Bold Love: A Letter to My Young Sisters is a love letter full of personal experiences, science and deliberate encouragement to help one move through the challenges related to self-esteem, absent relationships and racial challenges. This body of work is written through the eyes of the writer as if she were her younger self. Bold Love speaks to young ladies and women that may not understand the pathology of their behaviors. Bold Love uses poetry and anonymous testimony to normalize any reader that may feel like their problem is one that only they have faced. Bold Love creates a platform to encourage self-reflection and makes a plea for one to accept their reality and not live in fantasy by holding on to what one believes should have been. The love letter is to encourage a young generation to learn who they are and where they come from and to not allow unfavorable circumstances stunt the promise that was put on their lives.
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Excerpt from Bold Love, A Letter To My Young Sisters
Dear Black Girl,
My journey is worth journaling and one that I believe
can help someone else. Learning to love myself is
a continuous process, and I humbly welcome the
growth that has taken place. Humbled because there was a time
when I thought that to look at me was to see a fat, unhappy,
girl with two birth defects on her face, also known as dimples.
Humbled because I did not let the taunts about my weight or
the fullness of my lips tear me down to the point of no return.
Humbled that despite what seemed to be a life story chronicling
dejection and self-hatred, I am a survivor of my own mind. I
made the choice to release the negative thoughts that had plagued
the mind and soul of a young woman who was yearning to feel
normal. My journey is one that I was too shy and embarrassed to
discuss: I have come from the absence of a parent, sexual abuse,
being talked about, wondering why the boys did not like me, and
hopelessly gazing at my friends and others that I felt had better
lives than mine.
Terri Bolds is a Licensed Therapist, Author, Public Speaker and the Creator of Bold Visions Consulting; a business created to educate the community on mental health, emphasizing on self-esteem and self -empowerment.
Receiving a BA in Psychology and Masters in 2006 from Wright State University; she worked as a therapist for a short period of time before taking positions as an Associate Professor, Mental Health Specialist and substitute teacher over the years.
In 2015, Terri founded her business Bold Visions Consulting focusing on esteem, and empowerment as if she were addressing her younger self. With Bold Visions, Terri has been able to conduct and facilitate workshops, speak and educate on mental health in schools and churches with youth participants; and have been featured in printed publications. Having a passion for writing, Terri released her first self-published booked “Bold Love- A Letter To My Young Sister in 2016, and Bold Choices- They Say I’m Bad to follow summer of 2017.
In partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, she is helping implement the importance of mental wellness and practices of anti- bullying, not only by teaching and literature but also using visuals, interactive activities and experiences.
With more to come, Terri will continue to empower and encourage by traveling and speaking to the masses about the importance of mental health and wellness.
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