The Journey to Become an Artist: My Story

The Journey to Become an Artist: My Story

My earliest memory is me showing one of my drawing to my mother. She was sitting at the dinner table doing something that was obviously much less important than my latest masterpiece. In my eyes, I had just done a perfect drawing that would get me hired by Disney Studios (the ultimate dream in my kid's mind).  I remember my mother being a lot less excited about the drawing than I thought she should be, considering her daughter had an incredible talent. 

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The Creative Process: You don't need permission

The Creative Process: You don't need permission

So often in life, especially as a woman, I’ve waited for someone to give me permission. It could be waiting on a spiritual teacher to tell me how to “connect to my divinity”. It could be talking to friends about a project until I have enough people telling me that yes, I should do it. Waiting for an A from my drawing teacher to consider myself an artist. 

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The Hardest Part of any Creative Project

The Hardest Part of any Creative Project

Have you ever started a creative project (or a project that involved changing yourself or your life, like learning a new language or get back in shape), and find it increasingly difficult to just do it each day? I bet you told yourself that you didn't have  the willpower for it. Or maybe you came up with another reason: it's not the right time, I'm too busy this month, no one is supporting me, etc. I have.

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Maha Shivaratri Celebration

Maha Shivaratri Celebration

Every month, the day before the new moon is Shivaratri, a celebration of Lord Shiva. The Shivaratri celebration that is happening in February is of the most significance and is called Maha Shivaratri (= great Shivaratri). Maha Shivaratri happens right before the new moon in February: the darkest night of the darkest month, this year on February 24th. 

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New Moon Magic

New Moon Magic

I used to be disconnected with the flow of the moon, just as I was disconnected with the flow of my body. I didn’t know where and how the moon was, and didn’t care. Just like I thought I was supposed to show up and deliver each and every day in the same way, regardless of how my body felt, I used to think that the moon had nothing to do with me. Nothing to teach me. Nothing to remind me. 

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Happiness as my Birthright

Happiness as my Birthright

Growing up, all the families I had around me seemed like the typical “happy family” . Mom and Dad still together, in a mostly healthy relationship, good jobs, nice home, kids running around. As a kid, I really thought that is how most people lived. Except for the poor malnourished African children you see on television, people in the West, to me, all had nice homes and nice parents and were able to be carefree and play soccer and have big birthday parties. 

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5 Things I Learned from Living in a Van For 3 Months

5 Things I Learned from Living in a Van For 3 Months

I can't believe it's been 3 months already that I gave back the key to my apartment, put my things in storage and headed for the adventure of living in a van full time. It's been intense to say the least. 

When I left, I wanted to find myself: my strength, my freedom, my inspiration, what is essential and what is not. What feels good and what does not...

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