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This podcast is about releasing the burden of Black trauma and embracing creative ways to heal and recharge. On it, Jomil Bell and Keith Marcel share stories from American Griots that affirm, inspire, liberate, and restore you.
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Juneteenth Love

Juneteenth Love

2021-06-1836:01

In honor of our Freedom Day aka Jubilee Day, Juneteenth, we have a fun bonus episode to share! We sat down with Hillary Vee: Co-founder of the Green Book of Tampa Bay, host of Podcast Pedagogy, Diversity & Inclusion practitioner, and a volunteer leader for Outdoor Afro.Join us for some good laughs and a lot of Black joy! And make sure to stay subscribed so you don’t miss our upcoming launch of Season 2.Episode RecapWhat is JuneteenthSt. Pete Proclamation for a county-wide holidayRallying around this moment in time to celebrate our freedomFree-ishShowing Up in All the WaysTranslate into ActionWays to Release BurdensCelebrating Black JoySupporting Black BusinessGetting Out into NatureCloud 9 OutdoorsOutdoor AfroYogaGrowing & Nurturing Plants/GardeningHunting & FishingBeing mindful of what we’re putting in our body is an act of personal healingBreaking Down Mind Drama to Try New Things Alternative ways to healEmbracing UncomfortabilitySharing is CaringSubscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Get in Touch> You can always find us at www.theamericangriot.com> Ready for a reboot? As a Whole Wellness Coach, Jomil can help you get unstuck and find your path to whole health. Our listeners are invited to receive a complimentary coaching session by going to www.jomilbell.com> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Keith consults with startup founders to design and deploy experiences that engage and convert. Learn how he can help your business at www.culpergroup.co or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Finding the Good in 2020

Finding the Good in 2020

2020-12-2835:551

It’s so easy to focus on what went wrong, but today we’re focusing on everything that went right with 2020! In our Season II Finale, we take time to reflect, recharge, and find a whole lot of good so that we can walk into 2021 with gratitude and abundance!If you want to join the conversation, head over to @theamericangriot now and send us an IM. Thanks everyone! Let’s dive in.Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> You can always find us at www.theamericangriot.com> Ready for a reboot? As a Whole Wellness Coach, Jomil can help you get unstuck and find your path to whole health. Our listeners are invited to receive a complimentary coaching session by going to www.jomilbell.com> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Keith consults with startup founders to design and deploy experiences that engage and convert. Learn how he can help your business at www.culpergroup.co or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Call and Response

Call and Response

2020-11-2442:49

Hey Tribe! So many of you gave a lot of really great feedback on 5R! @meisha.b.1101 said “Gurley girl...I have to apologize for not following sooner! Because baby listen, episode 10 got me ready to shout at work!!! THANK YOU!!”No, @meisha.b.1101, thank YOU!! We heard you loud and clear. So this episode is dedicated to our tribe. The 5R Method gave you all something to think about, offering new perspectives and practical tools to build the successful lives you’re working so hard for. It also caused many of you to reflect and come up with more questions you want answered. So, in this episode, we’ll be responding to some of the comments questions from the American Griot tribe!If you want to join the conversation, head over to @theamericangriot now and send us a DM. Thanks everyone! Let’s dive in.Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> American Griot Wale, ft. Kelly Price in “Sue Me”, said what we all are thinking right now, “Sue me; I’m rooting for everybody that’s Black!” We all should be rooting for each other. But know this, Keith and I are always rooting for you even if it feels like no one else is! Oh, and if you haven’t already seen the official video, you HAVE to check it out!> American Griot Rapsody, winner of BET’s Lyricist of the Year Award, is the coldest female rapper of this generation! #YeaISaidIt. In addition to “Nobody”, her catalog is too long and too dope to ignore. If you don’t know her already, do like Radio Rahiem said and “Wake-Up!” > Our Black American stories have been told through our American Griot musicians for generations. We are so grateful for the ones who’ve come before us, like Hip Hop legend, Notorious B.I.G. who influenced the culture and made the world listen to Black stories. As American Griots, we pass on these stories to our next generation. So, to our young griots in training, we remind them that “Sky’s the Limit”!> We mentioned that “happiness” comes with false promises, bought and sold like a commodity. This article breaks down why western societies like America may be doing more harm than good when it comes to avoiding negative emotion.> No matter what trauma we go through, it offers something we can grow through. I love how Jazmine Russell tells her story and how healing from her trauma helped her to redefine happiness and see it in a more meaningful way! > What’s the 5R Method? This is the proven approach we’ve used to redefine success, release the burden of trauma, and execute in ways that are inspired and on purpose.Step 1: Ready - Be Ready to See the TruthStep 2: Reframe - Reframe the Way You Harness EmotionStep 3: Reflect - Get 100% Real with Honest Self-ReflectionStep 4: Remove - Remove Things and Thoughts That No Longer Serve You  Step 5: Reprogram - Reprogram Your Mind > You can always find us at www.theamericangriot.com> Ready for a reboot? As a Whole Wellness Coach, Jomil can help you get unstuck and find your path to whole health. Our listeners are invited to receive a complimentary coaching session by going to www.jomilbell.com> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Keith consults with startup founders to design and deploy experiences that engage and convert. Learn how he can help your business at www.culpergroup.co or connect with him on LinkedIn.
The 5R Method

The 5R Method

2020-11-0946:11

In the last episode, we challenged the ideas we hold about what it means to be successful. And we really encouraged you to get curious about whether your definition still serves you. In this episode, we break down our 5R Method. It’s the process we’ve used personally and with our clients to redefine success for ourselves. This is the step by step guide that helps us to move beyond our limitations and manifest success in ways that are meaningful and fulfilling.Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> Drake and Trey said it best when they said, “I just wanna be successful” in their official video. I feel like this is the goal everyone is reaching for. The key is learning how to define it for yourself so you don’t get caught in the trap. The 5R Method we share tells you exactly how to do that!> Aaliyah and Timberlake’s “Try Again” reminds us that it’s not about getting it right on the first try, but it’s about dusting yourself off and never giving up on the pursuit. > What’s the 5R Method? This is the proven approach we’ve used to redefine success, release the burden of trauma, and execute in ways that are inspired and on purpose.Step 1: Ready - Be Ready to See the TruthStep 2: Reframe - Reframe the Way You Harness EmotionStep 3: Reflect - Get 100% Real with Honest Self-ReflectionStep 4: Remove - Remove Things and Thoughts That No Longer Serve You  Step 5: Reprogram - Reprogram Your Mind >Many people are often hijacked by the rigidity of their minds. And when our perception becomes too limiting, we get stuck, unable to flow in a way that brings balance and peace into our lives. I mentioned this Taoism video called “Be Like Water in the episode because it gives some great insight to the way we could benefit from seeing success differently.> You can always find us at www.theamericangriot.com> Ready for a reboot? As a Whole Wellness Coach, Jomil can help you get unstuck and find your path to whole health. Our listeners are invited to receive a complimentary coaching session by going to www.jomilbell.com> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Keith consults with startup founders to design and deploy experiences that engage and convert. Learn how he can help your business at www.culpergroup.co or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Redefining Success

Redefining Success

2020-10-2641:20

Have you ever felt like you were in a race with no finish line? Running as fast as you can, in what feels like circles, grasping to reach a constantly moving goal? And the more you grow, the more you convince yourself that you still need to go further? Have you ever stopped to consider whether your definition of success really serves you? We’ve all been there. Many of us are there right now. That’s what we’re talking about today. What does it mean to be successful in America and as Black People? What’s the price and how much are we willing to pay?Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> Dave Chappelle is one of the most prolific American Griots of our time. He’s not just a comedian, but he uses his art and his platform to tell stories that make us laugh, think, and grow. Check out his full length interview on CBS This Morning and an amazing collage of thoughtful moments here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ClkRA2XQrY&feature=youtu.be&t=140. > After Skool is a super dope YouTube channel that has all kinds of videos that make you reflect and consider life from a different vantage point. We mentioned the Thoth prophecy in this episode, so we’d highly recommend checking out the full clip.> This WSJ article talks about why, decades after the civil-rights movement, Black people still seem to be hitting a ceiling on their rise to success. Only 1% of the CEOs running America’s top companies are Black. Keith and I share some of our thoughts about this, but we encourage you to read it for yourself. > As we endeavor to tell a more full story of our history, we often cross-reference many resources, but here are a few. We hope that something we said about the creation of Race sparks your curiosity and inspires you to dive deeper into researching more of our collective history.Indentured Servants in the US - PBS.orgInventing Black and White - Facinghistory.comFirst Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts - MassMoments.orgFirst Enslaved Africans Arrive in Jamestown Colony - History.comThe Story of Race: A History - YouTubeHow American Invented Race - YouTube> You can always find us at www.theamericangriot.com> Ready for a reboot? As a Whole Wellness Coach, Jomil can help you get unstuck and find your path to whole health. Our listeners are invited to receive a complimentary coaching session by going to www.jomilbell.com> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Keith consults with startup founders to design and deploy experiences that engage and convert. Learn how he can help your business at www.culpergroup.co or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Voting While Black

Voting While Black

2020-10-1240:20

Why do we vote? Does our vote really count? Is voter suppression really still a thing? These are all questions we’ve heard over the last few months. During a time like this, when we are less than 30 days out from a historic and critical election, we dedicate this episode to answering them and many more. We break down an easy to understand timeline of the Black voting experience, pitfalls to look out for as you prepare to vote this November, and we help to clear up a lot of confusion that can leave voters feeling stuck or unsure of how to protect their vote. We're going to share a ton of resources to help you navigate the mess and make sure you are able to make your sacred vote count!Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> Representative John Lewis was a Veteran Georgia Congressman who was a dedicated career pioneer in the Civil Rights in Movement in America. He tells his first hand experience at the 2012 Democratic Convention. Our stories have a lot to teach us because they remind us of what to look for as we continue on our journey for growth and innovating. > Ballotready.org is a one stop shop voting resource that allows you to check your registration, request your ballot, and research the candidates and amendments on your ballot. If you plan to early vote, but want to confirm your early voting dates and polling location, go here → https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/> RollingStone magazine interviewed Spike Lee, Public Enemy and Branford Marsalis as they reflected on the relevance and impact that ‘Do The Right Thing’ still has 25 years later.> Nurture Your Divine Spirit with 12 Spiritual Tools and Practice https://www.unity.org/resources/practices. This week we reflected on the therapeutic and impactful nature of the spiritual tool, Social Action. It looks different for everyone, but we all have a voice that matters. We invite you to explore your most authentic and meaningful ways to keep showing up. > The Running Anthropologist is a podcast dedicated to exploring the culture of running and movement as therapy and is hosted by our good friends, Mark & Meghan Lane-Holbert. They are showing up for the practice of social action by dedicating a “5k A Day” run to the lives of those who we’ve lost in 2020. Each day during the month of October, they will be requesting names and dedicating a day of running to meditate on the lives of those loved ones as a way to reflect on how they might embody change as a running community. We will be running (Jomil will be bike riding) in honor of her father, Milton Wells, on Oct 30th! Join us in the spirit or offer your own name to the list here → https://www.runninganthropologist.com/2020/> You can always find us at www.thegriotspodcast.com> Ready for a reboot? As a Whole Wellness Coach, Jomil can help you get unstuck and find your path to whole health. Our listeners are invited to receive a complimentary coaching session by going to → www.jomilbell.com> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Keith consults with startup founders to design and deploy experiences that engage and convert. Learn how he can help your business at www.culpergroup.co or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Surviving 2020

Surviving 2020

2020-09-2839:151

We’re back ya’ll! We missed you so much! We’re sorry for the long break, but it was necessary and in this episode, we catch you up as to why. Being Black in America in 2020 has been a whole trip! This episode is about seeing all that we’ve survived and finding the stories that give us hope and healing so we can continue pressing forward. Finding those stories doesn’t only mean focusing on the ones that make us “feel good”, but rather, opening ourselves up to the full complexity of our whole story and deciding what we’re going to make it mean for ourselves.Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> Chris Webber gives his insight on the real life responses that Black people are having to trauma as a result of the “COVID bubble” and the constant televisation of Black killings.> Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a lot more to say in his last speech than what has been commonly promoted. He reminds us of our right to protest for right!> Nurture Your Divine Spirit with 12 Spiritual Tools and Practice https://www.unity.org/resources/practices. Let’s take one per week and explore how it might recharge us! We’ll be sure to share our experiences and definitely look forward to hearing about yours!> You can always find us at www.thegriotspodcast.com.> Ready for a reboot? As a Whole Wellness Coach, Jomil can help you get unstuck and find your path to whole health. Our listeners are invited to receive a complimentary coaching session by going to www.jomilbell.com.> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Keith consults with startup founders to design and deploy experiences that engage and convert. Learn how he can help your business at www.culpergroup.co or connect with him on LinkedIn.
Lessons for Life

Lessons for Life

2020-03-0940:28

Today, we’re talking about how to find your purpose. Many people struggle with this either because they are burned out and just don’t have the energy to think about it. Others simply don’t know where to start. We have an amazing guest, Dr. Tammi Green, who shares her story about how to find and fight for your purpose. In surviving the heartbreaking loss of her mother, she gained the courage and clarity she needed to chase her true passion and build her legacy in ways she had never imagined before. Last episode, we talked about the road to discovering your passion. Today, Keith and I go back in the day and share our own stories and the lessons we’ve collected along the way. With hindsight being 20/20, we are going to highlight the paradigm shifts we've had to make—some we needed to release and some we needed to embrace. In our coaching and consulting, we find that most people hold on to outsized or outdated ways of engaging the world simply because they haven't been offered a new perspective. So we're going to share the tools and insights that we've found to be most effective in navigating, and enjoying life so you can feel more healthy, happy and whole.Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> Ready for a reboot or want to some 1-on-1 coaching to reverse the effects of stress and heal your whole you? Register for a complimentary session with Jomil. Go to www.jomilbell.com to register. > Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Let Keith show you how. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
Today, we’re talking about how to find your purpose. Many people struggle with this either because they are burned out and just don’t have the energy to think about it. Others simply don’t know where to start. We have an amazing guest, Dr. Tammi Green, who shares her story about how to find and fight for your purpose. In surviving the heartbreaking loss of her mother, she gained the courage and clarity she needed to chase her true passion and build her legacy in ways she had never imagined before. Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:> Today’s intro featured “Roses” by Meagan McNeal. Check her Greatness out on IG @meaganmcneal or download this amazing piece from her site.> Nicole Williams’ article, S/o to The Griots was featured in our Gratitude Jar! Read the full piece on her blog, Dancing Over 30 and find more of her amazing stories and life lessons for how to live your life without losing your passion!> Climbing Poetree does the type of poetry that makes you reconsider your entire LIFE! They have been writing, speaking, and changing lives for almost 20 years. You have to check them out at http://www.climbingpoetree.com/ or on IG @climbingpoetree.> Dr. Tammi Green, our featured interview dropped so much knowledge and inspiration, it’s ridiculous. Follow her work and access her support either by going to any of these places: FB: Get Fit Sis // Youtube: Get Fit Sis // Website: embracetoempowerwellness.com> Ready for a reboot or want to some 1-on-1 coaching to get unstuck and find your passion? Register for a complimentary session with Jomil. Go to jomilbell.com to register.> Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Contact Keith by going to: keithmarcel.com.
Declutter Your Life

Declutter Your Life

2020-02-1040:011

Today, we’re talking about how to find your purpose. Many people struggle with this either because they are burned out and just don’t have the energy to think about it. Others simply don’t know where to start. We have an amazing guest, Dr. Tammi Green, who shares her story about how to find and fight for your purpose. In surviving the heartbreaking loss of her mother, she gained the courage and clarity she needed to chase her true passion and build her legacy in ways she had never imagined before.Subscribe & Review Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on Apple Podcasts. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is.Links mentioned in this episode:> Black National Anthem by @ceresiasworld on Youtube> Marie Kondo - KonMari Decluttering Method> Jomil’s Coaching Program: Total Energy Transformation 90-Day Intensive> Keith’s New Business Launch Kit: keithmarcel.com
Decolonize Your Diet

Decolonize Your Diet

2020-01-2739:221

How you ever felt crowded by your own stuff? People, ideas or things that seem to have piled up and gotten in the way of you moving forward? Sometimes, you just need to declutter and move some things out of your way. In this episode, you’ll see that decluttering isn’t just for cleaning! You can use this ninja tip practically anywhere. And once you do, you’ll start to see exactly how to make more room for your dreams.Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is.Links mentioned in this episode:> What the Health Documentary on Netflix> GameChangers Documentary> Shae’s Cafe on IG @shaes.cafe> www.jomilbell.com> www.keithmarcel.comFollow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/theamericangriot
BTS… Black Traumatic Stress! Yea, we said it. We’re going there. In this episode, we break down the misconceptions around stress, trauma and the undeniable impact they have in shaping our stories. We explore the various definitions of trauma, our unique experiences with it as Black people, and then dive into the ways we personally navigate the daily microaggressions that trigger stress in our lives.Lessons LearnedLesson #1: Stress is something that prevents you from functioning in the way you used to. It’s a chronic disruption of connectedness; impacting how you experience and embrace the world around you.Lesson #2: Contrary to popular belief, we all have choices in how we process and move through stress. Your very first step is mindfulness. Pay attention to how you presently respond to stress so that you can determine whether those responses still serve you and if they are habits you want to continue.Lesson #3: We have to give ourselves permission to feel because there are no bad feelings; and all of them are necessary to our evolution as humans. When we develop our emotional toolbox, we can equip ourselves to cope with and overcome trauma.Lesson #4: We discuss the paradigm shift from “dis-order” to “response” because we are not broken just because our stories carry trauma in them.Lesson #5: The things you see in your relationships that you want to change are often the things you need to change within yourself. Our internal reality creates our outer form.Lesson #6: Handle yourself with compassion and patience as you open yourself up to your story so that you can fully experience and appreciate the odyssey that is your life.You’re going to walk away with so much inspiration and insight from this episode.Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode. Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is.Links mentioned in this episode:> Mastin Kipp Podcast> Dr. Vessel Van Der Kolk> www.jomilbell.com> www.keithmarcel.comFollow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/theamericangriot
What's a Griot?

What's a Griot?

2019-12-3138:37

In this episode, you’ll find that a griot is a storyteller; the keeper of oral tradition and the one who helps to pass the culture forward. We take a trip down memory lane to share some of our own stories and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. We also get to sit down NPR's Chief Diversity Officer, Keith Woods Sr., who's also Keith’s dad. Listen as we tap into a century's worth of his stories!Woods spent 16 years inspiring people to feel through the stories he wrote and edited for the Times Picayune in New Orleans. A former sports writer, he then worked his way up to become the first Black city editor. At the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, he trained professional journalists on ethics and diversity in reporting and personal essay writing. Woods is also a podcast lover and contributor on the NPR podcast, Code Switch.Here is a preview of the lessons we share in this episode:Lessons LearnedLesson #1: Start taking advantage of the ease and access that technology gives in respect to preserving your story. Woods says, “As human beings we don’t start appreciating the value of this until significantly later in life. And at the point that you start thinking, ‘Oh! That might have been important to preserve’, then it’s too late”.Lesson #2: Everyone has a story worth telling. One of my favorite quotes from him on this is, “How many people have written a story about teaching their child to ride a bike?...Everybody. But nobody has ever written mine.”Lesson #3: Don’t take the ordinary moments for granted. Not every experience worth telling is rooted in trauma. As we learn to notice and tell the ordinary stories, we begin to see how much more fulfilling and satisfying our lives really are.Lesson #4: “The more personal a story becomes, the more universal the lesson.” If you can get down close enough to the details of your own story, not only will it liberate you, but it will also inspire others to do the same.You’re going to walk away with so much inspiration and insight from this episode.You’re going to walk away with so much inspiration and insight from this episode.  Subscribe & ReviewAre you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, we want to encourage you to do that today. We don’t want you to miss an episode.Now if you’re feeling extra loving, we’d be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!Links mentioned in this episode:Write Your Heart Out personal story writing coursewww.jomilbell.comwww.keithmarcel.comFollow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/theamericangriot
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Hive Triber

Are you still watching!?!?!?! YES! Moment by moment, allowing the grace for new movement! All of this!

Jan 17th
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Hive Triber

I was always told if we do not learn from history, we will be doomed to repeat it. I love this gift of being able to hear (hi)stories that will amend and clarify my story. Griots honor our history by shining a light upon our past so the path before us is illuminated. And if we can look back with clarity, we can move forward encouraged.

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