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Happy Creativity Thursday: Breathing Life Into Your Creative Dreams

Photo Credit: "Kreative Grooviness: That Which Awakens Me " by Ananda Leeke
Photo Credit: “Kreative Grooviness: That Which Awakens Me ” by Ananda Leeke

Happy Creativity Thursday!

Have you ever dreamed of making something with your hands and then allowed your fears or lack of training to stop you?

It happened to me several years ago when I started dreaming of painting. I was afraid to try it because I had never attended art school. My perspective changed after I started working with a master artist during my tenure as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital. The master artist happened to be a patient I was assigned to work with on creative projects that would help him express his feelings. He transformed our sessions into art workshops where he taught me to trust my intuition and natural creative gifts. He pushed me to paint and gave me numerous painting assignments. This experience helped me create a series of paintings that I used to illustrate two book covers (see paintings above and below). The master artist breathed life into my creative dreams.

Photo Credit: "Be Love. Love Light. Live As the Spirit of Life." by Ananda Leeke
Photo Credit: “Be Love. Love Light. Live As the Spirit of Life.” by Ananda Leeke

Has anyone breathed life into your creative dreams?

How did the person breathe life into your creative dreams?

What creative actions were you inspired to take?

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Visit Amazon.com to learn more about my creative journey and book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetical Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009). My book is available as a Kindle download and a paperback book.

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Happy July! Check out my July events

Happy July!

Below is a list of my July events.  Join me for some incredibly fun adventures online and offline! Enjoy your month!

1) Tune into Sisterhood the Blog Radio’s Women in Social Media series for Ananda’s interviews with digital divas. See schedule below.

-July 5 @9pm EST – Women who attended Blogging While Brown conference on June 18 and 19 in DC
-July 6 @8pm EST – Najeema Thompson
-July 8 @8pm EST – Amanda Jones
-July 12 @8pm EST – Shon Bacon
-July 20 @8pm EST – Michele McGraw
-July 26 @8pm EST – Devra Renner
-July 29 @8pm EST – April Davis

Click here to join the conversation: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015.

2) Spend an afternoon with Ananda at a book reading for her new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery on July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (Shakti Studio Room), 1450 P Street, NW, Washington, DC (located several blocks from Dupont Circle subway station). Click on the link to register for the event at Flow Yoga Center: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=736&stype;=-8&sView;=week&sTrn;=100000122.

3) Join Ananda for kind and gentle yoga in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC on July 11 from 9:00 am to 9:30 am. Click on link for more details:  http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

4) Watch Ananda’s kg yoga life practices class on Mom TV on July 21 at 8:00 pm EST. Click on the link to watch the show: http://www.momtv.com/kgyogalife.html.

5) Listen to Ananda host Sisterhood the Blog Radio’s July 31st episode at 1:00 pm EST featuring a discussion with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. members about their use of social media during Boule 2010 (national convention) held from July 14 to July 22 in Palm Springs, California.  FYI – Ananda is a member of Sigma!  The show will also include a discussion on how Ananda’s Sigma sorority sisters use social media in their businesses. www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015.

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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,

Ananda

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Part #2 – Watch videos from Ananda’s 3/14 book talk/signing @ Historical Society of DC

Happy Weekend!

Here’s part two of my videos from the book talk/signing for my memoir That Which Awakens Me held on March 14 at the Historical Society of Washington, DC.  be sure to tell me which video you liked best. Enjoy!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for Spring Weather in DC,

Ananda

VIDEOS FROM BOOK READING

1) Ananda discusses who lives inside her (her archetypes/personalities)

2) Ananda discusses spirituality and service

3) Ananda discusses her work as an artist-in-residence for Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital

4) Ananda discusses her life as an artist and poet living in DC in the 90s

5) Ananda discusses her debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One

6) Angie Hudgins’ promo for That Which Awakens Me

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Part #1 – Watch videos from Ananda’s 3/14 book talk/signing @ Historical Society of DC

Happy Monday!

My book talk and signing for my poetic memoir That Which Awakens Me was held yesterday at the Historical Society of Washington, DC.  It was a lot of fun and a HUGE success!!!! Many thanks to my sistalove Karen Sallis for organizing the event with Rosemary Reed and the Society’s staff! Big thanks to everyone who attended the event!!!!

If you missed the event, watch the videos below.  More videos will be posted in the coming days.

You can purchase That Which Awakens Me and my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One on Amazon.com: http://tiny.cc/7uFsg and http://tinyurl.com/yfxtqyq.

Historical Society of DC Book Talk Videos:

1) My infomercial for my March 14th book reading

2) My vulnerabilities as a writer

3) The importance of naming and defining myself

4) The power of six-word memoirs in my writing process

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

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Join Ananda for her DC Book Reading on 3/14, Online Creativity Coaching Session for Women on 3/25, and Yoga in Malcolm X Park on 3/28

Dear All,

Mark your calendars for the following events:

 

  • A free creative coaching session on March 25 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST that explores the nine blocks to women’s creativity. I will use creative coaching exercises in my new book That Which Awaken’s Me to guide the session. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ananda-leeke-live

 

  • A free kind and gentle yoga Meetup on March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC. The class will be dedicated to National Women’s History Month, National Women and Girls HIV/AID Day, and National Nutrition Month.  http://yoga.meetup.com/584.

Hope to see you at these events!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,

Ananda

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Great Moments from the Weekend: Ananda’s Artist Date @ Elizabeth Catlett in Mexico exhibit and its connection to her books That Which Awakens Me & Love’s Troubadours

Photo Credit: Fern Logan - http://the-artists.org/artist/Elizabeth-Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett

Hi All,

This weekend, I went to see an exhibit featuring the work of Elizabeth Catlett at the Mexican Cultural Institute on 16th Street in northwest DC. Click here to learn more about the Catlett exhibit. It closes on May 29. If you are in DC, consider attending Professor David Driscoll’s lecture about Catlett’s work on March 27 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  It’s free!

Catlett is one of my favorite artists.  She was born in DC in 1915 and is  a graduate of Howard University (like me!). Click here to learn more about Catlett.

I have given the world my songs by Elizabeth Catlett

The highlight of my visit to the Mexican Cultural Institute was seeing Catlett’s I have given the world my songs.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece of art.  It inspired a poem in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery. Click here to listen to me read the poem. FYI – I also discuss Catlett’s work in my novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One.

Click on the Cinchcast audio blog to hear me talk about my visit to the Mexican Cultural Institute.

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Ananda celebrates International Women’s Day with woman-centered poetry!

Happy Monday!  Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is really special for me.  International Women’s Day always reminds me of my trip to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women held in September 1995 in Beijing, China.  My trip to Beijing was one of the most powerful experiences in my life.  This morning, I discussed my trip during my author talk on BlogTalkRadio.  I also shared woman-centered poetry including two poems I wrote while attending the conference in China.  Click on the link to listen to a recording of my show (12 minutes): www.blogtalkradio.com/anandaleeke/2010/03/08/author-chat-with-ananda-leeke.

Who are your favorite women poets?

How are you celebrating International Women’s Day?

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for women’s power, passion, and progress,

Ananda

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Happy National Women’s History Month – Celebrating the Obama Women with a poem from Ananda’s new book

Greetings All! Happy March! Happy National Women’s History Month! 

The 2010 theme of National Women’s History Month is “Writing Women Back into  History.  Click here to learn more: www.nwhp.org/whm/index.php

Who are your sheroes? 

Desiree Rogers & Valerie Jarrett

Susan Rice

Lisa Jackson

Today, I am celebrating my sheroes called the “Obama” women.  They are the African American women serving in President Barack H. Obama’s Administration.  Last year, I wrote a poem about the “Obama” women and included it in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self Discovery (available on Amazon.com – http://tiny.cc/7uFsg).  See the poem below.

Do you have a favorite Obama woman?

My three favorites are Valerie Jarrett, Desiree Rogers (who will be leaving her position as White House Social Secretary in a few weeks), Susan Rice, and Lisa Jackson. Click here to read a Washington Post article about the Obama women from March 2009:  www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/17/AR2009031703744.html.

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for women who paved the way for me to be who I am today,

Ananda

POEM – Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke

 
Sista7: The Obama Women

 
When I checked my email this morning, I had a message

from my father, a 24/7/365 supporter of President Barack H.

Obama.

Daddy’s email greeted me with positive news.

It was a Washington Post article about the brilliant, bold, and

beautiful Black women in the Obama administration.

What a way to start a Wednesday in March during Women’s

History Month!

The article profiled the Sista7.

Valerie Jarrett, a Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President

for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison.

Desiree Rogers, White House Social Secretary.

Susan Rice, United Nations Ambassador.

Cassandra Butts, deputy White House counsel.

Mona Sutphen, the first Black woman to serve as deputy chief

of staff.

Lisa Jackson, the first Black person to head the Environmental

Protection Agency.

Melody Barnes, the first Black woman to run the Domestic

Policy Council.

 
 

 

They represent something new in Washington: the largest
contingent of high-ranking Black women to work for a

president.

Trailblazers is the word that captures it all for me.

These phenomenal women have emerged from the margins of

American society to the position of gatekeeper in one of the

greatest countries in the world.

Each one is a household name in my life.

Tracking their efforts on the Internet is one of my favorite

things to do.

Watching them in action inspires me.

They have become an affirmation of what’s possible for Black

women in America.

That’s why I claim them as my sheros.

That’s why I continuously celebrate their presence, passion,

and power.

May we all do the same.