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When Art & Reality Intersect…Beautifully

“I left feeling like I had to bring my children to see this play. I know there are moments that they would relate to and I am anticipating some eye opening conversations with them. Pipeline is an absolute must see and I highly recommend it, especially for parents, educators and students”.

Special thanks to Victory Gardens Theatre and Black Bloggers Chicago for the opportunity to cover such an outstanding event.

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Happy Birthday Langston Hughes!

D. Sanders reviews a incredible night of poetry, song and prose at City Winery Chicago




The Life Audit- Week 4: Health & Wellness

As we audit different areas of our life, we are taking inventory of things that we can change, alter, adjust or do differently in order to enjoy a better quality of life. Our overall health and wellness is essential. Wellness is the state of being in good health. This is a process of becoming more aware and making choices towards living healthy. It’s much more than physical; it involves our mental health and our emotional health. This week we are auditing how our bodies feel as we navigate through the ebbs and flows of life.

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The Relationship Audit-Week 3

Is it time to reduce someone’s time in our lives? Should I spend more time cultivating other relationships in my life? Sometimes in writing it down, we are better able to discern how and with whom we are spending our time with and how it reflects the overall quality of our lives.

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The Spiritual Audit-Week 2

We live in a world where we try to control and plan everything. We are overscheduled and celebrate “busyness”. As a result we often deal with emotions such as fear, worry, doubt and overthinking. This portion of the Life Audit is about identifying ways to enjoy life right now no matter what the circumstances may be. It is about discovering what makes us feel alive.

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The Character Audit-Week 1

Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. This week as part of the Life Audit, we will be examining our character. Our Character is the foundation of who we are and I thought it was important to audit this area of our lives first. Who are you? What do you believe? What morals and standards do you have? This is a time for reflection. Think about the very core of who you are and how you want to live your life.


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About D. Sanders

My logo, a woman blooming from a Lotus, represents everything that I am and everything I hope to be; a woman blooming from wounds, hurt and pain. One petal at a time, I am blooming into my purpose. In spite of being surrounded by the muddy waters of life, I flourish. The Sum of Many Things is a Lifestyle and Personal Development Blog a for women of color who do it all in spite of “life’s mud”. It is my hope that I speak for women who refuse to be confined or imprisoned by their circumstances but instead bloom from wounded spaces.” This blog is a piece of my heart that I share in the hopes that we heal, grow thru it, survive and thrive. This is a “safe space”, without judgement or preconceived notions of womanhood, motherhood, sexuality, and femininity. We define who we are and who we want to be. We are the Sum of Many Things but in all things we remain beautiful and blooming into our purpose and destiny. Thank you for visiting my website and I hope to connect with you soon!- D Sanders