We’re taught not to “brag,” but acknowledging the many aspects, accomplishments, and skills that make us who we are is important.

Today I want to talk about changing the way that we recognize our whole selves, all that we are, instead of just one small part. Our culture has taught us that bragging is not okay, and so most of us try to be humble and don’t fully recognize all of our talents or accomplishments. But by doing this, we’re really putting ourselves down.

One of my recent On Display interviews was with Barbara Polla, who is not only a medical doctor and a politician, but also a poet, a writer, and a gallery owner. During the interview we talked about how she managed to do it all, and how women can step into their power to do everything that they want to.

In my studio, we also talked about a song that I wrote called “I am,” in which I talk about the many aspects of myself, such as being an artist, a mother, a sexual woman, an activist, and a feminist. I think it’s important to acknowledge that we are not just one thing, but many things, and there are many aspects to our personalities and who we are.

Also related to this idea, I recently read a book called The Abundance Project, by Derek Rydall, and in it he mentions Henry David Thoreau, an American essayist, philosopher, and transcendentalist, who said, “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” I love this idea of “wealth” not being just money, but a wealth of ideas, of connection, of participation. It reminds me of the movie Yes Man, with Jim Carey, and also an art project “Yes To All” by Sylvie Fleury.

The idea of acknowledging everything that we are is counter what we’ve learned and what we’re used to, but it’s really just acknowledging our true nature.

The Private View Podcast is created by artist Mauren Brodbeck. She hosts two podcasts, PRIVATE VIEW and RAW AND RADICAL WOMEN IN THE ARTS PODCAST, which is an inspirational movement, resource, and community for cis and trans women who want to be creative and live a creative life, but who feel alone and struggle to claim the time and space they need to fully realize their potential.

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