This has been a busy week already and it's only Tuesday! Usually today is when I put a new post up on my blog but I'm taking October off from blogging because...I'm editing a novel!!
Starting the first Tuesday in November I will be serializing Otherworld over on the blog. Be sure you keep an eye on my posts for updates, this is going to be awesome!
"And if you've gotta take it somewhere, take it somewhere." 😉😏😂.
I know I'm seriously late to the party, but I just jumped on the Rick and Morty train. I know, I know. Normally adult swim stuff is rarely my jam (yah girl can only take so many junk and fart jokes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), but this show pleasantly surprised me. This scene made me laugh for a good 15 minutes 😂. Also, idk why I keep trying digital art, but here we are.
Our aim: to end writer’s block, mindset barriers and entrepreneurial blahs. Creative business owners find us and wonder where we’ve been because suddenly clarity is at hand – in a matter of five minutes. In the other four days of five minute writing, the insights get better and better until we almost can’t believe how good it is.
What we offer daily is a writing prompt (usually with several different options according to individual desires and choices) as well as a community of others, facing the same direction – forward into your next big things, your heart calls, your freedoms…
We sometimes do playful experimentation with different formats and topics, discovering value along the way.
For more than a year we’ve been gathering to write for five minutes a day for five consecutive days. For many of us, it has become a spiritual practice of sorts or definitely a creative habit that brings about breakthroughs whether we write together via livestreaming or on our own.
It has become a way for extraordinary successes and clarity, unexpected and appreciated time after time after time.
October 30 – November 3 is our next session.
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Real talk here y’all.
Do you ever have times where it feels like the only voices in your mind are negative ones? Where your mind is simply set on letting you know just how much you suck? I have. 🙋🏻 To be real honest, just this past week has been one of those times.
A friend once shared with me the importance of choosing to trust the voices of the people who love me rather than my negative perception of myself. This truth has been such a lifeline for me.
So when my mind feeds me with a lie of who I am or how I’ve failed, I am learning (slooowlly) to choose to believe instead what my loved ones and Heavenly Father have spoken over me. That I’m loved. I’m valuable. I have purpose. I have a meaningful story. And so do you, my friend. ❤️
I have been accused of remembering too much, holding on too tight, not being willing to forgive.
I’m working on that forgiveness.
I’m playing with the harmony of forgiveness and self-protection and advocacy. Where do I need to grow more? Forgiveness doesn’t mean reconciliation, it means recognizing the other’s humanity and giving them the room to feel better, to know they aren’t causing you pain.
After all, the other side of me says – no one is capable of “making” anyone feel anything. It is a choice to feel what we feel, for the most part. When I feel crappy and depressed I feel crappy and depressed. No one makes me – circumstances may be lousy and there are times during deep rottenness I feel driven and optimistic and ready to expand into deep transformation. (I can say clichés with the best of them.) Thing is, I remember.
I don’t want to stop remembering.
It is like telling an artist to remove certain colors from her palette. “No more purples, Julie. You need to focus solely on green.” Doesn’t work for me.
I don’t focus only on the bad memories, either, I appreciate a memory concert. Here a memory of being the ultimate silly one, there a memory of a cloudy afternoon in 1983, I can hear the conversation, I can feel Mel’s arms wrapping me in compassion, I can feel the incredulity rising up in my chest.
I hadn’t remembered that in a couple decades but it comes to life and pour onto the page exactly when I need it most.
Why would I want to stop remembering? It is my ultimate super power – translating memory into words and reaching out with them to you and to you and to you.
My timer went off and I watched my neighbor slouching toward her SUV. I cant remember the last time we exchanged niceties. Perhaps, now, the memories will float up.
I think it was most likely about the tulip magnolia tree her husband planted and I was so excited I set aside her cat hating, sneering demeanor and loved her for a moment instead.
Perhaps, yes, right now, I will choose to love her more often. If I hadn’t elected to remember, watch and continue to write from memory, I would only see the slouch and the sneer.
I will not give up memories to you. Or him. Or her. Or them.
#Inktober Day 8- While descriptions of #Gorgons vary across Greek literature and occur in the earliest examples of Greek literature, the term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair made of living, venomous snakes, as well as a horrifying visage that turned those who beheld her to stone. Traditionally, while two of the Gorgons were immortal, Stheno and Euryale, their sister Medusa was not as she was slain by the demigod and hero Perseus.
Rule 1: Constant Self Encouragement "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others."—Marianne Williamson
Creative Floor. A Creative’s floor shouldn’t look like this ordinarily. I just swept the floor. Lately I’ve been making decorative pillows for my house with all the scraps from the running jackets. Does anyone demand proof that I make all the running jackets in my studio? Just come over and have a pillow fight with me and you’ll see!!! Until the day I have a house full of pillows, Vander Jacket will be a zero waste company. #sundayinthestudio
💁✨ This is what we were doing in Israel for our #adidasoriginals x #girlsareawesome project w/ talented photographer @laura_kaczmarek_ + her cutie @heckmecks crew and the lovely local @j.s.g_jerusalemskatergirls 💘More info in @adidas_de bio 💌
While I don't agree that execution is 100%, I do believe it is at least 80% of the work. An idea that is never shifted into action will forever only remain an idea and I believe they come with expiration dates.
A new idea carries momentum with it and the promise that NOW - the moment we have it - is the right time for it.
Now we are ready for the process that comes with it. But we are often too afraid to pursue the idea of our book, our art, our music - and carry the ideas around us for so long (without acting on them) that they become burdens, or sources of guilt.
In those cases a choice is necessary: 1) Do I want to keep this idea and give it new momentum and life NOW? Or 2) Is this something I should let go of so that ideas from the past can make space for ideas of the present?
Making this choice is like decluttering your house: Painful & Rewarding.
#FBF to this week's Fabulous #soymas event by @latinamadenotmaid 🤗 It was amazing to see so many Latina artists, entrepreneurs, intellects & more because we are ALL so much more than what meets the eye & what the stereotypes depict! ✊🏽Super proud of @anamfelician & @ehbyerika for creating this movement! 💛 I am more than just a Latina; I am more than just a Cuban immigrant; I am more than just Corporate; I am more than just Creative; I am more than just a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, mentor; I am a SOUL trying to make the best of this human existence. ✨ #soulhappy
Your brand is what sets you apart from others in your industry, indicates the level of professionalism people can expect from you, and creates more than a “look” for your business, but an experience that people want to be a part of. It’s a reflection of YOU! Also, even if you don't have a business per say, you can still have a personal brand that sets you apart, makes you more hirable, and sets you up for monetizing your gifts and passions. I am launching my digital Beautiful Brand Guide + Checklist THIS MONDAY! It's thousands of dollars worth of consult packed into a $10 downloadable guide. YOUR FRIDAY THE 13th JUST GOT REAL LUCKY!!!!! Stay tuned!
(Part 1 of 3) I want to say a huge thank you to Andrew (@apmorley) for being a supportive and positive influence in my life lately. I'm grateful for the work we have done so far, the work we are planning, and the projects to come. I am finding that with true friends by your side, anything is possible.
(Part 2 of 3) @apmorley has been encouraging me to share more of my "safe" work lately.... my commissioned work. The work I shoot for businesses and brands. Hired work. For a long time I have considered this account as an art account for my personal work though lately I have been sharing a few fashion pieces here and there. I've resisted showing my "safe" work for a while because it vibes so differently than my original work, but Andrew has a point. I want to be a part of that conversation.... where we can show our art and our paid work, our fashion work and our nude work. Side by side. From the same source.
(Part 3 of 3) This was the first time I ever met and worked with @apmorley and it is also the first time I ever shot digitally. I didn't tell Andrew that of course. But it's true... my friend Bryan let me test out his digital Nikon, and I am hooked. It doesn't mean I am going to stop shooting film. I'll always love film and for now I will use film for my personal work, and keep all my commercial work digitally shot. Thanks for the the trust in me Andrew even though you didn't think you had anything to worry about 😅