Do you want to live a life of peace and calm?
What if you had a place where you can sit down, take a deep breath, and feel calm?
Welcome to Calming Corners. I am so happy you are here. My goal is to create a space where you can learn and be inspired while living a calm, healthy, and peaceful life.
Together we can create a calm and peaceful world while encouraging others to do the same.
Below is about me and my journey into the space of wellness and writing. I created this Calming Corners originally in 2007 and put it on pause in 2018. The story is here.
Welcome i hope this space helps you find your inner calm. Again welcome and cheers to you!
Who am I?
My name is Yvelette Stines. I am the founder of Calming Corners. I have a passion for writing and wellness. I merged my passions through writing books, teaching and facilitating workshops on wellness and writing, and helping others to bring their story to life so they can share it with the world. Here is my story on how it all came together.
Let’s start from the beginning –
I always loved to read and write. I dreamed of writing books, articles, and helping others through the written word. This became a non-negotiable when I read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man in high school. I attended private school for the majority of my schooling. Embarrassingly, I didn’t see or read many writers that looked like me, so I didn’t think it was possible. When I read this book I was forever changed. I knew I wanted my writing to change lives like this book changed mine.
The dream was deferred, I allowed safety and past narratives to get in my way. I am dyslexic. I was diagnosed in 9th grade. Although English was my favorite subject I struggled. In college I studied communications and worked as an Entertainment Editor on the school paper and loved every minute of it. It was during this time I took a class in public relations, loved that too. This was a new world and I was ready to participate fully. After college I went to law school, safety, and it didn’t work out as planned. Upon leaving, I remember asking, “now what am I going to do?” I heard a voice answer, “that thing you always wanted to do.”
Start walking in your purpose -
I got up and said I am going to write and be published in a glossy magazine by the end of the year. I had no contacts, no clue on how to get started, and I though living in Michigan, it would be a slim chance that anyone would read my pitches. That year, December 2006, my article Taste The Rainbow, The Health Benefit of The Color of Food was published in Atlanta Life Magazine.
I loved holistic health and wellness. This is what I wanted to write and educate people about. To deepen my knowledge, I got a M.S. in Holistic Nutrition and studied other practices. I am a second-degree Reiki Practitioner and certified in raw food coaching and education. In 2007 I started a blog Calming Corners. The purpose was to help readers live a calm and healthy life. It had a beautiful run and I paused it in 2018. Now, in 2020 it is back, and it will continue its original purpose.
My six books are based on health and wellness. I have books for both kids and adults that will help them find their calm, live a healthy life. Since that published article in Atlanta Life, I went on to write for publications such as Essence, Uptown, Ambassador, Hispanic Executive Quarterly, Hello Giggles, Mind Body Green, The Grio, The Root, Jones, Heart & Soul, and many more. I was also digital editor of The Source Magazine.
Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do -
As I was building my writing/communications career, I kept a job as an educator. I started subbing while I was in law school. I went on to work in different capacities in education as a academic coach, teacher, assessment coordinator, and education consultant. I also received my M.Ed in Integrated Education.
Working in writing and communications while teaching I had the privilege to work on some amazing public relations campaigns. My love for the literary arts motivated me to independently bring writers such as Angie Cruz, Poetri, and Toure to Detroit. They gave readings at schools and local community centers and libraries. I also worked on PR campaigns for OWN’s Welcome to Sweetie Pies, FX’s Snowfall, and Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, and more. I also worked with clients where I represent their business and I teach people how to conduct PR for themselves.
Stay encouraged and remember your why –
The path has been a beautiful struggle. I can say I’ve met some great people along the way, interviewed many individuals, and had the opportunity to travel and cover amazing events. It has been lovely and difficult. To be transparent there were times I was ready to give up and go in a completely different direction. Burnout is too real. I paused but didn’t stop. I had to pivot and figure out next steps. I had to completely remind myself of my why and each time and gave me the strength to keep going.
I hope Calming Corners will inspire you to find peace and calm in your world.
If you’ve reached the bottom of this post, thank you!
I wanted to share a brief and proper introduction. Let’s keep dreaming big and reaching beyond the stars.
Peace + Blessings,
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