Hi, I’m Latisha

WHO AM I?

 Well, here is what I know so far. I am 39 years old (as of 2021), I am a mother of 5 (15, 12, 8, 7, 5)- 1 girl, 4 boys, and I have been married for 16 years (as of May 2021). I believe myself to be a dreamer, idealist, and an empath. I am a homeschooling, homemaking, work-at-home mom. I live on a farm.

I thrive in calm and serenity. I am in better shape when my mind is at ease, my surroundings are peaceful and calm. Not an easy feat with 5 kids. I am short in stature and, currently, sadly, I am over my desired weight.  

My passions are and use to be, aside from motherhood and wifehood, writing poetry, journaling, collecting, puzzles, self-care, Instagram, penpaling, postcrossing, going to the beach, going to the movies, watching t.v at home, reading a good book, blogging, organizing/coordinating events, being out in nature, photography, art appreciation, scrapbooking, baking, dreaming and maybe more.

Over the last five years, much has changed, I am rediscovering who I am and what my passions are now, as well as who am I becoming. There is much I have discovered about myself, that I like and want to grow into, and there are things about myself I would like to change (working progress).

For as long as I have known myself, I have always been a big dreamer and big idea person. I still am. I come up with some great ideas, and I try them if I can. I have struggled with anxiety issues for most of my life (though I have almost fully grown out of that within the last few years), which made implementing my big ideas, a challenge.

I have hosted and coordinated poetry read-ins and slams, had my poetry published in a local newspaper countless times, graced the cover of a Sunday entertainment magazine (in a local newspaper)-had a professional photo shoot and everything, performed my poetry at various events and in churches, founded a youth poetry group, launched a magazine and then website as an affiliate to the youth group, I have volunteered for various positions at the churches I have been a part of, and so much more. All while fighting really unpleasant anxiety. I would even have panic attacks at times.

I lost one of my 6 birthed children; one of my sons died at 5 days old, 5 days before Thanksgiving in 2011. It was a very rough year.

I was born in the Caribbean.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson
Why this Blog?

I have a lot on my mind  and on my heart that I really want to share. I want to get it out, send it out into the world, maybe to be discovered by someone who needed encouragement, inspiration or to know they are not alone, someone gets it. I don’t want to keep my experiences, ideas or thoughts to myself. What’s the point in that? I want to be seen. I want to be heard. I want to encourage, motivate and/or inspire. So, let’s see what happens.

The Last Four Years

The last four years have just been wonky. I can’t even begin to describe it adequately in one paragraph. It has been a period of taking chances, uncertainties, miracles, anxiety, worry, fear, hope, faith, disappointment, loss, change, sickness, confusion, doubt, desperation, depression, anger, frustration and more. I have never experienced a season like the last four years. 2020 is a culmination of what has been building over the last four years. A new era (hence TishEra) is coming, good or bad, I’m not sure (thinking good for me). I guess it depends….

Okay, so the last five years, especially 2020 has been rough, I haven’t mentioned the elephants in room, the ideological divides, mass shootings, climate change, racial profiling, social unrest, white supremacy, the rise of fascism, misinformation, the pandemic, political warfare,  empty chairs (loss), the empowerment of evil in all it’s forms and more. That’s what I have been seeing and it has triggered all those emotions (like a rollercoaster) I have mentioned above. Learning that people who I thought stood for better are not on my side of the aisle ( in the way we see things), saddened me most of all.

Don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t been all bad, so much good (in my opinion) has come out of the last five years, so much progress (and setbacks unfortunately), but good change. If we use what we have seen and learned during this season, wisely and smartly, we could change the world, make it better. I think it is already better. I do not want to return to my past. I want to conquer my future. This blog will be my way of documenting that. I am doing my part to change the world. Hope you come along for the ride.