A Gift For You Coming From a Place of Gratitude

Recently, I sent an email out that started with a question.

“What’s the one thing that directly affects the quality of your work, relationships, and future?”

And in that same email I offered my take..

“…that one thing is love. Specifically, your commitment to loving yourself. ”


A commitment to anything usually requires work. Work doesn’t have to be seen as something to dread every Monday morning; it can be seen as an opportunity to Activate your Inner Strength, your Inner Wisdom, and all the intricacies that make up your Inner Superheroine.

To be honest, that is easier said then done. And I find it even more challenging as someone with a history of mental health issues.

Nevertheless, I press on. And many times I press on because of you. We may have never met, but I know there is a human behind the screen. You may not leave a comment, but I know you read my posts. And every once in a while I’ll get an email from someone who tells me that something I wrote gave them a boost for the day, or helped them change their perspective about something they felt stuck about. All of it makes my heart smile. A heart I once thought was completely cold and hardened.

And so, because of LOVE I am transformed. Because of LOVE I continue to be art in motion and a story worth telling. And I am super grateful for all the LOVE we share with one another. Especially in the midst of all the hate, fears, ego tripping, and social injustices taking place here and around the world.

I wanted to express what was in my heart inspired by listening to you, learning to love, learning that we need more love, and learning that much like bathing, love is most effective as a daily practice. I know that sometimes we get caught up in life and we sometimes forget who we are, we forget our WHY and we forget that we are NOT ALONE. It’s rough out there, and I get that.

So, I’ve created the Because Love Is… Manifesto Poster to help you continue to overcome self-doubt and embrace loving yourself. Thank you for being YOU :-)

Simply visit  www.lynettedavis.com/because-love-is and download your copy.

No sign up or ccard required.

And the best part? It’s print ready!!!

Download. Print. Hang. Love.

Until Next Time…Peace!

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If You Want to Express Gratitude Go Right Ahead


I love this time of the year! I’ve expressed that probably every year around this time of the year, and yet it never really gets old for me. Even during my “dark years” when I literally couldn’t afford to make it back home to my blood relatives I found out that love was a verb when I reached out to people within my network who accepted me into their home so I wouldn’t be alone during the holidays.

But I am also very aware that this time of the year for many people are lonely, depressed, and even suicidal. There are plenty of useful tips for coping with holiday anxiety and depression dedicated for such a time. So, me, knowing the power of words and expression began trying to build a habit of finding things great and small to be thankful for. Some people have gratitude journals, some people have gratitude prayers they recite on a daily basis. I wasn’t at that point in my life where I had such a habit and ritual. I just knew that sometimes the best defense against feeling of loneness, and bitterness, and the makings of depression is to go on the offense. Expressing Gratitude during the month we designated as Thanksgiving felt like a good place to start…and so start I did.

Everyone has Permission to start somewhere when it comes to developing a practice towards a more mindful life. You never know where one small act can take them…

I saw a meme on Facebook a few weeks back. It mocked anyone who rode the 30 days of Thankfulness truck after spending the other 335 days posting about anything but.

I got it. I really did. Somehow it reminded me about an ongoing joke in the church from my childhood memories where folks would talk about the flighty members of the CME church. Naturally I wanted to know about this group of people so I asked and I was told it meant people who only came to church on Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Easter. I got that too. I really did…But what I couldn’t wrap my mind around was why were people concerned about people who decided to do something different from what they normally did driven by the notion that what they were doing was something “good” and “right” and “positive”  if even for a moment or temporarily.  One small act of kindness or gesture by someone who is normally Scrooge McScrooge can save a life if done to the right person at the right time of their miserable day. Does it offset the damage done to those who were acquainted with Mr. McScrooge, of course not! But as long as there is an embodiment of hate and fear, there is need for someone to be love.

No, we don’t have to give out cookies and other rewards because someone decided to look at their day and find something in it to express gratitude about for a month. It’s true that Gratitude is more than just an attitude. It’s more than a quick post on Facebook  amongst obscenities and such.  It’s a practice; it’s a conscious choice to make every day of your life. But perhaps we can appreciate a whole month and even holiday season where some people actually try to send out good vibes; this being a direct result of seeking something positive in your daily routine.

Until Next Time…Peace!

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10 Quotes About Expressing Yourself

I’ve always wanted to do one of these kinds of posts. It was an easy decision to do one today since last month I had the courage to collide with destiny and now I am attempting to figure out how to become a master juggler.

So, the theme for this month is “Express Yourself”. I like this simplified definition by Christine Arylo, it reads that self-expression is, “the choice to let the world see you, fully, truthfully, and without apology or holding back. Full, free expressions of your heart and soul.” I figured the start of the 4th quarter was a great time to let it all “hang out”. At this point in the game we’ve really got nothing to lose right? So go ahead…Be You!


Here are 10 quotes to help inspire you to Express more of who you really are.

1) “ Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want.” -Margaret Young

2) “Put yourself, and your work, out there every day, and you’ll start meeting some amazing people.” -Bobby Solomon

3) “The question of, “Why, me here now,” requires that you not just ask, but that you act. You must look for ways to apply the purpose of your life to the needs of others and when you do, a sea of possibility opens up.” Bertice Berry

4) “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”- Brene Brown

5) “To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight-and never stop fighting.” -E.E. Cummings

6) “Remember what you love, not because of who you are supposed to be or what you should be doing, but because this is who you are at the core of your soul.” –Christine Arylo

7) “Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.”- Mark Twain

8) “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart…If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” –the Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

9) “The reality is, I like imperfection. You take away from the world when you’re not yourself. Whatever is unique and special about you was designed by God. And when you try to be someone else, we don’t get you. Who knows what you would have contributed to the world had you just been yourself, if you had just celebrated who you are and just walked boldly?” -Queen Latifah

10) “Think of a fine painter attempting to capture an inner vision, beginning with one corner of the canvas, painting what he thinks should be there, not quite pulling it off covering it over with white paint and trying again, each time finding what his painting isn’t until finally he finds out what it is.” –Anne Lamott

Until Next Time…Peace!

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Say Yes to Yourself

Not normal

I wrote a blog about what happens next after you define Purpose for yourself awhile back. This year, after I listened to a Ted Talk on YouTube by Bertice Berry who said “when you walk with purpose you collide with destiny ” I have been determined to pursue my purpose and calling the entrepreneurial way. Dr. Berry later goes on to say that Destiny is never one-sided. It is not only for you. While purpose is about your individual call to God; destiny is a response to you and the collective.If a something is just for you, it’s something you took, earned, or found. A blessing must multiply more than once. It will affect your immediate community and then the world.

After going back and forth about whether or not I was showing up to my life the way I saw others one day on a bridge it really registered that I am only in competition with myself. That my success need only be measured in comparison to where I was, and how I handled my life at any given moment and circumstance.

So, after cocooning myself for a regroup, I’ve been saying Yes to Purpose and Colliding with Destiny.

I took my 1st vacation in the 4 years since I’ve been in business! I decided to enjoy the things the little girl inside of me found wonderful. Things like playing in the ocean waters, screaming at the top of my lungs at baseball games, and exploring flirtatious glimpses of life through the remnants of cultural artifacts left behind by ancient civilizations.

I formally declared my advocacy for mental health and the arts, said yes to trial run of being a board member to Opera North, a Non-profit who found me via Twitter! I now have an opportunity to utlize the skills I’ve been building all along my entrepreneurial journey to contribute to seeing the arts merge (my passion is performing arts) with mental health initiatives. And I even decided to write a book about mental health issues taking place in the entrepreneurial world.

But, I also learned that saying yes to myself also meant saying “let me make that work for me” which might very well look like a NO to others. For instance…

I had several colleagues and clients either speaking or attending one big conferences this month.

One of my clients was a speaker at FinCon

My business copywriter spoke about authenticity at the Activate conference hosted by Lucinda Cross who I admit I had no clue about until fairly recently but has the most amazing come back story that started with a vision from her jail cell.

Then there was Boom Social, and a whole bunch of industry related conferences.

I am not a conference enthusiasts. Being an introvert I actually dread attending such things. With the exception of some sort of ComicCon or Otokon, my conference attending is either purely reactive meaning, someone invites me with a free or super discounted ticket. Mostly, I go for the good of the colony aka I’m there to work (which helps keep me busy, feeling productive and less awkward).

So, as a small business owner, and a Purposepreneur who has a vision, a message and a mission, I understand the importance of “get out there” and “show my work”. I understand that sometimes that means I have to get creative and courageous. I also understand that sometimes that means collaboration in order to activate a synergistic force to be reckoned with…

I noticed that Many of the attendees come back and blog, live tweet, and now video cast about what they learned…naturally I thought why not bring the conference to the people? Even better I thought why not have some sort of conference that excited me as much as Comic Con-if not more.

The 1st annual Love Yourself Love Your Business virtual summit was born. Yes to myself, also meant inspiring You to do the same. I believe in the power of community so my partner and I brought brilliant minds together to share their message virtually, and we made sure that a give back model was integrated into this summit so any INVESTMENT made on the recordings, a nonprofit organization would receive a portion of those proceeds.

And here’s the thing about Purposepreneurship, you don’t need to wait until the new year to begin. I decided to experiment with a gluten-free lifestyle a couple days ago, and even recently joined some new Meetup groups.

I wrote all of this to say, it’s never too late to astonish yourself. It’s never too late to embrace being you-regardless of how “weird” you seem to others. It’s Your Purpose, It’s Your Life. Live it!

Until Next Time…Peace!

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From Which Viewpoint Do You Approach Life?


I was already feeling sick when I woke up to a text message from my best friend. It read, “You still going to the bridge this morning?”  Power walking across the Ben Franklin bridge was the last thing I wanted to do, I wanted to roll over, snuggle with my blanket, go back to sleep, and hopefully the next time I got up, my tummy wouldn’t feel like someone was punching it from the inside out. ‘Hecks to the no I don’t want to go!’ She was jogging anyway, and I was going to slow her down, she had made a commitment to her physical health that as much as I tried to convince myself, I simply didn’t make the same kind. She took massive leaps, and I took babysteps with temper tantrums along the way…

When I looked from a narrow view,  I only saw that she was ahead of me and in control. Whereas I myself, was behind and trying to play catch up. If she tripped, she’d get up immediately and keep going however, if I stumbled, I’d sit there embarrassed about my clumsiness for awhile only later to realize that I only had an audience of me, and I was the one holding myself back by keeping myself down to faceless judges. Yes, eventually I’d get up and dust myself off and begin again but it would take me awhile. For all intents and purposes she is more advanced than myself in this particular slice of life. And if I looked around, many people seemed more advanced than me, with their personalized baseball caps, their armband radios and vibrant running gear. Yet, when I take a step back, open my senses to the energy all around me I stop looking at where I’m not, and who I’m not compared to those surrounding me; I find that instead of being nowhere, I AM NOW HERE.

Yeah, I may be moving at a slower pace and sometimes I whine too, complaining about how much everything hurts. But here I am, making my way, living my life, walking my talk. Compared to where I started I am now facing my fears and anxiety, overcoming simply talking about doing and actually getting into action mode. And what I no longer do is wonder why I’m not more talented, more disciplined, more…not me. I work with who I am right now, and I build on it. It took a long time for me to get to this place. This was a huge hurdle to overcome; a mindset shift that took practice and is an ongoing practice.

Our inner arch nemesis can’t wait to use one of her vices to convince us to give up on our missions. The Comparison Queen is one of her minions and it takes a conscious choosing not to let her rule your court anymore. We set the pace for our inner superheroine journeys, we walk it out boldly showing up as only we can…and instead of gratefully accepting whatever labels we’ve been given or have given ourselves, we get to say… “I define me.”

So, 43 minutes later my best friend received a text from me, asking when should I be ready. I knew she was patient and didn’t give up on me (what are besties for afterall?). About a half hour later, I took that picture above with my Droid phone. If you look close enough you’ll see that all the runners are way ahead of me, but I did indeed make it across the bridge and back. And man, what an amazing view!

Until Next Time…Peace!

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