Greetings Digital Sisters!
This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is promoting the theme, “Finding Your Digital Tribes” as an Empowerista. Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Empowerista. Check out the Empowerista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.
An Empowerista is a woman who creates and curates content, shares information and experiences, connects with others and establishes positive relationships, and builds and participates in communities that empower her and others. If you identify with one or more of the Empowerista’s characteristics, please check out the Empowerista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of an Empowerista. Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.
I am a woman who lives fearlessly. I affirm and value relationships. I invest positive energy and time when I connect with others. I share information and experiences willingly in an effort to build community. I use my wisdom to guide me in how I affect the opinions and actions of others. I give birth to sisterhood through activism, connections, conversations, empowerment, and inspiration that transforms women’s lives and communities.
Chakra Connection (click here to learn more about chakras):
Empowerista’s energy is connected to the:
- Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.
- Throat, or fifth chakra, which corresponds to communication, expressions of feelings, or the truth. It governs the throat, ears, nose, teeth, mouth, and neck.
- Third-eye, or sixth chakra, which corresponds to intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. It governs the eyes and base of the skull.
Color Connection (click here to learn more about colors):
Wear or surround yourself with the colors yellow (third chakra), light or sky blue (fifth chakra), and indigo blue (sixth chakra) to connect with Empowerista’s energy.
Wear or surround yourself with citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), turquoise (fifth chakra), and lapis lazuli (sixth chakra) gemstones to connect with Empowerista’s energy.
Goddess Connection (click here to learn more about goddesses):
Empowerista is connected to the Goddesses mentioned below.
- Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)
- Vach, the Hindu goddess of speech and communication (fifth chakra)
- Tara, the Tibetan goddess of wisdom (sixth chakra)
Yoga Connection (click here to search Yoga Journal’s web site for instructions on how to do the poses below):
Practicing bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); bridge, fish, lion, plow, and upward plank poses (fifth chakra); and bridge, child’s, downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and standing half forward bend poses (sixth chakra) can help you connect with Empowerista’s energy.
During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Empowerista virtual mentors.
2012 Digital Sisters of the Year
- Joanne Bamberger, author and founder of PunditMom.com
- Sara Chipps, co-founder of Girl Develop It
- Stacey Ferguson, co-founder and chief curator of BeBlogalicious.com and founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media
- Ana Flores, author, co-founder of SpanglishBaby.com, and founder of LatinaBloggersConnect.com
- Kathy Korman Frey, founder of HotMommasProject.com and professor
- Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author, founder of Broken Beautiful Press blog, professor, and writer
- Kristal High, founder of Politic365
- Vanessa Hurst, co-founder of Girl Develop It and founder of Developers for Good
- Lauren Brown Jarvis, founder of DigitalDoyennes.com, National Communications Director for the New Leaders Council, and writer for Examiner.com and The Huffington Post
- Christine Johnson, founder of IamDTech
- Tara Joyce, author and founder of The Rise of the Innerpreneur blog
- Allyson Kapin, founder of WomenWhoTech.com
- Christine Koh, founder of BostonMamas.com and PoshPeacock.com
- Yalanda Lattimore, founder of DryerBuzz.com
- Sarah Massey, founder of Fabulous Women Biz Owners DC and Massey Media
- Anissa Mayhew, founder of AimingLow.com and co-founder of InsertEyeRoll.com
- Morra Aarons Mele, founder of Women Online
- Shireen Mitchell, founder of Digital Sisters, Inc. and Tech Media Swirl
- Tinu Abayomi-Paul, editor of WomenGrowBusiness.com
- Elianne Ramos, host of Latinos in Social Media Twitter party and founder of Speak Hispanic
- Allissa Richardson, founder of MojoMediaWorks.com, journalist, and professor
- Liz Scherer, founder of Flashfree: Not Your Mama’s Menopause blog, health journalist, and marketing and social media strategist
- Aliza Sherman, author, digital strategist, web and social mobile pioneer, and founder of Mediaegg
- Marcia Wade Talbert, Tech Editor and Multimedia Content Producer at Black Enterprise
- Ericka Tinsley, founder of The Swarthy Suite, Fro-Fi Collective, and Chocolate Chat Atlanta
- Ronnie Tyler, co-founder of BlackandMarriedwithKids.com and Tyler New Media
- Ebony Utley, author, founder of TheUtleyExperience.com, Ms. Magazine blogger, and professor
- Amy Vernon, digital strategist, founder of Women Tech Unite! Facebook Group, freelance writer, and General Manager for Social Marketing for Internet Media Labs
- Gloria Ware, founder of Black and Into Green blog
- Veronica Woods, founder of BookYourChairSolid.com and MySalonScoop.com
2013 Digital Sisters of the Year
- Ayna Agarwal, Co-Founder of she++
- Valerie Aurora, Co-Founder of The Ada Initiative
- Leticia Barr, Founder of TechSavvyMama.com
- Boni Candelario, Author and Founder of CoachMUp.com
- Claudia Chan, Founder of ClaudiaChan.com and S.H.E. Summit
- Eva Chen, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky
- Cheryl Contee, Co-Founder of Fission Strategy and JackandJillPolitics.com
- Sybil Edwards, President of DC Web Women
- Lizz Fassbender, Co-Founder of The Capital Area Fashion & Beauty Bloggers
- Marie Forleo, Author and Founder of Marie TV
- Mary Gardiner, Co-Founder of The Ada Initiative
- Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and President of AllStarCode.org
- Rachel Sterne Haot, Chief Digital Officer for New York City Government
- Ellora Israni, Co-Founder of she++
- Chloe Jeffreys, Founder of ChloeoftheMountain.com
- Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour
- Angelica Perez-Litwin, Founder of and ELLAInstitute.net and NewLatina.net
- Natalie Lue, Author and Founder of BaggageReclaim.com.uk
- Lacey Maffettone, Co-Founder of The Capital Area Fashion & Beauty Bloggers
- Janel Martinez, Founder of AintILatina.com and Tech Editor at Black Enterprise
- Ellen McGirt, Senior Writer for Fast Company
- Mitzi Miller, Author and Editor-in-Chief of JET
- Denene Millner, Author and Founder of MyBrownBaby.com
- Jessie Nuez, Founder of TheWiredFamily.com
- Patricia Patton, Founder of BoomerWizdom.com
- Damarys Ocana Perez, Director of Editorial Content for Latina
- Allison Peters, Social Media and Digital Strategy Manager for ABC “Scandal” Actress Kerry Washington
- Corvida Raven, Founder of SheGeeks.net
- Reshma Saujani, Founder of GirlsWhoCode.com
- Deborah Shane, Founder of DeborahShaneToolbox.com
- Joyce M. Sullivan, Professor of Social Media and Communications at Baruch College
- Lovisa Williams, Co-Founder of Digital Diplomacy Coalition
- Nelly Yusupova, Founder of Build Your Social Media Footprint Bootcamp and TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs
Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify Empowerista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.