brave honesty // Truth Tribe interview: Samantha Kira Harding
Phoenix soul, are you brave enough to live your dreams . . . even/especially when countless obstacles rise in your path?
What happens when you choose instead to numb those dreams, to stifle them and ignore the very heart of you?
Samantha Kira Harding is a creative warrior: a champion for fellow souls who deal with chronic pain or illness, low income, grief, depression, and more. Samie has seen it all in her own life . . . and instead of hiding it, she's courageous enough to spill her story in hopes that she'll inspire even one other person.
I've been a fan of Samie's for many years. In fact, she was one of the first artists I discovered online when I was fresh out of college, striving to find my identity as an artist in the "real world." Samie's tenacity and truth-telling have always inspired me to choose authenticity, both in my artwork and in my life as a whole.
Samie's life has been far from easy. She has survived and thrived with fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue syndrome for seventeen years. She's also become an advocate for mental illness awareness, following her own experience with grief and depression.
No matter what obstacle rises in her path, Samie finds a way to scramble around, over, or through to the other side. She is one of the bravest women I know.
I'm thrilled and honored to welcome Samie to our Truth Tribe. Her interview in our BRAVE issue is filled with both grit and grace, sharing her signature style of artwork and her compelling story.
Samie says that creativity has saved her life. I asked her to share more about that. Here's part of her reply:
Opening up and sharing her story has been a big part of Samie's healing and growth. Phoenix, is it time for you to drop your own defenses? Could you tell one person (a trusted loved one, a dear friend, or a supportive counselor) your truth?
Hiding and making yourself invisible never makes the problem go away. When you stifle your true self, you are smothering what makes you who you are. Yes, that includes when you are in pain!
You deserve to be heard, seen, respected, loved, and supported . . . in all your ache AND in all your joy.
And if you aren't quite ready to tell your story to anyone else? Love, please trust your own inner voice. Turn to the page, the canvas, or any safe creative space and spill your truth . . . smear color, scribble words, scratch through it all and start over, and even burn a note if it feels right (and you do it safely, of course!).
Trust your own revealing.
Raise your voice.
Tell your truth.
with deep love & respect,
PS: Have you joined our free soul-tribe? This is a safe space where you can let your true self out to breathe. We honor you. We rise, together.