Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Young People Exploring to Women of Color Creating Their Stories, and Embracing Gratitude 

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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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I took a break from Instagram this week (for reflection and prayer), and scaled back on my other social media, too. I have enjoyed reading about activism and art, and listening to empowering words of faith.

Here’s my weekly list of inspirational content – from articles to videos:

Poverty is tragic in many ways, the most striking is its ability to make folks feel isolated. This amazing program is changing that – Chicago Youth Explore Life Beyond the Hood

Who says celebrities are all self-absorbed? I love that so many actors of color are boycotting the Oscars and demanding #JusticeForFlint with this free event.

Letting go is an art, and once we learn to flow with change, it’s liberating. This insightful post from author and professional organizer Bettina Blanchard lays it all out simply.

My blogging bestie Afrotastic Lady is a wonderful writer who shares from the heart. She tells readers what 6 things she’s grateful for each month (usually in a video). For February it’s everything from connecting with other bloggers / writers (like your girl! I was so flattered!) to her love of chicken wings! Lol!

The interior lives of “ordinary” women of color, particularly black women, are usually ignored.  Multimedia artist Njaimeh Njie has captured these rich nuances  with her recent photo  series, ‘Power (ed) by Grace.’

Actress Danai Gurira got tired of not seeing the complexity of African women in stories, so she wrote her own. Her latest play is Eclipsed.

Minister, motivator and author Cindy Trimm spoke to my soul with this talk on declaring victory over our circumstances with words of faith.

 

Cultivating Creativity When You’re a Mom

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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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Anyone with small kiddos knows you can barely pee in peace most days, let alone create! Ha! It’s tough. This business of being someone’s Mom and wanting a piece of freedom for yourself. How dare you?

When I think back to my pre-kid life and time management, I just laugh. Some days moments seemed to slip away.  In actuality, I amassed an abundance of hours and minutes.  The key to unlocking them? Recognizing those windows to create.

Now I am a productivity ninja! Pockets of free time become blog posts or photographs (sandwiched in between chores & homeschooling Nai of course). Last Sunday, I won the Mama lottery –  a few hours to myself.  I pushed beyond a desire to curl up in the bed with Netflix, and instead chose a long nature walk and photography.

Breathing in natural beauty transforms us and it’s absolutely essential to self care. When I produce  something – poetry, photography, an essay, blog post or article – there is an overwhelming sense of liberation afterwards.

It’s so easy to lose our identities as Mamas. But rebelling against convention, and making it a priority to create moves us into a broader purpose – beyond ourselves, our kids, and instead, extends these gifts to the world. As much as I love our daughter, I cannot allow parenting to swallow my identity – and neither can you. Seize those sporadic minutes here and there, and make something lovely.

What do you create? How do you make time in your busy life to keep going?

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3 Women, 3 Different Lives, With 1 Cause

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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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Valencia, Shannon and I (left to right)
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

Valencia (or V as I say), hair stylist and diva for days, is an energetic and loving mother of six beautiful children committed to success. V speaks her truth without apology or a second blink. She’s a pull yourself up by your stilettos kinda lady. Period.

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Beauty / Style Editor, Valencia Pearl
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

Shannon (or Shan as I call her) never met a pair of cowboy boots or timberlands she didn’t like; she writes and sings freedom music. Big ideas keep her up at night, and she relentlessly pursues them. Oh, and Shan has some famous big cousins, too. Have you seen Braxton Family Values?

Blog Co-Editor, Shannon-Eli Braxton
Photo Credit: Keston
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My roots are spilt between Honduras, the South, and East Baltimore. They call me a workaholic and activist (my husband Kes says I want to save the world), but I am simply committed to the passion of purpose. Heart warrior, poet, standing tall in heels any day of the week (doesn’t every good fashionista?); faith and family nurture my soul.

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Blog Founder / Editor, Emelda De Coteau
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

3 women, 3 different lives, with 1 Cause. What’s that? Living life in color and on purpose, while inspiring and empowering you to do the same.

Well, last Sunday, despite frigid chilly November air and relentless winds, we tucked away our insecurities and fatigue. We headed to Baltimore’s Herring Run Park for our fall photo shoot, big girl shoes and all, y’all.  Glamour on an otherwise mundane Sunday afternoon. Check!

Shan and I spent the weekend obsessing about our hair, makeup, and clothes; as we drove over together in the car, we anxiously checked the mirror. Was every hair in place? Eye shadow defined?

Yet in the end, it all comes down to collaboration, those moments of magic when everything coalesces without effort or pretense. Keston (Keystone Productions) my husband and creative partner, shot these photos in under thirty minutes, while our children played, even throwing the leaves you see in these photographs.  This is part of what it means to live in color! You embrace the flow, and let go.

American media deceives us, convinces women jealousy and bickering are second nature. “Reality shows” portray us at one another’s throats for entertainment – particularly women of color. Over and over again, the message repeats: “Women don’t get along.”

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Valencia, Shannon and I
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Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

Well, ultimately, it’s up to us to shut out the noise. Refuse the boxes; their narrow definitions of femininity. We can and do get along, every day. Collaboration is beautiful and liberating! Valencia, Shannon and I dwell in possibility, as poet Emily Dickinson once wrote. Three women, three different lives, with one cause – living fully and color! Come along with us on this journey; you will soar.

Live In Color! – Emelda

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