November 30, 2020
Word of the Week: Self-Expression
I’ve been dealing with some censoring these last few weeks and it’s not only destroyed my creative process, but negatively impacted my mental health.
Writing is an act of self-expression. Writing is healing. Writing is art. Art is not meant to be tied with a pretty bow. Art is messy, imperfect, a constant exploration. After being hand-slapped for the content of my writing, it’s made me think about who I’m writing for. I’m writing for the people that need to hear what I have to say. For the people who feel alone. For those who are too afraid to say the truth out loud. For those who have been silenced their whole lives. For the people demanding change. I’m writing for my younger self. I’m here to reach those people—not to censor or sanitize or make my experiences more palatable to people who get triggered by my words. Not to protect the fragile egos of people who don’t want to do the work. Not to defend, justify, or explain myself. That’s not the job of an artist.
Our society is uncomfortable with angry women, especially angry Asian American women who are supposed to fit the stereotype of quiet and docile. Which is why I am SO EXCITED about my new workshop, The Witchy Women’s Writing Circle, as a place to be unapologetically yourself.
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This workshop is all about creating community, healing, and journaling to process difficult emotions. If you’ve ever wanted to mix spirituality and writing, now is your chance! There will be meditations, breathing exercises and tarot alongside free-writing and prompts to help develop your writing voice.
WE START IN TWO DAYS! And I can hardly stand it! Who else wants to join the party?
Ask Yourself: How comfortable am I with speaking my truth?
Weekly Mantra: I give myself permission to express myself freely.
When in Doubt, Jam It Out!
Wasted Time by Keith Urban (Follow the Spotify playlist “Jam it Out with Elizabeth” to stay up-to-date with the weekly tunes 🎵)
Things I Think You’ll Love:
This Cyber Monday, I wanted to remind you to shop small, shop local and support women-owned businesses. Here, I’ve put together a Holiday Gift Guide for you, highlighting 20 of my favorite woman-owned brands!
I got to chat with Elle Army from Hippie in the City on her latest podcast episode, where we talked all-things mental health, tips for expressing anger in healthy ways and how we practice self-care by creating boundaries.
Happy Cyber Monday shopping and have a beautiful last day of November!