Dearest Moana, I was about to wish that your every dream come true. That you find yourself surrounded by friends, laughter, and good times. I almost wished that your every cup runneth over financially, romantically, spiritually, and creatively. That good health be your faithful companion, peace your guarded ally, and love your perpetual guide. When suddenly, it dawned on me that as an infinite, powerful, fun-loving gladiator of the Universe, with eternity before you and the power of your thoughts to help shape it… it’s you Moana Niumeitolu, who will be granting wishes this year.
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This is it. This is what I was meant to do, this is what I was meant to be, this is what makes me happy:
Making love present everywhere I go, anywhere, all times, any time, every time. How am I going to bring the love, you ask? Through making BEAUTIFUL things–my painting, my poetry, my acting, my T-Shirts/clothing in re:spect, moana love bodega, creating, learning, digging and finding the BEAUTIFUL in everything around me –I just want to bring the beauty y’all!
The previous post I told you that I was going to create specific intentions and goals for the moana love blog, which obviously, had me be really, super duper clear, with my purpose in this life which is: Making Love in everything I do, see, feel, speak, conjure, ordain, create, disappear, let go, let in, reveal–all of it, will be with LOVE. I love that I will be making Love to my life! I will be swooning, hugging, kissing my every day(and afternoon y night) and my every challenge and accomplishment. Making Beautiful is how I will see myself and others, our world, in all my art, in all my relationships, how I interact, involve and evolve, focus, work and play. In other words, (I’m a poet and I also grew up in La’ie, Hawa’ii, where I loved speaking me some Hawa’iann pidgin, so I love saying it this way “making beautiful.” But for clarity’s sake), saying it another way, Bringing the Beautiful in Life itself, for the sake of nothing and no reason, just living my life to the most beautiful way possible/impossible/I’m possible because that is what makes me happy.
So, that said, this brings me to the intentions of the moana love blog for the Nueva Year 2012 and beyond:
1) Making Love and Making Beautiful: I will be bringing, showing and sharing all my LOVE in every post, every word and every picture on this blog. I will be bringing the “Beautiful” from where I find beauty: uhhh hemmmm, straight from my artist statement and I quote, “People’s daily lives of courage and strength inspires me and my art (my paintings, my poetry and my acting) is a reflection, pondering and sharing of that inspiration. I want my art to bring out the beauty and resilience of people’s lives that deal with circumstances–such as rape, disease, hunger, poverty, racism, drugs, incarceration, war and/or destitution.” I love to look at and bring out the beauty in not just surviving but striving in our lives.
2) I will be sharing and documenting my journey of being a <insert Moana clearing her throat> Business woman. Yes, a- my-Art-is-my-Business, let-me-make-it-your-Business, I-will-be-handeling-my-Business woman. I am the CEO, mi gente, of my own mi vida. Being an immigrant; coming from an immigrant family from Tonga; growing up in a trailer park in Provo, Utah; being a young woman of color; being a Dreamer, an Artist, a Visionary, an Activist, a Healer, a Community Builder and Organizer, a Grassroots Builder–all these things, that may not give me access or the mentality “to be successful in Business,” are only making me more determined and fierce in my art-businistic (Like that, I put artisitc and business together. Anything really is possible.) endeavors and path. I can have access to anything and everything. It’s all right there at my finger tips–I get this NOW. <start snapping> Don’t you know, I came to NYC at age 18 with only $1.76 in my pocket. I’m all over this. <insert Moana’s whut! whut! face and gesture; attach Brooklyn attitude with it> This means, I will be sharing everything I learn along the way with you. If I can do it, yoooooo, you best believe, you can do it too. We can do this together yo. I’m so tired of dwelling in my own “fears” of “I can’t do it, I don’t know how to create my own business from my art” or “Let me just do what I know for now, work at a job (which Iyanla Vanzant says,”a JOB is a Just Over Broke”) where I can get paid and do my art on the side.” I’m tired of being “broke” for a period of time and then having lots of money in another period of time. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of not having financial freedom, financial independence and financial abundance with myself and within my community. I’m tired of hearing the words and phrases: “barely making it,” “we don’t got the money,” “that’s too much,” “we can’t afford that” which makes us “we’re not good enough.” These words and phrases have been haunting me my whole life. I no longer heed to them–I’m taking them to the street and I’m knocking ’em out <insert Moana in her pink boxing gloves> and I’m saying, No mo’, No mo’, I aint going down like that and neither is my community. Enough is Enough. There. Yeahhhh, that’s right. We want to be surrounded by Abundance? Yo, we got to bring the ABUNDANCE. We are enough. We have everything we need to get everything we want.
3) I will be sharing my KNOWLEDGE(is power) and EXPERIENCE(the best Teacher), and all RESOURCES in what I do best.
Here is what you can look out for and count on, in the year 2012, in the moana love blog:
***Making Art: look out for posts in making your own: (I will put this under DIY, which stands for Do It Yourself)
-silk screen frames/stretching nylon (we don’t use silk anymore, baby)
-canvas frames/stretching canvas
-silk screen prints for T-Shirts,paper, etc.
-cool unique gifts for your friends for any occasion, including: cards, gift wrap, body butters, clothing, notebooks,
I will also dedicate certain posts to:
-painting tips (and for the beginners, how to paint )
-drawing tips (and for the beginners, how to draw)
-how to use and choose the perfect “power tools” (do you dream of getting gift certificates to Home Depot? do you want to add to your collection of power and freedom?)
-how to book yourself/your performance company at various venues and Colleges/Universities
-how to create a general contract for yourself/your performance company
-what makes a great performance from a good performance
-how to create your own tour (I will be giving you first hand experience on this one, because Mahina Movement will be going on our first tour in Sept. 2012. As I learn the in’s-and-out’s-and-over’s, you will too!)
–how do you get started?
***Teaching or what I call, Edu-mama-cating:
-how do you become a Teaching Artist
-resources for art & social justice curriculum
-how to create your own curriculum for your self/your own organization
-lesson plans for art in math, art in english, art in science (Art is everywhere! Do you want your students/children to excel in math, english and/or science? Bring the Art!)
and yes, I dare say,
***Business: I will share every book, blog, I read and inspiring quote and conversation I have, in creating and having my own successful business. I know for myself, I asked myself the questions, “Well, where do I start?” “How do I start?” “What do I even look for?”
I will share…now…press start…Let’s begin
Truly, I think this is the Bible, Koran y/or Book of Mormon for allllllll Artists –I went to Art School, yo, Why didn’t they teach us from this book? Or even tell us about this book!!! Jackie Battenfield B-R-E-A-K-S IT DOWN. For Realz. I have read, re-read, continue to read this book, done the exercises, made copies for my friends (shhhhhh), I have been seen on the Subway reading this book with full focus, I have even missed many stops, a many a time. I first read about this book on Favianna’s blog last year when she first posted this (read more about her below under the blogs I suggest you follow and read) you can read it here at this link, click here: http://favianna.typepad.com/faviannacom_art_activism/2011/12/time-is-an-artists-most-valuable-asset-tips-for-artists-creatives.html
“Getting Things Done” by David Allen(Thank you to my gurl, Marie Varghese) In just reading the first 2 chapters, already I am stress-free and more productive. It makes practical, real sense. Let’s get it, yo. Let’s get things done.
BLOGS TO FOLLOW AND READ:
Seth Godin http://sethgodin.typepad.com/
Every post is gold. Like for real real. I have been reading every post of his for the past 3 years, is it, or it it 4? There is not one post I didn’t like. This is what I have to say on how he talks about business, in my own words, I quote, “This is the business I want as my business.” Here is one line from his post today: You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment. oooouuuuishhhhhhh. Yo, if Seth Godin was a spoken word Poet, people would be snapping all day for him.
Jasmine Star http://www.jasminestarblog.com/
She really is a super star and business woman in her own right. There is no surprise that she has 50,734 fans on Facebook (I am one of them). I learned so much from her already and I have already included her tips in my creating and sustaining my own business. If your not into the “wedding photography,” look past that and see that she brings her own personal style, her kindness and her super generosity. Plus her writing and personality is very entertaining–this gurlll is funnnnny. Her blog is super inspiring and she gives amazing tips in having your own business. She is the CEO of her own successful business and she just started about 7 years ago.
Promise Tangeman http://www.promisetangemanblog.com/
She is Jasmine Star’s graphic designer–enuf said, you can’t go wrong. Promise gives great tips, advice and new links all the time in having your own business. She is also the CEO of her own successful business. Her style is contagious and she’s just coooool and confident in being who she is and what she likes.
<<<I NEEDS to interject here…I will post about my meaning and definition of “success” in upcoming posts. What I have meant so far in using the word, “success”, is hard cold cash. No, for real. I meant hard cold results. These folks, get the results and therefore, get the cash, in a sustaining and stable way. I do not have these kinds of examples in my own community right now: I can not honestly say, yes, that person, is making $50,000.00 or more from their art. (Ohh, wait, I do have an example, but he is not a an artist but he has made his own business, which makes more than $100,000.00 a year) I know there are and must be, people of color, women of color, who are “sucessful” in having their art as their business and who are relatable and would love to share their expertise. There’s got to be…right? Do you know of any? And I don’t mean J-Lo aka Jenny from the Block, creating her empire by shaking her booty–‘memba, no hating here, I got love for her, she’s getting hers. I mean, Sisters who are doing good work, good for the community and making a difference through their voice, their vision, their intellect and their spirit. They are receiving and giving to the community, not by their looks but how they do “business” and getting paid. Please email me. This is important to mention because, speaking from where I come from and my communities, the scarcity conversation happens all the time–you can’t find money in abundance, but you can sure find scarcity in abundance. The abundance conversation and financial freedom conversation is “scarce” in our conversations and needs to be in “abundance.” Let’s talk about all day, financial freedom, financial independence. And also, I want to put out there too, we are being real, right people? That what comes up for me is, those are white people, they got the access, they got the network. Well, my friends of a darker melanin, that’s when we come in…let’s start our business networks, have non-stop convos of financial freedom and abundance. That said, a resource I definitely will mention again and again is Debtors Anyonymous http://debtorsanonymous.org/ They have meetings everywhere in the world, I believe, and you get to be in a community of support towards your FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE y FREEEEEEEDOM. I have been to 2 meetings like 3 years ago, and I shall return in the new year.>>>
alright back to the program…
Favianna Rodriguez http://www.favianna.com/
She is super inspiring and really is the “Full Time Artist of the Community and Century” to the infinite degree. She is working all the time, every where in the world and she has a huge commitment to our communities, social justice and yes, ABUNDANCE. She is the CEO of her Artistic Talents and Gifts–and her success seeps and inspires us all. I got to meet her for the first time this past Summer when I was doing an Artist Residency at San Francisco State. She is so Nice–she gave me a gift!? Really?–and a powerhouse. I love me some Favianna.
***and of course, I can’t hold this out,
Spirituality: my love, my beauty, my life is sourced from the Spirit, God, Goddess, Gods and Goddesses, the Universe, my ancestors. I began this post with a “note from the universe” (You wanna get a note from the universe too, everyday, Monday through Friday? Well, YOU CAN, subscribe here: http://www.tut.com/resources/notes/ Again, thank you to my gurrlllll, Marie Varghese, who put me on to these notes) because it was so inspiring and it’s not only for me, this note is for you too. Whatever you believe in and don’t believe in, no matter what religion you belong to and definitely don’t belong to, I hope by sharing my spirit and my fully blown expressed spirituality does not impose on you! Remember, I am a Poet, a Painter, an Actor, an Artist, and the work I do is spirit work. From Alicia Anabel Santos today: “The way you make love is the way God will be with you.” ~Rumi
-I will share things that inspire me, lift me up: I hope for it to inspire and lift you up too!
-I will share about how our “spirit” must be included in our community, activist and movement building work
-I will share and learn old and new spiritual practices in my life
…and many, many more TOPICS , DIYs, breakthroughs, breakdowns, personal stories, possibilities, favorites and more! I’m very excited for the new year! <start chanting, “moana love blog got it going on!”>
The questions I have for you are: How do you make Love to your own Life? Where do you see Beauty? What are the things that are Beautiful to you and bring you Joy?
***I dedicate this post to the Great Kibibi Dillon who was a Super*Star in Making Love and Making Beautiful with her life and those around her. She was super young to be gone so soon. She died in a car accident only 2 days ago. Kibibi was one of the FUNNIEST PEOPLE, for super reals, stomach stiching and aching, soul jumping, on the planet. She was a different kind of comedian; her humor was smart, ya know, what I’m saying, it had pure chutzpah. She brought joy and happiness all over the world, where ever she performed, walked, and lived. She was deeply determined and fearless (Yo, she did stand up again and again, from NYC to California, you gotta be Fearless!) in her craft and life as an Actor, a Performer, a Comedian, an Artist. AND she was one of the kindest people in the word; you just felt so good being around her. Her honesty, her fierceness, so down-to-earth and so reaaaaallllll. She inspires me to bring the love and beauty of HUMOR in all my life. Thank you Kibibi, for sharing all your talents and gifts to the world. For sharing your light for all of us to shine. For igniting flames of love and joy in all of us. We all miss you and we love you. If you are in NYC and met Kibibi and honor her name, check out the event for tomorrow: http://honoringthebeautifulkibibid.eventbrite.com/ I won’t be back in NYC ’till next week. I am there in spirit!In her own words and what she did best, Ladies and Gentlemen, give up a huge standing ovation for…drum roll, please, KIBIBI DILLON!!!
“Im an easy going sista who is in love with Art. I guess this means I’m in love with life. I am at peace when Im dwelling amongst other creators…I feel safe. I love the vibrations of rhythm born in my belly when Etta James belts buckets of blues. I stand humbled and amazed when a body lets the spirit take over while on stage.Im in love with the passion of all shades of RED and the humility of all shades of BLUE and if your heart beats to the rhythm of truth then part of me is in love with you too. Im funny by nature but im far from being a joke and Im not a Jamaican, but sometimes me smoke. I only love my mommas beans and rice but they are 3000 miles away so untill the holidays in my heart the longing will stay. I admit that sometimes Im wrong, but most times Im right and if I could do only one impossible thing… It would be out of sight! I’d love to breath in the world and laugh out what it taste like! hummmmm………….”
click on this link: http://vimeo.com/album/1726938/video/30924659