~Something new and different introduced; introduction of new things and methods.~
As you finish self renovations you have certainly experienced innovation. When renovating you shop for new and improved products and methods; Ways that are more efficient. This is your chance to be innovative in your life. Try something new, something you’ve never done. Try something that you’ve always wanted to do but isn’t have the nerve, time or energy. Now you are refreshed and it’s time to take a leap of faith.

Pursue an endeavor that you’ve always wanted take on. Hone your talents or discover a new hobby. Renew a love for something that you once enjoyed. Expand your mind and introduce new ideas. Read book that you’ve always wanted to read. Write a book that you have always wanted to write. Take some classes or go back to college for a degree that you always wanted.

Make goals for your personality and growth. Broaden your vocabulary by learning a new word and introducing it to your vernacular. Take music lessons, learning to play an instrument. Take a cooking class or learn to eat healthier. Endeavor to be more patient and understanding. Have an empathy day; trying to see thru the eyes of someone that you know in difficult circumstances.

Never be afraid to try new things. It is what makes life interesting. Take the opportunity to build a new and improved, more efficient you. Whatever those innovations are, walk in your own truth. What makes someone else better may not be what makes you better. Being new and improved does not mean that you discard your old self. Rather it is the best version of who you always knew or ever dreamt you could be.

** The author of this blog is not a physician. The statements mentioned above are merely suggestions and should only be used as inspiration. Do not substitute this information for doctor’s care or professional therapy.



There Are Times When Everyone Needs A Place To Hide

I need a place to run and hide
A refuge from my fears
A place to cry and scream out loud
A valley for my tears
I run around and hide my heart
In places no one can see
Shining and glowing
When no one is knowing
The sad and lonely me
Walking around in sunshine
Pretending to be okay
While in the dark of night I suffer
Dreading the light of day
I always hope for tomorrow
To be better, bigger and brave
But at times someone will pilfer
The serenity from my cave
Love can only save me
From hate and vicious means
But how does it fight the apathy
Of ignorant human beings
Of mindless, careless advances
Unaware of nothing but self
Wreaking lowly havoc
Undeserving of compassions wealth
I will not bow to cowards
I will not beg of thieves
I refuse to slave for a master
That bruises but never bleeds
I will continue to build my house
My protective walls and space
And no one else can convince me
That I’m not in God’s good grace
For only he knows my heart
My intensions and meanings behind
What I do, what I say, what I feel
The intricacies of my mind
I have to make this journey
The best way I know how
Preserving my breath and heartbeats
For more than here and now
I will run if only in artifice
Walk head up and strong
Let the sun shine and weather the storms
Forgiving any wrong
What you do not see beneath me
Has abilities to impact and confuse
But when hate requests an entrance
I will always refuse

By T. Michelle Jacobs


Let The Renovations Begin!

Renovations are expensive, mentally taxing, physically challenging and often take a lot out of you.You are now inspired and motivated,; now it’s time to get to work. The side note in this blog about coping and triggers is pertinent in this matter. (Check it out under subtitle ‘The Way’). When you are renovating your personal space, it is just that; personal. You are renovating according to your personal needs, wants and for comfort. If you are invested and ‘all in’ do not be afraid to smash down walls. Deal with those challenges head on and do not be afraid to say “I don’t like it”. You must speak up. You have to say what you want, what you like and don’t like. Why is this so important? You have to live with it.

Now you are changing walls, hallways, doors, windows, colors, textures and ambience. Lets evaluate:

Walls: Walls can provide privacy and keep people out or they can serve as a guardians or protectors but some spaces are too small and closed in. It’s okay to have a private space, everyone needs it but tear down walls they keep life out. The ones they keep you from feeling, breathing, loving and living.

Hallways: The paths that you decide to take. Choose your paths. Prioritize. Go back and look at your blueprint which is your list of goals. Decide where these paths are going to take you and how long or short you want them to be.

Doors: Go knock down and go thru any doors that are in your way. Pursue what you love and what fulfills you. Once you put up those new doors make certain that they can keep out what you don’t want and keep in what you do.

Windows: Windows allow the air and the light to come in. Make them big and beautiful. Don’t be afraid to let people look in and see where you’ve been, how far you have come and who you are now but always keep the option to close the drapes.

Colors: Choose colors that will enhance the spaces of your life. You need your calming hues, your colors that keep you motivated and creative, those that energize and those that help you to rest. Do your homework and choose those tones wisely.

Textures: Everyone needs variety. Texture of life are your activities that make up your life. Make time for fun, time with friends, time with family, time for you, love and most importantly make time to communicate with God, with the Creator. His presence provides a texture that is soothing, empowering, loving, comforting and ultimately the source of everything we are and can possibly be.

Ambience: Renovators spend a large portion of their budget on lighting because part of comfort and design is the ambience. Lighting can set the tone for the mood you want to be in or the look you want to have. A glow emanating can remind you of good feelings and spark a warmth inside. So always allow yourself to be enlightened, adjust the light and what you want it to highlight and always remember when in darkness to find the light.

For those that are joining us on this journey, after going back to read from the beginning of “My Poetic Life” Blog, ‘Starting from Here’; you will see that these analogies apply to life. This Inspiration-Motivation-Renovation-Innovation-Creation series is meant to do just those things mentioned. Happy journey to you.
T. Michelle Jacobs