Happy Creativity Thursday: Creating 2014 Vision Boards


Happy Creativity Thursday! Happy Day #2 of 2014!

During a recent creativity coaching client session, I shared how much I enjoyed making vision boards, cutting images from magazines,  and the impact vision boards have had on accomplishing my goals and manifesting my dreams over the past 20 years. The vision board making process has allowed me to select images, words, phrases, and quotes that affirm and support my goals and dreams.
This year, I journaled about my vision board themes and came up with a 2014 life theme. It took the form of a six-word memoir: Faith+Rest+Thrive+Passion+Zen=Fierceology. Fierceology is the belief and practice of Fierce Living. Fierce Living is the choice and commitment to be too bold for boundaries in all areas of my life and creative expression.

Have you made or are you making vision boards for 2014?

Happy Creativity Thursday: Creativity Requires Courage

Photo Credit: http://blog.ali-comunicazione.com/?cat=3
Photo Credit: http://blog.ali-comunicazione.com/?cat=3

Happy Creativity Thursday!

When I was a little girl growing up in Landover, Maryland in the 1970s, my mother, an early childhood undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, encouraged me and my brothers to express our creativity through the power of imagination. My oldest brother, Mike, was the leader of our pack. His courage to create things we could only dream about amazed me. He designed and showed us how to cut out guitars from cardboard boxes so that we could imitate the Jackson Five, our favorite musical group. He also designed the plans for a snow igloo and served as the chief architect and foreman during the building process.

Mike Leeke
Mike Leeke

Photo Credit: Mike Leeke
Photo Credit: Mike Leeke

Later, he developed his talents and studied to become a comic book graphic artist at the Philadelphia College of Art. Throughout his career, I have watched Mike tap into the wellspring of courage that lies within his heart to pursue his dreams. It has grounded him in times of transition and helped him expand his vision for his creative expression. He is my creativity courage hero who reminds me to embrace my own courage in my creative life.

How do you find courage to express your creativity?

Do you have any creativity courage heroes or sheroes?

My Creativity Coaching Sessions for Blogalicious Conference Attendees


Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday!

Today’s blog is all about the Blogalicious Weekend Conference and creativity. Read on!

Photo Credit: http://cormiercreative.com/creativity-is-contagious/
Photo Credit: http://cormiercreative.com/creativity-is-contagious/

Creativity is one of my life’s passions. I believe we are born with a spark of creativity that can awaken us to an amazing life. Throughout life’s journey our creative spark needs nourishment, guidance, and support. One way we can nurture our creative spark and gain support and guidance for our dreams, ideas, and endeavors is with the support of a creativity coach.

Photo Credit: http://blog.ali-comunicazione.com/?cat=3
Photo Credit: http://blog.ali-comunicazione.com/?cat=3

Since 2009, I have served as a creativity coach and helped clients to identify, understand, and embrace their inner critic (the inner voice that tells you  cannot or don’t have what it takes to create, build, or fund your dreams, ideas, and endeavors). With my support, they have been able to confront and overcome their fears, doubts, and obstacles that prevent them from creating, building, and funding their dreams, ideas, and endeavors. They have mapped out their goals and timelines, and developed a strategic plan to accomplish them with my guidance. Watching my clients succeed brings me great joy! That’s why I am offering one-on-one creativity coaching to Blogalicious Weekend Conference attendees on October 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.


For Blogalicious Weekend Conference Attendees: If you have a burning desire to launch a new idea or endeavor or you feel uncertain, doubtful, or fearful about giving birth to a dream you have been holding onto for the past month, year or decade, sign up for a 15 minute creativity coaching session with me. Click here to register for a session (LIMITED NUMBER SO ACT SOON!). Once you have registered for a session, please complete the short SurveyMonkey questionnaire (9 questions). Your responses will help prepare me for our 15 minute session. All sessions will be held in the “Vinnings” conference room at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. If you have additional questions, please email me at kiamshaleeke@yahoo.com.

Happy Creativity Thursday – Discovering CreativeMornings DC

Photo Credit: CreativeMornings.com
Photo Credit: CreativeMornings.com

Happy Creativity Thursday!

A few weeks ago, I read an article about CreativeMornings DC, a free monthly breakfast monthly lecture series for creative folks that includes a 20 minute talk and coffee, in the July 19th edition of the Washington Post Express. I got really excited because I am always looking for ways to connect with creative folks in my city.

Photo Credit: Creative Mornings DC
Photo Credit: Creative Mornings DC

CreativeMornings DC is hosted by Joel Daly. Since January 2013, Daly has organized a great lineup of speakers over the past months. In July, Dr. Amber Straughn, an Astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, was the featured speaker. The event was held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at 1776. Click here to watch speaker talks from previous events.

Photo Credit: CreativeMornings.com
Photo Credit: CreativeMornings.com

CreativeMornings DC is a chapter of CreativeMornings, the brainchild of Tina Roth Eisenberg, the founder of swissmiss, a design blog studio in New York City.

Photo Credit: www.swiss-miss.com/about/hi-i-am-tina
Photo Credit: http://www.swiss-miss.com/about/hi-i-am-tina

In 2009, Eisenberg launched CreativeMornings because she wanted to create an accessible, inspiring morning event for people to meet. Since then, CreativeMornings has grown to 51 chapters located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Korea, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Click here to read the latest news posted on the CreativeMornings blog.

Where do you go to have creative conversations in your local community?

Happy Creativity Thursday!

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www.leighmosley.com
Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – http://www.leighmosley.com

Happy Creativity Thursday!

Writing a book is a journey in itself.  When your write about yourself like I have in my debut novel and creative memoir, you may encounter moments in your writing journey that force you to deal with your fears and past experiences. That’s what has been happening during my Digital Sisterhood memoir book writing process. I have started and stopped many times. I have been overwhelmed and wounded by my own need to control a creative process that requires constant surrender. I have allowed my reaction to the edits I received from my publisher in December to stall my publication process. In short, it has been a creative struggle I often wish I did not have to deal with, but I am hanging with support, positive energy, and love from an amazing team of family, friends, peers, yoga teachers, an acupuncturist, a book editor extraordinaire, a keep it real life coach, and detailed copy editors who keep me on track.


I have also used inspiring books to strengthen myself from the inside out as I finalize the manuscript. One book that has inspired me greatly is writing teacher Judith Barrington’s Writing the MemoirIn her book, Barrington writes with emotional honesty about the memoir writing journey. It gave me the words I was looking for to describe the bottled up emotions I have been carrying around about my writing fears.  It was liberating to read her guidance on theme selection, voice, tone, form, plot, scene, and character development. She also stressed the value of having a disciplined practice. I enjoyed her references to writings by Alice Walker and Virginia Woolf. After I finished her book, I felt refreshed and ready to pick up my editing pen and complete my Digital Sisterhood book edits. What a blessing!

Nurturing My Creative Spirit in April with Creating Time by Marney K. Makridakis

Photo Credit: Springtime in Crystal City by Ananda Leeke (2012)

Last month I made several creative commitments after I returned from the BlissDom 2012 Conference in Nashville.  See below.

  • To embrace my visual voice with digital photographs and videos that record authentic moments and tell stories.
  • To affirm my visual voice by sharing what I create on my blog, Animoto, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube.
  • To nurture my creative spirit weekly with journaling, artist dates, and reading time (articles, blogs, books, and online creative communities).
  • To affirm, fully claim, and respect my creative journey as an artist in a professional manner.
  • To seek and pursue ways to expand my professional career as an artist.
  • To respect and treat my creativity as a business.
Photo Credit: Ananda Leeke's One Drop of Black Blood painting taken by photographer Leigh Mosley - www.leighmosley.com
Photo Credit: Hamiltonian Gallery - http://www.hamiltonianartists.org

Here’s the good news!  I was able to take action on all of my new commitments.

  • I started carrying my digital camera with me every day.  That helped me capture my favorite Springtime moments.
  • I was able to share my digital photos on my blog, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr.  It felt great to receive positive feedback from my social media friends.
  • I created three videos with Animoto that featured my photos from BlissDom and artwork.  The videos were posted on my blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube.  Posting the videos helped me see the value in sharing my work with others. It also gave me much needed feedback.
  • I started reading Kelly Rae Roberts’ book,  Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings.  The book’s journaling exercises helped me get in touch with my creative spirit. I also took a walking tour of galleries in my neighborhood:  Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Morton Fine Art Gallery, and Hamiltonian Gallery.  Seeing new art created by a diverse group of artists was inspiring.
  • I took a HUGE leap of faith to expand my professional career as an artist when I  submitted my application to the Hamiltonian Fellowship Program in DC.  The application process required me to write an artist statement and artist CV, and prepare a digital portfolio of ten pieces of artwork (see photo above of one of my paintings that was included in my digital portfolio).  After I finished my application, I decided to post my artist statement and CV on my web site.  Doing that helped me affirm my professional career as an artist and respect and treat my creativity as a business.

This month I am using Marney K. Makridakis’ new book, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life, to nurture my creative spirit as I move through my Digital Sisterhood book writing journey and take small steps each week to embrace my visual voice.  FYI – I am also reviewing Makridakis’ book at her request.  Her PR team sent me a free copy to review a few weeks ago.

Photo Credit: Artella.com

What’s going on with your creative spirit?

How are you nurturing your creative spirit this month?

Have you made any creative commitments this year?

Listen to Ananda read a poem that celebrates creative women who inspire her.

Happy Monday!

This morning I went walking in my neighborhood.  During my walk, I thought about creative women who inspire me.  So I recorded an audio blog when I returned home that includes my poem “21 Drops of Inspiration in My Creative Bucket.”  It celebrates creative women such as Toni Blackman, Tanekeya Word, Sonya Clark, Jade Andwele, and Amber Robles-Gordon.  The poem is featured in my new book That Which Awakens Me (available on Amazon.com). Click on the Cinchcast below to hear the poem. Enjoy!

Many blessings,

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for creative women who inspire me,


How did you spend the first day of 2010?

Happy New Year! 

How did you spend the first day of 2010? 

I did some work for my company Kiamsha.com, LLC.  I met my new creativity coaching client Sharon A. Malachi, owner of Miracles with Paws, a dog grooming, pet sitting, and dog educational services company, at U Street Cafe and the Starbucks on 16th and U in DC. We worked on her company name, brand, philosophy, motto, blog, and social media strategy. It was a lot of fun. Pure joy and play. Delicious. Magical. Amazing. Transformative.  I will blog about Sharon’s new business on Sisterhood, the Blog (http://sisterhoodtheblog.wordpress.com) next week. Look for a video on Ananda Leeke TV too.  Enjoy your first weekend of 2010!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Joy,


Ananda’s reflection on Kuumba (creativity), the 6th day of Kwanzaa

Greetings All!

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Happy Kuumba (Creativity), the 6th day of Kwanzaa!

What does creativity mean to you?

How have you been creative in 2009?

What are your creative plans for 2010?

Click on my Cinchcast below to hear my reflection on Kuumba and an excerpt about creativity from my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon.com – http://tiny.cc/7uFsg).  I also mention the way African Americans are using their creativity and social media tools (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, etc.) to tell their stories on web TV shows such as my new five favorites: “Anacostia”, “Buppies”, “Kindred”, “The New 20s”, and “Wed-Locked.”  All of these shows represent a new wave of artistic freedom in 21st century visual culture.  They celebrate the independence of creative folks who are willing to tell a wide range of stories that document the many facets of African American life.  For me, they echo one of my favorite mantras: Black folks are NOT and will never be monolothic!  They also  remind me of my debut novel, Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (www.lovestroubadours.com ; available on Amazon.com –  http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq) are also sources of inspiration for my next novel, Love’s Trouabadours – Symon: Book Two. 

Enjoy your day and New Year’s Eve!  Many blessings to you and your family in 2010! 

Peace, Compassion, and Creativity,


Ananda’s Reflections on Gratitude and Creative Releases During Thanksgiving

Greetings All,


I just read this Helen Keller quote on my sistalove Dottie Green’s Facebook page:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
It is so true.

Yesterday, I received three boxes filled with copies of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (it is available on Amazon.com now – http://tiny.cc/6pfMW) from my publisher. It was humbling to open the boxes and look at the physical manifestation of a seed Creator planted in my womb many moons ago. I sat in silence for a few moments and just gave thanks. My heart was so full. I was speechless. Yes me chatty Cathy who always has a word or two to share. The beauty of the moment was INCROYABLE (incredible as the French say)!

As I read through the book, I thought about all of the people who have come in and out of my creative life. I also thought about the support and inspiration I received from various online and offline communities. WOW! I know I have been blessed!

What came up next were thoughts about a few folks who have moved out of my creative life. Their departures reminded me that physical, emotional, spiritual, and relationship releases always come when I birth a dream into the universe. It also fits with the release work I have been doing with support from my life coach Yael. So I am not surprised. That’s just par for the course.

Lately, I have been having a lot of intuitive experiences that connect me to just the right energy, quote, article, book, conversation, music or creative event that offers wisdom on release. What a blessing! These experiences are expanding my awareness and opening my heart so I can give thanks and move forward into greater blessings, experiences, and growth opportunities.

Many thanks to everyone who has played a role in my creative life!

Enjoy your holidays!

Peace, Light, Love, Compassion, Gratitude, and Laughter,