Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Founding Fathers




by David C. Behrens



Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:



*~I will find a reason every day to be grateful.~*

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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Love



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Grateful & Paying It Forward



When you've been blessed, pass it on! (Thanks Ms. LaBelle!) 


From November 18-22, please visit Amazon.com to download your gift copy of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey. You may share the link with your family, friends, coworkers and on your social media networks.  amazon.com/author/trinkapolite


After the Sixth Day tells the story of one spirit living in a world that it's trying to understand. At some point on the journey, a longing is awakened for another world that feels both familiar and unknown. This story is uniquely told through poetry and prose with sincere and powerful emotion. The "notes" reveal what we all soon realize; through interaction with the world, the spirit is tested, awakened and strengthened.

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So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. {Genesis 1:27,31 NKJV}



Download E-book here (Don't have an e-reader? Click here: free e-reader)

Original cover design by Greater Level Graphics, LLC

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Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:




*~Every day is a gift.~*


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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Full Moon







Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:


*~I am defined by God's truth not my circumstances.~*

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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:




*~I am actively becoming a better me.~*

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Please join in by declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. I look forward to reading your mantras. Feel free to share in the comments below.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:



*~I will be healthy.~*


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Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday






Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:



*~I will not allow any distractions to keep me 
from reaching my goals.~*


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Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Theme? Themes!


As much as I love writing, I'm exploring new blogging ideas. By the way, thank you immensely for sticking around!  

Just to let you know what's happening in my life, it's my first time writing a novel. I've realized that it takes acute focus and a lot of research to complete such a project. Wooo! :-) Now in the middle of character research for my first novel, I get inspiration for another creative writing project. I'm loving it!  Yet, at the same time, I want you to know that I appreciate your being here. I hope you are enjoying the weekly mantras. And don't be shy! Comment with what inspires you! I'd love to read about it!

Now I want to introduce Wordless Wednesdays. Yes, I'm enjoying the themes. LOL The idea came from Melissa Ford over on BlogHer. It's perfect, because I believe pictures and art are just as powerful as words. So you guessed it--on Wednesdays, I want us to share pictures that speak to us. 

Remember the premise of this blog~Yeah, I Think I'm Happy~ is to explore the concept of happiness. Positive words and intriguing pictures have always been small ways for me to feel happiness in a huge way! :-)  Can't wait to see your pics!  Here is my first of many:
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday's Mantra

This Week's Mantra:



*~I will not settle for less than what God has promised me.~*

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Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra each Monday that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday's Mantra


This Week's Mantra:



*~I'm expecting things to change in MY favor!!~*

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Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra each Monday that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below.



Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday's Mantra


This Week's Mantra:



*~I am an awesome creation of God living to fulfill my destiny.~*


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Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra each Monday that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday's Mantra

Today's Mantra:


**~~I am fearfully and wonderfully made.~~**
Psalm 139:14


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Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra each Monday that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday's Mantra


Today's Mantra:

**~~I shall live and not die~~**


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Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra each Monday that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday's Mantra

Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well and having a wonderful summer!  I've missed blogging, but a much needed vacation was in order--time to reset, refocus, and relax. I also decided to restart a daily practice that helps set the tone for my day/week--stating a personal mantra.

personal mantra is a positive phrase or affirmative statement that you say to yourself for the purpose of motivation or encouragement. This could be your favorite [scripture], quote, proverb, spiritual truth or religious saying that motivates and inspires you to be your best self. ~~Rosetta Thurman

Please feel free to join me in declaring a mantra each Monday that will prepare you for the week ahead. You can share your mantra by commenting below. 

Today's mantra:

**~~I am more than a conqueror.~~**


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...Danielle Benji


Danielle Benji is a dynamic author with the mission to "teach children about all types of career fields other than what is mentioned  to them on a daily basis for example becoming  a doctor, teacher, et cetera ..." Her children's books address topics such as bullying, autism and Asperger's syndrome.  Enjoy her post and visit her website to learn more about Ms. Benji. 


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My Definition of Happiness

My definition of happiness is many things, but the most important for me personally is my love for myself. I think after learning to love yourself and all the flaws that follow only then you would find out what it means to be happy. Once I have grasped that concept I believe that everything you want in your life will come at the right time. I’m now 23 years old , and I would have to say I started to love who I am when I started writing. See writing for me is more than just a way to making money. It’s a passion I’ve  had since I was about seven years old. When I write, it brings out my inner child--something that I thought I had to hide once I became an adult. 

It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I decided to share my writing talent with the world through writing for children. My happiness comes from making a kid smile when they read my books. I write my books very realistically, so while you are reading to your child or yourself, you can picture yourself as one of the characters in the story.  My happiness also comes from personal achievements just knowing that I’m doing something that could possibly better me and my daughter’s future makes me happy. 



 I didn’t have the self-confidence I have now at one point in my life, and this lack of self-confidence is what blocked me from truly being happy and loving myself. I overcame this over time, and here is how I did it. I started to accept myself as I am, and say to myself I am exactly where I need to be in my life journey. I’m doing exactly what I need to do to carry out my personal purpose. Once I did this, my confidence in myself sky rocketed, and I hope I can help my young readers realize their purpose and strive for the stars in the sky.


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Courtesy of Danielle Benji books


Danielle's Bio
Danielle Benji grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and still lives there today with her daughter. Although she suffers from a mild case of cerebral palsy...Read more

Danielle's second release  is "dedicated to those on the autism spectrum, and others who also suffer from other developmental disabilities like herself."





Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...Indie Supporters!


Here's my definition of an Indie author/artist/musician/designer/etc.: A person who is so deeply passionate and intimately in tune with their God-given gift that they are driven to share it with the world--not for money or fame-but for the purpose of connecting with others through his or her creations.  If money and fame are a result, then it's just an added blessing! 




To everyone who supports Indies, you are part of making our dreams a reality!  Your emails, feedback, reviews, purchases and activity on social media are part of the grand conversation about Indies' positive impact on society. Keep it coming! 





As a thank you to everyone who purchased the first edition of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey, I’d like to give you an e-copy of the newly designed edition! Just take a pic of yourself with my book between today and Sunday, 6/23/2013. Use the hashtag #TrinkaPolite and post it on Facebook and/or Twitter. You can also email your pic to me at politejourney@gmail.com. Then, your gift is on the way!  

First Edition
New Design courtesy of
Greater Level Graphics, LLC

                                                                               











By the way, here are links for a (very) brief intro to the Indie world:

Smashwords~ "the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks"
World Literary Cafe~ "Where readers & authors unite!"
Wikipedia's take on Indie
One of my new fave topics to explore: indie fashion
Indie Music ~ just a side note here: the indie world gave us Adele! 


~ Do you support Indies? Have a favorite Indie artist, musician or fashion designer? Please share.  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Be Empowered ~ Part III


Remember those moments when you thought you were not going to make it? You surrendered and proclaimed that you had reached the pinnacle of your life. You prematurely decided to settle. Now look at where you are! 

There's nothing more motivating and empowering than reflecting on what you've already accomplished.  In the day-to-day hustle, we can easily lose sight of our victories.  It's time for a reminder. :-)

This week, we're going to "make an already-done list."

Write "I have already..." as the heading on a piece of paper (or three) and then list your accomplishments--big and small.

As motivational writer and coach, David Joseph Schwartz, states: “The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time...Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.”  

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Reference: Essence Magazine, June 2013, Own Your Power series with Lisa Nichols

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...DADS!



Sunday is Father's Day! A time to celebrate Dads and any father-figures in our lives.

Please share your funny and heartwarming Dad stories in the comments. Blogger friends feel free to share links to your posts related to Father's Day. 

*~Let's show the men in our lives some love~*




Sunday, June 9, 2013

Be Empowered ~ Part II



My Mother and I were talking yesterday about motivation. She said, "whether you do the wrong thing for the right reason or the right thing for the wrong reason, you're still lying to yourself." Ah, that mother-wisdom! Don't you love it! Sometimes it can really hit you hard and make you think.



My Mother's words are a perfect introduction for Part II of the Be Empowered series:

"Get Clear About What's Driving You"

Reflect back on the seven environments mentioned in Part I last week. Consider your motivation in each area: Is it to move toward something positive or are you trying to runaway from a negative? Are you in a relationship because of love or because you don't want to be alone? Do you say "yes" because you genuinely want to be of service or because you want people to like you?

If fear is driving you about a particular situation, face it. Be honest with yourself. Ms. Nichols suggest that you write down up to four of the worst case scenarios. Then, for each one, write down how you would "bounce back" if they happened. To the best of your ability, base your responses on logic rather than emotion. Then, "watch the fear evaporate." :-)

~Be blessed my friends and "get clear about what's driving you."






Reference: Essence Magazine, June 2013, Own Your Power series with Lisa Nichols


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Spotlight Thursday...Author Raynetta Stocks



Join me in welcoming Author Raynetta Stocks as she shares why she dreams like she'll live forever and lives like she'll die any day...


In January 2010, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  My heart function was declining rapidly, and my cardiologist, in relative frustration, confessed there wasn’t much he could do.  He gave me six months to live.  I beat the odds, of course, but I suffered through the next two years.  I wanted a life my body couldn’t give me, and I fought through it—with tears, with anguish, with anger.

I lost everything in 2012.  Everything.  House, car, job, sanity.  Everything that meant anything to me was gone because my illness had dominated my life.  Correction: I just plain gave up.  I wasn’t happy.  I didn’t know how to get happy.  I called it quits on my life.  I had surgery pending that fall.  They told me to make a will.  I made it.  I waited to die.

Now, I know this is a heck of a way to start a post about happiness, right?  It’s downright dismal!  I tell you this story though to show you how low you can be.  And to tell you IT DOESN’T MATTER.  I did have that surgery, in January 2013, and with odds of coming off that table at only 40%.  But I’m here!  And what I learned about that brush with death is that life, my life, was slowly slipping by me.  I had spent the last three years feeling sorry for myself instead of LIVING, to its very fullest.

One thing facing death will do is give you unlimited perspective.  Three years ago, I wasn’t supposed to be here—so I place great value on every day.  I’m constantly looking for fun, hunting for laughter, and tracking down excitement.  Before, I spent most of my life in bed, missing crucial moments with my son.  Now, I attend every event he wants to participate in, and we’ve done countless picnics in the park.  Even sitting down and watching his favorite shows together is quality time that are now indelible memories in my mind.

And I had forgotten the written word.  My only dream, since I was six years old, was to write for a living, to make an “adult’s salary” on my gift of words.  And I let my condition snatch that dream away.  So I dream daily now, on paper, until it becomes another bound package of fantasy that will one day carry someone to all the places I’ve created.  And that is a legacy in itself.  My dream is less about people knowing my name or filling a stage or even signing millions of copies of books.  It’s doing what I love, writing as a career.  And I’m well on way with that.

They say it’s wrong to dream big, especially when you don’t have a dime to your name.  Well, it’s not until you have nothing that you want something—something bigger, better and more phenomenal than you ever knew.  You can risk it all because you have nothing left to lose!  So go for it!  Bring the clouds down from the sky to envelop you!  The best way see the top is to be on the bottom.  I spent the last three years on the bottom.  So I’m dreaming like I’ll live forever, and I’m living like I’ll die any day.  And all that’s at my top is happiness.


Raynetta Stocks is the author of The Grim, a psychological suspense thriller released in May 2012.  Writing since early childhood, Raynetta has composed a countless number of prose and short stories which she plans to make available on her new subscription page.  Raynetta’s early love of books inspired her latest series, The Lova Chronicles, the first installment of which is due in the fall of 2013.  She resides in northern Maryland with her son.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Be Empowered ~ Part I



I believe in paying it forward. As I shared on my previous post, I’m just trying to live the life I’ve dreamed of having and more importantly, the one God says I can have! Even though God is all powerful & all knowing, we still need our human connections. Let me tell you, it has not been a solo effort for me. I’m energized by the love and support of my family. I’ve been encouraged and inspired by some great people.  Lately, I've been reading Lisa Nichols' work. She's been called the “transformation specialist."

Each Sunday this month, I’ll be sharing words of wisdom and exercises from Ms. Nichols. If you're not familiar with her, she’s one of the co-authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Look her up when you have a moment. 

We'll begin with self-evaluation and move towards planning our breakthrough. I’m hoping someone will find something helpful as we dive into these exercises together. Being empowered has led to whole different level of happiness in my life. My prayer is that you will or already feel empowered to live the life predestined for you. 



Part I: Recognize Where You Are ~~ Rate Yourself

Recognizing where you are means thinking about every area of your life and honestly determining which energize you and which drain you. If any area drains you, then it needs your attention. Ms. Nichols then suggests rating the “seven environments:” relationships, finances, connection to nature, professional network, physical environment, health and spirituality. Using a scale from 1 (it’s unbearable) to 5 (you love it) rate how you feel in each environment.

One or two indicates breakdown. A three means you’re more or less tolerating your position in that environment. A four or five rating means you’re obviously on target and happy in that area.




Reference: Essence Magazine, June 2013, Own Your Power series with Lisa Nichols



Friday, May 31, 2013

A Bit of News



Hi Blogger friends! Just a quick note to share some wonderful news! I have a new design for my book cover! For those of you who don't know, I published a poetry collection last year--my spiritual memoir, so to speak. 

For my first anniversary (this month actually), I decided to share a new cover that would reflect the deeper meaning of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey. It also captures the message that I heard from readers' generous and heartfelt feedback: finding words that tell your story and experiencing a sense of intimate understanding. 

Words can't express how much it means to hear from you, whether it's a tweet, an email, an FB message or review! *big hugs*  


Cover Design by Greater Level Graphics, LLC 
Please let me know what you think. :-)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Just Go For It

You know I’m just trying to live the life I’ve dreamed of having and more importantly, the one God says I can have! It’s freeing! So freeing! Is everything perfect? No, but there’s gratification in at least trying. You honestly have no reason to wonder IF this dream will come true or IF THAT idea will work. Just go for it! The only thing you’re busy doing now is thinking about IT all the time—whatever your “it” is.

I’m working on my novel today. When will I be finished? I have no clue. Will anyone like it? Who knows! But I’m having fun and daring to believe I can fulfill the dream of writing a novel! Keurig is on standby, and I’m armed with my mighty pen and valiant keyboard!

Live out loud! Live your truth! Most importantly, live in many directions with total abandon! Fall down! Roll around a little bit if you have to, and then get up to try again!

Sending love and blessings to each of you!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Light Bulb Delayed



As I was cruising on this rainy day in Illinois, enjoying some old school music, I was reminded of something. I'm almost sure other creative writers will be able to relate. Have you ever read or heard a title (or any words) and thought “OMG! I wish I had thought of that first?” I have!!

Do you know what’s on the top of my list? When Doves Cry! Oh it evokes such a powerful image!  You can feel the hurt, the disappointment. You can imagine the depth of peace that existed before that moment, but more apparent is the excruciating pain that would cause doves to cry. Oh well. Guess I’ll let Prince have that one. :-)

Here are a few others I wish I could claim: Set Fire to the Rain, Beautiful Liar, I Can’t Stand the Rain.

Do you have any? Not everyone is a writer. So, please feel free to share anything you wish you had thought of first. Can’t wait to see your responses!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Then...I Found You

Hello blogger friends! Here's our next writing prompt:

Who is the person who helped you understand the true meaning of happiness?














*Blogger pals, if you’re inspired to blog as a response, please link back to this post. We'd love to read it. You could also share a brief snippet and the link to your blog as a comment below.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Next Big Thing


Hi everyone! Are you an avid reader? I am! Love books! Love to read! Love to write!

This week I’m participating in another Blog Hop! I originally posted the questions below back in October 2012. It’s a fun way for you to learn a little about different authors. 


Thanks to Shirletta Armstrong for inviting me!  Please hop over to her blog as well. You’re sure to discover a great read or two to add to your library! 


Q: What is the title of your book?

A: After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?

A: I was originally researching the idea of writing a spiritual memoir. During that process, I had an “aha” moment--I realized that my poetry told the story of my spiritual journey. Life gave me a period of difficult and painful times. By surrendering to my circumstances, I was led to my awakening. That’s when I realized that every life experience served me in one way or another, and it does for you too! Therefore, I poured my heart into writing and publishing After the Sixth Day as a way of letting someone know that he or she is not alone. Keep moving forward. There is a blessing in the journey…


Q: What genre does your book fall under?

A: Poetry

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A: 
 A poetry collection that reveals how the spirit is tested, awakened and strengthened 
 through interaction with the world.

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


A: My book was self-published. What a wonderful learning experience, and I’m still learning!


Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A: approximately 6 months. It is my first book. Once I started writing, I realized that writing was my passion. I have an idea for a second edition of After the Sixth Day, plus I’ve started on the draft of my first novel.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A: I would have to say divine intervention, because it wasn’t on my to-do list. *smile* When the idea came to me, my mind was flooded all at once with many thoughts. I wrote for days before I took a break. It was in those first few days that I was inspired and wrote the outlines for the current book and my two works-in-progress. So please stay tuned and stay connected!


Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: The book is designed for readers to "live with it" by utilizing the journaling pages between chapters. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts after finishing After the Sixth Day, Notes from a Spiritual Journey.  


Take a look inside: amazon.com/author/trinkapolite


~~Thank you!



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Giving Blogger Love Today

Since, I'll be blog hopping this week (tune in tomorrow *wink*), I thought for today I'd share a few of the blogs that I follow. Great bloggers! You should check them out. :-)


Shirletta:

Shirley Is Not My Name!: WWW Wednesday *2*: This is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. If you want to join in just answer the following questions:   What are you c...

Natalie:

POSITIVE BALANCE, FITNESS, NUTRITION, & TOXIC-FREE LIVING My continuous challenge to keep balance in life, fitness, nutrition, and toxic-free living.

Tamara:

Faith & Substance  My ramblings about my walk with God, my journey of faith, and the inspiration (and sometimes frustration) I find in everyday life.




Monday, March 18, 2013

The Unexpected


First of all, let me say welcome and thank you so much to everyone who follows/subscribes to my blog! It means a lot to me to have you here, and I truly welcome your input.

My vision is that this blog will continue to be a safe and inviting place to discuss the different ways we embrace happiness (or insert your label of choice).  Yet, it's vital to be realistic and open about what blocks or limits our pursuit for a better quality of life—a healthier state of being.  

Only through free expression can we truly discover, examine and define our truth. At least that’s what I believe. So let’s have some free expression going on here! :-)  I meditated on it and realized I'm writing TO you. What I desire is that we write together! Therefore, for my next series of posts, I’ll share a thought, idea, or prompt to stir up some conversation, and we’ll dialogue in the comments section. Sound good? :-) 

For my blogger pals, if you’re inspired to blog as a response, please link back to this post. We'd love to read it. You could also share a brief snippet and the link to your blog as a comment below.  Okay, here’s the first one:

The one source of happiness that I never expected in life is____________________. It took me completely by surprise!

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Prayer of the Chronic Multitasker


Lord, please help me to unitask more. Take me back to the days when I didn’t have a laptop, a smart phone, and an HDTV with Wi-Fi that I used at the same time. Precious Father, I desire to drive to the grocery store and not have to make 2 or 3 calls on the way. Let me sing to the top of my lungs to the song playing on the radio or listen to nothing at all and just enjoy the natural sounds. Better yet, help me to just concentrate on driving to and from my destination safely, sweet Jesus.

Heavenly Father, deliver me from chronic multitasking so that I may fully engage in conversations without checking texts, voicemails, email and look into my loved ones’ eyes when they speak and truly hear what they’re saying. Remind me of the abundance of knowledge that can be gained by reading and unplugging from technology. God, I desire to be fully present as often as possible, to the best of my ability. 

I declare that I will no longer allow chronic multitasking to steal intimacy from my life. For I know that intimacy is not reserved for just sexual relationships or experiences. To be intimate is to be familiar, close and personal which is required in healthy interactions with others. Lord, I want to pay attention in this life I’ve been blessed to have. I don’t want to miss seeing You in everything, hearing Your voice when You speak to me or miss a chance to share You with someone who needs You. 


~~Amen

*This "prayer" was inspired by seeing the word "unitask" in an article I was reading earlier.   Not a word that's used or even applauded in our society, and I thought how sad. What are we missing by not being able to unitask more?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Snow Day

Mesmerized by the sound of the wind and the snow swirling outside my window, I decided to capture it and set it to music. After watching it again, it may be the inspiration for a future poem. Click Snow Day to enjoy...



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Your Thoughts, Please?


As you can see, I've updated the design of the blog. I've been tinkering with ideas for a couple of weeks. Still tweaking here and there but would love to read your comments/feedback on the blog's new look! :-) 


Thank you! 


===BOOK GIVEAWAY===

The giveaway has been extended for the entire month of February! One lucky winner will still be chosen on Valentine's Day! 
*~Scroll down and enter to win!~*



A digital copy of After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey will be given to five lucky winners!

After the Sixth Day tells the story of one spirit living in a world that it's trying to understand. At some point on the journey, a longing is awakened for another world that feels both familiar and unknown. This story is uniquely told through poetry and prose with sincere and powerful emotion.

Trinka's "notes" reveal what we all soon realize; through interaction with the world, the spirit is tested, awakened and strengthened



Enter below & Good luck!

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Have You Said I Do?


Whosoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD. ~ Proverbs 18:22


Today is the start of National Marriage Week USA! Of course, it appropriately coincides with the day we celebrate love.  Their website describes the next seven days as “a collaborative effort to encourage many diverse groups to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture…”  Sounds like something we should celebrate every day! Don’t you think?


And...for those yet to say “I do” like myself, how do we celebrate marriage? In my opinion, by honoring and respecting the institution of marriage.  As single women, we should be about our Father’s business until our “Boaz” finds us. {1Cor 7:32-35} Yoooo whoooo! Over here!


The National Marriage Week website has interesting info and activities. Some of the links are A Call to the Church, Date Night Challenge, Work on Your Own Marriage, and Start a Home Group.  Let me know your thoughts after you visit the site. 


Also, I invite you to “collaborate” with me in celebrating love and marriage by commenting with your thoughts/tips on building stronger relationships and lasting commitments.


Links
To my married women, I read this blog post the other day that I think you’ll really enjoy. I imagine it’ll definitely be a challenge, but you and your husband will enjoy the rewards!  It's the Intentional Woman Challenge. Oh and all the single ladies, you may want to bookmark this one for future reference. LOL 

Enjoy National Marriage Week USA



Friday, February 1, 2013

If Loving Me Is Wrong...

“Something inside you emerges….an innate, indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness. It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence. It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself.” - Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle's words sum up the moment before I wrote the poem below. To my BLM Girls, I'll be honest. It was also during the aftermath of ending a relationship. Something awakened in me, and I knew that the next person I'd fall in love with would have to be me.

But first, I had to figure out...


WHO I AM

I am a Woman as in man’s God-given mate.  I’m designed to walk beside him and with him procreate.

I am Black as in the color of my skin.  I represent my family of the present and those who have been.

I am Female, meaning I have sensuality and grace.  My presence is felt both when I enter and when I leave a place.

I am Full-figured.  That’s to say that I have a few extra pounds.  Depending on the situation, I can be as light as a feather or like a lion I will pounce.

I am Beauty, because by God I was uniquely made.  You will not find another like me in creation now or 
after I’ve entered my grave.

I am Wisdom, because from life I have learned.  My knowledge was not given but through tears and joy, I’ve earned.

I am all these things and so very much more.  You will need to come closer if you want to see what else I have in store. copyright 2005 Trinka Polite
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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

Peace & Blessings!

Trinka


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