DECEMBER: The Final Stretch
You got this!
The final few weeks of 2018 are here and if you've been awake at all this year then you probably feel like us, somewhere between hella drained & infinitely inspired.
With 3 Mercury Retrogrades in one year and a few other planets taking us for a loop, 2018 has been 12 months of challenging moments - a lot of which have been spiritually testing & all of which have been fostering growth.
As we embark on the final month of the year, it is only fitting to take a moment for yourself to reflect on what has transpired in 2018, for you.
We've shared few questions that the WIPP team have asked ourselves as well as each other which can be used as a guide to your own self-reflection on this past year and hopefully can lead to some inspiring focuses for the new one!
How is your heart?
How do you feel?
Are you currently happy?
Are you mentally and emotionally free? Unbound by past narratives and the ego mind?
Are you comfortable with who you see in the mirror?
In the face of your most challenging moments, what lessons did you learn of yourself?
What lesson did you learn of others?
In the face of your most fearful moments, what space did you access for a source of strength?
Do you feel more aligned with your path? If so, what changes did you make to get there?
If not, what do you think you need to change?
What are some of the most valuable lessons you've learned in 2018?
How do you feel about the current state of your relationships? Check your circle - are the people around you on the same wavelength?
We'd love to hear if you’re down to share. Hit us up via email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us an IG dm.
It would be beautiful to see the different spaces we all find ourselves in while working towards the best version of ourselves!
Last Week in Review: Canadian Artist on Mental Health
The Art of Chaos
Last week, WIPP Toronto's Social Media star Shana debuted her artwork for The Art Of Chaos - a mini docu-series project which consists of three 3-5min short films, each a standalone piece showcasing a unique Canadian artist with mental illness.
Its passion? Focusing on sparking a conversation on mental healthy while inspiring a community to bravely share their experiences and stories.
We had a chance to catch up with Shana to discuss her artwork and how it felt to be involved in such an important conversation.
On her artwork:
I created this piece for the documentary series called The Art Of Chaos. Its painted with acrylic paint and oil pastel detailing. The vision for this painting is to represent love and support. The two figures are back to back to show that they are solid and are there for each other - it represents a community of support. The head pieces are a reflection of mental health. I wanted to create the piece with cheerful colours to allow the audience to feel happy and hopeful.
On being part of the project:
Being a part of this unique body of work meant a lot to me. The topic at hand is very important to me so of course without hesitation I said yes!
Mental health has been something that I continue to discuss. I was asked to share an experience that effected my personal mental health and how art has helped me cope with the the trauma of sexual assault.
Words of encouragement to support anyone in similar spaces:
I believe that healing always starts with you. You have the power to reach out for help and you have the power to change your life. I also believe that speaking out on your experiences and sharing is a key factor in your journey to healing. This documentary was a way for me to give back to my community and making sure that people felt heard; that they were not alone. There’s always someone out there that can benefit hearing your story.
Take a look at Shana’s work and docu-series on @artofchaosofficial
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ART & POETRY
Growth through Pain
The hurt I felt weighed heavy
Like bricks of burdens on my back
The drive to preserver
Is something I thought I lacked
But deep within my soul
A magic was shining through
My being had all the answers
I never thought I knew
See we’re all born with greatness
But many lessons are to know
Never would I think
Pain would be my teacher of growth
Growth: A Choice
I move with the intention of welcoming growth
I know it is in my nature to evolve
And so every day I choose to be mindful
Of the process of which I am involved
I move with the intention of welcoming growth
Even on days where there are growing pains
I meet each obstacle with open arms
Aware of the possibilities of what’s to gain
I move with the intention of welcoming growth
I flow freely in this space
Allowing the universe to guide me
Surrendering to it’s pace
I move with the intention of welcoming growth…
INTERVIEW SERIES: GONNIE
Interview Series: GONNIE
WIPP’s Interview Series focuses on featuring local women who embody the pillars of WIPP.
Last month, WIPP connected with DJ, Influencer, Model and all around cool girl Sierra Nevada - digitally know as @gonniegarko.
With her recent editorial feature for Virgil Abloh’s iconic Off White, the often quiet Gonnie is making noise both with her DJ skillset and her own unique style.
But the beauty of Gonnie is found far beyond simply what you see of her online.
We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of her mind for our series. And just as expected, we are even more #obsessed with her being than we were before.
Take a look at a few highlights of what she had to say here:
What is your astrology sign?
Do you identify with your sign?
“I definitely identify with it. I am very indecisive which effects all aspects of my life.
I’m actually not in post-secondary right now because I can’t decide what to do.”
How do you deal with your indecisiveness?
“Small decisions I try to make right away. I try to be spontaneous. Otherwise I can take hours deciding.”
On decision making & regret:
“I never really regret things. I am sometimes scared to make decisions but I don’t spend time regretting.”
“Hmm... it’s not like I don’t have insecurities. I guess I am insecure but in ways I’m not sure about anymore.
It used to be physical things like my hair or my teeth, before I got braces, or my nose.”
How did you overcome these insecurities?
“Some things I changed… somethings I just got used to.
My family always loved my hair when I was growing up but I didn't like it just because I didn't look like everyone else, and at school I didn't look like everyone else. They made me feel like shit about my hair - I'd straighten it and everything.
But at home it was a different story.
And it's like I should have loved my hair, but for some reason I didn't.
It's kind of just like, you have to realize things are great on your own.
And when you get distracted by other things in life - like actual life itself and not just your appearance, it really helps you get over that.
I feel like you also have to remove yourself from (unhealthy) environments like that.
I just stopped hanging out with a lot of people that made me feel that way.”
What is your strength?
“My teacher told me that I was like neuro-diverse or something like that? Maybe it wasn’t that.
But, I'm just capable of thinking in like a lot of different ways.
And I feel like that kind of ties into me being indecisive because I always approach situations and think of a lot of different outcomes or possibilities or reasons why something is happening.
I think a lot, which can be considered as a weakness but in reality is a strength.
It’s a weakness when it prevents me from doing things.
But it allows me to not be one sided about things and to be open to other opinions and ideas.
I was kind of just raised like that.”
How do you deal with pain?
“Like “good” deal or “bad” deal?
I cry a lot... I don't like it. But sometimes you have to.
I don't know, I deal with it in a lot of ways.
I guess the best ways is just, take care of yourself.
I think it's really important to take care of yourself when you're in pain.
Because sometimes I deal with it in unhealthy ways and its.. not good, you know?
And, it also doesn't really help, sometimes it makes it worst.”
What is your passion?
What impact would you like to leave on the world?
“I fell like that is something I have conflict with sometimes...
Because, I really want to do things to help people.
There's so many other things I want to help out with.
I'm still trying to figure out what I can do.
I do educate people and spread awareness on native issues.”
Suggestions on making the world a better place?
“I think you just really need to educate yourself and then educate other people.
Be properly informed and hold unbiased opinions on things.
They say ignorance is bliss - and sometimes I can feel unhappy because I know too much.”
On being a “loner”:
“I feel like being alone kind of helps me appreciate things more.
But then being with people makes me appreciate people more.
I guess you have to have a balance.”
“I feel like, with the impact question - I didn't really give a clear answer.
One thing I've been thinking a lot about lately is just when I have a daughter… I don't want her to feel the things I felt when I was growing up or experience the things I've experienced growing up…
Just in terms of like the kids around me, the people around me making me feel like I don't know who I am or my identity was so unclear because you know, the white kids didn't mess w/ me because I was "too black" or the black kids because I was "too white" and so I felt a lot of pressure to be/look a certain way.
I just don’t want her to feel that way.”
What is your purpose?
“I’m a very quiet person but I don’t like to stay silent if that makes sense?”
\ ÄR-KE-TEKT \
CREATING, INVENTING, REALIZING.
WIPP presents \ ÄR-KE-TEKT \ — an experience filled with meditation, connection, and reinvention; designed to inspire you to build the life you want.
Together we'll be inventing new beginnings, creating something new for our futures & releasing old habits. First through a workshop designed to help you set goals and intentions, followed by a meditation session to help visualize your goals and release fears.
SPONSORED BY MUCH DIGITAL STUDIOS AND MOGO MONEY.
ARKTEKT was an incredible experience complete with a workshop and meditation. Hosted by Bianca Harris, Chantel Chapman, and Miriana Perticarini.
Our event was also complete with
Tarot Card Readings by @closeyreyesss
Crystal Energy Room by @quillandquartz
Art Installations by the WIPP TEAM and @whyishnave
Branded Merchandise by the WIPP team
Live Body Painting by Erin Winn and Gillian Robertson
EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!
WONDERING WHAT WE ARE UP TO NEXT?
WIPP TORONTO IS IN THE MIDST OF RESTRUCTURING AND REIMAGINING OUR EVENTS AND CONTENT.
AT WIPP THE MISSION WILL ALWAYS BE TO CREATE SPACES AND CONTENT TO EMPOWER WOMXN. MIND, BODY, SOUL.
WE ARE TAKING TIME TO RELAUNCH & CREATE STRATEGIES THAT WILL TRANSFORMATION OUR AUDIENCE.
CAREER- WELLNESS- FINANCES- HEALTH- SEX
WE GOT YOU COVERED... STAY TUNED @WIPPTORONTO
Breathe N' Stop
Wellness & Meditation
Wellness is extremely important to us and we want to share that with our audience. Our very first meditation event was held at Misfit Studio where our guests were lead through a guided meditation/ discussion for 2 hours.
The event was followed by a WIPP pop up shop where branded merch was sold and proceeds donated to SisteringTO.