Hello! I am MJ Smith, a writer, counselor, and speaker. We all need love and acceptance to thrive. We all have a story to use. Mine includes having overcome a past of abuse and disappointment. I have emerged empowered to empower. Healed people heal people. I challenge you to live your life affirmed in a love that has no conditions—the ineffable love of your Creator. His love will fill you with the boldness you need to use your life. His love will both motivate you and protect you. Through comprehending his approval of your presence–amid billions–you can confidently take your leap of faith to a life that pulsates with purpose. I will help you.
MY WRITING ACCOMPLISHMENTS
I’m proud to have won an award for my fictional novelette Making Heaven My Home. It candidly depicts the 1970s coming of age of Raina Reonne. A teenager who was sexually assaulted within a cult-like religious group, she runs away from home at 15 years old, commencing a life of self-abuse through alcohol and drug use. By divine intervention, 17 years later, Raina rises as a phoenix from the ashes, a soaring conqueror over the effects of her past.
I am also proud to have won honorable mention for my first poem, entitled Red Dirt. It represents an amalgamation of my personal heritage, my early college experiences, and my spiritual beliefs. It was quoted in my local newspaper as having been simply “powerful;” thereby, a category was created within the foundation to honor such pieces going forward.
Here, through my blog posts, I share the techniques that I use for both the inner and outer challenges that we all face in life. I aim to communicate the life lessons that have taught me to thrive, despite the bridges I’ve had to cross to the unknown. My faith motto is LYLA: Live Your Life Affirmed!
Living Affirmed: It’s Your Right and Your Responsibility is my current book project that will halt readers’ feelings of insignificance. Readers will be mobilized and equipped to live on purpose despite feelings of shame, guilt, rejection, betrayal, anger, anxiety, and fear. Readers will learn to utilize the power of the Word to anticipate their destinies. They will learn to maintain peace, even amid uncertain times in life.
My years working with children, youth, adults, and the elderly, in both Christian and secular counseling, have created an intensified sense of advocacy within me. It has spurred my passion to see people healed of the lingering wounds associated with their past abuses and failures.
My mission is to help those of you who are stuck in survival mode. Like Raina Reonne you too can thrive. You can be free to live your life affirmed.
I welcome you to grow with me on this journey called life as often as you will join me! LYLA!
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