Dec
21

REWIND: Storytelling + Discovering Your Identity in Wellness with Zuri Adele

If you’re like me, then you’re still reflecting on that amazing episode we had with Taylor Elyse Morrison on being discerning of how we use our screen time. Ep 114. Thinking about the way we lean into self-care while also doing the things – like working, living, and decompressing from the day. And it really ties into this motivating conversation with Zuri Adele (actress + storyteller) I had a while back.

As we’re looking at who we want to be in the new year, it’s helpful to reflect on our experiences and the things we have accomplished in this time. What lessons have we learned and how are we using them to own our story and our identity in this world? Especially when it comes to the wellness industry, which is full of essential tools for our well-being, yet surrounded primarily by whiteness. Consider this more food for thought in this already thoughtful time we’re all in.

Zuri  is an actor, currently known for her portrayal of Malika Williams on Freeform’s “Good Trouble.” She is an alumna of Spelman College, UCLA’s school of theater, film, and television, and the British American Drama Academy, and a former acting teacher at both the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls in South Africa and UCLA.

Before “Good Trouble,” Zuri performed on many stages with Georgia Shakespeare, the SITI Company of New York, and the UCLA MFA Acting program. She is passionate about wellness, access to education, and social justice, Zuri launched and oversees the Zuri Adele Fellowship for HBCU Alumni, which provides support for HBCU graduates pursuing their Master of Fine Arts degrees in theater, film, and/or television.

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ZURI ADELE

I’m still learning, but I’m just adding to the toolbox and then sometimes taking things out. But I can definitely tell the difference in my energy, and it requires me to be really honest about what’s working and what’s not. Just paying attention in the same way to what’s going on inside of our bodies in the same way we pay attention to what’s going on in social media. Like, “scrolling” through my body more than how much I’m scrolling through social media.

In this episode, we talk about..

  • How to hold space for one another and cultivate community
  • Being in spaces where you can be your authentic self
  • Creating intentional wellness practices 
  • How different wellness practices shape our lives
  • The foundation of how to take care of yourself first

Resources:

MINDFUL TAKEAWAYS:

  • You can find your people by pursuing what’s right/aligned for you
  • when it comes to wellness- be around people as you authentically are
  • there are alternatives to romanticizing what harms us
  • there is power in replacing ‘but’ with ‘and’, because everything is a teacher

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