The Power of Self-Expression

Self-expression is defined as: “the expression or assertion of one’s own personality, as in conversation, behavior, poetry, or painting.”

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Self-expression is a release and a form of mediation. You are uncovering your soulful power from within. It is truly a natural form of therapy.

I conducted an interview with three people for their input on the power of self-expression:

The first interviewee is a woman currently student-teaching, on her way to be a teacher. (She prefers to stay anonymous online because of her career).

What does self-expression mean to you?

L: “Self-expression is a way to show yourself and others the magic you are made of. It is also a way to release any energy you have stored – negative or positive. It’s a way to transmute negative energy into art, as well. Self-expression is about individuality as well as community…it allows us to attract the souls that resonate with our own. Through styles of food, clothing, meditation, art, traditions, language, etc., we are able to connect with the world around us. By listening to our spirit in our endeavor to self-express, we are better able to attract and manifest what we want in life.”

How do you reach the self-expression flow? Is it easy for you to find?

L: “Flow is about releasing energy. You have an idea in your mind – you go to work – you create it and it becomes reality. Or, you have emotions blocked up, perhaps are harboring something dark in your spirit…you can transmute those feelings through some sort of movement or task. Or perhaps you’re full of elation and bliss – that calls for a release of energy too! Either way, flow is therapeutic.

Turn on some tunes and move freely to the rhythm. Or find something to create with your hands. Cook, make music, do something exhilarating or exciting. But stray away from resorting to hurtful actions or painful flow (violence, harsh words) to release your negative energy. Love and art will set you free.

For me, it’s easy to find flow because I was never closed off from it. I know when it’s time to get up and dance or make something…I listen to my soul when it feels it needs to release energy. When I get an idea or when I have emotions that are trying to escape, I simply let it flow. I never fight the flow. I embrace it.”

Nick

The second interviewee is Nick. He is an aspiring neuroscientist and a classically trained musician.

What does self-expression mean to you? 

Nick: “The way I look at self-expression is putting the lock in the key … kind of like flow. No matter what it is that you are doing, you are doing it your way. To me, it is akin to being comfortable in one’s skin. It is the combination of morals, beliefs, desires, etc that most natural drive a person in the present moment.”

What is your favorite way to express yourself? 

Nick: “Anytime I sit down to jam on some instruments or playing music for others.”

How often do you need to Express yourself?

Nick: “Every single day.”

Brenna

The third interviewee is Brenna, she is currently earning her masters in psychology.

What does self-expression mean to you?

Brenna: “Therapy. Self-expression is essential to mental/emotional/physical health. Taking even ten minutes out of every day to yourself is important. There are so many emotions/events that can affect your mental health in everyday life. Sometimes we don’t have anyone to talk to, sometimes we don’t know how to talk about it, sometimes we don’t want to talk about it, sometimes we aren’t even sure what/how/why we’re feeling the way we are. However, it needs to come out. With expression, we are free to feel however we want. We are able to use our entire self in every aspect to organize, understand, and let out our feelings in a constructive and beautiful way.

Self-expression is my purpose in life, my reason for living, and my motivation to share it with the world.”

How often do you need to express yourself?

Brenna: “I express every single day. Some days more than others. Like I previously stated, it is important to take even the smallest amount of time you can, to care for yourself.  Whether it be hooping, painting, yoga, or simply sitting with my plants (I might also talk to them) and drinking coffee, I need to express.

As someone with anxiety, hooping has acted as a lifeline for me on more than one occasion. It has helped me pull together everything bottled up, and channel it into something I have control over. I believe so strongly in expression, I am going to school for art therapy. I want other people to realize there is help. There is a better way.”

 

How do express you yourself? Do you think self-expression is necessary on a daily basis? I hope this article inspires you to let that creativity flow.

 

 

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Improve your Enviornment with these 4 Durable Houseplants

I’ve always enjoyed taking care of plants and the greenery that they provide. In addition, humans and plants have a symbiotic relationship. We breathe out carbon dioxide, plants absorb it and release oxygen. Growing plants in your office and home increases your oxygen levels, therefore enhancing the quality of life.

Here are some plants that are durable and fairly easy to care for:

Jade

I always suggest jade because they are fairly resistant and have a long life-span. They have the nickname of “money plant” and are seen by some as a sign of good luck and prosperity. Remeber these things when caring for your jade plant:

  • 4 or more hours of sunlight/day — perfect for south-facing windows
  • warm, dry conditions
  • room temperature but prefer colder in the night during winter.
  • allow the soil to dry between watering (water around every 1-1.5 weeks)

Tillandsia

Also known as air-plants, these perennial flowering plants are native to the forests, mountains, and deserts of Central and South America. You’ve probably seen them on pinterest or at a craft show; they don’t require soil so many use them for art decor. These plants are also very forgiving, so you shouldn’t stress over their care schedule:

  • bright, filtered or indirect sunlight
  • temperature range of 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • watering once per week but 2-3 times is optimal; I always use filtered water because they are uber sensitive to hard water — to water, mist them with a spray bottle and every 2 weeks give them a nice 2-3 hour soak in a bowl of water.
  • fertilize with organic air plant fertilizer once a month

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last two photo’s credit to http://www.homelysmart.com/10-diy-air-plant-holders-for-your-home/

Spider Plant

Spider plants are known for their air-purifying capabilities; in the early 1980s, NASA’s research proved the spider plant could remove harmful indoor air pollutants. They’ve been widely popular since and you can find them anywhere. In addition, they are easy to care for:

  • moderate, indirect sunlight
  • average room temperature and humidity (50-80 degrees F)
  • they prefer dry soil but in the spring and summer months, keep the soil moist to encourage growth.

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Aloe

Not only does aloe improve your environment, it also is a healing plant. One of my first memories of my grandma was her walking around with a piece of aloe plant bandaged to her arm — she would use aloe for burns, scratches, or any skin inflammation.

Some of my other plants:

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My Top Three Skills

Flexibility

For me, flexibility is about taking on new challenges, stretching my capabilities, and doing things outside of my comfort zone. It is a way to expand how I create value for projects and organizations.

Flexibility is both a mindset and skill-set. I have a mindset to be courageous, try new things, and not just accept the status quo. I combine that with the drive and follow-through to acquire new skills and constantly adapt to enabling me to do different things. I’m always willing to step outside of the box and learn new soft and hard skills and apply them when new projects and challenges present themselves.

My open-mindedness is shown through my work experience at the Suboxone clinic where I had to learn administrative skills, time management, teamwork, and effective communication with coworkers, doctors, and patients. While I may have been the youngest person working in the office, I didn’t let that intimidate me, rather I saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate that I was a productive worker with a knack for getting things done. In fact, I streamlined the clinics by creating a plan to expedite the scheduling process. The clinics became more efficient, allowing the doctors to see more patients. In essence, this allowed the business to grow.

In addition to the clinic, I have experience working at a grocery store and restaurant, and doing child care and dog sitting. I am also now beginning an artistry business; I sell my fine art and jewelry on Etsy as well as commissioned pieces. Thus, gaining exposure to a variety of businesses and career types.

Art started as a passion, now I am turning it into a business; compelling me to learn multiple, practical business-skills like social media marketing, customer service, customer retention, selling online, and much more! Starting my own business has necessitated innovative-thinking and proves my ability to be flexible.

Interpersonal

I have been using people skills for as long as I can remember. From selling cookies as a Daisy in Girl Scouts, to today, expanding my business network and customer-base, as a server-extraordinaire at Breakneck Tavern. I love talking and networking, especially with a purpose.

In my opinion, listening is just as important as talking. I use active listening in the work place and my personal life. It avoids miscommunications, thus boosting productivity.  In addition, I also aim to gain at least one thing out of a conversation- a new connection, an idea, customers, etc. I am looking forward to growing my talking and listening skills, as both are pertinent in establishing positive connections.

Serving in fine dining has taught me a whole new level of professionalism, especially in high stress situations. During the dinner-rush, you have to always remain poised and friendly.  Living off of tips and creating my own businesses taught me that you must be personable to find success – you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar!

What sets apart my skills is simply my mindset. Positive attitude is everything. Coworkers, strangers, friends, and customers alike, all enjoy my lively and pleasant approach. In the workplace, I use it to motivate, problem solve, and develop a rapport. I just LOVE making people smile. My positive outlook paves a productive and confident course to which people are naturally drawn.

Willingness to Learn

The beauty of the human-race is the constant evolution to be better, faster, and stronger. To keep moving forward, you must accept that sometimes you will be wrong; the only thing you can do is fix it, learn from it, and move on.

One of my mottos is that you should learn at least one new thing each day; the desire to grow my knowledge and skills is what drives me to wake up and work hard every day. I am constantly reading books or researching online. The internet has so much to offer – millions of articles, books, videos, tutorials, podcasts, and chat forums.

The majority of my art skills are self-taught from the world-wide-web. Check out and follow my Pinterest boards for thousands of art and jewelry ideas. I am also a self-taught hula-hooper (follow my Instagram to see me in action), learned the beginnings of yoga from this website, taught myself how to play the kalimba on YouTube, learned the design application Procreate from YouTube, and many other things.

In my opinion, being rich in knowledge and experiences outweighs monetary wealth. You can lose your physical possessions but you can never lose your knowledge. That is the biggest reason why I am an advocate of learning.