People often look at me and think that I have it all together — mostly because that’s what I’ve led them to believe.

I haven’t always been this big bundle of AWESOMENESS you see out here in these internet streets, and in the words of Langston Hughes, “LIFE FOR ME AIN’T BEEN NO CRYSTAL STAIR”.

It’s been filled with lots of tragedy, trauma, heartache and heartbreaks.  As a matter of fact, it wasn’t that long ago that my life was in complete shambles. I was carrying around so much bitterness and anger, and unforgiveness was wreaking havoc on my life.

In hindsight, it was such a miserable existence – loneliness, unhappiness and so much unrest. So, I did something about it! I took my life back and I’ve never been happier.

For several weeks I’ve been sharing the stories of some amazing women, but now it’s my turn to GET NAKED!  I cannot lie, y’all.  I was a little  nervous about it, which is why it took me so long to release this episode.  Seriously, I was supposed to do this a month ago.  But my fears got the best of me.  I was like Shirley, are you really ready to get THAT naked before your listeners, but here I am taking my clothes off  because I realize that my story is not about me — it never has been.  It’s about those I’ve been called to serve and if you’re listening this episode or reading this post, you’re included in that number.

So here goes……..

In this episode you get the raw, unedited, uncut version of me – the me without the mask.