Nomi, what are you FOR?
Introducing the first edition of our “What are you FOR?” campaign; where we partner with talented creators to highlight the daily routines and activities that allow them to show up FOR something larger than themselves.
We couldn’t think of a better person to kick things off with than the talented Nomi Leasure Lusana. She is the creator of Peek Mag, an online magazine dedicated to exploring love, sex and relationships in the 21st century.
To be a voice that helps navigate life in these emotional times, Nomi must first show up for herself. As the old adage goes, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’.
Here is a ‘peek’ at some of the ways Nomi recharges before leading the charge for women far and wide.
I have always been a voracious reader. For me, books present the ability to transport into other worlds and return ever so slightly altered. So much of who I am, the life I've lived can be attributed to the books I was reading at various points in time. As Lemony Snicket said, "It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.
Self-reflection was truly taught to me by my mother, who is a social worker and therapist. I was always encouraged to look inward; to understand the part my own emotions played in the situations I found myself in or my relationships with other people. The ability to sit in one's uncomfortable inward mess, alone and silent, is so necessary.
I've kept a journal since the fourth grade; always a composition notebook. It's truly the only thing I can write in. I have a stack of composition notebooks in my closet, each uniquely collaged according to that past Nomi's taste and visions. There are probably over twenty, and the stack keeps growing. A journal is where you, after some practice and sticking with it, reveal yourself to yourself.
I'm a hedonist, no doubt about it. Life is meant to be savored and enjoyed at every moment possible. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not granting myself some small or significant indulgence. I like to treat myself like a guest in my own home, in my own life. It starts with being gentle with myself, with maintaining a sense of humor at my own expense, and in viewing life as essentially an odd and fascinating theater of play.
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