June’s Strawberry Moon

strawberry moon

The month of June’s Full Moon’s name is the Full Strawberry Moon. It got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit.

Here are my strawberry-moon-ripening-fruit offerings:

I let go of weeds.

I let go of “doing it wrong”.

I let go of sourness.

I cultivate sweetness.

I cultivate softness.

I cultivate juiciness.

Your turn.
Liza Fernandez

making movies be like…

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Sweating through shirts!

Hitting the pillow at 2am

Laughing through tears!

Canned food for breakfast.

Worn out keyboard!

Facing your fears, Every. Moment.

Hearing NO and doing it anyway!

Listening to “Onto The Next One” by Jay Z, on repeat

Talking about the equipment list with the door open as you pee!

Zoom meetings over Zoom meetings over Zoom meetings

Feeling like a baby is birthing all day, every day!

Using creative inventions when resources are for naught

Saying thank you, a zillion times, to everyone who’s said, “Yes, I’ll be there.”

Meeting minutes, agenda items, tasks, due dates, reminders, alerts, on repeat!

Being swung around by Creativity, as we dance at the edge of a mountain

Looking at the dog and remember we’re still loved!

Exhilaration, x 10.

all we did was play

 

We’ve been conditioned to move from a place of what loves us and almost every decision we make now is based on what other people think about us.

If you are under the illusion that these things outside of you are what complete you, you will always be a victim because everything has to change to make you happy.

When you were a kid you were just effortlessly creating and living in the moment, and that same effortless creativity is available to you right now. You are what you love, not what loves you.

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Kyle Cease

http://www.evolvingoutloud.com

embrace the struggle

happy birthday george clooney

George Clooney was so broke during his struggling days as an actor that he stayed in his friend’s closet in Los Angeles.

The singer Jewel briefly lived out of her car as she played smaller gigs.

Jon Hamm, of Mad Men, once worked as a soft-core porn movie set designer.

Tina Fey worked the front desk at a suburban Chicago YMCA during the day while doing standup in small coffee shops at night.

Movie mogul Tyler Perry lived on the streets of Atlanta and was perpetually broke when writing his first plays.

The most creative people often have a backstory riddled with struggle, hardship, and uncertainty. The irony is when they finally “make it big,” that’s all anyone wants to hear about—What was it like to struggle? How did you find the courage to keep going?

I believe we’ve got struggling all wrong. Struggling doesn’t mean we’re misaligned with our passion, or that we haven’t discovered the right life hack. Rather, struggling is a legitimate part of our refining and maturation process.

We could even argue that struggling helps us evolve more than success. And that, at the very least, it can be a test to see just how badly we want what we claim is in our heart.

One day, a long time from now, the stories of your “success” are going to be sourced from whatever struggles you’re currently experiencing. You will use those stories to show how far you came. And in the process, you will help and inspire a lot of people to keep going. This is why it’s important to view your entire journey—the successes and the hardships—as perfect.

Happy birthday, George.

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Light Watkins

egg, or full pink moon

april full moon

What is April’s Full Moon?

This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Here are my Egg Moon offerings:

I let go of getting it all done.

I let go gripping the path.

I let go wrinkled shirts that need to be ironed.

I cultivate trust.

I cultivate honoring ebb and flow.

I cultivate creative magnets.

Your turn.
Liza Fernandez

farts + trader joes

FADE IN: a car, 2 friends peeling mandarins:

“I mean, now what? We just go back to farts and Trader Joes?”
She looks at me expecting an answer.
Farts and Trader Joes…yeah, that seems about right. You spend enough time with someone, sure, that’s what happens.
I nod.
She scoffs and looks away.
“It’s not fair,” she says quietly.
She’s so pretty when she’s mad/frustrated/sad/resentful/vulnerable.
When she’s human.
“Well, it can be,” I finally say. “If you changed your family, culture, social mindset, your marriage. Become someone else, reinvent yourself!, and then educate everyone around you on the new You.”
She looks at me, “Stop it.”
“I mean it.”
“That’s not going to happen,” she says, slipping back into her lawyer voice.
“Then forget her.”
She swallows thick. It’s audible.
“I can’t…”
A beat. 
“How do you feel about farts and Trader Joe’s with her?”
“That’s different.”
“Nope, no it’s not. Same shit different smell.”
A slow smile curls across her lips, “She’s different, her farts smell like roses.”
I burst into laughter — bahahahaahaha.