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bell hooks said,  “To truly be free, we must choose beyond simply surviving adversity, we must dare to create lives of sustained optimal well-being and joy.”

This photo is a shot of urban university’s Beacon of Light Panel brunch.  Nine women were chosen to speak on our annual panel of mothers to share express their experiences as mothers.  It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon, we had gathered together and began sharing our collective stories.  It was beautiful to see the women slowly open up and share, only to find that they were more alike than not.  There were tears and much laughter. We left understanding that every woman in the room was on her personal journey to joy.