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Empowering the next generation of girls – one classroom at a time!

I am so thrilled to be able to share a project with you that has been over a year in the making!

Helping young women step into their power and embrace their unique gifts is a passion and mission of mine! This past school year, my twin sister Sarah and I collaborated on a pilot project with the staff and students of Nativity Miguel’s St. Monica’s Campus to share in a year-long Empowerment and Leadership program with their grade 7 girls.

This project is near and dear to both our hearts as we both keenly remember that vital time in our childhood. 7th grade was the time that I started to veer down a different path and venture into unknown territory, and somewhat unhealthy behavior. I had a hard time relating to my parents, people at school, and sometimes even my twin sister. It was a time when I could have used extra support, guidance, mentorship and a sense that even though I was exploring things that a lot of my peers weren’t exploring, that that was ok, that I was ok.

Sarah and I developed a program to give Saint Monica’s 7th grade girls the tools and space to discover who they are while receiving the support they need to become powerful and empowered young women. We taught mindfulness practices, body-centered awareness, verbalization and communication tools, journal writing, how to express yourself in healthy ways through movement and visual art forms, and several simple, but powerful tools they can carry with them into the world as they claim their power and chart their own journey and path!

We also worked with the 7th Grade girls’ teachers during a handful of workshops throughout the school year so that the work that we were doing with the girls could be experienced by the teachers themselves. It was a powerful year for all of us! And truly amazing to watch the girls and teachers open up and transform before our eyes.

Here is a short piece about our work with the 7th Grade girls and Teachers at Saint Monica’s. Sarah and I continue exploring different ways of bringing this to more schools and classrooms around the country and the world! If you are touched or inspired, please leave a comment and share this blog 🙂

Sarah and I work with both adult and youth. For more info on how to bring Sarah and I to your school, community center, or organization, please contact Sarah Haykel at sarah@sarahhaykel.com

Give thanks!!

Ever Wonder What It’s Like To Be A Twin?

Ever wonder what it’s like being a twin? Sarah and I are asked this question constantly, as people reply, “I always wanted to be a twin!” Here’s your chance to find out. As you probably know, I’m a twin. And not only that, my twin sistar Sarah and I are born during the astrological sign of Gemini, the Twins! Kinda cool, right?! Growing up with a twin sister has been incredibly amazing and also super challenging on many levels. Sarah and I have been going through a powerful transformational time over the last few years, reviewing our past, the old patterns and behaviors that come up between us, and choosing to learn new ways of being in this world in relationship to each other and ourselves. It’s been quite a ride to say the least! When an opportunity presented itself to collaborate with internationally renowned artist Ben Perrone utilizing his ‘Mirror Room’ to visually express our connection and life journey, we jumped on it in an excited effort to showcase a piece that represents a small, but powerfully intriguing view into what it’s like to be a twin. For twins that look alike, there is a constant, on-going comparison that … Continue reading

Reawaken Your Divine Feminine at Spring Clean You

It’s FINALLY spring! Hallelujah!!! I cannot even begin to express my JOY at finally seeing my DRIVEWAY! Seems so simple, and it is soooo real after the winter we’ve had. It’s most certainly time to give thanks and celebrate the glorious sunshine! For me, this is also a time to take notice of the rebirth and renewal both inside ourselves and all around us. Spring deserves a celebration, and what better way to celebrate the change of season than by renewing your relationship with the divine feminine?   Sarah Haykel, Sue Morreale, Sarah Nasca, and I are sooo excited to present Spring Clean You, an event exclusively FOR women BY women! We have gathered some of Western New York’s creative Goddess Powerhouses for an evening of artistic expression and storytelling. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house! Come join us as we celebrate the feminine inside ourselves and our community!   See below for all the details: “Four female entrepreneurs have come together to honor the Divine Feminine in You. Renew your relationship with the Feminine: within you, in your relationships and in your life! We invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of spring and the final days … Continue reading

Laura Aiisha’s NEW SONG ‘You See Me’ available now!!

The songwriting process never ceases to amaze me. I hear music, or receive words to a melody that channels through my being, out of my mouth and into the world. I notice that there is a mixture of emotions, thoughts and stories that come up. Part of me feels so excited, that I know this is something powerful and special. Then another part of me starts to feel scared, will people get it? Like it? Criticize me?! Will I be able to put what I’m hearing in my heart and mind down on paper and audio the way I hear it within?! So many questions.. to many opportunities to say fuck it. I’m not doing this. But what fun is that?! Can you imagine if, when any of the great artists, creators and inventors in our world were to allow their fear, their insecurities or stories about being enough, being loved and accepted etc., the fear of it being too much work, stop them from creating?! Imagine the great works of art, the great inventions we might have never known. Ooooo… make me shiver just thinking about it! So here I was… presented with a musical idea from a dear … Continue reading

World premier of the official music video for my song ‘We Stand Strong’

  Blessings in Love Worldwide Family! It is an HONOR to share my first music video with you!!! This song, ‘We Stand Strong,’ came through me during a writing session with my good friend, the amazingly talented Mike Corey. It was inspired by a conflict that was happening at that time between Israel and Palestine. Check it out, share it and spread the peace forward vibrations! I desire for this song and video to be an inspiration to YOU to trust and know that World Peace IS possible in our lifetime. Watch it here: ‘We Stand Strong’ Official Music Video from Laura Aiisha on Vimeo. Big UP the refugees, all those affected on any level by war/violence, and ALL who are taking a stand for peace. This video is Livicated to: Our Ancestors, The Elders All of the lives lost & affected by war & violence And all Prisoners of War Those living in war Those taking a stand for Peace and Justice on the daily And for all Refugees Worldwide!!! Big up River Nile Media in Buffalo, NY for putting together this powerful video! Want to locate the video on vimeo? You’ll find it HERE. Get ‘We Stand Strong’ … Continue reading

An awesome review of my CD release party from graphic artist Afura Fareed

Oh my goddess! I’m so thankful for the awesome feedback about my CD and my CD Release Party. The latest review comes through from my girl Afura Fareed, the graphic designer who has created such magic with my latest projects! She captures the party’s vibe in such a beautiful way… Read on to get even more of the flavor of this oh-so-MEMORABLE evening! ‘Laura Aiisha’s release party for her debut album “I Am” left little to be desired. It was the first EP launch I’d ever been to, and I’m confident that other guests in the same position would agree that it was everything they’d imagined and then some. The 9th Ward as her choice of venue was perfect. Its old-world-meets-modern-artsy vibe was welcoming and provided a cozy, intimate setting for such a gathering. As the event photographer, I was excited to arrive early and be one of the first guests to receive a free copy of the CD, and to soak up the positive atmosphere on camera before and during the event. Laura has been a good friend and colleague of mine for a while now, but until her album release party, I hadn’t had the pleasure of seeing … Continue reading

My CD release party ~ Rave reviews! ;)

Well it’s been over a month since my CD Release party and my heart and mind are still buzzing with excitement, energy, and possibilities from this magical event!! This was one of the most amazing highly blessed nights of my LIFE!! GIVE THANKS to my Buffalo community for bringin’ it and showing up for the celebration. It was frickin’ amazing to say the least!!! Wow!!!!!! I’m so honored and humbled to have co-created and shared this night with some of the most incredibly talented people I know in Western New York. Some of my supporters have provided their reflections on this event, and I’m thrilled to share these perspectives with you. Even if you weren’t there, you can get a glimpse of the energy and all the possibilities yet to come in my flourishing creative journey!! Read on… ‘Buffalo native, world traveler, twin and skyrocket Laura Haykel blasted off with her debut ‘I Am’ at her recent CD Release Party! Laura’s spiritually-minded music bears witness to her personal growth and invites fellow travelers to tread along on the path of self-evocation, exploration, and expression. The songs performed from the stage matched the songs on her debut CD.  Both start with … Continue reading

From Woe is Me to Empowered & Free!

This is a time of BIG SHIFTS… I know you can feel it! We’re dropping the old stories that keep us limited and coming into the awareness of who we truly be… free, empowered, amazing beings with infinite capabilities! I want to share with you another personal story and a telesummit you can access to make another powerful shift that will help you bring more happiness, possibility, and amazing co-creations into your life! I remember back a few years ago I was hustling hardcore through the Summer to develop new business for my consulting firm, all the while feeling ‘sorry for myself’ that I wasn’t ‘able’ to take a vacation like everyone else seemed to be doing. I was really in the ‘poor me’ story that’s been with me for a majority of my life. Can you relate to feeling like this? Looking at all of the people having fun, traveling, going to the beach and feeling totally left out and sorry for yourself? I definitely can… Then, after some bitching & complaining to just the right people (who of course held me accountable for being in my stuff!), I realized that I actually HAVE A CHOICE! How about that?! … Continue reading

What the critics are saying about ‘I AM’

It’s totally over-the-top exciting to be connecting with my community through my music!!! Putting ‘I AM’ out there is showing people dimensions of my being they might not have been aware of and giving me momentum to share even more of myself with the world in a truly empowered and expansive way. My CD release party last week was an absolute success and has performers and audience alike just buzzing with good vibes and inspiring energy. How does it get any better?! Oh, it does…. !!! It’s been SUCH an honor to be featured in two local newspapers and have ‘I AM’ praised by highly respected music critics. I invite you to check out the reviews! Jeff Miers of The Buffalo News writes, ‘Laura Aiisha’s EP ‘I Am’ is packed with messages of positivity and empowerment, its combination of reggae, world-beat, R&B, soul and dance music offering the properly ebullient accompaniment to Haykel’s sensuous, soulful singing. Coupled with Haykel’s assertively optimistic lyrics, a viscerally uplifting atmosphere ensues.’ Read the rest of his review HERE. Frank de Blase, the ahhmazing music critic at the Rochester City Newspaper writes, ‘With her exquisitely smooth alto, Laura Aiisha balances secular accessibility with an irresistible … Continue reading

My CD ‘I AM’ has been released and is ready for purchase!

I am soooo freakin’ excited to announce my CD ‘I AM’ is now available in both digital and hard copy form!!! This is totally a dream come true for me, and to receive the physical CD’s was just unbelievably exciting!!! CLICK HERE to purchase the digital download for just $7 and get the music instantly for your personal playlist. Do you want the hard copy CD? Email booking@LAHMusique.com to make your order. You must order a minimum of 5 to purchase the physical CDs. The hard copies are just $10!! Mmmmmm just thrilled to share this with you!!!!!! Want to hear what the critics are saying? Jeff Miers from The Buffalo News featured me in the Gusto this past week! Click here to read the article. Have you heard the music? How has it moved you? Share in the comments section below! Much love and HIGHLY Bless! Your sistar … Continue reading