Welcome to Day Seventeen of this series!
It is a delight to introduce you to Alisha Sommer.
Here is an excerpt from Alisha’s about page:
I am Alisha Sommer, wife to my husband, and mommy to my 3 babes. I drink coffee and wine. I love fresh-baked bread, laying in the sun, and the smell of the sea. I am sensitive but strong. I believe that almost any ill can be cured with a good hug.
A nomad my entire life, I’m ready to settle down and build my community (virtual and real). I know that I am you, and you are me, and we are they, and that makes us.
In between dishes and diapers I write, write, write and try to connect with as many people I can. I scribble poetry on the back of napkins and sometimes in the palm of my hand.
I am interested in truth – both mine and yours – and how sharing it helps set us free. I understand the power of words; that if we change our words, we can change our lives.
Alisha has this way with words that fascinates and delights me. I love to play on Instagram daily – as does Alisha – so I don’t remember if her photos and messages drew me to her website or vice versa. But, I do know that Alisha’s site is one of the few I read regularly and her Instagram feed is one of the few I flip through daily.
I am very much about cultivating your voice; Alisha reminds me to explore my own voice, to play with words in ways I wouldn’t normally do, and to feel into and enjoy the creative process. I missed her Liberated Lines this time around, but will definitely participate if there is another session.
Here are Alisha’s answers:
1. What is your definition of love?
Love is choosing to be open and honest and present with those around you. Love is the freedom to be authentically yourself and supporting others to do the same.
2. What does it feel like when you are connected with love?
When I am connected to love I feel both grounded and loose. There’s a comfort and feeling of rootedness, and also the feeling you could fly.
3. In your opinion, why would one choose to close to love? From that closed space, what is one practice or step a person could take to open to love again?
One usually chooses to close to love out of fear. We’re all afraid of being rejected or shamed. We are afraid that we don’t deserve it. For some, an affirmation such as “I am loved and supported,” is a good way to begin the process of opening yourself to love.
4. How do you choose to cultivate love?
I choose to cultivate love by using my voice. When I speak up and out about my truth with those around me, it gives others the space to do the same.
5. May you share an experience of receiving unconditional love?
God/Goddess/Universe/Source—this is the experience of unconditional love. To be given a new day, a new minute, a new second to do and be and try again.
6. What would you like us to know about love?
That love belongs to you no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, pounds you’ve gained, money you’ve lost. You deserve love. Always.
Alisha Sommer is a writer living in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children. She loves fresh-baked bread, laying in the sun, and the smell of the sea. When she’s not knee-deep in laundry and lunch-making, she edits and publishes BLACKBERRY: a magazine, a literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. She is the co-creator of liberated lines, an Instagram-based poetry course, and a guide in the upcoming writing collective, Our Word. You can find her at her favorite playgrounds, Instagram and Pinterest.
Alisha’s website: Alisha Sommer.com
Thank you, Alisha!
Dear Reader, Alisha mentioned the use of an affirmation. Do you use affirmations within your day? May you share an affirmation that you use? (when you share, you inspire)
Thank you for your presence!
Much peace and abundant love,
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