Silence Broken…

with gratitude, compassion is my attitude,
donations, support, confirmation – I’m totally doing my part
Focus, surrender, love, God-given, tender,
Like a mothers’ unconditional heart, my desire to empower
survivors has always been real – wisdom I must impart

God’s putting me to the test with uneasy task, humbling myself,
to simply make that ask, God turning it over and over into an
abundance, overflowing with love, support,
happy darts from you, straight to my heart –

All because, I’ve found and I see the discipline of being
intentional with you and me, to ask from the start, the works
of the Lord, they all supplement my heart through your hands

I give all thanks of abundance to the great I AM
I decree, I declare an abundance in this atmosphere
Go Fund Me you see and pour out support for this
violence afflicted community

For healing, God, I think you, for awareness and clarity
no longer blind to a cause the entire world must see
because violence holds consequence and I’m here to come
to the support the survivors defense

Empowered against the silence, each woman stepping away
from and past domestic violence and into the light of
their brilliant abundance.

Blameless they are not, for you this I’ve fought, tearing
down cultures os hame, I walk with you and I want to know
your name, because violence cannot be forgotten, nor silence,
nor watered down, she has a name and this victim, you shall
not blame.

Support my efforts to attend #theblackupstart2k15 bootcamp and product development and production cost! I’m healing survivors and changing the culture of shame attached to violence.

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What I’ve been up to….

Hello everyone,

It’s been quite some time since I’ve sat down and posted any poetry.  There’s a reason why, I’ve been busy working hard on my non-profit!  I’ve just launched a fundraising campaign that you can read about below.  I’m really excited about the path God currently has me on and I would love your support.  You can support by sharing this with your networks (share via FB, Twitter, or even your own blog) or by making a contribution.  The only way this work can be done is by the support of the community — I hope I can count on your support of a #repost and/or contribution.

STAY TUNED FOR SOME POETRY PIECES I’VE BEEN WORKING ON!!!

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The Black upStart Bookcamp Fundraising Campaign!

1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point during their lifetime. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.  In the African American community, those statistics are grave at 1 out of 3 women.  Due to these statistics and those within my own family I have dedicated more than 10 years of my life’s work to advocacy in crisis intervention and being a change agent for rape culture in America.  I am Corinn Marquis , Founder, and CEO of Brilliant Abundance.

I know my personal story as an indirect survivor to my mother and my passion for advocacy post-crisis intervention that I was destined to found Brilliant Abundance, a personal development, and spiritual wholeness non-profit targeting women, identifying as indirect (secondary) and direct (primary) survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and/or child abuse. Survivors of violence are much more likely to be affected by depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism,  drug abuse, and suicide. Nationally and locally there are several programs targeting direct survivors in crisis, but it’s much harder to find resources for continued healing and growth, especially for those secondarily affected.  This is where Brilliant Abundance comes in! As I endured the process of my own healing, I came to understand that there is a great need for advocacy post-crisis intervention for not just women primarily affected, but those who are also secondarily affected.
 
Help Me Break Another Glass Ceiling – with TUITION ASSISTANCE!

Out of nearly 100 applicants, I was selected along with 20 African-American entrepreneurs to join the Black upStart Bootcamp! The BootCamp trains African-American entrepreneurs to start successful and profitable businesses, with an emphasis on product development. As many of you know, I successfully completed a program on Entrepreneur Success Training that allowed me to finalize a business plan and begin visual branding for Brilliant Abundance  — a non-profit focusing on personal development and spiritual wholeness for women who identify as indirect (secondary) and direct (primary) survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and/or child abuse, post-crisis intervention services.

Through enrollment of this Bootcamp, I will be able to take Brilliant Abundance to its next phase, which is product development.  As an avid believer in self-accountability and growth, I am constantly working to improve my skills and the foundation of my business knowledge; when I learned about the Black upStart Bootcamp, I knew it was the next step in advancing my business acumen as an African-American woman entrepreneur and in growing Brilliant Abundance. This Bootcamp hasn’t even started yet and I’ve already begun the fundraising training!  Believe me, fundraising is a hard task for most and I’m grateful to pick up tips to enhance my skills and success rate in building capital.  At the completion of this Bootcamp, I will be trained in how to brainstorm a viable business idea, build a product, test the product, and create a plan to sell that product for profit.

This Bootcamp will allow me to create a great product for program participants, identifying as indirect and direct survivors, which will allow these women to enhance their personal development skills, heal from past pain, move away from the trauma and pain caused by violence, and into a joyful life of Brilliant Abundance.

Here is my goal: Get 12 People to Donate $25 (or more before Bootcamp begins on November 12, 2015)

In my search for programs that cater to the needs of women and/or African-Americans, I’ve not seen anything as beneficial as the Black upStart Bootcamp . Previous to finding this Bootcamp, I successfully created a stellar business plan that includes the curation of a workbook to supplement a workshop series, a healing miracle journal, and an inspirational planner that will aid program participants in maximizing their personal development and healing to become whole through an Entrepreneur Fellowship with Empowered Women International.

Where I’ve found myself in need of additional training is with product development — and that is where the Black upStart Bootcamp becomes the perfect resource and solution to getting Brilliant Abundance closer to its official program launch. I am excited to build awareness and strategize to move past barriers that affect African-American entrepreneurs when starting a business and raising capital — the Black upStart Bootcamp is not only going to take my training and skills to the next level, but it’s going to push Brilliant Abundance closer to its program launch and busy with the work of healing survivors of shame, post-crisis intervention services!

The Impact: You Become a Supporter of Brilliant Abundance (ME too!) and Assist in Making a Courageous Black Woman a Successful Entrepreneur

Please consider contributing to cover the cost of my tuition! Thank you so very much for believing in me!  Any dollar raised over $300 will go towards product development expenses for Brilliant Abundance!

Thank you for considering to offer your support and #b_abundant

Reaching and even surpassing this goal will have me over the moon excited for the potential progress that can be made in getting Brilliant Abundance programming launched and starting the process of helping survivors move past shame and into their Brilliant Abundance — healed, whole, and complete.

Support my efforts to attend #theblackupstart2k15 bootcamp and product development and production cost! I’m healing survivors and changing the culture of shame attached to violence.

¡pWrite…destiny awaits

Purple pWrite

What’s going on bloggers, readers and persons who just happen to stumble by…Welcome to Peach Pit Propaganda and I suppose welcome to the pieces of my life that I decide to share through this web venue. It’s been so long since I’ve checked in…I mean I haven’t had a pWrite since June! Yikes!!! But rest assured since then things have been going amazingly well in my life. No major milestones have been hit yet but the planning for such major mile stones are definitely underway. Well maybe it’s not entirely accurate for me to say that no major milestones have been achieved because that wouldn’t be entirely true. I’m taking the necessary steps to advance my life down the path that God has always destined me to be on.

Through tons of planning and restructuring of my vision boards (yes I have more than 1) I am able to see things start to align in ways that I hadn’t even imagined. So I guess I’m going to briefly go into testimony mode with y’all. God is working in my life and I’m working to get my life lined up—completely with Gods will and not just my desires. The end of November I started working again and at that time I hadn’t even been looking for a job. But I get a call from an agency that I had previously signed on with to look for work a couple of years ago and the opportunity they presented to me was one that would definitely be up my alley and look great on my resume! When I started the pay was decent and after my
initial 4 week contract ended God blessed me with a renewed contract (long term) at a way better pay rate!

Now for most of the time that I’ve been in my graduate studies program I have not worked and adjusting to live the life of a less financially bless student was an adjustment but since I had already made the adjustment it has been easy for me to save funds (now that I’m working) and handle business that will prove to make my future more stable and better equipped to flourish fluidly.

I’m excited and I hope to share more details with you all as things continue to unfold—I’m waiting on decisions from a few people for a few things and can’t wait to share good news and jump into the new chapters that come with those plans.

¡pWrite…fulfilled…enlightened.

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted a pWrite…so welcome to my update. Things are going phenomenally well in my life. I am so blessed and give all honor and praise to God who is the head of my life! Hopefully, I can soon motivate myself to starting posting poems more frequently and getting back involved with the Jingle poetry community (I MISS YOU ALL!!! And YOUR POEMS!!!). I’m doing very well in grad school and I now have just over a year under my belt!!! YAY!!!! Beyond that after applying and interviewing for a few opportunities I am happy to share that this summer I will be working two paid internships—which is awesome in itself because paid internships are hard to come by. I’m so happy to be an advocate and volunteer at a Rape crisis center and I’m truly feeling fulfilled in many of my purposes in this life…I’m doing Gods’ work and excited and convicted to be doing so…I’m keeping it short as I’m actually at a coffee shop studying right now…but I needed a temporary break LOL…enjoy the week my friends!!!

¡pWrite…Thanksgiving

Today is a day where everyone across the nation (hopefully) gives thanks for all of the good and bad that has occurred in their lives—or maybe just thanks because their family gets to have a hot meal when they would otherwise lack. Today I give thanks for all of the great that God is doing in my life. Today I give thanks for the strength and courage to make change in my life. Today I give thanks that I get to travel home for christmas to be with my friends and family. Today I give thanks for Sonya Renee and her R.U.H.C.U.S. movement.

Today I give thanks with a grateful heart for God has been blessing me continually. I’ve accomplished so much this year and there is more to accomplish before the year ends. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, happiness and hope God Bless you all.

¡pWrite…yogi?

I’m once again in the library on my grind. I’m taking a short break so I decided to write. This will be short and sweet 🙂 I’m gaining much momentum in this thing called life as I make plans, execute them and remove them from my list of things to do. I have been going to yoga courtesy of this living social deal that was 15 classes for $15 and when I first started going can I say it was like death trying to get those dang poses and stretches and now I’m getting better and stronger! I might just be ready to venture off on my own once I’m finished with the classes from the deal. Today I was in there sweating my life away asking myself if it was due to the fact that an hour before I had some coffee…either way after yoga is over the stress is always gone from my shoulders–which is wear I hold stress…I’ve not had any true motivation to write any poetry but hopefully the motivation will come back…it’s hard for me to write and channel my emotions to write when my life feels at peace.

Peace & Blessing

¡pWrite…Welcome Home

I’m so tired right now…my allergies have been kicking my but since Oct. 1…thank goodness it wasn’t on my birthday that I was feeling like this–I wonder if I have an allergy cold.  If I wasn’t sure before I am definitely sure now that I am full throttle in the the 5th cycle of 7…let me repeat that just in case you missed it…I’m in the 5th cycle of 7 [Devine Interventions 7:11].  It’s an amazing new cycle and I’m learning to be more “obedient” in the sense of being disciplined and aware of God’s presence in and through my life.  Tonight I went to CAYA–which is a young adults celebration (church service) for ages 18-40 years old and it only happens once a month.  The visiting reverend tonight was amazing!  I messed around and joined the church!  (welcome HOME to me)–that’s how awesome this man of God was…he preached about David and Goliath but that wasn’t the start of it…we started in 1 Samuel 16 where the story talks about David being anointed and then going back to the field. The overal message was around us being obedient to God and recognizing that our opportunities in God are often masqueraded in opposition/adversity.  It’s so real if you think about it…when do you learn the most? When your faith is being tested, right? RIGHT! Anyway I’m going to take my tail to sleep…my next pWrite will be about R.U.H.C.U.S (Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US)…until my next journey begins peace and blessing upon you all.

Love…Ms. Peaches

Souls Pain

Deep in your soul
Pain so fresh it’s
Hard to ignore
But through it all
He holds onto
All control…

Through tears and
Sorrow—his amazing
Grace holds steady in
It’s place, try hard
To not ignore just
Stand and be still
For we all have pain

Through clenched teeth
Angry fist, eyes red
And fear, everyone hurts
At what cost do we
Choose to give in?
When if we just trust
And have faith, our
God, you know
Will heal all hurt

Up hill battles, down
Fall into prickly
Throttles, cuts bleed
Deep, but healing
Comes in the
Morning light

This piece was also inspired by one of Kirk Franklin’s songs from the Album “Hello Fear” –let it speak to your soul!

¡pWrite…library praise

I’m currently at the library, I’ve taken a pause…a God pause. I needed a moment of silent praise. A young loved one seems to be going through it and I decided to share with her some of my newest favorite Kirk Franklin songs, with hopes that she will meditate on the words and let God speak to her and take away her pain…in doing so I got caught up in the spirit myself and am seriously sitting in the library giving God the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit all the praise! Where would I be without God? Seriously, I just resigned from my job with no prospect of another and I’m financially stable. How could that be other than God? It seriously couldn’t be. While I figure out what my next move is supposed to be I will use this time wisely to “clean house” my house. Not to be confused with the house that I live in but my spiritual house, which encompasses so many things. I’m happy and it’s been a long time coming for me to get here. I can remember the struggles of my early twenties and they were no joke. From not having money to keep up the bills to making bad decision where my finances were concerned. Throwing caution to the wind and going for broke in whatever the endeavor was—I’ve learned so much from that which I’ve come from SANKOFA!!!! And please do not be mistaken there is still much more for me to learn.

I am…Like you

Inequity shaped me
Tribulations through
Trials, begging for
Your truth, broken
And shattered, still
Lord I SEEK you
I am…I am…I am

A testimony so
Great, despite young
Age, experiences
Taught lessons, learned
Even when I fell,
In pain and agony,
I survived…because
I am…I am…I am…

On my way to
Mountains high
Through valleys low
Still a believer, given
Your name, True is
God’s love to be
You gave unto me
and like you
I am…I am…I am

Not by mistake,
But by fate, my faith
Has driven me to
A Godly place,
Even lost and confused
Standing I am…
I am…I am…

Closer and closer
Like you I strive to be
But simply I am…I am
On my way to be who
I am, in all your Glory
I am…I am…I am

I am…Like you

Inspired by Kirk Franklin – “I am”
Note to readers: Every time I hear this song I’m filled with joy. When I close my eyes and just listen I get chills. So for believer even non-believers I hope this piece and even this song gives you profound inspiration TO BE!

¡pWrite…happiness

We all want happiness, right? I came across a script I want to share with you all… “a longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul.” Proverbs 13:19 –what a beautiful scripture that is…I found this little love book and I was looking through the pages and stopped when I came across the page discussing the 7 requirements for happiness.  As I read them I thought wow I want all those things and all those things definitely make me happy – so I’m now sharing them with you wishing you happiness in the attainment of these 7 things.

According to Mark & Debra Laser there are 7 requirements for happiness

The Seven Universal Desires (in which God created us with):

1.       The desire to be heard and understood

2.       The desire to be affirmed

3.       The desire to be blessed

4.       The desire to be safe

5.       The desire to be touched

6.       The desire to be chosen

7.       The desire to be included

God Bless

Ms. Peaches…

 

¡pWrite…The Wake up

I was in a constant struggle to wake up early in the morning.  Rather than hitting snooze until 7am – I’ve been successful thus far despite the fact that I’ve been going to bed later than normal.  However, morning mediation is better than evening mediation because it kind of sets the tone for the rest of the day.  I’d like to try to shave 10 minutes off so that I can get more things done in the morning rather than once I get off work at 6pm or later [because really how often do I really leave on time?]. This way I can also insure that I have breakfast not just mediate [in addition] to my normal morning task.  Last week I was up at 7am or after so things are already looking up – first thing I do is hit my iTunes remote control thru my iPhone and then turn the dial on the heat up before I get on the floor for mediation on big pillows.  I am certain that once the pattern is adapted I’ll be able to do this with ease.

God Bless

Ms. Peaches…

 

¡pWrite…love series

I haven’t been having Starbucks…I actually haven’t been “needing” it…I only drink it [it seems] as something to do…or maybe it’s because my vitamin D levels are rising and I’m not feeling so awfully tired. Either way…the Starbucks [fast] is going well.

Over the weekend I found several poems that I’ve written over the years that I’ve never posted on my blog…so over the next few weeks I’ll begin posting these poems in what I will refer to as “The Love Series” – These poems will consist of love, happiness, confusion of love and even hurt – but I want you all to know that these poems are not a reflection of the way I am currently feeling. They are [indeed] of feelings I had in the past…

God Bless

Ms. Peaches…

 

pWrite…updates I guess

It’s been a few days since I’ve done a pWrite – my bad! I’ve been so busy at work (which is when I normally post) that despite the fact that I’d written post I didn’t post them…I digress. Things are going…There are only what 7 days left in the week and I guess about 2 weeks before lent starts – so I really am ready to get things in order and finalized to generate and commit to self discipline and spiritual growth and abundance.

Let’s see sugar – well it is what it is – last week went great but seems like because I decided to give it up I want to have it more – which further shows me my rebelliousness to the rules! *ridiculous* but we still have the rest of the month to go and I know I got this [for I’ve planned out meals/snacks for the week].

Workouts – these are going well despite the fact that I didn’t work out today (and not that it’s too late to hit the gym now] but I’m not…

Meditation – haven’t done this in a few days either…but it’s all great because I’m learning in the process still – despite the fact that I don’t do everything everyday…

God Bless

Ms. Peaches…

 

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Now playing: Kevin McCall – Compliments
via FoxyTunes

¡pWrite…working it out

I’m up bright and early this morning feeling great. I feel accomplished getting up earlier than I need to because I am able to get things done that I don’t particular care to do after I get home from work everyday.

The workouts have being going great…I know it’s only been 2 days this week [that have past] but Monday I indulged in some kick boxing! Man, is that class a lil’ beast. Last night I decided to do some Total Body Conditioning…whew am I sore this morning…day 2 effects from the Kick boxing and then I added “insult” to injury…But it feels good [despite the hurt].

I think mentally I am now 100% committed to the [non]use of sugar…I feel good inside…now to totally adapt to the meditating…it’s a work in progress to say the least…be blessed yall…

God Bless

Ms. Peaches…

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Now playing: Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
via FoxyTunes