Author: metastatemovement

Where Do I Belong?

Metastate is about honoring each other’s stories, no matter how different, and creating a more complete picture of our hopes, our fears, our dreams. We’ll share our conversations here and invite you to add your voices to the discussion. Pull up a chair and join us as we recount the stories and lessons of our lives… Maryn:  I’m curious, have you ever felt like you were part of a community? Surrounded by people who were really your kind of people? Darree:  I’ve been thinking about this question since last night and I want to say yes, but to be honest, I’ve never really felt like I was understood. Being understood is a huge part of whether I feel connected to something or not. Even when people have nodded to my opinions, interests, choices and questions, I always had a feeling that they were secretly thinking, “She’s weird.”  Maryn:  I know what you mean. I have been a part of some groups where I felt like I could “play along.” I had fun and shared certain things about myself, but as you say, I didn’t feel …

Great Escape

“That was definitely the most important decision in my life…” Iva escaped a communist regime to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. As a young woman growing up in the Czech Republic, Iva did not see a future for herself. She was passionate about art from a young age, but was forced to study math and science. She finally planned an escape knowing that it would be better to risk losing her life than to continue living one that wasn’t hers.   Our STRINGTH collection is inspired by these amazing individuals who found the strength within to rewrite their dreams. Receive a special discount this month with code: META10.

Having it All

Motherhood and a Dream Renewed Eden – 40, Washington, D.C. Metastate:  Have you ever felt as though you were living up to expectations that were not your own? Eden:  Everyone has an opinion about my life, especially family. I was pushed to keep going back to school to obtain degrees, whether it helped me to do what I wanted or not.  I eventually distanced myself from my family and community because none of them thought I could succeed. Even today, they are surprised by my success. Metastate:  Was there a time when you began to question their expectations? Eden:  I always questioned people’s expectations of me whether good or bad. My voice may not have been big or strong, but I protested in my own way. I rebelled against what others felt my life should look like.  Metastate:  Do you remember the moment when you began to live life on your own terms? Eden:  Once I moved to Washington, D.C. it was clear that I was taking steps to be my own person. Even moving to New York for graduate school; these were all decisions I made without the support of my parents. I was taking better care of myself and developed …

Make the Change

Making a change is hard, but sometimes it is the only thing that will set us free. A life is made up of days, hours, and seconds. If we are not spending that time doing something that makes us feel alive and valuable then we will most likely look back with some regret. No matter where you are in life, it is a good time to ask yourself whether you’re happy and if not, maybe it’s time to do something about it. Karla is an art teacher living in Los Angeles, CA. She likes going on long hikes with her dog and rooting for her first middle school crush, Kobe Bryant, and the LA Lakers. 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.