Essence Revealed Come Move With Me!

Yes, Essence Revealed is back from Milan & has a new cyber home!!!

www.theessencerevealed.com

I am prepping some cool blogs & new pictures from my European adventure, a new product review from Toy Closet which I am so excited about (who comes up with this stuff???), classes, discussions about the world of sex, sensuality & sexuality and more.

I’m giving you all here one of the first heads up ūüėÄ ¬†Thanks for hanging out with me over here.

Go ahead and get signed up on the mailing list and join the RSS feed so you don’t miss a beat!

See you there!

http://www.theessencerevealed.com

ESSENCE REVEALED¬†–¬†Essence Revealed is first generation Bajan born & raised in Boston. ¬†She got her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and MA at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. ¬†Her writing has appeared places such as $pread Magazine, Corset Magazine, BurlesqueBible.com and 21st Century Burlesque. ¬†She’s been published in three anthologies:¬†Pros(e), Prose & Lore 2,¬†¬†& ¬†Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chicken Hawks. ¬†She now performs & teaches nationally and internationally both solo and with Sweet Spot. ¬†Her favorite thing to do besides reading is to lay on the beach in Barbados to rest up for a night of calypso dancing.

28 Hours Left of Indiegogo to Milan Fund!!!

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!!!!THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

That’s me shimmying in gratitude & appreciation! We met the¬†Indiegogo¬†Goal over the weekend :-D!!!

There are ONLY 28 HOURS left to donate.

I know there are things on my to do list I’ve been trying to get to for a few weeks now. So, this is a gentle reminder that if you were planning on giving, you only have hours left to do it.¬†Gah head and get it out the way ūüėȬ†because airline prices have gone way up since I researched 45 days ago.

This is the last update and I truly just wanted to take the time to say Thank You for helping me to practice the lessons of receiving as well as asking. These are concepts that I understand intellectually, but that make me feel truly outside of my comfort zone in practical application. The encouragement & support I got during this campaign has pushed me through another level of growth. For that I will be eternally grateful.

So, Most Humbly & Sincerely, THANK YOU,
Essence & The Milan Burlesque Awards Fund Team

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ESSENCE REVEALED¬†–¬†Essence Revealed is first generation Bajan born & raised in Boston. ¬†She got her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and MA at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. ¬†Her writing has appeared places such as $pread Magazine, Corset Magazine, BurlesqueBible.com and 21st Century Burlesque. ¬†She’s been published in two anthologies:¬†Pros(e)¬†& ¬†Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chicken Hawks. ¬†She now performs & teaches nationally and internationally both solo and as a member of Brown Girls Burlesque. ¬†Her favorite thing to do besides reading is to lay on the beach in Barbados to rest up for a night of calypso dancing. ¬†Help Essence get to the Milan Burlesque Awards!

INDIEGOGO TO MILAN

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THANKS SO MUCH!!!

I REACHED MY GOAL OVER THE WEEKEND!  And there are still 4 days left to give!

Every share, dollar, newsletter mention, interview, tweet, hug, cheer lead, etc, etc, etc made it happen.  I THANK YOU SOOO MUUUUCH!

I am going to be re-locating to my new website soon! ¬†Head over to http://www.theessencerevealed.com to get a sneak peek ūüôā

Much Hugs, Essence Revealed

Gratitude Filled Link-A-Palooza

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Hey, hey, hey,

Whew! Thank You all SO Much!!! With the¬†donations that were given¬†in person (Yes, I will come get the donation if you don’t like doing the online thing) and online, I am about halfway there with about a week to go!

If you could find a spare second to let people know it’s happening, I’d be so even more grateful than I already am (if that’s possible).

Support has come from some unexpected places. This weekend I performed on the Robin Byrd (of Debbie Does Dallas & Cable Access fame) Live Show & was given much love. ūüôā I could write all day about the people who have shared the link and helped me get the word out but I know you have a life to lead so here’s a short list:

Jimi of Gureje in Brooklyn hooked up some fashions so I can be fly in Milan.

Thanks to Corset Magazine The Go To Magazine For All Things Sexuality) for including me on their blog.

Twanna Hines the Funky Brown Chick, I thank you so much for the shout out.

Amy Jo Goddard¬†(Justin “Bringing Sexy Back” Timberlake endorsed Sex Coach) big thanks for your support. She has a really cool¬†FREE CALL CLASS¬†TONIGHT April 23rd by the way!

Abiola Abrams, Dirty Lola, Yolanda Shoshona, Miles Maker (while deep in pre/production of a new film project), The Sweet Spot Crew (Team No Sleep), Sweet Lorraine , Eric Perl (the man with the camera cranking out the videos!  Who is avail for hire!!!), Swirl PR, The Toy Closet, Andrea Plaid, Guy Routte (You know why!) Brown Girls Burlesque, Red Umbrella Project and WAAAAY too many more to list.

Thanks So Much to EVERYONE who has supported this effort by giving, sharing or info on travel in Europe!

Only 8 days left. If you are planning on giving¬†please do. We’re on the anchor leg;-)

People have been so generous with me that I decided to pay it forward on my blog:
https://essencerevealed.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/where-to-donate-in-3-great-ideas/

Have a Great Rest of the Week! Thanks for reading Link-a-palooza!

MILAN BURLESQUE AWARDS FUND

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ESSENCE REVEALED¬†–¬†Essence Revealed is first generation Bajan born & raised in Boston. ¬†She got her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and MA at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. ¬†Her writing has appeared places such as $pread Magazine, Corset Magazine, BurlesqueBible.com and 21st Century Burlesque. ¬†She’s been published in two anthologies:¬†Pros(e)¬†& ¬†Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chicken Hawks. ¬†She now performs & teaches nationally and internationally both solo and as a member of Brown Girls Burlesque. ¬†Her favorite thing to do besides reading is to lay on the beach in Barbados to rest up for a night of calypso dancing. ¬†Help Essence get to the Milan Burlesque Awards!

Call Your Mom!

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I found out about the bomb at the marathon because a friend posted a link about it on my Facebook page.¬† My parents are visiting the states from Barbados.¬† They’re in Boston right now where I was born and raised.¬† One of my best friends lives in Boston and does the kind of work that could bring him to the marathon. Another high-school friend from there is a photog and could be there covering the event.¬† I still have friends that could potentially be at work near Copley also.¬† Heck, I’d just been there for a gig on News Years Eve and walked around at a parade before heading to perform at the party (a now eerie memory).

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All of these people flashed into my head at once.¬† I called my parents first even though I was pretty sure they wouldn’t be anywhere near there. “Oh, we just got back from BJ’s,” my Mom’s voice assured me.¬† I sent a double text to two close friends, put a post on fb & then clicked around to check on some people.¬† Thanks to the power of social media, I knew all my people were alright in just a few short minutes.

It got me thinking though, were they not alright, I would¬†have been a hot mess.¬† I don’t really like talking on the phone.¬† I’m a text-er. So, my Mom was recently giving me a hard time about calling so seldom.¬† I haven’t spoken to/visited one of those friends in a long time.¬† In New York, life is moving so fast.¬† I am moving so fast.¬† I am in love with almost everything I’m working on right now so I can get in the zone and stay there 12, 16 hours without pausing.

But yesterday served as a good reminder to me that I have to do better about connecting with my real life friends and family.  My heart goes out to everyone who was down there.  To even bear witness to something as awful as that has got to be painful.

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Why does it so often take some senseless tragedy for me to remember these things?

The moral of the blog (a note to self) is: Forget all the criticism about how the story is covered.  Who did what right and/or wrong, etc. etc. etc. and Call your Mom and everyone close to you as often as you can while you can!

ESSENCE REVEALED¬†–¬†Essence Revealed is first generation Bajan born & raised in Boston. ¬†She got her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and MA at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. ¬†Her writing has appeared places such as $pread Magazine, Corset Magazine, BurlesqueBible.com and 21st Century Burlesque. ¬†She’s been published in two anthologies:¬†Pros(e)¬†& ¬†Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chicken Hawks. ¬†She now performs & teaches nationally and internationally both solo and as a member of Brown Girls Burlesque. ¬†Her favorite thing to do besides reading is to lay on the beach in Barbados to rest up for a night of calypso dancing. ¬†Help Essence get to the Milan Burlesque Awards!

Female Empowerment

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When I was an undergrad I became a Sexual Health Advocate. ¬†Honestly, I think this is where my interest in helping people talk freely about sexual topics began. ¬†We were put through training and sent off on campus to do various workshops with different groups of fellow students. ¬†It’s there that I met Amy Jo Goddard. ¬†I secretly had a crush on her and her girlfriend at the time. ¬†I don’t know that I ever told her that. ¬†Hey, Amy Jo, if you’re reading out there, yes, it’s true :-). ¬†I got to lead workshops about safer sex, sex toys, contraceptive options and I even owned my own plastic speculum which I used in workshops about GYN exam related topics. ¬†We gave people tools to use when communicating about sexual topics with new partners. ¬†We taught ¬†facts and stigmas around STI’s. ¬†I even got to teach people how to put a condom on with no hands. ¬†Yes, I’ve been talking about sex with strangers for a while now.

I wasn’t studying anything having to do with human sexuality. ¬†I just was very interested in freeing myself from a very strict up bringing & healing as a sexual abuse survivor. ¬†I was fascinated by the fact that so many people seemed uncomfortable talking about sexual topics. ¬†Volunteering and community service was at the core of who I was. ¬†This was a perfect fuse of all these things. ¬†Amy Jo however was actually studying Human Sexuality. ¬†“How cool was that!” I thought.

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I had the opportunity to work with her in a play she wrote, produced and directed called Vulvalution. ¬†It is one of my favorite projects to date because I got to play a very butch character named Blue, *b-boy stance* ;-). ¬†I think it was around that time that she ¬†had a book called Lesbian Sex for Men coming out. ¬†We lost touch soon after that I believe. ¬†Then the Facebooks happened and¬†re-connection¬†happened and lo and behold she was a full-blown sex educating star-uh! ¬†She’s even been endorsed by Justin ¬†“Bringing Sexy Back” Timberlake. ¬†Whaaaaat?!?! ¬†Needless to say, this is a totally biased plug but a totally honest evaluation: ¬†Amy Jo Goddard is doing the dern thang.

She has a free class coming up April 3rd at 8pm EST:

Coming Home to Your Sexual Self… When You Didn’t Know You Had Left

Free Call on Wednesday, April 3rd with Amy Jo Goddard, Sexual Empowerment Coach
Register here.

It can happen so easily — when sex falls to the bottom of the priority list, when the relationship plateaus, when you look in the mirror and can’t remember when the last time was you had amazing sex, powerful orgasms, deep intimacy, and truly satisfying pleasure.

Or when something happens with a partner and you feel knocked off your center, disconnected from your sexual confidence and power.

Could this be you right now? Is it possible that¬†you’ve¬†left yourself somewhere along the way‚Ķ perhaps without realizing it?

My friend and colleague¬†Amy¬†Jo¬†is a sexual empowerment coach who does amazing work with women and couples on their sexuality and relationships. And she’s offering a free 75-minute call, no strings attached, for people who feel like they’ve gotten off track sexually and want to find their way back home to a place of radical self-love, authenticity, and openness to all the pleasure, abundance and rockin’ great sex that life has to offer. It’s called “Coming Home to Your Sexual Self… When You Didn’t Know You Left.”

What a great topic! ¬†To get on the list for this free call, go here. Come home, beautiful! It’s time!

ESSENCE REVEALED¬†–¬†Essence Revealed is first generation Bajan born & raised in Boston. ¬†She got her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and MA at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. ¬†Her writing has appeared places such as $pread Magazine, Corset Magazine, BurlesqueBible.com and 21st Century Burlesque. ¬†She now performs & teaches nationally and internationally both solo and as a member of Brown Girls Burlesque. ¬†Her favorite thing to do besides reading is to lay on the beach in Barbados to rest up for a night of calypso dancing. ¬†Help Essence get to the Milan Burlesque Awards!

Burlesque New York to Milan

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I decided to apply to the Milan Burlesque Festival. ¬†I did it mainly because I’ve always wanted to go to Milan. ¬†I really didn’t think I’d get in, so it never dawned on me to think about HOW I’d get there. ¬†So, when I got the e-mail that I got in I did a little happy dance then thought, “Oh well, too bad, I have to decline.” ¬†I told a few close friends & supporters and they all¬†said, “You have to go. ¬†Do a crowd funding campaign!” ¬†My brain got busy telling me how I couldn’t do that because it wasn’t for a charitable cause or a life changing invention or a huge production, etc. ¬†I am doing this despite those voices. ¬†I DESPISE asking for help. ¬†Yes, I know there has to be give and take flow in life but, but… ¬†I’m a multi-tasking Taurus who will burn the midnight oil if I have to because I know, I’ll get it done. ¬†Enter fears here. ¬†Enter trust issues here. ¬†Enter control freakishness here. ¬†Yeah, I know I have baggage and can label many of them quite clearly. ¬†They are not designer! ūüôā

Yet, here I am with 36 days left in a 45 day Indiegogo.com fundraising campaign.

I am asking if you can give and/or share the link and help me spread the word?  It would be so appreciated.

This video is especially for my New Yorkers ;-):

Please & Thank You ūüėÄ

ESSENCE REVEALED¬†–¬†Essence Revealed is first generation Bajan born & raised in Boston. ¬†She got her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and MA at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. ¬†Her writing has appeared places such as $pread Magazine, Corset Magazine, BurlesqueBible.com and 21st Century Burlesque. ¬†She now performs & teaches nationally and internationally both solo and as a member of Brown Girls Burlesque. ¬†Her favorite thing to do besides reading is to lay on the beach in Barbados to rest up for a night of calypso dancing. ¬†Help Essence get to the Milan Burlesque Awards!