Happy Creativity Thursday: My Passion for Creativity Coaching


Happy Creativ Thursday!

Today, I spent the afternoon with one of my first creativity coaching clients, Sharon Malachi, owner of DC Dog Grooming, LLC, at Teaism, a tea cafe located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC. I started working with Sharon on her creative plans and goals to promote her business in 2010. Through our work together, she developed creative storytelling skills that she used with her blog, social media sites, and television interviews. Helping her grow as a creative business woman has been exciting,  personally fulfilling, and inspiring. That’s why I decided to use my 2014 Creativity Thursday blog posts as a platform for sharing my creativity coaching expertise. So get ready!

Ananda’s Memorial Day Weekend

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How was your Memorial Day Weekend? What did you do?

Memorial Day Weekend gave me an opportunity to relax, rest, and hang out in my U Street/Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan neighborhoods in Washington, DC.

A writer letting loose on 14th Street, NW in DC

I led a social media 101 workshop for my Mastermind group on Saturday morning.

Photo Credit: Madelyn Leeke

On Sunday, I took several walks in my neighborhood and captured some of my favorite flowers with my smartphone.

Sharon Malachi and Ananda

I also met up with my stylist Sharon Malachi (a/k/a Butterfly LP) and obtained summer styling tips at Blackbird, a cool spot for drinks and lite fare on 14th Street, NW.

L’Enfant Cafe
Sharon with her Butterfly iPhone case
Ananda and Sharon Malachi at L’Enfant

I gave Sharon a business and social media coaching while eating a tasty brunch at L’Enfant on Monday.

Photo from Instagram

To stay updated on social media, I joined Instagram and created photos with my smartphone. Instagram has become one of my favorite apps.  I also wrote, decluttered, and organized my home (year long process).

Re-Cap of DC Digital Sisterhood Focus Group on 12/12: How Women in Social Media Discuss Beauty, Fashion, Hair & Lifestyles


Photo of Digital Sisterhood Focus Group Panel on 12/12/10

Day #12 of Digital Sisterhood Month was a special digital diva day for me because I moderated the Digital Sisterhood Focus Group on how women in social media discuss fashion, beauty, hair, and lifestyles at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. The dynamic digital sister panelists included:

1. LaWanda Amaker, Founder of L.A. Beaute Beat and Media Mingle;

2. Monica Byrd, Founder of Fashionista Flea Market, Pregginista, and Charm Chat, and DC Women’s Style Examiner;

3. Kelly Collis, Founder of City Shop Girl;

4. Glory Edim, Founder of I Hate My 9 to 5 blog;

5. Sheena D. Franklin, Founder/CEO of Bella Bush;

6. Aisha Massac, Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and Founder of I.C. Faces;

7. Courtney Powell, founder of ThinkandGrowChick.com;

8. Laquita Thomas-Banks, Founder of All Naptural blog and DC Natural Hair Examiner; and

9. Dana Williams-Johnson, Founder of The Art of Accessories.

Many thanks to Xina Eiland for serving as the event videographer, Sharon Malachi for serving as the event photographer, and Glory Edim’s mother Ms. Henrietta for making “Digital Sisterhood” cupcakes (they were yummy) for the ladies!

  • Click here to see photos from the event.
  • Click here to listen to my audio blog recap of the event.
  • Click here to watch a video (21 minutes) that introduces the panelists and their blogging passions.

Ananda’s June 12th book reading at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

My June 12th book reading at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in DC was a lot of fun. I discussed my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (November 2009 – Amazon.com) and debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (August 2007 – Amazon.com). The audience was fantastic. They had some great comments and questions! Click here to see my Flickr photos from the book reading: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anandaleeke/sets/72157624260508400.

My stylist Sharon Malachi a/k/a Butterfly LP recorded a video of me after the event. It gives highlights from my Summer in the City weekend adventures. See below.

Many thanks to the Washingtonia Division staff of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library staff for helping me organize a great event!

PS: I made an infomercial about my Summer in the City events the night before my book reading and posted it on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.  Check it out.  Hope you will join me at some of the events.  My next book reading is July 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Flow Yoga Center (click on the link to register for the event at Flow)  in DC. Click here to learn more:  http://anandaleekejulybookreading.eventbrite.com.

That Which Awakens Me Book Release Pty Countdown-Day 4 – Sisterhood

My cousin and sister Sharon Malachi


Greetings All,

It’s day four in my book release party countdown.  Today I talked about sisterhood and read a poem from Chapter 8 of my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon.com – www.anandaleeke.com).  See the video below.  Enjoy!

My cousin/stylist Sharon Malachi a/k/a Butterfly LP is a true sister to me. We share many things in common: natural hair, music, traveling, art, dancing, yoga, meditation, nature, green living, shopping on a budget, eating healthy, running, and vintage clothing.  Sharon is an amazing, talented woman.  I am grateful for her presence in my life.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Sisterhood/Brotherhood,