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Create For Yourself First

MJ Coppola is a published poet, storyteller, podcaster, and mental wellness warrior. MJ lives by the quote, “We are all just walking each other home” by Ram Dass. It is her belief that we are all in this life together, and everyone should have access to the space, support, and information needed to complete their own spiritual awakenings. MJ coaches others on how to find their inner creative warrior and helps them find out exactly what they are made of. She is an amazing space holder and incredible resource finder for all things mental wellness. She is a passionate cultivator of peace and vulnerability through story, meditation, and creativity.

What are your art forms?

Poetry, Storytelling, and AI Art

What has been the most important lesson you have learned through your creative expression?

Creation for creativity's sake. It’s for me first… then for the world. Create what comes and share without attachment. It’s a hard lesson and I’m still learning it every day.

If you could offer one piece of advice to other creatives out there, what would it be?

Create your art for you. Creation is such a huge tool in the arsenal of mental health and emotional stability. And creation comes in so many forms that anyone can find an outlet and use it for themselves. The outcome of the art does not matter… your mental state does first. Then work from there.

What energizes you?

Being able to help others find their healing tools. Writing and poetry are mine and there are SO many beautiful tools for self-collection out there. It’s almost blissful to watch someone’s heart finally open for themselves.

What matters to you?

Self-actualization and self-acceptance. I spent so much of my life trying to be someone else. Trying to put on layers of makeup for others. It was only when I started to strip away the things that no longer served my peace that I really started to heal myself.

What drives you?

The mystery of what is to come. Change is such a wonderful motivator. Ironically though it is also one of my biggest holdups. *laughs* The knowing is much easier than not knowing. But what fun is that even if it is scary?

What do you stand for?

That humans are multi-faceted and beautiful in all their forms. It’s hard to label somebody one thing or another because there are just so many pieces of everyone. I find that for years in society we tend to put people in a box. And the reality is we are all going to the same destination at the end of the day and we can appreciate something about everyone even if it is hard. There’s a lesson in everything and everyone. Bc “we are all just walking each other home” - Ram Dass

What is the difference you want to make with your creative expression?

An opening of one’s self. I do truly hope that one day everyone can find the very best and worst pieces of themselves without self-sabotaging judgment.

What do you do for self-care?

Journal. Journal. Journal. Writing is hands-down my favorite self-care thing. There are tons of other things that I do as well like walks in the woods, cuddle time with the dog, self-guided spa days, and time in conversation with my friends and family. Writing seems to be the thing that I always go to first.

Is there anything you would like to share with readers that is not mentioned here?

Life is not always easy…. Find some people or someone (friend, therapist, Coach, interest group) that you can be you with. There are people out there who want to help. You’re not alone. You’re loved… even when you don’t think you should be. You are. 💜

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