Telling my story one day at a time.

Hi, my name is Lesley and my goal is to live my life, authentically me. I always thought I did this, however after being diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, and kicking the social media frenzy, I realized that I had no idea who "authentic Lesley" was. I lost her in the midst of … Continue reading Telling my story one day at a time.

Why I am calling it quits.

Todayʻs post comes from Live Brave creator and founder, Lesley Glenn. This is not my typical "Live Brave" post, but then again,  I never expected to be where I am at today, or to be walking this particular path on my journey. My weekend in Philadelphia, to attend the "Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer" … Continue reading Why I am calling it quits.

Bravado. {Part IV of IV}

Today's post is written by our Brave Poet, Jazmyne Tamar Johnson... It is in the dance of a maimed danseuse that the true love for her chorus can be found. Her sole purpose of creation to sway in the winds of the melodies that once held nothing but, in her perseverance, have gained meaning. Fearlessly she leaps with no … Continue reading Bravado. {Part IV of IV}

A Lover’s Light. {Part III of IV}

Today's post is written by our Brave Poet, Jazmyne Tamar Johnson... For what is the purpose of life when she lives in fear of the light? The soil has become tainted by pesticides. That which once shielded me has now become my enemy. I worry that the solution to my newfound sadness is also its … Continue reading A Lover’s Light. {Part III of IV}

The Son’s Garden. {Part I of IV}

Today's post is written by our Brave Poet, Jazmyne Tamar Johnson... Expectations of my behavior to reflect that of an angel have crippled my spirit to rebellion. My laughter, a gaiety that shall never be trampled by the expectations of men and women who pose to know the Heart and Will of God. My eyes … Continue reading The Son’s Garden. {Part I of IV}

Release

Today's post is written by Live Brave, Not Broken's founder, Lesley Glenn  I felt the balloons leave my hand, and I drew in a deep breath. Attached to those balloons were the words of hopes and dreams that I had been holding on to..... too tightly. But not anymore. This is a new journey for … Continue reading Release

Faith 101

Today’s post is written by our Brave Writer, Jazmyne Tamar Johnson  2:00 P.M. Saturday afternoon. Although my curtains are drawn and block out the majority of the rays, I can still see the reflection of light on my bedroom walls; I turn my face into the pillow. For some reason, today, the sun reminds me … Continue reading Faith 101

Perseverance.

Today’s post is written by our Brave Writer, Jazmyne Tamar Johnson  Perseverance: "Blessed is the [woman] who perseveres under trial, because when [she] has stood the test, [she] will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." -James 1:12 (*changes made so that I can't justify that only men are … Continue reading Perseverance.

Dear Diary, I {don’t} want to be brave

Sometimes my writing reads more like entries in a diary. They start with the hard facts to process and then the heart takes over and bleeds on paper. The thing about diary writing is they never resolve. There is never a neat and tidy ending because you don’t know the ending. You are living in … Continue reading Dear Diary, I {don’t} want to be brave

Transitions

Transition: change, passage, move,transformation, conversion, metamorphosis, alteration, shift, switch, jump, leap,progression; progress, development, evolution, flux. I sat on the edge of the bed, with my suitcase packed, looking at the phone in my hand. I had just hung up with my husband and he asked me, "Are you ready to come home?" The answer came out of my mouth faster than it probably should have. "No." I replied. … Continue reading Transitions