What an honor and a privilege it is to welcome a new year, a rebirth, surrounded by light and love. In rebirth, I find God, I find Universe, I find the Source. A reflection of my Soul's core. I'm ready to embrace this new year in the spirit of internal and external healing. Internal healing means healing me and me healing in the spaces, both plainly and abstractly. External healing meaning ushering in healing throughout the community around me. As I walk into 2015, my top priority is to honor me; my thoughts, feelings, intuition, desires, and love.
2014 was a year; by far, one of the toughest years that I can remember from recent past. Through all of the trials, I learned so much. Universe will teach us the lessons that we need; the easy way or the hard way -- depends on what we need. At times.. well, most times, I can be stubborn. (Hey, I'm a Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, so.. it's a part of my celestial makeup) Despite the pain and trauma of 2014, I'm grateful. Most of all, I'm grateful to have learned that I can ask for the support that I need; there are people who support, love, and encourage me to keep going. There were so many laughs and smiles throughout the year. By a long shot, one of the best events I've ever attended and had the honor to host was #BlackTransRevolution in 10/2014. 30 Black Trans folks manifesting healing, restoration, fellowship, and action in my hometown -- I'm proud that GPP, as the only Black- and Trans-led organization in Southwestern PA, was a cohost of the event. The summit was phenomenal, healing, and restorative through the fellowship that was manifested in the space. Throughout 2014, I met some of the most amazing people and had many experiences that opened my eyes to new possibilities. At the same time, in 2014, I took myself "down to the eraser". By mid-December, I was drained and worn out. For last two weeks of the year, I meditated and mostly just took time to breathe. I, finally, asked for help and I watched as folks poured into my life.
As I leap into 2015, I am dedicated to continue taking what I've learned from 2014 and putting it into action.
Michael David Battle
As a lecturer, writer and advocate, Michael David Battle’s vision is to ignite others and move them to action through courageous conversations, exploring vulnerabilities, and collectively manifesting spaces of healing and restoration.