The Sketchbook Project

Wow what a great stumble to find out about this little gem – this ‘Sketchbook Project’ is such a brilliant project which was brought to life via crowdfunding in 2006!! It’s known to date as the biggest sketchbook library in the world, based in New York City – holding over 36,000 sketchbooks within its space!
I’ve just signed up to add a little Soul Stories love to their collection, yayyy. Will have to keep y’all posted. Watch this space indeed! xt

About
The Sketchbook Project is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. www.sketchbookproject.com

General Information
It’s like a road trip, but with sketchbooks, and anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project.

Every sketchbook contributed to the Project will be included in the traveling library and exhibited in cities and towns across the continent. We are including more cities at every opportunity with our custom-fitted Mobile Library trailer. Cities include Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago, Portland, Austin, Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay Area and many more.

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be shared for the world to see.

Have a Sketchbook Project question? Ask our support guru here: support.sketchbookproject.com

 

How to get on board:

A GLOBAL ART PROJECT
Sign up, receive a blank sketchbook, fill it up and submit it to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks. Your book will become part of Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection and will travel as part of our nationwide art exhibitions!

Submit your work to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks. Where it will reside in Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection, travel to exhibitions across the country and become part of a massive worldwide community of creative people.

Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project. To participate and receive a sketchbook which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library and our traveling exhibitions, so sign up today.

Beautiful Pieces – 4 years…

On top of the hill by the water – nothing but the best for you mum…We love you and miss you with all of our hearts – 4 years still feels like yesterday and probably always will. Xxxxx t ??❤️??

 

Your goodbye day
will always be
that heartbreakingly
hard day ~ where
everything else
fades away
& all that remains
is your smile,
your kindness,
your love
& all the beautiful
pieces that we
remember about you… © June 18 .17

‘Beautiful Pieces’

   

 

Life is too short to wait…

Today a very beautiful friend of mine had an awful car accident. The car is gone, but thankfully, she is not. The last l heard she was having some scans run in hospital – but fingers crossed all is ok.
Ive just read another girlfriends post where she saw a homeless man with positive energy – she assumed he might be homeless, only because he had bags strapped to his wheelchair. She left $20 at the counter and said whatever he wants ‘this’ is his. The next evening she was told that he was hit and killed not 5 hrs later crossing the street as someone was trying to run the light and he couldn’t cross fast enough.

These are the stories that keep me pushing boundaries and living as if my life could end in the blink of an eye – because it can…
We all know it, seen it and have felt it…

So what are YOU waiting for? Are you living the life that you want? Are you planting seeds and taking micro steps towards an open heart and an authentic life? Are you being honest to yourself and others that are dear to you?
Yes, its such a fine line, to stop and smell the flowers along the side of the road along with hard work that you are passionate for or curious about. Its just a matter of checking in each day.
If you are living the life that your soul truly desires, then hard work every day is merely a privilege, a joy, an incredible process that enriches your life and many others…

Life is WAY too short to wait for anything or anyone – take your own hand and don’t even wait for tomorrow, please, with all of my heart, start right now!
Much love and light always, tx

Bubbling Energy ~ 2017

Hey wonderful souls out there – l truly hope that your year has kicked off to being as amazing as mine!?!? I’m not sure exactly what’s going on but l feel super energised and so many planted seeds seem to have sprouted in places l had forgotten l had sewn…

I was lucky enough to have traveled up to Noosa during January holiday period – bags packed to the brim, on a mission to find some beautiful new spaces and places for Soul Stories.
Im still feeling so much gratitude towards my amazing hosts, along with stealing their troopie to get around form A. to B.!!!
WOW, l certainly traveled some kilometres whilst l was there, so lets just say l’ve taken on the title as ‘professional truck driver’ now ~ but parking remains questionable!?

Soul Stories can now be found in a handful of gorgeous boutiques and wellbeing spaces along the Sunshine Coast, mostly on consignment trial, but hey, you gotta start somewhere right? (all can be found listed in FAQ on website)

I’m a little bit sad to sad that ~ l dream of jeanne ~ series two is coming to an end. Only about 12 bags of 500 remaining from this limited edition. But on the other hand, lm SUPER excited to say that ~ i dream of jeanne ~ series three is currently under way. The sketch is all complete (the hard part) and moving onto the good stuff by the end of this week.

So lm writing today to let you all know FIRST, that l will be offering a presale discount on the first 60 ~ i dream of jeanne ~ series three bag from TODAY onwards!
They can be ordered online ‘here‘ at the promotion price of $25 each, or you can message me directly.
Pretty please don’t miss out on this pre sale discount – as l can tell you now that many gorgeous peeps did for premiere 2017 Calendars. The whole point of this newsletter is so you guys get all the goss first, right?

Fingers crossed that the new eco friendly totes should be ready by the end of April, so will definitely keep you posted on production movements down the track. Tons more to tell, but will leave it there for now, and try and get another juicy newsletter out soon!
Thanks to everyone an being part of my amazing Soul Stories journey – there wouldn’t be any stories without you all, and that my friends is the truest story by far…
Much love and light, tx

 

       

 

Favourite albums this month: Sia, This is Acting & Sara Bareilles, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress.

Currently reading: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O ~ Shel Silverstein & still Big Magic ~ Elizabeth Gilbert.

Dare yourself: To start a class you have always dreamed of…

Utube inspiration: Thought of You ~  by Ryan Woodward, I’ll be Good ~ James Young.

Favourite cafe/boutique: The Rivermouth General Store , CK Coffee Bar & Wholefoods
Hearts and Minds Art.

Do yourself a favour: Go dance in the rain ~ and l really mean it!

Pay it forwards moment: Teach a child something you wish you knew at that age.

New places visited: Noosa, Montville, Peregian Beach, Mooloolaba.

Live event coming up: Guest speaker at Dawson’s Retreat.

Current mood: Running on no sleep but inspired to the bone!

 

Daily Soul Stories

How do we move
together ~ when we
are simply
worlds apart?
© January 24 .17

Move Together

One foot in front of the other…

So where to even begin!?

Something tells me that l shouldn’t leave it so long in-between each newsletter, because sooooo much seems to happen!?
I had every intention of writing about all of the things, events and small goals Soul Stories has achieved over these last few months, but l figured we would all be here for quite some time…
Instead l’m going to ask you what l asked at the beginning of my adults dance class a few days ago, “What is ‘one’ thing in your life right now that you don’t like or would dream of changing? Something that might get you down and wish was somehow different?”
When l gently asked them to think about it, l felt a sense of sadness, dis-ease ~ maybe even hint of hopelessness… Then right at the end of an empowering, upbeat & sweaty class (not to mention feeling super proud of their achievements over 4 weeks) ~ l reminded them about that ‘one’ thing they weren’t happy with and then sternly asked them, “So what are YOU going to do about it? What are the steps that YOU are going to take to create change about this one thing that takes your smile away? YOU are in charge of your life & YOU get to decide how to live it every day! Life is way too short, so keep trying to find your happy in everything that you do. YOU are more capable than you realise ~ so keep this feeling right now and don’t be afraid to try everything to better your one shot life!
Heads were held high and energies had shifted to strength…
l felt their souls strong, proud ~ and l’m sure they realised that what they had achieved in 4 dance classes was merely a snippet of what they could carry with them outside the studio and apply to their lives…
There is no excuse. We must keep striving to be the best version of ourself – keep working hard, pushing fears out of comfort zones and challenging our lives in every way. It’s so important to really live life whilst we are alive, doing things that gets you blood pumping and heart beating faster. Keep striving to find passion within your soul ~ not just going through the same motions day in, day out. We all know that’s not fun or happiness, nor living at all…

Sooooo, moving right a long,  just a quick mention to say how grateful l am to have restocked some cards/prints to existing boutiques and even more excited to add some brand new places to the website.
Sprout Eden ~ Eden (new)
Pambula Wholefoods ~ Pambula (new)
Secret Spell ~ Merimbula (coming soon, new)
Earth Song Wellness Centre ~ Cooma (new)
Feather & Twine ~ Healesville
Dyoligy ~ Traralgon

Check out some upcoming Events & Fundraisers Soul Stories has jumped onboard with:
Beyond Blue – Charity Auction Night
Little Lion Hearts Online Auction Fundraiser
Comedy 4 Karma – Fundraising for Daylesford Dharma School
World Vegan Day 2016 ~ Melbourne
Heyfield Food & Wine Festival
Save A Cow ~ Sponsorship SAC Australia
You can keep up to date on these kinda events by clicking HERE

Warm Fuzzies that lm a little bit chuffed about:
Be sure to check out Soul Stories premiere Calendar for next year!
Last day to snap up the pre-sale ‘discount’ ~ ends October 1st!
Much love and gratitude to all those who have already grabbed one or two or five or 15!!?? WOW!
And a mega thanks to the incredible Belinda Strong (my dear friend & talented illustrator/graphic designer) who patiently worked by my side to bring this beautiful project to life.

And if you have never heard of IndieLove Magazine – then take a sneaky peek of issue #3 as Soul Stories gets a two page mention.  A local online & print Magazine ~ showcasing independent authors, musicians, artists, film/actorsactors & travel etc… An up and coming magazine that will definitely inspire you to get your creative pants on.

Last big of goss, we still have about 55 limited edition & eco friendly
~ i dream of jeanne ~ tote bags remaining (series 2) and 24 limited edition & eco friendly Mindful Mats up for grabs.
Beautiful ideas for christmas gifts, not only for others but for YOURSELF too!

All of my big love and gratitude to my wonderful supporters – l honestly can not say it enough. Thank you so much to help me step a little closer to my dreams of living off what l love to do most of all ~ to help, heal and inspire…
Much love & laughter, xt

 

                   

 

Fav albums this month: Birds of Tokyo ~ Birds of Tokyo, Lemonade ~ Beyonce
and Wilder Mind ~ Mumford & Sons

Currently reading: Big Magic ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Open Randomly ~ Ally Hamilton
and For One More Day ~ Mitch Albom

U Tube Inspiration: Gary Vaynerchuk & Shots of Awe ~ Jason Silva

Fav cafe/boutique: Sprout Eden & The Nutrition Pod

Do yourself a favour: Book an infrared sauna session

Pay It Forward Moment: Leaving pieces of Soul Stories art in random places that l have
travelled to this month…

New Places Visited: Cooma & Kalaru, N.S.W

Live Event Coming Up: Kinky Boots

Current Mood: Open heart, open to possibilities…

~~

Daily Soul Stories

The time will come
when you find
softness & beauty
in the hurt
they left behind…
© August 2 .16

Today’s the Day…

August 11th 2016 ~ Today I’ve realized 2 things I’m very proud of…

In almost 3 years I’ve only bought one piece of clothing (minus underwear) until a few days ago ~ focusing on feeding every penny back into my Soul Stories vision…
So the second piece of clothing I’ve purchased happens to be my first ever pair of sports skins (thanks for your amazing help @lululemonausnz in Chadston).Today's the Day
Kinda hard to believe considering all of the dance, yoga & training l’ve taken part of during the last 30 odd years. Overcoming a huge hurdle & pushing through fears of not feeling good in tight pants/leggin’s… We all have ‘our stuff’ and body image has been an ongoing struggle in my world. For some reason or another l’ve alway been super self conscious in fitted clothes, hugging me in what I consider the wrong places…


Anyways – today is one of those days where I’m stepping up and practicing what l preach to all of you amazing souls out there.
Be brave and believe ~ you are enough!!!
Because you are all freaking AMAZING – me included… ☺️??❤️?? 

much love and light always xxx t

Beautiful Souls, Amazing Stories…

Little Heads Up…

Just wanted to let everyone know that you have ALL of tomorrow and the next day to purchase ANYTHING online to the value of $35. Why you ask?
So that you will be placed in the draw to WIN one of Soul Stories brand NEW Mindful Mats!!! There are less than 40 people in the competition so far, so odds are pretty awesome… Eco friendly and a limited edition of 100, once they are sold (like the ~ i dream of jeanne ~ tote bags) they will never be repeated.
Drawn at the end of the night on JULY 1st.

I will try to be short and sweet, but the last few months have been absolutely AMAZING for Soul Stories, so much to tell. I have so many amazing people to thank, especially to my wonderful tribe who continue to support me in so many incredible ways.

My premiere Mind, Body & Spirit Festival was an absolute success! I was super prepared with an amazing set up, met so many wonderful & inspiring souls and even covered my stall fees & extra expenses. That’s what l was affirming during the lead up to the event & that’s exactly what the world gave back to me…
A BIG thanks to all of my friends, new Soul Stories punks and to the couple of celebrities who swung buy to keep me smiling and energised.
I’ve posted a few photos below for anyone that didn’t get a chance to pop down and say hello.

Be sure to keep sending in your fab SS photos so l can add them to the ‘Around the World’ Gallery, and to be in the monthly running to win some gift cards. Love, love, love ALL of your photos! Ive had so many this month, that have literally been sent in from around the world – WOW.

We have very exciting news that Soul Stories has been accepted into an inspiring wellness boutique called Soul Soothings, based in NY, USA. Yes, that’s right, USA!!!
Owner Kathy Izzard Chism has carefully selected a wonderful collection of SS prints to be a part of her magical space.
You can always keep up to date where you can find Soul Stories (in the real) by clicking onto the websites contact page, and scrolling down to:
Where can l find Soul Stories?

I have the most beautiful story to share, one of ‘my’ personal Soul Stories that happened not so long ago called: A Heart like Grandma’s.
It’s a heartfelt read which wont take very long, so go grab yourself a cuppa and take a sneaky peek.

A handful of gorgeous stores/boutiques have requested a larger range of gift cards which l’ve had to pinch myself about, so thank you SO much to New LeavesArt & Soul Living & Massage Healing Centre. Fingers crossed that there might be another boutique to add to my list after tomorrows meeting in HEALSVILLE!? Watch this space punks.

Lastly a special thanks to Robyn Sell, for including Soul Stories in her personal ‘heartbreaking’ story at the Australian Health Promotion Conference in Perth. I was extremely humbled and touched when she called me up to ask for my permission. Of all the stories she wanted to use, she chose the story called ‘Still Here’ ~ which has a very deep meaning to my heart also… Thank you so much sweet soul. xx
Heres a short video (by Gin Pineau) on the finishing touches of ‘Still Here’ being created.

Ok , need to wrap it up – be sure to keep checking the ‘Events’ section on the website to see what adventures, fundraisers and events Soul Stories is up too. More often than not, there is always something going on! l can’t help myself ~ l always love to jump onboard and collaborate with anyone in need or with a fire in their belly. Please don’t hesitate to email me for any possibilities. The answer will always be NO unless you ask…

Much love and light to everyone out there. Rug up tonight, and please, please please, keep sharing your incredible stories…
tams xx

        

1. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ A beautiful blank canvas to decorate with SS colours…
2. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ My awesome brother Danny building my shelves… xo
3. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Partner in SS crime, Gin. My #1 helper with EVERYTHING!

     

4. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ My lovely friend who has a heart like Grandmas. Catch the full story here…
5. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Finally met talented singer Nina Feero (recognise her from The Voice?).
6. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Sharing a beautiful moment with a little boy who LOVED SS creatures…

    

7. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Beautiful support from friends since High School days… x
8. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ Just because l can & like to laugh! (Such a show off!!)
9. Mind Body Spirit Festival ~ More amazing support from gorgeous dance partners…

    

9. New Leaves ~ One of the most beautiful bookstores l’ve ever seen in Australia (Woodend, VIC).
10. Art & Soul Living ~ Inspiring boutique with unique & warm reception – you will never want to leave!
11. Soul Soothings ~ New home for SS. Holistic consultations ~ complimented by a wellness boutique. USA

    

12. Gorgeous photo from Koren (from The Nutrition Pod) of her daughter stealing her new Mindful Mat…
13. Gippsland Womens Health ~ Extremely touched by Robyn sharing her story at Australian Health Promotion Conference in Perth ~ with Soul Stories.
14. So many heart warming photos being sent in to Soul Stories  ‘Around the World’ Gallery

    

15. Around the World ~ Beautiful friends l have yet to meet in the real – so much love & support from Canada. Be sure to chek out Naomi’s Artwork too!
16. Tailor Made Soul Stories ~ A very special Soul Stories for a beautiful family dear to my heart… xxx
17. SS Mindful Mat ~ One of my talented dancer friends living in Austria (director of European Dance tours). Proudly using her inspiring SS Mat for her Pilates classes.

    

18. Around the World ~ I have the most amazing friends & followers that send me their wonderful SS creations – yes  please, to help, heal & inspire, that’s all l dream of… Thanks Zina
19. Around the World ~ All the way from France with their Jeanne Bag for their very special bundle of joy. Awww Daddy Sebastian looks super happy!
20. SS Mindful Mat ~ I hope lm 1/2 as amazing as this lady at her age. Love everything about this photo!

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Daily Soul Stories

I had been given
one wish ~
& all l knew
is that l wanted
to give it to you…
© April 11 .14

One Wish

A Heart like Grandmas

This is going to one of those beautiful yet a little bit heartbreaking stories – one of my personal Soul Stories with no great meaning other than l simply want to share it with you all…

A few weeks ago, towards the end of my day at the Victorian Art Centre Market, l noticed a lovely elderly lady on her own, taking time to read some of my gift cards. I pretended l was busy, sketching away in my own little world, but l was secretly watching her read each story very carefully…  Finally l wandered over and asked her if she needed any help? When she looked up from reading, there was something about her big round watery eyes that reminded me of my Grandma.

With her gentle glance, it was as though she had the ability to stare straight into my heart and read all of my secret stories within seconds… With a kind voice and similar accent to my German Grandma, she said something like, “Oh, dear girl, you are very beautiful inside, so kind to have all of these feelings and stories. You have a good soul, just beautiful – you feel so much…”

I was lost for words. l just stood there staring at her, struggling to find my voice and when l did, my eyes were glassy, heart  full of emotion and all l could manage to squeak out was, “Thank you, you’re going to make me cry…”

A Heart like GrandmasWe exchanged a few more words and then she told me that she would love to buy a framed Soul Stories piece but she was walking and wouldn’t be able to carry it. With trembling words, she also explained that she had lost her ‘cheri’ 6 weeks ago and struggled to fill her days with different things to do…

By that stage l was feeling like someone had reached into my chest, scooped out my heart and just tossed it away. So l ran over to my ~l dream of jeanne~ bag and pulled out an envelope and said to her, “How would you like come to the ‘Mind Body Spirit Festival’ next weekend? This ticket will get you in for free!” Her eyes lit up immediately and she couldn’t stop thanking me over and over again.

“Now l have something to do for the next weekend and l don’t have to think about it, thank you, thank you. And thank you for this free ticket, because l went to the Italian Food and Wine Festival a few weeks ago, and when l got to the door they told me that a ticket costs $75 and well, l don’t have that money, so l had to walk away… So thank you so very much for this…” In truth it sounded more like ‘Sank you, sank you’ with the adorable German accent… just like my Grandma’s.

There were so many more heartwarming pieces to our conversation, but from the snippets l have retold, it’s easy to understand her beautiful soul. By the end of her stories, she promised to find me again and waved goodbye with a huge smile on her face ~ whereas l had to reach for my sunglasses to hide my teary eyes and heartache…

I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I didn’t even know her name – yet l kept returning to this moment, this random meeting and replaying her stories in my mind. I just felt for her so much and tried to imagine what life would be like for her now.

For so many years she had been doing everything with someone else, every single day and that’s all she knew. Now, at 70 years or so, she had to relearn who she was and really work hard to create little things for herself to do each day, just to fill in time that felt forever without him…

A Heart like Grandma'sBy the time ‘Mind Body Spirit Festival’ rolled around, l was flat out, stressed out and pretty much freaking out! I had thought about her prior to installing, wondering if she would have the courage to come by. But because it was my premiere event and was fully concentrated of being present in each moment, I had forgotten about her until l heard a familiar voice (again like my Grandma) say, “Oh, there you are…” 

I looked up to see big watery eyes staring back at me, filled with love and so much gratitude. “I almost didn’t find you,” she said with relief, “lve been looking and looking and almost gave up, and now l am so happy to find you…”  

Ahhh, l was so thrilled that she had found her way to the Festival! l learnt that she had a wonderful day, not to mention the odd 20 more ‘sank yous’ l received

After she told all of my customers how amazing l was (yes l was bright red by this stage and seriously embarrassed), she then told me that she HAD to buy something! I tried to argue with her, but she wasn’t having any of it. So l told her that she couldn’t buy anything unless we had a photo together!!!!

She tried to argue with me, but no chance – as you can see, l won!! 

I experienced so many wonderful moments during the ‘Mind Body Spirit Festival’, but this particular moment was golden and l will always hold this story close to my heart. Shame on me, l still don’t know this beautiful lady’s name, but l do know that she will never be forgotten. Thank you beautiful lady with a heart like my Grandmas, thank you for sharing your heartbreakingly beautiful story with me and for allowing me to fill your weekend with a little extra light and joy. I hope you are finding new and wonderful things to do ~  and that each day passes a little easier and a little richer with stories like these… xxt

Dreamy Eisteddfod Days…

Since returning to Oz, lve been slowing building up my resume of adjudicating at different dance competitions ~ and l’ve just completed my longest Eisteddfod ever, 8 days in a row! I knew before hand that it was going to be quite an intense week, requiring my full attention 24/7, and rather mentally challenging – but what l totally wasn’t prepared for was the emotional side, heartstrings being tugged on and many fond memories rising to the surface…

Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...Towards the end of a incredible inspiring week of watching wonderful dancers and hanging out with the friendly committee ~ I was also unconsciously taking in the the tiny moments caught between mother and daughter(s)…

After everything had come to a beautiful closing, it wasn’t until l returned home and woke up the next morning that memories exploded through my body and tears trickled down my face…

How lucky these girls and boys were to have such incredible parents to spend so much time, energy and love on them during these early and sometimes very long days… Which of course brought my thoughts back to mum…

Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...My sister and l used to spend EVERY school holidays at different Eisteddfods. Mum would carefully make all of our beautiful costume, which was super boring to try on 50 times to get it right. Always doing our hair and makeup until we were old enough to figure it out ourselves. I was often nervous and wanting a LONG time to warm up, so we would arrive at the theatre WAY earlier than was probably necessary… And then she would sit there and watch us get ready, loving every second of it before wandering out into the auditorium and watch her girls perform like a proud mama goose.

She was never a ballet mum, she had no idea what was right and wrong, other than her girls were happy when they were dancing and they looked beautiful on stage…

We all had so much crazy fun back then… Dreamy Eisteddfod Days...
Spending time with my wonderful ballet teacher Miss Sue, hanging with fellow friends & other dancers ~ especially the ones you idolised!! Winning a place was so important back then – and now all l can think of is that l hoped l showed mum enough gratitude and love for all that she did for us?
Did l? Did we?
I hope so…
These memories are like gold dust, sprinkled throughout my soul. I wish l could have passed on more knowledge to the dancers in this respect, but l’m sure l would have ended up a blubbering mess, so maybe some of them can read my heartfelt words instead.

Take time to spend with your mum or dad during these very special moments & be patient with them as they are with you. They love you and care for you deeply and just want to see you happy. Yes there are moments were you roll your eyes because you are embarrassed how proud they are at times – but it doesn’t matter, one day your will be 50 years old and they will still act exactly the same. Just relax & roll with it. Give them a big hug every now and then & tell them that you love them & are super grateful for all that they do…

Memories are such a funny thing…
I hope l thanked mum enough back then, for all that she did for us? If l didn’t then l’m saying it out loud a million times over & praying that she will still hear me from the clouds above…

Dancers out there, these Eisteddfod are absolutely precious – it’s not about the winning a place or not, but about the in-between moments, the breath between the hard choreography, thats where the real magic lays… These moments are the most priceless stories you will ever create & will shape you into the best person you can be ~ so please pause and remember to simply say thanks so much mum/dad…
One day, l’m sure you will be thanking me for this gentle reminder.

Much love & light, tx

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Gary Vaynerchuk ~ featured inspiration

Entrepreneur/Author

I first discovered Gary Vaynerchuk via my close friend (& graphic designer for Soul Stories) Gin Pineau
Around the end of December 2013, after several MASSIVE upheavals in my life, she emailed me a link from the awesome & inspirational Chase Jarvis Live segment on tube. I didn’t know anything about this Gary guy other than reading the intro: Chase Jarvis welcomes author and social media marketer Gary Vaynerchuk to his Seattle studio to discuss ‘how to stand out in a noisy social world.’

Gary Vaynerchuk

From the second this interview started – l was absolutely transfixed! And let me tell you, that’s pretty incredible for me, as being an artist, l like to potter around and do 14 things at once whilst watching interviews…
Anyways, back to Gary Vee.
His enthusiasm, passion, dedication and work your ass off motivation had me hook line and sinker! I was so in awe of his extrovert charisma and his gift to articulate his words in such an intelligent and down to earth manner – not to mention the beneficial content he was giving away for free… It didn’t matter that my world (in so many aspects) seemed so far away from his – it was all relevant and made so much sense. l’m pretty sure l was so pumped that l ordered his latest book ‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook’ immediately!

Gary Vaynerchuk

Since that moment, l have been following his movements on most of his social media platforms, watching all of his keynotes/interviews and following his impressive ‘Ask Gary Vee Show’ on utube…  No matter what business you are in (l would also go as far as saying even if you just want to be a better person!?) ~ what Gary Vaynerchuk has to offer is incredibly worth every second of your time. And we all know precious time is in this noisy world these days!

I could ramble on and on how much l love how much he stresses about humility, authenticity, transparency, focus on your strengths, delegate your weaknesses, to REALLY listen to you customers, to treat your employees EVEN BETTER than how you care for your customers, that there are no excuses, that you have the ability to create the future and opportunities that YOU want, but you always have to put the work in ~ you have to do your homework peoples!  Perseverance all the way…
If you don’t know who this incredible and inspiring soul is ~ then the time is NOW to welcome him into your world. I have no doubt you will fall in love with everything about him…
Go, go, go… much love, tx

Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk

Read more about Gary here:
http://garyvaynerchuk.com/about

Other accounts:
Twitter (garyvee)
~  Instagram (garyvee)
Facebook (gary vaynerchuck)
Utube (gary vaynerchuck)

Accidental Photo

I almost deleted this accidental photo , but as l stared at it
a little longer than I should have, I found so much more… 

From left to right, a cheeky glass of red as the sun settles , 2 incredibly special Soul Stories (original & limited edition #4) with custom framing , wrapped up to make its way to a lovely new home, Mum’s venetian masks on the wall ~ representing one of my fav cities to play in, my simple journal and random pencil ✏ of the 100’s I own, the sun kissing the couch, Macdonald the giraffe sitting in the corner ~ which was my gift to mum in remembrance of her brother whom she lost too young, my custom made bike  from an X-pro rider, which was a gift to my heart during a very desperate and dark period of my life and my beautifully hand carved chair which I found in Montevideo, Sth America by an extremely talented and fascinating artist  ~ trans-shipped from cruise ship to cruise ship to finally make its way back to me in Oz… 

This accidental photo holds a lot of love, magic and memories in my heart 
I am beyond grateful.

Much love and light, always xx t

 

Paris my Love

My mind has been so far away today ~
and even further away on my solitary 2.5hr drive home from Mt Eliza… Almost 8 years of pictures, people, memories and every kind of tender feeling of Paris saturated my head… I cant even begin to describe how emotionally attached I feel to this beautiful city.

Hearing about todays horrific events has left me in shock ~ pushing me to revisit the happiest period of my life along with the lowest that has left my heart broken beyond repair…
December 2013, I never wanted to leave Paris ~ but there are moments in your life where the unconscious signs of pebbles being thrown at your head become conscious, which by then have turned into boulders… That’s when you realize a shift in your world has to be made in order to move on, to start breathing again and focus on all the beauty this crazy ‘one shot’ life has to offer…

My heart is with you France, every inch of it!

 

My dear French friends and family,
l love you,
l pray for you,
l hope for you,
please,
don’t let this day harden your kindness…
You have such a wonderful city
that has captured the heart of so many
~ and always will…
We are with you xxx t

 

Let the good within our heart
create enough light
to guide us through
this darkness…  
© November 13 .15

‘Enough Light’