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✨Elissa Freiha✨  🌈Entrepreneur 💸 Investor 🎤 Speaker 🌹Flower Child ✌🏽️ Feminist 🌻 Founder @womena 🏆@forbesmiddleeast @bbc100women 🐥: @freihahaha 🎥Womentum Series

This was a selfie taken on the last day of being 28. It’s taken me a while to post because of all the chaos surrounding @womena’s release of the #womentumseries. 🤡🥵This was an incredibly marvelous year for me. 28 brought with it a newfound strength and comfort in myself that I was lacking. It brought with it daring risks 🥺and inspiring realizations. 🤩Now It was not only I who experienced a rebirth, but #womena aswell: We re-launched as a multidimensional media platform and pioneered a new kind of entrepreneur experience with our #womentum accelerator. We set goals we were shy to even dream of, and then surpassed all expectations of our abilities. When we went out to do something wild and new with our content or with our program, we not only did it at the quality we were expecting, but we did it better than we even thought possible and it gave us confidence to dream bigger and get more experimental for the next try. It’s been perpetually exhilarating and exhausting and exciting and extraordinary. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤Picture this: we thought our limit was making a silent black and white comedy movie, and in the process we made a technicoloured, 3D, IMAX, 4K Avatar! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💗Now we’re all asking - where can we take it next? Our limits don’t exist! ✨💫I was excited to mark the end of 28 with this photo with my piercings, my chakra stones, my swag necklace and my technicolour unicorn hair. The colour is now back into my work, my hair, & my life!🌈🍉🍋🍐🍑🥑🥭🍆

I was a busy being a bosslady on #IWD2019 so please forgive my delay in posting this celebratory carousel! 🦄 On International women’s day this year I’d like to pass on endless appreciation for the bad ass bossladies on my @womena team. 💃🏻💃🏼💃🏽💃🏾 These legends are the reason womena has been shooting off into the stratosphere, breaking every glass ceiling that gets in our way. 🚀💥 They are creative, entrepreneurial, empathetic, compassionate, unique, strong, and driven change-makers, and they are the embodiment of who we do this for. They are better than me in so many ways, they constantly surpass every expectation, and they are willing to take the big risks with me even when the we face potential face-planting failure. 👭👭👭👭 We got this. Happy #internationalwomensday to my tribe! I’m proud to be one of you 🙏🏽❤️💗💜

👩🏼‍🎤WOMENTUM EPISODE 1 is out now on FB & Youtube!!!! ⭐️🌸 Click the link in my bio to see the first ever release from @womena’s new #womentumseries 🌸⭐️ Do it now! Quickly! And then come back and tell me what did you think?!!!

Super excited to announce that I will be speaking at MiT in Boston for their @mitscitech conference in on April 19th! It means so much to have been invited to participate in this event. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on how to Shape the Cities of the Future!🌎🛸🚀🛰 Know anyone I should meet whilst in Cambridge & #Boston? Comment down below 👇🏽 #womena💥💫 Go to scitech.mit.edu for tickets!

🌕Doors have always held a beautiful, mystical meaning for me. A door is a barrier as well as a gateway to something new, unknown, mysterious. It’s shrodingers cat in a box on a larger scale: there can be exciting opportunity, or banal emptiness on the other side, and until we open that door and cross over, we will never know.🌖I’ve just finished the last sit-down video interview for our upcoming #womentumseries and re-living the last year has really put into perspective the array of adventure we’ve had with womena over the last year. 🌗 #Womentum was an experiment and a real life adventure that took me and the team around the world. We saw lots of incredible doors and cross many remarkable barriers, and let me say this: what was on the other side was glorious. 🌘 It’s crazy to think I was once afraid of these doors. It’s mind boggling to think that I was overwhelmed by fear of disappointment or failure. It’s this fear we all experience as humans when we want to take a valiant first step in a new direction...but as founders we are made to take those steps. We are made to push past existing boundaries. We will go crazy if left in the same place too long that we must venture out to stay sane. I have accepted this now. My crazy visions are part of my makeup as an entrepreneur. More so, I am lucky to have a team of fellow entrepreneurs at @womena who share in my desire to break expectations and who remind me of why we *must* keep leading others through magnificent closed doors when I get nervous that we’re going to far. 🌑 S/O to @mrkream on the shirt🍦💜💙💗💛🧡

🌬It’s taken me a while to reconnect with my inner creative: To pay attention and identify that whoosh of inspiration that comes out of nowhere. 🧜🏽‍♀️ So many of us turn off that inspiration receptor as we grow up and get cut down to fit these predetermined societal structures. To put it simply: We move from this emoji section 🌈🍄💥🌺🐾🦚🐒🦄🧛🏻‍♂️🤹🏼‍♀️🦹🏼‍♂️💛💜💚To this one 📓📍🗑📇🔗📋📉📊📤. Its a shame because as children when something triggers us we respond immediately with our imaginations running wild; we imitate the things we see, we elaborate on them, we interpret them uniquely. We used to allow our emotions to have free reign over us and our actions would follow their guidance. 🧞‍♂️Yet now we control our emotions and our emotional receptor, and ultimately kill our imagination and our creativity.🙇🏼‍♀️🙇🏻‍♂️ I’ve felt that loss and that disconnection deeply, and its felt like a brick wall was built around this glittering colourful nymph.🧚🏼‍♀️ Since I spent time in Berlin, I’ve really put effort into breaking down that wall, a fitting image for that specific city I feel. 🔨🇩🇪Today, I aim to honor my creativity and my moments of creative inspiration.✨ I let myself write more whenever I need to without expectations of structure or end result.📝 I let myself colour my hair and dress as I want without fear of judgement in my professional field. 👩🏼‍🎤I let myself be vulnerable with other creatives without worry of not being up to par or as developed. 🎨It’s a beautiful feeling: A timeless feeling, a feeling of freedom and of fierce funkiness that I wish upon all of you. 💓💜❤️🧡💛💚💙🖤Have you ever felt like this?

Thank god for the #GlowUp! #10yearchallenge

Counting down to my birthday and having my health not be at its finest has given me perspective: How far I’ve come since I started this new chapter of my life. 🧚🏼‍♀️ It’s been 5 years since that hippie, care-free, unchained girl full of dreams moved to Dubai in hopes of building something. 🛬🌍 It has also been 5 years since I lost that girl in the chaos that then ensued. I’ve been cheated, I’ve been lied to, I’ve been misguided. 😔 I’ve felt alone, I’ve felt scared, I’ve felt vulnerable. 💃🏼I’ve also been driven, I’ve been determined, I’ve been unwaveringly optimistic. And all through that time I’ve been honored, awarded, and rewarded. 🏆 You see, I’ve had to lose myself in order to find my purpose. I’ve had to unlearn and adapt, so I could consciously choose what and who I wanted to be.🧜🏽‍♀️ All through this journey I’ve carved a new path, still unsure where it will lead to, I persist. At first I persisted unsure of my steps, however now, only recently, I persist proudly. #womena

✨Happiness is new self and new cells, new perspective with old senses. Happiness is hugs, and exhales. Happiness is forgetting the past and the future, and appreciating your presence in the present. We often focus on, and try to avoid, our « failures » for maintaining our new years resolutions. Failure is a word with such a negative connotation that we forget failure is just a step to betterment. We get stuck in the past, in the moment we failed, but we need to realized we’re lightyears passed that now; that we’re actually somewhere else, we’re different, we’ve learned something new. One cannot be better without making a few mistakes. One cannot be happy without experiencing a few miseries. So setting resolutions is fine, and failing to keep them is also fine because its all about wanting to be better. As long as you make those resolutions to yourself to be better then all is good. You are showing a commitment to yourself and your self-amelioration, that’s what’s most important. Once u fail just try to forget about it; its in the past, move on, try again. And this time try something different, make another experiment, take another chance, have another adventure. This is what life is all about: moving forward. ✨So after a week of contemplating, I wish you the happiest of New Years and new starts filled with countless experiments and adventures. ✨ 📸: @jessiquei

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Joyful Holidays, and a Killer Kwanza...oh! and a Fabulous Festivus for the rest of us! 🤶🏼💋

💛Dear @riseupsummit #riseup18 Team, Thank You. Thank you on behalf of the faces and figures of the Middle East entrepreneurial community. Thank you for bringing us together and inspiring us. Thank you for being the drum beat we march to. Thank you for you rresilience and your determination, a crucial player leading by example. Thank you for the memories, the epiphanies, and the laughs. Thank you for building this tribe of misfits and for bringing together a family. Thank you for creating a space to collaborate and a space to connect. This year was another success; your perseverance and insistance to consistently deliver an exceptional experience have left another mark on us.💛 one week on and I still feel the power that #Cairo passed onto me. I feel the energy and the passion that makes its people create monumental change everyday. I can’t wait to return and contribute even more with @womena Next year ❤️💛🖤🇪🇬

#RiseUp18 always manages to bring out some of my biggest smiles. Thanks to @mo4network for capturing the epic positive vibez between me and @womena media bosslady @amiralx 🍎🎈❤️🍓 #cairo #womena #womentum

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