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Faitth Brooks is a social worker, speaker, writer, and podcaster. Formed in the Christian tradition and Black liberation theology, Faitth uses her platform to enliven her following for collective liberation centering on the sisterhood of black women. Faitth is crafting communal space where rest, tenderness, and softness are commonplace for...

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  1. I have vowed to laugh more, love more and be tolerant of others! Setting goals for myself is a priority. Regardless what the world is doing I am going to do me without hesitation.

  2. To stop when I can’t go on and just be and to pour back into myself more. It’s been challenging but I never want to be on autopilot again.

  3. This resonated with me. I’m the grandma and auntie who holds the family together. I need a rest and I’m going slow this year. Thank you for writing this. Even if I am the only one, and I will not be, to be moved by this. You are strong in yourself.

  4. Good morning 🌄 ~ your shared thoughts about your life were a reminder for me to be gentle on myself too. I’m sorry for your challenges but clearly they have strengthened you with a spirit of love and kindness. I too came into 2024 with no set expectations or commitments. For me, I’m trying more and more to let go of the idea that I am in control of anything except my choices in life. Of all my getting, I am still lacking c in intangibles. I choose to be more kind and gentle. It requires effort for me. I appreciate your willingness to be transparent. I was supposed to read this and take it to heart. I’m listening God! Lol. I pray your desires are met with joy and happiness 😊.

  5. Hugging you for enduring such a difficult loss AND for your decision to begin this new year softer. Circumstances for me are different, but the lessons are surely the same, sis. 2023 was often like a tornado, hurricane and tsunami all rolled into one hot mess for many of us. God bless you for holding onto hope and to what matters most. Claiming blessings on blessings for you this year, xoxo

  6. I really resonate with this article. Encouraging and supporting others is what I do. However the Lord has asked me to take better care of myself. I started by eliminating a lot of activities this year and spending more time with me and the Lord. The major change is declaring for this new year that I owe No one anything but love and respect. Thank you for the article.

  7. My sister Faitth, my prayer and hope is that she and your husband continue to lean on your God for healing of your loss. Just know that God always knows best for us in each season of life! Your article has sincerely touched me on this morning church shouting and rejoicing experience. As I have also committed to being gentler and softer on this amazing life journey to “Living My Best Life!” God bless you and yours.

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