Positive Vibes Only

I love thrift shopping. It is nostalgic and one of my favorite past-times. I even love the smell (is that weird?). Its not just about the bargain for me, its about recycling and cutting down on unnecessary waste. My favorite is Red White Blue thrift because everything is organized by color.

In the section filled with an array of random paintings, posters, and picture frames, I came across a vinyl painting with motivational sayings that uplifted me as soon as I read the first line.

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Congratulations to Ta’lor: March Winner of the College Mate Contest

I still cannot believe I won the March Monthly Writing Contest for College Mate. I am so thankful to Alexis Chateau, every blogger and reader who took the time to view my article, Decoding the Bro-Code: One Night Stand or Long Term Girlfriend? It really means so much to me; words cannot express.

I have connected with so many of you and it brings me joy to know that so many see the value in my article, so thank you all!!!

Please check out this original post about my journey creating my winning article and my future plans as a blogger and author!

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COLLEGE MATE

Launching the College Mate Contest was the best thing we ever did for our student branch of the Alexis Chateau PR firm.

Over the last few months, it provided a platform to help writers hone their writing and editing skills, while providing them with valuable experience for working with external publications.

But beyond the goodwill of the contest, there is also the fun, and the drama, and the competition itself. We have to admit, watching the writers go neck to neck, and get their social media engines revved up, is quite the experience.

The New CMC Champion

For the first two months, Shandean was reigning champion. But when Ta’lor submitted Decoding the Bro Code: One Night Stand or Long-Term Girlfriend as Pinkspen, it was an instant hit with our readers.

The girls wanted advice on navigating the perilous terrain of college dating. And the guys were curious to find out just…

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Meet a Mobile App Developer helping Bloggers build their audiences

 Jacque’ Terrell, shares why he became a Mobile Application Developer; how you can give your audience faster access to your website by using his services for freeand how the purpose of his blog is to help people find their purpose, success, and ignoring negativity. 

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Maternity Leave in America: The Story of a Depressed Mother

I found out I was pregnant, one month after I received my Masters Degree…

Just before I was about to transition from student to working woman, I was hit with the reality that I was going to be a working woman who was also a mother.

My boyfriend and I were broke; living with my mother, and about to move into a 1-bedroom apartment, because that was all we could afford.

Thinking about bringing my daughter into a world that I did not prepare for her to be in broke my heart and gave me a minor depression.

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Beauty is…

“She just wants to be beautiful…She craves attention, she praises an image. She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor…she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away, cause Covergirls don’t cry after their face is made…She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it, or that beauty goes deeper than the surface…You should know your beautiful just the way you are. And you don’t have to change a thing the world could change its heart, no scars to your beautiful…”

Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara – Album: Know It All 

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College 101 for Freshman Females

University College of the World
College 101 for Freshman Females
Fall-Spring 2016-2017, LIFE 12345, 67890
M/T/W/Th/F/S/Sun 12:00a-11:59p
4 credits

Instructor: Ms. Pinkspen, MSW
Office Hours: M/T/W/Th/F/S/Sun 12:00a-11:59p
Contact: ladyhoodjourney.com

Welcome & Introduction:
Welcome to College 101 for Freshman Females. I am your instructor, Pinkspen. We will begin this course together where we will work together to prevent the most common mistakes that freshman females make when it comes to various forms of relationships on a college campus. This class is for freshman girls in college, “upper-classwomen” (Pinkspen), and high school girls who will someday graduate and be shipped off to a world that I wish someone prepared me for. Enroll in this course today!

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Dear 18-year-old me

Dear 18-year-old me,

There are just 3.5 months in between your high school graduation and your first day on a college campus…

Just because you are 18, you are not officially an adult; there are still parts of your brain that have not fully developed.

It’s okay to call your parents for help!

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Leading Lady Emily: Troubled Teen to Youth Leader

I would like to Introduce you to Emily Hawthorne, the third feature for the Leading Lady Campaign. 

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Emily Hawthorne on her wedding day.

About Leading Lady Campaign

The Leading Lady Campaign seeks to empower women and girls to defy obstacles, self-doubt, and fear so that they can reach their dreams. We want to highlight, promote, uplift each of these women, as they share their professional growth, intimate struggles, passions, and their future goals in their journey toward success.

LADYHOOD journey, LLC, believes that your journey is our journey. We all can learn from one another by empowering, inspiring and challenging ourselves to push towards excellence, at every stage of the journey. 
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Battling Self-Doubt, Negative Thoughts & Impostor Syndrome

This post is full of empowerment, light, self-love and growing stronger by appreciating the good in yourself.

It is not always easy to stay positive.

Self-doubt can take root on your hopes and overpower everything benefical you want to accomplish, but just like the author, Jessica Corbin states “For each negative thought you may have about yourself, find one true positive statement to counter it.”

To learn more about battling self-doubt, this is a must read!

It is true that our biggest critic is often ourselves. We are constantly bombarded with influences telling us, how we should act, speak and where we should be in life by now. Truth is, there is not a set standard for how we should live our lives and where we should be in life by a certain date. We are all living our own purposes, on our own journeys. The trouble with negative thinking is that we hold our lives up against that of others and the media. These influence cause us to view ourselves as less than. Instead of seeking to build ourselves up, all we can see are flaws. There are enough negative sources around us, influencing us such as the media, and people in our lives. Instead of allowing yourself to default to the negative, make a conscious effort to think more positively.

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Cucumber Water is Life

So, if you are anything like me, sometimes drinking water gets boring. When I was in college, I went through many moments where I had to ask myself “did you drink water today?” Now that I am a single-mother and I am trying to tackle my health and wellness through self-love, I am focused on drinking more water daily, but it still gets so boring.

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Hello Self-love

Anne-Sophie Reinhardt, Anti-diet Coach and Body Confidence Expert, wrote an amazing statement about the importance of self-love and self-confidence in her article, Love is Everything, Self-love is the Beginning

“You are exactly where you need to be at this moment in time. Exactly where you’re supposed to be to do what needs to happen in your life. That thing you’ve always wanted to do – the healing, the breaking free, the forgiving, the loving your body as she is – it can happen now.”

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50 Self-Care and Body-Love Tips for Beginners

As a part of Self-care September, I have been actively incorporating self-care activities into my daily routine. It is not always easy to make the time for myself with my busy schedule. Trying to balance mommyhood, work, and building my blog and biz, all keep me very busy. In order for me to give my best to my daughter and my followers, I have to show myself the best form of care.

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You Bullied Me

Feeling so honored to have my poem “You Bullied Me” published on The Weird Poet’s Journal and FB page, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month. I wrote this haiku to raise awareness on the importance of bullying prevention as a part of my Social Media and Journal Challenge #YOUBULLIEDME

To learn more about the challenge and to participate in daily prompts to help heal from bullying and raise awareness, visit my #YOUBULLIED me page HERE.

The Weird Poet's Journal

YOU THOUGHT YOU BROKE ME.
YOU THOUGHT MY HEART WOULD NOT HEAL.
AND I FORGIVE YOU.


Title: You Bullied Me (A Haiku)
words by: Ta’lor Pinkston
Submitted to: The Weird Poet

Join the campaign against all forms of bullying!
Send a poem to inspire!
#NoToBullying
#SpreadAwareness

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#YOUBULLIEDME Social Media & Journal Challenge (Part 2)

Advocating for anti-bullying is important to LADYHOOD journey. I believe that by sharing my story and by others doing the same, we can end bullying together. We have come so far in our journey toward healing, and we are just getting started tackling bullying prevention. 

#YOUBULLIEDME Days 1-15

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Rough

I miss the touch. That rough touch.

You always gave me more than I needed, and yet, I always wanted more.

I wanted more from us! I wanted more than our bed.

I pant and relive every inch of that bed.

Rolling over, we would meet eye-to-eye.

You grab the back of my neck.

Pull me close, to kiss my panting mouth.

Sometimes in the middle of the night, I can still feel your mouth on mine…

You would grab my hips, pulling me closer, making me squeal with anticipation.

I think that’s what I miss the most…

I miss the moment right before the moment…

before the rough!