Growth, Transformation, & the Artist as a Storyteller- Part 1

Hello! 👋🏽

I come to you after many sleepless nights, waking up at odd hours in the morning, beginning classes during the weekend (in addition to the week), and trying to get all my assignments in. I'm in wonderful shape. ( I say that with all the sarcasm I can muster with what's left of me.) haha, I'm just serious.

Well, if you're still here even after reading my disclaimer and reading about the ever-evolving philosophy behind this brand then yay let's get to it. However, just in case you don't feel like reading those two posts I just want to quickly reiterate this is just me documenting and sharing my journey as an artist, human, spiritual being, and just overall creative. This is by no means thee way to approach life or even a brand (because obviously I'm going to make mistakes here and there. Plus I'm still learning and always will be.) We each have our own unique path which is super cool! 😀

But as someone who is in the beginning stages of her journey, I think it can be helpful to share some of the challenges I'm facing, how I've been addressing them, and/or sharing what's been helping me lately. In sharing my journey, my hopes are that maybe this can probably stir up some ideas for what's best for you and your particular path(s), calling(s), etc. One of my greatest wishes, though, is that we access the wisdom that's already within us and have the courage to follow this voice even amid so much noise that has served to either distract us, cause us to doubt our greatness, humiliate or ridicule our authentic nature, ostracize and shame folx and so much more.

As E.E. Cummings wrote:

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.

This is very true for me and little by little I find myself loosening my grip on ideas of who I think I should be...Challenging process indeed.😣

Well, as I mentioned before, I've been trying to be more mindful and conscious of the roles I'm choosing moving forward. Rachel Bryant had shared the image below during a lecture I attended. This graphic was originally created by Deepa Iyer.

(To learn more please see the attribution or simply click on the image.)

The Social Change Ecosystem Map by Deepa Iyer. At the center of the page there is a yellow circle with the words "equity," "liberation," "justice," and "solidarity." There are circles surrounding this with words weavers, experimenters, frontline responders, visionaries, builders, caregivers, disrupters, healers, storytellers, and guides.

I found Iyer's work to be pretty helpful as I navigate this process of understanding my roles and what I feel called to engage in. During this lecture, I wasn't sure what to make of these words initially. They have different meanings for different people and some are quite loaded😅. Yet, when I looked at the definitions there were several that really made my heart skip a beat or as my friend once said "make my soul dance." Without going into too much detail regarding all the words that stood out to me (if not we'd be here forever haha), one of the words that got me super excited was "storytellers." 

Me with my heart skipping and soul dancing

 Annnnnnddd with that said, I'll abruptly end here and save the rest for parts 2 and 3. So stay tuned for how this unfolds within the next several weeks.😋Honestly, this was getting very long so I had to break it into three parts.🤦🏽‍♀️ I didn't want you to spend your entire Sunday reading this haha. 

Weelllll, rooting for you👇🏽, rooting for me 👉🏽, rooting for we 🙌🏽 haha!🎉

-Sandy from The Underground Galaxy ✌🏽❤️👩🏽‍🚀

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Talk to you later and hope you have an awesome week!!🐥🌈🐞

 

*Image by Jakayla Toney 📷*

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