“Don’t claim that. That’s the devil.”

Naw. I’ve ignored myself for way too long. Claiming it doesn’t mean it makes me who I am or who I’m not. It means accepting my reality & nina popping through it from now on. Every day doesn’t look the same. Every day doesn’t feel the same. Hell, most days I don’t want to do it at all but by y’all logic “it’s the devil.” Why would I let the devil stop this show? 

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Avoid Digital Eye Strain with Phonetic Eyewear Computer Glasses

You see, our computers and phones emit what's called 'Blue Light' and cause digital eye strain also known as Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain. There didn't seem to be many options to prevent this before I heard about Phonetic Eyewear and noticed the decrease in my eyestrain and migraines after using their product for only a month.

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Tuesday

One of those days where the tears just wouldn’t stop flowing. Years of social anxiety forcing me to try as hard as I can to be invisible in spaces that I don’t feel comfortable, came in handy on Tuesday. I sat at my desk and cried most of the day and no one seemed to notice. Ironically, that made everything worse.

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Ashlee Nicole
Numb Series

Numb is a general narrative of emotions. It describes love and heartbreak. It describes depression. It describes anxiety. It’s hopeful and it’s hopeless. I began writing this in 2012, finished it in 2013 but have revisited it at every stage in my life since.

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When His Time Came

s my friend, Kayla, eulogized her brother, I was reminded of a poem I wrote when I was 17. Her brother, one of my best friends, was taken from us on June 9th 2016. Tyrell Anthony Thompson was 28. Not only was he young, he was in the prime of his life. His career was peaking and he was surrounded by love.

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Eternally Connected

I’ve been told countless times not to put off until tomorrow what can be done today. I was fifteen when I finally realized how important that was. During the summer of 2006, my grandmother (my mom’s mom) became sick. Her everyday routine changed.

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My Spiritual Journey Continues …

When we are younger we’re taught to get down on our knees and recite a prayer before bed. Close your eyes, bow your head, fold your hands and recite a prayer before a meal. Growing up in church and in private, Lutheran schools I remember being taught specific prayers or just to listen while pastors and teachers prayed. I experienced religion in a few different ways .. in a few different settings.

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Ashlee Nicole
The Color Theory

his isn’t just another race conversation or gender conversation, but a human conversation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamt that his children, one day, would live in a nation where they wouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. We yell, scream and cry about racism all day long but colorism is an issue too — not greater or lesser but an issue nonetheless.

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When My Time Comes

one day my time will come ; when talent will save me from myself. waiting for that moment ; anxious and growing numb ; but me, time will not fail. I refuse to by fears , be bound ; have to make this one count.

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Ashlee Nicole