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Hello! I started this blog to share my voice with the world. A little about me, I’ve been writing since my mother birthed me… or so it seems. It’s always been my “escape”. My outlet. The contents of my blog will vary as I don’t want to limit myself to one specific area. That being said, you can expect mental health related posts, poetry, inspirational/motivational posts, short stories and other things I feel will be beneficial to myself and others.

Aside from writing I’m also passionate about working with children and mental health. I love psychology and enjoy doing research.

6/30/18 – This page is dedicated to updating my reader’s on what’s new with itsjaimaries’ blog!

For starters, I’m in the process of making changes as far as the theme and layout of my blog so I’ll be updating here and there. Currently visitors are able to navigate the site by clicking the menu option. Itsjaimarie is a blog I started in 2015 as a way to share my voice and inspire others. As a writer, I don’t box myself in to one category. However, recently my blog has shifted its focus to mental health. I’ve shared my own personal struggle as well as published numerous posts sharing facts and trying to spread awareness.

Some of the other posts on my blog are short stories and book reviews. I have two short stories available now!

Between the Lines is a short story about a woman named Kim whose been living a picture-perfect life for the past 16 years. That life comes crashing down when she’s forced to look betrayal in the eyes. It’s a fictional story centered around marriage, heartbreak, and murder. Be advised, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Incarcerated Letters is a short story taking place in Sunitha Drews jail cell. Throughout each chapter, which are in the form of letters, Sunitha writes of living through sexual abuse, and the very thing that led to her incarceration: attempted murder. In between flashbacks, Sunitha teams up with a lawyer who has her own painful past. With someone from the law on her side, Sunitha may receive the closure and justice she deserves.

If you enjoy reading I’d appreciate you checking out both of these stories and letting me know your thoughts.

 

Lastly, if we follow one another on Instagram, you know I have a love for libraries and of course, books! Urban fiction is one of my favorite genres but during my last library visit I decided to check out a ton of books on healing, self-acceptance, love, teaching, forgiveness, and Black history. Majority of the books would be considered self-help I suppose. It’s the beginning of 2018 and I’ve set a goal to have a Book of the Month .The book will be something that I feel will help me grow in some aspect of my life. I’ll also feature the chosen book here on my blog with a short review.

 

I’ve always considered myself a writer, even before sharing my poetry online and creating a blog. I’ve talked about how I’ve been writing since I was about 5 or 6. However, in the last few months of 2017…something in me sparked and I realized I wanted to take my passion for writing more seriously. That includes my blog and poetry amongst other things I’d rather do than say. Many of us know how easy it is to say “I’m going to do this”, or “I want to do that.” Then take little to no action to make it happen. I’m choosing to no longer be that person. I’d like to encourage all of you to do the same!

I truly hope you all have a year of full of self-love, growing and healing whatever needs to be mended. I’m hoping for as much positivity as possible and that you find peace. Oh yeah, and of course a successful year! The time is NOW! Let’s accomplish those goals.
– Jai

P.S.: Are you interested in practicing healthy self-care habits? I recently started a “Self-care Tip of the Week” on my Instagram page. Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and while this looks different for each individual, it’s important for your overall health. Self-care isn’t always fun, sometimes it’s tackling the week old sink full of dishes or finding the strength to take a shower after being consumed by depression.

Each week I’ll be posting a new self-care tip as a way to help myself and others build healthy habits. It won’t always be pretty, but it’ll be worth it.

 

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