LEARN FROM FAILURE

If you or your loved one is facing incarceration, or are already in prison, there are a few pointers I would like to share to make life a bit easier. You may have heard or read a wide variety of experiences inmates have had and don’t know what to think of the unknown abyss of confusion that surrounds a prison sentence. At the end of the day, the journey is how you create and perceive it. Your perception is your reality. You have the power to navigate and control the way you look at, and serve, a prison sentence.

Fear…


#JESUS

I went from being offended by Christians and Christianity, to a follower of Jesus and it only took me 40 years and a prison sentence to get me there. This past weekend I went to a Bible study that made me think about my journey and transformation, but even more specifically, my turning points and the players that were involved. One of the beautiful volunteers that comes every month and generously gives her time coming into this prison to show her love for Jesus and us, shared about her journey and shared with us that for a long time she…


IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD

In prison, you can be anyone or anything you want to be. It’s like going back to the dark ages before social media when you had to take someone at their word about who they are and what they do, because it’s not like you can just Google someone here. People are quick to take advantage of this and will spend countless hours in peoples ear pumping them up for causes they have no knowledge about.

Before I came to prison, one of my dearest friends, who had been through the federal system, warned me emphatically to stay away from…


For most of my life I have battled anxiety. I can remember times it felt like a debilitating curse that would swallow me whole for no good reason. During a panic attack, I would be convinced that each breath was my last, like there wasn’t enough air in the room. It was as if I were trapped in a coffin and buried alive… I have so many dreaded memories of wanting to jump out of my own skin and run away from myself because I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I remember having a conversation on the prison phone about…


PRISON BIRD

My whole life I have had all kinds of pets. Dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, an iguana, a cow, a miniature donkey, and horses. I love animals and prison didn’t change my desire to be near animals, so I got creative.

Let me give a little history just to illustrate my obsession with animals. For about twelve years of my life the only place I would even consider as home was on my horse’s back. I would spend my entire day during the summer and every day after school grooming, riding, and telling them all my thoughts…


Looking back over my life, I realize I was prone to despair for no good reason. Before coming to prison, I remember dreading Sundays. The rush of the week was over and the normal day to day occurrences that would distract me every other day of the week were not there, and life was quiet. Sunday is when you start to realize how much work you must do on the inside and that mental inventory you should have been noticing and taking care of becomes extremely present and overwhelming. I believe how content you are on a Sunday is a…


WHY INMATES SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO WRITE WHILE IN PRISON

TYPEWRITER

I will never forget when my brother blessed me with the suggestion of writing while I was in prison. It was one of those moments I find myself looking back on and being in complete shock of what that suggestion blossomed into. I began writing with a completely broken heart. My fleeting thoughts and emotions were all over the place and I did not know how I was ever going to pull this writing thing off. I didn’t know where or how to really begin. All I knew was I…


After I was indicted, I spent three years on pretrial walking among the free but knowing my fate was coming soon. I was blessed with a good friend that turned into my life coach. This friend had been through the federal system many years before and had made it through and done rather well in life. I decided this was the one I would seek advice from, and I needed a lot of it. I had never been in trouble and here I was headed to the feds. …


BUTTERFLY

After just passing my seventh year anniversary of being clean and sober, I thought it was important to spend this week really looking back over my life and my battle with drugs to search for tools that help me successfully stay clean. After thinking back over my life, I started to write about all the things I feel are the most important to bring awareness to. It is kind of like I am trying to write a user manual for myself and the things I find important to help me stay away from drugs or any kind of addiction. …


PLANTING SEEDS

When you pray for rain you have to prepare to deal with the mud that comes along with it, and when you are sowing seeds you better pay attention to what you are planting. It’s important to look at the big picture and contemplate the effects of everything you do and say.· Coming to prison and living like a sardine stacked on top of everyone else, I have learned to live intentionally. My actions and words are about more than just me. Prison has been my training ground for a better life upon my release. As I plant my seeds…

Sabrena Morgan

I started blogging from a Federal Prison and now I have come down from my Ivory tower to face the world…

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