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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…

Photo Credit: Frank McKenna

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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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!

P.S.

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

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

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Radical Faith, Earth Day and Baltimore Uprising Art

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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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As I write you all in this moment, the sun bathing my skin, we celebrate Earth Day weekend, and I am reminded about the power of our spirits to honor the light and make the world better.

This week I listened to everything from a T.D. Jakes sermon on radical faith to poet Lucille Clifton lamenting our destruction of nature.

Check it out: 

Poet Lucille Clifton on how casually we dismiss “life that doesn’t look like us in her piece, “The Killing of the Trees.”

Bishop T.D. Jakes talks about activating radical faith by leaping

If you’re in the MD / DC / VA area peep this art exhibit in Washington, D.C. highlighting the work of women photographers from the Arab world

Author Dr. Karsonya Whitehead on creating her book, Race Brave: New and Selected Works, inspired by the Baltimore uprising

My blogging bestie Monica (Afrotastic Lady) started this awesome blog series where she writes letters to her young sisters in Christ. Beautiful and touching! 🙂

I discovered this amazing feminist website / pub., Femotrospection, on Instagram and fell in love, texting friends. I am still exploring all the awesome articles. Take a peak, you’ll want to stay a while!

Christian singer Mali on believing God, even when we feel alone.

Actor Robert Redford on Earth Day and why it matters

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Singer Anthony Hamilton on Love to Living Unplugged

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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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Photo from “Amen, Anthony Hamilton’s new video. Released March 2016

Is it Friday, already, y’all? The week is moving at warp speed and  as usual, I am enjoying new music. There is something about spring, huh? It feels like everything is brimming fresh with hope and promise.

Here is my latest roundup of inspiring content on the web:

Grown folks, music, fam! I just got my whole entire life with Anthony Hamilton’s concert on NPR Desk series. I can’t stop humming along to the new song, “Amen.” These lines are everything: “If I had to testify, I would say she is the truth… Got me saying Amen from the bed to the stove, from the church to the job, best thing I know. ”

My blogging bestie Nellie over at Adalmar Life is an introspective soul. Her writing always challenges me to think and this post is no different: The Art of Connection: Antisocial Media.

Survivors of domestic violence grow food and confidence through an innovative program in Kentucky.

The ethereal Corrine Bailey Rae singing her new piece, “Stop Where You Are.” “Light the fire where you are… Give up all the things you can’t control,” she urges us ever so gently.

I recently discovered signer Yuna’s powerful music. This song, “Live Your Life” about walking in your purpose is uplifting: “Don’t  hide from what you are… Rise before you fall,” she reminds us.

An artful examination and discussion of women who wear the burqua from OF NOTE, a digital magazine connecting art + activism through a global lens on the Marc Steiner show.