14 Day Power Girl Challenge
At the beginning of this month of February, I decide to take on the Blogilates “Power Girl Challenge.” Everyday, for 14 days you would do a pose, snap a pic, use the hashtag (#) and describe what the #hashtag meant to you.
First of all, I was amazed in myself for actually following through the challenge. In the past I have tried other challenges but I never was successful. I think the reason why I was able to keep this one up was because I had to describe what each #hashtag meant to me. It was easy for me to relate to reach #hashtag to a story, issue or cultural aspect in my life. The greatest part of this challenge however, was the people who shared a moment with me. I had a few people message me or come up to me at events, to tell me about how I was such an inspiration, or how my words offer them encouragement. Its the little things like this which makes me happy because I’m helping others out there to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not a perfect person but I do try my best to help others. And I hope my stories encourage you to go out there and be an inspiration to others as well.
One last thing: EDUCATE yourself on Indigenous Issues. I had at the honor of being apart of “International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier” and “Stand-Out to Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier” in Albuquerque, NM. I was able to use this challenge (Day 5-6) as a way to bring awareness to the Peltier issue. Don’t be afraid to take a stand and do what’s right. FREE PELTIER!
Please visit: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/
or call Obama 202-456-1111 to Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier!
Day 1: “Self-Love/Power Girl Crush”
I love all 5 ft, 112 lbs of my Indigenous female self. Including all my stretch marks, scars, cellulite, rolls & flaws. I am a single mother. I am dance performer, model, writer, advocate & front end supervisor. I struggle with depression & anxiety. I was abused & raped. I am a survivor of genocide. I am a lady warrior. I am Lady Yazzie. I am Asia Soleil Yazzie. I am “The-One-Who-Lives-Here-and-There.” #PowerGirlCrush
Day 2: “Get ready here I come”
Since November I’ve been feeling down & I mean really down. And last month I had my breaking point but with prayers & finding my determination, I fought back once again.
#GetReadyHereICome and here I come with the fierceness of a Diné lady warrior. I come with the prayers from my family & friends, my ancestors, my Holy People & my Creator God. I come with love & humility. I come with a “Dream to Make Believe.”
Day 3: “Reach for it”
Once was only playtime to a tiny 7 year old, she is finally living her dream of being a dancer. That tiny girl was me, 21 years ago. One morning I said “I’m going to be a dancer” and I put my dream into the universe of God’s hands. Now, I’m traveling, performing & doing what I love. I made my “dream to make believe” & I haven’t stop working on creating new dreams.
We all have dreams & goals we want to accomplish right? So I ask you today to #ReachForIt! Don’t be afraid to fall & make mistakes! It’s part of the learning process & it’s only going to make you stronger & wiser. I can’t tell you the times I doubted myself or failed but I made it this far. So go out there… Be fearless! Push beyond you comfort zone! Be a warrior! Reach for your dreams!
Day 4: “Get uncomfortable”
When I first started modeling in 2012, I was uncomfortable because I didn’t have much experience in posing or walking. After the first run through, I gained the confidence & inner strength to keep going. If I wasn’t uncomfortable I don’t think I would have enjoy it has much as I do.
Being uncomfortable isn’t scary, so don’t feel afraid when you start to feel that way. Being uncomfortable means you are pushing beyond your comfort zone, boundaries & limits to become a better, stronger & wiser person. #GetUncomfortable
Day 5: “Super star/ Free Peltier!”
“To heal will require real effort, and a change of heart, from all of us. To heal means that we will begin to look upon one another with respect and tolerance instead of prejudice, distrust and hatred. We will have to teach our children-as well as ourselves-to love the diversity of humanity….We can do it. Yes, you and I and all of us together. Now is the time. Now is the only possible time. Let the Great Healing begin.” -Leonard Peltier. An American Indian Activist & Super Star. #FreePeltier
I am a #SuperStar because I am a survivor of genocide. I have the blood of my ancestors, warriors, medicine people that came before me which gives me strength to fight against injustice & violence we face as Indigenous Peoples.
Day 6: “Hózhó (Balance)/ Free Peltier!”
Difference. “Let us love not only our sameness but our unsameness. In our difference is our strength. Let us be not for ourselves alone, but also for that Other who is our deepest Self” -Leonard Peltier #FreePeltier
As a Diné individual who abides by my culture, we are taught to embodied the idea or philosophy of Hózhó which is striving #Balance & harmony. As human beings we constantly in the border between health & sickness, good & evil, happy & sad, light & dark, but without the 2 parts there can be no balance. We must work with all living things around us, it be in physical world with humans, animals & nature and/or with the spirit realm, the Holy People & Creator, in order to achieve Hózhó (balance & harmony). Having the sameness & differences is the balance & helps us become stronger as Peltier mentioned.
Day 7: “What makes me unique”
#WhatMakesMeUnique is I am my own person. I’m often told that I am unique from those around me. However, I believe it is in my family, friends & Creator who made me unique.
Day 8: “This is why I’m strong”
“I am strong because I’m a mother beyond all else.” -Lady Yazzie (Asia Soleil Yazzie) for Save Wįyąbi Project.
My son JP, is the greatest blessing I have ever received. #ThisIsWhyImStrong because my little fireball made me strong. He’s is the reason why I’m able to overcome all that endure because at the end of the day my son is all that matters.
Day 9: “I am not afraid”
#iAmNotAfraid to love, to dream, to laugh, to dance, to live. And to be true to myself.
Day 10: “True Beauty ”
Hello my Beautiful Dreamers! I would like to mention something, beauty comes in all shapes, sizes & forms. #TrueBeauty comes from the inside out. Show your true beauty from the heart, not from your physical appearance. You can have the most beautiful physical feature(s) but if you have an ugly heart, your good looks have no value. There’s no greater beauty than having a beautiful heart. So go my Beautiful Dreamers be beautiful inside & out!
Day 11: “Go get it! ”
If you truly want something bad enough you will #GoGetIt! You will set goals & standards for yourself to achieve what it is you want. Once you find your passion, your journey begins & your life begins. Believe in yourself & good blessings will come your way.
Day 12: “Grounded”
When I first asked my dad where I came from, he told me I was made from the dirt. I didn’t believe him, so I asked my grandparents & they said you came from the dirt of Mother Earth. In my 4 or 5 year old mind it made no sense. But they where telling the truth.
In my Diné culture, when a child is born, we keep & bury the umbilical cord near the home. We do this because it gives the child a sense of belong to where it is they came from. It’s because of that I am #Grounded & deeply rooted to my Mother Earth who gave me my identity as Diné woman.
PS: This is our family Hogan. And my grandpa was my photographer
Day 13: “Stretch Beyond”
I am not the most flexible person when it comes to certain movements or situations. However, I do my best to #StretchBeyond my limits to achieve my dreams & to do what is right. This means I am growing as a person & becoming a better version of myself than I was yesterday.
Day 14: “Jump for Joy! ”
I am done with my 14 day Power Girl Challenge. I #JumpForJoy for I have actually completed this challenge. Today I also jump for joy because I know I am loved by my family, friends & those who passed to the spirit world. From the bottom of my heart & soul… I love you
PS: My shirt rocks lol! #MusclesAndMascara