Dedicated to my best friend and touchstone, Nicky W., in celebration of not only our friendship but her birthday month. Thank you for all you do and your willingness to go where I go.
It started with a little girl in tears and it’s been thirty years
A bond was formed that day and remained despite some strays
No matter where we are in life, you are always willing to sacrifice
To go where I go, help when I need and encourage when my heart bleeds
You are the wind beneath my wings
You encourage me to flourish and grow
You keep me grounded and on my flow
You accept all that is me, and help to make life more carefree
You have nursed me through some hard times and celebrated the best of times
Thank you for being you
Thank you for being true
Thank you for being not only my friend
Thank you for being a Godsend
You are truly my sister from another mister
We will be best friends no matter the distance
And our bond will carry on even after our existence
To the woman who has dried many tears, squelched many fears and always sends cheers
Never change, God bless you, thank you and much love to you…my Touchstone!
~Author Mara Prose
Happy New Year Prosers!!! I am so excited about 2018, you have no idea how anxious I am to see how this year pans out. As per my usual tradition, it is time to reflect on the past year.
I have to say that 2017 saw a whole new Mara. My confidence came back, my determination returned and my peace of mind finally came into play. Mara Prose Publishing grew by leaps and bounds, and it went places I never even imagined. But we shall talk about that in a moment, back to the new me. What has changed aside from what I already stated? I healed and I think that is the most important aspect of 2017, is that I healed, let go and forgave. 2017 was the official year of my divorce. In 2016, I truly believe I was trying to hold onto something that I had outgrown, that no longer existed and was terrified of the major changes taking place in my life. I can honestly admit that I truly believed we would repair our marriage, but this past year I realized and accepted that those two people who fell in love so very long ago no longer existed and that love was gone – but that it was all ok and just part of life. In 2017, I let it all go, accepted what was to be and started focusing on the path that God was laying before me. Words cannot express how happy I am at this point in my life. I also stopped doubting the God-given talent of writing and started to embrace it, develop it and hone my craft. Lastly, I rekindled relationships with estranged family, friends and co-workers and built a network of support that was so loving, nurturing and empowering, I had no choice but to grow and flourish. Life is good Prosers and I pray that 2018 is an even better year. I have to give thanks to God, my Mom, My Sister and My Best Friend Nicky W. , for bringing me back to life and encouraging all that is Mara Prose.
2017 was the beginning of my very own radio show! I have to admit that a radio show was never a part of the Mara Prose vision, but I cannot imagine life without it now. Once again, my best friend has joined me in this new endeavor. Bless her heart she was just kind of thrown into it with me and went along willing without question, lol. Everyone should be so fortunate to have such a best friend like mine.
But let me tell you about Prosey’s Corner and the premise of my show. It is the same premise as my blog, my brand and my image: Inspiring, Motivating and Empowering people to FIND THEIR VOICE – just as I have found my voice over the past several years. My guests range from authors, CEOs, musicians, fashion designers and relationship specialist just to name a few. I have to give a shout out to Valerie Denise Jones, Phelo the Great and the entire 4E Media group, and thank them for providing me with this platform. Valerie immediately saw something in me from our first meeting and I will be eternally grateful for all the support, guidance and encouragement she has provided the past few months. I have made a lifelong friend in her and that friendship came with the birth of Prosey’s Corner. So be sure to tune in every Saturday 9am CST/10am EST on 4ERadio.com or you can call the studio line 323-642-1391 and be a part of the show.
2017 was an emphasis on LOVE for me. As I healed, I started to believe in it again. Love comes in so many forms and I have so much love in my life, it would be a shame not to embrace it. As I stated before, I have an enormous support group filled with nothing but love, encouragement and happiness for me. I tear up as I write this because it feels so good to be so loved and to be able to return that love to all my friends, family, and Prosers. I started this year being open to all that Love can bring me this year, and everyday my cup runneth over with LOVE, LOVE, and more Love.
2017 brought me peace of mind. I had been searching for it for so long and to finally have it, feels simply amazing. I pray that everyone finds this type of peace in their life. What does it feel like? It feels like heaven, like walking on cloud nine, and feels like I am constantly embraced by a positive energy so strong, I simply radiate with it. So many want to know what I changed in my life to get to this point.
You simply have to let go and let God. Whatever your spirtuality is, embrace it. You cannot have a victim mentality. You have to own your flaws, your mistakes, people you have hurt and acknowledge the fact that you need to constantly work on being the best YOU that YOU CAN BE. I cannot stress enough to OWN your mistakes and move past them. Let them go, accept the learning experience and grow from it. Life is beautiful and ugly all at the same time. Just always remember that everything is temporary and nothing lasts forever. Enjoy the good, remain strong through the bad and do your best to enjoy this thing we call Life.
The Davenports: A Battle of Wills: Pre-sales start February 3rd, 2018. Official release is March 2nd, 2018!
The Journey to Mara Prose (An Anthology of Poetry): Officially releases May 17, 2018!
Look out for Mara Prose new material to be submitted to several contests this year! It is time to be award winning!
Mara Prose Publishing Clients:
Southern Belles Cook book: Coming 2018
You don’t know me (A Memoir): Coming 2018
Musicianaire Biography: Coming Soon!
I’m SHINING! Thank you to all my Prosers for your continued support. I pray you will continue with me on this beautiful journey and that you have a wonderfully, blessed and proseperous 2018!
Until next time,
Author Mara Prose
On Sunday, October 8th, 2017, I had the pleasure of being asked to blog for my former manager and now friend, A’Cynthia Villery – store manager of Chico’s Pearland Town Square in Houston, Texas.
This was such a special event because our models were actual cancer survivors and it was truly a blessing to interact with such profound women. On display that entire day, were women with prolific strength, determination and strong wills to live.
I am so proud to have been a part of this event and be able to share it with my Prosers. I will now allow the stories to speak for themselves. ~ Author Mara Prose
Pretty Girls With Cancer
Meet Kandice Survivor Chick Rose the Co-Founder & Executive Director Pretty Girls With Cancer. Her non-profit runs strictly on donations that support women with cancer year round. After you read her story and feel in your heart that you want to make a difference by supporting Pretty Girls With Cancer contact Kandice today at http://www.prettygirlswithcancer.com/. Please do not forget to click on the “Our Story” section and read Kandice’s amazing story of survival, passion and purpose.
Let me introduce you to cancer survivor Cindy Ram of Pretty Girls With Cancer that modeled at the Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show. She is a 34 year old Harris County Deputy Constable at Precinct 5, who was diagnosed right before her 33rd birthday.
Tina Russell is another cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer that modeled. She has a family history of cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer February 2009 and her father diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer August 2011, later to lose his earthly life to cancer and to gain his Heavenly life with God Sept 2012. Tina, herself was diagnosed a year later, August 2013 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer DCIS stage 1 and underwent a left mastectomy. What a phenomenal woman is she!!
Diamone Broussard is a cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer; another amazing model for the event. Diamone Broussard is a mother of two, business owner (diamondpieces.net) embellished apparel and jewelry), Breast Cancer Blogger and Awareness Advocate (www.ConfidenceForTheCure.com) and as of this year, a survivor of stage 3 breast cancer!
Tamiko Byrd is also a cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer. A wellness challenge by her employer sent Tamiko, a breastfeeding mom, to her college health services department to complete wellness documents- October 13, 2015 changed her life- she was immediately scheduled for her first mammogram, subsequent biopsy the next day, and on October 26, 2015 diagnosed with Stage III Metastatic Breast Cancer! In disbelief- her college health services scheduled a 2nd opinion at MD Anderson on November 4th, 2015, where two additional tumors were found and her diagnoses was upgraded to Stage IV. Praise God this beautiful, vivacious woman still graces the world with her presence!
Andrea Bradford a cancer survivor with Pretty Girls With Cancer, was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in June of 2014. She is currently in remission but through her faith in God, she considers herself cured. Married to Melvin Bradford, Pastor of Calvary Hill Christian Center Church in MIssouri City, TX; she has 2 children, Melvin Bradford, Jr., and Adrianne Kendrick and 2 beautiful grandchildren, Halo, and Harper. God is good!
Kitty Lane aka Raven Binkley with Pretty Girls With Cancer who modeled at the Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show was diagnosed with AML Leukemia 2012 and a recipient of a Bone Marrow Transplant from her brother. As of September 2017 (after 5 long years), she is in TOTAL REMISSION!
Let me introduce you to another one of our models at the Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show featuring Pretty Girls With Cancer Angel Chenier. She is a 5 month survivor who was diagnosed 12/16/16 with Stage I Bilateral Breast Cancer – Ductal right breast and Ductal and Lobular left breast; detected through an Annual Screening. Her mother, Becky Chenier, lost her battle with lung cancer on February 4, 2015. Angel loves to make gift baskets and plan children’s events.
Thank you ladies for sharing time, your stories and your strength with us!
Special Guest Speakers at Chico’s Cancer Awareness Fashion Show
Dr. Sabrina Echols – Elliott
Dr. Sabrina Echols-Elliott is a family medicine doctor in Houston, Texas. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Cindy Keller is owner of CVM Fierce Fitness, LLC. She is here to help you achieve a balanced lifestyle: spiritually, mentally & physically without breaking your bank or becoming frustrated with the process. Visit her Facebook page today and get signed to Get Right and Get Tight!
Author Mara Prose
Author Mara Prose is not only an author; but a blogger, poet and now radio show host. She has a new podcast in development and her first book is due out shortly after the first of the year (2018). Chico’s is one of her favorite stores and she is always happy to blog for all the fashion show events. You can follow all her upcoming endeavors at www.maraprose.blog