Many of you may know by now, that I am a psychotherapist with the specific credentials of a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. For those of you who are not in the mental health field or are unfamiliar with these credentials, basically, I am qualified to work as a psychotherapist at both the state and national levels… Pretty impressive stuff… huh? Not really…
You see, I didn’t always want to be a psychotherapist…
I wanted to do hair… I loved doing hair… I especially liked the intricacies of braids and other natural hairstyles for African Americans. I also found the fashion world to be quite interesting. But as an African American, from a southern community, I grew up in a world that was more sensitive to more traditional forms of work. Due to the magnitude of racial and gender discrimination, you weren’t encouraged to stray too far away from the more traditional careers.
You wouldn’t want to be unable to take care of yourself… would you?
A lot of the feedback that I got in return was that a career within the art world was uncertain and would be financially risky. To be honest with you, I often get similar feedback as a psychotherapist, but being an artist was just much worst… So I succumbed to the temptation and developed a career that my mother could actually speak about with pride…
As I’ve grown as a clinician, I believe I’ve made the right choice. After all, I enjoy what I do and clients tend to thrive under my care. Nonetheless, I still wonder about the road less traveled…
What if I would have considered some of the more artistic career options and hobbies of my soul? Could I still be happy?
Furthermore, what if I would have chosen a career without as much clinical training, could I still have impacted the mental health status of the lives of women around the world?
Thankfully, I can live vicariously through these amazing bloggers who bring life to my inner soul. And yes… they’re all women!!!! (Sorry Men )
If you know anything about the life of the natural hair struggle for African American Women, you know that it is a challenge. Thankfully, Margaret Brunson, illustrates many of these challenges by not only providing detailed insight into ways to maneuver the natural hair challenges, but creates metaphors for exploring the impact that the natural hair struggle has had on her relationship with God. Many of the themes that she creates within her work are centered on the element of “change,” something that many of us desire, but are afraid to embrace. She has a candid sense of humor which is helpful and enlightening to those who come across her work. Oh yeah, and she’s a published author, so be sure to visit her website to find out more information.
Cheyenne Brown, also an African American, natural hair sister, creates a creative collection of experiences which derive from her transition to a natural hair state as well as explores her love for fashion. She collects valuable resources and provides meaningful insight to assist her along her journey and it may be useful for those of you who appreciate a love for fashion and hair care. And if this is not enough of an incentive… she’s also my little cousin! So, check her out!
Love beauty products, more beauty products, better beauty products, and amazing beauty products! Check out my girl Bea! She does everything… from nails, to hair, to make up. If you want it, she has it and her site is full of hot tips and amazing advice. More importantly, if you have a question about a product, she is available to offer, friendly and helpful advice for a more person centered approach.
P.S. She also gives out beauty prizes! And nice one’s too! You wouldn’t want to miss out on them… Would you?
I’ve got one word for Ms. Fashionette… DIVA! This girl can work! She knows clothes and her sense of style is impeccable. And even still, she shops on the low end budget but has a high dollar image. She has all of the right ingredients for a DIVA look on a budget, and she’s kind enough to share them with you, her audience! You’ll be doing yourself a huge disservice to miss out on her amazing advice and feedback.
If there ever was a lifestyle that makes me second guess my career, it would be the life of Sally Brown. Sally, a retired RN, has an impeccable sense of insight and awareness for life’s goals and experiences. When I found this sight, I found myself thinking, I went to school for all this mental health education, and all I had to do was live my life a little longer and have amazing experiences like hers! Lol… All jokes aside, one can really appreciate the way Sally takes real life experiences and makes them practical and understandable for the reader. As a creative writer, her blogs create an image within the blog, that is easy to follow and inspiring to read. So read them!
Karen Yvonne’s blog approach to mental health has a unique twist. Through Karen’s innovative words, she uses her current life experiences aimed in the direction of success to inspire her readers. Using “here and now” perspectives which examine triumphs and frustrations, Karen uses her insight that she is learning as she grows in her personal and professional life to provide meaning and support for others. She’s encouraging and a delight to follow. And she has a down to earth friendly personality. You should really check her out. Oh yeah – and if you like what you see… she’s accepting donations!
Shannon Speight, a high school English Teacher, uses her blog as a spiritual source of motivation. As an avid Christian, she uses her insight and spiritual awareness to feed the soul of even the most novel character. More importantly, she does so in a nonjudgmental and loving manner… the true demonstration of a Christian. If you’re looking to expand upon your Christian faith, look no further, her blog is provides a testimony for her faith.
Connie Chapman, an established blogger, is also a life coach and writer who has a passion for physical and emotional health. Connie brings valuable insight to a healthy lifestyle, which many people who are intimidated by healthy eating habits (me) can find meaningful and rewarding. Connie’s holistic perspective brings a new meaning to health care and she compliments her blogging feedback with a desirable coaching package. Oh, and I personally think she has the coolest first name in the entire world! Check her out!
And finally, Ms. Ileane brings the intimidating marketing of SEO and other blogging lingo to simple-to-use, user friendly language, that even the most layman person (myself) can follow. This is particularly enlightening because people are always looking for “how to do” something and her blog specializes in education. What I’ve learned from her, is not only helpful blogging tips which have encouraged me to take my blog to the next level, but also of the importance of communicating difficult information in user friendly ways, irrespective of the topic. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear… Thanks for teaching us Ms. Ileane!
So there you have it… My list of Creative Bloggers. From them, not only have I enhanced my awareness of mental health training and awareness, but I realized that you don’t have to be trained as a mental health clinician to enhance the mental health of women around the world. I thank them for their work because I have found them useful and I just figured I would share them with you. So check them out!