the F.A.I.T.H. series: Fear can be your Friend

as i have mentioned previously, i have struggled with my faith over the years, especially faith in myself. much of this has to do with fear of failure. fear tells me that i’m not smart enough/skilled enough/certain enough to succeed. but slowly, i am (re)learning to tell fear that i AM smart enough/skilled enough/certain enough to do ANYTHING i choose. of course, doubt lingers, but it is no longer the primary voice to which i choose to listen.

Creative Catharsis

there is something about writing in the third person that keeps me honest and open (#SpreadingAuthenticity, anyone?), and the process allows me to use my creativity to cleanse myself of thoughts that i often refuse to verbalize aloud. once they are on paper (or computer screen), i can go along my merry way and revisit them later without internalizing them. i wanted to share this musing with you in order to show you another way that i use creativity: for catharsis.

Using Creativity

after you decide to spread authenticity and live with boldness, it is time to use your creativity. i have chosen to use my creativity to cultivate a community of people dedicated to black women and our mental wellness journeys, thus on the LEAUX. maybe you will use your creativity to start a business, begin a new hobby, or improve your productivity at work and at home. however you use your creativity, know this: everyone is creative in their own way, and creativity cannot exist without failure.

the ABCs of on the LEAUX.

the first step to learning how to read is learning your ABCs. here at on the LEAUX, we are going to take the same approach to mental wellness. in my own journey to be mentally well, i have come up with 3 #majorkeys (shoutout to DJ Khaled) that have helped me along the way.