If you are looking to do some self reflection and learn how to be sweeter to yourself Raveen Alexis has the event for you; Positive Self-Talk. Raveen recently completed her fourth successful installment of Positive Self-Talk, our own Justina Hay got the chance to interview Raveen and attend the event, check out her words with Raveen and re-cap of Positive Self-Talk.
"I walked into the art studio for Positive Self-Talk not knowing what to expect. The room was warm and welcoming, with bean bags, pillows, and chairs filled with people chatting, sipping on the mimosas and munching on the fresh fruit provided.
Solange "Cranes in the Sky" was playing softly in the background. I didn't know a single person in the room, but everyone was so welcoming. I ended up sitting next to an aspiring blogger rocking some dope New Balances and we introduced ourselves. We began Positive Self-Talk with meditation, letting thoughts slowly drift out of our minds and following breathing instructions from our breathing instructor and host of the event, Raveen Alexis. Then we opened our journals.
Raveen instructed us to write down our goals and dig deep into how we can turn our negativity towards ourselves for not quite accomplishing them into positive affirmations as we move forward. We had brief intermissions between journaling to discuss our writings with fellow attendees. Ideally the thought of sharing your goals with complete strangers would seem awkward, but the energy in the space was so amazing it made you feel comfortable sharing and receiving positive feedback, ideas, and suggestions. A key component of positive self talk is transparency so Raveen didn't allow for anyone to be afraid to share. We encouraged, shared, laughed, and connected.
It was a very surreal moment. Shedding all of the bad energy and emerging with new ideas, new confidence and a new positive voice. After sharing our last journal entry we ended with meditation, this time with one positive thought allowed in our mind as we let all of the negative energy drift away. I stopped by the Good Life Organics table to purchase the "Glow"mango and chia seed skin balancer smoothie and a "Berry Fresh" Antioxidant Overload smoothie. The owners explained their lifestyle change and how it encouraged them to start making smoothies by studying how different foods we eat can benefit our skin and bodies.
Once the event ended most of the group lingered around a bit to introduce themselves and share their passions, careers, and endeavors. I got a chance to meet with the other attendees, be invited to future events, exchange contacts, and explain Hustlegrade and our mission. I admittedly walked in with the weight of uncertainty and doubt, and left the studio feeling light, confident, enlightened, and eager for the road ahead. Overall Positive Self-Talk 4 was an extremely fulfilling experience that I look forward to attending again in October!"
Hustlegrade: What is your definition of Positive-self talk?
Raveen Alexis: My definition of positive self talk is exactly what it is; we are the person that we hear from. We are our worst enemy and our worst critic. Discipline is good, but we don't do enough encouraging ourselves. It is being able to encourage yourself with the things you tell yourself. Instead on being down on yourself tell yourself that you did a good job.
HG: Who is your target audience for these events?
RA: Really anybody. In the first one I was kind of reaching out to all Houston creatives, writers, journalist, bloggers, but after having more than one I realize everyone needs this no matter what your walk of life is. I had one Positive-Self talk and a woman brought her husband and two kids, because she felt that comfortable. Mostly anyone that feels they need to be there should be there.
HG: What inspired Positive Self-Talk?
RA: I was having a convo with friend a while ago and she was telling me all the different strides she was making in building her business, but she would still say i'm not working hard enough. I suggested why don't you take some time to celebrate because some people aren't able to reach those steps that you did. I also wanted to make my vision tangible and encourage people personally and not just through the web. Every process is something I've gone through personally and had to reflect myself. We all need to appreciate ourselves and not be so down on ourselves.
HG: What do you hope attendees gain from Positive Self-Talk?
RA: I just want them to know they have the power to heal themselves. If they don't have resources to release like a counselor, therapist, family or friends that they can rely on themselves. You can journal and reflect, you can rely on yourself and be more patient with what you feel. I want to encourage them to be more motivated to write things down and learn that you can heal yourself. I want them to become more interested in self care and more aware of themselves. They don't have to look outside of themselves for healing, encouragement,and reflection.
HG: What is your mission?
RA: My mission is just to inspire people to be their best selves, to follow their dreams, and be okay with the process. I want people to understand being yourself is okay with every emotion, every feeling. It is okay to write about it or blog about it. I want to inspire people to be more transparent in every step they take to becoming whoever they want to be in their life.
HG: How people find out more information on Positive Self-Talk?
RA: They can find out more on my website theraveenalexis.com. I post a lot of blogs on there often. They also can follow my social media Twitter is @theraveenalexis,on Facebook The Raveen Alexis, and on IG raveenalexis. I post frequently so you can stay updated by checking out my website or my social media pages.