An Introduction

Welcome to The Power and Passion Project, a home for women who are ready to take control of their lives. I’m Monica Evans.  I write, coach, run workshops, make lotions and potions, and read everything I can get me hands on.

The purpose of  The Power and Passion Project is to help women move from wanting and wishing, to actually having and achieving—in life, career, home. I believe that the world will change when women start taking better of themselves. I believe that women have been trained to take care of others, often leaving only the dregs of their energy for their own self-care. This is not helpful to women (or to our families, our careers, and to others on whom we want to make an impact).

The Power and Passion Project is for women who want to live on purpose. Women who know that their lives should be more than where they currently are and what they currently are doing. The Power and Passion Project is for women to want to be alive and live each day meaningfully. The Power and Passion Project is about stepping into a new way of being, and making the moves necessary to get you where you want to be.

The Power and Passion Project is about looking around and finally feeling fed up with the mediocrity of a C+ life, and women making the commitment to making positive progress towards extraordinary.

The Power and Passion Project is for women seeking freedom, abundance, connection, discovery, and joy.

I am devoting my life to helping women discover themselves, their passions, their ambitions and guiding them on a path to realizing them all.

I teach women how to get what they want out of life. I teach them to dig deeply within themselves to discover their gifts and find the best ways to share them with the world. I help women get out of their own way (and out of their heads) and start. I help women build resilience to show up and persevere for themselves.

If you are tired of feeling stuck…

If you are bored and restless…

If you are overwhelmed…

If you are a perfectionist…

If you are wound up in a fixed mindset…

If you are terrified of failure…

If you are worried about what they will think…

If you are tired of the bullshit…

If you are seeking a sense of direction and focus…

I made The Power and Passion Project for you. 

And for me.

I used to be that women that tried really hard to meet everyone else’s expectations. I did what I was supposed to do, rather than what I wanted to do.

I lost myself in relationships, only to come out the other side as a shell of myself.

I took jobs that I wasn’t suited for because I wanted the big paycheck.

I overstayed in jobs because I was scared to move on.

I didn’t ask for the right job because I was afraid that I was not ready.

I shaved off my sharp edges to fit inside someone else’s mold. And was then surprised by how crazy I looked.

I said yes when I should have said no.

I bought whole new wardrobes and changed my hair to fit in.

I found myself with WHOLE NOTEBOOKS of great ideas, paralyzed by the fear of failure (and success). Unable to move, but unable to turn off my brain.

I had a growing pit of envy and jealousy eating me from the inside out when I saw other people living their lives and growing into their potential.

It’s not fair, I thought. I could do that too…

But I didn’t “do that too.” Instead, I lost myself in food, books and self-help courses and I let too many year go by before I started.

And then one day, I decided that I’d had enough. I turned inward to discover how I really want to use my time and resources. I contemplated what I had to offer the world. I practiced and failed and succeeded. Then I looked around and realized that I was not alone. So many other women feel the same soul sucking malaise that I did. Stuck living a life that wasn’t horrible, but wasn’t great either. We were living a C+ life.

I KNEW that I did not want to die having lived a C+ life. And I don’t want that for you, either.

The Power and Passion Project is about being an A student in the School of Life. It is about teaching what I have learned over the past 15 years and what I am discovering every day. It is about sharing the tools and insights of my endeavors and being a mentor for others so they can leave behind the forest of mediocrity.

The Power and Passion Project is about breaking free from the inertia of standing in place and confidently launching yourself (your brand, your career, your life) in the direction of what is most important to you.

The Power and Passion Project is everything I wish I had known in my 20’s plus all the work I’ve done to be a better me in my 30’s.

At its heart, The Power and Passion Project is an exploration of self-care, focus, learning and commitment,—how will your life change if you commit to taking care of yourself as much as you take care of everyone else?

Join me, because life should be lived with power and passion.

A Prayer Poem

I witness women who are becoming.

I hold space for women who are coming into their own.

I live for women who change their lives.

I am committed to a higher profile.

Committed to your best life.

Commit to yourself.

Who Is A Womanist?

Alice Walker’s Definition of a “Womanist” from In  Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose Copyright 1983.

1. From womanish.  (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.)  A black feminist or feminist of color.  From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman.

Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior.  Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one.  Interested in grown up doings.  Acting grown up.  Being grown up.  Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.”  Responsible.  In charge. Serious.

2. Also: A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually.  Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength.  Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or nonsexually.  Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female.  Not a separatist, except periodically, for health.  Traditionally a universalist, as in: “Mama, why are we brown, pink, and yellow, and our cousins are white, beige and black?” Ans. “Well, you know the colored race is just like a flower garden, with every color flower represented.”  Traditionally capable, as in: “Mama, I’m walking to Canada and I’m taking you and a bunch of other slaves with me.” Reply: “It wouldn’t be the first time.”

3. Loves music.  Loves dance.  Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness.  Loves struggle. Loves the Folk.  Loves herself. Regardless.

4. Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.

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