Riches, fame or change?
The Right Words Will Be Simple.
"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.
Before Words, We had Visuals.
"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...
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.
Push it forward.
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...
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.
Holding the Vision.
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.
Closing the gap.
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.
The Creative Kin is you.
There's where you are.
And there's where you want to be.
In between, there's a gap that may feel light years in length or a few short steps away, depending on what's happening in your life.
With creative endeavors - drawing, painting, music, poetry, writing - what you envision in your mind, and what you actually create can at times feel like they will never come together.
Follow your curiosity.
This week, I spent quite some time thinking about what it is I'm trying to accomplish with this community of ours.
Every Sunday, I send an email to you and other creative spirits. The intention is to share my thoughts, stories, and opinions with you, along with the occasional promotion for something interesting I'm creating.
A fiend of mine is going through a transformation.
Her inner artist is no longer content with being repressed and pushed aside for more practical things and I can totally relate.
You see, I'm not one of those designers whose parents were hippie artists living la vie bohemian. Creativity, art and music always played an important roles in my life growing up but was never seen as an option to make a viable living. As I reached that pivotal moment in life where I had to declare my career ambitions to the world, I chose advertising.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Love rules. All types of love: romantic love, sexy love, family love, spiritual love, vocational love.
Today I'm talking to you about vocational love.
Even when you love your work, it can feel hard to keep going.
You can loose steam... especially when it feels like nobody is watching, nobody is listening, and nobody wants to buy anything you're selling.