but I'll put it here anyway! I wanted to introduce myself and share a little about me with the group. I'm Sapphdia or Sapph for short. I am a 26 year old African American woman from the suburbs near Philadelphia, PA. I own my own business selling candles, adult novelties, lingerie, and such. I even created my own website. Right now I am on a spirtual journey to get closer to God. Amazingly enough, it started after reading Iyanla Vanzant's Spirit of a Man. For those who haven't read it, she talks about discovering who you are and becoming closer to God. She talks about how God is within you and about how in order for situations within our lives to be better and to combat that which harms us, we need to give it to God. We need to have faith in God and in ourselves that those things that we want in life we can have, and that which is negative in our lives is as a result of the decisions we have made while we have toxins within us, while we are operating out of anger, fear, shame, guilt, selfishness, and so on. The book talks about being honest with ourselves and those around us. She says that in loving ourselves and learning who we are, forgiving, surrendering, atonement and acknowledgment, our minds and our hearts will come into alignment and our lives will come into balance. This book has changed my life and since then I have been reading, praying, journaling, meditating, and being honest with myself and others. Through my spirtual journey I have discovered my purpose which is to teach, counsel, and share. I have learned that I have the power within me to do what I want and that no one can hurt me. This past two weeks have been different for me. God has spoken through many different people to me about things that I am going through that I choose not to share. This may sound weird to some of you, but I can feel God every now and then within me like flickering flashes of light. When I feel that there is something I am supposed to do, I do it. When my spirit says go here, I have and each time, I am rewarded. I was on google and I came across this site. I have been blessed to read the words of so many intelligent sisters and brothers including, but not limited to, Destee, Aquil, Mike Ramey, Amun-Ra, Mkhaya lo', Gary Booker, and Rich. Through your posts I have learned many things. God has spoken through you to me and those things that you have said make me stronger in my believe that God is real, I have a purpose, I CAN make a difference, and that there is unity amongst us as a people. Thank you all for being here and I look forward to the years to come where we all continue to share and learn from each other.