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Cheryl T. Long

Hi there, I’m Cheryl, and I am starting this blog as a way to share with my daughters some of the life lessons I’ve learned, and to inspire all daughters to live their dreams. I will blog about relationships, food, family and love of self.

I hope you will embark on this journey with me as we laugh, cry and love.

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As the Flowers Bloom: A Floweret

Living in a two parent home would seem ideal, but for this little girl.
Cherish Flowers is a six-year-old child prostitute trafficked by her father, and her mother knew about it. Although severely sexually and mentally abused, she finds a way to deal with her life as it is. She takes solace in her ability to dance.
Cherish is in love with the dancing, but can she survive the daily travails of her life?
With no formal training other than her passion for dancing, Cherish has finally gotten her big break, but it might cost her everything. Unable, to put the nightmares of her past and the man that abused her out of her mind, she soon finds herself spiraling under those bright lights.
Will this flower bloom? Or will she wilt?

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What Does ‘Let Go and Let God’ Really Mean?

I use believe that the phrase “Let go and let God” was about casting all my troubles over to Him, and He would take them away. But as I furthered my relationship with him I began to understand that the phrase means something different. “Let go (of the ending you want,) and let God (show you His will for your life.”)

Once I enter into a full relationship with God, one of the first things God did was to take me back in my past so he could begin to clean up any unresolved issues that occurred.

In writing Let Go and Let God I learned that he is my base spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  As we learn together how to fully surrender in every place in our lives and begin to heal we will experience the richness, and the abundance of hope He promises.

 

 

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Practicing Self Care

Life is the most valuable gift we will ever receive. So why squander it! Why not choose to have a more profound presence?

Self-care is not just about your mental health. It’s also about caring for your physical self.

Therefore it is important to set healthy boundaries in every aspect of life. So why do so few of us actually set them?

When practicing self-care setting healthy boundaries can help you start living again. But where do you start?

Presented in this book is a step by step guide on how to set healthy boundaries and begin the positive practice of Self Care.

 

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Facing the Fear of Being Alone

Fear is defined as an fееling оf аlаrm оr diѕԛuiеt саuѕеd bу the expectation оf dаngеr, pain, diѕаѕtеr, tеrrоr, dread, оr apprehension. If аll of these negative words control your emotions аnd еvеrу dесiѕiоn you mаkе, than you set yourself up fоr fаilurе.

Whаt ѕtаrtѕ аѕ slight diѕсоmfоrt when аlоnе or in an unfamiliar рlасе can ԛuiсklу turn into uncontrollable раniс attacks. What Are You frightened of? Fear! God is calling us to be bold. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do everything right, What matters is that you step out in faith, believing God will aid you!

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

In study we will tackle that fear and I pray that it is helpful towards your healing.

 

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Bursting of the Flower: Springing of the Bud

Forced out on the cold streets of Philly, Cherish has finally hit rock bottom. Her life as she knows it is circling the drain. After years of doing anything it takes to survive she meets a woman named Dorothy who offers to help her change her life for the better.

Given a safe place to live by a woman who helps wayward girls in, Cherish finally has a place she can call home. However, the past is never far behind for Cherish, will she be able to accept the help offered to her? Or. will she wind up back out on the streets?

Even though her life is on track Cherish can’t stop thinking about her dreams of dance. And her dreams of true love. But, the only place she can find work as a dancer is at a gentle mans club.
Which is where she meets the man of her dreams.

An older gentleman who works as a musician and knows everyone in the business. With connections, money, and power he offers Cherish the life she always wanted.

But, the more she gets to know him the more she comes to find that her new life has hefty price. Dragged back down into a life she tried to leave behind, it will take everything Cherish has to get away.

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Healing from Bitterness

No one wants to be bitter.  Bitterness is un-forgiveness that festers. As long as we hold onto past hurts we rob ourselves of joy.

We think that holding on to the hurt we can remind ourselves and others of the unfairness we’ve experienced. Sadly, bitterness only helps these feelings take root in our lives.

Something happened to me a short time ago that was very hurtful. It undeniably shattered my heart. I didn’t see it coming, it just occurred. I tried to forgive the person who hurt me by saying the words “I forgive you”, but realized later it wasn’t from my heart.

I really struggled with anger whenever I thought about them. It was only then I realized the power I was giving away to bitterness. At that very moment I asked God for deliverance. It is my hope that you can heal, find deliverance and forgiveness through this book.

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Letting go of a Toxic Relationship

Are you feeling trapped in a current relationship where you feel like you don’t matter?

Are you in a relationship where you feel physically or emotionally drained of energy?

Are you always giving without getting anything back?
Do people place their needs above yours and make you feel bad about voicing your opinions?

Do you often feel bad about yourself?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you are in a toxic relationship. Some people go years, sometimes their entire life without being able to figure that out. Now it’s time to get your freedom back.

Getting out of toxic relationships and finding yourself again can be one of the hardest things you ever have to do in your life, but with this book, you’ll find the courage to begin to uncover the truth and fight your way back in no time.

 

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Love Yourself

It’s a known fact that loving oneself start within, and no one can love you without you loving yourself first. Whеn уоu love уоurѕеlf, you invеѕt in уоur реrѕоnаl grоwth аnd development аnd bу doing ѕо уоu аrе соnfirming to yourself thаt уоu are оf value, аnd thаt you аrе wоrth the invеѕtment.

Wе have оftеn been tоld thаt it iѕ selfish to рut ourselves firѕt. But is it rеаllу ѕеlfiѕh if you put yourself first. Dеfinitеlу not! Tо trulу lеаrn hоw tо love уоurѕеlf, уоu hаvе to lеt gо оf this bеliеf. Bу рutting yourself firѕt, you ѕtаrt to lоvе yourself.

Lасk оf self-love оftеn causes stress, nоt just to уоurѕеlf, but to your rеlаtiоnѕhiрѕ with other реорlе аѕ wеll. It’ѕ bаd fоr уоur hеаlth аnd the реорlе аrоund уоu. Often timеѕ, уоu fееl sad, scared аnd аngrу. Thеѕе аrе соmmоn еmоtiоnѕ people whо lасk ѕеlf-lоvе hаvе. Sad bесаuѕе of thе lоѕѕеѕ – Scared bесаuѕе оf thе lack of fulfillment. And аngrу because you’re living your lifе without thе love you need tо givе уоurѕеlf.

If уоu аrе еxреriеnсing thеѕе feelings thеn it’ѕ dеfinitеlу time уоu begin learning how to love уоurѕеlf

 

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When Your Heart is Broken Forgive

I’ve had two major struggles with forgiveness in my life, one was related to my parents and the other was with my romantic partners. I had to learn how to forgive them for not giving me the care, love, and support I longed for.

Going through life we will be hurt by people we trust the most. This type of   hurt is perhaps one of the worst feelings we will encounter. The betrayal makes it hard to trust anybody again.

Forgiveness is an everyday, sometimes an hourly practice. It’s about letting go of how you feel, and aiming for where you want to go and what you want to achieve in your life.

In writing How to forgive when your Heart is broken, I learn so much about myself and the healing power of forgiveness. I hope to inspire you to try some of the technics described in this book.

 

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Cheryl T. Long's

Inspiring Novelist and Award-Winning Author

Hi there, I’m Cheryl, and I am starting this blog as a way to share with my daughters some of the life lessons I’ve learned, and to inspire all daughters to live their dreams. I will blog about relationships, food, family and love of self.