Turn your passion into your purpose. Show up each day, presently, fully, w(hole)heartedly, scars and all because you overcame. You are here to fulfill all the love and light that’s been placed in your heart.
We are continually trying to exist, live, and love in a world that doesn’t always show its love for us. Part of this existence means: learning to un-learn unhealthy coping mechanisms; learning how to turn past historical, ancestral, and personal traumas on their heads, upside down, and inside out to then lift it up as something changed and transformed; and finally, re-learning how to love.
So how do we get there? When something has inevitably changed our inner heartscapes, we can heal those ruptures through “heartwork” – finding your passion, using your gifts to ignite sparks of healing in others, and ultimately living revolutionary love. Each of us has a story to tell, gifts that we were born with, and a light we were destined to share with the world. Learning how to render your heart on the page, stage, or canvas can provide lifelong tools to processing so that we can keep the fires of our lives burning so that we cannot just survive, but also thrive.
Tanaya Winder is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, vocalist, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She graduated from Stanford University and her first book Words Like Love was published in 2015. Tanaya founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company.