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L Tomay Douglas, MSW, CASACT

✨Restoring Justice to the Human Spirit✨ Educator Restorative Justice Practitioner Speaker Writer

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Great Day & Happy Truth Tuesday! 💗 🖤 💗 As a child there’s an expectation for parents to build up self-esteem and confidence. The truth is that doesn’t always happen. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 🙄 However, children who didn’t receive positive affirmations will ultimately grow into an adult with low esteem, a lack of confidence, people pleasing or one who overcompensates. ✨ ✨ Here’s the thing, you have the power to effect change yourself and it can be done daily when you brush your teeth. Look yourself in the eye and speak truth to yourself. ✨ 👑 ✨ You are worthy. You are an overcomer. You achieve your goals. You are smart. You are loved. You are wanted. You are needed. You are beautiful. You are enough. 🗣 🗣 #happy #truth #tuesday #mentalhealth #cultivate #high #esteem #confidence #thru #selflove #selfcare #mentallywell #speak #kind to #yourself #embrace your #inner #child #surround yourself with #people #who #believe in you #your #brilliance #bronxbeautybomb #belit #levelup #letloveleadyourday #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Happy Labor Day! ✨✨✨ May your work be impactful to the life of those you encounter. ✨✨✨ May you find satisfaction in doing work that you love. ✨✨✨ May your community be encouraged by the presence of you. ✨ ✨ #happy #labor #day #work #smarter #enjoy #what you #do #collaborate #hire #train #practice #selfcare #wellness #compassion #ethics #integrity use your #brilliance #brain #intuition #make #community #better #mentalhealthawareness #bronxbeautybomb #intheboogiedown #letloveleadyourday #levelup #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Great Day! ✨September is Suicide Prevention Month.✨ This is the month we highlight the reality that suicide can be prevented. ✨ ✨ Prevention can only happen if we have an open dialogue around it. If we ask the tough questions and if we stop hiding behind our beliefs that misinform. ✨ ✨ Suicide does not discriminate but society does by stigma. If someone falls and scrape their knee, we run to their aid. If a loved one says I feel chest pain, we rush them to the hospital. ✨ ✨ What do you say when someone shares that they’re feeling depressed? What do you do when someone tells you that they’re struggling with sadness and can’t shake it???? 🤷🏽‍♀️ 🤷🏽‍♀️ **** Do you say things like... it’s not that serious, I will pray for you, girl get your mind right, dude your not crazy??? ****The above are reactions that contribute to stigma. Therefore contributing to the problem. To be helpful, be your beautiful self... learn to listen, to respond with love and love, care, concern are action words. It means...... DO SOMETHING! ****Please take the time to save a life today. If you or someone you know is in crisis: Call the hotline for help. 1-800-273-8255 ✨ ✨ #suicidepreventionmonth #suicideawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #bethe1to #engage #listen #takeaction #support #suicideattemptsurvivor #socialworker #advocate for #life #mental #emotional #health #bronxbeautybomb #levelup #endstigma #takethestingoutofstigma #stigmanomore #silentnomore #hidenomore #letstalkaboutit #gethelp #youareworthit #iwantyoutolive #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Happy Focus Friday! In a world where the news can enrage you or dishearten you, I want to share some good news. We all can stand to hear or read something that is uplifting. You deserve a break today. Be encouraged. Regardless of losses, disappointments and hardships you have experienced... Stay focused on your dreams, goals and vision board pursuits. Good news! You have what it takes to mount up and Soar like an eagle. There’s a host of earth angels cheering you on. I believe in you. Congratulate yourself! You did not give up although you thought about it. We need you to make your mark and impact your community to effect positive change. You are appreciated. Stay focused. 🤓 🧐 🤩 #happy #focus #friday #good #news #you #are #amazing #keep #your #head #up #youdidthat #be #encouraged #bronxbeautybomb #intheboogiedown #beautiful #everyday #living #inspired #truth #belit #levelup #letloveleadyourday #seeyourwayout #riseup #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Sometimes you will encounter careers, entrepreneurs and relationships that disappoint you. It’s normal to feel discouraged when a person’s character or motive is revealed. It can make you think, why even bother? Or this is why I stay to myself. The point is not to dwell on the wrong, instead think about your internal reaction. We all have it before acting on it. For example, I get disappointed when I hear people blame others for what they are responsible for and I find it disappointing when others lie. So I know that partly to what I’m called to speak to is truth and being the change I hope to see. There’s joy in being transparent and sharing truth. It’s the building block for character development that will hopefully help more people take responsibility for their own actions. ***I’m talking about an injustice, not a personal bias that may be discriminative in nature.*** 🧐 #stay #true #be #your #beautiful #self #reflect #dissect #detect #truth #speak to it #letloveleadyourday #spread #love #kindness #model #bethechange #therapeutic #thursday #giving #up #not an #option #universe #needs #you #bronxbeautybomb #levelup #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Great Day. Begin your day with gratitude. For some this may take setting your intention to do so. I understand how difficult it can be to do this when struggling with depression, anxiety or PTSD. However, it’s doable. Practice being kind to yourself, do tasks in small increments, speak to people who uplift your spirit and find little ways to add beauty to your day. You deserve it! ✨ ✨ #happy #therapeutic #thursday #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #check #in #on #you #first #feed #your #spirit #mind your #thoughts #take #small #steps #use #smart #goals #youmatter #encourage #yourself You #got #this #bronxbeautybomb #riseup #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Thinking of #WellnessWednesday On this past Sunday I attended the Wellness Lounge by Body by Tara @taralingister and had the scrumptious opportunity to sample a Kale salad by guest chef @veganchefgueli 😋 I can’t wait to try out her recipe at home. 👩🏼‍🍳🍃✨ #bodybytaralingister #bodybytara #veganchef #kale #salad #healthy #choices #eattolive #greens are #good #lounge #learn #sample #socialworker #bronxbeautybomb #wholeness is a #life #long #pursuit #levelup #rise #up #belit #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Happy Wellness Wednesday! I want to highlight that wellness isn’t limited to what junk foods to omit. Wellness is so much more. There are other things in life that can bring dis-ease. We encounter it daily, be it spiritual, academic or social. The purpose of wellness is wholeness, not honing in on one area. We must be careful of what we digest socially when interacting with others in the community. Students are subject to junk as well. It can be through bullying, an unfair grade, negative peers or an overworked professional losing sensitivity. Believers are to be mindful to receive the words of God and not the rhetoric of man/woman speaking. Eat well & be whole. ✨ ✨ #wellness #wholeness #mentalhealth #spiritual #physical #social #health #community #family #friends #leaders #set #example #bethechange #watch what #you #eat it #impacts #entire #body #youareworthit #worthy #selflove #socialworker #bronxbeautybomb #levelup #riseup #survivorssoar #belit #brandmebeautiful

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Happy Truth Tuesday! Sometimes we are just so serious. Life has often thrown us curves to the point where we’re on constant guard. 🏖 We say, “when I go on vacation I’ll relax”. No, I say - create an escape right at home. Like the quote says, make your own happiness. 🏖 This past weekend I created happiness, fun and laughter at home. A surprise birthday luau for someone extraordinary. The atmosphere was so intoxicating, filled with family and friends together like we all were on vacation. 🏝 I enjoy creating joyful moments. When you’ve endured and overcome hardships, the one thing we can do is invite opportunities to share in company with laughter. It’s good medicine for the soul. 🏝 🏖 🍢 #happy #truth #create #happiness #leadersinlove #leadershipbreak #socialworker #selfcare #spread #love #letloveleadyourday #mind #your #mentalhealth #be #kind #laughter is #medicine #share #joy #family #friends #intheboogiedown #bronxbeautybomb #belit #celebrate #riseup #survivorssoar #levelup #brandmebeautiful

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Oftentimes outsiders looking in view persons suffering with depression as lazy, unmotivated or simply in need of prayer. Really, what they’re seeing is the process one goes through on a daily basis (the evidence of what’s happening internally). ; ; It’s not laziness. It’s slowing down due to listening to that antagonistic voice that says.. why bother, who cares and will they notice? It’s not being unmotivated. It’s being stuck in the moments in your mind yelling- do this, do that as you do nothing. It’s not that one simply needs prayer. It’s the hopes that the one praying will follow up with real life actions that show they care that lead to better results. ; ; ; See I know this too well and it’s why I promote mental health! Depression isn’t a dirty, dark secret that shouldn’t be discussed because remaining silent allows the darkness felt through isolation to settle in and dim the light of those impacted. ; ; I know better. Here to help you know better so that we all can do better. For some, it’s not getting out of bed, just their head. ; ; *To my fellow mental health warriors battling mental illness, you are not alone. You are worth seeking help. It really does get better and you can live a most beautiful life. ‭ ; ; National Suicide Prevention 1 (800) 273-8255‬ ✨ ✨ ✨ #mentalhealth #motivationmonday #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #silent #nomore #take #the #sting #out of #stigma #endstigma #depression #not #dirty #secret #iamevidence #life is #worth #living #overcome #youareworthit #bronxbeautybomb #warrior #socialworker #restorative #justice #riseup #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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After celebrating all of these birthdays, it makes sense to go to the Body By Tara’s Wellness Lounge this Sunday. Meet me there as I prepare for LIFTCon2018. I’m placing my body in good hands with @taralingister 🏃🏽‍♀️💃🏽🌿 #bodybytara #bodybytaralingister #wellness #lounge #self #care #selflove #guest #chef #love #you #from the #inside #Out #licensed #esthetician #colon #hydrotherapist #cleaneating #eat to #live #august #26 #sunday

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Ajani To love you is to live out loud Say ouch to pain, ah to pleasure Makes me proud To learn not all things are ideal Experiencing that with you Can sometimes be surreal To meet in class is heaven sent The knowledge you shared let me know you’re different To hear your wisdom dispersed From your brilliant mind left Each conversation unrehearsed My color is pink, your aura blue Who’d think wishing on a star Would bring me to you So much more than a pretty face A man of character and faith Makes it easy to hold space Happy Birthday!!! Celebrate! 🎂 🎁 ♥️ #love #speaks through #actions #poetry #pens #words to #paint #pictures #provoke #thoughts and #aligned #feelings #easy #coming #together #partnership to be with together #gifted #articulate #socialworker #wellness #restorative #specialist #speaker #gq #swag #cofounder #nonprofit #affirmworth #changelives #worthshopinc

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Remember beautiful, intelligent @enigmaticslayer , everyday you are to be celebrated through self-love, accepting God’s love, love from authentic friends and more! So not just today; everyday we celebrate your inner beauty, strength, uniqueness, how perfectly flawed and pretty amazing you are, your tenacity, endurance, victories and more importantly the person of you! 🎊🎈🎁🎈🎉♥️ 👑 #celebrate #daily #with #selflove #selfcare #self #acceptance #embrace #your #worth #intellect #creativity #humor #cultural #competency #sensitivity #undergrad #degree #masters #candidate #laugh #out #loud #comfortable in your #skin #lovely #Lady #bronxbeautybomb #survivorssoar #kitcaptures

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Twenty three years ago, God Blessed me with another gift, a girl. I should have known that she would be a gamer for two reasons. 1- I had a high risk pregnancy and was given the grim truth that I may not carry her past five months. 🙄 I remember her dad playing Mortal Combat and kept winning using Kitana, Princess Warrior. Now that was confirmation that yes, my pregnancy was a battle and I was in a war of words with my mind trying to confuse my heart to be down about the facts as told by the doctor. 🤔 It was only fitting that I named her Kitana because she truly is a princess warrior. 2- The other reason I knew she would be a gamer is because my son(another gift) was playing video games when I went into labor and didn’t want to quit his game when it was time to go to the hospital.😂😂😂 🎮 🎓 👑 I am humbled that God chose me to be her mother. She’s an amazing gorgeous gamer and Graduate. Very intelligent sassy and classy too. I have learned so much about love, listening, patience and humility from her and her big brother @boogiedownbites. Let me introduce you to my chosen, anointed, determined gift @enigmaticslayer and join me in celebrating her. 🎂🎂🎂 🎁🎁🎁 🎊🎈🎉 #happy #birthday #celebrate #blessed #highly #favored #loved #worthy #royalty #incredible #talented #photography #choreography #performance #management #math #genius #young #woman #social #justice #fitness #mentalhealth #warrior #truth #speaker #levelup #belit #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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Spending the night with my mom was beautiful. We laughed hard as I showed her videos from @notkarltonbanks before going to bed. Waking up this morning was a throwback to the good days growing up. I still scratch my head every time my son @boogiedownbites tell people he learned how to cook from her🙄🤔🤔 Well... guess who taught me how to cook, lol, my mom! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽😍😍😍♥️♥️♥️ #saturday #good #vibes #only #self #love #selfcare #family #mother #niece #partner #fun #quality #time #memory #maker #cherish #honor #your #parents #home #where the #heart #is #bronxbeautybomb #letloveleadyourday #rise #up #survivorssoar #brandmebeautiful

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