Always Believe

Always believe that you can do anything. It’s real easy to look at the negative things with all the struggles and trials around you, but if you put your faith in God, trust in yourself, stay determined and work on things to make sense…you can continue to believe that you can overcome anything.

My Father

As a child growing up, I saw my father as a strong, strict, disciplinarian that was in charge of raising four children. But as the years passed, he was much more than that. My dad was a teacher, a sage that taught me useful skills and unknown life hacks that I still use to this day.
As a teenager moving at 90 mph into adulthood, my dad became a therapist that imparted wise advice and guidance that helped me make major decisions in shaping my outlook on life. In addition, he was also a positive cheerleader that gave unyielding support in all my endeavors.
As we both grew older, my father’s stern exterior was soon softened and a nurturing side developed when he spent time with his grandchildren. Through my children’s eyes, I saw a man that would do goofy things for a laugh and a smile, give comforting hugs in times of sadness and instill a sense of goodness whenever possible.
My dad may not be as strong as before and he may not have new knowledge to impart on me, but he continues to be supportive and extremely generous in his own unique way.
Growing up having him as a father, is truly a gift. I could not be more proud and honored to be called his son. And I am carrying on the tradition of imparting his traits onto my children and hopefully become like my father…the man that I now idolize and adore.

The Writer’s Essence

A writer’s essence
comes through the page
when the reader
laughs, cries, scowls,
smiles or cheers
The reader’s emotions embody
everything that has come forth
from the writer’s inner voice
When this happens,
when this symbiotic rapport occurs,
then the art of writing
truly becomes fulfilled

Breathe It In

Breathe it in,
everything around you,
the smell of nature,
the warmth of the sun,
the coolness of the rain,
breathe it in
You’re going to worry about work,
money, and material things
but nothing will compare
to how fast time will pass you by so,
breathe it in
The chaos you’ll encounter,
the daily grind you endure,

breathe it in
Even when the monotony
starts to set in,
breathe it in
All the wins and the losses
breathe it in
The time with your family and friends,
breathe it in
Every moment of your journey in life
breathe it in
Enjoy all the big moments,
but truly relish the small ones
because when all is said and done
when you look back on your life

you’ll realize they were all big things,
so…
just breathe it in


Trust The Process

Trust your writing process,
it requires time and effort
Consistency is mandatory
Discipline and practice makes progression
Regardless of ability, circumstances, excuses or doubt
What you give is what you get
A writer’s inner voice
is designed to express
passion, love, hope, joy, sadness, humor, thought
If a writer works with their
inner voice naturally
The words evoke a heartfelt message
to those in need of it
So trust yourself,
trust your voice
and
trust the process

Face Everything And Rise

When faced with the unknown,
fear will occur
It will make you irrational
It will make you doubt yourself
It will paralyze you from taking action
and
it will justify excuses
Ultimately though,
fear is a choice
It’s not something we’re born with
but rather something learned through experience
To overcome it
we need to acknowledge it
by
accepting the failures,
accepting the hardships,
accepting the challenges
and
be willing to overcome it
by being steadfast and courageous
and facing everything
knowing that
if we give our utmost,
our very heart and soul
we’ll eventually rise