There's a human on the other side.
I'm Not Lying, It's Just The Truth Has Changed.
Moving through life can feel singular and lonely. Even with three billion other folks playing on the internet with us.
Not too long ago, I was mad. Out of that anger, came a painting and I shared on Instagram. That post started a conversation with a magazine editor who lives in London...
Riches, fame or change?
Approximately seven years, nearly every cell in your body is replaced.
It's only natural.
"There are three reasons why folks go into business," my friend proclaimed. I leaned in to fully receive what he would say next.
"To become rich. To become famous. Or to change the world."
I was at a crossroads in my life.
Branding clients were streaming in. My artistic endeavors, developing a life of their own. I was taking on small projects that allowed me to share my art with my local community. My life minutes were being spent on design or art and nothing more. I was losing sleep. Losing my mind.
The Right Words Will Be Simple.
This week, I lived like a hermit. Alone. Home. Just me and my black cat.
I had bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) and didn't want to spread it so I stayed cooped up, despite my natural extroverted tendencies...
One More Time.
"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple." — Jack Kerouac
Stepping on a shard of broken glass.
Attending a kindergarten violin recital.
Slamming your big toe against a steel frame...
I Grow Silent. Dear Soul, You Speak.
"What good are these tears? What can we do?", she asked.
We were in conversation about the death toll in Nice, France. My friend was feeling torn — at once called to action and feeling helpless and small.
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ―Maya Angelou
Before Words, We had Visuals.
With all the violence we've been witnessing on our planet lately it can be tough to remember the good. Black Lives Matter, shootings in Orlando, all of Syria, Baghdad, Bangladesh and so much more...
We've been communicating since the beginnings of mankind. The evidence is strewn all across human history as rock art, jewelry and cave paintings.
Visuals have been doing the talking for us for at least 39,900 years. Drawings, paintings and pictographs told stories for us before we were able to write them out...
Blending it together.
As you read these words, I'm standing in front of eight women representing different dreams, different businesses and different passions.
Each one has taken a step towards their vision - whether that vision may be crystalline or not-quite-yet uncovered.
1. not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.
2. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master...
Your life is a performance. Show Up.
Gemstones begin as raw materials: shapeless and covered in dirt.
Through craftsmanship, work and dedication, a person can work that formless rock until more defined facets begin to form. Each angle creates a gorgeous, multidimensional structure that reflects light in a way that mesmerizes us. By the time the rock has transformed to a gemstone, we value it so highly, we pay exorbitant amounts to claim one for ourselves.
5 ways to rekindle your creativity.
I'm a classically trained violinist.
As a kiddo, I'd compete in concerto competitions, play at weddings, and practice for hours on end.
My innards would tremble every time I walked onstage in front of an intimate group of judges for an audition. And I would remember...
It's not an audition. It's a performance.
Going through it.
A student asked me, "How do I get rid of this writer's block?"
I teach a class at the Miami Ad School all about pursuing passion projects as a creative. He had been diligently working on a TV sitcom idea (a really funny one) and got stuck...
Push it forward.
while back, I listened to an interview of Elle Luna.
She spoke about how we greet one another in a way that may be dishonest at times.
"Hi, how are you?"
Even if you're fighting back tears.
Come as you are.
It's been another one of those whirlwind weeks for me. The kind that shakes you up until you can't see straight and leaves you with treasure at the end.
Coming off the high of last week's Being Boss conference, I shifted right into hosting a watercolor lettering class with the oh-so-talented Ana Victoria Calderón.
Do it with Love.
I'm sitting by the pool at a posh hotel on Miami Beach enjoying a new friendship that feels old and familiar. The ocean is only a few steps away. We are being wrapped up so sweetly by the morning breeze, slowly awakening.
Holding the Vision.
I'm sitting in my living room right now watching my cat rest, listening to the neighbor blowing leaves in their yard, enjoying the sunlight dancing through the window.
I'm unwinding after one of those weeks where I was just going through it. I felt as though nothing I was doing was right.
Olympians use imagery to develop their mental toughness.
They take their sport and go through the motions of a winning run, jump, move in their minds. Imagery and visualization become incredible and powerful tools for their success.
Visualization is a creative act.