Mindfulness

Gratitude

I spend too much time fantasizing about the future. The people I want in it, the experiences I have yet to explore. It’s a fun place to hang out, head in the clouds, directing the world to materialize my dream. It’s a gift to be able to visualize, plan, and strategize – one I have […]

Mindfulness

Stillness

Meditation is deceptively simple. Get comfortable, sit still and focus on your breath. As your mind wonders take notice, and come back to the breath. The first time you try, five minutes will feel like an eternity. Sometimes you only to achieve 30-seconds of quiet focus, but building a habit of nurturing your mind is […]

Mindfulness

Sweat Equity

The only way to get your body to sweat is thru work. You can’t buy our outsource sweat production. It’s honest work and it never lies. When I sweat I feel accomplishment, vitality, and mentally focused. When I don’t sweat feelings of depression and listlessness start to sneak in. Confidence slips away taking my creative […]

Design

Surrender

As an artist or creator, you have good taste. The things you envision excite you, and there is a yearning to make them a reality. Our first attempts are often disappointing. We step back observing our ugly ducking. Disappointment and doubt overflow from the inside out. The inner critic spews skepticism and self-hate. Passion transforms […]

Mindfulness

Selfless

I obtain great pride in putting the needs of others before myself. When I shamelessly promote others, it strokes my ego. I’m more selfless therefore, I win. This mindset is a curse that plagues women. It comes from our animal instinct to nurture; we give from ourselves to sustain life. We give like Shel Silverstein’s […]

Design

Validation

Craving validation is natural. We learn it as children how good it feels to hear our parents praise when we proudly show an exciting new thing we made. Instant gratification. Reassurance that we are on the right track. As we grow up validation shifts, our teachers and peers provide praise and critique.

Mindfulness

The Busy Habit

Almost everyone I know is busy. It’s the default answer when you ask people how they are doing. It’s like bragging and complaining at the same time. Jam packing every minute of the day makes you feel needed and important. It’s a self-imposed stress driven by what they might have to face if they had […]

Mindfulness

What vs Why

I’ve always focused on the practical WHAT. What products will I create? How do I produce those items? Who will buy them? The focus was on delivering the best product I could. I always worked hard towards my goals but found the passion fleeting once the excitement wore off.