Speaking to just about anyone you know you are sure to hear a story of how someone in their family or close circle manages a mental health issue. Everything from anxiety to depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders and more are continuously topics of conversation. Despite all the talk about mental health, there is still a huge stigma that hinders some from getting the help they need and others from being open enough to share that they are just normal humans whose brains are doing something different than yours or mine.

Part of the problem in my humble opinion starts with…


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Years ago someone told me if I didn’t believe in my business I would always straddle the fence but real business owners simply decide to take the leap. I remember thinking that person was crazy as hell since I had kids to feed and costs to consider because raising kids comes with lots of checkups, vaccinations and more. As time went on, I’d heard people say “to have a plan B is to not believe in your plan A.” That made me question whether or not I truly believed in my idea for a business of my own. …


After I divorced, I didn’t even want to think about the possibility of a relationship for a while. Divorces can be a lot to handle and often they are worse than the reasons you decided to get one in the first place. For me, I needed to heal from the emotional journey of an unhappy relationship filled with a bunch of problematic years full gaslighting, passive aggression, and narcissistic behaviors that made me finally call it quits.

Then, once I re-entered the dating scene, I found things had changed significantly. There were so many ways to date that weren’t really…


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In late December of 2020, a friend asked me about joining Clubhouse. I didn’t know much about the Clubhouse app that had been in Beta for a few months but I decided to join anyway. I thought it would be like any other app on social media where we connect with people, try to get some traction, and let people know what we do for a living. Boy oh boy was I wrong!

The Clubhouse experience has been just that…an experience. It’s kind of like the superhighway of podcasts on steroids. Now, I’m not naive to the small percentage of…


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Several years ago I began to reflect on the countless number of times in my past life that I’d reacted negatively to the antics of another. It seems as if some people really have a knack for finding every pushable button we have and making sure to mash them regularly. To be able to recognize this skill set of the “button patrol members” as I like to call them is certainly an acquired ability all of its own. …


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Leadership as we know it was put to the ultimate test in 2020. With all of the great information out there in books and the internet to help leaders survive, something was missing. What wasn’t out there was how to manage the gut-punch we all received in 2020 due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Add in civil unrest, large numbers of unemployed people, small businesses closing, racial tensions, and a highly contested election it feels like we are living in some sort of alter world. Who would have imagined we’d be dealing with all of this in the same…


The 2020 Primary Election did not storm through without stress. A lot of people thought once their ballots were cast that the unrest we were all feeling would magically go away in a day or two. This of course is not the case.

A quick perusal through any social media platform will show that people are still arguing over candidates and policies. Many arguments have become so distorted that people are ending up in Twitter jail, suspended from Facebook, reporting and blocking posts as well as leaving various online groups and ending virtual and real-life friendships. Some have decided the…


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I was talking to a lady the other day about our current climate relating to racial tensions in the United States. She was angry. It really bothered her that many people were saying things like “I didn’t know it was that bad” or “This is the first time I realized what you all were going through.” She even noted how she’d been tapped as the “black friend” to help her non-black friends understand things so they could feel better about what was going on. This lady, like many others, indicated it wasn’t her job to help these folks figure out…


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At last glance, when I searched for the #selfcare on Instagram, there were over 36 million posts with that hashtag. It seems there are a lot of people practicing it, providing it, or both. Either way, it’s a pretty popular thing people are thinking about. I’d imagine if I looked on other platforms, there would be a similar result. And though the thought of self-care is often thought of for women, it is really a non-gender related concept.

With that in mind, we know that self-care is front and center in the minds of many. However, just because we think…


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Thinking of diversity and inclusion has gotten old for a lot of people. Some may think “ok I’ve hired people of all different races and backgrounds, isn’t that enough? “ Or they may think “ what more do you want from me at this point?”

It’s really not about what more people want from you, as it is what you can gain from understanding that intercultural competency is a win for yourself, your community, family, organization, and the world. A simple story in metaphor to help articulate this may help. Imagine you inherited a restaurant offering food to the public…

Aleasa Word

Trauma-informed #emotionalintelligence coach, diversity consultant & speaker writing about everything to help you live, love, and prosper in the best way!

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