16th October 2014

This is the question I’m reflecting on today, thanks to my soul coach @lgspot.

As the list of actions continues to grow each day, while exciting, I’ve also noticed a sense of urgency and the “Is there enough time?” thought showing up. This assumption that there is a scarcity of time creates tension in the body and an overall state of uncomfortable hurry.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Today (and moving forward), I’m working to shift my relationship with time from one of scarcity to one of abundance.

This reminds me of what Gay Hendricks talks about in the “The Big Leap.” “Einstein Time,” as he calls it, is recognizing that time isn’t something ‘out there’ and rather it is something ‘within me.’ It’s not something I have or don’t have. I am the source of time and pressure, and I choose to create as much of it as I want. Time is not the master and I am not it’s victim.

When time occurs to me as limitless, I show up oozing ease and flow. I enjoy and savor every precious moment of the creative process, and all the bits in between. My shoulders relax. My jaw softens. I hear and feel the sounds and smells around me. I *make* time for what matters most.

Mmmm. Much better. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) This is the question I’m reflecting on today, thanks to my soul coach @lgspot.

As the list of actions continues to grow each day, while exciting, I’ve also noticed a sense of urgency and the “Is there enough time?” thought showing up. This assumption that there is a scarcity of time creates tension in the body and an overall state of uncomfortable hurry.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Today (and moving forward), I’m working to shift my relationship with time from one of scarcity to one of abundance.

This reminds me of what Gay Hendricks talks about in the “The Big Leap.” “Einstein Time,” as he calls it, is recognizing that time isn’t something ‘out there’ and rather it is something ‘within me.’ It’s not something I have or don’t have. I am the source of time and pressure, and I choose to create as much of it as I want. Time is not the master and I am not it’s victim.

When time occurs to me as limitless, I show up oozing ease and flow. I enjoy and savor every precious moment of the creative process, and all the bits in between. My shoulders relax. My jaw softens. I hear and feel the sounds and smells around me. I *make* time for what matters most.

Mmmm. Much better. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

This is the question I’m reflecting on today, thanks to my soul coach @lgspot.

As the list of actions continues to grow each day, while exciting, I’ve also noticed a sense of urgency and the “Is there enough time?” thought showing up. This assumption that there is a scarcity of time creates tension in the body and an overall state of uncomfortable hurry.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Today (and moving forward), I’m working to shift my relationship with time from one of scarcity to one of abundance.

This reminds me of what Gay Hendricks talks about in the “The Big Leap.” “Einstein Time,” as he calls it, is recognizing that time isn’t something ‘out there’ and rather it is something ‘within me.’ It’s not something I have or don’t have. I am the source of time and pressure, and I choose to create as much of it as I want. Time is not the master and I am not it’s victim.

When time occurs to me as limitless, I show up oozing ease and flow. I enjoy and savor every precious moment of the creative process, and all the bits in between. My shoulders relax. My jaw softens. I hear and feel the sounds and smells around me. I *make* time for what matters most.

Mmmm. Much better. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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15th October 2014

Unlike other projects I’ve worked on in the past, I feel an unrelenting fire to play any role and do whatever it takes to move @theworldwewant forward. This really hit home for me yesterday when @tanyamalott sent me this shot from the Dumbo wall. 

Since starting this project, I’ve shifted from visionary to artist to project manager to designer to community manager to wall maintainer to everything in between. 

It feels good to push myself beyond the labels I normally associate myself with and get my hands dirty. And it’s only now, almost five years after quitting my job in search of greater purpose, that I’m experiencing what feels like the intersection of work that makes me come alive and work that helps humanity thrive. 

It’s taken many experiments and lessons to get to this point, each has built on the last, and this point is nowhere near the end. So if you’re on that journey too, keep on. Through persistence, you can and you will create the world you want. #theworldwewant  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Unlike other projects I’ve worked on in the past, I feel an unrelenting fire to play any role and do whatever it takes to move @theworldwewant forward. This really hit home for me yesterday when @tanyamalott sent me this shot from the Dumbo wall. 

Since starting this project, I’ve shifted from visionary to artist to project manager to designer to community manager to wall maintainer to everything in between. 

It feels good to push myself beyond the labels I normally associate myself with and get my hands dirty. And it’s only now, almost five years after quitting my job in search of greater purpose, that I’m experiencing what feels like the intersection of work that makes me come alive and work that helps humanity thrive. 

It’s taken many experiments and lessons to get to this point, each has built on the last, and this point is nowhere near the end. So if you’re on that journey too, keep on. Through persistence, you can and you will create the world you want. #theworldwewant  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Unlike other projects I’ve worked on in the past, I feel an unrelenting fire to play any role and do whatever it takes to move @theworldwewant forward. This really hit home for me yesterday when @tanyamalott sent me this shot from the Dumbo wall.

Since starting this project, I’ve shifted from visionary to artist to project manager to designer to community manager to wall maintainer to everything in between.

It feels good to push myself beyond the labels I normally associate myself with and get my hands dirty. And it’s only now, almost five years after quitting my job in search of greater purpose, that I’m experiencing what feels like the intersection of work that makes me come alive and work that helps humanity thrive.

It’s taken many experiments and lessons to get to this point, each has built on the last, and this point is nowhere near the end. So if you’re on that journey too, keep on. Through persistence, you can and you will create the world you want. #theworldwewant (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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14th October 2014

Get ready to share your visions, Chicago! #TheWorldWeWant wall is hitting 401 N. Michigan Avenue this October 31 through November 19 thanks to the support and savvy of local ambassadors @jennyvyas, @lizitto and @eyelovelife.

A few weeks ago when I was back in my hometown of Chicago, I sat down with Jenny and Crystal to talk piloting an Ambassador approach, giving local leaders the opportunity to bring the wall to their community.

I was shocked and delighted when a week after our meeting, Jenny sent me a presentation with their own spin on the design and confirmation of quite possibly the most ideal location in all of Chicago: Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

I’m honored and grateful to be co-creating with these ladies in our quest to shed light on @theworldwewant, one voice at a time. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Get ready to share your visions, Chicago! #TheWorldWeWant wall is hitting 401 N. Michigan Avenue this October 31 through November 19 thanks to the support and savvy of local ambassadors @jennyvyas, @lizitto and @eyelovelife.

A few weeks ago when I was back in my hometown of Chicago, I sat down with Jenny and Crystal to talk piloting an Ambassador approach, giving local leaders the opportunity to bring the wall to their community.

I was shocked and delighted when a week after our meeting, Jenny sent me a presentation with their own spin on the design and confirmation of quite possibly the most ideal location in all of Chicago: Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

I’m honored and grateful to be co-creating with these ladies in our quest to shed light on @theworldwewant, one voice at a time. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Get ready to share your visions, Chicago! #TheWorldWeWant wall is hitting 401 N. Michigan Avenue this October 31 through November 19 thanks to the support and savvy of local ambassadors @jennyvyas, @lizitto and @eyelovelife.

A few weeks ago when I was back in my hometown of Chicago, I sat down with Jenny and Crystal to talk piloting an Ambassador approach, giving local leaders the opportunity to bring the wall to their community.

I was shocked and delighted when a week after our meeting, Jenny sent me a presentation with their own spin on the design and confirmation of quite possibly the most ideal location in all of Chicago: Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

I’m honored and grateful to be co-creating with these ladies in our quest to shed light on @theworldwewant, one voice at a time. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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12th October 2014

Loved ones, kindred spirits, critics and haters: Thank you. You make me better. Your encouragement propels me and your disapproval awakens me. Your wisdom enlightens me and your judgement sets me free. Your perception reflects you and my reaction reflects me. Connected we are, dancing in an ever-expanding illumination of who we are meant to be. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Loved ones, kindred spirits, critics and haters: Thank you. You make me better. Your encouragement propels me and your disapproval awakens me. Your wisdom enlightens me and your judgement sets me free. Your perception reflects you and my reaction reflects me. Connected we are, dancing in an ever-expanding illumination of who we are meant to be. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Loved ones, kindred spirits, critics and haters: Thank you. You make me better. Your encouragement propels me and your disapproval awakens me. Your wisdom enlightens me and your judgement sets me free. Your perception reflects you and my reaction reflects me. Connected we are, dancing in an ever-expanding illumination of who we are meant to be. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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10th October 2014

Next stop: Boulder, Colorado! I’m thrilled to announce that #TheWorldWeWant wall is going live in the Rocky Mountains on Oct 30 as part of the Success 3.0 Summit. We’ll be sharing the space alongside speakers like Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh, Blake Mycoskie, John Mackey, Moby and more.

It all came together last week, literally 15 minutes after we finished painting Brooklyn back. I received a phone call from soul sister Sylvia Ferrero who said, “We have to find a way to work together.” Indeed we did.

I’m excited in part to experiment with the wall in a more controlled environment (versus the 200,000 people who came through the Dumbo Art Fest) and also to explore how we might sponsor and fund our quest to give humanity a voice and shed light on what’s stirring in our hearts and minds.

Post-conference, we’re aiming to bring the wall to the streets of Boulder to keep the reflection and connection going.

Thank you, thank you for being part of this wild ride. My heart is exploding. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Next stop: Boulder, Colorado! I’m thrilled to announce that #TheWorldWeWant wall is going live in the Rocky Mountains on Oct 30 as part of the Success 3.0 Summit. We’ll be sharing the space alongside speakers like Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh, Blake Mycoskie, John Mackey, Moby and more.

It all came together last week, literally 15 minutes after we finished painting Brooklyn back. I received a phone call from soul sister Sylvia Ferrero who said, “We have to find a way to work together.” Indeed we did.

I’m excited in part to experiment with the wall in a more controlled environment (versus the 200,000 people who came through the Dumbo Art Fest) and also to explore how we might sponsor and fund our quest to give humanity a voice and shed light on what’s stirring in our hearts and minds.

Post-conference, we’re aiming to bring the wall to the streets of Boulder to keep the reflection and connection going.

Thank you, thank you for being part of this wild ride. My heart is exploding. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Next stop: Boulder, Colorado! I’m thrilled to announce that #TheWorldWeWant wall is going live in the Rocky Mountains on Oct 30 as part of the Success 3.0 Summit. We’ll be sharing the space alongside speakers like Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh, Blake Mycoskie, John Mackey, Moby and more.

It all came together last week, literally 15 minutes after we finished painting Brooklyn back. I received a phone call from soul sister Sylvia Ferrero who said, “We have to find a way to work together.” Indeed we did.

I’m excited in part to experiment with the wall in a more controlled environment (versus the 200,000 people who came through the Dumbo Art Fest) and also to explore how we might sponsor and fund our quest to give humanity a voice and shed light on what’s stirring in our hearts and minds.

Post-conference, we’re aiming to bring the wall to the streets of Boulder to keep the reflection and connection going.

Thank you, thank you for being part of this wild ride. My heart is exploding. 🙏 (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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9th October 2014

Lately I’ve been fascinated by the journey from uncertainty to certainty, and all the discomfort that lies in between.

The past few weeks have felt like running through an open field with a bunch of question marks circling around me. I can’t see what’s ahead, but the fire within me says, “Yes, yes, more of this. Keep going that way.”

There’s a tension between wanting to know where this is heading and wanting to simply dance with the present moment. The more I create space for and give voice to the areas of inquiry, the more the land ahead begins to reveal itself.

This moment feels different. It feels peaceful. It feels like heart beats connecting with foot steps. It’s less about getting ‘there,’ and more about continuing to cultivate this energy and fire within, and allowing that to guide the way. It’s not fast or urgent; it’s blooming.

#frommyjournal (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Lately I’ve been fascinated by the journey from uncertainty to certainty, and all the discomfort that lies in between.

The past few weeks have felt like running through an open field with a bunch of question marks circling around me. I can’t see what’s ahead, but the fire within me says, “Yes, yes, more of this. Keep going that way.”

There’s a tension between wanting to know where this is heading and wanting to simply dance with the present moment. The more I create space for and give voice to the areas of inquiry, the more the land ahead begins to reveal itself.

This moment feels different. It feels peaceful. It feels like heart beats connecting with foot steps. It’s less about getting ‘there,’ and more about continuing to cultivate this energy and fire within, and allowing that to guide the way. It’s not fast or urgent; it’s blooming.

#frommyjournal (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Lately I’ve been fascinated by the journey from uncertainty to certainty, and all the discomfort that lies in between.

The past few weeks have felt like running through an open field with a bunch of question marks circling around me. I can’t see what’s ahead, but the fire within me says, “Yes, yes, more of this. Keep going that way.”

There’s a tension between wanting to know where this is heading and wanting to simply dance with the present moment. The more I create space for and give voice to the areas of inquiry, the more the land ahead begins to reveal itself.

This moment feels different. It feels peaceful. It feels like heart beats connecting with foot steps. It’s less about getting ‘there,’ and more about continuing to cultivate this energy and fire within, and allowing that to guide the way. It’s not fast or urgent; it’s blooming.

#frommyjournal (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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6th October 2014

Today I received an email that asked, “After releasing a big idea like ‘The World We Want,’ how do you cope with the vulnerability of putting something out there?” He added, “I find that after I release an idea, I get extremely sensitive, feel exposed and I’m really damn tired.”

Here’s what I shared with him, which may support you in your pursuits too.

Vulnerability is a muscle that strengthens as you exercise your creativity and put things out there. It’s frightening at first, and it’s only through a volume of work that it becomes easier. But that edge is always there. And personally I always want to to be there. It indicates that I’m challenging myself and what I’m working on is important to my soul.

Once the work is out there, avoid labeling it, and the emotions around it, as ‘negative’ or ‘positive.’ It’s all part of the human emotional experience, and whatever arises is an opportunity to feel more, experience more and tap more deeply into your core. For example, on the day of the wall release, I felt INSANELY inspired and enthusiastic. My energy levels were through the roof. On day two I was extremely exhausted and overwhelmed. And on day three it all came together and I felt most connected to the attendees and the experience. With every high there is a low. We ebb and flow like nature.

Post-launch, self-care, self-care, self-care! Leading up the launch, I worked around the clock and my body was ready for R&R by the end of it. I created several days of space with no meetings, deep reflection and taking in everything that had happened. This helped me recharge and prepare fully for what’s next. Today, one week later, I’m feeling that same motivation and drive to give more and go further.

🙏

I’m curious, what works for you? (at DUMBO, Brooklyn) Today I received an email that asked, “After releasing a big idea like ‘The World We Want,’ how do you cope with the vulnerability of putting something out there?” He added, “I find that after I release an idea, I get extremely sensitive, feel exposed and I’m really damn tired.”

Here’s what I shared with him, which may support you in your pursuits too.

Vulnerability is a muscle that strengthens as you exercise your creativity and put things out there. It’s frightening at first, and it’s only through a volume of work that it becomes easier. But that edge is always there. And personally I always want to to be there. It indicates that I’m challenging myself and what I’m working on is important to my soul.

Once the work is out there, avoid labeling it, and the emotions around it, as ‘negative’ or ‘positive.’ It’s all part of the human emotional experience, and whatever arises is an opportunity to feel more, experience more and tap more deeply into your core. For example, on the day of the wall release, I felt INSANELY inspired and enthusiastic. My energy levels were through the roof. On day two I was extremely exhausted and overwhelmed. And on day three it all came together and I felt most connected to the attendees and the experience. With every high there is a low. We ebb and flow like nature.

Post-launch, self-care, self-care, self-care! Leading up the launch, I worked around the clock and my body was ready for R&R by the end of it. I created several days of space with no meetings, deep reflection and taking in everything that had happened. This helped me recharge and prepare fully for what’s next. Today, one week later, I’m feeling that same motivation and drive to give more and go further.

🙏

I’m curious, what works for you? (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Today I received an email that asked, “After releasing a big idea like ‘The World We Want,’ how do you cope with the vulnerability of putting something out there?” He added, “I find that after I release an idea, I get extremely sensitive, feel exposed and I’m really damn tired.”

Here’s what I shared with him, which may support you in your pursuits too.

Vulnerability is a muscle that strengthens as you exercise your creativity and put things out there. It’s frightening at first, and it’s only through a volume of work that it becomes easier. But that edge is always there. And personally I always want to to be there. It indicates that I’m challenging myself and what I’m working on is important to my soul.

Once the work is out there, avoid labeling it, and the emotions around it, as ‘negative’ or ‘positive.’ It’s all part of the human emotional experience, and whatever arises is an opportunity to feel more, experience more and tap more deeply into your core. For example, on the day of the wall release, I felt INSANELY inspired and enthusiastic. My energy levels were through the roof. On day two I was extremely exhausted and overwhelmed. And on day three it all came together and I felt most connected to the attendees and the experience. With every high there is a low. We ebb and flow like nature.

Post-launch, self-care, self-care, self-care! Leading up the launch, I worked around the clock and my body was ready for R&R by the end of it. I created several days of space with no meetings, deep reflection and taking in everything that had happened. This helped me recharge and prepare fully for what’s next. Today, one week later, I’m feeling that same motivation and drive to give more and go further.

🙏

I’m curious, what works for you? (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

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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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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.

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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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