What Inspires Me To Create on Live In Color Blog

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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 miss sharing in this space with you all. There are moments though, when we need time away to bring us back. We must sit with ourselves and rediscover what ignites the soul. I certainly do not ever want this blog to feel like a job. Creativity is my oxygen; it sustains me, nourishes me in a way I cannot explain fully…

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As a little girl, I fell madly in love with words (poetry, books  and songwriting) and visual art (painting, sketching, and later photography). Often my younger brother Dave and I acted out plays we wrote, perched in our treehouse.

We were constructing new worlds with ever growing imaginations. Growing up in Baltimore meant surviving, but our parents always ensured we embraced possibilities. We understood there were experiences beyond our neighborhood.

Photo from my photo series – Baltimore: Sorrow, Promise & Hope | Emelda De Coteau, Live In Color blog

Photo from my photo series – Baltimore: Sorrow, Promise & Hope | Emelda De Coteau, Live In Color blog
Perhaps it’s why creativity never left me, even years later, when I found myself in the 9-5 grind. I felt deeply that actively creating held liberation. Inspiration for me abounds, sitting within the sounds of nature, hearing laughter from our little one, Nai, artistic culture, and the endurance of the human spirit.

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Live In Color Blog
On a brisk Saturday morning in January of 2010, I started Live In Color blog, and, like my life, it’s taken shape and grown over the years. Initially I simply sought to inspire others and share my spiritual journey.

I now feel called to not only blog, but cultivate a community which empowers women in three core areas: faith, activism and inspiration / motivation. I want you to not only exist, but live in color!

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Wednesday I’ll share where else you can read my words online…

What inspires you to create? Tell me in the comments below! 

Live In Color Blog Nominated for Liebster Award

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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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We’re on cloud 9, dancing in stilettos and timberland boots, y’all! Why you ask – especially on a chilly Monday? Well, Live In Color blog was nominated for the Liebster Award by a cool blog we follow, Monday Morning Motivation (part of I am Worth The Effort Initiative) which features posts about relationships, faith and bringing awareness to human trafficking.  Thank you so much for nominating us, L. Dwain Boswell!

Okay, I know, your next question is so what the heck is the Liebster Award? Bloggers nominate other bloggers (many of which are new to the blogosphere); it encourages us to keep pounding away on that keyboard (or in my case iPhone) and creating content.

So, here are the rules of the award, according to our fellow blogger L. Dwain Boswell at Monday Morning Motivation (part of I am Worth The Effort Initiative):

1. Post acceptance post and include a thank you to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Choose at least 10 bloggers you wish to nominate with links to their blogs.

3. Answer 10 questions your nominator sent to you.

4. Include 10 questions for your nominees  to answer.

Questions for us, and our answers:

1.  Why did you  start blogging? We wanted to inspire, empower and encourage other women to live life fully and in color. We also love sharing our stories, along with posts about style, inspiration and culture.

2. What is your best blogging tip?  Write only about what you love, what moves you immensely.

3.  What is your favorite time of the year? Summer!

4.  What is your favorite movie and why? Hmm… This is tough question!! I would say the deeply moving film by Mira Nair, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love; it introduces us to a woman who defines herself for herself in a time and place (India) when this was nearly impossible.

5.  Your earliest memory goes back to what age? Wow. I would say the age of 4.

6.  If you had to teach something what would you teach? Probably a hybrid arts course of style, literature and contemporary independent film.

7.  Would you rather have more time or money? Definitely money, it helps to provide so much autonomy.

8.  What makes you smile? Oh so much! Beauty and love (my husband and baby daughter, my family), faith in God, stilettos, cupcakes, Sex and the City (movie, every season), poetry, martinis, Kate Spade purses, great conversations with friends, discovering new music from artists like Ayo and Cody ChestnuTT. I could go on and on.

9. If you were not scared, what would you do? Move to Bali.

10. What do you do for fun? Dance in stilettos, visit art galleries and museums, read vicariously (fashion magazines, books, blogs and articles), watch great indie films like The Sapphires, write poetry, travel, yoga / meditate and hang with friends.

Here are the blogs we nominated:

Mind of Malaka

A Creative Reality

Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows

Olivia A. Cole

The Happsters 

Mental Fitness 

Monday Morning Motivation (I am Worth the Effort)

Woman, Live!

The Better Man Projects 

Questions for our nominees to answer:

1. What inspires your blog posts / content?

2. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

3. Were you surprised we nominated your blog?

4. Name one thing that is on your bucket list.

5. What’s your favorite art form – music, fashion, film, literature, etc.? Why?

6. What dreams keep you up at night? Are you pursuing them?

7. What country would you like to visit and why?

8.  Is there anything, or anyone you cannot live without? Why?

9. How do you begin your day?

10. What does the phrase “live in color” mean to you?

Live In Color! – Emelda, Valencia, Shannon and Bonita

Baltimore Celebrates World Refugee Day at The Walters Art Museum!

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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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“Since 1994, 15 million people have had to flee to a new country,” says Martin Ford of the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees. At least 1,000 refugees come to Baltimore each year.

Once a year, the whole town gets together to party and celebrate! Dance from Sudan and Nepal, Guinea, Congo and Burma!

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Sing from Sudan, Eritra, Kurdistan, and from Syria, you come too! We are all here, immigrants and refugees. Here we all are, dancing for refugees.

SUPER DUPER SHOUT OUT to EVERYONE who helped make BALTIMORE’S WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION #AMAZING!

Children and adult refugees from all over the world performedkid for an audience of new refugees, old and new immigrants, Baltimoreans and guests in celebration of Baltimore World Refugee Day, declared by Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. Baltimore World Refugee Day is on June 20 (which is also my birthday!)

LORD! I DANCED MY SOUL OUT!!THE TALENT WAS INCREDIBLE. Performers represented cultures from around the world.

One of my favorites was Pivot Zotamou, a Guinean youth, who rapped. I thought his lyrics were going to be about the pains of war, death and survival but in fact his poetic verses told the story of a teenage boy’s feelings about GIRLS!

#GoFigure. We’re all the same!


You can help these and yet-to-come survivors feel welcomed in your community by volunteering through International Rescue Committee (IRC) and giving them a ride from the airport, hanging out with them, or just saying, “what’s up.” The IRC serves the refugee population in 22 U.S. cities.

Live In Color – Shannon-Eli