On Not Asking For Permission and Listening To Our Hearts with Tessa Fleming

Disruptions With Purpose

May 8 2021 • 33 mins

In this episode, we speak with Tessa Fleming, a filmmaker, director, teacher, mother, and artist.

This is a conversation about what it takes to live a life that you want.  How to be able to step outside of our current way of thinking to take bold steps into doing something that makes us feel alive.

We talk about shifting perceptions about what we’re told how things ought to go, and boldly saying no thank you, that's not for me and going in a completely different direction. It's about giving ourselves the permission to do the bold and wild things we want for ourselves and to see in the world.

Tessa recently premiered a short movie called Us Time which you can watch for free.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Motherhood.  Being in harmony vs in balance.  Disrupting the notion that we need to sacrifice everything, including our creativity for our children.
  • Feeding creativity now, not waiting for someone to give us permission to do what our heart desires.
  • The power titles have over us and the notion that we can create any title we want for ourselves and intentionally questioning if past titles assigned to us are serving us today.
  • Rethinking the brick and mortar way of educating kids.
  • The role a deeper belief in something bigger than ourselves plays in helping us to take bigger leaps and risks.

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  • Watch Us Time (https://vimeo.com/512288106/15ff3d6236)
  • Tessa's biggest life-changing book A New Earth by Ehart Tolle
  • Tessa's most important book for her motherhood journey and moving into a more mother centric culture: The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson
  • Marian Woodman: The Pregnant Virgin: a process of psychological transformation

About Tessa:

Tessa is a budding writer/director who started her professional life as a high school English, ESL and drama teacher. Tessa has lived and worked aboard, most memorably in India, on a mobile library driving through rural townships checking out books and delivering programs alongside local librarians to enthusiastic readers. It was here where her love of working creatively and collaboratively with others was solidified. Tessa loves stories and loves telling them. Us Time is her first film. Tessa lives in Guelph with her partner Daniel Grant and their two sons.