Are You Moving but Standing Still?

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Nothing in life is arbitrary; even when stuff gets messy or uncomfortable, we must listen. The lesson is there. So earlier this week, when the elevator kept moving, but stubbornly refused to open, I fumed; I sighed, thinking about all the work I needed to do, and then I began thinking, what’s the lesson here?

Are you ready? You can move, but remain still, mired in the muck of low self esteem and despair. As my good friend Shelly says, “The best time to think is when you are stuck, forced to breath.”

As a writer, I believe in the power of metaphors. Perhaps your elevator is a job, stifling view of yourself or judgement you must release. Walk into the freedom of genuine movement.

Take stock of people and situations in your life. Are they enriching you, or diminishing your energy? If it’s the latter, begin to work on a strategy (writing out specific steps) to release them, beloved. We must become more, for ourselves, our children and the world.

Love, A Daily Journey

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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The highest grossing holiday after Christmas, Valentine’s Day, is officially over, but the daily journey of love, genuine love, is ongoing. Rabid consumption of romantic objects will not carry us from horrific U.S. led drone strikes, imperialism, nefarious global violence – particularly against women, girls and animals, climate change, economic inequality and a host of other atrocities.

It all begins and ultimately rests within love and “belief in God, yourself…” Carolyn Malachi, Grammy nominated artist sings in “Dumela.” When we abandon love, justice and hope are annihilated, compassion and empathy lost.

Love is simultaneously simple and profound, beautiful and unnerving, transformative and grounding.

Love is letting a fellow driver over in traffic jam when you prefer to keep going. It’s saying hello to someone who makes it especially challenging, or finding beauty in unlikely places and moments. This is love.

Not what you expected read, huh? Believe me it’s not what I thought I would write, but as I grow in a progressive Christian faith and relationship with my family – particularly our daughter Naima – I realize that love is ever evolving, presenting me with new ways to share and experience its power.

How do you love when it gets tough?

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Our daughter Naima
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

Blog Chat: Grammy-Nominated Singer Carolyn Malachi

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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When you ask most people how they are doing, they usually mumble ok, Carolyn Malachi will likely say amazing. Obviously, the great-granddaughter of jazz pianist John Malachi is not most people. Malachi possesses an ethereal grace; down to earth and warm, the Washington D.C. native and Grammy-nominated independent artist greets me on this frigid January day with a genuine hug and easy smile.

Her style is diverse, fusing Jazz, Hip Hop and Spoken Word into a veritable musical gumbo. From “Revenge of the Smart Chicks”(2008) to “Revenge of the Smart Chicks II”(2009) and “Lions, Fires & Squares” EP (2010), she remains committed to presenting her artistic truths. In 2011. Malachi received a Grammy award nomination for the single, Orion (“Lions, Tigers & Squares”) as Best Urban / Alternative Performance.

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Microsoft featured Malachi’s motivational song and video “Beautiful Dreamer” in its Windows Media Guide. Her “Free Your Mind” video imbued with motivational gems (“You on that doubt, I got these dreams”) supports The School Fund’s efforts to provide education for the world’s poorest students. 
Check out the first Live In Color blog chat with this dynamic artist and humanitarian!Video and editing by Keystone Productions (follow on Twitter @ KeystoneProd) or on Facebook (Keystone Productions).