Happy June Digital Sisters!
This month Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Lean In and Build Your Empire.” How are you serving as CEO of your life in 2014? What does CEO mean to you? What is your empire? How are you building it?
Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Empirista. Check out the Empirista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.
An Empirista is a woman who thinks of herself as CEO of her own corporation, ME, Inc.; maintains an entrepreneurial mindset; and gives birth to ideas and transforms them into businesses, economies, institutions, networks, and organizations that add value to people’s lives. If you identify with one or more of the Empirista’s characteristics, please check out the Empirista 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 Empirista 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.
Empirista Collage by Ananda Leeke
I am a woman whose time has come as an entrepreneur, trailblazer, thought leader and pioneer. I am amazing in motion, taking aim, and leading by example. Carpe Diem is my mantra. It helps me start something that matters. It reminds me I got the power. So I own it. I can do what I love and love the rewards. All I have to do is focus, dream it, plan it, and do it. I can take it to the next level when I think outside of the box, act boldly, spark a change, and have fun. Being confident and taking risks makes me unstoppable. I build, adapt, develop diverse perspectives, plot the future, and even make mistakes. I own my tomorrow now!
Empirista’s energy is connected to the:
§ Root, or first, chakra which corresponds to survival issues including food, shelter, money, and financial independence. It governs the feet, legs, bones, and spine.
§ Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.
§ 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.
§ 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.
Wear or surround yourself with the colors red (first chakra), orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), and indigo blue (sixth chakra) to connect with Empirista’s energy.
Wear or surround yourself with garnet or ruby (first chakra), amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), and lapis lazuli (sixth chakra) gemstones to connect with Empirista’s energy.
Empirista is connected to the following goddesses mentioned below.
§ Atira, the Pawnee Native American goddess of the earth; Coatlicue, the Mexican goddess of the earth; and Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth (first chakra)
§ Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)
§ 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)
§ 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 each pose):
Practicing mountain, warrior two, standing forward fold, and bridge poses (first chakra); bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide-angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); and bridge, child’s, downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and standing half forward bend poses (sixth chakra) can help you connect with Empirista’s energy.
Badge designed by Dariela Cruz
During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Empirista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Empirista virtual mentors.
2012 Digital Sisters of the Year
- Julie Diaz Asper, co-founder of GigCoin and Social Lens Research
- Melody Biringer, author and founder of The Crave Company
- Kimberly Bryant, engineer and founder of BlackGirlsCode.com
- Majora Carter, founder of Startup Box: South Bronx
- Ana Roca Castro, founder of Latinos in Social Media and Premier Social Media
- Angie Chang, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Shaherose Charania, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Ella Gorgla, founder of I-ELLA
- LaShanda Henry, author and founder of Black Business Women Online and Multiple Shades of You Online
- Kelly Hoey, co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile
- Deborah Jackson, founder of PlumAlley.co and JumpThru, and co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile
- Jory Des Jardins, co-founder of BlogHer
- Danica Kombol, co-founder and managing partner of Everywhere
- Wen Wen Lam, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Sian Morson, founder of Kollective Mobile
- Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer
- Veronika Sonsev, co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile and founder of inSparq.com and Women in Wireless
- Shivani Sopory, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Lisa Stone, co-founder of BlogHer
- Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, author and President of Spelman College
2013 Digital Sisters of the Year
- Brenda Bazan, Co-Founder of Moola-Hoop.com
- Gina Bianchini, Founder of Mightybell.com
- Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Co-Founder of TheDigitalBrandArchitechts.com
- Rebecca Enonchony, Founder and CEO of Apps Tech
- Kathryn Finney, Author and Founder of DigitalUndivided.com
- Shana Glickfield, Founding Partner of Beekeeper Group
- Donna Harris, Co-Founder of 1776
- Sejal Hathis, Co-Founder of GirlTank.org
- Nancy Hayes, Co-Founder of Moola-Hoop.com
- Cat Lincoln, Co-Founder of Clever Girls Collective
- Natalie MacNeil, Author and Founder of SheTakesontheWorld.com
- Patricia McGuire, President of Trinity Washington University
- Stefani Pomponi, Co-Founder of Clever Girls Collective
- Danae Ringlemann, Co-Founder of Indiegogo.com
- Tara Roberts, Co-Founder of GirlTank.org
- Melanie Spring, Founder of Sisarina.com
- MJ Tam, Founder of Chicagonista.com
Cover Art by Dariela Cruz
Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood book (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 the Empirista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.
AnandaLeeke.com logo by Madelyn C. Leeke
If you are in Washington, DC on June 18, plan to attend the DSN June Meet Up and Book Signing for Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lettie Gooch, a high-end specialty boutique for women, 1517 U Street, NW, (located on 15th and U Streets, two blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green/Yellow Line Metro). Click here to register for the event.