Gratitude For 2015

Photo Credit: Mike Petrucci

How was your 2015? Was it the year of magnificent manifestation as so many leaders prophesized? With little effort, did all of your dreams come true? If so, please invite me to your house for an one-on-one mentoring program because my 2015 was not what I expected at all. Never in my life have I fought such a battle against my own mind.

While I wanted to be painting my new hometown red, I felt more like I was sentenced to a self-inflicted house arrest. The year started with me totaling my brand new dream car and in turn loosing my exciting brand new job. What I was left with was a crappy lawyer, a little government assistance, an emotionally taxing relationship and an opportunity to get clear about God’s purpose for me and my life.

2015, I officially label you “The Year Of Clarity.” Much of this year I spent talking to my “faithful five.” And each of my closest friends were struggling at my side. From the labor of planning and executing a national music tour, to being a black man trying to find employment in a white man’s arena; from managing a 3-year-old who has trouble staying asleep, to breaking up with a lover and long term career; we have gone to the war room y’all and prayed each other through the thick of the thick.

So what are we left we besides our ever growing strength? CLARITY! I am so excited to launch into 2016 with a brand new vision for my life that will serve you and God instead of serving my own ego. My friends are entering this new year with assurance that they are on the right path, a focus on entrepreneurship, holistic healing plans and registrations in programs to start fulfilling new careers.

So, how was your 2015? Was it “The Year of Clarity” for you?









My name is Shannon Elizabeth Murphy Braxton. If I had to choose a title, I would say I am a PICKY MUSE. A poet, a singer, a storyteller and a person who gets VERY pissed off at ignorance and injustice. I hate the word career. “She is at the peak of her career.””How is this job going to help your career?” “Shannon, you need to choose a career.”


I am a freedom fighter, a person who lightens the mood, and someone who refuses to stay silent about things that matter. I spent a year interviewing children about the struggles they face and being the assistant producer of Childhood Matters Radio Show.

I spent several more years as the personal trainer to some of the most fabulous people in the world. And most importantly, I’ve spent my life trying to make sense out of nonsense and heal myself and the people around me with the transformative energy of love.

If you ask me, to live a life in COLOR should be the one and only career. I am excited to share some of my inspiration, and a little bit of my humor with others who are on this journey of creating a fabulous, colorful life.

I am thrilled to welcome Shan back to the blog to contribute whenever her schedule permits! She wrote and collaborated with me for a little over a year. It’s awesome to work with your bestie / sis.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy her honest and heartfelt writing as much as I do.

Shout Out To Timberland Girls!

(Singing to the tune of Jay-Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”)

Photo Credit: Ace Work Gear


I LOVE Tims, Tims, Tims, Tims, Tims…

It’s something about this work boot turned hip-hop fashion staple that makes me feel confident, sexy and able to take on the world. For starters, I don’t have to worry about my feet or ankles getting hurt because they are fully supported and protected.

I don’t have to worry about slipping in rain, snow, or God forbid having a Cinderella moment while running to catch a bus (or a horse drawn pumpkin carriage).

Timberlands GIVE ME LIFE! They now come in so many colors and styles, but nothing tops the classic “Buttas.” I got my first pair of Tims when I was a teenager. It was the 90’s, and they were purple, with a purple bubble jacket to match. You couldn’t tell me S#*! I wore those boots for 10 years until they were dark brown, and only pulled out to shovel snow. If it wasn’t for peer pressure to throw them out, I would have them.

I should still have them because it will take a long time for my 5 year old Buttas to be demoted to snow boots. RIP purple Tims. I had to get rid of the old to make room for the new.

Here are some styles I have my eye on:

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This one’s for you Mel! … Timberlands by Manolo Blahnik


Live In Color – Shannon



WARNING: SCAMS @ Farmers Markets

onionsMany farmers markets will allow just about anyone to rent a table and sell just about anything. You don’t have to be a farmer to look like one.  So, in the sea of produce and products, there are sure to be scammers swimming around.

Recently, I was OUTRAGED, while emptying my reusable bag of produce from a highly populated seller. WHAAAAT!! My onions, had grocery store stickers on them! To make matters worse, the sticker code was 4159. A code for onions which are commercially grown.

After a few days, all of the potatoes I bought from the stand were soft and rotting.

So, this is my attempt to re-channel my PISSED-OFF-TIVITY into positivity.

Don’t be fooled at Farmers Markets …

ALWAYS ask the seller, “Did YOU grow this food?”

If the answer is yes, ask a few follow up questions like, “Where do you get your seeds” and “Do you spray the plants or treat the soil with anything?”

By this point you will be able to feel whether or not you trust the farmer or seller. Even if you don’t speak farming, your gut will tell you if you should shop there or move on to the next!