Monthly Archives: May 2012

Happy Birthday David Niumeitolu!

35 years old.
Happy Birthday to my amazing brother David Niumeitolu, father of 8 children (my beautiful nieces and nephews), husband to the beautiful Ronnie Mailo Niumeitolu, my older brother, and the only son. Thank you for all that you are and have giving us. I’m so proud of you. And of course, you know, you share this day with Malcolm X ~ Happy Birthday David & Malcolm!

Tagged , , , ,

Kindness is my business

I found myself in a meeting where one of the managers of the project I was working with said (which sounded like a demand), “You should not be kind or open hearted here. That is not the way to be with these people. I would take the business approach of just following the structure. That is the way you want to be.”

1st thing: Red flag alert. Obviously this person does not know me, my values and what I stand for. Or they just didn’t get the memo.
2nd thing: My business is about making a difference for everyone: first and foremost, the client. second of all, my team. This is what I value. This is what I am standing in my whole life. #Eternity
3rd thing: Call it what you want: soft, vulnerable (haven’t you heard? Vulnerability is where it’s at. It creates awesome results. I’m an artist for crying out loud. Try it today.) push over, whatever. Being kind makes a difference for me and people around me. Having an open heart where ever I go is not easy baby and it’s definitely not being a push over. Look here, I’m standing and I’m gonna keep on standing. I generate this on the daily–in circumstances of rudeness, ignorance, avoidance, disagreement, violence, and the list goes on, I live in NYC and I’m still going to be in ALOHA and ‘OFA. You may be afraid of having your heart broken, so you close it, protect it, defend it. There’s nothing to protect over here. Love is my infinite millions. It can’t be stopped. That is where my life lives.  Call it being a Hippie–if only you knew, this is as Gangstaaa as it gets. The Gangsta of Love.

I am very blessed to say that I am no longer working with this manager and the project. I am grateful for this. For this open space that I have now will be a clearing for what I want to work and spend my time and value: People who are committed to making a difference: through kindness, love, passion, determination, jokes, authenticity, vulnerability, joy, and community. This is what I am standing for.

And I aint gonna stop….

which has me share this great piece of news:

Speaking of getting what I asked for: People who are committed to making a difference through kindness, love, passion, determination, jokes, authenticity, vulnerability, joy, and community.

Confirmed: SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR: Mahina Movement will be performing and doing a workshop in Dublin, Ireland at http://axis-ballymun.ie. I will also be painting a mural with the community representing the powerful legacy and future of Irish women. We will be in Dublin, Ireland from Sept. 1 – Sept. 5, 2012. See you there!

…and this is how I do business.

 

Tagged , , ,

NYC to LA to NYC to LA and back to NYC…to get to LA again…

pencil on paper.
Harlem Baby USA World
5.15.2012
draft drawings for drawing, painting and T-Shirt design for Abstract Nomadic Media (AbNomad)’s documentary feature film, “Nosotros los de la Saya / We of the Saya.”
drawing from a photo, Foto tomado por Sergio Daniel Estrada López. Sergio, tenia que robar esta foto tan linda que ustedes tomaron. Con compasión sostenemos al mundo…..
Los Yungas, Bolivia

Sometimes I feel like I am on Pacific time living in NYC.
Sometimes I am living in multiple worlds at a time: NYC, LA, Utah, Virginia, Tonga, Ireland and South Africa…I so miss South Africa right now.
And sometimes, I actually am living in all these worlds in “eastern time.”

Today I took on being BOLD. and yesssss, I took this on like no kdding. I’m very proud of myself actually. I feel like a new person, a new being that is still human.
Dreams Fulfilled.


I will be in LA for the whole month of June (this means I will be spending my Birthday in LA! Beach!)
painting multiple murals in Bell! Ohhhhhhhhh, I am way too excited and I waaaaaaaay can’t hide it.

Before I go to LA, I will complete:
-speak with Cornel West and Michael Moore and make my unreasonable requests this Friday.
-complete Silk Screening designs for 2 amazing people’s projects I totally believe in–wait and see my friends.
-have my 2nd Silk Screening class in NYC! whoop, whoop
-create all our Souljourney Truth Tour packages. I am so humbled and inspired by creating this.
-complete a successful coaching program with my participants in SELP (ahhhhh, what a freakin’ amazing program! This was the program of my Lifetime, like for reaaaalllllz)
-complete drawing for Murals!!! soooo inspired by the students’ drawings, watch out y’all!
-attend my capoiera classes, must do this. Talk with Michael about mural in his center, ohhh lalala.
-My Introduction to the Landmark Forum for Women, this is going to be an amazing night, come and invite your women: Thurs. May 24, 2012; 7 – 10 pm. Where: Landmark Education 317-A West 33rd Street; NYC, NY. (between 8th and 9th Ave.)
-attend Jaylyna’s performance at BB King’s, she is opening up for Slum Village. yayyy!
-have my 2nd Photo Shoot on May 26th. word up!
-hug all my loved ones. share the love. let people in my life know I love them so much.
-hug myself and tell myself te amoana. smile. drink lots of water.
-Oh yeah, this weekend I am doing my 2nd Communication Course: Power to Create. I am beyond thrilled to attend this.

‘ofa lahiiiiiiiiiii atu.
thank you universe.
malo ‘aupito.

dreams fulfilled.
when?

NOW.

Tagged , ,

soul. journey. truth. tour. we. doing. this. aqui.

Let’s talk marketing…

Last night, Mahina Movement (Gabby, Erica y moi) went to the General Green restaurant in Brooklyn to meet up with Tara, an amazing marketing woman. This was the 1st time that Mahina Movement has had a conversation with a professional marketer.

We told her our plan. We told her who we are. We told her out intentions for the tour. We told her what we are out to accomplish in the world. We told her everything. We told her our fears and concerns. We told her our possibilities and stands. She got it all and she put us into action.

Along with the caramel ice cream, caramel syrup and caramel cake and pretzels we had for desert, which was complete heaven, we were left in complete inspiration and living our full, big lives. We got actions to do people. We got intentions to fulfill. We got who we are to the world. Thank you.

Thank you so much Tara for working with us.

See you in 2 weeks.
GAME ON!

Life is delicious.

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Dreams Fulfilled. Ask & you shall receive.

Photo by the dude in in the park we asked to take our picture so Will can be in it! Thank you!
From L to R: Carol, Nyaae, JL, Sisa, Moana, Espe, Sally y Imani. Center: Will

Like for reals, today was AWESOME! Actually this whole week was awesome. Actually this whole month was AWESOME!

I woke up at 4:30 am today for my 1st Photo Shoot of my brand new T-Shirt/fashion clothing company re:spect. Everything just fell into place, perfectly. Yes, there were minor breaks downs here and there but it never broke the flow. I learned so much today about doing fashion photo shoots, huge amounts, I can’t wait for the next one! However, what was so great about today was that I was 100 percent present to that the Universe loves me, the Universe loves us. One of the locations we had our Photo Shoot was under the bridge near Fair way and we saw that someone spray painted on one of the columns, “poem” in pink. Everyone kept on saying, “Did you write that? Did they know we were coming?” Yes, they did. Yes, they did. The Universe loves us. Another beautiful thing that happened today out of so many, was that no one lost anything or got anything stolen. We were in 5 different locations outside today. Everyone went home with what they brought with them. The Universe loves us.

I asked for a clear blue sky. Check. Got it.
I asked for amazing, beautiful, talented and fierce people. Check. Got it.
I asked for a Fabulous day of fun and joy. Check. Got it.
I asked for Love to give and to receive. Check. Got it. Love surrounds me constantly.

Thank you everyone for making my dream a reality. I can’t wait to see the final photos y video! Coming soon…Muchas gracias William Orellana, Sisa Bueno, Insytephotography Tweet Iveephotography, Esperanza Martell, Erika Nyaae, Jana Lynne Umipig, Carol Serrano, Sally Hyppolite, Dominque and thank you so mucho Gab*StarGabriella Callender for all your support y love! I know you performed AMAZING tonight!! I’m so sorry I missed it Sister! Dreams Fulfilled.

1st Photo Shoot for re:spect
Photographer1: William Orellana
Filmmaker/Documenter: Sisa Bueno
Photographer 2: Imani, Insyte Photography
Accessories Artsit: Sally Hypollite DIVINE DESIGNS for the (god’is) in you
Photography Assistant & Production: Carol Serrano
Models: Espe, JL, Nyaee, Dominique, Imani and Carol
Creator: vaimoana litia makakaufaki nniumeitolu aka Moana Love
Saturday May 12, 2012
My Harlem Baby USA–from Broadway to Riverside
NYC, NY

thank you. thank you. thank you.
I am very grateful to you and GREAT Full.
‘ofa lahi atu.

Tagged ,

Mi Mama

Litia.
Litia Makakaufaki.
Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu.

I carry your name. I carry your Mother’s Name.  I carry your Father’s name.
I carry all of your names.
You are truly the Greatest. Mama.
You gave me ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE:
from Tonga to TVA in Lai’e, Hawa’ii to the Trailer Park to the Suburbs in Utah to NYC to Italy to South Africa and beyond…
Anything I said I wanted to do, you were right there to say, Yes, it can be done.
You are my Infinite possibilities. You are my it shall me done.
You are my Millionaire Communities.
You are my Maka. You are my rock.

Because you are, I am.

I am your youngest daughter.
I am your biggest fan.
I am your artist.
I am your cake and pasta maker.
I am so grateful to you for giving me life.
I am so grateful to you for giving me a GREAT life.

Malo ‘aupito Mama.

Thank you Mama.
Thank you Mama.
Thank you Mama.

(we are all standing for you. *giving you a standing ovation.* insert applause now.)

‘Ofa lahi atu Mama.

Mi Familia: L to R: Mum, to back row: Loa, sister, Fui, sister and our first cousin, Sepi, Dad. front row: Me, ‘Amelia, sister and David, brother. Laie, Hawai’i. Standing in front of the Mormon (LDS) Temple in Hawa’ii.

Tagged , , , ,

RE POEM. para Palestine. para all of us.

RE POEM
para Palestine. para all of us.
by
vaimoana litia makakaufaki niumeitolu
Harlem Baby USA
may 9, 2012


remember
reaffirm
reclaim
rename
rebuild
reconstruct
recreate
resist
rewrite
recognize
recover
revolution.

reduce
receive
rebel
relocate
redwood
read
remark
reengage
ready
rectify
refine
re access
recess
reevaluate
reality.

reciprocate
redeem
relish
refuse
refresh
regard
relax
recite
refute
repeat
relief
record
report
restore
rest.

research
reflection
reside
regal
regular
relationships
represent
resilience
respect
return
remain.

At 7.30 this morning (9 May) a small group of Palestinian prisoner solidarity activists in Ramallah swooped down on the United Nations compound in Ramallah. They blocked the main gate and doorway, preventing entrance to the UN building. UN employees have been turned away, sent home for the day. They are protesting against the UN’s lack of action for the 2000+ Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli jails…
Full report: electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/palestinians-shut-down-un-building-ramallah-protest-inaction-over-hunger

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Palestine, Dublin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Florence and Rome

Lah Tere tells me today on our conference call, “Mo, this is it. This is what your whole life is going to go into. This is what you have always wanted. The world is ready. We are brave hearts, visionaries and change agents. This is possible.”

Are you living your dreams?

Are you surrounded by people who have the same dreams as you do?

What would you do to make your dreams reality?

Do you believe that anything is possible?
Yes. I do, indeed.

Dreams Fulfilled.

Souljourney Truth Tour  SEPTEMBER 2012:
MAHINA MOVEMNET & LAH TERE
Palestine
Dublin, Ireland
London, England
Madrid & Barcelona, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Florence and Rome, Italy

…more to come…stay tuned…

‘ofa atu

Tagged , , , , , ,

Do you want to be my Friend?

My homework this week from my financial coach, the amazing Jaime, is:
To make  friends with:
1) artists who are leaders
2) prosperous artists
3) social (justice) entrepreneurs

Do you want to be my friend? Hollllleeeerrrrz

I got it now. Even if I have not communicated it directly, is that my art is my leadership.
I am an Artist because I am a Leader and I choose to have my art make a difference for the world.
I really, really got it.
My art is my leadership.

What is your art?

 

Tagged , , , ,

Waking up to Thunder: Living on Purpose

Literally, I woke up to major thunder and lightening. It was amaaaaazing!
And in the poetic realm, I woke up this morning to my own thunder: my passion, my hunger, my gifts and my full appreciation for my life and my full blown love for my family, my friends, my community, my world, my universe. Malo ‘aupito.

I just discovered Robin Sharma on twitter. He is one of the peeps I have been listening to and reading in the past few days. Check him out. Here are some great quotes by him:

“The secret to genius is not genetics but daily practice married with relentless perseverance.”

“Great to have what you want. Awesome to want what you have.”

In the last video I have on the bottom of this post he asks 3 questions. Here are my answers  to his 3 questions:

1) What I want my life to stand for:
Love, Dreams Fulfilled, Anything is Possible, Infinite Possibilities, Peace, Joy, Abundance, Everyone has healthy gooooooood food to eat, clean water and beautiful land and oceans for everyone!

2) My top 5 most cherished values I would take a bullet for/What values define me  and what values are most important to me:
1-Standing in my Truth & Integrity
2-Freedom
3-Family & Relationships
4-Full Self Expression
5-Safe Space for Everyone!

3) What are the 5 things that need to happen between now and the end of this year to make this year the single best year I have ever had in my life!!!! (I had to add 4 more, making it 9!)

1-Being a Business owner/CEO of my T-Shirt/fashion company, re:spect!!! And therefore, being the CEO of my life. (Looks like: launching re:spect out in the there world through my 1st photo shoot, fashion show and creating long lasting partnerships with designers, manufacturers and distributors)
2-Going on and completing our, Mahina Movement’s 1st tour ever successfully! We recently have been asked to go to Palestine for 2 weeks, so we have added Palestine to our tour. We have set out to go to Europe, 5 countries and 8 cities: Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Paris, France; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Florence and Rome, Italy. (Looks like: making a difference every where we go, being fully funded, and leaving people inspired and empowered.)
3-Completing RAICES MURALES in LA, California successfully! (Looks like: Murals Complete, Community Gardens Complete, Documentary complete, the Bell community is truly satisfied and happy!) and I work on another mural in the Fall/Winter anywhere in the world and I have one set up to work on 2013!
4-Being whole and complete with every single person in my life. (Looks like: Nurturing the relationships I chose powerfully to be in that serve me. No longer being in relationships that don’t serve me and my life’s purpose and choosing powerfully to not interact with people, places and things that do not reflect my full vision of who I am.)
5-Being 100 percent DEBT FREE! Financial Free and Independent! (This is so possible for the end of this year. Looks like: paying off all my Student Loans at NYU and Columbia)
6-Apply to my Masters Program in the double major of Business and Law! To enter in Fall 2013.
7-Have my health and well being full center. (Looks like: Go back into my boxing training and go to my capoiera classes every week . Stick to it. Get all my check-ups, find my dentist, eat healthy and drink lots of water daily.)
8-Thrive in and nurture and grow in my spiritual community! I already found my spiritual community and I am so thankful for them. Be grounded in my spirit. Love and nurture my spirit. (Looks like: Going to church weekly. Praying and meditating daily. Read, Fast, Ponder, Pray, Learn. Ask and receive God’s blessings and design everyday. )
9-Owning my full expressed sexiness and full blown creativity! They both come from the same chakra, riiiight. (Looks like: Taking dance classes, expressing my physical body in how I walk, stand, sit and dance. Dance, dance, dance. Move. Move. Move. Wear clothing that fully expresses my vision of myself everyday, that empowers me, that empowers my heart, my body, my mind, my spirit….And other actions I will take that I choose not to share with you at this time. smilez.)

….And here is one of Robin’s lists that have changed my life already, please see below. Thank you Mr. Sharma! I’m grateful for you and who you are in the world.

I wanted to share 17 of the tactics I’ve learned that I know will help you lean into your productive best in this age of dramatic distraction:

17 Tips To Double Your Productivity In 14 Days

1. Turn off all technology for 60 minutes a day and focus on doing your most important work.

2. Work in 90 minute cycles (tons of science is now confirming that this is the optimal work to rest ratio).

3. Start your day with at least 30 minutes of exercise.

4. Don’t check your email first thing in the morning.

5. Turn all your electronic notifications off.

6. Take one day a week as a complete recovery day, to refuel and regenerate (that means no email, no phone calls and zero work). You need full recovery one day a week otherwise you’ll start depleting your capabilities.

7. The data says workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. Distractions destroy productivity. Learn to protect your time and say no to interruptions.

8. Schedule every day of your week every Sunday morning. A plan relieves you of the torment of choice (said novelist Saul Bellow). It restores focus and provides energy.

9. Work in blocks of time. Creative geniuses all had 2 things in common: when they worked they were fully engaged and when they worked, they worked with this deep concentration for long periods of time. Rare in this world of entrepreneurs who can’t sit still.

10. Drink a liter of water early every morning. We wake up dehydrated. The most precious asset of an entrepreneur isn’t time – it’s energy. Water restores it.

11. Don’t answer your phone every time it rings.

12. Invest in your professional development so you bring more value to the hours you work.

13. Avoid gossip and time vampires.

14. Touch paper just once.

15. Keep a “Stop Doing List”.

16. Get up at 5 am.

17. Have meetings standing up.

Stay Productive and Make Your Work Matter!

Kindest regards,
Robin Sharma

Tagged , , , , , , ,