About Life … About SomerEmpress

Avril Somerville aka SomerEmpress
Avril Somerville aka SomerEmpress

Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you!

Avril Somerville is a writer and educator. She writes candidly from her varied experiences as immigrant, wife, mother, daughter, life student, and spirit servant among her intimate circles of family, friends, extended networks, and community.

Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, she is a first-generation college graduate of Swarthmore College and Pennsylvania State University where she received her Masters of Business Administration. In addition to the Caribbean, Avril has lived in New York City, New Jersey, Virginia, and Chicago. She now enjoys life and home with her husband and their three children in a suburb bordering the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Journey Of Life On Purpose: Creativity, Love, Womanhood, Community, Race, and Identity is Avril Somerville’s first book of essays and poetry, available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

 

Welcome to my blog home … a little more about me:

I find the most fulfillment when using my gifts at the intersection of marriage, motherhood, and sister-keeper to many other women in this Universe.  I am the mother of three remarkable souls (a beautiful and loyal teenage son, and two compassionate and younger daughters).  My heart’s desire is to raise them well, by pouring into them love, kindness, and affirming words. Their voices make all the difference in my day, and their smiles are pure delight to those in need of a personal touch or connection. I take great pride in loving them, and feel honored to be their mom, momma, mommy, or whatever it is they choose to call me at any given moment.

Another secret to my Joy is personal connection. My dear husband who loves me despite myself, is my helpmeet, my road-dog and bestie, my biggest cheerleader yet!  Seems we’re made for each other, as we’ve been rowing our motorboat for nearly twenty years now.

Apart from having a wonderful partner, I also insist strongly on sisterhood–a circle of brilliant, kindred-soul women folk that are just as passionate about forging and maintaining authentic relationships with one another as I am, though we may or may not belong to a lettered sorority.

I believe that the creative process has to do largely with how one lives, and the awareness of a connection to something greater, something outside ourselves.  Tapping into that connection is not only grounding, it is inspirational, gives us fodder for that next creative pursuit.  This conviction leads me to live Life as an Art Form, purposefully and meaningfully, much like an artist selects a particular medium (canvas, paper, clay), or colors on her palette. Each action, each brush stroke, is then a deliberate and conscientious movement, which plays a definitive role in creating the greatest masterpiece. My forum for this life art is writing; whether it is prose, poetry, commentaries or quips (some of which you’ll find here), fiction, or motivational self-discovery material that I believe connects us into one human tapestry. In living, writing, and speaking Life as An Art Form, I hope to build a legacy for my family, one to which they can refer time and time again, in their living, and best serve their loved ones as well as the communities they inhabit.

Life as An Art Form is just one of the places of reference for my Life’s work as a writer. It is a space that I invite you to respond, reaffirm, reject – albeit respectfully – to something that resonates with you. As you navigate the pages and posts of this blog, I ask that you be mindful of the language and integrity of what’s written here. I welcome your comments – the good and the bad, but not-too-ugly. :) Civility rules! Let us dialogue together, and elevate the discussion, one post at a time, one comment at a time. Welcome! Let’s break bread, shall we?

Avril Somerville aka SomerEmpress
Writer | Speaker | Author
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38 thoughts on “About Life … About SomerEmpress

    mazemangriot said:
    07/02/2011 at 7:08 pm

    We have a lot of similarities. Im a stay at home daddy of three boys 10/8/3. I kinda fight for community by sharing my stories with my son’s classes, coaching and just speaking up to the youth and for the youth. Im in the process of starting an organization called H.Y.F.Away helping youth find away. Its purpose is to help the youth finacially participate in extra curricular activities.

    I appreciate the feedback more than you know. I really didn’t expect anyone to really check it out. 12 days in and I feel now like I really have to complete the project. I definitely wanted to but daily I get more excited and nervous about the future. But its all good as its giving me so much
    confidence to shoot for the stars again! Well take care and again thanks for the encouraging words.

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      SomerEmpress said:
      07/05/2011 at 5:09 am

      You’re welcome! A little encouragement goes a long way in today’s world. The nervousness that you feel is of the good kind, especially as you’re taking on a meaningful project with scope and significance. See it through!

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    kidspartyheaven said:
    07/26/2011 at 8:05 am

    Do you know, I think I love you… in the bestest possible way of course.

    Every post that you have written in your blog speaks to me in a deep way.

    I think we share the same journey in life, that of seeking out Unconditional love ( my mother unfortunately had no access to it because of her Narcissistic Personality Disorder) and the ‘living life as art’ thing. Oh yes, and strongly identify as a feminist too, that will be the sisterhood box ticked but I am no man hater, in fact I have the best partner a woman can have who supports my efforts to try and inspire women to be strong and stick together rather than following unwritten rules to scratch each others eyes out.
    I’m also a big campaigner for the respect to be given back to the power of being silly, living life in a lighter hearted way, life is too short to live it with a serious adult heart. Embrace the inner child say I, let them giggle and splash in puddles and rediscover the joy all around us.

    Sigh… it’s good to find a kindred spirit.

    If you are on Facebook I’d be honoured to have you as a friend. ( I’m Diane Goldie , London)

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      SomerEmpress said:
      07/27/2011 at 6:24 am

      Diane, your words come to me this morning as a remarkable encouragement! I am very touched that these articles have spoken to you on a personal level – that’s what it’s all about! I’m all about the inner child – tapping into her to find her deepest fears and motivations, wants, and desires. Knowing her is the most sure-fire way to understand her gifts, as well as her most authentic self. Only from there, we can spring forward into self-actualized, though not final, selves.

      Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Cheers to continued sister connections, even across the seas! I’ll find you on Facebook.

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    sparksinshadow said:
    08/15/2011 at 12:09 pm

    Dear Ms. Empress, I don’t know how I missed your About page! I’ve got to run now, but I’ll be back later to read this. And I feel better to see that I still have my subscription to you! (I hate it when WordPress changes something around, and screws up one thing or the other in my little world here!) I hope all is well with you. :)

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      08/15/2011 at 3:50 pm

      Lady Sparks! I always put an exclamation mark after your name, as if I’m barging through the door and seeing you for the first time in a long time. :) I hope you can feel my excitement. It’s also to show my reverence and respect for you as a fellow writer.

      It seems that several of my subscriptions were amiss. Hopefully, it’s all squared away now.

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        sparksinshadow said:
        08/16/2011 at 12:59 am

        I’m feeling it! Now don’t go making me get all misty… ! I have a lot of respect for you, too. I hope you know that. That’s why I’m looking forward to your next piece. Until then, I’m glad you’re keeping in touch, Ms. Empress. :)

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        SomerEmpress responded:
        08/16/2011 at 8:22 am

        I should be hitting that “Publish” button in a few minutes!

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    sparksinshadow said:
    08/16/2011 at 3:34 pm

    This is beautiful! I know so much more about you as a person now! And I’m so glad to see how important empathy is to you and your family.

    I don’t see that word in places as much as I’d like. I agree with you that all of us who can, need to work toward bringing more empathy into our world. The first step is to say it more and more so the “deer in headlights” reaction to it diminishes. Maybe soon the opposition to it can diminish, too.

    Glad to officially meet you, Ms. Empress!

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      08/16/2011 at 4:50 pm

      Hi there again, Lady Sparks! :) For a minute there, I had to give thought to exactly which post you were commenting on, then I saw that it was regarding my “About Me” page. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I think it’s helpful to know a bit more about me, so you can put some of the posts in context. It was the word “empathy” that attracted me/ endeared me to you! I knew that fundamentally, no matter the differences in our writing, our hearts were in the same place of longing for connection with the larger human Spirit.

      It is my pleasure indeed, Lady Sparks aka the Lovely Ré!

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    SHERRY E SHOWALTER said:
    03/09/2012 at 6:33 pm

    I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. You can go to my blog here to get the pictures and read about it. I think you have a very inspiring blog. Congratulations. http://drses.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/my-heart-is-full-thank-youvery-inspiring-blogger-award/

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      03/09/2012 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks Sherry! I will most certainly do that (after cooking, and the likes… :) )

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    SHERRY E SHOWALTER said:
    03/15/2012 at 9:59 pm

    I have nominated you for the H.U.G. Award for your blog is full of hope and help. Please go here to get all the information and congratulations for you have a very hope filled blog. http://drses.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/the-h-u-g-award/

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      03/16/2012 at 4:53 am

      Thanks Dr. Sherry! I am greatly moved by this honor. I will definitely tend to acknowledging this award.

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    Cauldrons and Cupcakes said:
    03/16/2012 at 5:12 am

    Just found your blog through Dr Sherry’s awards. What a treat! I love your philosophy, and you write beautifully. I’m really looking forward to reading more. Bless xx

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      03/16/2012 at 8:13 am

      Oh wow! What a sweet, pleasant surprise to find this note this morning! Thank you. Just as soon as I end Shift I (breakfast, deploying the children, and appointments), I will return to visit your blog. Bless you!

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    thegirlnextgalaxy said:
    03/20/2012 at 7:46 am

    Every single word you write is a reflection of the kind, generous and loving person that you are. From your personal life to the community work you’ve taken up to create a local/global impact- each action stands as a reference point for goodwill, goodwill and only more goodwill.

    I identify with you in a way that my mother was a practising physician when she decided to quit her practise and work on being a stay at home mom 24/7. She gave bringing me and my brother up prime importance. We are 25 and 19 now but she continues to find meaning in life by helping children out with education and vocational studies.

    I love the idea of having a close knit sisterhood. :) It is something every woman should be a part of. The way a sister (another woman) can understand your joys and sorrows and relate with them, no one can.

    I look forward to reading your posts.
    Lots of warm wishes to you.
    Carpe Diem.

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      03/20/2012 at 5:28 pm

      Well, hello! So nice of you to stop by and leave such kind words. This is a rather sweet confirmation, yet again, that I am on the right track. It’s great to hear it from someone who has benefited from having at least one parent home with them, especially from a young woman making a difference! I’d like to believe that much of that urgency to be an agent of change came from the values that your own mother instilled in you from a very young age. I am so encouraged. Thank you! :)

      Thanks also for the subscription. I look forward to building the relationship by reciprocating. This is no coincidence too small.

      Have a great day!

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    Atticus Finch said:
    05/03/2012 at 12:19 pm

    You sound like an excellent mother. :)

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      05/03/2012 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much! Seems like I’m doing so much of it these days that I haven’t blogged in a bit! :) Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the visit.

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    SHERRY E SHOWALTER said:
    06/09/2012 at 6:53 pm

    I have awarded you the Illuminating Blogger Award. Congratulations. You have a great blog. You can get the award and find out about it at my page here: http://drses.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/illuminating-blogger-award/
    Blessings to you Dr. Sherry

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      06/11/2012 at 2:00 pm

      I most certainly will, Dr. Sherry! Can’t wait to do the write-up! Bless you, and thank you!

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    Darlene Bois said:
    07/21/2012 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Av!,

    I have always felt blessed to have you as a friend and I have had the opportunity to read a blog or two in the past. Nonetheless, I want to commend you on your genuine heart and uplifiting writing.

    You have always been an excellent writer but the depth of which I had not realized until I read your About me section and your blog posts.

    Please continue to enlighten our hearts and minds,

    Your friend,

    Darlene

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      07/22/2012 at 9:57 pm

      Wow! Thanks for the visit, Darlene, and for always being a constant support. :)

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    Subhan Zein said:
    01/06/2013 at 6:25 am

    Hi SomerEmpress,

    Happy New Year to you. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. And thank you for keep following my blog. I hope my posts do not disappoint. My subscription went messed up, so now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of yours! :-)

    Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. :-)

    Subhan Zein

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      01/06/2013 at 8:55 am

      Good morning, my friend. :) Happy New Year to you also, Subhan. You are most welcome! I enjoy your posts quite a bit, actually. They challenge my awareness. Thank you.

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        Subhan Zein said:
        01/06/2013 at 8:56 am

        Thank you, Somer. I am both flattered and overjoyed. Many blessings and much love to you.. :-)

        Subhan Zein

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      05/29/2015 at 7:55 am

      I will read this shortly and I will gladly oblige! Blessed morning to you.

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    Lisa W Tetting said:
    07/17/2015 at 5:06 pm

    Avril, I apologize for being a day late, but I wanted to stop by and wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope your day was full of Love, Happiness and Wonder. Take Care!

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      07/17/2015 at 6:59 pm

      Aww Lisa, you are so sweet! Thank you, love. Yesterday was beautiful! Wait…yours is in July also, right?

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        Lisa W Tetting said:
        07/17/2015 at 7:54 pm

        You’re welcome and I am happy you had a good time. Yeah, mine is on Sunday so I am going to see what my hubby has planned.

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    Kushite Prince said:
    07/22/2015 at 8:03 pm

    Wow! That’s a very impressive bio you got there.lol Author,speaker,writer and educator. Is there anything you don’t do?lol You have the beauty to go along with a beautiful mind. That’s always a winning combination. Your husband is a very luck man. And your kids are very blessed to have you as their mother. Well Ms Somerville you seem like a very busy woman. I’m glad I found your wonderful blog. I’ll be dropping by more often. :)

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    TheOriginalBlackWoman13 said:
    07/23/2015 at 2:47 pm

    Great blog! You are a very accomplished woman and a inspiration to me. We have many things in common and I am currently working on following in your footsteps as an author, writer, and educator (I not a great speaker, lol). Keep doin whacha do and I will be stopping by more often.

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      SomerEmpress responded:
      07/23/2015 at 3:11 pm

      Well, blessings to you, Lady! Ase. (Not ‘great’ speaker … yet!) when delivering your gifts, the only people that matter are those for which you bring them. ‘Great’ is relative; I am by no means there yet. I appreciate your visit and thoughtful comments. I’m going to stay tuned to your blog as well; you are also an inspiration to others as well, so please DO continue…

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