The above is the primary question I intend to answer through my PhD research at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
In 2020 I wrote my first book titled 'Did You Get the Memo? : Because I F**king Didn't'. It resonated with so many across the globe. Especially the chapter on 'childhood trauma'. It was as if most were waiting for permission to be seen and heard.
I then produced my first documentary titled 'Did I choose my trauma?' which was a finalist in the Sony Films Festival 2021 (Australia & New Zealand), this changed the conversation and my direction in life as my core purpose is to raise the vibration on acknowledging our pain points, transmuting them to power and releasing the power 'trauma' has on how we show up in the world.
And in the coming months and years, I hope to take you on the journey of my research.
You can listen and watch some of my work below.
“Today, through tears, I watched this. To help me understand, to help guide me, to light the road ahead. This documentary is powerfully made, through the eyes of the trauma response from within, to help guide and heal others. Thank you. From one survivor, and caregiver to another, thank you.. what a powerful video. ♥️"
“My most significant learning from this week was the effect of fear on every individual's lives. The class's discussion with Yemi Penn about the role of fear in determining our actions, beliefs and more importantly, inactions really resonated with my own experiences. I would often feel a lack of autonomy in life, regardless of how great the consequences were of my actions. Now, after considering Yemi's thought-provoking questions “What is your biggest fear?" and "What is the worst that could happen?" especially when reflecting upon indecisive moments, I see how caged in I was by my fear."
“Thank you Yemi. I truly loved reading your amazing life story that took me on your beautiful and ‘bat-shit crazy’ journey! ;) There is an abundance of knowledge and wisdom that had me writing notes from start to end. I loved the mini, very doable, exercises at the end of each chapter that allowed me to reflect on my own life and realise how far I had come. I cannot wait to read the next one!."
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I would be lying to you if I said that I signed up to do the work on trauma or becoming a global speaker. I definitely did not think I would go back into education!
However, as Kute Blackson says 'Our Dreams Choose Us' and the minute I stopped betraying my soul and resisting.......everything seemed effortless. I hope you too may find this path of least resistance.