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Health and Wellness: Reset to Refocus

By Shonda Mayes

Being a creative is amazing! Having the ability and God-given talent to create things that others enjoy is super rewarding. It also, however, can be draining. Sometimes, we don’t even realize that our cups are depleted, and we need to reset and refocus. However, implementing strategies to re-fill our cups can do wonders for our creative minds and get us back in the game to create the magic that we love to share with others.

So, what can we do to make sure we take the time to reset before exhaustion sets in and disturbs our gift? Well, I’m glad you asked! I have a few tips that I’ve used to help me whenever my mind is blocked, and I need to shift.

Fasting-Fasting is a great way to clear the mind, body, and spirit. As an author, sometimes my diet is trash. I often keep late hours and eat on the go. As a result, I sometimes choose foods that are not the best for my body or mind.

Read the full article in the latest issue of Intellectual Ink Magazine: June 2022 - Kindle edition by S Gray, Erick , Stokes, Haikeem, Moore, Ms Michel. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Follow (La) Shonda (@shondamayes) • Instagram photos and videos



Crystal and her best friend Reniece have been joined at the hip ever since middle school. Now in their early twenties, the dynamic duo decides to move from their home town of Columbus, Ohio to the vibrant city of Miami, Florida and embark on a new life.

Everything was going well until they meet a sexy and wealthy man in the club that they both set their eyes on. Healthy competition is one thing, but the strong friendship will soon be tarnished with lies, betrayal and deceit!

Find out what happens in part one of Behind Her Back!



Delaware Division of the Arts

Individual Artist Fellowships

Cash Prize: $6,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 8/1/22

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and three Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative... read more

Granum Foundation

Granum Foundation Prizes

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 8/2/22

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $5,000 will be given annually to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to support the completion of a manuscript-in-progress. Up to three finalists... read more

Literary Arts

Oregon Literary Fellowships

Cash Prize: $3,500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 8/5/22

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. These include... read more



Are you wondering what your horoscope says for your birthday? If you are born on July 15th, here is what you can expect!

The horoscope for those born on July 15th says that this year is going to be a time of change and growth. You will have opportunities to learn new things and grow as a person. You may also find yourself in new and exciting relationships. Be open to new experiences and enjoy the journey!

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