Category : Insight

Don’t Struggle Alone.

So often, we receive messages from social groups, families, histories, media, and cultural norms that tell us to hide our pains and give the world only our best selves. This pressure to always be “on” leaves a lot of people—including myself—navigating this world in silence about the struggles we face. For some, it may be a hidden sickness. For others, it may be a financial challenge. And for more, it may simply be struggles with insecurity, confidence, inadequacy, or even mental health.

Confidence for Consistency

#stickynotetoself 587 “Confidence is a force for consistency.”

When we think about the people who have achieved mastery in their fields, it has often come by building habits of consistent practice, engagement, or production. Often when we are inconsistent with our goals, there might be a lot of reasons at play, but so often for me, those reasons are connected with the level of confidence I feel in relationship to that goal. In this latest Sticky Note to Self video, I talk through some of these effects.

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Define What You Need | Sticky Note to Self

Often times, it can hard—and maybe even awkward—to ask for help in achieving passions and making ideas happen. Pride, fear of rejection, and ego can easily get in the way, while a lack of specificity can hinder us from knowing what to seek. In this new Sticky Note to Self reflection video, I share thoughts and insight behind a recent note that challenges me and others to “Define what you need.” 

What are the things in your life that you’re seeking to fulfill? What do you need in order to manifest it? Watch this week’s video reflection, and share your own in the comments.

Get The Print

This month, you can also get this print and the Resist print by attending the Lot 49 Art Auction by The Luminary in St. Louis.

“Lot 49 is an annual art auction initiated and shaped by artists as an annual fundraiser for The Luminary and a direct means of support for artists in the region and beyond. The interactive auction features acclaimed artists nominated by their peers, with participating artists receiving 51% of all proceeds and the remaining 49% going to support our ambitious programs – hence the name, Lot 49.”

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Video: “Creative Unrest” in Designing from the Margins by Jessica Bellamy

Designer, Jessica Bellamy, started a YouTube and Instagram series titled “Designing from the Margins” to engage elements of black identity through design.

In this episode of “The Black Aesthetic Vol 1,” Jessica assesses#CreativeUnrest and includes a clip of De Andrea Nichols discussing this subject during a 2014 Creative Unrest conversation series she organized amongst artists during the uprising in Ferguson, MO.



Podcast Feature | Who Raised You? Ep. 03: “Don’t Touch My Hair”

Who Raised You? Podcast is a kitchen table conversation between Karen (Jia Lian) Yang and Treasure Shields Redmond that explores how culture, family, and intersecting identities pave the way toward liberation. In this episode, they talk with De Nichols about hair and how appearance intersects with professionalism and activism.