Monday, July 7, 2014

Poem by Stephanie Lahart

Remember when

Remember when I used to allow you to belittle me,
Make me feel like I wasn't worth nothing?
Low self-esteem
No self-love
Wasn't quite sure of who I was.

I put up with your crap because I thought I could change you.
Loved, supported, and encouraged you.
Overlooked your faults,
Ignored all of the signs,
Loved you more than myself
I lost myself in you.

Forgot about my dreams
Stopped doing the things that brought me joy
Threw away every opportunity that came my way.
Busy chasing after you
Trying my best to change you
Wasted time and energy that I will never get back.

Blamed you for all of my hurt and pain,
Came to the conclusion that I was to blame.
I allowed you to treat me this way.
I allowed you to be more important than ME.
I've got to accept what I allowed, and push forward.

Flash-forward to today,
I am so many things.
Beautiful on the inside,
I don’t hold on to the past.
Love genuinely,
I left my heart open to love again.

Yes! I do trust people,
Until they give me a reason not to.
Making somebody else suffer for what YOU did simply isn’t fair.
I've learned to put myself first, because I do count!
To love yourself is to take good care of yourself.

Looking at the past serves no purpose at all.
I've got goals and dreams to fulfill.
No time for thinking what was, and what used to be.
For once in my life, I’m focusing on ME.
I love myself
I’m happy from the inside out.

I’m complete.
I can stand on my own.
Full of life
Confidence runs through my veins.

I am a woman! A woman with purpose.

#InspirationalPoems #Poetry #PoemsaboutLife #EncouragingPoems #Poems #RelationshipPoems 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Author Stephanie Lahart on Pinterest

Did you know that author Stephanie Lahart is on Pinterest? This is a great opportunity to get to know the author on a personal level. As you look through Stephanie Lahart's boards and pins, you will have an up close and personal experience of what she likes.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

FREE eBooks by Stephanie Lahart on Amazon

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  • The Perfect Man for Me
  • Teens Matter Most
  • Overcoming Life's Obstacles
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Be Fearless

Do something that you’re scared to do. It’s time to take risks in your life. Try something you feel that you’ll fail and won’t be good at. Get out of your comfort zone.

Think about it for a minute. What is life if you’re not willing to try something different? Imagine just for one second all of the purpose that you’re filled with. We all have talents deep down in us, but we have to be willing to unleash our greatness.

It’s okay to be nervous. It’s okay to be scared. But it’s not okay to cheat yourself. I encourage you to take a step forward. Then take another one. Now keep on moving forward and don’t look back. It takes courage to do something that you’re not sure of, but it takes greater courage to make up in your mind that you won’t be stagnated anymore.

Whatever it is you want to do, do it now. You’ve visualized it. You’ve dreamed about it. You’ve wanted this for a long time. Do this for YOU. It’s time to get self-motivated! It’s time. It’s YOUR time! Your purpose is waiting on you. Don’t allow yourself to wait any longer.

Imagine all of the possibilities that are waiting for you. Just imagine.
#Encouragement #Positivity #Motivation #Foodforthought #Fearlessness

Monday, May 19, 2014

Poem by Stephanie Lahart

Encouragement for YOU

So, you want to give up
Nothing’s working out for you
Every time you try to rise above
Something knocks you right back down.
You try to stay strong
You try to be positive
But the pressure gets the best of you.

Life has taken you on a ride.
A ride filled with many disappointments.
Trying to get ahead
Trying to live a good life
Trying to do what’s right.

Need an opportunity.
Need someone to believe in you.
Need a chance to show the best in you.
Pressure on every side
You want to give up
Giving up in not an option
Keep your chin up!

Things are overwhelming right now
Everything is going wrong
Nothing seems to be going right
Keep your head up
Hold it up with pride!

Don’t you dare give up!
Don’t you dare look down on yourself.
Don’t you dare think that you don’t matter.
Don’t you dare think that you’re not loved.
Don’t you dare throw it all away.

See the BEST in yourself!
Take care of yourself.
Be good to yourself.
Respect yourself.
Love yourself.

Make today count.
Make today different.
Make today a new day for new beginnings.
Make today YOUR day!

YOU are somebody! Yes you are!
No matter what anybody else has to say.

YOU count! Don’t ever forget that.

#PoemsaboutLife #Poetry #EncouragingWords #InspirationalPoems 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Be with the one YOU love

Are you “in love” with the one that you’re with, or did you settle? Many people are in relationships that they aren't fully committed to. On the outside, their relationship looks perfect, but on the inside, their heart belongs to somebody else.

My heart goes out to people that are in relationships and/or are married to someone because of status, family, money, etc. It must be torture to be with somebody physically, but mentally, you’re thinking of somebody else. Somebody that you TRULY wanted to be with, but you can’t.

Can you just be honest with yourself for a minute? You know that you still think about him/her. Deep down in your heart you would be with him/her if you could. You can’t and won’t get this person out of your mind. They will forever be in your heart. You sometimes fantasize about “what if.” This person was special to you, and still is. Nobody else knows your thoughts and feelings but you. You wouldn't dare speak of it to anyone.

The thought of him/her brings a smile to your face. You sometimes wish that you had the courage to do what you really wanted to do. But you’re so focused on what others will think of you.

What about YOU? Shouldn't you have the choice to be with who you want to be with? It amazes me how family can say that they love you and that they’re behind you, but if you go against the grain, they’re quick to disown you. Hmm…That’s some real food-for-thought for some of you reading this. Love is NOT controlling.

People should be able to love who they want to love. You can’t help who you fall in love with. Why should anybody have to suppress their feelings? It’s just not right.

I hope this passage helps someone out there. Be with who you want to be with. Your happiness matters. Don’t allow what others may think about you to influence your decisions. It’s YOUR life! Love, be happy, and enjoy life! We only get one life, so why waste it?

Stand up for yourself, be courageous, and most importantly of all, be truthful to yourself. Be with the one YOU love!

#AdviceonLife #AdviceonLove #AdviceonRelationships #ChoicesaboutLove #DecisionMaking 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Slavery Poem by Stephanie Lahart


No hope, No joy, No love, No one to care for me
Broken, beaten, and mistreated
Sold to whoever could afford me
Sold like property and taken away from MY family
Lost, fearful, alone, and tormented daily

Raped by my Master and many others too
I’m just another Nigger to be used and abused
My soul is empty
It died a long time ago
When I was taken and forced to be a slave
A slave to do whatever I was told to do

I had no life
My life was taken away from me
That very moment when I was sold into slavery
My name was changed and I am no longer me
I am now who my Master wants me to be

I, as a person don’t matter, but my labor does
“Go ahead girl!
Get out there and pick my cotton
Cook my food
Come lie in my bed and let me abuse your body
I OWN YOU, and I’ll do as I please!”

Keep your head down
Don’t you dare look them in the eyes
Speak when you’re told, or they’ll be hell to pay
You better work hard and you’d better do right
Or you may get a visit in the middle of the night

You better not cause any trouble
You better not say a word
You better keep your mouth closed
And do as you’re told

Lynched, burned alive, whipped and whipped some more
Whipped ‘til my skin falls off.
Whipped to the bare bone.
Don’t try to run, or you’ll get your foot chopped off
“You can’t run Nigger
I CONTROL you. I OWN you.  I PAID for you.”

Men were broken and afraid to speak up
Referred to as boys
Now isn't that some shit
Couldn't protect or provide for their families
EVIL prevailed. BONDAGE.

Worked our men from sunrise to whenever
Backbreaking work ALL day long
Beat our men
Shackled our men
Degraded our men
Mutilated our men
Took EVERYTHING from our men

Unable to read or write
They made sure of that
Wanted to keep us uneducated
And dependent upon them
Kept us ignorant. That was part of their plan.
Work Nigger WORK! Take care of my land.

The face of wickedness was ugly
But the sad thing about it
This was once our reality
A cold, hurtful reality
Slavery is a part of history
A history of living HELL

Our so-called laws didn't protect us
We were just Niggers
We didn't have any rights
We didn't have a voice

Slave breeding for YOUR profit
Raped our precious, innocent children
Tricked us and put us against one another
Light-skinned Niggers verses Dark skinned Niggers
House Niggers verses the field Niggers


We were Africans, but, because of greed
African-Americans is what we forced to be
Kidnapped and forced to perform labor for free

Broken families
Broken dreams
Broken promises

This is a very sad and hurtful reality.

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