28 Days of Connection: Alisha Sommer

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.

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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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Comments on: "28 Days of Connection: Alisha Sommer" (9)

  1. I use affirmations all the time. As Louise Hay says, people who say affirmations don’t work have stopped using them.” :) Here’s my favorite at the moment: “Every day I expand into more abundance, love, and joy, and inspire people to do the same.”

    • I love Louise Hay’s work. I also am very much enjoying learning “how” you create – I very much appreciate your presence within this Facets community!

      Thank you for sharing your powerful affirmation! May I ask, do you use one per day or for a while or do you change them throughout the day/week/month? (I use affirmations – I have one for my business, depending upon what I am doing in a day/week and then personal ones I use as well…so I am curious).

    • Maryse, I love that affirmation!! Thank you for sharing that.

  2. I totally follow my gut on this, Joy. I go with the affirmation that brings me the most calm and joy at any given moment. I’ve been using the one I shared for about a week now. Sometimes they change fast, sometimes they last for a while, it depends on what is going on in my life. Louise Hay says that, at first, we’re not going to believe them, and that’s ok. I disagree with her on this one. I need an affirmation, not as a push towards something I can’t quite believe could become reality, but as a reminder of what is possible. So I always believe my affirmation right from the start. ?

    • Thank you for sharing your process, Maryse – this is my goal – if we each share our processes, it is so powerful because we can then “see” how they work in every day life. I love that you always believe your affirmation right from the start!

      I choose an affirmation that I feel is very possible, so I may believe it – and I choose energetic affirmations, not specific detail oriented ones so they are rooted in infinite possibility, yet very “credible” – often beyond what my mind can fathom, but still something my heart can feel as truth.

  3. Jean Sampson said:

    Hi, Joy and Alisha! I use several affirmations which are sort of just automatically in my head and bring a set of good and positive feelings with them. My favorite is very simple—-” I am well, I am good, I am loved, I am safe.”
    Then I have a Bible verse I have always loved:
    Isaiah 55; 12—” For you shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.” It speaks to the underlying goodness of life and the unity of us with all of creation!
    Thanks for a beautiful post, Joy and Alisha

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