OUR HISTORY, OUR VOICES PROJECT
The Meg Nocero Exhibit
About Her Exhibit…
When in April of 2011 I lost my mother to breast cancer, I also lost my way. Perseverance and a never give up attitude is certainly something I learned from my Italian American upbringing as well as a love of writing, reading books and the arts. Navigating the grieving process, I turned to writing as a healing tool. I started simply. I would wake in the morning and read from a book that resonated with me. When a quote or a passage spoke to me, I grabbed my journal and channeled at least three pages of longhand about what I felt my mother would want to communicate to me about it. One day led to the next, and this routine led me to complete my first book, a self-help guide. My intention was to be of service and empower readers to step into the unknown and wake up to a universe packed with possibility, because that’s exactly what happened to me as I wrote it.
In addition to allowing me to feel connected to my mom, it helped me muster the courage to forge a new path and set out to discover where my passion met my purpose. In addition, after I was brought on stage in Miami with Oprah Winfrey in 2014, I was inspired to take a leap of faith and founded Butterflies & Bliss LLC and S.H.I.N.E. Networking Inc., a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to young innovative leaders in her community. And, just like the courageous ones who embarked on an uncertain adventure, in 2017, I took a leap of faith and made a bold career change myself. Now, I am an inspirational speaker, a transformational coach, and the award-winning author of The Magical Guide to Bliss: Daily Keys to Unlock Your Dreams, Spirit & Inner Bliss and Sparkle & Shine: 108 M.A.N.T.R.A.s to Brighten Your Day and Lighten Your Way. In addition to being named Miz CEO Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019, I appeared on CNN Español with Ismael Cala, appeared on a panel at Bookconline in 2020 with Bravo stars and host my own You Tube channel and a podcast called Manifesting with Meg: Conversations with Extraordinary People.
In September of 2021, I will publish my memoir originally called La Bella Farfalla—Italian for Beautiful Butterfly. The name has been changed to Butterfly Awakens and it depicts the story of my transformation as I moved through unimaginable grief and sadness watching my beloved mother lose her battle to breast cancer. This tumultuous life experience shifted my world, causing me to question my life choices and opening me up to my soul’s calling. I bring readers along on my journey through a dark night of the soul as I dealt with the grieving process, a toxic work environment, and intense stress that results in depression, anxiety, and an acquired somatic nervous disorder called tinnitus. Through it all, I never gave up, instead looking for the help I needed to start to heal and find my light. I believe that my wherewithal to not only survive but thrive is a testament to those Italian American values that were instilled in me as a child—especially my faith. And upon the shoulders of strong women, I still strive to make a difference sharing the vulnerability of my story as I wrote my way out of darkness to rediscover my inner light.
The Yvette Bodden Exhibit
I share these stories because I believe the spirit of a woman is one of a warrior. We are designed to withstand pain but the magic is in transforming it into greatness. Human beings have the power to create beauty from any circumstance, if the belief in self-worth and love is strong enough to bring yourself out of darkness.
The Mera Ragsdale Exhibit
My paintings question the way we look at feminine bodies especially in comparison to how masculine bodies are viewed. In art history, the objectification and presentation of female bodies and an accepted way to present and view them has long been prevalent, specifically as non-threatening objects of sexual desire. My work questions these long accepted practices and empowers my subjects to visually challenge the viewer.
The Dorothy Barkley Bryson Exhibit
I am inspired by the wonders of Spiritual encounters and scientific discovery, by Nature, by Peoples, and by the remarkable diversity in every element of life. My writing is a reflection of what I see and especially the way I see it, and is a celebration of the Oneness echoed throughout all creation.