Thursday, April 19, 2012

Micromovements, grabbing ahold.

To be successful, you have to have successes. 

To have successes you have to set a goal, take a risk, and commit to making micromovements.

The key to having successes is taking one small step at a time. 

Micromovements — as {one of my all time favorite authors} SARK would say — are commitments to small tasks that lead to little successes that ultimately lead to larger successes. Each micromovement contributes to the larger whole and the overall goal. 

These steps then lead to larger successes, and ultimately, empowerment, self-pride and happiness. 

The longer I am successful, the better and better I feel. 

I love my job. 
I love my passions. 
I love being a mom. 
I love the people around me.
I am excited about being healthy again.
I feel inspired to live within and outside of my comfort zone. 
I'm willing to take risks.  

The key to success with my micromovements, and thus, success with my overall goals, has been... FOCUSING ON WHAT I CAN DO. 

{I always think… I can do anything for XX amount of time.}

When I quit smoking, I told myself, I could go 15 minutes without one, then another 15+ (thanks, Don Suskind). Sometimes I could go a day, so I’d push it another day. 

Then, one day, I just committed. I committed to wanting to be a non-smoker for the rest of my life. I committed to setting a good example for my son. And I committed to being healthier, hiking until I die, and living better.  

I have really been enjoying hiking with my family and friends.  

So really, that’s it. 
Setting goals. Little & big. 
Trying over. 
Trying over & over again. 
Building strength. 
Building good karma. 
Building good relationships. 
Building something new.

Little successes that lead into bigger successes. 

The best part has been the way the universe has unfolded in front of me as a result of living a better life. 

I am loving and connecting with good people along the way. Expressing creativity. Writing. Doing art. Listening to music. Spending time with my son. Dancing. Laughing. Enjoying life. Helping people out. Using my talents and experience to help people out. 

I have my bad days. Sometimes, I have a lot of them. I’m way too heady sometimes. And stressed. I will always be a work in progress. That is for sure. We all are. But overall, I am improving. 

I want my son to have the best possible opportunity to become a full-fledged him. 

And, I want to be a better mom. So I’m learning. 

I want to lose weight for an upcoming trip to Hawaii. So I’m learning & doing. Cooking better. Eating better. Drinking less. Gaining control. Hiking. Kenpo. P90X tapes {barely, but I tried!}. Lifting weights more.

Life really is good. 
Moving in a positive direction.
I wish the same for you.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Tree Ring

A bit of nostalgia—because I know these here mountains, quite well, and have many fond memories. But, it probably has a lot to do with the production of the video—the feel, the nostalgia, the elated people so excited to join the unexpected experience. I just really love it and felt it needed to be "immortalized" here. I'm a dreamer, what can I say?

THE TREE RING: HIKE-IN SHOW from Destin Daniel Cretton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

KONY 2012. ALL IN.

Do you know who Joseph Kony is? You should. This movement is going to go down in history books. I'M ALL IN. Will you be? All is one. Let's do this.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Breaking Away from Comfortable

I think the universe is trying to tell me something today.

Message received LOUD & CLEAR. Now, to figure out next steps... hmmmm. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Announcing the Humility Collection

Oh so super stoked {!} to announce the release of the Humility Collection from Gaia Greetings on SpoonflowerFabric with a story and purpose.

Thanks to every single one of you, for supporting and believing and inspiring.

OK, so without further adieu... {right?}

I present Blueberry, Caramel, Chocolate, Olive, and Teal Swirl from the Humility Collection.

No critique rejected ~;~). 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Passion. Find It.

Illustration courtesy of Lindsay Whitehead from Unraveled Design. Check out the rest of her stuff on her flickr page.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Ripple for Our Little Bird

I spent some time recently {OK, all of last weekend} responding to a request from my son's school director, who was looking for help (!) creating some marketing materials to promote the school at a public event. She threw out some initial ideas and I, being enmeshed in branding and marketing land 40-ish hours a week at my 9-5 (as a Manager, not Creative), not being able to resist offering suggestions, and having gained some confidence donning my coordination and design hats during the school's Harvest the Music event, decided to offer that help. 

While I learned that I'm a serious perfectionist {must let go!}, my efficiency is not the best, and it's probably a good idea for me to learn a few keyboard commands, ultimately, I am very proud of the work I did, and I'm pretty sure, it is going to catch the attention of some prospective parents, or others, who, upon approaching the booth, are going to be greeted by one of the most passionate educators I have met in a long time.

To make a long story short, my son's Charter School struggled the first two years. Somehow, by the grace of chance, Alexis landed there, and ultimately, set the wheels in motion to save our alternative option by renewing the lost charter under a new, more supportive wing, enrolling enough children to get things off the ground, and finding, signing, painting, cleaning, and moving into a new location, all within the span of 7 weeks.

I believe, it is because of her dedication, that each and every one of the parents, guardians and extended family members in this community, yes COMMUNITY, are willing to go to bat for this school.

To aid me in my efforts, I solicited the help of the teachers to gather materials, and parent photographers to help me with my mission. 6 people stepped up to the plate immediately, 5 of whom were able to go by the school, THAT WEEK, and photograph the kids, classrooms, materials, premises, etc. You name it, they shot it. And they delivered beautiful, amazing shots.

Everything was done, produced, and delivered by yesterday evening, in time for the event tonight.

This morning, Alexis greeted me with a lovely {actually quite rockin'} new amber colored hair-do, and a card with a handwritten note.

It reminded me, like a little voice from the universe, how important it is to listen to my intuition, always move forward with action, and do what I love to help others. The whole process grounded me again. Yay! I'm a ripple! 

Are you doing what you love to help others? Share your stories on our Facebook page, comment below or drop me a line at 

In the meantime, check out the story of Rescued Cards, founded by Monica Hoover—doing what she loves to promote the ones who save the ones she loves. ;~)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's crazy, when you see and love a piece of art and you don't know the story behind it. Today... I discovered the story about the Burmese monk in South Park, painted by Shepard Fairey.

Art as a weapon teaser // 3 mins from BREADTRUCK TV on Vimeo.