5 WAYS TO CREATE A MOVEMENT

5 Ways to Create a Movement

Something we all have in common is our desire to change something. Our desire to make a difference, be remembered and to do big things. I watched this TED talk by Seth Godin and outlined some tips and thoughts he shared on how to create change and lead your tribe.

To create change, you must first ask yourself what is the thing you want to change?

Maybe you want to inspire woman to feel beautiful and courageous, or maybe you want to provide resources for those in need. What I want to change is the way the common core is cutting out art and music in schools and provide the resources for children to learn and experience art and music at any age. 

Now you know what you want to change, ask yourself the following:

Who are you upsetting?
When you create a movement, you’re going against the status quo. You’re pushing against the norm and will most certainly upset someone, who is it? For example; I will upset the education system by causing a snag in their philosophy and plans of cutting out art and music and implementing the common core. 

Who are you connecting?
Your tribe wants to connect with others and feel loved, missed and valued. So when you imagine the change you want to create, who are you connecting? I will be connecting children with their families, other children and most importantly with themselves. When children have art and music in their lives, they feel more creative, strong, smart, aware, beautiful and able to process anything that gets thrown their way. Read more on this topic here

Who are you leading? 
Cultivating a tribe of supporters, cheerleaders and supporters is how you will make your impact reach its fullest potential. So who is it that you are leading? I will be leading parents, teenagers, children and anyone who’s ever experienced art & music or supports art & music. One way I am doing this is by teaching art, calligraphy and cursive classes to all ages. 

I challenge you to answer these questions and create a movement within 30 days from today. While brainstorming your ideas and mapping out your plan, here are 5 tips to keep in mind on how to create a movement:

  1. Challenge the status quo
  2. Develop a culture
  3. Pursue curiosities
  4. Connect others
  5. Commit to your change

Want to join me in creating change in the common core and helping to implement more art & music for our next generations? Email me, comment below or join my newsletter.

So what is it you want to change? 

Photo by Sara-Lane Baskin

FINDING INSPIRATION // LARGE SCALE ART

26a4a0b1580add2aa1ecb6de2255d84c 9db5fb0b7a5781b3589ecc3c2b81b735

9295704fe14e9e168a584772a9d81a8d

e90c2ca6e66cb63afcd86ddf90386f89 3f2ee0d8549cd80aaeebfe4faed4c1f9

cfea150523ddbbac28b395c281ca24fd

The act of getting your hands dirty and and stretching your body from limb to limb to create a life sized piece of artwork is so inspiring.

I’ve experienced this practice when I’ve painted 8.5×4.5inch paintings for an exhibit a few years back. I’d lay on the floor, against the paper, and slowly move from each corner to the next to saturate the paper with paint.

To have a large piece of artwork completed and covering the majority (if not all) of a wall in one room is breathtaking. See more artists creating here.

 1  / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

CHOCOLATE CAKE & BASIL LEMONADE

20140722-131739.jpg

20140722-131815.jpg

20140722-131835.jpg

20140722-131850.jpg

20140722-131913.jpg

20140722-131930.jpg

20140722-131957.jpg

20140722-132024.jpg

20140722-132040.jpg

20140722-132056.jpg

20140722-132112.jpg

It’s been over 6 months since I started teaching and let me tell you guys, I love to teach.

I love that I get to share with others what I know and to see how much it helps them grow. I love to build community and see each student interact with each other. I love the relationships that lasts after the class – I’ve made so many friends and clients from teaching!

One of my favorite things lately, that I love about teaching, it how the small little things like fresh home-made basil lemonade, chocolate cake and flowers from my garden can welcome and celebrate the students and the class. It celebrates their commitment to learning and growing. Making it feel more like a gathering, an event, a celebration.

If you’re thinking about teaching your own class, check out these 10 easy steps.

The cake I made was simple and so delicious – it was also gluten, dairy and sugar-free. The basil lemonade was so fresh and summery.

Sugar-Free Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 ts of baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tb of coconut oil
  • 2 ts of vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients (almond meal, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the dates and water in a food processor or strong blender and blend until it forms a smooth paste.
  4. Mix the date paste with the wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, vanilla), and mix until smooth.
  5. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
  6. Grease an 8″ round cake pan and pour in batter.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving so that it has time to set.

Strawberries & Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 4 Tb of coconut oil, melted
  • 4 Tb of maple syrup
  • 4-5 strawberries
  1. Slice strawberries thin and cover the entire top of the cake.
  2. Mix the first 3 ingredients well in blender.
  3. Drizzle over cake. Let cool in fridge for more a hardened chocolate glaze.

 

Basil Lemonade

  • 6-8 lemons
  • 8-10 cups of filtered, cold water
  • agave or maple syrup
  • hand full (8-10 sprigs) of fresh basil leaves
  1. Roll each lemon to release the juice.
  2. Cut lemons in half and squeeze into pitcher.
  3. Fill pitcher with water till it tastes slightly tangy. You can always add more water afterwords.
  4. Add sweetener to taste. I usually add 1/4-1/2 cup of agave sweetener.
  5. Chop basil and mix in.
  6. Slice a few lemons, coin style, to garnish.
  7. Serve over ice and keep chilled.

FREEDOM

20140716-094556.jpg

20140716-094638.jpg

20140716-094715.jpg

20140716-094739.jpg

20140716-094809.jpg

20140716-094834.jpg

20140716-094856.jpg

20140716-094929.jpg

20140716-094945.jpg

20140716-095005.jpg

20140716-095032.jpg

20140716-095103.jpg

20140716-095120.jpg

20140716-095146.jpg

20140716-095210.jpg

20140716-095242.jpg

20140716-095305.jpg

For Independence Day this year Nick and I celebrated our freedom by renting bikes, riding around the city till we found a place open for dinner and watching fireworks from a local park.

Note: did you know Nashville is has the 2nd largest fireworks show in the country? It was an incredible show! They even had a live symphony playing downtown that they broadcasted on the radios.

As we rode our bikes past gobs of traffic and laid our blanket down to watch the sky fall, I reflected on how fortunate we are to have independence from so many worries, laws, governments and restrictions that other parts of the world have never had.

I never recalled feeling so grateful to have the freedom I have until this year.

Maybe it’s because I’m thinking of our future children and the world we bring them into. Or maybe it’s because I’m an entrepreneur, who helps others to discover their God given talents and bring value to the world doing what they love. I couldn’t imagine not having having these freedoms.

Regardless of why, I felt to much gratitude, pride and joy this year for being an American. Proud to live in such a beautiful country, grateful to have all of the freedoms we have and joyful of what’s yet to come.