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I am and I am not my hair… I am.

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I am my hair. Often adorned and embellished, this external extension of me, this visual exterior show of me. Be it long, short or somewhere in between, there is no denying that I am my hair. Internal factors sometimes directly affect our hair. Those that employ some semblance of a healthy regimen (diet and lifestyle) are rewarded with vibrant, lustrous hair. Stress can literally wreak havoc on a head of hair! Causing dry, brittle hair and serious breakage. Hair loss is sometimes the result of side effects of medicines and aggressive  medical treatments (see hair loss and chemotherapy, http://www.healthline.com/health/chemotherapy#SideEffects3). Have you ever heard of alopecia (http://www.healthgrades.com/conditions/alopecia)? Is it safe to say that the presence or absence of a thing so seemingly simple as hair, can contribute to the overall build up or break down of ones’ personality? Is hair then an environmental factor? I did after all grow up without my father, but I been rocking this hair for 30+ years. Nevermind if the walls could talk. If our hair could talk, oh the tales each head of hair would tell! I believe that consciously and/or subconsciously, hair does affect our day to day lives. Another component which is me… My crown and glory. My strength. I am my hair.

Photos: August 2015, before the big chop & color.April 2016, after the big chop & color.

Check out first photos of my personal Natural Hair Journey… https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10208737684020292.1073741856.1257799850&type=1&l=65f1c37c62

Stay tuned for ‘I am NOT my hair…’ #IAmAndIAmNotMyHair ~Kat. CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, http://www.freedomink365.com/the_books

Carnal Sobriety, Day 7

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“Every ex is like a dealer serving my favorite brand of drug. They know what I like & how I like it and each is all too willing to give me what I want! It may seem free, the parting of legs, but it comes with a heavy price to pay…”

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CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally

 

Carnal Sobriety, Day 6

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An addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. Do tell! What’s your addiction?

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“I felt like I needed a man to validate my worth. Sex made me feel wanted, needed, desired, beautiful, powerful, loved. I was totally in control! Right?”

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~CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally, www.freedomink365.com

 

Forgiveness Is A Stone

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I searched for it amongst those who have easily found it. And although subconsciously they stumbled upon it and present it with open hands to any willing to admire its beauty, we demand that they throw it away… “Toss it over the fence!” we say, with nary another look or thought. When I finally realized the significance of the very thing that has been naturally discovered by children & all too readily dismissed by adults, I set out in search of my own.

For fear that the playground had been rid of any overlooked, I made a beeline for the outskirts. I walked the perimeter of the playground. I scoured every square inch over the fence. I scanned frantically, but carefully and just as I was about to give up, I found one. A tad too big to fit snugly in one’s pocket, not to mention rough & jagged. But I knew better than to disregard it.

In my pocket it went. A weekend passed and I nearly forgot about it until my hands came in contact with the ugly truth of it. So rough & jagged. But it was there nonetheless, reminding me. A brand new search proved to be much more successful. I spotted it within seconds. Small and smooth. Pale in color. So unlike the ones that had been banned from the playground. The only trouble was, maneuvering my hand to fit through the chain link fence to retrieve it. I scraped my hand a little and upon closer inspection, the flaws of it are quite visible. But it’s okay! It doesn’t have to be perfect as long as I’m reminded every time I think of it nestled snugly in my pocket that forgiveness is a stone. {John 8:7; They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”}

Forgiveness is a mountain not realistically held in the palm of our hands. But something so seemingly unimportant as a stone, can have great significance. It is a reminder that forgiveness is not a choice, but a command. If we wish to be forgiven, we must first forgive. {Matthew 6:14-15; For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.}

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Seek deep within the heart of Christ. That is where the seed of forgiveness can be found.

Katandra Jackson Nunnally is currently composing ‘Designed To Testify’. It will be the Authors 7th nonfiction book. Meet ‘Kat’ and the Authors at FreedomInk Publishing…  http://www.freedomink365.com/meet_the_authors

 

Carnal Sobriety, Day 3

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Just what does it mean to have an addiction?

“Here I am thinking I’m semi perfect. No addiction wracking my body. Sadly, I’ve been misinformed. Although usually referring to drugs, the definition of addiction goes much deeper than that. An addiction is any compulsive dependency on a substance, thing and/or activity …”

Carnal Sobriety available via paperback at Amazon, http://amzn.com/0989678660

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CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally, http://www.freedomink365.com/about_the_publisher

Carnal Sobriety, Day 2

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Day 2 of A Week & 6 Days of Carnal Sobriety. I’d like to invite you to please subscribe to the Facebook page… https://www.facebook.com/CarnalSobriety/ Also, I hope that you enjoy the first of a dozen photo excerpts.

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“Every situation is unique. I’m almost opting to not date during this ‘carnal sobriety’. But the approval dependent, absolute control freak, loser magnet, sex craving addict in me is telling my body that this is not a good idea.”

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Uterine Fibroids Part 2: Finger pricks hurt like hell & appointments 2 – 4

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A lump I can feel with my amateur fingers, in my left breast. A lump the Doctor can feel with his experienced fingers, in my right breast. Negative pregnancy test. Uterus enlarged to 8 weeks (possible Uterine Fibroids). And to top it all off, low iron! Why do finger pricks hurt like hell? It’s just a little stick that barely breaks the surface of such a small extremity. But I declare, that pointer finger has a heartbeat that prefers not to be disturbed.

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Appointment number 2: Mammogram. A stranger’s hands pulling your breast. The knob is twisted and two plates smash down on that precious fatty tissue. The flattened breast is twisted every which way. Then the sonogram… Just like when I was expecting my children and they put the cold gelatinous substance on my belly and ran the probe over my pregnant tummy so that the little body snatcher could be seen en utero! Same method but way strange. After that is done, we play the waiting game AND thank you sweet Jesus!! I’m still praising The Most High… No cancer claimed. No cancer found.

Appointment number 3: A follow up after receiving the digital print of the Mammogram and Sonogram results. Negative. “What you’re feeling and what we’re seeing are non-cancerous cysts.” Here is a term I totally understand! I’ve been instructed to keep an eye on the cyst. If it does not grow larger or change in any way, all should be fine. Fingers crossed and prayers in constant rotation. I am due back for the follow up of this follow up, any day now, making the upcoming appointment, appointment number 5.

Appointment number 4: A second opinion before a specialist referral. By this time I’ve done some research on Uterine Fibroids. I understand what they are although not even experts fully understand why they are. Another exam table. Another finger prick. My iron levels so low that a hemoglobin analysis is conducted. That consisted of a larger needle and two vials of blood drawn. Anemic. Meds have been started. Glad it’s a little pill! The Physician examined me. She asked lots of questions:

Do you have a regular monthly menstrual cycle? How long does it last? How heavy is the flow? Tampons or pads? How many do you go through in a day? So you double up and you still bleed through?Is there clotting? Any significant cramping and/or severe pain? Is the cramping and pain only during your menstrual cycle? Any irregular bleeding between cycles? How long has that been going on?

She made the call to refer me to an Ob/Gyn. I’m awaiting the call for that appointment. Recap: My breasts are in the safe zone, however there is another situation at hand… Whatever is going on is making me bleed, a lot. The loss of blood is causing me to be anemic. I’m in constant excruciating pain. The kind that takes your breath away and leaves you doubled over and reminds you of labor and childbirth. I look and feel pregnant. My self esteem has left the building due to all of this. Yet, I never complained or wondered if my current state was cause for concern. I’m a woman and our bodies are always changing. I suppose I thought it was just one of those things. I’m glad I felt that lump in my breast that night. I’m so ready to reclaim my life!

To be continued…

Learn more about Uterine Fibroids—> http://www.webmd.com/women/uterine-fibroids/uterine-fibroids

CEO at FreedomInk Publishing, Katandra Jackson Nunnally

http://www.freedomink365.com/about_the_publisher