• Beyonce’s 8 to 2

    By now many of you have seen (or at least have heard of) Beyonce’s Homecoming documentary movie on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, you should. And yes, I am actually suggesting you take a moment to watch Netflix. Beyonce’s Homecoming is an in your face wake up call to many of us, and I highly recommend you view it. [Disclaimer: There are a few unnecessary curse words in the movie but that should not deter you from the messages Mrs. Carter and her excellent production company brought to the screen.] Here are my three takeaways from this movie...

  • Personal Construction Sites

    Starting over hurts…. moving on hurts…letting go hurts…growing hurts. To tell you that these periods in life will be fun-filled with colorful rainbows and fairy dust is to lie to you, and personally I prefer not to lie so early in the morning. In fact, I would rather rip the bandage off right now and let you know that change requires transparency, uncomfortable anguish and, in the beginning, you may even feel like you are going backward instead of forward.

  • I Don’t Want A Fresh Start

    With it being the holiday season, a lot of people are already proclaiming [predictably] that they are getting ready for their fresh start in 2019. Past mistakes are all being wiped away and they are walking to the starting gate, ready to jump into the next year with no connection to their previous setbacks or blunders—a clean slate. No insult or shade to anyone, but I do not want a Fresh Start. I don’t want a do-over. I want to be able to take the experiences and lessons from my past with me to motivate and provoke me to move forward.

  • I Sometimes Get These Moments

    I sometimes get these moments, days and even weeks where my words fight for release. And to any writer that may sound like a good thing, but to be honest, it isn’t always a great feeling and sometimes it can be very intense. The thing is, even though my words are trying to break free, my mind understands the repercussions of that freedom and it tries its best to hold them in. It knows that with each post written, each chapter prepared, each article or interview done, there would be more transparency to who I am and the evolution that is part of the growth process

  • Three Year Blog Anniversary: The Journey has just Begun

    Today marks Three years since the birth of UnCaged Phoenix. If you had asked me prior to three years ago if I could have imagined that this is what I would be doing, trust me the answer would have been No!!!! Nonetheless Uncaged Phoenix has developed into an inspirational hub where people can feel free to read about topics that are normally kept hidden under the family kitchen floor and away from the neighbors. It covers the topics that drive employees into the office bathroom with anxiety when they feel alone and powerless. It delves into the doubt and anxiety of being an entrepreneur or going back to school and…

  • Climbing Into Your Future

    I have pondered and pondered on what I would write about for 2018’s first blog post. I considered writing something real deep, bearing in mind all of the highs and lows of 2017. I considered something upbeat as a compass to where I would like 2018 to follow. Guess what? No matter how much I tried, the words in my head refused to behave and decided to come out the way they wanted to — with no real considerations to my feelings or my game plan. Life has been like that… it does what it wants when it wants and how it wants.

  • Fall-ing Into Place

    It is time to Change! It is time to Evolve! It is time to Transform! What you did yesterday is barely working for you today. So how the heck do you think that it is going to work for tomorrow. Life itself is a huge ball of constant movement; there is always going to be change. Refusing to evolve, transform and to allow growth is the same as shouting out to the universe that a tree is smarter than you and has more purpose than you do. Now remember, I love nature and the beauty of trees. But I have accepted that my destiny is too great to just sit…

  • What Do You Do With Your Broken Pieces?

    What do you do with your broken pieces? What do you do when things have not gone the way you planned or expected them to and all you are left with are the pieces of your dreams and your expectations? What do you do with the pieces that haunt and hurt you as those around you hold them over you like ghosts to your loss of possibilities? What do you do?