What's Your Word

Onward to 2019

Marissa Southards

2018 is OVER *insert dancing moves and wahoo's here* Let's all take a BIG BREATH and leave all the negative bullshit in 2018 and move forward to 2019 with more knowledge about ourselves and a faithful promise to stay true to who we are and what we've learned about ourselves this past year.  2018 brought a lot of knowledge to TAP and revealed some things to me that I had suspicions of, but was finally able to confirm.  2018 brought TAP: The close of TWO cycles - A3 and A4. The creation of more merchandise based on what fans wanted...


Make Space

Marissa Southards

Let’s be honest – I haven’t done a great job of keeping up here, but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind lately with the movement this project is getting.  And through that, I get some really great questions.  I mean, really great.  And one that I get a few times is really – getting out of your way.  How do we even DO that?  How do we begin to move out of our way and remove our limits?  I recently got very stuck in my own way. There’s a short answer for everything.  The reader’s digest version of this...


Reflections on Words

Marissa Southards

Tags insights, inspiration, personal reflection

The Awakenings Project is a project that become very dear to me.  While I have spent years focusing on raising my children, activism, and my career, pursuing an artistic drive was always something I was truly afraid of doing.  I was so worried about what other people would think, or that I wasn't good enough.  Stepping into this project to express my creativity is, in all honesty, one of the most fiercest leaps I have taken in my life, to date.  As I close in on the age of 40, I could possibly look back with regret, but I will...


When Empowerment Meets Depression

Marissa Southards

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When Empowerment Meets Depression

Shared post from Patreon:  When I first began work on this project, I was incredibly visible.  Behind the scenes photos, lots of videos, random pics doing what I do.     I was so incredibly in love with the work.  The pure joy I felt in being a part of such a magical community defies description really. Watching the project grow was something I never really expected.  Of course, when magic happens - you just follow where it goes and flow with the evolution.   And evolution indeed happened.  What began as a means of working through some of my own...


Living Authentically

Marissa Southards

Tags insights, personal reflection, personal story, the awakenings project

Moving through each day now requires a balance that I never thought I would ever need.  In the past 39 years of my life, I’ve never questioned the “why”.  I’ve always been able to fully move through spaces simply knowing I would come out clean on the other side.  From ages was 19 to 22 was interesting, but that’s another post for another day. I realize now that I’ve been very blessed to have been through the life events I’ve been through and to have learned from them all, even though trauma may linger a little.  My friends have always...