Tending the Temple and Wise Women

How is your haal? What is this haal that you inquire about?  I recently learned that this is how folks greet others in Arabic cultures.  How is your haal? What is this haal that you inquire about?  Or in English – how is your heart doing at this very moment? Something about this struck a chord with me. It is now my greeting of choice because it shows that I really want to hear what your heart is saying. We’ve let the cult of busyness cause us to become disconnected. We ask others how they’re doing without really caring for an answer, without really wanting to hear. And for the brave soul who decides to actually respond, we stare back stunned, because this person has chosen to believe we really have the time to listen or a genuine interest in what they have to say. How is your heart? At this moment, my…

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Holding space

We met at the airy art gallery on the Carenage (Art Upstairs) that overlooks the water. All week, I’d been looking forward to the meeting and fleshing out of our collective and discussing our first event. As a creative and advocate, being part of something that brings transformation and makes meaning for others has a tendency to cause my heart to constrict and find breath again every at the very thought. So all week leading up to our meeting, I would jot notes in my phone or computer when an idea came to me. I did not want to miss a thing. Not intending to have the meeting on International Day of Women, it was a delightful serendipity to later realize that we would be meeting on this day. As a person who is big on signs, this was a good omen, to me.  The stars aligned in support of…

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Create space in your life for yourself

How have you all been? It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I’ve been doing others things that have kept me away from this space, all in the interest of self-care. Yes, I know you’re probably tired of hearing this oh-so-popularized buzzword, but it’s true. Self-care matters. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Since I last touched in I’ve been spending a lot of time taking in podcasts, listening to audiobooks, spending time with those people that are really important to me, reading, exercising and getting a lot of rest. Since starting FemmePowered, I have been going, going, going. If I’m not planning an event, I reviewing one, preparing content for the blog, writing articles for other sites, partnering with others with the same passion for women and community. Having and maintaining a self-care practice has been missing from my life for a long time. And I have felt the impact of its…

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Ladies Who Brunch

What visions do you have for yourself and your life in 2018? In this soulful session, you will open yourself up to the things you want for yourself in the year ahead. Over brunch, we will share open, supportive and encouraging discussions with a small group of women who are committed to seeing their visions manifested. In this brunch session, I will be joined by Tash Mitch, coach, healer, and intuitive, and Carol Mitchell, life coach, community advocate and the founder of GARP. I will be speaking, what the term truly means, and it’s importance to the woman with a mission. It’s gonna be real, honest, and candid. Tash will be speaking on visions and manifestations and Carol will delve into her rich arsenal of wisdom to inspire and help get us approaching our visions from the right place. Registration, pricing, and venue details can be found on the flyer below.  …

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All ends lead the new beginnings

In a few hours, it will be 2018. As I reflect on this past year, I am thankful for the blessings, the lessons, the challenges, the highs, lows and the grace to endure. In many ways, this was my best year and I am excited about the personal and professional direction I am stepping into in 2018. On the 15th December, FemmePowered turned three. I didn’t share anything on the blog or social media as I have done in previous years because the mood that came and went with the day was introspective. And I was not reflecting on my journey as a broken and battered woman blogging to make sense of the pain and shame associated with her broken body and heart, thanks to an abusive marriage. Instead, I was reflecting on how much meaning FemmePowered has made for individuals and the community, and I was thinking of ways…

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