Are you starting to feel SAD? (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

The clocks going back means shorter days, which means even less sunlight!  This can have an adverse effect on people ‘of colour’ because the pigmentation in our skin (known as MELANIN) needs the sun to function properly.  When we don’t get enough sunlight we can lack energy, feel lethargic, unmotivated, and suffer from a form of depression known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is caused by a lack of natural sunlight.

We need the sun!

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • A persistent low mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • Going to bed much earlier than normal yet finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Comfort eating and gaining weight

The main treatments offered by the NHS are:

  • Getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels
  • Light Therapy – where a special lamp called a light box is used to simulate exposure to sunlight
  • talking therapies, such cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling
  • antidepressant medication such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

Many of us are mis-diagnosed with depression and are prescribed SSRIs, instead of seeking a more natural remedy.  I healed myself from SAD using COLOUR THERAPY, which isn’t even mentioned on the NHS website!

In the winter of 2009 I intuitively painted some bright, colourful paintings, and noticed that I wasn’t getting my usual symptoms; this led me to study the effect of colours on the mind and emotions, known as Colour Therapy.  Last year I facilitated a number of workshops showing others how to introduce more colour into their life to help them feel happy, which I’ve now incorporated into The Self Love Retreat.  This is where I meet small groups of women in the Gambia for a  7 day holiday in the sun, with 5 days of Self-nurturing workshops, including one day of pampering!

Join me at Katakata on Sunday 5th November 2-5pm for a Taster Workshop

3 of my original paintings (which incorporate Colour Therapy) will be on display at Katakata, 132 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RS from 2-29th November; join me there on Sunday 5th November at a Taster Workshop for The Self Love Retreat!  I’ll be explaining the colour therapy and symbolism used in my paintings, and also giving you a taster of the workhops we’ll be doing on the Retreat! Join us for a fun afternoon, it’s also my birthday so come and join in the celebrations!   Entry is £15 which includes a vegan lunch, and a signed copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, register your attendance by emailing me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com 

Unspoken Art Exhibition Private Launch, Thursday 2nd November

If you’re interested in purchasing one of my originals, join us for the Launch on Thursday 2nd November, 6-10pm @ Katakata, 132 Brixton Hill!  It’s FREE, but you must purchase a ticket, get yours here – Prints of my artwork will also be on sale (£10 each), as well as my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘, which features my artwork and poetry!  If you didn’t think you could afford an original oil painting, think again!  I’ve greatly reduced the prices! Prints will also be on sale!

I look forward to seeing you there!

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The Books Have Finally Arrived! BOGOF!

After a 4 week delay, the paperbacks of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ have finally arrived!

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They’re now unpacked and ready to get to YOU!  The printers sent me 100 extra copies for the delay, so I’ve decided to pass it forward!

Kwanzaa Offer: Get two books for the price of one!

Kwanzaa is all about sharing the first-fruits of your harvest, so I’m giving away 100 free copies of the book!  Start the journey by previewing Year One FREE!

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Buy one for your Self, and get a FREE one for a friend  for just £9.99 (+ £4.99 p&p) – they make great gifts!

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If you read the First Edition (titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’), you can now read what happened after the way  it ended, in The Sequel! (only in the paperback).  Also, the Second Edition includes my artwork in full colour, so you can benefit from the COLOUR THERAPY in them while you read!

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If you are on a journey of Self-discovery, this book is for YOU!   (That goes for men too!)

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After writing the First Edition I discovered the root meaning of the word ‘fornication’.  When I was growing up in church, we were led to believe that fornication meant ‘sex before marriage’.  Read what it really means in  Year One FREE! (← click on the link to open PDF)

If you enjoyed the free read, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY LIMITED KWANZAA OFFER  and purchase two copies of ‘Journey of a Sister’ for only £9.99 + £4.99 p&p (UK only, if you are outside the UK purchase your book from Lulu)

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Alternatively, pick up your books at these Kwanzaa Events!

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Read my blog post which explains what Kwanzaa is, and join us at two Kwanzaa events  on the 26th and 30th December, where you’ll be able to get the same offer (Buy One Get One FREE), and framed or laminated prints of my art! For addresses visit my Events Page!

Join me on The 30 Day Mind Detox and get my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ FREE! (Starts 2nd January 2017)

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FREE DOWNLOAD: How to Get the Ring On Your Finger & December Events!

Download  my Self-help book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ (with contributions from over 30 brothers) from Amazon!TODAY (Sunday) and TOMORROW FREE!

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Today I’m doing a Presentation at the Launch of Kings & Queens United on ‘Re-creating Our Bond’, based on ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘:

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I’ll also be performing my poem ‘R U The One?’ for the first time in a couple of years! This is a Dinner & Discussion type of event; the King/Queen theme features a lot in my books, poetry and art, so I was happy to accept the job of being Keynote Speaker! I will explain what it means to truly become a King or a Queen, and what we can do to re-build our Empire – our relationship! It’s not too late to  Book your ticket, which includes a Caribbean meal! The event starts at 4pm @ Xquisite Caribbean Bar & Restaurant, 7a Station Road, Tulse Hill SE27 9BW (right next to the station on the left)

Next Sunday: SAD Workshop @ Brixton Library Sunday 18th December 2-4pm

If you suffer from low energy, lack motivation and generally feel SAD at this time of the year (winter) read my blog post on how COLOUR THERAPY can help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and come to my FREE workshop next Sunday! (Books and Art Prints will be on sale)

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Click on the image above to book your FREE ticket! For details of other events I’ll be at during December visit the Events page!

I look forward to seeing you at one of them!

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Join us for the BOOK LAUNCH this SUNDAY 6th Nov!

Just 4 DAYS TO GO!

I’m getting all excited; what I’ve been doing in the dark is finally coming to light!

The Revised Editions for both my Self-help books have gone to print, and I’m expecting 1,000 copies of each!  It’s been a labour of love, patience and focus, to bring you these Revised Editions!  (I’ll be explaining why I felt the need to revise them on the day).

On Sunday, we’re going to be discussing ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ – some of the brothers who contributed to it will be on the Panel to answer your questions – get the FREE download so you can come and join in the discussion!

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Watch a clip from the Book Launch of the First Edition to get an idea of what to expect:

BOOK Your Seat!

Visit Eventbrite to book your FREE ticket, or pre-order your book to guarantee your seat! (please only reserve a free ticket if you know you’ll be able to attend). Pre-ordering your book in advance means you won’t have to queue up to get it signed on the day!

Out with the Old, in with the New!

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If you bought the First Edition of my Self-help Novel, bring it with you to get the Second Edition for only £5! You can keep the first one as well  🙂

RAFFLE and Art Print Sale! 

You’ll also be able to WIN Framed and Laminated Prints of my art in the Raffle, and I’ll also be selling them on the day!  (They all feature in my novel).

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Get a FREE copy of ‘Journey of a Sister‘ when you join my 30 Day Online Course!

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More about it on the day, or visit www.journeyofasister.com/mind-detox

(You can pay for books and the Online Course by Paypal, credit or debit cards.)

I look forward to seeing you there!

HOW TO GET THERE:

The Marcus Garvey Library is less than a 10 minute walk from Seven Sisters station, or you can get the 149, 279, 259, or 349 two stops.  If you are coming on the underground, turn left when you come through the ticket barriers, and go up the stairs past the sweet shop.  When you get off the bus (two stops), stay on the same side and take the path towards the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, you’ll find Tottenham Green Leisure Centre behind it (take the path to your right).

To reserve your seat(s) visit Eventbrite

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Download the last e-book in the series (Years 10 & 11) FREE!

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This is the last FREE download in the e-book series, get it NOW! (free until TOMORROW 20th Oct).

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If you missed Years One to Nine, download this free e-book, then start from Year One FREE! (just click on the link to open PDF)

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If you’re an AMAZON PRIME Member you can borrow the whole e-book series from their library FREE!

In the First Edition (previously titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!‘ it ended at Year 11, when they were celebrating their first year of wedded bliss, and expecting the imminent birth of their first child together.  Then through a twist of fate, Suzanne learns the true meaning of the word ‘Love’.  The Revised Edition includes TWO NEW CHAPTERS (Years 12 & 13) which are exclusively in the PAPERBACK!   If you’ve enjoyed reading the FREE e-book series, order your personally signed paperback for just £9.99 + £2.99 p&p!

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Join me on Sunday 6th November for the launch of my revised Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ and its sister-book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘!  A few of the brothers who contributed to the latter book will be on the panel to take any questions, so come and join in the discussion!  You’ll receive full details when you purchase your paperback in advance. (If you’re attending the book launch I’ll refund your p&p or you can use it against any of my other products)

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Order your book early to secure your seat! (only those who have pre-ordered their books will be guaranteed a place).

Hope to see you there!

For details of Events I’m taking part in, including Ava ‘Eagle’ Brown’s Phenomenal Book Tour this SATURDAY and the Natural November National Tour covering London, Birmingham and Manchester next month, visit my Events page!

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Download Year Three FREE TODAY!

In Year Three of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, she learns how to meditate in order to control her negative thinking patterns, and learns that all thoughts are either rooted in LOVE or FEAR.  If THOUGHTS create FEELINGS, then learning how to root all her thoughts in LOVE will keep her feeling positive and loving!  I have used my painting ‘Self Love’ to illustrate the front cover of the e-book, which is FREE to download TODAY!

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The whole e-book series will be available to download FREE each day leading up to my Book Launch on Sunday 6th November, so you can come and join in the discussion! You’ll get a personally signed paperback when you purchase your ticket for the Launch!  The price of the ticket includes your signed paperback: £9.99 for ‘Journey of a Sister‘, £7.99 for ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘, or £14.99 for both books!

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Hope to see you at the Book Launch, if you are unable to attend, you can still order your signed paperbacks HERE!

Tomorrow, Year Four will be available to download FREE, to receive notifications in your inbox, ‘follow’ this blog!  If you missed the free downloads of Years One & Two, visit the Books page to download them for only $0.99!

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Blog Tour DAY TWO: Why Am I Still Single?

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Join me for an exciting 5 day online experience where you can read the inspirational articles I’ve written for 6 different blogs!  Today’s article ‘Why Am I still Single?‘  was written exclusively for www.sistahsplace.com (← click on the link)

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During my Blog Tour, you’ll also be able to download Year One of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a SisterFREE!  If you love my articles, you’ll LOVE my books!

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If you missed yesterday’s article ‘The Black Butterfly Effect‘, visit www.sheinspiredher.com to read it! (features my artwork & poetry)

I’ll be updating this blog tomorrow with the link to read ‘No TESTimony without a TEST!‘ – to get an email with the link, ‘follow’ this blog!

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You can also order signed paperbacks of my  Self-help books: ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ (which has contributions from over 30 brothers) is only £5.00 during my Blog Tour, and ‘Journey  of a Sister‘, which has 9 pages of my artwork in FULL COLOUR is only £15!  During this period you’ll also get my award-winning CD ‘Seeds of Love‘ (all 13 poems feature in the story).  PLUS you’ll get a FREE INVITE to my Book Launch taking place on Sunday  6th November in Central London! Click on the image below for details:

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Be inspired this weekend!

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Blog Tour DAY ONE! ‘The Black Butterfly Effect’

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Today is DAY ONE of my online Blog Tour!  Over the next 5 days you’ll be able to read exclusive articles I’ve written as a guest blogger for 6 other blogs;  today’s article is called ‘The Black Butterfly Effect‘, which compliments my painting ‘Black Butterfly‘:

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I actually found the topic ‘The Black Butterfly Effect‘ in an old journal I’d written back in 2012; at the time I was doing a ‘Mind Fast’ which inspired my writing.  The article I’ve written is adapted from my journal, and also includes the inspired poem I wrote around the same time!  Visit www.sheinspiredher.com to read it, and to listen to the poem!  If you enjoy the article, join me on my 30 Day Mind Fast which starts next January (I’ll be helping you prepare for it in between!)

Over the next 5 days of the Blog Tour you’ll also be able to read Year One of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ FREE!  The main character has a dream based on  ‘Black Butterfly’, and the theme running throughout the whole story is of transformation; I’m aiming to print the Revised Edition with my artwork in full colour so YOU can benefit from the COLOUR THERAPY in them, watch the video I put together this morning to explain!

Help ME help YOU by ordering your signed paperbacks before the end of the Blog Tour!

  1. Read Year One FREE! (← click on link to open PDF)
  2. If you identify with the story and want to continue the journey, order your SIGNED paperback – brothers, this is for you too!
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BONUS ARTICLE!  I only needed 5 articles for my Blog Tour, but I actually had 6 websites who wanted to take part, so I’ve included Caribdomain as a Bonus! Read my article ‘What’s in a Name? (all 5 days)

I hope to see you at one of my Book Signing & Discussion Events, where we will be discussing the topics raised in my Self-help books; you’ll get a FREE ticket to my Book Launch taking place in Central London on Sunday 6th November when you order Journey of a Sister in my campaign!

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Be Careful What You Wish For! Download Years Five & Six FREE THIS WEEKEND!

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Journey of a Sister features my artwork and poetry; I used my painting ‘My King’ to illustrate Year Five, and my painting ‘Black Orchid’ to illustrate Year 6 (Joint Chapter in the e-book series).  In Years 5, a series of fortunate events leads to Suzanne achieving her goal of publishing her first collection of poetry.  She learns how to order things from the universe and decides to have fun with it, ordering what she thought was her perfect man.  Read an extract from Year 5:

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Whilst out performing one night, one of the organisers of the event told Suzanne about a poetry competition that was open for submissions.  They were looking for poets of African descent to include in an Anthology, and the overall winner would get their poetry collection published for free.  Suzanne eagerly took down the website details, and the following day, went online to get more information.   This was it!  This was just what she needed to get her book published; she was sure to win – she could just feel it in her guts!

 She called the number.  A baritone voice answered.

“Hello, Black Independent Publishers, Solomon speaking, how can I help you?”

“Oh hi Solomon, my name’s Suzanne; I was just calling to get some more information about the competition you’re running.”

“Okay…what would you like to know?”

“Well, I’ve been on the website and viewed the criteria, and, well I just wanted to find out what type of response you’ve had so far?”

 “We’re really pleased with the quality of submissions we’ve received so far – are you trying to weigh up your chances of winning?” he asked in an amused tone.

 “Well, kind of,” Suzanne confessed.

 “Well you’ve got just as good a chance of winning as anybody else – but you’ve got to be in it to win it, so the sooner you enter the better!  What type of poetry do you write?” he asked.

 “Love poetry mainly; anything to do with relationships.”

 “That always goes down well, I’d say go for it!  You can recite one for me now if you like, I love poetry,” Solomon requested.

 “Really?  Well most of my poems are quite long, so I’ll just give you a snippet of one, okay?”

“Okay…”

“This one’s called ‘Ode to My King Part 1’ and it’s written in the style of ancient Egyptian poetry, okay?”

“Sounds great so far…”

Suzanne began: “Beloved, what shall I compare you to?  Spiritually, you are like a tree standing tall and strong, with roots that go much deeper than our wrong: You remember the richness of our history before slavery, when we ruled as Kings and Queens, scientists and inventors, building empires!  And now, you bear the mark of our ancestors; you are strong both physically and mentally.  You have the Genius Gene; man, you don’t know how much you inspire me!  …Shall I stop there?”

 “No, no, keep going!”

 “Okay… Let me study YOU and get my degree from Mother Nature’s university, for there is nothing more I’d like to achieve:  Your eyes are like two pools, sparkling and watery, and in them I see the perfect reflection of…me.  Your nose resembles the ones cut off the great statues in Egypt; too defined for the white man’s mind, but I like it!”

 (Solomon laughs)

“Your lips are like two juicy mangoes, and your kisses, sweeter than honey.  Your voice is like a deep, dark river, carrying me away to ecstasy...I think I should stop there.”

 “Why, is it ex-rated?” Solomon asked, “I was just getting into that!”

“No, it’s not ex-rated – that comes in Part 2!”

“Well go on then, give me some more!” Solomon urged.

 Suzanne sighed.

 “Okay…Your neck is like a tower, strong and sturdy, and around it you wear a reminder of our history…”

  Solomon interrupted; “I’m wearing a reminder of our history!”

  “Are you? What is it?”

  “Some cowrie shells!”

  “Oh! Well you’ll like the next line then;

“Your teeth are like a string of cowrie shells, and when you smile, you light up my world!” (Solomon laughs again)

 “Sorry Solomon, but this poem is six pages long – I couldn’t possibly recite it all to you over the phone!” Suzanne concluded.

Watch the video I created for you to listen to this poem:

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Do you feel happy in the summer and SAD in the winter?

It’s that time of year again, where the days are shorter, the nights are longer, and we get much less sunlight.

This can lead to a condition called ‘SAD’ (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight.  We get Vitamin D naturally from the sun’s rays, which helps produce seratonin and gives us the ‘feel good’ factor.  When we don’t get enough vitamin D, we can feel lethargic, unmotivated, moody, and prone to sleeping a lot. (I call it ‘going into hibernation’)

Many people are mis-diagnosed with depression and prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, when all they need is a good dose of sunlight!  I used to suffer from SAD, but discovered a way to heal myself using Color Therapy – ever since I painted my collection ‘Nature’s Art’ and hung them on my walls, I don’t feel ‘SAD’ at all!

Since I’m going to be in cold, grey England for the next couple of months, I keep my painting ‘Self Love’ on the wall at the foot of my bed; it’s the first thing I see in the morning, and the last thing I see at night:

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 The vibrant colors really do have a positive effect on my mind and emotions, and I’m sure it will work for you too!  For more details on how the Colour Therapy used in my paintings can help lift your mood and emotions visit my Art Page.

I used ‘Self Love’ to illustrate Year Three of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ where she discovers the creative power of her thoughts, and learns how to ‘Meditate to Create’.  8 of my paintings which incorporate Colour Therapy have been used to illustrate the story, so you’ll be healing your Self in more ways than one!  

Visit my Book Page to read reviews, to download the e-book, or to pre-order your personally signed paperback, which will be printed in FULL COLOUR! 

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