With Mental Health Awareness Month upon us, there’s no better time to pause and consider the health of our inner dialogues. Recent reflections around my mental health helped me realize how much time I have spent considering my relationships with others. And who doesn’t? It’s the most human thing to do.
But when do we start giving the same time and attention to the relationship we have with ourselves? Our thoughts create our reality, and of course, our ability to shatter limitations. I started to prioritize my self-talk after a college roommate scoffed at my post-grad aspirations, and told me it would never happen. My recognition that those were her limiting beliefs and not mine, helped me to muster “the nerve,” and conviction to follow my dreams instead. At that very moment, a choice was made.
We often think that changing our thinking to honor all that we are is a long process, but the work of Peace Unleashed owners, Ellie Shoja and Neloo Naderi show us major breakthroughs can happen as quickly as 15 minutes…if you’re ready to commit.
Their business consists of empowering people to connect to their true selves, which are completely at peace. The power of peace then helps them to, quite literally, make their dreams a reality.
Don’t believe it can happen to you? Ellie and Neloo just might change your mind.
Never have I ever worked on a project quite like this. I’ve worked with many friends, many of whom are uber-talented Creatives. Filmmaker, Ogechi Musa is no different:
However, this is the first time we’ve recorded ourselves having such a revealing conversation on the economics of being a “starving artist,” creating for the sake of creating, and where she finds inspiration to create award-winning projects:
1. Feature film, “Friction”, centered on a community-led revolution against police brutality
2. “The Hodge”, featuring Cleveland-based artists of color who are using their artistic platform to save their artist-living space
3. “Midst,” a story about two interracial lovers and their struggle between self-identity and societal conformity.
Catch our entire conversation here.
I remember the summer that I came up with the name GoKnowWear like it was yesterday. I yearned for a name that cautioned you of the mixed bag of ideas I was about to express:
The ‘Go,’ my travels and places on my wishlist, the ‘Wear,’ the garments that find their way on my skin, but the ‘Know’ was always the challenge. I often questioned:
“How do I talk about things I’m interested in, in ways that would interest others too?”
Think-pieces offered a clear and appropriate answer, but even those felt somewhat surface level. I felt I could do more, but what exactly? As you would imagine, my answer came with trial and error.
What began as a quest to teach myself video creation and editing, has now turned into sharing the stories of Creatives and Entrepreneurs. All too familiar with the uncertainty and the long-game, the ascension and the failures along the path of creating a great business, I felt a sense of duty to give others a space to share more than the polished, success story–the grueling parts of building a business.
Thanks to this beautiful thing called Al Gore’s Internet, Oz Rios was the first owner of a creative business I met with. Here is his story.