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Need Your Help with My Thriving Mindfully Academy Self-Care Survey

Hi Groovy Friend,

I have a favor to ask you. Help me build a stronger Thriving Mindfully Academy that can support your life, relationships, and career. All I need you to do is to compete my self-care survey. It consists of four questions that take less than 5 minutes to complete. Go here to complete it.

Please accept my thank you gift of a complimentary Thriving Mindfully Community membership for your generous support. Claim your membership here.

Blessings & Gratitude,

Ananda

My Thank You Letter to Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles & Simone Manuel for Declaring Their Self-Care Independence Unapologetically!

Hey Groovy Friend!

July has been a powerful self-care month in the lives of three of my favorite women athletes, Naomi Osaka, a 23-year old Japanese-Haitian American world tennis champion and entrepreneur; Simone Biles, a 24-year old African-American Olympic gymnast; and Simone Manuel, a 24 year-old African-American Olympic swimmer. Each of these women of color have chosen to make their mental health, well-being, and self-care a priority. Watching them put themselves first above their demanding careers and public scrutiny has been a master class in what it means to embrace, embody, and express the radical self-care wisdom of African-American writer, womanist, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” I think we can all learn something from these self-care sheroes!

NAOMI OSAKA

Photo Credit: TIME Magazine

After watching Naomi step away from the French Open and withdraw from Wimbledon to prioritize her mental health, I read her essay in TIME and watched her Netflix documentary. Her courage to be vulnerable with herself and willingness to share her vulnerability on the world stage filled my heart with deep gratitude. Gratitude because here is a woman who clearly has her own personal issues (like the rest of us) and is deeply engaged in her own wellness journey, stepping out and shining a light on a topic most of society is hesitant to acknowledge, discuss, and address. In her TIME essay, she writes, “I do hope that people can relate and understand it’s OK to not be OK; and it’s OK to talk about it.”

SIMONE BILES

Photo Credit: Health Magazine

Naomi’s decision to speak openly, honestly, and from her heart inspired Simone Biles (“Simone B.”) when she decided to withdraw from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games. During one of her interviews, Simone encouraged other athletes to “put mental health first, because if you don’t, then you’re not going to enjoy your sport and you’re not going to succeed as much as you want to.” She also reassured them, “it’s OK sometimes to even sit out the big competitions to focus on yourself, because it shows how strong of a competitor that you really are, rather than just battle through it.” Her mental health activism stems directly from the deep commitment she has made to herself to get help when needs it. In her most recent interview with Health Magazine, she shares how she uses the support of a psychologist, her family, and her boyfriend to navigate her life and career.

SIMONE MANUEL

Photo Credit: TYRxSIMONE Collection

Like Naomi and Simone B., Simone Manuel (“Simone M.), represents a new wave of women of color who are using their global platform to champion mental health, well-being, and self-care as they express their own vulnerability and how they are nurturing themselves. Last year, Glamour Magazine interviewed Simone M. about the importance of mental health. Check out her candid response: “Mental health is so crucial because it contributes to how you navigate through this world and what you think of yourself. I’ve been seeing a sports psychologist since I was 15 and I use that to talk about my experiences as a Black swimmer and a Black woman in this world. I think that it genuinely has helped me be able to handle some of the hardships or the experiences that I’ve dealt with in my life. It’s such a powerful, powerful tool to be able to exercise your mind and strengthen your mind.”

Throughout the interview, she gives an inside look into her self-care which includes two of my favorite mindfulness practices, meditation and journaling. She urges us to resist numbing our feelings. She also reassures us that it’s okay to feel and talk about our emotions and listen to our bodies. I know she was following her own advice when she took a break from training after being diagnosed with overtraining syndrome earlier this year.

THE GEN Z + GEN X CONNECTION

When I look at these three 20-something women who represent my niece Jordan’s Gen Z generation and their self-care journey, I realize we share a similar path. As a 56 year-old African-American woman who sometimes self-identifies as a Gen X member, I remember what it felt like to be an overachieving stressed and time-pressed lawyer and investment banker in my late 20s and early 30s. My self-worth was tied to my career. When my career didn’t produce the success I expected, my mental health and well-being were nonexistent. With the support of my parents, family, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority sisters, Howard University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center classmates, friends, and a therapist, I started to recognize how important it was to ground myself in self-care. It became the foundation for how I currently live my life. It also inspired me to express my creativity as a writer and an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Hospital. In addition, it led me to study and become a certified yoga and meditation teacher, a reiki master and sound healing practitioner, and a digital wellness educator. Today, I am blessed to use my experience and expertise in my work with people of all ages who are struggling with self-care as the Chief Mindfulness Officer of my wellness company, Ananda Leeke Consulting, and the founder of the Thriving Mindfully Community and Academy.

As I close out this month, I decided to write a thank you to letter Naomi, Simone B., and Simone M. for showing up as their REAL selves. Check out what I had to say.

Dear Naomi, Simone B., and Simone M.,

Your courage to stand up, speak your truth from your heart, say HELL NO to society’s hustle culture, and say HELL YES to your mental health, well-being, and self-care has become a powerful gift to all of us Black and Brown women, women of color, all women and girls, and folks on Mother Earth.

You are showing many of us how to declare our self-care independence unapologetically.

Your choice to honor yourself on the global stage is helping some of us see what it means to be vulnerable, loving, kind, gentle, and compassionate with ourselves. When we see you, we are able to look in the mirror and see folks who look just like us claim and practice their birthright of mental health, well-being, and self-care.

Without even knowing it, you are helping us all recommit ourselves to a healthier life mission. One where we are humans being instead of humans doing. One that carves out a public pathway to self-care beyond survival, the very thing Dr. Maya Angelou spoke about in her ancestral wisdom statement: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.”

One last thing! I wrote a poem, “What’s Next: A Lifeline to Stop Doing, Start Being” that expresses what this thank you letter could not. Watch a video of me reading it below.

Deeply grateful,

Ananda

SELF-CARE SUPPORT FOR READERS

Just in case you need self-care support, I invite you to do three things.

  1. Go here to take my self-care survey (4 easy questions that take less than 5 minutes to answer).
  2. Click here to claim your complimentary membership in my Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space that inspires you to nurture, transform, and celebrate your life and career.
  3. If you wanna deepen your wellness commitment and expand your personal growth journey with my support, join me for the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Master Class on August 4th at 8–9:15 PM ET or August 7th at 1–2:15 PM ET. Click on the links below.

-Buy ticket here for the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Master Class on August 4th at 8–9:15 PM ET

-Buy your ticket here for the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Master Class on August 7th at 1–2:15 PM ET

Moving Forward: Learn Why Joy Is Everywhere When You Reach Out to Help and Serve!

Hey Groovy Friend!

I have to do something I am not really ready to do this week: archive two amazing communities I have been leading for the past several years: A Mindful Cup of Tea Facebook Group and the Thriving Mindfully Meetup Group. It’s been a little hard to close them, but I gotta do it today. This evening I went bike riding and thought about how much these groups have meant to me.

During my bike ride, a line from one of my poems, “Joy, the Psalm of Our Lives, popped in my head: JOY is everywhere when you help and serve.” That line has become my mantra as I move forward and archive the communities. It reminds me I carry JOY in my heart for the ways I have helped and served these communities. I have JOY in my heart for the ways I will continue to help and serve the members of my new Thriving Mindfully Community. Watch my short video that expresses my appreciation.

My hope is that you will join me as I move forward in the Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space created to inspire you to nurture, transform, and celebrate your life, relationships, and career.
Watch my latest video that discusses why you should join.


Let’s inspire each other to nurture, transform, and celebrate our lives and careers in the Thriving Mindfully Community. Claim your complimentary membership today: www.thrivingmindfully.net.

When you join this month, you get access to my LIVE 30-minute Mini Master Class on July 14th from 8-8:30 AM ET and 8-8:30 PM ET. Join here: www.thrivingmindfully.net

NEED SUPPORT WITH MINDFUL SELF-CARE?

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DEEPER COMMITMENT TO NURTURING YOUR LIFE AND CAREER?


Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Basic Membership Plan hereSign up when you are called to.


DO YOU WANT TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE,  RELATIONSHIPS, AND CAREER?

Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Premium Membership Plan hereSign up when you are called to.

See you in the Thriving Mindfully Community!

Blessings & Gratitude,

Ananda 

My BIG Dream for You: Thriving Mindfully Community

Hey Groovy Friend!

Today I’ve got a special video message for YOU that discusses my big dream of creating the Thriving Mindfully Community on the Mighty Network platform, a woman-owned software for building intentional communities. Watch it below. Let me know what you think.

Let’s inspire each other to nurture, transform, and celebrate our lives and careers in the Thriving Mindfully Community. Go here to claim your complimentary membership today. When you join the Thriving Mindfully Community this month, you get access to my LIVE 30-minute Mini Master Class on July 7th or July 14th from 8-8:30 AM ET and 8-8:30 PM ET.

Are you struggling with self-care and missing joy in your life, relationships & career?

Hey Groovy Friend!

Opening my heart to JOY isn’t always beautiful or easy.

CONFESSION: I have struggled with and stressed myself out with finding JOY in my life, relationships, and career because of my TYPE A overachieving mindset that makes JOY into a massive big ASS deal.

Last year I stressed myself out, tripped, and fell into what I call the SUPERSIZE JOY HOLE and couldn’t get out using my old JOY definition and expectations. So I spent last spring, summer, and fall opening my heart and redefining JOY by looking closely with curiosity at how it was showing up in my COVID-19 pandemic life. It wasn’t always easy or beautiful. It made me show up VULNERABLE which isn’t a favorite state of being for my recovering Type A control freak/overachiever and inner critic archetypes.

Through it all, I learned how powerful it is to release the mindset and habit of supersizing JOY. To be honest, I am still releasing them. It’s a process! That’s why I created the Thriving Mindfully Community’s Summer of Self-Care, a three-month celebration that encourages and me and YOU to reclaim our birthright of JOY as a mindful self-care practice.

Stressed out or struggling with JOY and self-care?

Need help with reclaiming and redefining JOY in your life, relationships, and career?

Go here to claim your complimentary Thriving Mindfully Community membership. Once you become a Thriving Mindfully Community member, go to the Events tab and RSVP for the next Mini Master Class: 3 Way to Stress Less, Embrace Joy, and Make This Your Summer of Self-Care on Friday, July 2nd at 8-8:30 AM.

Get Your Self-Care Back on Track with the Thriving Mindfully Community’s Mini Master Class: 3 Ways to Stress Less, Embrace Joy & Make This Your Summer of Self-Care on June 29 & 30 and July 2

Hey Groovy Friend!

How is your summer going so far? My prayer is that we all slow down to embrace more JOY in our lives and careers. To help you get started, join me for the Thriving Mindfully Community’s Mindful Monday Meditation tonight at 7-7:30 PM ET and the Summer of Self-Care that launched on June 20th.

The Summer of Self-Care is a three-month celebration that encourages and inspires you to reclaim your birthright of JOY. It also invites you to embrace JOY as a daily mindfulness practice.

This week I am leading a Mini Master Class: 3 Ways to Stress Less, Embrace Joy & Make This Your Summer of Self-Care on June 29 at 8-8:30 PM ET, June 30 at 8-8:30 AM ET, June 30 at 8-8:30 PM ET or July 2 at 8-8:30 AM ET.

Plan to join me at these events after you claim your FREE membership in the Thriving Mindfully Community: www.thrivingmindfully.net.

After you join, go to the Events tab in the community and RSVP for one of the classes this week. Also, check out the Summer of Self-Care resources in the Topics tab.


NEED SUPPORT WITH MINDFUL SELF-CARE?

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DEEPER COMMITMENT TO NURTURING YOUR LIFE AND CAREER?


Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Basic Membership Plan hereSign up when you are called to.


DO YOU WANT TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, RELATIONSHIPS, AND CAREER?

Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Premium Membership Plan hereSign up when you are called to.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice Groovy Friend!

The first day of Summer officially begins at 11:32 PM ET on June 20th. That means the Summer Solstice will also happen on June 21st. In honor of the Summer Solstice, the Thriving Mindfully Community is launching the Summer of Self-Care on June 20th and 21st. Watch my latest video here to learn more about it.

Summertime has always been a time of joy for me. Given everything that has happened in 2020 and this year, I have decided to be more intentional about embracing JOY this summer.

Did you know JOY is your birthright? JOY is also a mindful self-care practice you can choose each day.

Need help reclaiming your birthright of JOY? Go here to get your FREE membership in the Thriving Mindfully Community and participate in the Summer of Self-Care. 

The Thriving Mindfully Community’s Summer of Self-Care is a three-month celebration that encourages and inspires you to reclaim and practice your birthright of JOY from June 20th to September 21st. Once you join the Thriving Mindfully Community, go to the Topics tab and click on the Summer of Self-Care. Check out the Welcome to Your Summer of Self-Care article that includes a short overview of the three-month celebration. It also includes four videos with some of the special ingredients of my Summer of Self-Care Recipe: two short mindful moment exercises and an excerpt of my poem, “Joy, the Psalm of My Life.”

NEED SUPPORT WITH MINDFUL SELF-CARE?

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DEEPER COMMITMENT TO NURTURING YOUR LIFE AND CAREER?


Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Basic Membership Plan hereSign up when you are called to.

DO YOU WANT TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE, RELATIONSHIPS, AND CAREER?

Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Premium Membership Plan hereSign up when you are called to.
 

See you in the Thriving Mindfully Community!

Blessings & Gratitude,

Ananda 

Joy is your birthright!

Hey Groovy Friend!

Yesterday I took my bike Luna for a ride in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in DC. Bike riding in my city brings me a lot of JOY. Why? Because I love exploring different streets and looking at flowers, plants, trees, and the architecture of houses and buildings. I also love the feeling of freedom I get while riding my bike.

I discovered a while ago that joy was my birthright. I added it to the other birthrights of mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance that I actively claim. What keeps me going is carving out time and space to practice and enjoy these birthrights in my life and career on a regular basis.

JOY is a choice to become aware of and rejoice in the JUICY moments that OPEN YOU up from the inside out. The JUICY moments are filled with goodness. When you can make this choice and appreciate and experience your own JOY, you develop the capacity to rejoice in the goodness of others. That’s called sympathetic joy or mudita. It starts first with you.

I added JOY to the my other birthrights of mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance that I actively claim. What keeps me going is carving out time and space to practice and enjoy these birthrights in my life and career on a regular basis. Watch my video below to learn more.

Have you claimed your birthright to joy, mindfulness, self-care, self-love, self-worth, creativity, and abundance?

Are you struggling, stressed or time pressed in your life and career?

Need help or support?

Go here to claim your FREE membership in my Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space that inspires you to nurture, transform, and celebrate your life and career. When you join, you get access to the weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class at 7-7:30 PM ET.

Mental Health Is Our Birthright!

I was so happy to learn about the amazing tennis player Naomi Osaka’s decision to take care of her mental health (read her Instagram post here). I loved hearing tennis player and entrepreneur Serena Williams affirm Naomi’s decision. They represent two HEALTHY and #PRESENTAF women. They demonstrated what I know to be true: our mental health is our birthright! So is mindfulness and self-care. They are all our birthrights and ESSENTIAL to our well-being and existence on Mother Earth.

I am grateful for all of the people including numerous health, wellness, spiritual, and creative practitioners who taught me to value my mental health, self-care, and mindfulness, and supported me in my growth over the past 30 years. It’s a growth journey I continue to take daily.

This morning I decided to slow down and listen to Aretha Franklin’s You album in my Chakra Castle Chill Out Lounge. While I was chilling, I played in my lipstick and lip gloss box. Wearing lipstick and lip gloss has always been one of my self-care tools. When the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, I started collecting and wearing different lipstick and lip gloss colors even with my mask. My self-care practice became a wonderful way for me to honor myself and express my joy and gratitude for being alive and healthy each day. On hard days, it made me remember I was worth time and attention. My soul sistalove Ayesha and I share our lipstick journeys with texts and photos regularly. It’s a self-care religion for us!

Ninety-five percent of the brands I use are made by people of color. Many of the colors in my collection represent shades of the seven chakras. Today, the green lipsticks called my name. They were vibing with my heart chakra energy of loving kindness and compassion. I used Dr. Bonner’s orange ginger organic balm and Kami Cosmetics’ walnut lip liner (purchased from The Brown Beauty Co-op in DC). I mixed Einaff Cosmetics’ Margarita green lipstick and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty’s Midnight Wasabi green lipstick to create the look I am rocking today.

What self-care practices have you been using this year?

Struggling with stress?

Need help?

Go here to claim your free membership in my Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space that inspires you to nurture and transform your life and career.

May is ending! Time for Your Self-Care Check-In!

Hey Groovy Friend!

What a month it’s been. Today, I decided to take a moment to check in with you. How are you? How’s May been for you?

Watch my May self-care check-in video that I recorded in my Chakra Castle healing arts studio. During the video, I talk about:

◇my painting Love Mentalism: Be Love. Love Life (no pun intended). that celebrates my healing journey with the seven chakras
◇my writing journey, writer’s blocks, and current book project
◇how I tap into my creative self through my throat and third eye chakras
◇how I empower myself with creative rituals of wearing my lapis lazuli ring from the Navajo Nation, AJ Crimson’s blue lip gloss (purchased from Brown Beauty Co-op in DC) , and Find Your Voice t-shirt by Miri in the UK
◇an excerpt from my poem “Writing My Memoir” that is published in my mindful creativity memoir, That Which Awakens Me
◇how I dwell in the uncomfortable truths that live inside of me: feelings of mourning and grief. I
◇how writing grounds and comforts me when I am stressed and overwhelmed
◇the self-care support I get from being in sacred communities like my Thriving Mindfully Community

MY GIFT FOR YOU: If you’re stressed, time-pressed, and need a sacred and safe place to nurture, transform, and celebrate your life and career, go here to claim your FREE membership in my NEW Thriving Mindfully Community.

When you join, you get access to the Mindful Self-Care 101 Resource Library that has several self-care tools you can use in less have five minutes. You’ll also get access to the weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class (class will be held on May 31st at 7-7:30 PM ET) and the monthly Community Meeting (will be held on June 1st at 8-8:30 PM ET). Go to the Events tab and RSVP for these events.