Skip to main content

may 21 {life as a harmony, not a balancing act}



You know the creaky moans of a settling old house sinking deeper into it's foundation and how it's real character finally emerges through the peeling paint, worn floorboards, and weathered cracks?  That's what my life feels like these days, beautifully coming into its own.  Forward momentum meets clarity.

So a few exciting things have slid nicely into place behind the scenes, a new job, my first licensing deal, and some sacred gatherings in the making that have recently shaken loose yet another protective layer ready to be shed.

The work is really what I should have been looking for all along - a small job that grounds and supports my creative pursuits yet is fun and dynamic with a very low drama profile.  I've always wanted to be a Shop Girl (of my own shop) but this is the next best thing!  I've taken on a position at a local indie vintage boutique as a merchandiser and stylist, drawing on all of my creative experiences and interests.  I knew when I walked in the door for my first interview and saw the turquoise colored walls, the flowered vintage suitcase display, and heard the retro-pop mix of music streaming at a volume that made it feel festive and fun, that I was in the right place.  Yes.  I couldn't have dialed this one in any better.  I'm looking forward to learning all about decades of styles and clothing!  Yet another reason to go see Gatsby (Prada did the styling, after all).

I haven't gotten all the details about the licensing offer yet, but all fine print is in en route.  I might have to hug my mailman when he delivers this letter!  I submitted some writing pieces to this company about a month ago after finding their ad on Craig's List of all places.  I knew when I read the company description and prospectus that it was a really good fit for my voice and writing style, so I wrote 3 prose pieces off the top of my head and emailed them right in.  Lo and behold, I got an acceptance letter not too long after.  I don't know which of the pieces they are interested in, but I'm so completely thrilled!

The gathering is happening simply because I am making it a priority and not getting too caught up in the not-good-enough-gremlins that always seem to pipe up when required to show up in this way.  This voice has kept me quiet and smallish at times, and I'm just so done with that now.  Wouldn't you know, things are starting to align there as well.  I was invited to an amazing event this summer, I'll be returning to Squam for a little visit in a few weeks, I'm settling on a date for my next creative-soul get together, and I am thinking more and more about stepping more seriously into the role of Teacher.

It is all very new, but it feels really good and perfectly timed and harmonious.  So much wide open space to grow into and I'm looking forward to settling and marinating in it all, served with a serious helping of radical gratitude on the side.





 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Inner Alchemy Cards: Build A New World Deck

Our next make-your-own card adventure is finally here! Inner Alchemy Collage: Build A New World Deck (online) is an artful exploration of language, learning, inspiration, and collaboration, that delves into important ideas around activism and systems of oppression. This is a way for us to examine and disrupt harmful dominant narratives, tell new stories, and inspire one another to use our creativity and personal power to help build the collective world we all want to live in! In the end you will have a beautiful and meaningful handmade deck of 35 oracle cards to use as unique a tool for guidance and reflection whenever you need it.  I'm your host,  Mindy Tsonas Choi , an artist, organizer, radical belonging activist, and the founder of the Be Seen Project - a grassroots initiative resourcing BIPOC artist and makers working in activism. Join me along with other stellar artists, makers and co-creators who have also been exploring social justice and activism as part of their creativ

The Cost of Selling Belonging

As someone who use to sell belonging and believed I was creating something universally magical , I now have fresh eyes on the harm that I once caused. I understand what can (and was) incredibly healing and impactful for some, was at the same time excluding, marginalizing and undervaluing others. First, to anyone who ever felt like they did not belong to anything I created because they were unable to afford it or felt like they did not have the social capitol to join -  I am sincerely sorry for not seeing you sooner .   To our entire creative community as a whole, I urge us all to think about belonging in new and equitable ways, and to do the work of dismantling these hierarchical structures that leave so many people out of the circle. We all deserve to have access to creativity and belonging, and I'd go so far as to say both are fundamental basic human needs and rights. Selling belonging can look like... Creating spaces and experiences that can only be accessed by buying in at one,

what's in a name?

It’s May 14, 2020 and I’m on a transnational call with a social worker and translator of the SOS Children’s Village offices in South Korea. It’s 7pm my time and 9am the next day in Korea, which adds to the surreal quality of the moment. It is my first long distance call following my inquiry with the organization documented to be my first place of entry into the system, found in my Korean records (the acquisition of which is an incredible story in and of itself). It was July 21, 1972 and I was 5 months old. It’s a small miracle the organization still exists, and an even bigger blessing that they took such time and care in searching for information and to talk it all through with me in person. I try not to cry as the call connects. What I learn is a lot of small details about that fateful evening which amount to nothing traceable, but still feel like huge missing pieces of my life. I was left near the entrance around 7pm under a small tree, wrapped in a blanket with only a name scribble