This January, Pushy Dreamers took part on it’s first 30 day challenge, encouraged people to write a affirmation each day and challenge themselves to use it when they felt most vulnerable in moving in the opposite direction. Kerry Johnston from Dress Me Beautiful has decided to engage us this February as this is the “month of love,” and thought it would be great to do something similar about self-love.
Tell us a bit about love me beautiful and what inspire it?
When I was younger, I had really low self esteem to the point I never even wanted to go to school. One day my mother pulled me in front of a mirror and told me everything about me that was beautiful. When I conducted a workshop a few years ago I shared this story with my attendees and passed around a mirror, had them stand up, look in the mirror and tell me why they were beautiful. The workshop turned emotional because these were women who felt low about themselves and had a hard time doing it. We were able to help each other bring out our inner beauty on why they were beautiful. Their heart, their strength, their journey….so it made me develop Dress Me Beautiful into a movement to encourage women to embrace their inner beauty.
This week on The Lyric Lounge I was asked to share what is Pushy Dreamers about? A blog created by Jasmine McCants has put together writings that allow her to explore her interest, dreams and possibilities. Her blog includes writings about music, relationships, restaurant reviews and more, I do hope you check her out and share droplets of encouragement and support! Please let me mention, she also happens to be a great friend as well! I’ve know Jasmine for as long as I can remember and she has always been supported of my ideas and dreams. To me that’s what great friends are made of!
As a child it was always just a dream for me and never an actually possibility to inspire others. I thought in order to move others, you had to be famous or rich. I was neither. However, there was two things I did know, 1- that there was more to myself than I knew and 2- There was more to life than I knew of, but I was never inspired, motivated or encouraged to challenge myself to find out. Eventually I started modeling and through my jobs and travel, I was able to prove both those theories out.
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Sincerely Your Dream Pusher, Raeven Western
Inspiration is everywhere, but it’s also a funny thing, because you never know exactly where, what or how it will show up in your life.
Today’s inspiration came from words I shared with someone on FaceBook, ”Take the road less traveled” I said, words I remembered from a poem by Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” As my morning continued, that funny thing about inspiration showed up and looked me right in the face. Those same words shared, popped right back up and inspired my choices that I would make today.
There is nothing better than to have an idea and then make it happen! I do my best to surround myself with all things that inspire me and allow me to live out my dreams. Getting paid is not so much of a goal than to live life doing what I love most. And what I’m learning I love most as I push forward is working with teens, young women and really people of all ages.
This last year I have been spending most of my time working on my Life Coach certification and volunteering at the Covenant House, facilitating a career exploration panel for young adults. Each week a group of volunteers would come in to speak about who they are, what they do and the choices they took to get them there. One of the most challenging things for me to over come each week was not being able address the same group of young adults. Each week came with new faces, new dreams but the same outcome. After the hour was up, we all felt jipped in not being able to spend more time with each other or helping out further with the direction they were headed (Covenant and New York Care rules). So each week I left wishing I could do more.
It dawned on me one day after sitting with a young lady who mentioned to me “this is all great but I have personal issues I need help with” at the moment a light immediately turn on and an opportunity created its way for me to do more. I pitched the idea to the people at The Covenant House and they loved the idea.
1. Name and where are you from? Tamala Baldwin I was born in Brooklyn and lived there until I was 13. In 8th grade my family moved to Long Island, NY.
2. Occupation(s) I AM a singer, actress, writer, producer and a dreamer!
3. Advice for handling obstacles. Have you ever stumped your toe? I’m sure you have and what usually happens is that your eyes swell up with tears, you may scream under your breath or swear, jump up and down, or rub it until it goes away. Obstacles are like that stumped toe. It hurts and it’s a huge nuisance but eventually it subsides and everything eventually goes back to its natural state. So do what you must? Shed that tear, seek comfort through whatever you’re going through, but rest easy knowing eventually this too shall pass – just like the stumped toe.
A while back I interview Shari Neal creator and owner of a popular chicago based t-shirt line to explore and find out the inspiration and motivation behind starting her Bon Bon Vie Tees. Back again and re inspired she shares with us her fears, motivation and the work that lead to her push forward.
1. Congratulation on taking on a new venture. How exciting this must be for you! What inspired you to expand from you line of t shirts and travel down the path of making and selling jewelry?
Thank you! I expanded my line to include jewelry for a number of reasons. In my opinion, in any business, diversity in products is the key to longevity. I’ve always had an interest in jewelry, but only recently have I really been able to pursue it. I lvoe making tees, but once the designs are done and the tees are printed, you’re done creating. I like the idea of jewelry because it’s very hands on and no 2 pieces are exactly the same.