I eagerly welcome you to a new edition of Creative Corner!
If you missed the previous banging interview with guest Alyssa Frayling then click here.
Today’s guest is yet another exceptional creative and I am so happy that I get to introduce them to you if you aren’t already familiar with them.
Rei is the founder of the blog Free Your Phire where she has taught others how to heal and adopt positive coping skills through her writing and poetry as Phire Free.
As a survivor and healer of trauma, Rei has used her journey to thrive through her pain, including healing beyond the murder of her father when she was just 15 years old. She was motivated to grow forward and assist others to thrive beyond their personal challenges and traumas.
Rei’s poetry collection “Commit To Healing” addresses her own lessons and triumphs while learning to cope.
This talented individual holds a Bachelors and Master’s in Psychology and with that has been a featured poet and speaker for numerous events in her communities, including Western Michigan University’s Suicide Prevention, and other community information programs.
She is truly inspirational and motivating for all the young people out there.
Rei has taught others how to heal and adopt positive coping skills, through writing and poetry.
Get to know more about her below…
What was the inspiration behind the title of your blog – Free Your Phire?
My poetry name is Phire Free, I’m free as an artist and activist, and after leaving an abusive relationship, I found love of myself in my freedom. My business is built around supporting survivors with finding their passion, their love, their voice. In essence, freeing their Phire.
What do you love most about writing?
I love expression and being true to my inner voice. I love breathing into my being. I hope that my blog opens opportunities for people to follow their truest selves into a space that is safe and free for them.
What are you hoping to achieve with your blog?
My Instagram has become a microblog for me, and I have a post about signs that you’re being Invalidated. That post requires everyone’s attention. It’s a deeper understanding of a place that I see too many people trying to figure out and that I think offers insight into struggles that we need to collectively tap into.
My Instagram can be found through my website: https://www.freephire.com/blog-1
Which of your blog posts do you think deserves more engagement than it originally got?
My Instagram has become a microblog for me, and I have a post about signs that you’re being Invalidated. I found this incredible audio to sync it with on Tik Tok by Dr. Kim Hires that explains trauma and recovery utilizing a work analogy.
A discussion on Invalidation requires everyone’s attention because we all need to understand the complexity of why work stress and trauma is significant.
We’ve allowed work to be such an impacting part of lives and our identities that companies and orgs decided that they could drop people during a pandemic, and they would be justified because people would endure and they could simply bring them back.
People lost major parts of their identities and their livelihoods. They lost much of their sense of security, some people lost it all. Everything.
For everyone that experienced that, they had to find peace in their storm. My post explains invalidation because there is nothing more invalidating than allowing someone into your life to grow, build, and change it for the better, and then they leave you in a storm; which is what we as a country have watched employers, our governments, and many of our “safety structures” do.
It’s a deeper understanding of a place that I see too many people trying to figure out and that I think offers insight into struggles that we need to collectively tap into.
It’s time to move this discussion forward. https://www.instagram.com/p/CQhLcOEntIo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
What do you think are “must-have” skills for writers and bloggers?
I think writers and bloggers alike need to understand that we’re constantly evolving, and we should encourage our friends and following to move and grow with us. We need to offer ourselves compassion in not being able to answer everything right away and to be intentional about what we find engaging and re-energizing. We are struggling, but our struggles help others find their pathways, and for many of us, that’s who we are. We need self-compassion.
What do you struggle the most with when it comes to content creation?
My struggle is ever-evolving. I struggle with harmony and challenge. I finally realized that I have seasons, and my purpose revolves around the sun as I do. I finally embraced that my writing season, my speaker season, and my administrative seasons are not year-round, and finding a place in a culture built completely different, has given me the ability to learn how to properly harmonize my skillset and awareness.
I’ve had to learn it’s not me.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
I am: Position: Regina- Queen Purpose: Rei- Light Passion: Phire- (Fire) passion
Who are your 3 favourite writers or bloggers?
I have an eclectic taste, and I love the bigger picture, so all of the bloggers I follow wear many different hats and blog/vlog with clear intentions. They’re inspiring to watch.
I love vibin’ with Achickwitbeatz because she loves what she does and brings an entire mood to her work.
What do you think the best promotion method is for writers and bloggers to reach their intended audience?
It’s about the plan, and growth is a marathon, not a sprint. Plan what you want your network to look like and stay with it.
It’s best to have a supportive network to cross-market platforms. Strategize as best you can, and be open to bartering.
Why should we subscribe to your blog?
My writing is eclectic and I love sharing inspiration for others. Come for the inspiration and stay for the positivity you get to embrace.
Please be sure to check out the blog Free Your Phire and subscribe if you like what you see.
You can find more of her work and her book Commit To Healing here.
I hope you guys have had a blast here on the blog today getting to know Rei (Freephire). Please like this post down below and leave those lovely thoughts in the comments.
Huge thank you to Rei for taking the time to be a Creative Corner guest. This has indeed been an interesting interview.
Subscribe to my blog for future blog posts.
Have yourself a lovely day and I’ll see you next week for a brand new post.
Ciao for now…