The Bohemian Princess Journal

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Hi, I’m Rebecca, a writer in eastern North Carolina with a passion for small businesses, the arts, and humanitarian causes. I focus on telling stories that highlight good and promote opportunities to better yourself in life and business.

Most of what you see here is written by me, but I do occasionally host guest writers. Guest writers have their own category, but they are also identified by a clear byline.

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The latest from the journal…

Winners: Yecheilyah’s 5th Annual Poetry Contest 2022

Originally posted on The PBS Blog:
22 Dope Participants 4 Dope Winners!!! Today, I introduce you to the four winners of this year’s poetry contest followed by their Instagram handles. Get on over there and follow them neoww. #1: Buddah Desmond “Ghosts, Ghostbusting History + Visible / Invisible Lives (Freedom is Ours)” (@buddahdesmond) #2: Daphne…

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Yecheilyah’s Self-Publishing Checklist

Originally posted on The PBS Blog:
You are gonna wanna bookmark this one! 1. Professional Edit Editing is first for several reasons, one being that I can’t get the book formatted before it has been properly edited. I determine my production schedule on the date the book comes back from editing. 2. Digital and Print…

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Don’t Judge Your Year One by Someone Else’s Year Ten

Originally posted on The PBS Blog:
One complaint I hear from new Self-Publishers (a lot) is how much they wish they could do what they see other authors doing. Usually, these are authors they perceive are more successful. I say perceive because you really don’t know what that person is going through, has gone through,…

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Overcoming Defeatist Thinking: Relationship Advice from Bishop T.D. Jake’s and Pastor Steven Furtick

In last week’s post we discussed overcoming loneliness by getting outside of your social isolation and meeting people. Something we didn’t discuss is the attitude we have towards others that can hold us back. Something else not in that conversation is the diversity of different cultural experiences coming together to learn from each other. The…

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The Dangerous Place of Loneliness

Wise thinking leads to right living; Stupid thinking leads to wrong living. Fools on the road have no sense of direction. The way they walk tells the story: “There goes the fool again!” Ecclesiastes 10:2-3 MSG Whether you are alone in a crowded room or struggling in isolation trying to connect with real people, loneliness…

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How To Love A Soldier

When you love someone in the military, the thing no one tells you is that you get conscripted too. You are required to move when and where the military dictates. You have to sacrifice your career, family, and friends to keep your marriage together. In addition, you have to be flexible to enjoy downtime with…

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What It Means To Be All-American: Lessons Learned at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA

Earlier this Spring, I had the opportunity to tour the Frontier Culture Museum–a living historical museum–in Staunton, Virginia. The museum uses live interpreters who live in part on-site according to period-authentic ways to be able to explain what life was like for our ancestors. They make their clothes by hand all the way from growing…

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Mindset Medicine: Overcoming Obstacles Through Journaling

Recently internationally best-selling author, Mari L. McCarthy, sent me a copy of her new book, Mindset Medicine: A Journaling Power Self-Love Book. In the book, the author shares 14 writing prompts and ways to heal from mental, emotional, and physical trauma through journaling. I accepted the book to write a book review, but I picked…

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Get Your Hands Dirty!

This is a challenge involving working with your bare hands in soil. It is especially helpful for creatives of all types that find inspiration from nature or are curious to explore it more. It helps to increase contentment and appreciation of what you have and the world around you. It also helps you learn about the partnership between art forms that can help you face and conquer difficult situations.

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Christmas With The Chosen

If you haven’t heard of it already, The Chosen is the first ever television series based on the life of Christ. It presents the Gospel in a way that makes the characters real and approachable. For example, there is a scene when Joseph comes to Bethlehem with Mary and there is no room for them…

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Phinite Drying Systems: Innovation from Australia Brings Revenue and Problem Solution to Pork Farmers

(Previously published in The Duplin Times) On Wednesday, June 29th, an Australian inventor from Crocodile Dundee country visited Duplin County to show pork farmers a way to turn the sludge in their lagoons into additional revenue.  Inventor and founder of Phinite, Jordan Phey, was a water engineer working to bring “simple and robust safe water…

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Art Happens in Wilson, NC

Originally published in Summer SENC Magazine, Adams Publishing Company By Rebecca J. Whitman Stained glass is nothing new to artist Kim S. Joy; she’s been creating in it since 1982. Kim found the beauty of making art in glass through a stained glass class in New Mexico, and she followed that experience with an apprenticeship…

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It’s A Wonderful Life In Mount Olive: How I Launched Into a Full-Time Writing Business in 2021

For eight and a half years, I taught proudly at Wayne Community College. It was a job I had prayed for and thanked God for daily. Then Covid-19 happened, and we all shifted to working remotely. I worked primarily from home, but went into my office occasionally. When I did, everything had changed. Fellowship was truncated. Everyone kept masked in their separate offices and rarely socialized anymore. Covid-19 stole the heart of our connection to each other. That impacted me more than I realized.
This is the story of how I went from teaching and loving it to the scariest thing I have ever done: start a small business.

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How to Study the Bible

Do you struggle to pick up the Bible and read it? Are you someone with multiple versions and study tools but no clue how to use them? The purpose of this post is to help you find a way to ease Bible reading into your life and create sustainable reading patterns. Blessed are those who…

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The Thorn is Not a Thorn

Today is a day of thorns. When this story goes to post it will be Good Friday, the day commemorated in Christianity as a day of fasting and penance for the torture and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. We remember Christ in his sufferings and call it “good” not because of what he endured but why…

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Godmothering: The Power of Mentoring To Change Lives

A year ago or more, I bought this print from my friend Tracey Penrod. The image spoke to me of friendship and motherhood…of dreams yet to be fulfilled. I kept both the impressions and the artwork to myself until today. With permission from the artist to reprint her work here, I tell you that today,…

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Guard the Root! The Importance of Writing Down Your Vision

When God begins to show you your purpose and calling, there are some important steps you need to follow through with to help you keep on track to seeing those goals realized. In this post, we will dig into the scriptures and discuss the importance of writing down your vision, guarding your influences, and avoiding dream killers.

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The State of Education and How Tutoring to the Top is Making a Difference in Wayne and Duplin County, NC

Recently, a local high-school story went viral when it showed old equipment, broken floors, and rats in the school. That story was further detailed with descriptions of fighting and complete lack of control or respect in the classrooms. Teachers are overwhelmed and physically assaulted in classrooms. Administrators are overwhelmed. Students are ruling the room in…

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The 4 Day Movement: A Non-Profit Serving People in Crisis

Pastor DJ Coles and his wife, Ruth, have been givers and servers in ministry for as long as I can remember. Chaplain, youth pastor, recording artist, public speaker, mentor, father, husband, and friend are just a few of the hats that Pastor DJ has worn. In 2013, Ruth began to pray that they would find something that used all their gifts. God answered that prayer audibly on June 4, 2013, at 4:00 in the morning. This is the story of The 4 Day Movement and how one vision has blossomed into an organization bringing real change to Wayne County, North Carolina and surrounding areas.

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Women’s Rights: The Forgotten Fight in Afghanistan

On August 24, I broke over a year of silence to tell you the story of the Afghan refugees, and that story left a lasting impact on me. It also created bonds with those fighting for humanity around the world. This article is a story about some incredible people fighting for equality in hiding in Afghanistan…

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Church Ministry is a Partnership Not Competition: The Story of Pastor Andrew Price and The Bridge, Mount Olive, NC

I grew up under the ministry of Pastor Ferrell Hardison at Whitley Church (now The Bridge) in Princeton, NC. He raised us to see church ministry like we are all part of the same team. Jesus is the name on the front of the jersey; our church name is on the back. What matters is the name on the front of that jersey. I’ll partner with any church that let’s us work with them (to serve our community) because it is about advancing the Gospel not one church over another. This is the story of Pastor Andrew Price and The Bridge Church in Mount Olive NC.

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