And Still I Rise
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And Still I Rise

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“Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.”~ Maya Angelou

This is one of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou. She is saying that no matter what, nothing should hold us back. We need to change our negative self talk and learn from this. We also need to change what we hear others say and how it is perceived internally. Nothing will keep us from rising above where we are, except ourselves. 

Whose Perception Matters?

It doesn’t matter what other people think and their perception of you. That is their business and their problem. Your only goal is to rise above it all. Rise above whatever you’re going through. Whether it be depression, poverty, failed relationships. You are stronger than anything life can throw at you. You can and will rise above it all. You just have to believe in yourself. 

If we all continue to buy into everyone’s opinions and ideas on how we should live our lives, we will never live to our full potential. They have their own lives to organize and live to its fullest. It is important that we don’t worry about others and we continue to move forward. Regardless of what people are saying.  Just because someone states what they believe is fact, doesn’t make it fact. The only reality that matters is your own. Your own perception of yourself is the key to finding your joy. If you don’t like what you see, begin to make changes. Rise above it all. Set goals. Make lists. Start making changes.

Your Belief System

It all starts with your own belief system and what you do with it. If you are telling yourself that you can’t do something, then you won’t do it, If you work on your mind and get yourself thinking positive, the rest will follow, if you begin to get your body right from the inside out, your mind will follow.  If you give yourself time to work on yourself and work on a healthier you, there will be results. For every negative thought you need to give three positive thoughts. Do that until you start telling yourself positive things every day. 

I used to be my own worst enemy. I used to not believe in myself and I used to feel as I had nothing to offer anyone. Maybe it was because of circumstances I had gone through, or maybe the people in my life were not saying the right things to me and I let it all be my reality. I bought in to all the negativity. It was very crippling and very damaging to myself. I had to find a way out. I feel like I have this chisel and I’ve been chiseling out a new me since I began this journey. One day at a time. Each day I am changing a part of myself to be a better person. 

Making changes
Creating A New You

You have to wake up every morning with a positive outlook and realize that you can do whatever it takes to get to where you need or want to be. No matter what the goal is. You are sufficient! You do have what it takes to be amazing!

Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is highly important to personal, physical, and emotional growth.  A healthy gut is the starting point of emotional and physical healing. Journal it. Keep tabs on your habits and don’t break the good ones! I believe that this is important. We can not soar like an eagle if we are overweight and out of control. 

I’ve been there. I understand how hard it is to stay with a healthy diet. One of the things I realized was that I am not on a diet, so it is not cheating. I eat what I want with the understanding that I will gain weight and I will have to work harder to lose that weight. So I just place that in my plate of values and importance. If it was satisfying to have that milkshake, is the weight gain worth it. (I don’t drink milkshakes It is just an example!) Self-control is the key. 


Exercise 20 minutes a day minimum. Get your day started right. Many people get up and get on their treadmill. I don’t have one so I walk for 4.5 miles every day and it has become a morning routine that I love. It is building a stronger body. Do whatever it takes to be positive. I listen to motivational speakers from YouTube. It helps me tremendously. I just plug-in and start my walk. Before I know it, I’ve walked for 4.5 miles. 


I have started to wake up earlier every morning and spend time with myself. I journal and I start with what I am grateful for. It brings me back down to reality and to show that I have come far. It shows that I appreciate where I am but I strive to move forward. I journal my accomplishments, I celebrate my wins. I journal about my progress with weight loss, my goals, and I do affirmations of I am… every single day. This helps me stay grounded and helps with my faith in myself. Lastly, I am thankful. I write to my higher power and I give thanks for all that I have and I’m about to receive. With my higher power, I do not believe I would have come this far. Everyone has their own belief system. This one works for me. I love who I am now. I feel very strong and able to accomplish any goal I set for myself!

And Still I Rise….no matter what!


  • Missez Cosch Stokes

    Excellent Blog post! You are living everything we’ve continued to go over in this workshop! You are practicing great self talk and wonderful self-care and love. So important! Keep sharing your journey and inspiring the masses!

  • Gretchen

    Really like your words. While I don’t really enjoy reading inspirational quotes – they are nice but are fleeting. Your words, on the other hand, felt like they hit home. Thank you.

  • Deb Correia

    And Still I Rise; such a powerful, inspirational poem. Maya Angelou has been one of my favorite writers also. I liked that you used her quote and the image of the woman sculpting a new you. Both have quite the impact, in my opinion. Your tips are great. I will be following you. Your Suicidal Thoughts on the side bar reminded me that I need to post that on my blog as well. Someone had recommended I do that and I thought it was a great idea.

    • Christine

      Thank you so much! Suicide is one of my soft spots. If you look further into my older posts you’ll see I’ve experienced it with my family. Thank you for your message!