Ep019: Kristin Iris On Standing In Our Creative Power
 
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In this episode, I speak with creative mentor, speaker, and coach, Kristin Iris

Kristin is a creative mentor whose mission is to challenge oppressive power dynamics and systems by inspiring Black and Brown creatives to find the power in their voice. She is here to ignite socially conscious Black and Brown creatives to step into the amazing capacity to make big shifts and radical changes in the world. Kristin main goal is to help every Creative of Color embody and live to the fullest potential and share unfiltered and true power.

Kristin works 1-on-1 with creatives and athletes of color in gaining clarity on how the oppressive systems stop creators of color from reaching their full potential and sharing their voices to their highest power.

in this episode, Kristin & i explore:

  • Stepping into our power as people of color and owning our power and responsibility

  • How our creativity shifts as we begin to step into our truth as POC

  • What working with BIPOC exclusively has done for the journey in finding our voice

  • Our similar journeys to conscious awakenings and clarity that helped formed our boundaries

  • How race and racism plays into so many patterns and intersections in BIPOC daily lives

  • "Not enoughness" in creative spaces, specifically tied to the systemic oppression faced by BIPOC 

  • Act of reclaimation on a personal and collective level for WOC when we name a thing a Thing

  • The ripple effect of creating and bringing forth change

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About Kristin Iris

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Kristin is a creativity mentor, speaker, and writer. She helps socially conscious Creatives of Color to dismantle the oppressive conditioning, mindset, and beliefs that are stopping them from living to their greatest potential.

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Ep018: Catrice M. Jackson On Doing Anti-Racism Work With Becky
 
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In this episode, I speak with international speaker, anti-racism educator, and best-selling author, Catrice M. Jackson

Catrice is the global visionary leader of the Awakened Conscious Shift, the CEO of Catriceology Enterprises, an international speaker, and a best-selling author. Catrice is a straight up, on the rocks with no chaser voice for racial justice who is unapologetic and unflinching with her anti-racism message. She is the catalytic creator of SHETalks WETalk Race Talks for Women and WETalks for Women of Color. I became friends with Catrice at the beginning of this year, and was thrilled when I got to preview a copy of her incredible book - The Becky Code. As you'll hear in this episode however, it was sharing excerpts from this book that ultimately ended up with me being censored on Instagram and Facebook.

Catrice is strong medicine and serves up hard truths necessary to eliminate the lethal infection of racism from humanity. She realizes that her approach may be rebuked and her flavor undesired. Catrice knows she is not for everyone and that everyone won’t like her, and she is unbothered by both. She is unmoved by naysayers and does her work authentically and unapologetically with a revolutionary spirit and believes that justice is love.

Catrice and I recorded this episode a few months ago, before I travelled to the US, before I had decided on the title of my book ('From Anger, With Love: A Black Feminist Talks To Spiritual White Women About White Supremacy'), and while I was still on my Instagram hiatus. I am now back on Instagram, am currently working with my literary agents to prepare a book proposal, and have incorporated a lot of the lessons that I learnt from Catrice in this episode into both my personal and professional life.

Get ready some for some straight up real talk, with a woman who does not mince her words.

CW/Trigger Warning: At the end of the episode, there is a brief mention of child molestation, so please practice self-care and boundaries for yourself.

in this episode, Catrice & i explore:

  • The significance and importance of knowing our core values

  • Digging into our ancestral journey, releasing the name of the colonizer

  • Catrice's spiritual journey and how it plays an important supportive role in her work

  • Her journey from a racal justice director to international speaker on anti-racism

  • How Catrice uses "compassionate detachment" in her workshops on anti-racism

  • Excerpts from The Becky Code such as Weapons of Whiteness and Weapons for Winning as a WOC

  • The parallel of narcissism and whiteness

  • Loving and supporting fellow black and brown sisters as we get free of Beckery

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About Catrice M. Jackson

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Catrice is the global visionary leader of the Awakened Conscious Shift, the CEO of Catriceology Enterprises, an international speaker, and a best-selling author. Catrice is a straight up, on the rocks with no chaser voice for racial justice who is unapologetic and unflinching with her anti-racism message. She is the catalytic creator of SHETalks WETalk Race Talks for Women and WETalks for Women of Color.

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Ep017: Graeme Seabrook On Helping Mothers Reclaim Their Humanity
 
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In this episode, I speak with motherhood life coach, post-partum depression advocate, writer, and speaker, Graeme Seabrook.

Graeme is a Motherhood Life Coach, whose approach to coaching is based on the belief that you must be a priority in your own life in order to thrive. Following a traumatizing birth experience and falling into post-partum depression (without realizing it), Graeme began a healing journey as a mother and a woman.

That healing journey led her to creating The Mom Center, a social network and group coaching community for those who mother. The Mom Centre is a space where mothers can come to be witnessed, nurtured, inspired and supported, so that they can integrate motherhood with personhood, and not the other way around. She does this work because she believes we are living in a global culture that treats mothers as if we are inhuman, and expects us to be superhuman.

Graeme’s work is dedicated to helping mothers reclaim their humanity. 

in this episode, Graeme & i explore:

  • Getting away from binary thinking as it applies to motherhood (good and evil, right and wrong, perfect and horrible)

  • Graeme's personal journey through motherhood, postpartum depression/anxiety, and PTSD

  • Surviving and thriving in this world while trying to create a new one for the future

  • The world's expectations of mothers/motherhood and how we lose our humanity and our personhood

  • Reclaiming our personhood through self care

  • The privileges and intersections of self care

  • Sitting with and walking through fear

  • Honesty in motherhood and how it opens doors for communication with other mothers

  • The importance and impact of Black Panther as a black mother with black children

  • Graeme's online community space 'The Mom Center'

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About Graeme Seabrook

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Graeme Seabrook is a Motherhood Life Coach, whose approach to coaching is based on the belief that you must be a priority in your own life in order to thrive. Graeme is also the host of the Self-Care Squad, a private Facebook group over 1,000 members who are women and gender non-binary folks who are interested in creating a self-care practice. She is also the creator of The Mom Centre, a social network and group coaching community for those who mother.

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Ep016: Melissa Toler On Opting Out Of Diet Culture & Reclaiming Our Wellness
 
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In this episode, I speak with former wellness coach turned writer, speaker and educator, Melissa Toler.

Melissa has had a really fascinating journey from dieting and fitness fanatic, to completely opting out of the wellness and diet industry. Melissa's journey began - as it has for many of us - with dieting to lose weight. She then began training for fitness competitions, and later became certified as a wellness coach. However, the further along she traveled in the wellness industry, the more disatissfied she became. She began to notice certain things that did not sit right with her. Like how the wellness industry does not cater for everybody. And how our obsession with dieting is not leading us to greater happiness or wellness. How our fear of fatness is oppressive. And how the wellness industry isn't accessible to everybody.

For these reasons, Melissa made the decision to opt out of the wellness industry and instead focus on encouraging people to make the connection between our culture's oppressive beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. Her goal now is to help people unlearn harmful messages and behaviors from years of chronic dieting. 

Listen in as Melissa and I take on the issues with the wellness and diet industry, reclaiming our wellness and how writing can be used as a tool for healing.

in this episode, Melissa & i explore:

  • Reconnecting to our big feelings through music and art

  • Melissa’s personal journey from training in fitness competitions and wellness coaching, to opting out of the wellness industry

  • Why selling the fear of fat is a big problem

  • How diet marketing has evolved to convince us they are not selling us diets

  • Breaking free from diet mentality

  • Why the health & wellness industry does not cater to all of us, and how we can redefine and reclaim our health and wellness

  • How diet culture encourages us to invalidate ourselves

  • Why many white wellness coaches, teachers and instructors are not able to best serve their non-white clients, and can in fact actively do harm to them

  • Why People of Color (POC)-Only wellness and healing spaces are so important

  • Oprah and Weight Watchers recent announcement to offer free memberships to girls aged under 13

  • How the diet and wellness industry co-opts the language of activism and social justice to sell their products and programs

  • How Melissa has used writing as a tool to help find deeper healing, wellness and empowerment for herself

  • Melissa's 4-week writing course, 'Write To Get Free'

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About Melissa Toler

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Melissa Toler is a former wellness coach turned speaker, writer, and educator.

Her work encourages people to make the connection between our culture's oppressive beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. She has written extensively on diet culture and the toll it takes on our lives and humanity. Her goal is to help people unlearn harmful messages and behaviors from years of chronic dieting. 

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Ep015: Leesa Renee Hall On Exploring Identity & Writing Expressively
 
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In this episode, I speak with writer, storyteller and diversity advocate, Leesa Renee Hall.

Leesa Renee Hall is my sister-writer and sister-storyteller. Her Patreon page is one of my favourite accounts - I devour every piece she publishes. After writing half a million words over 365 consecutive days, Leesa discovered that words can help one find their true purpose. Leesa helps spiritual and business leaders use curious inquiry to question their views on diversity so they can become effective leaders and create truly inclusive communities, companies, and corporations. She teaches that the only way you can have hard conversations around systemic oppression is to first breakthrough your inner oppression using the combination of curious inquiry and expressive writing.

Like me, Leesa has had the unique experience of having her work go viral in recent months, when she published a blog post called '#ExpressiveWriting Prompts to Use If You’ve Been Accused of #WhiteFragility #SpiritualBypass or #WhitePrivilege'. I've heard story after story of people using these writing prompts in their personal practice, in their teams, with their families and in their communities to help unpack their white fragility and become braver in conversations about race.

In this episode, Leesa and I really grappled with what it means for us to be black women who write about identity and race - while trying to defy and decenter the white gaze. It's a must listen.

in this episode, Leesa & i explore:

  • Exploring our personal paradoxes of identity 
  • How Leesa wrote over half a million work across 365 consecutive days
  • Using writing as a tool for self-inquiry work to help us get to the truth of who we are
  • What are the stories that we want to be told about ourselves when we have passed on?
  • Leesa’s exploration of her own whiteness
  • Leesa’s viral post: #ExpressiveWriting Prompts to Use If You’ve Been Accused of #WhiteFragility #SpiritualBypass or #WhitePrivilege
  • What it means to be a black woman writer who writes about race, under the white gaze
  • How Leesa’s ancestors guide her activist writing
  • The seduction and dangers of writing for whiteness
  • Why Black women need and deserve rest
  • How you can help Leesa fund and create her documentary through supporting her on Patreon

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About Leesa Renee Hall

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Leesa Renee Hall is a writer, storyteller, and diversity advocate. 

After writing half a million words over 365 consecutive days, Leesa discovered that words can help one find their true purpose. Leesa helps spiritual and business leaders use curious inquiry to question their views on diversity so they can become effective leaders and create truly inclusive communities, companies, and corporations.

Connect with Leesa at:


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