Do you have a dream that is drowning inside your soul?
I did too and brought it to life. This didn’t come easy it was a journey of challenges. Writing is my passion and dyslexia is my reality. Because of this, I thought that writing would never happen. I created what I considered a safe path for myself and went to law school. Well the universe had other plans for me because law school didn’t work out.
The Awakening in 2006
It was a bitter cold day in January 2006. Leaving law school, I felt that my future was ending, little did I know it was just beginning. As I was sitting in the middle of the floor trying to figure out the next steps in my life, there was a small voice that said, “do what you think can’t be done.” I stopped and listened and the voice got louder to the point where I had to get over my hot emotionalmessness long enough to really listen. I heard it again and I realized although I felt like I hit rock bottom this is a beautiful time for a new beginning. This will start with my way and my dreams. I said that is it, I am going to write. Just like that, now I didn’t have a clue as to where to start, who to contact or what. There was some energy that came over me and not only did I start telling people I was going to write, I also made a declaration that I would be published in a glossy magazine by the end of the year.
It all happened and then some
December 2006 my first magazine article about the health benefits of food colors was published in Atlanta Life. Since then, I have been published in Essence, Heart and Soul, Uptown, Jones, Hispanic Executive Quarterly, The Grio, Green Build and Design, and Good Enough Mother just to name a few. I’ve taken on clients for blogging, content writing, and media relations. I’ve also had the honor of interviewing Dr.OZ, Spike Lee, Vivian Green, Dr. Ian Smith, Jalen Rose, Jeanette Jenkins, MC Lyte, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, DeVon Franklin, Tera Carissa, Kimberly Seals-Allers, Mitzi Miller, Sharon “Umi” Smith (Mos Def’s Mother), Sam Fine, AJ Crimson, Shelley Davis, Natalia Rose, Alissa Cohen and Kim Coles and many more inspiring people. I was also awarded an Ethnic Media Fellowship to Health Journalism by The Association of Health Care Journalists.
I enjoy wellness and learning to embrace beauty from the inside out. In 2007 I started my blog Calming Corners. It is an outlet to help people live a calm and healthy lifestyle. Along with writing I have a passion for holistic health. This led me to get a M.S. degree in holistic nutrition so I can deepen my knowledge and help others through my articles and classes.
The Journey Continues
Bringing everything together with my experience working in education and with children, I saw the increase in childhood obesity. I wanted to find a way to make a difference so I wrote a book called Vernon the Vegetable Man. The story encourages children to choose healthy lifestyle habits and set goals. I teach healthy lifestyle and cooking classes to children and families. The journey of my writing still continues.
What this means to you
I want to encourage you that anything in life is possible. With passion and faith that dimmed light within you can shine bright so you can live your purpose and best life in a calm and healthy way.
Yvelette Stines is an award winning writer. She will help you live a calm and healthy lifestyle and write from your soul. Her work has been published in Essence, Uptown, Heart and Soul, Jones, Hispanic Executive Quarterly, and Green Build + Design just to name a few. Her book Vernon the Vegetable Man encourages children to choose healthy lifestyle habits. Stines blog Calming Corners motivates readers to live a calm and healthy lifestyle. She holds a M.S in Holistic Nutrition and M.Ed in Education. You can find her calmly playing on social media @yvelettestines + @calmingcorners.