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“Lost in Transition”

I’m retreating from the world because it’s hard right now. I hate wearing a mask and I feel like I have to do it daily at work at then at home with my family. I’m tired of pretending I’m strong and have it all together. Right now…I don’t. I’m emotionally, mentally and financially drained. Quite honestly, my life feels like it’s falling apart and I have no idea how to put it back together again.

How do you navigate through these difficult transitions without hiding under your sheets in a sea of your own tears?


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Meet Survivor, Sharon Crittenden

In every broken relationship, I realized I was in a cycle that stemmed from a broken childhood of molestation and verbal abuse. As I grew older, I began longing for love that I didn't get as a child, yet searching for it in all the wrong places. This led to a cycle of always yoking up with the wrong people. I realized that every man I dealt with had unresolved issues as a child or teen. Most importantly, they didn't know and serve the same God that I did.

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Meet Survivor, Jasmine Barnes

What do you do when things don’t go according to plan? What do you do when your world falls apart? When everything you’ve ever known and been taught is in question? What if those things happened simultaneously? How do you make sense of it all? Do you ever? These are all the answers that I’ve searched for over the years. Some are more clear than others. This is my story.

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Meet Survivor, Yolanda Carter

On March 22, 2016, Yolanda suffered a tragic and near fateful domestic violence incident at the hands of her partner. Her partner assaulted her with a hammer. One of her son’s saved her life. As a result of this event, she lost her left eye and has endured 7 surgeries. She has a steel plate placed in her skull and now awaits facial reconstruction surgery to repair the damage from her attack. Her attacker was charged with attempted murder Although the event was traumatic it brought her closer to God, her family and more importantly her willingness to share her story with others.

The Sum of Many Things Store is Now Open!

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Tell Your Story!

The Sum of Many Things will dedicate the month of October to stories of Survival in honor of Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I am looking for women of color who want to share their stories of survival, healing and transformation. It does not have to be about Domestic Violence or Cancer. This is about celebrating our incredible strength and resilience through anything that tried to break you, change you or destroy you. If you are interested in sharing your story, please email me at sumofmanythings@gmail.com.
Tell your story and help another woman heal!

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