C is for Courage


“Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.”- Unknown

I, like many of you, was introduced to the concept of courage by the Cowardly Lion on The Wizard of Oz/The Wiz. The Lion on the outside looked mean, ferocious, big, and strong, but what we later learned was that he was scared, weak, and sought courage from a magical wizard.

Courage is the strength and power to take on the most challenging, difficult, painful, intimidating and almost impossible circumstances head on without letting those pesky “what ifs” and doubts get in the way. Some of us, including myself are like the Cowardly Lion, in need of courage to face the many roads and trials that life sends us on.

​As women, we have to face the concept of courage almost everyday. The courage to be flawed in a world that praises the flawless, we need courage to go after our dreams and to demand being an equal in a male dominated world, we need to find the courage within ourselves to have an understanding of who we are and who we want to be. That isn’t an easy task.

Right now, as I type this I find myself in need of courage. I needed to tell myself that it’s ok to share my life experiences with people in hopes that they will find comfort. I needed to tell myself that it’s ok to not know the exact words, to listen to my heart and type. I also found myself needing the courage to let love into my life again. I had to tell myself that the past scars are now scabbed and that I should be brave enough to let a beautiful man love me with his whole being.

We need to be courageous in order to unlock our fullest potential in life.

Just like the many ups and downs leading the Cowardly Lion to find courage in OZ, we have to be courageous and brave to face our lives, our dreams, ourselves.

So how does one find courage? There is no magic potion or pill that will bestow it upon you, it’s already within us. You just have to tap into it.

​You wanna be courageous? Be yourself and own who you are regardless of what people think. Be courageous and go after your biggest dream, speak your mind loudly when the world wants you to be silent, say no to the people, places, and things that are dead weight and stopping you from flying free. Be courageous and love yourself and allow someone to love you. we all need the courage to just let things go.

There’s no ruby slippers, yellow brick roads, or good witches that can help you find courage, Courage is a God-Given gift and you have the right to show it and to own it. Don’t be afraid to live the life that you want and that you deserve.

When you believe in your courage, you’ll find home.

This post is part of The Layers of Self-Discovery Tour created by @ggreneewrites All the Many Layers. Follow the tour through blogs of 26 women exploring the complexities of womanhood and self-discovery from A to Z. Please go to allthemanylayers.com to keep up with each post and enter to win a giveaway package full of goodies for your mind, body and soul.

Start. Stop. Continue. #30layers30days Day 30


Going after the goals I set for myself, my blog, and my career.

Taking better care of myself (physically, spiritually, emotionally)

Having more fun.


Worrying about numbers, traffic, readership and just continue doing what I love, writing from the heart.

Being afraid to let him love me.

Putting others happiness before mine

Doubting my abilities as a writer.




Being happy.

Having dreams and goals.

Blogging and building my blog as a brand and connecting with my readers.

Getting to know him and not worrying about the past.

Growing into the woman I’m proud to be.

To GG Renee, creator of this amazing challenge, I say Thank you, this has been fulfilling, soul baring, and a journey full of discovery. I’ve been introduced to some amazing writers and I’ve grown as a writer myself. I’m eternally grateful.



Hi, My Name Is… #30layers30days Day 29

Hi, my name is Mahneerah “Minnie” Griffin. (My name is Arabic for light, cool right?)

I am a writer, blogger, recent college graduate with a BA in English-Journalism. I am a loving &faithful girlfriend,responsible and dependable aunt to a beautiful niece, a trustworthy and fun friend, and model employee.

I am a creative spirit. I channel my creativity through various outlets, blogging and poetry are the most popular.

I believe that life, with all it’s good and bad is worthy of being lived to the fullest and without fear.

Enough about me, what about you? Tell me your story.

Two Columns: #30layers30days Day 28


-To get my masters in a few years

- To find a job in my career field

-To have my own apartment

- To atleast have a solid book manuscript

-To get married.

-To start a successful nonprofit program for young, black girls.


- To clear my undergraduate debt before pursuing a masters

- continue writing even if a manuscript doesn’t come from it.

- to keep searching and filling out applications for various jobs.

-Find a job, save money, then move out.

- research nonprofits & create a business plan.

- continue loving,trusting& being faithful to my lover & our relationship.

Lurking: #30layers30days Day 27

You’ve graduated, now what?

All of your friends have already figured out their careers and are taking the steps to get where they want to be, what about you?

Do you have a clue of what to do with this degree you’ll be paying off until you’re 66?

Will you continue to work a bullshit job instead of working a job that you love?

Will you continue to tell yourself that you won’t try because you feel you’re not good enough?

Will you be brave and just take a blind chance?

Will you ask these same questions years from now?

Thank You (Dedicated to @missjillscott): #30layers30days Day 26

Dearest Jill,

I know you don’t know me, but as a fan I would like to take this opportunity to tell you thank you.

Since I’ve been introduced to your music my life has changed tremendously for the better.

For someone to write songs that speak to your spirit and inspire your own craft is rare & you do that for me daily.

You are beautiful, talented, flawed, sensual and real, the prototype of a woman I want to be.

Thank you for sharing your gift with me and countless others. Because of you I’ve found my light in the sun.

Authenticity: #30layers30days Day 25

I’m as real as it gets.

I choose to be authentic with my life and my craft as a writer in a world that praises the fake and untrue.

Truth, honesty, and being flawed is what makes me real, relate able.

Authenticity comes with it’s own share of criticism and judgement.

It comes with hate, questions, naysayers, bullies.

Being unique is no longer a trend. Marching to the beat of your own drum is laughed upon.

Don’t be afraid to be real. Show your heart, show your flaws, be different, take risks and be genuine.

Authenticity has it’s own reward.

Heartstrings: #30layers30days Day 24

This is Amerikkka, land of the free, home of the brave, but that doesn’t apply if your skin is a darker shade.

There’s a war going on outside and inside our neighborhoods where parents of black children fear that their children will be shooting targets.

Yet they wonder why we have the “fuck the police” attitude.

Black men shoot each other all while dodging bullets from police officers and people who just fear their skin color.

When will it end? When will I be able to have black babies who are free?

But then again, this is Amerikkka,black people.