How does the chain of connections start? Well, Connections.Media picks someone we feel drawn to hold space for. Like anything, it is a feeling in your gut, something you just have to reach out and begin. Then we follow the journey from there, as one person picks the next, based on the conversation that took place on that day, in that moment. After 5 conversations a theme reveals itself, and a chain is complete.
Follow this theme of "AWARENESS"
Town of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Occupation/Job/Life Purpose Work: I'm an ever-searching-soul; life-partner; mother; body/energy worker; yoga teacher; fitness coach; singer/songwriter
“All songs are to MYSELF. I change every love song into a love song for/ to myself because I think THAT should come first. We focus so much on the romance with a significant other. I just want to change the focus of all the fairy tales and movies.”
Barbara loves me more than anything in the world, and would always pick me! (I know how lucky I am)
“I can see the silver lining in anything or any situation, and I don’t hold onto a grudge. I KNOW I am imperfect. And so is everyone else. I love that I can have love for everyone and everything.”
Samantha Perlmutter has faced battles both physical and mental - surviving cancer, working through anxiety, confronting the reality of abandoned dreams and self-acceptance - but these trials reveal a deeply-rooted strength at her core more powerful than any fear or adversity.
Despite her anxiety, Samantha remains open to the world. She does not judge, and does not let fear of judgement hold her back. She propels forward into life and offers herself, as a tool to help others, through her music. Her songs project hope and positivity. Singing allows her to channel and release the energy she feels around her.
Samantha also offers her strength to others through The Living Room, a self-healing space she started with her sister Barbara. She is a Massage Therapist, Reiki Jin Kei Do Practitioner, and Hatha Yoga Teacher with the belief that self-care and support are the best ways to find true healing.
“Instead of doing what I SHOULD do, I do things because I want other people to be happy. It’s a way to AVOID being in the moment. It comes from love, but I’ve been going about it in a very unproductive way. I CAN connect with people because I ALLOW people to play the game at the expense of myself.
But...silver lining? I realize I SEE people. I know people.”
In what ways do you practice self-love?
Recently I have taken self-love to a new level for myself! I practice it daily by holding myself accountable to: How I fuel my body; How often and how I exercise my body; Fitting in daily Personal Development time; How I organize my time. I set goals for myself. I dream big. I... Believe in myself... for the first time in ages! Believing in myself is the best form of self-love I could receive!
What is something you think all people have in common?
We all Just Wanna Be Free
Complete this sentence If...then...:
If I laugh too hard, then I'll pee on the floor
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
With Other People: Eating/drinking/talking/meditating/etc. in an intimate setting with a group of open-minded people.
By myself if I'm leaving the house: Always either karaoke, open mic, or live music! Somewhere I can dance and/or sing!
How are you creative?
I hear songs inside myself, and then I sing them! I live --> I listen, deep within, and deep outside, myself --> I process --> I listen until the melody and the rhythm and the key of the song reveal themselves fully--> I sing the words and melody over and over until I have re-internalized the song. So now I have a pool of hundreds of songs I sing to myself to uplift and motivate me throughout my day.
“I didn’t do any music or singing or anything during cancer. My dad knew something big was going to come out of it musically; he knew I was going to come up with a song. He kept saying it was almost annoying because there was nothing.
I was just surviving… every day I was happily putting one foot in front of the other and I couldn’t do anything else, singing was the last thing on my mind. And then one day, I remember just where I was standing in my kitchen, this song came to me. I didn’t even know it was a song, it was this burst and then it repeated in my head and and I just decided, ‘You know what? Instead of judging this, I’m gonna write it down and I’m gonna go straight to the computer and record it.’ And then lo and behold, I was in another spot in the kitchen and another thing that didn’t seem related came to me. After an hour, I had them all written down, pages and pages, and this was all just one song in the end.
I never used to feel a beat inside. I just heard melody and words. When people clap and snap I always thought it was an affect, but it’s not. It’s like when you’re feeling it inside. I started feeling it that day.”
Editor in Chief: Becca Finley
Article: Caralie Byrnes
Photos: Caitlin Billard
Angela Parsons. Angela listens; she sees; she knows; she understands; she forgives; and she shows up over and over again. Angela is connected to the innermost workings of herself and the Universe, and happens to also have the kindest, most gentle soul. I wanted this special listener and connector to talk with Becca, another beautiful listener and connector because I knew magic would ensue.
“Why can’t I sit still? I will find any excuse to get up. Last night for the first time, I sat still. I was singing and for the first time I allowed myself to sit still and feel every syllable and breath that I took and it was …. It’s intimacy. It could be like that always…but even today, I’m not still enough to look all the way in.
I’m so scared to JUST sit. I’m not sitting yet - but I can FEEL it. I know I’ll be there one day.”
Stay tuned for the ‘Connections’ book coming out January 22, complete with all 55 Connections, and how they fit into the Charleston community. Brand new pics + quotes.