And one more, simply because he's growing too fast.
All of a sudden the baby cheeks are gone, he's up two sizes in clothing and he goes through shoes at an alarming rate. I watched him navigate the school tonight, pointing out his work in the halls and saw the easy rapport with his peers. He talks about math with excitement, has incredible penmanship and draws his way through reams of paper.
I miss the baby he was but, love the kid he is now.
A good quote + good art inspires good work.
As I was sorting through the weird bits and pieces of my life, I found five extras of these cards from letterpress legend #amoskennedy . 🙌 He spoke at #MisfitCon 2014 and gifted the crowd these gorgeous one-of-a-kind prints. I’ve treasured them ever since.
The thing about art, though, is that it deserves to be seen and loved. It’s a damn tragedy to tuck it in a drawer, shut off from a world that desperately needs more goodness.
If you need a bit of inspo, DM me your address and I’ll pop one of these beauties in the mail.
We had the pleasure of hosting Mayor Pro Tem @vilylesclt at today’s community lunch and learn where I work. Our series is called Stories Matter and it was certainly a privilege to hear hers. #govote#clt#storiesmatter#community
Now I know sometimes we "real" Artists turn our noses up at "fake art from Home Goods", but this bicycle really stole my heart and (just between you and me) I ALMOST bought it. 💖😂 I mean why not? Somebody somewhere painted this, right? 🤷🏾♀️🤔😘
Delighted to share with you all that our recent partner village of Vutideke released 6 trafficked children to our Mercy Project staff this morning! We are humbled and grateful for the chance to bring freedom and education and family back to these 6. Please join us in celebrating their lives today, and on their behalf, thank you for making this newfound freedom a reality in Ghana!
This in my inbox this morning from @elephantjournal : "Soft front, strong back. Raw heart, good head and shoulders: the peaceful warrior does not avoid fear or confusion, but bravely opens with a tender sense of humor about herself." they sure do know how to get it right. 💖 Happy morning peeps!!!!
I realized my love for story telling at a very young age. I was always writing in my journals and enjoyed connecting with people by way of having deep and meaningful conversations. I was always curious to know about where people came from, their personal journeys, and aspirations. What I perceived to be curiosity then- would turn into my life's purpose/passion.
My first internship was at #WHDH in Boston as a Production Assistant for the show: #UrbanUpdate . That show is actually still around. That is where I caught the bug. I was immediately hired at the end of my internship as the News Gathering Producer- I stayed with WHDH for about 5 years. I went on to work for #Channel5 , #NewEnglandCableNews in Boston. Also, #Fox5 and #BET Networks in Washington DC.
It wasn't until 4 years ago that I decided to create my own show entitled #LuceInspiration . I wanted to showcase positive stories, I wanted to get to the meat of what makes people tick. My mission is to continue to tell stories from the lens of optimism. I wanted to simply see more positive media, so I created it!
I also published my first book : #PeacesOfFreedom which is my way of sharing with the world how instrumental writing is to our healing.
The journey can get lonely, exhausting, and you will often question 'why you are doing it'. Here is what I learned in my journey, I do it because I have been called to do this. I do it because the mission is greater than myself. I hope that you find that thing that makes you come alive! #Entrepreneurship#journalism#positivemedia#storiesmatter#journaling#blogging#socialjustice#filmakers#storytellers#dreamers#creators#artists
“I never had a position in SGA before this year. I decided on a whim to try to “be the change” as Gandhi says. And I think that’s what I want to do with my life: make a difference. After high school, I want to go to FSU and major in political science, and get into lobbying; maybe one day even state government. But right now I work for the students. I think a main part of my job is to make my peers “think”. I truly believe I’ve done that with the fun-fact of the day segment. Every day after the daily announcements, people come up to me to ask if it’s really true: “Did you know in Japan they have square watermelons? Did you know quarters have 119 ridges?” Just like the fun-facts I say during the daily announcements, my future is full of surprises.” .
I couldn't get this song out my head, so decided to write it down somewhere. Today I've had that urge to write all over every canvas. "Come where the dew drops of mercy shine bright"....shine all around us by day and by night..." I'm thinking I know exactly how to curate my next collection. 🤔
I made something that I can't share just yet, but the best part is that it's a collaboration between my hubby @mrbosia and I. His gift and mine combined have no limit. (Except us, and we are both Gemini, 😂) Really, really for the future!!!! 👩🏾🎨
It’s an open sky.
It’s standing on a quiet pier with wind twirling leaves at your feet.
It’s a busy city behind you; purple and blues filling the sunset in front of you.
It’s deep breaths and a still mind.
It’s humility and smallness brimming over inside of your chest.
Update: SOLD!!! "Sanctuary" found its new home Saturday night!!!! I'm definitely gonna miss that painting..but SO glad I have it as pillows in my home. OAN: isn't this award beautiful and stunning?? I think so. As beautiful and stunning and strong and courageous as I am. 💖❤️💜 #yup#itsokay#toloveonyourself#publicly
We are thrilled this morning to announce our next partner village in Ghana! The village of Vutideke (Voo-tee-dee-kay) is officially our 8th village to agree to work with us on an economic development project resulting in the freedom of their trafficked children very soon. Please join us in celebrating this good news and pray for unity in Vutideke as they take steps towards new life.
The busyness. The communal quiet. There is something so overwhelming and humbling when you sit in a space long enough to recognize the people around you as people. Not simply a passerby or a stranger in a chair; but a world of stories bound up and held within a soul. Working, writing, dreaming, right along side of one another and never speaking a word. Yet, we sit side by side joining in on the mission of life, all striving for something more and seeking a quiet space to make it happen. It is all too much sometimes when I think about the vastness and depth of humanity, for we are infinite. And eternity is held within us.
I didn't realize it was possible to love one human man so much. It'll be our anniversary in a few weeks, but I can't even begin to say how much he is my absolute favorite. His love has been a healing balm for me. He believes in me, supports me and keeps me in line by telling me the truth. I'm so blessed and so in love. 💖💜❤️
Tonight I had the pleasure of receiving an award for all I've overcome and achieved. I'd written a speech but instead just spoke from my heart. I realized I care much more about doing the work than being acknowledged for it, but it's still a blessing to reflect on how far I've come. My speech was full of tears and authenticity. I'm SO grateful for my peeps who came to support me, for those I met and connected with, those who continue to buy my art, and for this journey that is constantly evolving in ways I couldn't have imagined. I'm SO blessed! 💜💜💜
Hey y'all! It's Friday and it's been months since I introduced myself. My name is VersAnnette, my peeps call me Verse. I'm a Poet & Abstract Painter on a mission to help others heal and be empowered using every ounce of creativity in my bones + a whole lotta love and determination. My soul is a vibrant color with many marks and battle scars and that's what you'll see reflected here in my work. Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, I wanted to pause and share why this matters to me: 1.)I notice that it's not the kind of thing social media gets flooded with. Unless there's a celebrity name attached to it, DV is one of those issues that gets swept under the rug. So nobody is comfortable talking about it. 2) It's STILL happening!! Every 4-6 seconds, 1 in 3 women is beaten, verbally abused, or raped. 3.) I'm a SURVIVOR. So yes it happened to me and yes I'm an advocate for other women. So as much as I'd like my art to be a pretty dazzling feed of abstract art, I've got more to say. Stay tuned as tomorrow I'm getting a big ole fancy award and I'm still wrapping my mind around that---but more on that later. 💜✊🏾💜✊🏾💜✊🏾💜🤷🏾♀️