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You know that feeling? That feeling that whatever it is that you are, is destined to be something more than …
Today only, I’m offering you 10 reasons to heal your life through Radical Self-Expression. I believe self-expression to be the …
Wanted to nudge you over to Everyday Feminism to talk with me about ways to put more focus on self-expression in your own life. It’s a video called “3 Ways to Honor Self-Expression On and Offline”, and it’s a great way to add some “how” to your “why”
Radical Self-Expression Summit was the biggest risk I’ve ever taken in my career. I put a lot on the line, as did my family, to bring this vision to life. I’ll be sharing more about the work, and the events behind it, over at the summit’s main page. For now though, let’s rap for a bit. Click the video below to watch, then let me know what comes up for you. Thanks!
Sometimes, the simplest sentence can have the most profound impact. For example,
“You Deserve to Be Happy.” or “What You Seek Is Seeking You.”
or, in the case of the video at the end of this post…”Share Your Story.”
I feel like there are always 50 reasons why we should be quiet, and not enough reasons we should share how we feel. In this era of dumb ass reality shows and vine videos that leave permanent evidence of a human’s ability to make the worst possible choice, we can still use technology to create communities that heal.
“Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.” James Baldwin, Radical Self-Expressionist
Action, not inspiration, is how we find and explore ourselves. We can read great books, study great women, applaud great men, and cry at the memories of those who found their voices, and in some cases lost their lives to share what inspired them to action. But until we take it to heart; until we are willing to test our own wings,…
Inner Work is what will help you to take care of yourself while you take care of everything outside of yourself. Your loved ones, your work, your interests, all of those things carry big rewards and great risks. The rewards are obvious, but the risks require your full attention too. The risks cost you quality of life in the form of happiness and health.
When you finally tell a truth about yourself, out loud, you have to let the full effect of that choice work in your favor. Don’t shy away from opportunities to stand in your commitment.
If it’s a fitness goal, make a bold commitment, not one that is safe and easy to accomplish.
If it’s a professional goal, write out the vision so you can see it all the way to what you can imagine. Let yourself commit.
“For 23 consecutive years, the Fi Wi Sinting Foundation has hosted the annual festival in celebration of African heritage in Jamaica. We recognize and acknowledge the importance of preserving vital and living elements of our cultural heritage as well as the positive effect creative activity has on individuals; providing enjoyment, enlivening spaces and enriching lives.”
What images, people, stories, and words call to you stronger and more consistently than most? These are the nudges of Old Knowings, and if you use them up, feel them out, and follow them even when you are afraid, you will find the amplifiers for your voice and the clarity for your next step forward.
I had to take a minute to share this message of radical self-expression with you right now because the whole point behind what I do is to shine a light and sound a siren in any direction where people are using their pain to define their purpose, and ultimately to thrive as a result of learning how to use their pain.
When we manage the energy of our experiences (past and present) instead of just walking along our life’s path tucking, rolling and reacting to whatever comes our way, without recognition of our ability to harness what we know and express what we love, we become change agents. We become the small instances of change that push limitations and fears aside in favor of the audacity to turn a dream into a goal into a series of tasks. These dream-focused tasks become not just what we believe, but what we are doing to see the world we desire, starting boldly with ourselves.
I could list so many other reasons that Valerie embodies the energy of Radical Self-Expression, but it’s probably best that you visit her blog and find out more for yourself.
“The best way to describe Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is with a six-word memoir. Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned “Jill of many trades:” innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. Her mission is “Empowering U2BU through creativity coaching, Reiki, self-care, social media, volunteerism, and yoga.” Since 2005, she has used her blogs to express her mission, advocate for social good, build community, share information, promote her books and events, and market her services. Currently, she serves as a blogger ambassador for AARP, Everywhere Society, Macy’s Heart of Haiti Campaign, and Maiden Nation.”
Sometimes, the simplicity of an idea or belief is what makes us more likely to put it into practice. This reminder works well for me, particularly now. Tap into your Inner Little Girl, and see how she can help you keep it simple, consistent, and of course, FUN!
I made this video over a year ago. I made it during the middle of a personal fear-fest I was …
I remind myself consistently that I am a writer. And that I AM is not my doing, but my Creator’s doing, and only I can undo it, most likely by not doing it enough (if that makes any sense to you!). Reality is subjective, so if we shift our reality from what we fear to what we deeply crave, then reality works in our favor.
This is one of the poems and images from Radical Self-Expression Manifesto. The woman pictured is my best friend. Her story inspires me deeply. She is all flow, even in the perceived ebbs. I thought this might feed you something yummy.