Happy International Women’s Day!
Posted by Chandra Lynn on March 8, 2017
Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.
Posted by Chandra Lynn on January 16, 2017
Squeals! Look at what was in my mailbox:
Neither my hubby nor I checked our mailbox Thursday, so this bit of awesomeness was retrieved Friday morning as I was heading out to work. Why the squeals? My friend Cy and I “discovered” Tiare Smith Designs moments apart. I actually shared her Etsy link with Cy when I saw some AKA sorority-inspired art. As usual, I was multitasking while shopping, so the “Tia Collection,” one of the sets of postcards I placed in my cart, sold out before I could place the order. I lamented missing out on Tia, but who didn’t miss out? And who sent me this postcard? Cy!
Pause for the “happy mail” dance.
According to her creator, “Tia is here to bring light and love into the world. She has many stories to share.” Besides her “purpleness,” I love the innocence, sweetness, and light Tia projects. She makes me want to skip through a field of flowers with nary a care in the world.
I initially went to Tiare’s shop to purchase a birthday gift for myself–a print the artist posted in “Black Women Who Plan and Create,” a community of black women planners, crafters, and artists on Facebook and Instagram.
This print captured everything I was feeling in the few days after my birthday. Focused. Determined. Fearless.
There was so much eye candy in the shop that I couldn’t resist purchasing other prints. Besides, I had gift cards to spend. 🙂 I purchased a total of 16 postcards, and Tiare included four extras, including three abstract still life prints and a multi-paneled print with tips for including it in planner layouts. Here’s a peek at the order:
Tiare is a mixed media artist and instructor who obviously has fun with her work, but she also takes her work and her customers seriously. She has great customer service–ships quickly, responds to questions, and customizes orders. If you want to see more of Tiare’s art, check her out at Tiare Smith Designs or at her Etsy Shop. She’s also on Instagram and Twitter as @iamclassygirl and on Facebook: Tiare Smith Designs.
It’s always a treat to find a random postcard from Cy in my mailbox, partly because the writing side is always handled with simplicity and elegance. Her message included a quote sticker: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” A “truth” to live by! 😉
Thank you, Cy, for always having my “postcard” back.
Posted by Chandra Lynn on November 5, 2016
Forgive me for burying my head in the sand for just a moment. I am a Black woman living in America with a Black “male” child and a Black “male” husband and a Black “male” father and Black “male” brothers and Black “male” nephews and Black “male” cousins and Black “male” friends, and every day that reality feels more and more like a maddening nightmare. I cannot at this moment look this pain “full in the face” or allow myself to feel the full weight of my grief for fear it will push me over the edge.
I’m weary. Tired of the same narrative. I need to contemplate the flowers for a little while to keep my sanity intact.
Posted by Chandra Lynn on July 6, 2016