My Six-Word Memoirs about Digital Sisterhood & Digital Life

It’s Friday confession time.  One of my favorite past times is writing and sharing six-word memoirs on the Smith Magazine six-word memoir web site.  Today, I posted one that I wrote during a six-word memoir networking icebreaker held on Day #2 of the Blogalicious 2010 conference. After posting it, I rediscovered 30 (yes 30) six-word memoirs I posted.   See below. Some of them are gonna show up in my next book Digital Sisterhood: A Gen X-er Memoir on Life & the Internet.

Do you have a six-word memoir? Share it.

Go ahead and join the six-word memoir movement on Smith Magazine’s site: It’s a lot of fun!

My 31 Six-Word Memoirs About Digital Sisterhood & Digital Life:

Ananda’s speaking adventures at Ignite DC #4 on June 16, 2010

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Happy Thursday!

Last night I spoke at Ignite DC #4. “Who lives inside of me?” was the title of my five-minute talk.  Visit to learn more about this amazing event. Click here to read a summary of my talk:

My talk was based on my eight archetypes discussed in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (November 2009,  Six-word memoirs, yoga, poetry, and my creative process were mentioned during my talk.

My dad “J” videotaped my talk. See the video below. The Ignite DC organizers will post the 16 speakers’ talks on in a few weeks. I’ll be sure to post the link when it goes live.

Ignite DC #4 was a great event. I saw so many friends and met many new people. I also took a lot of photos. Click here to see my Flickr photo set:

Many thanks to the Ignite DC organizers, sponsors, attendees, and speakers (amazing group of folks — I learned so much from them and laughed too!!!). A big thanks to everyone on Twitter and Facebook who mentioned my talk, took photos, and shared my links.

Enjoy your day and weekend!

PS: Blogging While Brown is my next social media event! Visit or Blogging While Brown begins on June 18 at the Washington Convention Center in DC. I will teach a yoga class for social media users from 8:15 am to 8:30 am on June 19. I am so excited about attending the conference. It will be my third Blogging While Brown conference! I am also excited about going to the Blogalicious/Red Pump Project meet up at Tabaq on June 19. So get ready for lots more videos, photos, and Facebook/Twitter posts!!!!

Celebrate Ananda’s feature in Smith Magazine’s new book and the Six-Word Memoir Movement in January!


Greetings All,

Join me in celebrating the release of Smith Magazine’s new six-word memoir book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure which features one of my six-word memoirs: Go Green BoHo BAP. Urban Debutante.  The book is available on 

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of six-word memoirs.  They became an elixir for writing blocks during my memoir writing process.  They were so powerful that I used them to create chapter titles and several poems in my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009 – available on  That Which Awakens Me also includes a series of six-word memoir writing exercises in the Creativity Appendices.  I use them with my creativity coaching and yoga clients.    

This month I thought it would be fun to celebrate the six-word memoir movement with a series of blog posts featuring a collection of new and favorite six-word memoirs from That Which Awakens Me. I also want you to share your six-word memoirs in the comment section.  So to get us started, I have posted an excerpt from That Which Awakens Me which explains six-word memoirs below.

Excerpt, Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke:  “A six-word memoir is a statement that tells a story about who you are and how you live your life. It expresses your identity, personality, emotions, family connections, personal interests, favorite things, wisdom, life philosophy/motto, beliefs, professions, and/or experiences. The rules that govern the six-word memoir writing process are very relaxed. You only need to use six words! They can come from any language you choose.  Six-word memoirs are revolutionary because they don’t require you to follow English grammar rules. What a relief! You are free to write fragmented sentences, one word descriptions followed by a period or dash, six words that mirror a grocery list, or six words no one can understand or relate to but yourself. Your six-word memoir is your gift to yourself.”

Here’s my six-word memoir for today:  January in Washington offers sunshine chills.

What’s yours?

Also, you may want to post your six-word memoir on Smith Magazine’s web site for fun (that’s how I got started!):

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Joy, and Gratitude for Six-Word Memoirs,

Ananda … Woman training for a half marathon… (another six-w0rd memoir — watch out they are addictive!)

Ananda’s six-word memoir is published in SMITH Magazine’s It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

Greetings All,

Yesterday I received an email from SMITH Magazine filled with some amazing news.  See an excerpt from the email below.


Dear Ananda Leeke, Six-Word Memoirist extraordinaire,

Congratulations! Your Six-Word Memoir, “Go Green BoHo BAP. Urban Debutante.” from SMITH Magazine is being published in the new book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, on sale January 5th. (But available for pre-order now!) Thank you and welcome!

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of six-word memoirs.  They are one of the reasons I was able to overcome writing blocks that occured during my most recent writing process. I even used six-word memoirs to describe the titles in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creativie Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.  See my chapter titles below. 

Chapter One: Honoring Ancestors. Family. History.Cultural Legacies.

Chapter Two: Girlhood Memories. Defining Self.Identities. Archetypes.

Chapter Three: Spirituality. Community. Choices.Lessons. Love. Joy.

Chapter Four: Creativity. Surrender. Courage. Beauty.Authentic Expression.

Chapter Five: My Writing Life. Poetry. Revealing Vulnerabilities.

Chapter Six: Yoga. Mindfulness Meditation. Green Living Journey.

Chapter Seven: Service. Vocation. Answering Your Life’s Calling.

Chapter Eight: Goddess. Sacred Feminine. Womanist Spirit. Sisterhood.

Chapter Nine: Home. DC. 9/11. America. President Obama.

Chapter Ten: Citoyen du Monde. Cultura. Music.Travel. 

I also used six-word memoir writing exercises in That Which Awakens Me’s creativity appendices.   My creativity coaching clients and workshop participants really enjoy working with them!

Do you have a six-word memoir to share? If so, leave it in the comment section below. 

Here’s mine for today: alarm rang. body tired. yoga anyway.

The SMITH Magazine folks have also published a series of six-word memoir books. Check them out on


Also, share your six-word memoirs on SMITH Magazine’s web site:  Join the six-word memoir movement.  It’s a lot of fun!

Enjoy your weekend! Live life fully! (see how the six-words work!)

Peace, Love, Joy, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,