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I believe that you don’t know who you are until you know what you can do.
I believe that education and false myths about creativity have distorted our sense of our own creative intelligence, which can’t be measured in a tidy IQ score.
I believe that ‘good girl syndrome’ (and male equivalent) does a lot of damage: when we spend so much time trying to please others, we sacrifice ourselves in all the wrong ways. You can’t be yourself if you can’t speak your story. Yet truth itself is often difficult, messy, challenging to the status quo, and inevitably offensive to someone — qualities that are associated with the ‘bad’ or ‘fallen’ woman.
I believe that when you tell your story, you give other people permission to tell theirs. And we need that diversity of stories (and voices) — which is why sharing yourself can be a political act as well as a personal one.
I believe in the pursuit of excellence and mastery, so you can tell your story better than anybody else could ever tell it for you.
So I believe in the third option: being neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’…but badass. The divine feminine = the badass feminine, and not the Victorian ‘angel in the house’ crap which denies us our delectable full-blooded complexity, our strength, our desire to live out quest plots of our own outside of, or as well as, marriage-and-children.
I believe in fierce compassion.
I believe that my creativity is my identity is my spirituality, although the ‘woo-woo’ stuff gets on my freaking nerves. (Give me empirical validation. Ground me in neuroscience. Don’t insult my intelligence.)
I believe that our childhood wounds shape both the ‘why’ of our life purpose and the abilities to achieve that life purpose. Both of which require some intense figuring-out and rigorous self-reflection. When we create according to that purpose, we can heal ourselves, others, the planet.
I believe that badass creatives will innovate the solutions that change the world.