29th September 2014

"Alone you can go fast, but together you can go far."

That phrase whispered in my ears over and over again this weekend as I looked around at the amazing support of friends, strangers and the Dumbo Community.

It it with gratitude, love and delight that I express thanks to everyone who came out to participate in ‪#‎theworldwewant‬ wall this weekend.

Thousands and thousands of people came through to reflect and express themselves, and I’m in awe at the response. This feels like just the beginning as inspired people in San Miguel de Allende, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Montreal, Paris and Boston have already reached out, expressing their interest in bringing @theworldwewant to their communities.

There are so many incredible people and aha-inducing conversations that led to the birth of this project.

I want to especially shout out: @farhadini and Momma @heybeverlydawn for their unwavering support, cheerleading and emotional support. @saralpanton for our soul session in August and accountability calls since that fully unlocked the idea and supported its manifestation. @lgspot for our deep dive in August and her ongoing support.

@dumboartsfestival and DUMBO, Brooklyn for securing an incredible location, and supporting the launch.

@elleluna for buying me a set of paints in February and saying “there are two artists now.” @geadaford for our brainstorm last summer and shared desire to create “interactive inspiration” in the world. Candy Chang and @beforeIdiewall for the chalkboard idea and wall building resources.

@courageousfreedom for the stencil design and “there is no deadline too soon” attitude. @shivaboosoo for building and maintaining the wall, and her non-stop positive energy. @masha.photo for photography, videography, going the extra mile and helping build the wall. @bryonycole @sarahkpeck and Kate R for painting, stenciling and good vibes. @tanyamalott for photography and new friendship. And last but not least, the hundreds of strangers and friends in New York and around the world who participated in the wall and “question research,” and gave support along the way.

We did it! I love you all. 💓

(Photo by @masha.photo) (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) "Alone you can go fast, but together you can go far."

That phrase whispered in my ears over and over again this weekend as I looked around at the amazing support of friends, strangers and the Dumbo Community.

It it with gratitude, love and delight that I express thanks to everyone who came out to participate in ‪#‎theworldwewant‬ wall this weekend.

Thousands and thousands of people came through to reflect and express themselves, and I’m in awe at the response. This feels like just the beginning as inspired people in San Miguel de Allende, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Montreal, Paris and Boston have already reached out, expressing their interest in bringing @theworldwewant to their communities.

There are so many incredible people and aha-inducing conversations that led to the birth of this project.

I want to especially shout out: @farhadini and Momma @heybeverlydawn for their unwavering support, cheerleading and emotional support. @saralpanton for our soul session in August and accountability calls since that fully unlocked the idea and supported its manifestation. @lgspot for our deep dive in August and her ongoing support.

@dumboartsfestival and DUMBO, Brooklyn for securing an incredible location, and supporting the launch.

@elleluna for buying me a set of paints in February and saying “there are two artists now.” @geadaford for our brainstorm last summer and shared desire to create “interactive inspiration” in the world. Candy Chang and @beforeIdiewall for the chalkboard idea and wall building resources.

@courageousfreedom for the stencil design and “there is no deadline too soon” attitude. @shivaboosoo for building and maintaining the wall, and her non-stop positive energy. @masha.photo for photography, videography, going the extra mile and helping build the wall. @bryonycole @sarahkpeck and Kate R for painting, stenciling and good vibes. @tanyamalott for photography and new friendship. And last but not least, the hundreds of strangers and friends in New York and around the world who participated in the wall and “question research,” and gave support along the way.

We did it! I love you all. 💓

(Photo by @masha.photo) (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

"Alone you can go fast, but together you can go far."

That phrase whispered in my ears over and over again this weekend as I looked around at the amazing support of friends, strangers and the Dumbo Community.

It it with gratitude, love and delight that I express thanks to everyone who came out to participate in ‪#‎theworldwewant‬ wall this weekend.

Thousands and thousands of people came through to reflect and express themselves, and I’m in awe at the response. This feels like just the beginning as inspired people in San Miguel de Allende, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Montreal, Paris and Boston have already reached out, expressing their interest in bringing @theworldwewant to their communities.

There are so many incredible people and aha-inducing conversations that led to the birth of this project.

I want to especially shout out: @farhadini and Momma @heybeverlydawn for their unwavering support, cheerleading and emotional support. @saralpanton for our soul session in August and accountability calls since that fully unlocked the idea and supported its manifestation. @lgspot for our deep dive in August and her ongoing support.

@dumboartsfestival and DUMBO, Brooklyn for securing an incredible location, and supporting the launch.

@elleluna for buying me a set of paints in February and saying “there are two artists now.” @geadaford for our brainstorm last summer and shared desire to create “interactive inspiration” in the world. Candy Chang and @beforeIdiewall for the chalkboard idea and wall building resources.

@courageousfreedom for the stencil design and “there is no deadline too soon” attitude. @shivaboosoo for building and maintaining the wall, and her non-stop positive energy. @masha.photo for photography, videography, going the extra mile and helping build the wall. @bryonycole @sarahkpeck and Kate R for painting, stenciling and good vibes. @tanyamalott for photography and new friendship. And last but not least, the hundreds of strangers and friends in New York and around the world who participated in the wall and “question research,” and gave support along the way.

We did it! I love you all. 💓

(Photo by @masha.photo) (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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26th September 2014

The final product, t - 60 minutes before the festival officially began. I ran home to change, and upon returning 30 minutes later, almost all the spaces were full. 😳😍💓💥 So incredibly grateful for the help of @shivaboosoo, @masha.photo and Kate Rosenblatt today! Masha took mannnnny photos — more to come later! Eeee! Heart. is. bursting. #theworldwewant #DAF14  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) The final product, t - 60 minutes before the festival officially began. I ran home to change, and upon returning 30 minutes later, almost all the spaces were full. 😳😍💓💥 So incredibly grateful for the help of @shivaboosoo, @masha.photo and Kate Rosenblatt today! Masha took mannnnny photos — more to come later! Eeee! Heart. is. bursting. #theworldwewant #DAF14  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

The final product, t - 60 minutes before the festival officially began. I ran home to change, and upon returning 30 minutes later, almost all the spaces were full. 😳😍💓💥 So incredibly grateful for the help of @shivaboosoo, @masha.photo and Kate Rosenblatt today! Masha took mannnnny photos — more to come later! Eeee! Heart. is. bursting. #theworldwewant #DAF14 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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25th September 2014

Hello there, nerves. How strongly I feel you tonight. The words of Seth Godin ring loudly in my ear as I type this, reminding me that anxiety is “experiencing failure in advance.” As I notice my thoughts shift to all the things that could possibly go wrong tomorrow, I am breathing deeply and remembering to come back to this moment. To bring myself back to the tingling feeling Radiohead’s “Reckoner” gives me … to the streamy warmth of the cup of tea in my hand … to the comfort of my man holding me tight. Back to the here and now. Breathing in and breathing out. Watching the racing thoughts slow and focusing instead on the vibrations in my heart. Ahhhh, much better. Heart connection, you feel so good. #theworldwewant #DAF14 #Livein18hours (at In bed) Hello there, nerves. How strongly I feel you tonight. The words of Seth Godin ring loudly in my ear as I type this, reminding me that anxiety is “experiencing failure in advance.” As I notice my thoughts shift to all the things that could possibly go wrong tomorrow, I am breathing deeply and remembering to come back to this moment. To bring myself back to the tingling feeling Radiohead’s “Reckoner” gives me … to the streamy warmth of the cup of tea in my hand … to the comfort of my man holding me tight. Back to the here and now. Breathing in and breathing out. Watching the racing thoughts slow and focusing instead on the vibrations in my heart. Ahhhh, much better. Heart connection, you feel so good. #theworldwewant #DAF14 #Livein18hours (at In bed)

Hello there, nerves. How strongly I feel you tonight. The words of Seth Godin ring loudly in my ear as I type this, reminding me that anxiety is “experiencing failure in advance.” As I notice my thoughts shift to all the things that could possibly go wrong tomorrow, I am breathing deeply and remembering to come back to this moment. To bring myself back to the tingling feeling Radiohead’s “Reckoner” gives me … to the streamy warmth of the cup of tea in my hand … to the comfort of my man holding me tight. Back to the here and now. Breathing in and breathing out. Watching the racing thoughts slow and focusing instead on the vibrations in my heart. Ahhhh, much better. Heart connection, you feel so good. #theworldwewant #DAF14 #Livein18hours (at In bed)

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24th September 2014

Today is the day! It’s time to get these hands dirty, and build #theworldwewant wall in Dumbo. In two days we go live, creating a space that invites you to reflect on your vision for yourself and the world. Eee! 

#daf14  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Today is the day! It’s time to get these hands dirty, and build #theworldwewant wall in Dumbo. In two days we go live, creating a space that invites you to reflect on your vision for yourself and the world. Eee! 

#daf14  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Today is the day! It’s time to get these hands dirty, and build #theworldwewant wall in Dumbo. In two days we go live, creating a space that invites you to reflect on your vision for yourself and the world. Eee!

#daf14 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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18th September 2014

One of greatest things about keeping a journal is that months later, I can glimpse back into my past. At the open of a page, I’m instantly transported to another place and time. 

This happened today as I got on the plane in New York, heading to Chicago. As I ran out the door this morning, I grabbed a handful of past notebooks to sneak back into while in the air. Just now, in pulling them out of my bag and putting them on my lap, I noticed this post-it from sometime in early August. 

"Friday: brainstorm interactive art exhibits — themes, questions & how to bring to life."

A smile instantly hits my face as I re-experience that place of unknown and new beginnings. The exciting and sometimes painful process of clarifying the vision and making it real. It feels good now to know that the decisions added up, the theme and focus feels right in my heart, and in just one week, we’ll be taking the art project live. 

A reminder to keep a journal and create space to look back. 

#theworldwewant #creativeprocess 

 (at Chicago O’Hare International) One of greatest things about keeping a journal is that months later, I can glimpse back into my past. At the open of a page, I’m instantly transported to another place and time. 

This happened today as I got on the plane in New York, heading to Chicago. As I ran out the door this morning, I grabbed a handful of past notebooks to sneak back into while in the air. Just now, in pulling them out of my bag and putting them on my lap, I noticed this post-it from sometime in early August. 

"Friday: brainstorm interactive art exhibits — themes, questions & how to bring to life."

A smile instantly hits my face as I re-experience that place of unknown and new beginnings. The exciting and sometimes painful process of clarifying the vision and making it real. It feels good now to know that the decisions added up, the theme and focus feels right in my heart, and in just one week, we’ll be taking the art project live. 

A reminder to keep a journal and create space to look back. 

#theworldwewant #creativeprocess 

 (at Chicago O’Hare International)

One of greatest things about keeping a journal is that months later, I can glimpse back into my past. At the open of a page, I’m instantly transported to another place and time.

This happened today as I got on the plane in New York, heading to Chicago. As I ran out the door this morning, I grabbed a handful of past notebooks to sneak back into while in the air. Just now, in pulling them out of my bag and putting them on my lap, I noticed this post-it from sometime in early August.

"Friday: brainstorm interactive art exhibits — themes, questions & how to bring to life."

A smile instantly hits my face as I re-experience that place of unknown and new beginnings. The exciting and sometimes painful process of clarifying the vision and making it real. It feels good now to know that the decisions added up, the theme and focus feels right in my heart, and in just one week, we’ll be taking the art project live.

A reminder to keep a journal and create space to look back.

#theworldwewant #creativeprocess

(at Chicago O’Hare International)

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"The World We Want" Launches at the Dumbo Art Festival

17th September 2014

I am ECSTATIC to announce that this September 26, at New York’s largest art event — The Dumbo Art Festival — I will be launching an interactive installation called “The World We Want.” It’s a public art project that invites you to reflect on your vision for yourself and the world. (RSVP here!)

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(Mock up of what’s about to go down, thanks to Rachel.)

Joseph Campbell said, “Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.” This project is about ascribing meaning to your life, your community, and the world.  

Through an interactive chalkboard in a public space, the wall exists to inspire self-reflection and nourish our well-being by connecting us both inwardly to our best selves and outwardly to the community we live within.

With two prompts, “I want to live in a world where” and “To create this world, I will”, anyone can come by and share their aspirations in public.

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(Design and language testing in Dumbo.)

The result is a cataloged conversation of our visions and our ownership in making those aspirations come to life. It serves as an honest reflection of the possibility and potential that exists within our community.

Want to play?

If you’re in New York… I would LOVE for you to come by, participate, and say “Hi!” I’ll be there all day every day throughout the festival. It runs from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, September 26th, from noon to 9pm on Saturday, September 27th, and from noon to 6pm on September 28th.

If you don’t live in New York… Stay tuned as we figure out ways for people around the world to participate. (And do let me know if you have any ideas!)

If you want to build a wall in your community… Hell yes! Email me at theworldwewantwall@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you in early October.

**

If you’re curious how it all went down… 

It was the bright and sunny afternoon of August 12. In one hand I held a notebook with “How will you step up today?” written on the cover. In the other, a coconut green ice tea. My hands shook as I looked around the coffee shop, wondering who my first target would be.

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Ten minutes and a few “I’m nervous!” text messages to Farhad and friends later, I took a deep breath and leaned over to the guy sitting next to me.

“Hi, I’m Amber,” I said with a smile. “I’m working on an art project, and I’m wondering if I can ask you a few questions?”

“Sure!” he said.

“Whew! Big relief,” I said. “You’re the first person I’ve asked outside of my fiancé.”

“Aweee, really?!” he said.

I handed over a series of post-it notes, asking him to answer the following prompts: Love is… / Freedom is… / I’m grateful for… / I’m afraid of… / I want to live in a world where…

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(The scene of the experiment, with the initial prompts and tools.) 

Five minutes and an array of beautiful responses later, the guy across the table showed interest and curiosity. “You want to play?” I asked him. “You bet!” he said.

It was in that moment that the project was born.

Two weeks and several subways, street corners, coffee shops and events later, I collected hundreds of responses from strangers and friends ranging in age, gender, ethnicity and social status. From tears and hugs to life stories and aha! moments, the reactions and feedback moved me to take the idea seriously.

Along the way, I narrowed in on the theme of “The World We Want,” choosing to pull out people’s vision for themselves and the world.

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(Visions and aspirations on display in my studio.) 

I talked with little ones like six-year old Nora who shared that she wants a world without gravity and her role in creating that world is to drink aloe. I met fathers like 66 year-old Benjamin who shed a tear because he’s been contemplating that question and doesn’t have an answer yet. He wants one as part of being a role model for his grandkids.

I heard about visions where we value learning, love is the only currency, good beer is the standard, acceptance is the first response, authenticity is valued, there are no borders and the wild still lives. With every interaction, it felt like my heart grew larger. The only thing I could think about was bringing this experience, and this feeling, to more people. 

Inspired by the work of JR, Candy Chang and other street artists, I envisioned an interactive wall experience, and put together a plan of attack. Now all I needed was a wall with high foot-traffic; a canvas to bring this vision to life. 

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(A love note to the universe, as posted on my iMac.)

As I eagerly explored lower Manhattan, Dumbo and Williamsburg, I learned that the largest art festival in New York was happening in my neighborhood at the end of September. (What?!) I leaped to the computer to learn more about who’s running the festival and how to get involved.

“Please note that the 2014 Open Call is NOW CLOSED,” read the site. “To receive an alert when the 2015 Open Call becomes available, please visit our Subscribe page.”

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NOOOOO!!!!!! 

I paced back and forth in my studio, contemplating the feasibility of making this happen in a few weeks, and how I might slide my way in.  

On a whim, I sent a project pitch to the woman running the festival, not expecting anything to come out of it. I almost didn’t send that email. I was so close to not sending that email. I AM SO GLAD I SENT THAT EMAIL.

Two hours later, I received a favorable response and a list of questions. She mentioned that she MIGHT be able to find me a location, and would get back to me once I gave her more information. In a span of seconds, my emotions ranged from screaming to jumping up and down to crying tears of joy. 

After 10 days of obsessive email checking and a few sleepless nights, we locked in an 8’ x 54’ wall on Plymouth St. between Washington and Adams St.

Next week, on Friday, September 26 at 6pm ET, we’re going LIVE. 

My. heart. is. BURSTING. If you live in or are visiting New York, it would be my pleasure to share this experience with you.

Thank you to Farhad, Momma, Sara, Rachel, Elle, Sarah, Masha, Tatiana, Payal, Laura, Bryony, Andrew, Reggie and the friends and strangers who participated in the research, provided feedback and helped me get to this point. I LOVE YOU.

!!!

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11th September 2014

My reflection question for this morning is to as vividly as possible, describe what it is I intend to make happen by the end of the month. In answering this question, I notice when my body caves in for fear of thinking too big and falling short (a sign to play bigger!) as well as how the manifestation of my actions and intentions will make me FEEL at month’s end. Will I feel inspired? Alive? In my heart? Grateful? Challenged? Free? That’s the aim. If/when those intentions seem out of alignment with those feelings, I rethink why it is I desire them in the first place.

I enjoy answering this question near mid-month, and after flushing out monthly intentions on the 1st, as I have data and new information that’s emerged to reflect on and consider.

Weeeee September! I’m loving the way you’re looking and feeling. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) My reflection question for this morning is to as vividly as possible, describe what it is I intend to make happen by the end of the month. In answering this question, I notice when my body caves in for fear of thinking too big and falling short (a sign to play bigger!) as well as how the manifestation of my actions and intentions will make me FEEL at month’s end. Will I feel inspired? Alive? In my heart? Grateful? Challenged? Free? That’s the aim. If/when those intentions seem out of alignment with those feelings, I rethink why it is I desire them in the first place.

I enjoy answering this question near mid-month, and after flushing out monthly intentions on the 1st, as I have data and new information that’s emerged to reflect on and consider.

Weeeee September! I’m loving the way you’re looking and feeling. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

My reflection question for this morning is to as vividly as possible, describe what it is I intend to make happen by the end of the month. In answering this question, I notice when my body caves in for fear of thinking too big and falling short (a sign to play bigger!) as well as how the manifestation of my actions and intentions will make me FEEL at month’s end. Will I feel inspired? Alive? In my heart? Grateful? Challenged? Free? That’s the aim. If/when those intentions seem out of alignment with those feelings, I rethink why it is I desire them in the first place.

I enjoy answering this question near mid-month, and after flushing out monthly intentions on the 1st, as I have data and new information that’s emerged to reflect on and consider.

Weeeee September! I’m loving the way you’re looking and feeling. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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10th September 2014

After many months of searching for an art class where I could freely tap into my intuition and express whatever is alive within me, I stumbled into @jgoldcrown’s studio, @theshedprojectny, a few weeks ago. After suggesting to him that I’d bring the people if he taught the classes, an agreement was born. We’re on our third week of classes now, and equally as inspiring as the creative process I experience each week is the journey I get to witness of each person who attends. Here’s some of the final products of our last class. 💓 Ps - if you’re in New York and have been looking for this, shoot me a note and I’ll fill you in on our upcoming classes. (at The Shed Project NY) After many months of searching for an art class where I could freely tap into my intuition and express whatever is alive within me, I stumbled into @jgoldcrown’s studio, @theshedprojectny, a few weeks ago. After suggesting to him that I’d bring the people if he taught the classes, an agreement was born. We’re on our third week of classes now, and equally as inspiring as the creative process I experience each week is the journey I get to witness of each person who attends. Here’s some of the final products of our last class. 💓 Ps - if you’re in New York and have been looking for this, shoot me a note and I’ll fill you in on our upcoming classes. (at The Shed Project NY)

After many months of searching for an art class where I could freely tap into my intuition and express whatever is alive within me, I stumbled into @jgoldcrown’s studio, @theshedprojectny, a few weeks ago. After suggesting to him that I’d bring the people if he taught the classes, an agreement was born. We’re on our third week of classes now, and equally as inspiring as the creative process I experience each week is the journey I get to witness of each person who attends. Here’s some of the final products of our last class. 💓 Ps - if you’re in New York and have been looking for this, shoot me a note and I’ll fill you in on our upcoming classes. (at The Shed Project NY)

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3rd September 2014

My latest piece: “She’ll make it her way” | The theme of this emerged mid-way through, once “She’ll make it” was already pasted on. I noticed the word “her” in my pile of scraps, and immediately thought “her way … I want to find the word ‘way.’” Moments later, I looked across the table and saw a calendar in the month of May, or “way,” upside down and backwards. “Perfect,” I thought, with a smile.  (at The Shed Project NY) My latest piece: “She’ll make it her way” | The theme of this emerged mid-way through, once “She’ll make it” was already pasted on. I noticed the word “her” in my pile of scraps, and immediately thought “her way … I want to find the word ‘way.’” Moments later, I looked across the table and saw a calendar in the month of May, or “way,” upside down and backwards. “Perfect,” I thought, with a smile.  (at The Shed Project NY)

My latest piece: “She’ll make it her way” | The theme of this emerged mid-way through, once “She’ll make it” was already pasted on. I noticed the word “her” in my pile of scraps, and immediately thought “her way … I want to find the word ‘way.’” Moments later, I looked across the table and saw a calendar in the month of May, or “way,” upside down and backwards. “Perfect,” I thought, with a smile. (at The Shed Project NY)

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3rd September 2014

In the studio last night, this is about the time I began swearing at the piece, upset with how the spray paint drizzled out of the cap. “Let it go, let it go, let it go,” I said to calm myself down, grabbing @jgoldcrown and girlfriends for perspective on what to do next. Amidst all the feedback, I noticed myself getting stuck in my head. So, I took a deep breath and asked my heart: “What’s next?” The vision of sun rays beaming out of my chest appeared, and so the piece evolved in a way that I didn’t know was coming. A reminder that “mistakes” can lead to breakthroughs, if you allow yourself to go through and past the breakdown. 🙏 (at The Shed Project NY) In the studio last night, this is about the time I began swearing at the piece, upset with how the spray paint drizzled out of the cap. “Let it go, let it go, let it go,” I said to calm myself down, grabbing @jgoldcrown and girlfriends for perspective on what to do next. Amidst all the feedback, I noticed myself getting stuck in my head. So, I took a deep breath and asked my heart: “What’s next?” The vision of sun rays beaming out of my chest appeared, and so the piece evolved in a way that I didn’t know was coming. A reminder that “mistakes” can lead to breakthroughs, if you allow yourself to go through and past the breakdown. 🙏 (at The Shed Project NY)

In the studio last night, this is about the time I began swearing at the piece, upset with how the spray paint drizzled out of the cap. “Let it go, let it go, let it go,” I said to calm myself down, grabbing @jgoldcrown and girlfriends for perspective on what to do next. Amidst all the feedback, I noticed myself getting stuck in my head. So, I took a deep breath and asked my heart: “What’s next?” The vision of sun rays beaming out of my chest appeared, and so the piece evolved in a way that I didn’t know was coming. A reminder that “mistakes” can lead to breakthroughs, if you allow yourself to go through and past the breakdown. 🙏 (at The Shed Project NY)

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2nd September 2014

Helllllooo September. My favorite month of the year. A month of new beginnings and forward progress. You feel so good already.

Yesterday as I was mapping out intentions and areas of focus for the month before my weekly accountability call with my girl @saralpanton, one thought kept entering my mind: Less explaining, more creating.

There’s always a point in a project when it shifts from idea stage to make stage, if you decide to take it that far. The concept is flushed out, and there’s clarity on what needs to happen to bring it to life. That’s where I’m at right now.

The challenge with this phase, especially for me, is that I feel immense excitement and project bliss, which I tend to want to share with everyone around me. It makes the project feel more real and I find myself gaining confidence and clarity around the idea and its execution. But there’s a fine line. That sharing takes energy, which can take away from the actual making, and not everyone can, will or want to understand the vision that’s bubbling. (And that last part can be disheartening.)

So this month I’m focusing on creating, gathering feedback from my inner circle as needed along the way.

I can’t wait to show you what’s being born. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Helllllooo September. My favorite month of the year. A month of new beginnings and forward progress. You feel so good already.

Yesterday as I was mapping out intentions and areas of focus for the month before my weekly accountability call with my girl @saralpanton, one thought kept entering my mind: Less explaining, more creating.

There’s always a point in a project when it shifts from idea stage to make stage, if you decide to take it that far. The concept is flushed out, and there’s clarity on what needs to happen to bring it to life. That’s where I’m at right now.

The challenge with this phase, especially for me, is that I feel immense excitement and project bliss, which I tend to want to share with everyone around me. It makes the project feel more real and I find myself gaining confidence and clarity around the idea and its execution. But there’s a fine line. That sharing takes energy, which can take away from the actual making, and not everyone can, will or want to understand the vision that’s bubbling. (And that last part can be disheartening.)

So this month I’m focusing on creating, gathering feedback from my inner circle as needed along the way.

I can’t wait to show you what’s being born. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Helllllooo September. My favorite month of the year. A month of new beginnings and forward progress. You feel so good already.

Yesterday as I was mapping out intentions and areas of focus for the month before my weekly accountability call with my girl @saralpanton, one thought kept entering my mind: Less explaining, more creating.

There’s always a point in a project when it shifts from idea stage to make stage, if you decide to take it that far. The concept is flushed out, and there’s clarity on what needs to happen to bring it to life. That’s where I’m at right now.

The challenge with this phase, especially for me, is that I feel immense excitement and project bliss, which I tend to want to share with everyone around me. It makes the project feel more real and I find myself gaining confidence and clarity around the idea and its execution. But there’s a fine line. That sharing takes energy, which can take away from the actual making, and not everyone can, will or want to understand the vision that’s bubbling. (And that last part can be disheartening.)

So this month I’m focusing on creating, gathering feedback from my inner circle as needed along the way.

I can’t wait to show you what’s being born. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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29th August 2014

So this happened. 

Your life is your art – the world is our canvas. 

In the studio with @farhadini, celebrating his 33rd birthday all weekend long. 💥 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) So this happened. 

Your life is your art – the world is our canvas. 

In the studio with @farhadini, celebrating his 33rd birthday all weekend long. 💥 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

So this happened.

Your life is your art – the world is our canvas.

In the studio with @farhadini, celebrating his 33rd birthday all weekend long. 💥 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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26th August 2014

I believe our body knows a lot more about our needs and truth than we give it credit for. Whenever tension is showing up in our body, it’s signaling for to us to listen up and pay attention.

I think back to the times when I’ve broken out in rashes, fainted at the office, gained weight suddenly or gotten terribly sick in the midst of something “really important.” In looking back, my body was screaming for me to tune in and hear my own voice. Afraid of what it might tell me, I often pushed it aside and kept on until it was too late.

After one too many body hiccups, I began talking with health coaches, doctors and healers to create a practice that kept me in touch.

The practice and weekly ritual involves scanning the body from head to toe. It takes about fifteen minutes and I perform it either in the morning or at night, while lying in a bed with eyes closed.

Starting with my toes, going to my feet, my ankles, my shins and so on, I tune in for tension, blocks and pain. When tension arises, I ask that part of my body, “What are you feeling?”, “What do you need?” and “Is there any guidance you want to give me?”

The answers are often unexpected and revealing. From my thumb telling me to leave technology home for the day, my neck revealing to me that a conversation from months ago that I felt was resolved is in fact, not resolved, and my hips telling me to dance more often, the process had become an exercise in intuitive guidance.

The more I act on these cues, the more connected I’ve felt with my body, my truth, and the work I’m here to do. (at The Shed Project NY) I believe our body knows a lot more about our needs and truth than we give it credit for. Whenever tension is showing up in our body, it’s signaling for to us to listen up and pay attention.

I think back to the times when I’ve broken out in rashes, fainted at the office, gained weight suddenly or gotten terribly sick in the midst of something “really important.” In looking back, my body was screaming for me to tune in and hear my own voice. Afraid of what it might tell me, I often pushed it aside and kept on until it was too late.

After one too many body hiccups, I began talking with health coaches, doctors and healers to create a practice that kept me in touch.

The practice and weekly ritual involves scanning the body from head to toe. It takes about fifteen minutes and I perform it either in the morning or at night, while lying in a bed with eyes closed.

Starting with my toes, going to my feet, my ankles, my shins and so on, I tune in for tension, blocks and pain. When tension arises, I ask that part of my body, “What are you feeling?”, “What do you need?” and “Is there any guidance you want to give me?”

The answers are often unexpected and revealing. From my thumb telling me to leave technology home for the day, my neck revealing to me that a conversation from months ago that I felt was resolved is in fact, not resolved, and my hips telling me to dance more often, the process had become an exercise in intuitive guidance.

The more I act on these cues, the more connected I’ve felt with my body, my truth, and the work I’m here to do. (at The Shed Project NY)

I believe our body knows a lot more about our needs and truth than we give it credit for. Whenever tension is showing up in our body, it’s signaling for to us to listen up and pay attention.

I think back to the times when I’ve broken out in rashes, fainted at the office, gained weight suddenly or gotten terribly sick in the midst of something “really important.” In looking back, my body was screaming for me to tune in and hear my own voice. Afraid of what it might tell me, I often pushed it aside and kept on until it was too late.

After one too many body hiccups, I began talking with health coaches, doctors and healers to create a practice that kept me in touch.

The practice and weekly ritual involves scanning the body from head to toe. It takes about fifteen minutes and I perform it either in the morning or at night, while lying in a bed with eyes closed.

Starting with my toes, going to my feet, my ankles, my shins and so on, I tune in for tension, blocks and pain. When tension arises, I ask that part of my body, “What are you feeling?”, “What do you need?” and “Is there any guidance you want to give me?”

The answers are often unexpected and revealing. From my thumb telling me to leave technology home for the day, my neck revealing to me that a conversation from months ago that I felt was resolved is in fact, not resolved, and my hips telling me to dance more often, the process had become an exercise in intuitive guidance.

The more I act on these cues, the more connected I’ve felt with my body, my truth, and the work I’m here to do. (at The Shed Project NY)

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