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Experiencing A Spiritual Awakening

Experiencing A Spiritual Awakening

While you cycle through the hamster wheel of life, you might fall out of the wheel.  Although you have quite skillfully mastered the art of routine, the pandemic flipped you upside down.  As a result of being off track, you morph and begin to feel off balance in all aspects of your life. In order to determine what changed, consider that it's nothing external.  Rather, you have awakened inside....

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Saving Rather Than Staving

Saving Rather Than Staving

As sit and wonder how New Orleans endured another hurricane forsaking all of its residents once again, sadness falls upon me.  Being an empath, I deeply feel others’ pain.  Yet, over time, I have erected and maintained healthy boundaries to protect my energy and own essence.  I can have empathy without allowing the trauma from the outside overwhelm me. But watching people of my city suffer once...

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Toxic Positivity is Positively Toxic

Toxic Positivity is Positively Toxic

As the onlookers chant in rapture about the joys of living each moment, those who crouch underneath overpasses seeking shelter from the unrelenting sun languish.  Without four walls around them, no masks to cover their pain exist. Yet, when passing by, most turn their heads away to avoid their gazes.  For making eye contact with the displaced incites a deep discomfort within. Wondering why and...

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Gray Clouds Don’t Always Have Silver Linings

Gray Clouds Don’t Always Have Silver Linings

When life sucks you into the ground with a gravitational force pulling you downward into an all-consuming quick sand pit of despair, hope may elude you.  Despite encouraging words from friends, pastors, and coworkers, the reality of being stuck with limited mobility overpowers you.  Moreover, change feels elusive. And with every second ticking, the direness of your situation envelops your will...

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A Lens Focused on Self-Compassion

A Lens Focused on Self-Compassion

Midlife assessment may manifest as a brutal experience.  When living in an awakened state, reviewing life decisions made in a cloudy haze of unawareness may crush your equanimity.  As memories shock your equilibrium, jolts of reality jostle your vision. Moreover, the word why helicopters around your head with a punishing circular pathway to nowhere.  With no place to land, why vultures about as...

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Bullying is Bullying

Bullying is Bullying

Reposting an interesting article about students with disabilities, I honored the request of a fellow Twitter friend.  Because of my work in the public school system and my natural proclivity to advocate for others, passing along information regarding students’ rights aligns with my core beliefs.  Yet, when I refused to comment via Twitter on the 45th POTUS character attack on teachers, I...

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Food Shaming the Fit

Food Shaming the Fit

Reaching down into my tote bag, I pulled out my work lunch and placed it prominently on the top shelf of the refrigerator.  Through the school of hard knocks, I discovered that my perishable items became susceptible to spoil without continuous cooling. As the rumble in my tummy began to furiously churn, I skipped to the ice box and pulled out my nutritious well-planned lunch.  With the first dip...

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Holding Space For Others

Holding Space For Others

As the name and number lit up my iPhone, I felt a bulge in my throat and slight tickle of nerves fluttering in my chest.  Although our friendship lasted over three decades, a chasm developed between us. Alignment and soul connection to my childhood friend dissipated. In my younger years, I eagerly absorbed everyone’s problems and relished helping others.  Yet, as time marched on, the drain from...

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I Don’t Hate Mondays Anymore

I Don’t Hate Mondays Anymore

As the mist dewed my windows with its weepiness, I awoke with a bulge in my throat.  Rolling over in my bed, the melodious sounds of the birds urged me to rise.  Yet, the panic felt throughout my body froze my will to leave my bed.  Finally giving in to the unavoidable, I slid out of the bed and faced the reality of a new week.  This was my waking cycle prior to the pandemic. But now, I don’t...

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Forgive But Never Forget What Happened

Forgive But Never Forget What Happened

Trapped in a seaweed web in the deep end of agony. The burden of bitterness tangled in its own salty debris.  As the anchor of resentment grounds the journey to a new beginning, freedom remains elusive floating in the sea of possibilities. Just above the surface on the ocean skin, the sun skates upon the glassy water shining down its warmth. Golden rays twinkle and reflect the beauty of being...

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Hi!  I’m Traci Nicole Smith.

I am here to help you learn more about spirituality, to guide you on your spiritual awakening, and to assist you in developing and deepening your life purpose.
I work with individuals in healing / helping professions understanding how to navigate their spiritual journey through enlightenment and education.

I am so happy you are here!