Growing In Tough Times


Hello Good Peoples!

Covid-19, Covid-19 COVID-19!!!! UGH!!!!! that is all we are hearing about and it's all that our children

are hearing as well. It's all over the place and it's causing so much stress and anxiety and depression even in our children. We use to turn on the news and horrible diseases seems to be something third world, but now it's affecting and kill Americans and more African American then anyone. I have lost one family member to it, but I have had a few that ended up in the hospital because of it and are thankfully on the mend. Covid-19 is going to change the way we move in the world and how we mingle, shop, travel and visit each others. Covid-19 is going to change life as we know it.

Okay so we know the negative and if you know me, I am ALL ABOUT THAT POSITIVE VIBE!!

Yes we need to be careful and wear mask when we go out in public. We need to wash our hands and clean the things we touch, but we also need to be kind to each others and find other ways to spread joy! We use to sing a song in church that said, " This joy I have the world didn't give it to me and the world can't take it away. I am saying to you, DON'T LET THIS VIRUS STEAL ALL OF YOUR JOY AND CREATIVITY! Beautiful things can still be birthed if we open our hearts to let it come forth. We open our hearts by turning off the news and doing something that will bring life. Like having a real conversation with your children about who and what they want to be? Encourage them to be creative in this time by writing poems and making up songs and creating art! I'm gonna help with that. Give ourselves and children the option to live a good life by saying and doing something positive.

So with that if you are looking to get your children into something creative this summer, Please come visit us over at www.Storytelleracademy.com. Writer/Illustrator Arree Chung is teach a wonderful art and drawing class for children of all ages. He asked me to come on and teach about how to make and fill a sketchbook as well as collage! I can't wait to share with you and your children so come on over and get inspired and lifted you'll be glad you did!

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