Real life affirmations and intentions shared by participants.

  Hanna   My radio program will reach the ears of many thousands of women and young people in the DMV area.  My podcasts will be available to millions of women and young people especially those who are marginalized and under served throughout the world.  I will do TAASTAA seminars in South Sudan, Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Palestine and many more places. So help me God! I will do it. 

Hanna

My radio program will reach the ears of many thousands of women and young people in the DMV area. 
My podcasts will be available to millions of women and young people especially those who are marginalized and under served throughout the world. 
I will do TAASTAA seminars in South Sudan, Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Palestine and many more places.
So help me God! I will do it. 

  Sam   I am balanced. I am calm. I am grounded. I am strong. This has been a mantra that's found it's way into my thoughts at the times I seem to need it the most- especially when I don't know I need it. It has granted me the strength to live this way more consistently. As I find more peace within, I see an opportunity to guide others towards this light. I strive to continue to find others that that I can inspire to find their truths as well. As a third and fourth grade teacher, I will impart my mantra to the children I am surrounded by. I hope to find an environment in my classroom that is rooted in positivity and love.

Sam

I am balanced. I am calm. I am grounded. I am strong. This has been a mantra that's found it's way into my thoughts at the times I seem to need it the most- especially when I don't know I need it. It has granted me the strength to live this way more consistently. As I find more peace within, I see an opportunity to guide others towards this light. I strive to continue to find others that that I can inspire to find their truths as well. As a third and fourth grade teacher, I will impart my mantra to the children I am surrounded by. I hope to find an environment in my classroom that is rooted in positivity and love.

Genevieve

My intention is to face and heal whatever prevents me from owning my identities as an artist and a teacher.

SonIa

I will build my own home when it is not provided for me.
I will create spaces by and for QTPOC
dance parties, beach days, free photo pop ups, and a dj collective!
I will create or join an anti-racist anti-caste anti-capitalism/ imperialism (etc) queer South Asian arts and activism collective.
I will make sure all my QTPOC friends get home safe and are fed / will check in on them more.
I will heal from my and my parents' trauma.

Dani

I shall be a dope af therapist who uses my creativity to whisk and heal the minds of my community.

Brenda

I would like to purposefully learn about myself. Understand myself better.

Jennybeth

I will open my mind and soul and fight for my independence again, finalize my divorce and my way again.
I will self-publish a poetry book with my own artwork and continue being a voice for those not yet ready to speak.
I just want to continue my path of happiness through art again.

Saman

I will create something of value that can be organized into a workshop which can be profitable and be meaningful to people.
I hope to push back against some recent career setbacks and want to continue to be brave and ask for what I deserve.

Richael

I will deepen our understandings of generational healing by stewarding within movements.
I will help our broader communities know generative alternatives to unemployment, violence, power abuse and control.
I will innovate around, frame, and teach horizontal collective leadership through public experimentation.

Jared

What are my intentions?
I will get into shape before I am 40.
I will swear off sugar.
I will keep a physical and mental work life balance.

Clysdale

I shall be healthy and choose to be happy under my own terms. I shall be successful in my business and spend more time with my family enjoying our vacations. It will happen.

  Stacey   Projections of Ourselves We create love out of hate And push through our pain to discover We are getting stronger and stronger with each moon cycle....  I am always improving myself according to my own standards- which themselves evolve for the better. I trust myself. I trust my intuition. I know myself and that I am always changing. 

Stacey

Projections of Ourselves
We create love out of hate
And push through our pain to discover
We are getting stronger and stronger with each moon cycle....

I am always improving myself according to my own standards- which themselves evolve for the better.
I trust myself. I trust my intuition.
I know myself and that I am always changing. 

  Aqdas   I will be able to get past creative blocks and find beauty again. I will practice setting boundaries without creating more boarders. Abolish border/s build boundaries.   Repeat / that/ erasing someone from your (my) life is not disposability. No one is disposable but you are (I am) indispensible. 

Aqdas

I will be able to get past creative blocks and find beauty again. I will practice setting boundaries without creating more boarders. Abolish border/s build boundaries. 

Repeat / that/ erasing someone from your (my) life is not disposability. No one is disposable but you are (I am) indispensible. 

Maimuna

I shall live life flourishing myself and those around me with light, love and peace.
I am a woman who utilizes the common good within ourselves to write us in joy, empathy, respect and love.
I am a woman who is eternally present, internally calm and able to channel waves of joy and love to those around me.
I am a healer, a grounder, a calm and exciting presence in the lives around me because of who I am.
I love life, human, animal, plants and am a nurturer at heart.
I will lead and direct my work as a passion and not an obsession to overcome or rule but grow and share in abundance.
I am a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, mother and wife.
Above all else, I know my self and will accept myself and open up my inner light.
I am love, joy and peace.

Ruth

I will be happier with who I am. I am Puerto Rican, I am woman, I am independent and strong. I suffer from (like my therapist says) "a little bit of depression". Which I thought was funny at the time. But it's not and it's part of my journey. And that's okay. I will be okay with my flaws and empower others to be as well. I will teach myself self love. I will open myself up when I want to close myself off and I will let myself wallow in fear and anxiety at times as well. It's not okay to be okay and I will accept that!

Heather

I will give myself to art today, without judgement or evaluation of how I express myself in it!
I will listen to the messages I receive from my body and be open to following where it leads today... and every day!
I will be open to my heart and follow the emotions that come through me.
I will love this time together with my beautiful sister beside me.
I will be the next E.D. of CCR and find the way forward in the organization.

Yanju

Hello my name is Yanju.
I am a vessel containing multitudes beyond what I could fathom.
I release all shame and guilt and embrace all opportunities to be my most authentic self without apology.
My music will be heard in the great opera houses and jazz / blues halls of the world.
I am blossoming + expansive. My work will carve out new spaces and paths for queer Black musicians around the world.

Ashley

I will see more than just black and white. I'll accept that because certain things have always been this or that way does not mean they will continue to be this or that way. I'll believe things genuinely are unwritten and we are capable of escaping the patterns and systems laid out for us, without our input.

Fae

This is my life - I share love + creativity - I help others unlock their creativity.
I am an artist and an artist in everything I do. I am not afraid of the creative space to embrace challenge.
My story is in my art work and I will be known for my artwork, paintings, drawings and creative endeavors. I will be protected by my creativity.
I will share creativity and deep humor and connection with people of many walks of life. I share love and creativity.

Brianna

I will love myself and be loved by a significant other unconditionally and passionately. I will not let fear keep me from exploring far corners of the world with confidence and freedom.
I will not let doubt stop me from being insanely successful and completely financially liberated.
I will be an expert in my fiend. People will pay me millions for my expertise and candid consultation. I will profit off my unique POV and life experience.

  Apova   I shall open my heart to love again and find a partner who supports me, loves me, gives me space. We will will be in a loving, respectful relationship. I will adopt a daughter who will get the opportunity to be whatever she wants to be and we will travel the world and meet new people.  I will own my own home where I will entertain friends.  I will start my own organization that responds to GBV in a holistic manner.  I will spend quality time with my parents and loved ones.

Apova

I shall open my heart to love again and find a partner who supports me, loves me, gives me space. We will will be in a loving, respectful relationship. I will adopt a daughter who will get the opportunity to be whatever she wants to be and we will travel the world and meet new people. 
I will own my own home where I will entertain friends. 
I will start my own organization that responds to GBV in a holistic manner. 
I will spend quality time with my parents and loved ones.

  Maria   I jumped into this to open m mind, have fun, learn and grow. To find a self acceptance of my abilities and build my inner peace and I will. I will be at peace and sit on top of my cloud of happiness because I hold the paint brush now and my colors are bright.

Maria

I jumped into this to open m mind, have fun, learn and grow. To find a self acceptance of my abilities and build my inner peace and I will. I will be at peace and sit on top of my cloud of happiness because I hold the paint brush now and my colors are bright.

  Amanda   I intend to make my voice stronger, louder so that no one can ignore it. With this voice and my creative skill set, I want to help people and give them a voice as well.  I'm going to use my creativity for good- I want to have a purpose in my work and be filled creatively.

Amanda

I intend to make my voice stronger, louder so that no one can ignore it. With this voice and my creative skill set, I want to help people and give them a voice as well.
I'm going to use my creativity for good- I want to have a purpose in my work and be filled creatively.

Taylor

I will create my own definition of success and happiness.
I will stop asking "What if?....." questions and enjoy the present.
I will learn to be comfortable in discomfort knowing that growth and change will serve as a result.
I will stop comparing my life to others and find power in my own journey.
I will remove whiteness from my way of thinking and rejoice in blackness.
I will take time to celebrate small wins.
I will drink more water and take care of my body.

Sarah

My name is Sarah and I often find myself living in the clouds = or my own thoughts to where I may miss out on what is happening in front of me. My goal is to be more present and to find creative ways to live in the moment for those around me and to be able to give back to my community.

Shawn

My name is Shawn Payne. I am an aspiring artist and shoe designer. I am also a resident artist at Art Enables, a studio and art gallery in Washington D.C. for adult artists with developmental disabilities. I have autism, but I refused to let my disabilities to disrupt my dreams of becoming a world renown artist and shoe designer. My influences are shoe designers Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, and Giuseppe Zanotti and artist Andy Warhol.

Charmian

I will purchase my own home in the Bay Area.
I will succeed in my job and reach upper levels of management.
I will be a positive role model for my child and make a great difference in his life.
I will make a difference in someone's life.
I will travel more often in my life.

Emma

I will be a respectful artist and have a beautiful thriving community and together we will create beautiful works and new systems of living and manifesting joy <3

Deborah

I will learn to love myself and accept all parts of me I've fought against my whole life.
I will take care of myself physically, emotionally and financially.
I will allow myself the opportunity to open up to others even if it means it will crush me, I'll get up again.
I will live, instead of just exist or survive.
I will find my calling, it will be my passion and I will turn it into a profitable career.
I will make my mom happy and provide for her.
I will travel the world.

Anna

I will fight against my more destructive nature.
I will clear a path to move forward in light, the things I feel to be true, are; and they will not be stole from me. My energy will help others move forward into the ways they need.
I will not be waylaid by doubt. Dream worlds are real worlds. I have friends all around me. Good things can happen.

Chonyi

I will trust myself. I will not be misguided by internal fears or outside pressures. I will honor and pursue my truth and uplift others to pursue theirs.

  Jasmine   My intention is to rediscover all f the things that used to make me happy. I want to paint again. I want to write again. I want to dance again. I want to create again. I want to feel more growth. I want to feel comfortable being my truest independent self. I want to eat healthy and live healthy. I want to attract positive people in my life, people who value and respect me. I want to feel love and feel happiness. Always.

Jasmine

My intention is to rediscover all f the things that used to make me happy.
I want to paint again. I want to write again. I want to dance again. I want to create again. I want to feel more growth. I want to feel comfortable being my truest independent self. I want to eat healthy and live healthy. I want to attract positive people in my life, people who value and respect me. I want to feel love and feel happiness. Always.

JennIfer

Education is my service. I will let go of ceilings I set for myself out of fear of failure, or ceilings created by society known or unknown.
I will educated thru a publishing company that empowers youth of color to strengthen self identity, self esteem and truth.
I will be a part of a charter school that empowers black youth to think critically without bounds on the East Side of the Anacostia.

Daniela

I will forgive those who have hurt me. I will heal and I will be the driver of my self healing.
I will love myself and love those closest to me.
I will be grateful for everything I have, and I will share my gratitude. I will have compassion and empathy towards people who have hurt me.

  Katrina   I am Katrina, a communicator who believes in the power of relationships to make a difference. I am using art to learn how to operate without knowing all the answers, and I am learning mindfulness to connect with my creativity.

Katrina

I am Katrina, a communicator who believes in the power of relationships to make a difference. I am using art to learn how to operate without knowing all the answers, and I am learning mindfulness to connect with my creativity.

Sewon

I shall make something true and tangible with my hands that is visually sharable with others and helps uplift their hearts.

Jennifer

I want to be a creative director of my own magazine. I want to change the boundaries of the industry, revolutionize that it turns the industry upside down. I want my art to be in many exhibits, to create work that inspires people especially Latinx folks, who see themselves underrepresented. I want to publish my own books, from poetry to YA.

Maria

I make it a point to share my truth, to share that which is genuine and vulnerable.
I give myself permission to make mistakes, n ever forgetting that my own core is divine.
I work to understand those around me, trusting my instinct on when to extend grace and when to walk away.
My work centers training, art, academic interest (latinx studies, public theology) - I'm compensated justly which gives me the freedom to take on other projects without worrying about cost.

Rachele

I will write my own story and not be held back by self doubt, haters and the setbacks of life.
I will continue to speak for people whose voices are oppressed and suppressed. I'll continue to be loud and demanding and fierce when I call for JUSTICE.
There's too much beauty in the world for this many people to suffer. I will make changes I want to see in the world. Now's the time.
So be it. See to it.
I will spread love.
<3, Rachele

Toni

I hope to elucidate the truth. In this quest I must remember the subjectivity and bias inherent to all life. I hope to understand my own biases and when where they should be kept in check.
The ultimate goal of my work is the reduction of suffering. I want to liberate the common person from their shackles and see research as an important avenue, though I acknowledge many others. The people today are often misinformed so I wish to better inform them. However, much of that job should be handled on a community basis. The underlying truths must be throughly investigated.

Xena

I hope that my stories move other women of color to heal, to take care of themselves, to tell their own stories. The resources I create I will share with others from my community - scholarships, fellowships, mentorship.
Another thought- I hope the storeis I tell connect people with their ancestors and make them feel less afraid of growing old and the various traumas of the world.