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Mandalas and zines and doing stuff just for the FUN of it

For the past few months, I’ve been on a very serious mission to add more fun to my life.

I mean, I’m always on this mission but I’ve been taking it more seriously lately.

For me, this has involved doing things that I’ve thought about doing for a long time but just never got around to it.

Some of these activities were: camping, hiking in an old growth forest, apple picking, going to Storm King, fall foliage oogling and making things.

I love making things.

Designing, knitting, silkscreening, origami, cooking, drawing, jewelry…

There’s something special that happens when you witness your body having a direct affect on the object in front of you. Taking raw materials and utilizing your creative force to make a new thing out of it.

Something ONLY YOU can make!

One of the things I’ve thought about doing for a long time is making a zine. Like thought about since the 90s.

Zines are self-publishing at it’s finest.

And after endless requests to turn my mandalas into a coloring book, I’ve obliged!

I present to you…

This Book of Mandalas is for Coloring.

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The outside.

 

A real live, you can hold it in your hands, coloring book!

Comprised of 14 mandalas, made of black outlines, ready for COLOR to be unleashed within them, or outside them, there are no rules here.

This little booklet is imperfect and quirky and awkward and I adore it.

(You can buy one for $10 here. There are only 13 available. And that includes shipping.)

About the content: These mandalas are intuitive downloads that provide healing and clearing via encoded sacred geometric shapes when you look at them. When you color them, you are personalizing the experience to what you need to see and having your own intuitive download. It’s also very meditative, creative flow inducing and you know… fun!

 

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The inside.

 

So, the moral of this story:

Have more fun, do stuff you’ve always wanted to do and
for gosh sakes, let your inner creative anima out to prowl around
(especially the imperfect and quirky and awkward parts).

 

(PS – Creativity isn’t just for artists – we are ALL innately creative. Everything we do and say and are is creativity!)

 

Oh and buy the zine if you’d like to color!

I’ve also put together a more refined coloring book which will be available at the end of November – you can order that here. It’s $25 including shipping. And the first 20 people who order get a BONUS surprise! Might I add these would make a great holiday gift! 😉

 

Being yourself and doing what you love can change your life

I have a little story for you!

You may or may not know this, but I’ve been drawing lately… a lot.

And all this drawing has added a whole new dimension to my business.

I’m telling this story for two reasons: 

1. To share with you how finding a creative practice you love can be life altering.

2. And to show you exactly what rocking your WEIRD can do for you!

 

<3 Love letter to you and me mandala <3

 

It started in earnest last fall.

Well, technically, I’ve been drawing since I was a wee child (we all have!), took lots of art classes while I was growing up and then majored in art.

When I graduated from college, I became a graphic designer. All of my creative energy went into designing all day and I stopped making art for myself.

Over the past few years, though, I’ve been doing more consulting and less design and last fall, I started to feel like something was missing.

I wasn’t really sure what it was, but I knew that I was feeling burned out…

Being an entrepreneur is really hard sometimes!

It’s stressful to constantly be exposing yourself to the world and if you’re like me, you’re not very good at ending the work day at a reasonable hour because there’s always more you ‘could’ be doing.

So yea, burned out.

When you’re burned out, all you wanna do is chill out and relax and enjoy yourself.

It turns out it can be surprisingly difficult to relax and enjoy yourself when you feel like there’s a lot to do. The guilt monster immediately showed up, throwing all kinds of profanity in my direction.

But that was the whole reason I had gotten myself into the mess of feeling burned out in the first place.

I was also having quite a hard time remembering what I *actually* liked to do for fun!

So, I decided to go way way back in the archives… to childhood!

I knew I liked to hang out in nature… so many, many walks ensued.

And while I was walking, I found a playground and rediscovered the swings, so I added that to my list. But, it turns out that adults without kids aren’t really welcome in playgrounds anymore so… that was just sort of awkward!

I read some of my fave books as a kid.

These things were all successful at helping me call up that glorious feeling of freedom and curiosity.

And then I dug out the art supplies…

It started with a few handmade cards and some futzing around with watercolors.

I liked it because I could make whatever the heck I wanted without having to think about pleasing anyone. It was all in the name of feeling good.

Over time, I noticed that I had naturally started gravitating towards making art whenever I was feeling overwhelmed by other things in my life or feeling creatively stuck and scared in my biz. I’m pretty amazed that in a matter of a few weeks, art making had officially been inducted into my subconscious as a tool to use to take me from feeling ‘UGH’ to feeling ‘WEEEEEEE!!!!’!!!!

 

This one is about sacred geometry.

And then my friend Mariah Neeson sent me this video on how to draw a mandala.

And EVERYTHING JUST EXPLODED!

I had always been very intrigued by mandalas but was way too intimidated by their intricacy to try drawing one (it turns out it’s insanely easy!).

Suddenly I was a drawing maniac. I couldn’t WAIT to draw everyday!

And then something really interesting happened… I noticed that what I was drawing completely reflected whatever was going on inside me – whatever I was struggling with, or celebrating, emotionally or mentally ended up on the page.  Of course, I later found out that Carl Jung touted the mandala as a representation of the inner self which explained a lot.

 

Drawing as play!

 

Every time I drew a mandala, I discovered something new about myself or solved a life problem or transformed a crappy stressed out mood into a calm one… and in the rest of my life, I saw huge changes!

I started accepting and loving myself more, expressing myself more opening, I launched a passion project, I grew the ovarios needed to state what I wanted and needed, transforming several important relationships in my life and so so many other things.

So there I was… drawing my daily mandalas and loving it! (my handle is @poodlecat if you’re curious to see them – or you can look at the Instagram album on my Facebook page)

And other people were loving it, too! Any time someone would email me or call me, they’d bring up the mandalas and how much they were enjoying them. I was really surprised by just how into them people were!

So I decided to package up all the stuff I had been exploring through my daily mandalas into a drawing workshop to see if other peeps would want to experience (and re-experience) just how effing awesome drawing is!! And thus Be Drawsome! was born.

And it turns out that all kinds of people, artists and non-artists, are super excited about drawing!! WOOHOOOO!!

 

Letting go of old crap.

 

Something that’s been there all along but that I had no clue would transform me and have such an impact on the people around me. So there you have it, the 10 month process of seeking, playing, discovering and sharing a deep part of myself.

The lesson: go after what makes you feel good,
enjoy the heck out of it and share it with others.
Be your weird self and you will totally changes lives!

 

 

 

 

If you’re curious to explore drawing, would love to have you in the latest Be Drawsome! Workshop! Check it out here!

Are you rockin’ your shit?! like really really?!

OK, so I have a confession…

I LOVE all this Harlem Shake madness!!

Here’s one of my faves:

One person rocking their own little dance while a crowd could care less… baseline drops and ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!!!

Everyone getting down in general CRAZINESS!!

gimmespace!

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

gimmespace!

I see it as representation of how our inner world should look.

When you come up with something you want to do in your life, something that would require you to muster up all your courage to JUST GO FOR IT… are you there for you?

Like really really there?

gimmespace!

Do you sit in the audience, ignoring this part of you that wants to break out and BE THEIR WEIRD SELF?

OR…

Do you SUPPORT YOURSELF with every cell in your body to just ROCK THAT SHIZZ?! Get dressed up in all your various facets of awesomeness and lose your shit in the best way possible?! YOUR GLASS CEILING SHATTERED INTO A MILLION LITTLE BITS !!!!!

OR…

Are you looking at that piece of yourself that wants to break out with lots of eye rolling and disgust – getting super annoyed with their shenanigans?

Well, it’s time to support yourself.

Because if you want people to rally around you in the outside world… if you have a thing you wanna make happen… you gotta get down with you, first.

You have the world’s blessing: Accept yourself. Support yourself. ROCK THE EFF OUT WITH YOURSELF!!!

gimmespace!

(ps – And while you’re at it, rock the eff out with other people too. It’s quite contagious!)


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Just say NO to struggling

Do you ever just feel like giving up?

Like all this struggling just isn’t worth it…

I mean, really… what’s the point of struggling?

Does it actually have a point?

Does it *actually* make things happen?

Have you been saying YES to working soooooo damn hard to figuring things out?

Are you just OVER IT?

Are you so close to it that your eyes are crossing and all you can see are colors blurring?

What if you just try giving up and doing nothing instead?

I give you permission to quit. To give up. To walk away.

To go spend the afternoon walking through the park, crunching the fall leaves and marveling at how the 4pm sun makes the trees glow.

Instead of struggling, go visit the ducks and stare up at the vultures and watch the squirrels bury their nuts.

They aren’t struggling, they’re hangin out. And you should too.

I. Give. You. Permission.

It’s OKAY to change your mind. And your focus.

I got my first graphic design job in 1998, the summer after my junior year of high school. I went on to be a yearbook editor, major in media art, design for ad agencies and creative direct for a print house. But a few years ago, I started to question whether design was really for me.

I just wasn’t all that happy doing the work. So when I started my own business, I forced myself out of being a graphic designer…

I changed my LinkedIn profile.

I took all the design offerings out of my programs.

I sent out an email to everyone I know announcing my new biz.

I was so happy to tell the whole world what I was up to. I announced it all over the place – on Facebook, Twitter, in workshop forums. I had new programs that were 100% coaching. It felt amazing. I felt free! I didn’t have to do this thing that felt draining.

Since I had decided to ditch what I had been doing for the last 14 years of my life, I embarked on a “find my purpose and passion journey.” Much to my frustration, design kept popping back up for me…

In journalling for workshops I was doing.

In my obsession with pretty things.

All over the life story I wrote out to see what skills, interestes, and experience I had to draw from.

In client and friend reactions to my ditching design – “Congrats! Awe, are you sure? You’re so good at it!”

I tried my hardest to push it all away, but it was a part of me. So I took a look at what had really been making me unhappy. And I realized, it wasn’t the design! It was that my work wasn’t always helping people.

I saw the jobs I enjoyed most were for the clients who used nicely designed materials as well thought out tools to further their message. The rest of the clients meant well but hadn’t fully hit on their message yet. Which also meant, they were kind of a nightmare to work with because they had no idea what they wanted and were never happy with the end result.

There it was:

The prettiest designs in the world can’t help us if we don’t know what we’re trying to do! And the best designer in the world can’t make us the thing that perfectly represents us if we don’t know what we’re trying to represent.

So, with my new understanding and renewed love for design, I’ve put together a program that combines getting super clear on what your biz is all about, the experience you want to create for your clients AND a kick-ass web suite to match.

Introducing Jumpstart!  (Check it out!)