Thank God For Creative Bloggers!

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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 :( )

 Spiritually Natural

 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.

Brown Sugar

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!

 Bea Attitude

 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?

 Fashionette

 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.

 Live and Love with Passion

 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!

 Navayan

 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!

One Crying Blog Spot

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.

A Life of Perfect Days

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!

Basic Blog Tips

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!

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10 comments


  1. Good read! Although I don’t have much hair (as you can tell from my picture lol) I can certainly appreciate a person with not just “Good hair”, but most important a healthy set if you know what I mean. You can tell a lot about a woman by how healthy her hair is. Oh btw, who is to say you cannot enjoy the best of both world as a Clinician and still do hair and fashion part time or as a side hobby and still be happy.
    Kenton Williams recently posted…Reverend King to President Obama, The Passing Of The TorchMy Profile

    • ladyhoodjourney ladyhoodjourney

      Kenton. You are so right! You see how easily one can get side tracked into thinking that just one way is the right way? That’s not good at all… Thank you for encouraging me to think “outside of the box” on this as well as many other things… And yes, healthy hair is important and it doesn’t have to be “good hair” to be “good hair” :)… Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. omg!!! thanks for the mention Connie! I absolutely love your blog as well!!!!!! :-) You have made my day!
    KarenYvonne recently posted…Feeling Overwhelmed?My Profile

  3. Bea

    Connie,

    Thank you for the blog love! You’ve got such a great thing going here I can wish you nothing but the absolute best and huge following!

    With Sincere Gratitude,

    Bea

  4. What a nice thing you’ve done sharing the love! I’ll have to check out these other bloggers. I love how you’ve mentioned that we all enhance one anothers’ lives.
    Rorybore recently posted…WW: Baby….it’s way too cold outsideMy Profile

    • ladyhoodjourney ladyhoodjourney

      Thanks Bunches Roxybore… Unfortunately I wasn’t as familiar with your blog during the time of the post, but I would have included yours had I known… No worries though… I’m all about women’s empowerment… They’re will be plenty more blog endorsements!

  5. Hi Connie,

    Thank you so much for the mention and kind words. You put a smile on my face when I saw that I was one of the blogs mentioned in your post. I’m humbled and grateful to have you as a blogging friend.

    On another note, I am who I am today because of the work of a very incredible and knowledgeable therapist. I sometimes look back on who I was at an earlier stage of my life before and during counselling and realize what a valuable career path you and my therapist chose. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the lives your touch and help.

    I am trying in my own way (and all the therapy helps) to help people live life to the fullest and confront and destroy their demons. Thank you so much. Sally
    sally brown recently posted…Gratitude – What’s In It For Me?My Profile

  6. Also, I wanted to let you know that I will be checking out the other sites you have mentioned. Sally
    sally brown recently posted…The Miracle of a Smile!My Profile

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