Diane Sawyer’s: “A Nation of Women Behind Bars”

By | November 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Diane Sawyer’s special on February 27th examined the fastest growing group of the largest prison population in the world–Women. The United States has almost 2.3 million inmates and 200,000 of the inmates are women. Sawyer visited four women’s prisons in the United States; the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, the Corrections Center for [...]

Black Women Being Thrown In Jail For Low-Level Crimes at High Rates

By | November 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Vera Institute of Justice and the Safety and Challenge Program have completed a joint study, which found that black and Hispanic women are the fastest growing population within the nation’s capricious correctional structure. The researchers of this study also found evidence to prove the following grim statistics: Black women make up 44 percent of [...]

Ways to Make Each Day a Great Day

By | October 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Some days I feel like I’m on top of the world and other days I feel like the world is on top of me. When I stop and think about it, I realize it’s just a decision. I am just one decision away from choosing to be happy or choosing to be sad. I know [...]

How to Exit Safe Mode

By | September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A Note from Martha Lawley: This is the second part of my article about living in safe mode. In part one, we considered three practices of self-protection that keep us in safe mode: 1. Masquerading: Playing it safe by pretending everything is okay 2. Pleasing Others: Playing it safe by going along to get along 3. Uninvolved: Playing it [...]

Dealing with People Who Drive Us Crazy

By | September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

This is something that is so messy I hesitate to write about it. To do so puts me in a vulnerable place. So much so, that I hear screams of “draw a boundary, Deb!” in my mind. But I am a making a choice to let my fingers keep flying over the keyboard. When I [...]

A Mother-Daughter Team Brings Opportunity to Formerly Incarcerated Women

By | September 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Teresa and Laurin Hodge’s nonprofit, Mission: Launch, is helping women return to the workforce after prison — as Teresa, herself, once struggled to do — and to launch their own businesses. Teresa Hodge knows all too well how hard it is to rebuild a life after prison. After serving almost 5 years for money laundering and [...]

After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

By | September 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Susan Burton knows just how hard it is to get back on track after being released from prison. It's an experience she lived through six times, once for each of the prison terms she served. "One of the things about incarceration is that you're deprived. You lose all of your identity and then its given [...]

It Will Be Greater Later

By | September 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Let’s talk about sex! There will be quite a number of Christians reading this article who have had sex or participated in some form of sexual activity before marriage. For some, there is little to no guilt or shame in having shared something sacred before the right time. For others, the guilt of having sex [...]

3 Truths to Proclaim When Your Life Takes A Sudden Turn

By | September 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I am in a season of sudden shake-up. My career was headed in one nice and easy direction and I had a new relationship that was trucking nicely along. That was until one day when a huge client opportunity turned out to be a scam and my brand new boyfriend changed his mind about dating [...]

How To Stop Playing The Comparison Game

By | August 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Let’s be honest. We all do it. We compare our lives, our businesses, our bodies, our families, our kids, our houses. And even though we hate how the comparison game makes us feel, we do it anyway. For many of us, the comparison game has become almost like second nature. Let’s look at what the [...]