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I, along with other authors, were interviewed about our book, Mind Matters: A Resource Guide to Psychiatry for Black Communities. Please check it out! I’m working on doing my part to make the works a better place!

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Please feel free to contact me for your copy of the book or it can also be purchased on Amazon.

Letting Go of Love

We’re officially in the holiday season, and the holidays make me think about love. Love sometimes feels like a mythical concept that is deeply embedded in our culture but appears to be constantly evading us. So, what is love? Side bar:  I miss being able to flip through a paper dictionary, but let me not digress. I looked at multiple definitions, and this is the one I like the most, especially for this blog.

Love (as defined by noun
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

3. sexual passion or desire.

For the purpose of this blog which is centered around romantic love, let’s combine a few of these to get to this description: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person that includes a feeling of warm personal attachment. Now that the framework and perspective has been laid, we can get to business.

There are few conundrums surrounding love. First, how do you get or find love. Once you find it, how do you keep it. If you lose it, how do you recover from a broken heart. Continue reading “Letting Go of Love”

The next post is done.  Stay tuned for it to post tomorrow!  Thanks for your encouragement and patience.

Much nub,

Dr. Ericka

The Beauty of Slowing Down…

Hi, folks! I’m bringing my blog back from the brink of death…or at least a coma. Thanks for hanging in there with me while I was focused on other things. Well, I’m back (said in my best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) and have no excuses. I have so many blog posts that I have started, but it’s time to be about the business of following through to completion. Well, it’s time to get on to what I actually started writing today to say.
I noticed the most beautiful clouds on my flight today. They were like someone blew up the fluffiest white cotton candy that they could find and made it so dense that it looked solid. The clouds were a brilliant, bright white and looked like sculptural designs. What made this special beyond the beauty of it? The first thing is that I stopped to even open the shade on the plane to begin with. I’m a big window seat person, but that is more motivated by my desire to have some space that is decisively my own than the window itself. In today’s electronic culture, an open window shade also is an invitation for glare on my iPad. I know…another first world problem. In addition, I also had to slow down long enough to truly look and take in everything that I was seeing. I had to appreciate the curves of the clouds, the subtle shading of blue that framed it, and the way the sunlight bounced off the clouds and created shadows that gave the clouds even more texture.
This need to slow down brings me back to realizing that part of what has kept me away from my blog is the kind of all or nothing speed of my life. I’m either going full steam ahead and moving at a frantic pace, or I’ve shut down entirely. Today, I was reminded all of the wonderful things that happen when I slow down. After that lovely flight, I was able to walk in and get a massage at the spa immediately. To top that off, this was one of the best massages of my entire life. Random strangers smiled and stopped to talk to me as I walked. I felt like I might as well have the music playing and birds flying around me like Cinderella.  

When was the last time that you slowed down for something other than sleep? Let’s all take the pace down a notch, so we can mindful and grateful for each moment. If we string enough of these moments together, we have no choice but to be happy. Who doesn’t want to be happy? Make today count!
Much love,
Dr. Ericka 

The Bestseller campaign launches tomorrow with the release of the ebook for Thinking About Quiting Medicine at the low, low price of $2.99.  You can get a copy at Link to purchase.  I’m so excited!  Becoming an author is a dream come true.


The President and My Birthday

I can’t believe it’s my birthday. I received a great gift on accident. President Barack Obama spoke shortly before the stroke of midnight of my birthday. There I was, curled up on the couch in my pjs watching DNC coverage. The introductory video had me already crying. I know I’m a softie, but I was still caught off guard. His dedication, compassion, resilience, and brilliance were perfectly captured. Then, his speech had me crying again (real tears…not one or two crocodile tears). Luckily, I was able to not do the ugly cry – even though no one was there to see it. The President’s speech embodied a spirit of hope and love. His genuine love for all human beings, along with his passion and dedication, were inspiring. His energy was the perfect way to start off my birthday. Continue reading “The President and My Birthday”

Christmas thoughts of love, mom, and the holiday spirit…

I’m chair dancing to Christmas music while hanging out with my mom as she wraps gifts. I feel so overcome with blessings. Those that know me, know that I am prone to mushy moments. LOL. I’m sitting here watching my mother while trying not to look creepy by staring. I am beyond blessed to have such a great mom. She’s so full of love and Continue reading “Christmas thoughts of love, mom, and the holiday spirit…”

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