No. 51

Unapologetically You

desire

A few months ago, I took up archery. I’d been wanting to try my hand at the sport since I was in middle school, but the timing never worked out. Work got in the way, school got in the way, life got in the way. But finally, everything fell serendipitously into place: a beginner’s lesson; a teacher who was willing to work with me and a friend for free; a correspondence that led to a group of skilled traditional archers who have helped me improve significantly in a short period of time.

Archery has become an addiction, a way for me to meditate and connect with myself. I breathe. My whole body engages. My mind sharpens. The world behind me fades slightly as I focus.

Somewhere, in that stillness, I started to find pieces of myself. I discovered my desires and how they fuel me.  Yes, Danielle LaPorte and her brilliant The Desire Map have also played a role in this awakening. But it was archery that allowed me to finally own one of my core desires: to feel powerful.

Power has always scared me, because somewhere in my mind, I equated it with control and manipulation, with taking advantage of others. But the power I have discovered comes from full presence, from stillness, from openness, from compassion.

Somehow, stepping into that desire made everything else I wanted clear. It has been changing the way I operate in this world. I’ve stopped obsessing about what others think about me and started celebrating the wild, unique individual I am.

What are your core desires? Are you owning them yet?

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

3 thoughts on “Unapologetically You

  1. This is so cool. Ever since I started writing my fantasy novel, I’ve wanted to learn archery. I find it so fascinating how we all find ourselves in the most unexpected places.

  2. There is a freedom in embracing the choice to live life on your own terms. I’m really sensing your exhilaration in this post :)

  3. Hi Brandi!! So good to find you have a home for your soul. What a beautiful space too. Proud of you lady.

    I am uber eager to get me some Danielle LaPorte action. I’ve been jotting down my core desired feelings lately, but quite fancy getting on board the whole program. How is it?

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