Shedding Light on Shame by Amy Houldey

Shame has been used throughout generations and across cultures as an instrument to control those of us who identify as women. Shame is deep rooted in the way it shapes how many of us feel about our bodies, sex, money, motherhood, love, lust…the list goes on. It works because society presents us with neatly defined…

2018 Sponsor Highlight: Illuminated Paradigm Counseling & Healing

  Illuminated Paradigm Counseling and Healing, LLC is a treatment center dedicated to assisting individuals with recovering from the mental and physical afflictions developed in response to stressful events such as negative experiences in youth, abuse/assault, combat, grief/loss, or any life threatening event. They use unique and proven techniques that enable our clients to transform…

2018 Sponsor Highlight: Shimmer Hair Boutique

Shimmer Hair Boutique & Barbershop is a full service salon located in the Parkville area of Harford Rd. Their licensed Cosmo and Barber staff members takes pride in making sure every client leaves satisfied with their work and service. They specialize in hair care, color, and hair cut designs. But offer a plethora of other services…

Are you guarded or completely blocked off?

When people have asked me if I was guarded, I’ve always had trouble answering. You see, I’m the kind of person that completely trusts everyone until they teach me not to. Or I used to be that way. However, I think life experiences have taught me to behave slightly differently. Now I more so give…

SETTING SECOND QUARTER GOALS LIKE A BOSS by Natalie Rochelle

It is May and the second quarter of the year is already upon us. This is the time to begin setting and executing second quarter goals. You should at least have goals every quarter for yourself. This will allow you to feel confident and accomplished. If you haven’t set goals for yourself in the second…

Because Self Love by Chalcia Nicholas

People often tell me that I’m “oozing with confidence”, or that I have a “very strong personality”. After hearing this I would just smile to myself because I was not always this way. My struggle with confidence started a very long time ago. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always looked “different”. My…

On Pause

    Pause /pôz/ verb interrupt action or speech briefly. “she paused, at a loss for words” synonyms: stop, cease, halt, discontinue, break off, take a break noun a temporary stop in action or speech. “she dropped me outside during a brief pause in the rain” synonyms: stop, cessation, break, halt, interruption, check, lull, respite, breathing space, discontinuation, hiatus, gap, interlude I started my own business my senior year of college. I…

Bringing in Women’s Month and March Like a Queen by Natalie Rochelle

Women’s Month is finally here, and although every day should be women’s empowerment and appreciation days, we still can accept a month as a way to bringing awareness to some of the most amazing and fierce things that we do on a day-to-day basis. From demanding our rights to demanding a moment of peace and…

We The Roses

Have you ever seen the smile on a woman’s face when she receives a bouquet of roses from someone she loves? Or have you ever had that smile yourself? It feels great I’m sure; a feeling of pride, joy, love. Almost like you want it to last forever? While I’ve never experienced such pleasure, I’ve…

Don’t Have a Plan B by Natalie Rochelle

  Plenty of times we hear people talking about having a plan B. Plan A doesn’t always save us from our failures and to have a backup plan. Throughout our lives, if we really consider this theory, we focus on and repeat the saying “always have a plan B” in our head. After trial and…