I love hearing your mind. You have a different and bold view on things. Not only that, but you give explanations of why you think that way. I don’t always agree with you, but I still love hearing what you have to say. It allows me to consider things I didn’t think about before and decide how I feel about something. You make me question my why.
My favorite part is the journey. You take me on a journey of "no return" which is empowering. No return to the world as I knew it! I love traveling “with you.” It triggers thoughts within me. You challenge my views of the world, which makes me a better human.
GREAT job and I 100% agree with your amazing, up front and very clear view /description of what happened to you and what kind of nonsense people say to allow compromise with the subject you covered in "Breaking Silence".
Brave stance! Thank you for standing up for what's right. Unless you go with the followers of culture, rather than a leader for truth, mercy and justice, you will be opposed.
I applaud you for speaking out about what happened and not accepting bullshit excuses for his behavior. The world needs more people like you. It restores my faith in humanity. Keep being you, and don't ever stop fighting for what is right. You make a difference to every person who knows you, sees your images and reads your blog. You touch their lives for the better. I'm so happy that I have had the privilege to meet you. You have definitely touched my life. Thank you for that :)
Sending big hugs and warm wishes your way :)
Just got your email/newsletter. Wow - I have to tell you, you’re the most ballsy, authentic, soul-seeking personality I think I’ve ever met. You’re fearless, girl! Honestly, I read your “stuff” with interest and a little bit of fear. I think it’s because you call people out on life and choices and it makes us think! I applaud you. “When we go to our limits, our limits expand”, and when I get a dose of you and your writing, my limits go in all sorts of twizted directions.
XO - Cheers!
Your work reveals your amazing vision, strength, courage and determination … I hope you will continue to delight us … never resting on your laurels. I can't wait to see what you do over the years to come.
All the best.
Your strong thoughts seem at odds with what one would expect given your cultural background and where you grew up. It’s a dichotomy that makes your voice even more interesting. There is no female passivity with you.
I value that you have a very strong poignant voice. And you always back it up. You are a good example and role model for how to speak candidly.
You choose very interesting topics and you don’t shy away from them. I admire you for that. It always makes me go Hhhmmm. And then I think – Do I want to do something about this?
When we went to the restaurant, you shared passionately about the impact plastics are having on our oceans and wildlife while respecting my choice to use a straw. However, since then, I’ve been noticing more articles about plastics online and have been rethinking my use of straws.
PS—I love the title Twizted Trophies, and I’ve never (until now) thought of it like the way you put it: writing “Save Trees” on chopped up trees!
Believe me when I say that you really shifted my perspective this last week. I had been complaining to girlfriends about being single “forever” and never being able to find “him,” and blah blah blah. And like a badass, your blog (You Complete Me) swooped right in when I was feeling most self-pitying with the reminder that who cares, today is all I’m guaranteed anyway, and I am enough.
THANK YOU. It is so refreshing to remember this.
I am so sorry this happened to you! But I am really glad you shared it! I am going to let my soon to be 16 year old daughter read it. I want her to know that if a man puts her in this position, even if nothing physical happens, she still needs to report him.
Asha, what wonderful things to read! The part about having freedom to be yourself really resonated with me. I am working on extending the thought to let people around me be who they need to be and not try to control them or be judgmental. I remember you fondly and am so happy to see that you are happy. Sending love,
Wow! Wow again! Usually I don’t care too much about pictures. I prefer my mental, personal photomap. But your "Uganda-album"... it really touched me!!! The human like emotions on the great apes, the hand on the bars, and the million things YOU see (but actually don’t see) every day: a man, a woman, a vern, a goat or a rooster. You made them come alive!!! Thanks for sharing sister!
I want to thank you for your soul, your conscience, your spirit and your VOICE. Daily I feel bombarded with voices that don't represent the ideals I thought we all stood for as a nation, as humankind. That feels dark and makes me incredibly sad and anxious for the world.
Then I read your blogs and I remember that there are people who care -- about animals and people -- and the future of our planet. Your voice amplifies mine, and for that, I say thank you. Your voice is crucial as we attempt to break through the darkness. Your passion is deep. Your eloquence is refreshing and edgy, and most importantly, you are helping us all look in the mirror.
Like Gandhi said –“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
You are often on my mind. I read all your newsletters, browse your website often and have been forever a loyal fan. I have silently been cheering for you and your success! I’m overjoyed to hear of your very Twizted Artist Reception at Off Madison Ave. I am there in spirit! I'm thinking about you, and love your work, and the You.
You continue to amaze me with your writing, Asha! Very raw, emotional and brutally honest. Thanks for sharing…
Thanks for creating thought provoking art that’s defined, and yet, open for interpretation. Your work makes me stop, look at what you put in front of me and ask myself – what am I doing? Do I need to do something different? When I read your blog, I can feel it. That’s impactful!
Your podcast on divorce made me understand that I need to take care of myself. I was too busy trying to be a martyr for others and neglected to take care of myself for years. And your article “You complete me” screamed at me saying - Get off your ass and do something about it! I learned that I am responsible for my own happiness. I’ve made changes to my life and am working my way to being more happy thanks to your work.
You and I aren’t so different after all in terms of how we see things. We might use different language or operate from a different framework. But I’m inspired by your passion for righting wrongs and speaking up fearlessly for those who have no voice.
I like hearing about the things you're putting out into the universe.
I am so sorry, but not surprised, to hear about what happened in Greenland. I agree with you 100%! I just had a long talk with my husband about the saying "boys will be boys” and how insidious it is. Of course he claimed that I needed to take it all in context and understand that moms use it very innocently, but I was adamant that he didn't understand how that perpetuates this entire culture around men having no responsibility to control themselves.
So glad you were able to get out safe and sound and are now sharing your story!
Beautiful, confronting, honest and so beautiful.
Love you heaps
What a body of work! You have a great eye … And thank you for so articulately sharing your painful experiences in an effort to spark a conversation that will change our culture to appropriately value women.
What a read. Needed it! Had to be honest with myself as well, and it can be very difficult when all the brainwashing from the external world is pressing you without you realizing it. Thank you for sharing your insight and for sharing your love and happiness in abundance as always! You are one of a kind and I am happy I know you!
Thank you for making us all better humans :)