lerinalta lerinalta

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Sovereignty Mentor ✨  Facilitator of DEVOTION — a yearlong spiritual exploration of race, gender, feminism + liberation for us all. ✨

Let’s play a game: Look out the closest window right now and tell me exactly what you see.

Me? I’m in a tiny, little village in coastal Mexico, wearing my robe and eating raspberries.

What I see: palm trees, green lawns and a sparkling blue ocean.

I might go sip a passion fruit margarita on the beach and watch the sunset.

Now it’s your turn: what do you see out of your window?

You are seen. You are known. You are loved.

You are the most beautiful, imperfect, perfect, amazing person I’ve ever laid my Instagram eyes on and I’m SO glad you’re here.

Deal with it. 🤷🏾‍♀️

What triumph (no matter how big or small) can we celebrate with you today?

TODAY is the LAST DAY to save $400!

DEVOTION is a yearlong spiritual exploration of race, gender, feminism and liberation for us all.

DEVOTION isn’t for the faint of heart, the finger pointer, the excuse maker. It isn’t for the keyboard activist hiding behind social justice computer screens.

It’s for the soulful, the seeker, the unrelentingly brave.

STOP being scared of hard conversations, uncomfortable challenges and saying the ‘wrong’ thing at the wrong time to the wrong person.

GET FREE.

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I see you, boo. Don’t be shy. Say 👋🏾 below!

Take the shackles off your feet so you can SOAR!⠀
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I was a precocious child with a soft heart and strong opinions who grew into brave, empathic adult. I'm usually confident saying + living my truth but I’ve bumped my head a lot along the way.⠀
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My hardest challenge was accidentally hurting someone's feelings just by being myself and telling my truth.

I had to learn to create healthy, loving boundaries and not take other people's feelings, attachments or expectations personally (or seriously).⠀
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That's where I found TRUE freedom.⠀
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What have been some of your hardest (and most valuable) lessons to come by?

Who are your 3 closest muses? I’ll start...

Frida Kahlo, Maya Angelou, my own wildest dreams.

Stop being so hard on yourself.
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Stop beating yourself up for being human, for trying and falling short, for doing your best and bumping your head along the way.

There is no shame in growing, in learning, in continuing to evolve into your most whole and liberated self.

Let go of the idea that you have to get it 'right' the first (or fiftieth) time. Honor yourself, exactly where you are.

You were born perfect, whole and complete. There is no other 'ideal' to meet.

What old, crusty, outdated belief about yourself are you willing to release today?

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Love and gratitude to all who have mothered, auntied, grandmothered and surrogated in the most multi-faceted of ways!

Love and gratitude to all ancestral mothers and the Great Mother, without whom we would not be here.

And most especially, love and gratitude to the woman who carried me in her womb for 9+ months, delivered me to the world (painfully unmedicated as she constantly reminds me) and brilliantly, lovingly, magnificently raised me into the woman I am today. THANK YOU. 🙏🏾

How are you celebrating your mother today?

THANK YOU everyone for all of the birthday love and well wishes! I am so honored and grateful to be part of your world.

Today is ALSO Teacher Appreciation Day!
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I come from a long line of educated educators.
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I am a 4th generation college graduate with my great-grandfather (who was born two years after enslavement ended) having TWO undergraduate and TWO graduate degrees and my great-grandmother right beside him with her own undergraduate and graduate degrees.
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My great-grandfather also founded the only 'negro' school in segregated, rural East Texas with a commitment to bring education not only to himself and his family, but to the entire community of people who look just like him that would otherwise have gone uneducated.
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My great-grandparents, as well as both of my grandparents and my parents were ALL classroom teachers and I've stepped into their legacy as a (non-classroom) teacher in my own right.
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So, in honor and celebration of my ancestors, here's a toast of love and gratitude to their love and their teaching lineage.

For without them, their love, their wisdom, their tenacity, their perseverance, their breath, their brilliance — I wouldn't have been born in the first place.

Pictured: My great-grandfather — Phineas Young (P.Y.) Gray. Google him! ;)

DEVOTION isn’t for the faint of heart, the finger pointer, the excuse maker. It isn’t for the keyboard activist hiding behind social justice computer screens.

It’s for the soulful, the seeker, the unrelentingly brave.

DEVOTION is a living, breathing spiritual community of diverse, curious and complex women working to create liberation for us all.

TIME'S UP. Own your truth. Reclaim your power. Find and use your voice. Help create a world that works for everyone.

DEVOTION is for women committed to exploring their unique spiritual paths with accountability, openness and love.

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Breath. Earth. Home.
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It’s Earth Day — a day to celebrate our deep reverence and love for Mama Earth.
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On that note, today I’m committing to making one little change that’ll have significant impact.
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Instead of taking home ONE MORE Trader Joe’s paper bag, I’m going to keep the cloth grocery bags I already own in the car and start using THOSE! 🤣
It’s one small, doable step that will help lighten my impact on the planet.
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We live in such a beautiful, rich, sacred place. It’s only right to do what we can to take care of it.
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What small thing are you going to start doing today to take better care of the our planet? 🌍🌎🌏

I’m making a photoessay book about modern brave American women of color — artists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, healers, teachers. Women courageously crafting a brave new world for us all OFFLINE — on the front lines and behind the scenes.

We will talk about their real challenges and triumphs, their shortcomings and strengths. A contemporary “I Dream a World” + “In the Company of Women” if you will.

Who would you LOVE to see featured? “Famous” or not, who would you love to listen in on and know more about?

THINK: Issa Rae, Patrisse Cullors, Lena Waithe, Bozoma St. John, the woman running the soup kitchen, new media makers, Myleik Teele, Melody Ehsani, Sarah Jones...

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