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July 7, 2020

As I watched the documentary series “The Last Dance,” chronicling Michael
Jordan and the Bulls, I immediately thought of his love and expectation of the
game. I could’ve talk about how ruthless and heartless some of the players said he
was and per some of his teammates, I could’ve also talk about how mean and
degrading he was. However, I looked at the way he fought to win games while
sometimes going through the agony of defeat. I noticed how he pushed his
teammates with such force like a mother trying to give birth to her unborn child.
But just like a mother,...

May 26, 2020

Today this pic of me from 7 years ago popped up in my FB memories. I thought WOWWW Melanie you sure have changed. I remember the day I got all my hair cut off because I was moving overseas and I knew it would be hard to find a stylist in China. So as the barber cut my hair I started to change my mind because fear had a hold on me and wouldn’t let go. But, the barber assured me I would be ok. He talked to me while he kept cutting and as the hair was falling on the floor. He kept me calm, he told me I could rock the short cut like I rocked the long, he also tol...

June 28, 2019

Grieving a breakup or divorce can be just as devastating as grieving the death of a close friend or love one. However, when grieving a divorce, you’re mourning the death of that marriage. Although, the grieving process for (breakup or divorce) one person may be sooner than the other there’s no timeframe to how long one may grieve. But, if you know someone that has gone through the emotions as you, this may help to not feel so alone during the process. Also, never let anyone convince you that your grieving process is too long or not long enough. There may even...

June 27, 2019

Being Emotionally Detached And Not Knowing It

Mothers and Daughters, in order to achieve and maintain a healthy relationship with each other there needs to be an internalized love and adoration that you both can relate too. If that unconditional self-love is not there or if it hasn’t been portrayed, then there’s no way you can give something that you haven’t received. In most cases the first relationship that one enters is the relationship with their mother. The mother carries the child for nine months and after birth, the baby is laid on the mom’s chest for t...

April 18, 2019

On April 20, 2019, Strengthen The Bond will host its fourth annual Mother/Daughter Luncheon.
What a blessing it will be to see mothers and daughters come together to connect, heal, grow,
and celebrate each other while strengthening their bond. But, not all mother/daughter
relationships need healing. Nonetheless, their bond can always be strengthened. So, get
ready…get ready…get ready to come out and listen to some amazing speakers talk about the
“The Power of Womanhood,” while being entertained by one of Milwaukee’s own homegrown
saxophonist. One of the best...

April 11, 2019

In Part One I talked about the mental breaks that make you whole. If one doesn’t take care of
themselves spiritually, mentally, and physically then possibly you will be forced to have
someone take care of you. You only have one life to live and you need to live it unapologetically,
you need to live it whole and complete, and you need to live it emotionally attached. You need to
heal so that you can be whole. So, now it’s time to elaborate on the journey to wholeness. The
journey to wholeness is taking advantage of the different opportunities of healing thysel...

March 5, 2019

Have you ever started a project or made plans to do something but couldn’t finish if you wanted to? If you’re honest we all have! That was me. I knew my purpose and my meaning, but I was mentally exhausted. For the last four or five months I haven’t written any blogs, finished any manuscripts, nor have I uploaded or done any videos. I have not been taking care of myself mentally. I’ve been doing what I love doing and that’s pouring into everyone else but, I didn’t pour into me. I didn’t refuel my energy, I didn’t recharge my mental battery, and I didn’t encou...

September 1, 2018

There are certain times when our lives seem so predictable. We know what’s going on from one day to the next which, isn’t a bad thing it is just a routine thing. Routines are a sequence of tasks or duties that are performed regularly. It’s normally done without any thought and/or it can be habitual. For instance, my morning routine after I rise is to pray and read a scripture. I do this between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m., without thinking and it’s predictable of me to some of my family members. So, when someone in my family calls me around 6:30ish and I’m still aslee...

July 4, 2018


There Are More Times In Our Lives Than Not That We Are Disappointed, Angry,
Or Even Humiliated As We Are Trying To Walk Out Our Life’s Purpose. But,
When This Happens How Do We Proceed? Is There A Lesson To Be Learned?
And, If So How Can There Be A Blessing In The Lesson? We Start To Question
Ourselves Asking, “Why Did This Happen To Me? And, What Am I Going To Do
About It?” It Was May 11, 2018 And I Was In Memphis, Tn Preparing And
Unpacking Boxes That I Had Delivered To My Mother’s House For My
Strengthen The Bond Mother/Daughter Luncheon. I Actually Made...

What’s In Your Past That’s Holding You Hostage? What’s In Your Past That’s
Holding You Back And Keeping You Down? What’s In Your Past That You Feel
You Can’t Let Go Of? So, Your Past Have You And You Don’t Have It? I Know,
It’s Easier Said Than Done To Move Past Something That Caused You So Much
Agony And Pain. I Know Personally That Every Time You Move Forward There
Can Be Something That Hits You In The Gut; Which, Pulls You Back. Or, The
Pain Of That Punch Can Hurt So Bad That You’re Bent Over And You Become
Stuck. I Can Assure You That Those Mental Shackle...

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