho’Nuff . . . ain’t nothin’ toxic about its music. There was so much going on than music was on fire, real hot and #funky. Stay tuned - coming 2016.

The Golden Era of Music

Ol’ skool music artists . . . there ain’t nothing like ‘em. Think back . . . can you remember those #high school days? And all the house parties attended (held in the basement with lights dimmed low) that came with an entry cost of a “waistline.” Wouldn't doubt if you met your first love there. The lyrics might have been short but music was on fire and oh so hot. There wasn't anything #toxic about that era; those were the good ole dazes. Just ask your neighbor!

Emotions running wild . . .

Physical connections can bring about deep #attractions. But are you in the heat of lust or the warmth of love. They both are felt-emotional experiences, and intertwined (at that). So don't be fooled when those emotions start kicking up, you may think you've found love. Yet, could it be factual that those emotions (stirred inside) are just merely lust? What you think you’re feeling, may not always be REAL. Relationships can be tricky like that - for sure. There's more brewing for Spring 2016.

Action! Roll ‘em!

Lights, Action, #Camera, Roll ‘em . . . Wow! You actually believe this life you're in is merely a dress rehearsal? Don't even try to rewind. Wake up, that’s only in the #movies! Truly, there are no second takes. In real life, it boils down to . . . one life – one time – one shot – one chance – one moment – one you. Suggest while walking your journey, avoid toxicity at all cost. And embrace living a non-toxic lifestyle. ‘Cause toxicity can be contagious. So dump those toxic people/elements inside your circle! It's all coming your way: Spring 2016. Tip: You may want to wear a mask as not to inhale the fumes.

Devil in Disguise

Don't let that personality fool ya. He was still a #devil in disguise. For sure, they appear in all forms, shapes and fashions. #Toxicity has no shame. You think you've found quality in a person; but wind up with the devil himself. No matter how they tend to dress themselves up in character or religion; some things never change. Stay tuned there’s more to be exposed . . . Coming Spring 2016.

Behavior Brings on Consequences

Believe it or not . . . Everything you do in life has #consequences . . . either good or bad; whether positive or negative. Our choices determine our consequences. We each are responsible for our own #choices; and we need to accept the consequences it renders. It’s been spoken, “You can run but you can't hide.” And the same goes for those choices we make in life. So whatever actions we put out there just be ready to accept what comes back.. Apparently thou, this character could care less about consequences. He had his own agenda.

Good Ol' Days

Growing up had such fond memories. Wouldn't it be oh so nice to turn back the hands of #time to those wonder years? There were times you'd work for your keep . . . but had fun doing it. Siblings learned how to work together; play together; even fight together and stay together. Nothing seemed out of place not even appliances, music, clothing or culture. You'd just love ‘em all: oil burning furnaces, steam heating, cooper lines, microwave ovens, home VCRs, disco music, maxi dresses, kaftans, fizzy hair, chokers, hippy look, mood rings, swag lamps, bean bag chairs, golden years of rock and roll, and much more. Back then, everything wasn't so outright #toxic. And, there was much love going on amongst the families, neighbors, and friends. So why do we have to live so toxic now???? Coming Spring 2016 . . .

Oh So Precious

Here's another sneak preview . . . coming spring 2016: Wouldn't, life be so amazing if we could all drift back into our #childhood dazes????? But with what’s happening in the world today we'd have to fight through the toxicity. Toxicity is floating everywhere . . . it’s even in the air we breathe. As adults, we do all we can to protect our children from those toxin elements. Our children are so precious, young, and innocent. If we'd stop to think about it, their childhood playtime can even bring out our own childhood #memories. And those were the dazes . . . when life was free of toxic.

Toxicity - On Fire

Here’s this week’s sneak preview. I tell ya’ll those toxic #emotions are clowning something awful . . . Watch out now! The character(s) inside this bubble is sho’nuff in one of their toxic moods. You think yo man got troubles. Not as much as the character in this story . . . bet ya! But don’t be afraid to drop back over thou, just to see what else is brewing and on #fire. Stay tuned . . . toxicity is fired up everywhere! Coming soon spring 2016.

Whimp

There’s so much #toxicity going on inside this here bubble of a story. You'll gonna need a fire hose to put out the #burning flames . . . once the read starts. Ya'll come back now ya hear! But don't forget to bring along a mask – inhaling too much toxicity ain't a healthy thing. It can be #DEADLY! This character can tell ya all about that 'cause he’s running to save his life. Coming spring 2016 . . .

Toxic

Toxicity, black #magic, or the devil, they can be one in the same . . . There’s no mistaken a #devil in its flesh. You can dress toxicity up in many disguises. No matter how it appears, the toxic still remains. So when you step back and allow it to unfold, that devil is bound to be exposed. Those toxic body #odors seeping from its actions are a stone dead giveaway. They're like a magnet! But best ways to escape toxicity . . . avoid it head on and just stay away from it!

The Strength of a Woman

It’s a gift to be able to give birth. #Parenthood lasts for a lifetime. There’s no greater joy. . . . And it’s one of the joyous journeys a mother will ever experience. Once a #Mom’s body muscles’ have expanded to bring into life a baby, she soon forgets all the sufferance endured and ravishes in the moment . . . knowing she just delivered a child into this world. Then, so shall Mom’s life change forever, recognizing another human being’s #survival is dependent upon her. Pregnancy, childbirth, menstruation, and menopause . . . When a woman can endure such level of pain, she has got to be one pretty darn powerful #WOMAN!

Mr. Toxic

Yuck! Still hangin with Mr. Toxic, huh? Well, it’s your life. And must be enjoying that toxic #lifestyle he brings. Mr. #Toxic always making those promises . . . he'll stop hitting ya, no more name calling your way, or cheating on ya, ever again. Just keep hanging in there . . . you’ll get enough! But don't consider yourself #small potatoes, 'cause you'll wanna drop him like a hot potato. Every second counts. So start counting down 1. 2 . 3 . 4. 5. 6. 7. . .

'Tis Ole School

How many of us can say WE still remember that good ole Murray’s Hair Dressing #Pomade? This here is one vintage product that’s still working its thick magic, packaged inside that #orange tin can. And really does the trick . . . while keeping a clean neat look, great style, and shine. Well back in the day, this was one character that used it to tame and accentuate his waves.

Writers never quit. Quitters never write.

Short stories . . . Novellas . . . Novels; whether fiction or non-fiction . . . #Stories have been an essential part of our #history, and scripted in various forms, e.g., on napkins, books, cave walls, inside bottle capsules, etc. Behind every tale of events, there’s a message told which leaves its reader with a trail of lessons to be learned. The essence behind this bubble: If you've not grasped a lesson from #consumption of a story, then there’s something missing!

Toxins In The Air

Warning! Toxicity can be #contagious; and full of toxins . . . way too full. Drugs, Riots, Killers, Diseases, Emotions, and Gang-Bangers. These are just a small slice of how toxicity appears. Today, here's a one-sentence sneak preview. Why is that you’ve asked? Well, there’s way too much toxicity in the #atmosphere. Any more that explodes could contaminate our non-toxic people. And we can't have that! I'll just place a seal on this here bubble capsule – “not to release toxic elements ‘til spring 2016.” So, if you're determined to absorb #toxicity, read at your own risk. Stay tuned . . . Helpful Tip: Bring back a mask! You wouldn't want to inhale too many of those toxins floating about.

Toxicity has no Shame

Toxicity takes on many disguises and appears in all forms and shapes. Remember, it’s never a friend. Toxicity will one day become the death of ya. It’s not just the actions of #toxic people that can get the best of one another; toxicity can manifest in other styles to break ya down and cause ya death. So whatever toxic activity you choose to engage in find the courage to walk away . . . ‘cause do you really want to become a #statistic? Now, if you don’t care, stay and pay the consequences! As you see, toxicity is taking on all types of form inside this #bubble. Stop! Don't burst that bubble there’s more brewing . . . coming Spring #2016!

What the Heck?

No doubt this character has got to be out of his freakn' mind . . . Yup, told ya'll there’s a lot of #toxicity spread about. Don’t believe it do ya? Just look around at what’s happening in today’s society. Can’t be any different than what this scoundrel pulled inside this story. Black magic, voodoo #spells, what’s next, huh? Perhaps, it makes you wonder what else is brewing inside this bubble. Oops, just can’t tell it now . . . guess you'll have to wait and see how it all unfolds. Coming soon. . . Spring 2016.

Driving Forces - Gone Wacko

It’s all about toxicity. Shucks, has the whole #world gone wacko? Just when you thought you've read it all. You haven't seen it all ‘till you've expanded your mind to see what’s stirring up inside this #toxic bubble. Coming soon . . .Keep checking back ‘cause toxicity is brewing and brewing . . . . it’s gone #wacko!

Toxic Voice

Nowadays, we just can't escape the element of #toxicity. It appears EVERY- WHERE. It's even in their speech. Perhaps, that's why this character wasn't able to get out what he wanted to say without stumbling over his words. Best I can say about the character in this bubble, "Liar, liar your pants on fire!" Really, will the toxicity in life ever cease? It just keeps growing, growing, and growing. Makes one wonder huh, what's brewing inside this bubble? Stay tuned . . . coming soon!

Insight Time

There is nothing beautiful about toxicity. When engaging in toxic relationships, take off the blinders. And see it in full color! So from one of the chapters, here is a bit of insight... In a toxic marital relationship, see it for what it’s worth: • Don’t become codependent. Be willing to leave a toxic relationship. • Don’t be blinded by feelings. Recognize they cripple a pure marriage. • Avoid unsafe environments. Self-esteem is decreased and energy becomes drained.

Raging Hormones

Beware! ‘Tis one in all women . . . Yes indeed, there’s a “B” inside us women. Since you’re aware of our other side, just ask yourself, “Do I really want to see her in action?” Be assured the end results wouldn’t be a charming picture. But it would become a most memorable moment. So watch out when toxicity strikes it ain’t nothing nice! There’s more coming stay tuned . . .

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall

Self-Help

Mirror, Mirrors tell me NO lies . . . “Are you really craving for self-love? You should be starving to satisfy that hunger.” When you don’t love yourself, how can you expect another to love you?” And it’s no lie! So, tastefully gratifying! That is the fulfillment you’ll savor once enriched with those self-discoveries. We each seek to define our own self-love. How does “self-love” actually appear in your life? Don’t let a mirror dictate your destiny. Come, take the journey and discover those self-dimensions. This essential vehicle teaches the meaning of self-love and its self-awareness about toxicity. Readers will find it is a self-empowerment tool for an awakening to toxicity and their discovery to self-worth; self-esteem; self-acceptance; self-confidence; self-reflection; self-love; and those many other discoveries that enrich one’s path . . . through the journey called “life.” It’s all part of building a bridge that opens the gateway to finding self-love and bringing to light the ugliness in toxic relationships. The activities introduce and beautify an array of materials that are insightful, educational, enlightening, fulfilling, enriching, and rewarding. Think of it as a detailed script created to help readers redefine their SELF-DISCOVERIES. After all, success starts with you!

Book Bubbles from Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall

Let the Festivities Begin

Unleash your creative side and celebrate the birth and life of “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall . . . Where Does My Self-Love Fall?” Thursday, 11/15/18, (6p.m. to 8p.m.), come and mingle at RobertKent Galleries (Marietta, GA). ********* Don’t just buy for reading. Do the work! To validate its worth, the voice of a customer . . . Jackie Madden Haugh Self- love is the key to any healthy lifestyle, but sometimes it is so hard to find, especially in a world that is toxic. Nina Norstrom has come up with exercises to help keep us focused and probe into our thoughts and emotions so we can rise above any problematic situation . . . . https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Wall-Where-Does-Self-Love/dp/1608081958/ https://www.facebook.com/robertkentgalleries/

In the Seventh Day of Birth

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall (an activity guide) was released on the first of October. Baby is seven days old today. Already on FaceBook, I’ve discovery there’s talk about “Baby’s” content (dtd 10.2.18). Here’s what one buyer had to say . . . . . . I love love, Mirror, Mirror, . . . got it yesterday in mail from Amazon at office and brought it home and read through entire thing...I love it, Nina Norstrom...plan to recommend it to people! I do journal myself everyday and highly recommend that to others all the time . . . love the “Me-Day” terminology . . . like the exercises proposed. Since I read straight thru; needless to say, I didn’t do any of the exercises. But I was doing a once read through to see if it was for recommending, and it is great for many people I see and know!! A read! As always you are amazing, Nina Norstrom #Talkingaboutyou #Takingtimeforself #Selflove

It's Celebratory Time

I'm so overjoyed today baby has arrived. Let's toast to its arrival! Congratulations to baby and all the people who'll find their success behind those pages. Cheers to you all! Don't ask your mirror if you're the "fairest of them all." You should know! Take a peek at the "Look Inside" Feature . . . https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Wall-Where-Does-Self-Love/dp/1608081958 #Releasedate #Helpfightoxicity

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