When I Met Alex Elle

Posted by Rae on November 22, 2014 | 1 response

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Last week I got the chance to meet the lovely Alexandra Elle at a program given at my school. I had previously read her book, Words from a Wanderer several times and fell in love with her compilation of thoughts, stories, and poetry. I thought it was nice to be able to put a live body to the words that I’d read repeatedly and it was definitely an incredible experience.

There was an awesome turnout which made me even more glad that I arrived early and had a front row seat to her presentation. I was expecting her to read a bit from her book, but I’m glad she did things a bit differently. Here and there, she referenced a few excerpts but she treated her encounter with our student body as a forum for general discussion, not just her book. With her doing so, she seemed so down to earth. And she is. She is a down to earth, sweet, and humble person.

I loved discovering how much I have in common with her, especially in regards to embracing King & Queendom, motherhood, and love. I discovered that from reading her book as well as hearing her speak in person about her past, present, and future. This experience has also made me want to get back to my own writing. While I don’t think I’d publish anything, I would like to revive my collection. I think my favorite piece from her is Pouring Peace because it’s definitely applicable to my life.

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I had to learn to embrace the rain.
I needed to realize that cloudy days were sometimes more than alright.
Crying in the shower is where I felt most sane, most safe.
The scorching hot water left welts on my brown skin but at least the dirty tears were given a place to be washed away.
I was ashamed and hurting for so long.
Hiding was my only option when the sunshine had taken heed to the horizon.
I am OK now.
The sunlight isn’t the only thing that makes me happy anymore now that I can endure my storms.
-Alex Elle

There are plenty more pieces that I love but this is definitely my favorite. I even asked her to dedicate her book to my children after the signing. I asked her to leave a note in my book that reminded my children to embrace their royalty. I understand that my children will understand the words in this book at a much later time, but when that time comes, this knowledge will be available, as well as my own.

If you haven’t already, get this book. I promise you will not be disappointed and you are sure to be moved by her words.

It’s Monday Again.

Posted by Rae on September 15, 2014 | 6 responses

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Unusually, I’m grateful to see Monday. My weekends have been everything I’ve needed. Life has been going pretty smoothly as of late. I honestly cannot complain. I am really in a good place in my life and I’ve gotten a chance to get rid of all of the negativity and hurt that I’ve been carrying around for years. And so many people have recently left my life while others have entered to really assist me with lightening the load. I couldn’t ask for a better feeling.

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I’ve reached a roadblock with my thesis. Time is winding down for my personal completion date. I’ve considered other alternatives so we’ll see what will happen. This week I plan to get a lot done – Godspeed. I defend in November and worst case scenario is that I graduate next year in May rather than this December as originally planned. At this point, that doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

It’s been hard trying to maintain this blog with all that I have going on. I haven’t been all work though. Lately, I’ve been impatiently waiting for the weekends to arrive so I can have fun with my family, friends, and new like interest. LOL! Most of the times when I come here, I have SO much to say and blog about that I just get so overwhelmed and decide to gather my thoughts at a later time. And then all those “later times” turn into weeks.

I hope all is well with all of you. I’m trying my best to figure out how I can update and stay tuned regularly. Bare with me.

With Love, Rae.

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