1: to give official authority or legal power to
2: enable
3: to promote the self-actualization or influence of

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Empower (v.): 1650s, also impower, from assimilated form en + power.

Power (n.): c. 1300, “ability; ability to act or do; strength, vigor, might,” especially in battle; “efficacy; control, mastery, lordship, dominion; legal power or authority; authorization; military force, an army,” from Anglo-French pouair, Old French povoir, “to be able,” from Latin potis “powerful” (potent).

Source: etymonline.com


“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”

Octavia E. Butler (1947 – 2006, an American science fiction writer; a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards; in 1995, became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship)

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“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.” -- "Much to do about Nothing" 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, poet, playwright, called the English national poet, considered the greatest dramatist of all time)

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855, British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters, Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë; best known for writing "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights" and "Emma')

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“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” 

Toni Morrison (b. Chloe Anthony Wofford in 1931, American novelist, editor, professor, scholar; Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature recipient; best known for writing "Song of Solomon" and "The Bluest Eyes" and so much more)

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“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?"

Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869—1948, Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer; leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule; considered the father of his country, esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest)

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“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”

Octavia E. Butler


2017 has been an interesting year, for us collectively, and for those of us individuals who are working hard to awaken.  This is not only because of the political turmoil and chaos we can encounter are encountering, nationally and globally.  It seems we are also being challenged with the cosmic ebbs and flows that are affecting us, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

The Universe is insisting that we sort through our individualized dumpsters and emotional baggage, and let go of all that is unnecessary.  July is also appearing to be signaling a new beginning and a collective initiation of sorts, and we are being challenged on every level.

Life is empowering all of us to dance with the bare bones our own truth and to voice our truths when we are compelled.  How liberating this can be?!  In fact, it can be huge, prompting us to step out of a goose-stepping line, transcend the fray, and to discover and accept our destinies.

The bottom line is we must continue to love, trust, and honor ourselves, demanding the same from others.

Stay alert and conscious, fellow travelers!  Life continues to be very exciting!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya







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