“I don’t have to have it figured out before I go for something.” SheenRu moves people. As a dancer and choreographer, she examines the world through her body, and explores complex ideas through movement. SheenRu reminds us that the creative process is just as important as the product, and to believe that who we are is enough. Check out SheenRu’s latest projects at body portal theatre!
If there is one message you want to get out into the world…what would it be? As we embark on this new year, let us remember the big lessons we learned and let them lead us to a brighter and more fulfilling path. We wish you joy, success, and more beautiful changes in 2016!
Living a Creative Life Maryn & Darrée Darrée: When I’m teaching all the time, I struggle to make space for my creative hobbies…and when I’m creating all the time, I wonder if I’m really contributing to society. Even though I know better, I find myself weighed down by the narrative that says doctors and teachers are contributing members of society, while artists and musicians are not. I mean, if you tell a stranger that you’re a teacher, people respect that. But when you tell them you’re an artist, they quickly mask their scorn for you with an “Ohhh, that must be nice…” or “I wish I had the time to be creative all day.” An art degree and 32 years later, I am still struggling to justify that being an artist is an okay way to spend my life. I’m on my way to carving out a path that is mine, but the voice inside (and outside) telling me that who I am is not okay, still reigns. Until I learn how to quiet that voice, I think I will always struggle with …
“You have to be willing to sacrifice everything.” Ann refused to give up the life she loved after a tragic accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. She worked tirelessly and fearlessly to regain her strength back to not only be able to do the things she once did, but to excel at them. She is a testament to the power of letting go of the limitations of what is normal and giving yourself the freedom to be extraordinary. Our STRINGTH collection is inspired by these amazing individuals who found the strength within to follow their dreams.
What does it mean to “love yourself”? We see those words in plenty of self-help books and in pop songs on the radio, but how often do we really experience it? One of the great lessons of this year has been remembering our worth. Aside from what we do for money or our marital status or how many square feet we own (rent), that we know (truly know) that we are worthy of life…love…and respect. Do you know your worth? Maryn and Darrée are two girls taking life day-by-day. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.
Because you were born with the capacity to love and be loved. Because no matter what happened in the past, you survived. Because your heart is beating and your eyes are open. Because you are a living, changing, magnificent human being. Because you are here to experience a brand new day.