Free To Be…

Hi friends! The past two weeks have been eventful to say the least! I celebrated my birthday, got some faux locs in my hair (𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙞𝙘), and much more. This week I’m back at it! I’ve been watching webinars, taking anti-racism classes, creative planning, and creating a more realistic timeline to fitContinue reading “Free To Be…”

Lord Willing Goals

At the start of every new year, most of us write out our resolutions, goals, or make a statement of leaving something behind in the old year and starting fresh for the new year. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago. I just never stuck with them. If there’s one thing I learned inContinue reading “Lord Willing Goals”

From Us To You

This year has been all over the place! I’m sure you can relate. We have been taking some time to really celebrate the meaning of Christmas to us. We also tried to go do a DIY family photo shoot with a tripod, my phone, and a pretty awesome park! BUT that was a complete fail!Continue reading “From Us To You”

Lord of All

This picture was taken Monday of this week (12/14/2020). It was just before I went to the emergency room (2nd time in about a month’s time) I had chest pains, pain in my left shoulder and neck, and numbness in my left arm. My heart was pounding. I was frantic, but trying to remain calm.Continue reading “Lord of All”

A Very “Pand-y” Christmas

“‘Tis the season to be jolly…fa la la la la la la la la” Did you sing it? Did you count the La’s to make sure there were enough to sing it correctly? It’s what I do every time, but especially this year! For the last 10 years, I was a working mom. Prior toContinue reading “A Very “Pand-y” Christmas”

Why focus on these things?

I was crying as I was sitting on my couch overwhelmed with my life. “Aren’t I supposed to be grateful? Thankful? Blessed?” You know the saying, right? I asked myself this question in my head. Once again the lies of the enemy filled my thoughts and overflowed into yet another day long “session” of negativity.Continue reading “Why focus on these things?”


Starting Heartening Forward has been such a learning experience for me. The demand of posting daily and building up a following can be both exciting and exhausting, depending on how you look at it. I admit, sometimes it can be difficult trying to keep up, especially with 5 kids. And then, trying to come upContinue reading “Influence”

Another Holiday

Did you know that every year, the day after Thanksgiving is Native American Heritage Day? I did not know this. This sparked some pretty cool conversations between me and my children. Upon looking into it further, I found that the Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009 was passed by Congress and signed by PresidentContinue reading “Another Holiday”


As I look at our (partially) set table for Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about a few reasons it looks different for us this year. One because of a pandemic, two because of our personal, unique situation, and three because of how we will be celebrating Thanksgiving moving forward. “It’s Complicated” would be this year’sContinue reading “Harvest”