Building A New Life After Prison

By: Sabrena Morgan

Embarking on the journey of rebuilding your life after serving time in prison can be a daunting prospect. It’s a path that demands resilience, determination, and a willingness to redefine who you are. However, it’s important to recognize that this process is not about starting from scratch but rather leveraging a lifetime of experiences and knowledge to shape a new and promising future. Much like furnishing a home, the key is to take it one step at a time, acquiring what you need and gradually adding the elements that bring joy and fulfillment. In this blog, we’ll explore the parallels between crafting a new life and decorating a home, emphasizing the importance of self-discovery, letting go of grudges, and embracing the pursuit of dreams.

The Bullhorns on the Wall

I have a set of bullhorns hanging on my wall and I love them. Most people don’t notice them or know about them but they are my favorite piece in my house. I equate this prized possession to symbolizing the people in my life who, like accessories, bring genuine happiness. In rebuilding your life, carefully choose those who contribute positively to your journey. These individuals should be like your bullhorns — not paraded for attention but valued for the joy they bring. Remember, the quality of the company you keep plays a significant role in shaping your future.

Creating Yourself

Rebuilding your life is an opportunity to create yourself anew. Avoid letting others dictate your path; instead, focus on your aspirations. Just as you wouldn’t let someone else decide how to furnish your home, take charge of the decisions that shape your life. Be intentional about the people you surround yourself with and the choices you make.

Letting Go of Grudges

One of the first steps in the process of self-discovery is letting go of grudges, especially those related to past mistakes. Understand that everyone makes errors, and dwelling on them only hinders progress. Embrace forgiveness, both for others and yourself, and use the lessons learned from past experiences to fuel personal growth.

Finding Your Guiding Light

This journey will be full of uncertainty and in the darkness, it’s crucial to have a guiding light. Determine what you want and where you aim to go. These aspirations will serve as your beacon, leading you through challenges and setbacks. When the journey gets tough, focus on that light and allow it to illuminate your path forward.

Don’t Be Afraid to Dream

Imprisonment does not equate to the end of your dreams. Recall the visions you had behind bars of a better life, and go for it with unwavering determination. Recognize that the only person capable of stopping you is yourself. Take each step, no matter how small, and navigate roadblocks with adaptability. Your commitment to the journey will determine your success.


Rebuilding your life after prison is a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and intentional decision-making. Like furnishing a home, it requires careful consideration, patience, and a commitment to building a life that brings you joy. By letting go of grudges, focusing on your aspirations, and embracing the power of dreams, you can shape a future that reflects the person you want to become. Remember, the road to redemption is not about erasing your past but using it as a foundation for a brighter, more fulfilling future.

Sabrena Morgan is an accomplished writer and TikTok creator and she is a member of the Ministry’s White Collar Support Group™ that meets every Monday evening on Zoom. You can experience more of Sabrena’s content on Meduim and on TicTok.

We highly recommend Brent Cassity’s podcast, Nightmare Success, in which he interviews justice-impacted people from all walks of life. He is a White Collar Support Group member with a mission to be of service to our community. Please check it out on Spotify at or on your favorite podcast platform.