My History of Pain to Happiness

Desperation and despair clouded my memory and angered me to my most damaging extremities. My very first child was a miscarriage; I got upset, started throwing a tantrum and miscarried. I blamed myself for not taking the time to think of my body and baby first. This year would have been Lil baby’s 18th birthday; I tell people I have three children when in actuality I have three on earth and one in heaven whom I will see again one day. Today I celebrate seeing my children grow and blossom into fabulous, outgoing, smart individuals.

My grief started when my Grandfather passed away. I watched him take his final breath, this was not easy for a mere 14-year-old. Two years, later my grandmother, or (madear) as we called her, passed when I turned 16. Consequently another blow to my core. I remember at her funeral, all seven of her children kissed her on the cheek; as she lay in her casket. When my chance came to see her for the very last time, the usher came to escort me, and I froze like a stone. I didn’t want to see her in the casket; therefore I could not say goodbye. Believe it or not, her spirit often reminds me of “What a mistake I made?

Daddy passed from AIDS, given to him by blood transfusions of the late 1980’s. If anyone knows or has read the story of Ryan White out of Indiana, that’s somewhat my dad’s story. It all came to a head when I became involved with the father of all my children. People us as a hot, wired mess. He also suffered losses; complicated with drug use, drug dealing, infidelity on his part. We argued, blamed each other for our problems and then after years of a tumultuous relationship we called it quits. Today, we realize our mistakes and move on with mutual respect. Couples need to release the pain, love one another and build a life of happiness and strength to press forward on a positive tip.

Today is about happiness in all that I do because being upset or in pain never helps. I am not mad at anybody, I try to avoid conflict or bad influences. I mean I am not Positive Princess every day, I have my days of shouting, throwing tantrums and being sad, but I take every down day, think of a way to turn it into good, then get back to life; a life filled with persistence and strength. I have fun, private times with friends, aside from red carpet events or outings, I enjoy walks in the park, movies, sporting events, shopping, reading, and listening to all types of music. One song that comes to mind is by Anita Baker and the Winans, called “Aint No Need”, YouTube this song title and know that this is one of my suggestions.  “Press forward with peace”

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Restraining Order

Restraining Order

Today begins another saga, just when my mind is at ease, the dirt of my past rears its ugly head. I am receiving the annoying phone calls from my ex; the nerve of him to start things up again, this charges my reaction to the cycle of my domestic endurance. The preparation of discovering what obstacles are trying to be cast my way is interesting, to say the least. I am confident that I will get my peace and swag back. I prefer not discuss all the consistencies of this affair. When I won custody of our children and we divorced I thought the pain was over. My kids are the best, mom and dad issues have nothing to do with our love for them. We don’t see each other and things are great, I have no bitterness or anger.  The dysfunction is solely on his part due to a history of drug use.
My first case with him began in 2003, when he took his fist to both my eyes,  I got black eyes from the dysfunction, thus came the first restraining order. I remember the court date, the lawyer pleaded with me to testify in the case to show stayed home. A mistake I find disheartening, especially when now the news flash shows a brave soul standing up for her rights and taking down the jerks. Now again I have to take charge in my life and know that my bravery will help another person or even another. I share stories like this to uplift and help others see that you are not alone, it’s very easy to pretend that nothing has happened but I believe sharing hurtful moments of the past will begin a cycle of change, a major change and shift in a good direction that will prepare more women and maybe even men to speak up, you are not alone, do not keep silent.

Love shouldn’t hurt or put bruises on your body

For more information please visit National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Priscilla “Priscy” Ratcliff

Profile Priscilla Ratcliff

Fashion Designer, Celebrity Stylist, Author and Entrepreneur Priscilla Ratcliff is a major player in the fashion arena today. Priscilla Ratcliff of Houston, Texas, graduated from Texas Southern University, an ordained minister from The Ministry Training Institute. In addition, she studied fashion at Cal State University, Long Beach, and earned yet another Career Technical Teaching Education Credential in Business/Finance and Fashion/Interior Design, a Merit Teaching Credential from El Camino College where she now teaches. Priscilla consequently instructed and introduced, a new course in Fashion Merchandising Entrepreneurship at Otis College of Art and Design; and most noteworthy completed her Master of Arts in Education, from CA State Univ, Dominguez Hills.

Priscilla is a well-versed talent in Design, Fashion, Education and Entrepreneurship.  As a result, I had the pleasure of spending time with her and students at El Camino College. She instructed on taking the abilities they already have and connect them most of all, with even greater knowledge of fashion design. Therefore, I am sure more students would sit in her class again. It seems like fashion fits Priscilla very well. Hence she knows the thread to enhance any design. She also has a skin care line in addition to everything esle she touches.

In conclusion to learn more about Priscilla, please purchase  “Emergency Essentials for Starting Any Entrepreneurship Business” on her website http://priscyshouseofdesigninc.com.  Furthermore find her on all

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Knowledge is the key to open the doors of your passion

Finally, here is a letter one of student’s penned as part of her especially relevant curriculum:

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Priscilla “Priscy” design
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(Only Priscilla)
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(Prom dress)
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Professor Ratcliff with one of her Students
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Priscilla Ratcliff and Cookie Johnson(wife of Magic Johnson)

 

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Cover of her book

Hip Hop Legends Never Die

August, I celebrate one year Blogging, One of the highlights, All Eyez On Me Black Carpet premiere:.

 

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Tupac Shakur

 

 

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Demetrius Shipp, Jr.

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