This is the question I’ve been asking myself for about six months now….I can remember the exact moment that Beautiful Forces, the idea was born. But, since that moment, she has been a bit unwilling to be defined (a lot like her maker….me) ….She was born in a moment of personal frustration. I wanted out of a job and into a life that let me live in alignment with my beliefs and passions. And, notice, PASSION is plural….cuz….that’s important. I am not a one cause, one idea, one path kinda person. I am insatiably curious about many things and the topics can change in an instant. The one thing that has never changed, however, is my desire, dare I say “calling”, to use my talents and my voice to do what I can to make life a little more bearable for others.
As a daughter of a Pentecostal minister, my childhood was filled with the intrigue of missionary work and reaching out to those in our own town who needed help. I have been in the worst of impoverished communities and in them had the best experiences. I owe my father a great deal in creating the heart of who I am today by “dragging” me along with him on his own missions and exposing me to the idea that all people are the same where it counts….in their souls. And, all people, deserve LOVE.
I like to say that LOVE is my religion. I believe that LOVE is all there is….that LOVE is a verb….and that the world can be changed with LOVE.
Add this belief to my ridiculous curiosity or “need to know” and you get someone who is addicted to documentaries ….seriously…you should see my Netflix queue! I watch documentaries about nature, the cosmos, and adore TedTalks, but above all I watch documentaries about people who are suffering around the world. I don’t just “watch” them….I live them. I feel what the women in Nigeria are going through who suffer from serious lack of maternal healthcare. I cry for the kids in the Mississippi Delta who have little to no access to food, let alone education. I mourn for those who are in refugee camps. In other words, I take it seriously! But even I, the documentary fiend that I am, found myself in a place where I could not watch one more documentary about people suffering…my heart just couldn’t take it.
In walks Beautiful Forces….she decided that she would like to come into the world as a documentary that focused on positivity and encouragement….on BEAUTY and TRANSCENDENCE. She wanted to gather examples of people who have lived in oppressed situations, environments, or conditions, but who have transcended all of it through some sort of creative expression….dancers, singers, fashion designers, artists….and put them in one film and share HOPE with the world…to show others how they too can improve their lives….and together they would be BEAUTIFUL FORCES. This documentary remains her true mission.
But, since then, she has gone through a lot of growing pains…who is she…what would be the best way for her to make an impact…what tactics and platforms should she use….and if you have been watching, you have seen some of the metamorphosis she has gone through. It’s been a lot of fun watching her….guiding her….letting her get really far out there and then reigning her back in. I hope you have enjoyed the ride as much as I have. The journey continues….never fear…there is more growth and change to come.
For today, though, Beautiful Forces has settled into adolescence and has a mission to inform, inspire and impact oppressed populations through documentaries, speaking platforms, and creative programs. We aim to help others focus on how to turn their LOVE into ACTION through Activism Consulting offered to individuals, schools and corporations.
It’s a perfect way for me to be able to remain committed to my religion of LOVE and also to satisfy my insatiable need for new ideas. I am so honored that I am getting to know YOU and your dreams and hope that through this blog and our other work, I can inspire you to become a BEAUTIFUL FORCE and we can all transform the world together!