Penning the words – A journaling workshop

Can I be vulnerable with you for a moment? Yes? Thank you. I am deep in the throes of anxiety and panics attacks like never before. For most of the week, I have been feeling ‘funny’, even a bit sad for no real reason. I feel burdened for no cause I can think of and I am unsettled. This week has been rough. I have been struggling to get through sentences, my voice cracks for no reason, I feel weak, and I just want to take an extended nap. After speaking with a friend who would know, she was quick to point of that these are common symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. ‘Quit watching the news (I’m a news junkie) and get off Facebook! You are allowing the things that are happening globally and in the community to sap and deplete you.’ She is right. More than ever before, we…

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Embrace the season

What’s up people? It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Usually, I have so much to share and tell, that I post at least once a week. It’s been different lately. I was surprised when I found myself with a jumble of words, emotions, and ideas, but lacking the desire to share. Generally, I would fight this and force my way, but I am learning that there is a season to share and season to be still. I am still in my still and silent season, and I will come out only at the pace I am supposed to. We are so wired to be doing and to be busy, that embracing stillness and silence is a challenge to us. We don’t like the silence because often times it forces us to ponder and reflect. But we need the stillness to hear our inner voice and discern the direction of the Divine,…

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Technology Workshop for Seniors

FemmePowered has partnered with GARP again to offer another tech workshop. GARP, the Grenada Association of Retired Persons is a wonderful community that seeks to support, empower and enhance the lives of retired persons across Grenada. In our upcoming workshop we will be helping seniors demystify technology and make sense of their smartphones and other devices. This workshop is for members of the Grenada Association of Retired Persons. Register by calling GARP’s office on 473.435.9857 or via the email address in the flyer below. Carlana Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes…

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Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams Recap

To the 35 people who turned out to last evening’s Cocktails & Conversations, thank you so much. We laughed, we cried, we showed empathy and we engaged in meaningful, and hopefully transformative conversation. Meschida Philip and I did a vid post for those of you who wanted to come but could not, and I’ll be posting some pics to the Facebook page tomorrow.   A million thanks to Sue Brathwaite for allowing us to use her space, The Connection, again and thank you to Melisa Nicholas, the best mixologist in the game for bringing us more tasty cocktails. Thank you also to Eastern Caribbean Rum Co. for sponsoring the cocktail portion of the event and of course, much love to Meschida for debuting her film with the FemmePowered/Cocktails & Conversation audience. Visit Meschida’s website and the documentary’s Facebook page to connect with her and follow her work.  Also stop by…

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Wine and Journals – An Aye Gyal Event

This event will be hosted in Trinidad on  29 April, 2017 – 3-6 pm Unwined Wine Bar, 80 Eastern Main Road and Henry Street Arouca, Trinidad. I love stories and recognize their importance. I find solace, comfort and hope in them. I believe that all our stories matter and they are worth sharing. We do ourselves a great injustice when we don’t see the significance of our stories. The failure to see their importance means that they aren’t shared, they aren’t honored, and  we compare our stories with those of others. We let another person’s story stifle us from sharing ours because we feel that theirs is more powerful, significant, more important than ours. Your story matters and there is no competition in our collective stories. My story of abuse and abandonment is no more significant than the story of the woman who struggles with weight issues or that of the woman who secretly cuts herself. Our…

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