Episode 47 — Cultivating Connection Creatively with Morgan Harper Nichols

What does connection mean to you? From the early days of Black Girl In Om, our consistent and unwavering core has always been this incredible community. Connection is at the heart of our lives as human beings and in this podcast conversation, Morgan Harper Nichols is sharing more on what that means to her. Through her incredible artistic endeavors, Morgan offers a voice to people across the globe in visually stunning, incredibly intimate, and emotionally relatable experiences for all of us to connect with intentionally. Join Black Girl In Om Founder, Lauren Ash and Art Director, Deun Ivory for this inspiring chat on the beauty of divinely led creation. This conversation unfolds between these creatively connected women and reminds us of the power, the love, and the release we can all find as we align + ascend to our highest selves. As Morgan shares so beautifully in this episode, your story is always part of anything you’re putting into the world. You just have to figure out how to do so in a way that feels right for you. And when you do? Know that this community is *always* in your corner, cheering you on as you find your way.

Catch more from Morgan through her website and experience her work through her various social channels. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest and submit your own story to connect to this beautiful imagery + poetry from Morgan. Want even more? Subscribe here to receive updates from Morgan to keep the inspiration flowing daily.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT

  • A collective moment to appreciate life, beauty, and artistry in Los Angeles

  • How nature speaks to Morgan’s journey as an artist

  • The evolution of Morgan’s natural inclination to document her observations, feelings, and thoughts in her life

  • A self-care practice that we love that’s also inspired Morgan for decades

  • How childhood wounds can affect our relationships over the years

  • One particular practice to reclaim confidence when reckoning with imposter syndrome

  • The way vulnerability plays into Morgan’s work + helps to create a truly safe community space

  • Some entries directly from Morgan’s platform that resonated strongly with her + why

  • The important intersection with creativity that inspires Morgan to thrive

  • A method of sustaining self to keep your energy + joy at the forefront

  • One simple, but major update you can make for your self-care journey today to help you say yes to yourself

  • How to connect and share your story with this amazing artwork

  • The blessing of perspective Morgan receives from this work

  • A poem that speaks to the current season of life Morgan is sitting in right now

Look at my DNA: I was made for the sun. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

My “why” is connection. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

Stories connect us. When I am able to connect with someone, I feel that on a soul level. I feel what I didn’t feel for a long time in my life. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

I have to remember how far I’ve come. I have to remember what I’m doing right now I didn’t think I was capable of just a few years ago. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

One of the things I am passionate about is merging wellness with the arts. — @deunivory click to tweet

On creativity: Whatever you’re putting out there, you are in that. Your story is in that. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

What can I just give organically? — @morganhnichols click to tweet

This is what fuels my creativity: people’s stories and seeing myself in their stories. That is what fills me. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

My self-care has to begin with the word no. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

On the other side of no is an exhale. It’s a deep breath. — @morganhnichols click to tweet

You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. — @HelloLaurenAsh click to tweet

Having a community oriented space means we are constantly engaging with people and their narratives and their stories. You take those burdens and those stories on and you try to make something beautiful out of it. — @deunivory click to tweet


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