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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bad, Bad Cleo Brown




This post is inspired by Disney's  'KC Undercover'   Season 2  Episode 16 titled  The Legend Of Bad, Bad Cleo Brown



I hope this post reminds you to never give up, even if not for yourself but for those who will celebrate you more than you realize you need to be celebrated and for those who will refuse to forget you. When nobody knows your name, everybody gets the chance to know you by name. 


Bad, Bad Cleo Brown shows that we may often have to endure the work and times we don't like to make the changes and moves we wish to see. We may have to endure the times to finally experience the joy we have waited so long to have.


Somewhere on earth and possibly in some generation unborn I want you to know that there is a child who has a fire like yours, an interest like yours, a burning desire in them to do better and to see better times. That child, that teenager, that man or woman wants to go beyond what is usually done, within them is someone who wants to break the silence and give a voice to those who have been silenced for too long. Someone has to fight so that respect is given where it has too long been deserved, just because you have waited so long to get respect and you let it slide each time it is not given.. does not mean you have shut the portal for its entry. The respect will be given eventually and when it is given the side that humiliated you for so long will have to come out in the open with every mistake made.


Everybody doesn't start out as Cleo Brown they may start out as the other programmed hons in the agency, they may be like her two friends. When you start out like Cleo's friends you know deep down that something needs to change but you don't know what to do, the size of the task ahead overwhelms you and fear puts the task in a light that magnifies it as something that is waaay above you. Often you are the person who doesn't have the strength if you are left to make those steps on your own, you are afraid that if others don't join you in making this stand you may be wiped out mid race with nobody to account for where you stopped so that another generation can pick up the baton from that point and continue the race. Let this be your permission in the midst of your fears to make those steps anyway !


In the midst of this change, a rattling of society's comfort and the rise of bold individuals to drive this change I probably don't have to repeat the lines there is someone who ALWAYS  opposes the efforts made, the person who says "don't make no trouble, aren't you thinking of the consequences this will have on the rest of us". The "I beg you, please stop trying to be a hero" folk who are actually making a call to keep you average under the pretence of only 'cautioning' you. There are also the "just because MayaAngelaBettyCorrettaElaine and them did it, so you think you a MayaAngelaBettyCorettaElaine now, who can stand up and change something". They will usually factor in things like race, age, gender, social class, appearance and anything they feel should be decided as your stumbling block. Guess what though?!


Little do people know that some of the things that make you different, which CANNOT  be seen are the things that will work in you favor and with that added to a drive like yours.. Things Can Happen. Funny enough when you have proven your point and are almost about to give the credit of YOUR work to somebody else, those who discouraged you may be part of those who encourage you to finish what you started. After all seeing the end of a matter is the reward you owe to yourself.


Completion is key! Day by day complete what you start, don't fight your battles stopping halfway beat your opponent until they can't stand up and step to you ever again. Educate yourself on the journey you are taking what do you have available to you and what can you do with it. When your resources meet a limitation is there any way you can creatively overcome that limit, challenge your thinking and those around you. What did those who came before you do and learn, and what can you learn from their lessons to reach your new height in life. What will you leave as a challenge for others to overcome and exceed?


Cleo Brown made it more and more difficult for those she had to work under, to keep her invisible. You don't have to go to work everyday thinking "Hmm I wonder if I will make a superwoman move today that will make my grandkids remember me" but you do need to think about this; are you allowing yourself to sit silent on a board where your knowledge is necessary. Will you do something today that the woman you will be in 5 years will look back on and curse everything from the moon to the hay in the barn or will you do something that makes her thankful for the sacrifices she had to make. If you awaken the best YOU each morning for yourself first, undoubtedly you will enable her to meet people who she will impact. And that version of you is the one that cannot be forgotten, remember that. 




" Settling on the possibility of an opportunity doesn't hinder just you but the generations who are birthed after. The actions you refuse to take and those you take both have an impact on what those after you can and cannot do, what they will have to fight for and what they will have a right to, freely." 

- Pebble$



  I want to publish a book, it will be a collective  of my work from the start of my journey at 8 years old til Summer 2015. Hold me to it ! 


Copyright © 2017 PebblesWroteIt

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I Will



This quarter's guest blog post comes from VoyageToKayla, who speaks on REPRESENTATION. This is empowerment for any lady who needs to be reminded that your Melanin is beautiful,  you are allowed to come from your brokenness into wholeness to grasp & to love something you shouldn't be ashamed to have .  Be at ease while she lets you know the beauty in your hue .





i will be brave enough to find balance in my life.
i will stop being afraid to be black, to be woman, to be human. to be a black woman who is human.
i will no longer hide the parts of me that make me, me.
i will give myself emotional peace.
i will love myself just as much as i expect someone else to love me.
i will always love my earth-brown skin.
i will never apologize for my blackness.
i will follow th..






Courtesy of  © 2017 Kayla Mitchell

Monday, May 8, 2017

My Book, My Love





Many lands have I travelled, asking my friends over the interwebs to help me out and yet I still couldn't find only ONE book that I like. I think part of the struggle to choose just one childhood favorite is, some of the lesser known books that I loved are out of circuit & I have forgotten their titles so this new generation wouldn't even know about them.

I am sat here torn between Junie B Jones, A Light In The Attic, Matilda, The Jungle Book, Amazing Grace & Winnie The Pooh. I was one of those blessed kids who had the 'Wonderful World of Reading Disney' collective, so you can't be mad at me when I find it difficult to choose. Each book was a whole new world and yes Aladdin came to mind as I wrote those words. Aladdin was part of the collective too. Let's just say if you were a well written character in a book that was accessible in the 90s,  you were probably my homie I'm just saying. 



-  All kids weird and wonderful, Stand Up! I See you -


What was your favorite book ?
     Winnie The Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems by A.A Milne

How did it impact your life ?
     This book was gifted to me by an aunt who noticed me taking a liking to Winnie The Pooh. I liked his freedom to do anything he wanted and I admired the friendship he had with Christopher Robin, observing this friendship filled me with such joy. The collection of stories and poems allowed me to go to so many places within the book and helped my imagination. I found a place to just be a kid and see what I wanted to see, feel what I wanted to feel & to bring the sun into every boring moment. After meeting Pooh and his friends, I wanted more and found more books which led me to a place of many lessons learnt. I found a place where I wasn't lonely and I sat with my PBJ sandwiches while Pooh and his friends picnicked too, this helped me to build stories from the smallest elements. 

I could take the lives of each character and their different personalities, break that down and imagine another side to them and alternative ways in which their stories could have ended. Though self-esteem issues hit me during my teenage years, my childhood was filled with confidence building and a carefree curly girl approach to life. If you weren't down with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Christopher Robin & Roo, me and you couldn't be friends.. especially Tigger. Man, that tiger had energy  
😁 and guess what, so did I which made me feel less alone. Creatively and emotionally these friends and their adventures kept me together alongside my faith, I didn't end my life because of the lessons I took from this book and the others that made me indecisive. Being different was a blessing and Pooh & friends taught me to walk those differences out, laugh through those differences, dance upon those difference and own those differences. You can't let your head hang down loose when you know you're worth something and you switch up your steps when you realize that confidence walks differently. 

What impact has it had on your writing ? Your writing journey ?
      Let your imagination run free, let the child within stay alive. Reading has given me the confidence to write, and reading a wide range of books stretched my mind. I believe all the books which I was torn between in choosing ONE childhood favorite, share something in common and that is the phenomenal energy of being different without hesitation. The 'difference' in each of these books and their series helped me to navigate through my own expression, I refused to hinder myself. If the words didn't come out right the first time I would leave space and try again, somewhere along the way I forgot to keep to this and started comparing my work to others. 

I can look back on that comparing phase of my writing journey and realize that this statement "Let your imagination run free, let the child within stay alive" must always be held onto, once I remind myself of keeping the child within alive I keep my pen alive. My writing goes beyond what is expected of me, through my journey writer's block didn't get a seat because there was always a prompt - while Pooh had his honey, I had my emotions, my experiences and life itself. Reading impacted my ability to experience the world around me, not just living through the workings of my anatomy but to LIVE. Not just listening to be kind but to actually HEAR, no matter what was going on I had to allow myself to FEEL. I believe all these things came together and enabled me to give readers the opportunity to know what it feels like to travel through Pebble$' words. 

In these moments of reflection, I feel that I have to be more aware and accountable in the next phase of my writing journey. I have to let my inner child have a voice, to take steps to be more conscious of not being my own dead end.

What did this book do for you that others might not have done when you were growing ?
      Allow me to be a little bear. To see a wholeness in brokeness, to see beyond my present. How to write poetry before I knew that I was already doing it. Connect value to people and places, and connect people to moments/memories.



Share Your Childhood Favorites With Me Below  or  here.



I want to publish a book, it will be a collective  of my work from the start of my journey at 8 years old til Summer 2015. Hold me to it ! 

                                                                    Copyright © 2017 PebblesWroteIt

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I'd Be Bitter







This one goes out to every young woman who through their own inner convictions or through the voice of reason be that a parent, sibling, cousin, friend or colleague has been able to step out of harm's way. To every young woman reduced to her anatomy at ages when such ill thoughts were not part of her agenda let alone something she should have even been forced to endure, I feel for and understand you. 


Thank you for standing, 

Thank you for continuing on into greatness, 

Thank you for not crumbling and reducing yourself to your anatomy & 

Thank you for distinguishing yourselves to maintain your dignity. 

Your walk will make a difference to a generation unborn in its due season,  just keep on keepin on. 




I am here with you !
- Pebble$ 



I want to publish a book, it will be a collective  of my work from the start of my journey at 8 years old til Summer 2015. Hold me to it ! 

Copyright © 2017 PebblesWroteIt

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

#TuesdayHaikusday: Jaded.






Anybody who has been following me on Instagram, knows that I have been one of the Poets that contributes to a hashtag which goes by the title of #TuesdayHaikusday hosted by @ChrissyWritesStuff.  Me and Chrissy connected over Instagram and right from the first time she tagged me to join in I've been posting haikus every week. I enjoy the constant challenge of writing haiku after haiku, week after week especially with prompt words. The tag started off with open entries but as time has progressed, a prompt word has been provided each Tuesday which guides those who don't know what they can write about.

As you know by now, Pebble$ loves challenges and my style is usually free verse with occasional rhythms appearing in my pieces. Above all that is the delivery of words that bring laughter and storytelling to take you to places anew in mind, emotion and life.

So today I challenge any poets who are readers of my blog, and those who want to try writing haikus to join in and follow the tag each Tuesday for the prompt word. If you want me to tag you each time I post, as a reminder then feel free to leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram. Just message me with the simple line:"Tag Me In It Pebble$". 


Feel free to ask any questions below, if you want to know more. Be sure to let Chrissy know that Pebble$  sent you. 





I want to publish a book, it will be a collective  of my work from the start of my journey at 8 years old til Summer 2015. Hold me to it ! 

Copyright © 2017 PebblesWroteIt

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Why Every Young Girl Should Read "Eat Pray Love" Even After 10 Years



This quarter's guest blog post comes from ViaLeeny, who speaks on LIFE LESSONS. Through a new read, she breaks down the different things that we can learn from this book and its characters. It is a search for finding how to better oneself after the storm, after mistakes, after having eyes unveiled to see the reality.





 You're a free, curious spirit. Always looking for the next best thing in your life. You have your whole career set in stone, you have a somewhat clear but also somewhat messy vision of what you want for yourself. You have dreams within you and creative energy which are going unfulfilled either because of outside influences you hate to admit exist or because of your own fear of trusting your inner voice. I'm just like you and through out Eat Pray Love you can catch glimpses of how Liz is just like us: wanting to move closer to our truer selves. Maybe it's just a human thing (shrugs) 


1)  It will open up your eyes to generational differences

Liz is little like her mama & she knows it. The empowering realization that you don't have to be frees your soul. Maybe you grew up in a household where "this is the way we do things around here" goes. Or maybe you were left to your own vices to figure it out only through observing the way others do things. In either case you might have felt within your bones something's got to change in your personal life, or else you'll go mad & lose yourself. Within the first few chapters we already get a sense of Liz recreating personal principles and boundaries which weren't had in generations before hers.

2) It will inspire you to take risks without guarantee

When Liz realized she had to do things differently, she took some risky action to create that change. You may have come to realize the character you've been playing in your life might have been assigned to you because of outside influences at home, school, work or social media. But then it hits you - this character isn't who you truly are, nor is it who you want to be. Aren't you glad it's never too late? While it is scary to step into the unknown territory that change always seems to occupy, you might discover some hidden gems within yourself along the way.

 3) You will realize sometimes you don't..





Courtesy of  © 2016 ViaLeeny

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

#DearMe




Happy International Women's Day.

I wanted to take this opportunity to do this tag which went viral a few years ago, I'm not sure if it fits in with the essence and purpose of International Women's Day but here goes.

I'm not old enough to give advice to my younger self, I am however in the position to give advice to my teenage self and these are the things I'd say:

You weren't very confident, you had low self-esteem. People used to intimidate you a lot and it took you a lot to get to where you are now as a young lady; even as you are, there are still a lot of things you are dealing with because you're dealing with the realities of seeing something different than who you are. I want you to know, that in some years from now when you've gotten out of your teen years and you are in your twenties; you will be surprised at how much you would have learned, matured and progressed. 
Things will get better, life will get better, situations will get better. You will still be fighting for your place in this life to show that you're worth the fight, to show your existence is not just another life form breathing in and out but it will be more than you can imagine. It will be more than you can take in, you'll be fine ! Even though you're this loner through high school and you feel so alone - you have days when you're depressed and you come out of it to questions like why am I upset?, why am I down? why do I feel like I'm not worth anything?
You will very soon not only have worth for self but have worth for others. People are going to hurt you, and you're going to say stupid things because you haven't matured yet but you will soon learn how, to not be too big to say sorry & you will also learn to say sorry even when you are not at fault. You will also learn how to accept the challenges of life, understanding that no position in this life is permanent - after the struggle comes elevation. 
You don't think you can make it to college and you have dreams within, you have hope and then you don't, then you have the drive but you're put down, you'll be fine though! I just want you to understand that in some years from now you will be someone that people admire, people will appreciate you even if they don't say it & you'll be one of the coolest people around on this earth. 
You are going to grow as a poet, in ways you don't understand and you're going to have social media - yes, you won't believe it because you weren't up on that MySpace and other things but you're going to share with the world. It will be slow at first, you have to understand that. These teenage years of yours are not wasted some time in the future you'll have to make another young lady or young man understand that "your current situation is where I was years back and I guess I'm happy I went through it because of YOU."  They'll probably look at you like you're crazy, and you will explain; that you had to go through those things so someone like them in 20-30 years from now would have someone to tell them that it's going to be alright. 
They are not going to stay there, they will not constantly be depressed but they are on a journey to their joyful place and that isn't necessarily materially. When you get there don't forget that you were once here. Don't stay where you used to be but appreciate the process that took you through where you used to be and brought you to where you're at. 

I hope you all have a wonderful International Women's Day and for all the guys and kids out there, even as women let us learn to appreciate 
each other. Go out of your way to call your mom, your aunt, your grandmother, your nana - let them know they are appreciated women and 
even though to the world they may not be internationally known. In the little city in the confines of your heart, soul and existence 
they are women worth recognizing.

Much Love & Peace,

Pebble$ x 


I want to publish a book, it will be a collective  of my work from the start of my journey at 8 years old til Summer 2015. Hold me to it ! 

Copyright © 2017 PebblesWroteIt