Adventures

Author Advice

Never Stop Blooming

“Sitting next to you, I feel so unaccomplished.” Those were the words from a beautiful 40-something woman as she sat next to me at the professional photoshoot promoting my 2021 Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess 5-book series. Her eyes were sad and she looked a little defeated at that moment. She went on to share that […]

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Speak Up and Take Action Because Racism Doesn’t Sleep

I am so proud to be part of the latest freed downloadable Classroom Kit from Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Conversations, Books, and Kids:  Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America. I was asked to contribute my thoughts and wisdom on this topic and it was the perfect opportunity to share my life experiences with racism […]

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Author Advice

On #OwnVoices

I’ve been blessed, as well as called, to produce vibrant and diverse children’s books from an #OWNVOICES perspective since 2014. Only recently, however, did it come to my attention that not everyone is on the same page about what #OWNVOICES means. According to School Library Journal, #OwnVoices means a book written by a marginalized community member […]

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Feelings Are Meant to be Felt

Last week I had a therapy client tell me that she is trying her hardest not to think about her grief. She felt that if she allows herself to think about it, she will entirely fall apart, but actually, the opposite is true. We cannot run from our feelings because, well, emotions are meant to […]

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Journaling is a Great Tool for Kids. Here’s Why

I have always loved journaling. I also encourage my young clients to write down their thoughts and give power to their words to cope and process their thoughts. The struggle between screen time and esteem issues among kids has always been a concern. But the number of kids in mental and emotional crisis has skyrocketed […]

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Author Advice

Being a Human is Hard: Advice for Protecting our Mental Health

There are endless memes on social media bemoaning the difficulty of “adulting.” Adulting” (navigating your day as a grown-up) is definitely challenging at times and I’m sure I am not the only one who longs for the time when the most complicated part of our day was choosing between white or chocolate milk at snack […]

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