It’s been dormant inside,

steering in your eyes

seeing all that could be

wanting to be free

waiting in anticipation

bursting with expectation

longing to shine

spreading to fly

It is time for the eagle to Rise.

Over the course of 2019, I made some critical choices. In 2018, I was at the darkest point in my life. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me. I became homeless and my mind was in a state of disarray.

Slowly I got out of it with the help of some amazing people. And so, I decided to make 2019 a better year and it was. It all came down to the choices I made to rise. Here’s how.

I started meeting new people. I started having meaningful conversations. I started focusing on outcome. I started opening up myself to new possibilities and opportunities. I started leading by example. I started rejoicing more. I started praying more. I started giving thanks more. I started believing more. I started shedding the things that where weighing me down.

I started a journey with Toastmasters. I started speaking. I started listening. I started paying closer attention to details. I started rejecting resisting. I pause to give you time to think on that one.

I started writing more. I started reading more. I started sharing stories. I started accepting me. I started appreciating me. I started loving me. I started taking action. I started taking ownership. I started taking responsibility for my own actions.

I started mentoring. I started being mentored. I started giving more. I started receiving. I started challenging myself. I started resting. I started smiling. I started singing. I started using my words to build up. I started recognizing others. I started seeing possibilities. I started creating opportunities.

In all my starting and those choices I made I’ve come to realize that I am always one connection, one friend away from changing my story, from sharing your story, from making a difference in the world. I did all that and more. Here’s the amazing part, you can too. It just comes down to the choices we make and getting started.

2019 was a new start and 2020 is the time to realize the visions and dreams that have been planted, watered and waiting to burst out from the earth. If you haven’t started, it’s not too late. 2020 awaits your decision. What will it be? Will you start?


What story are you repeatedly telling yourself? Repetition is such a powerful thing. It trains and programs the brain to execute what it needs to do.


O. Stephen is passionate about words and believes that words can Inspire Change, Connect People, Perspectives and their Stories to create new possibilities. A published author through his company Released Expressions Media. He writes daily to experience the power of the written word. He fosters growth through listening and learning to shape perspectives and bridge ideas.

He believes every individual can attain their full potential by Starting with a Word. O. Stephen is leading a movement to inspire people to Release their own Expressions. It is this vision that drives him daily to see others realize their superpower and deliver at work, home and play every day.

An avid Toastmaster and a member of the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC), O. Stephen carries his badge as a Mental Health Advocate. These offer him the motivation to stay grounded and be committed to serving the community. He is a dad to two (2) children. He is driven each day to live a life of gratitude and that’s just how he seeks to end each chapter.

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