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Year 2012 Completion

Created a special year end 2012 altar: filled with stones from the Irish Sea, and from the Pacific Ocean from Tonga and Fiji.

Sun 12.30.2012 I created a special year end 2012 altar: filled with stones from the Irish Sea, and from the Pacific Ocean from Tonga and Fiji.

YEAR 2012 Completion: My review of my year, my adventures, my prayers, my lessons and acknowledgements. Thank you to YOU ALL for making this year so freakin’ AMAAAZING! You truly give me my life. punto. I know this. I am here because of you. I would not have had this amazing year without you!

Dear Beautiful Peeeeeeppps, I LOVE Completion. Like for real. I LOVE 100 percent completion (That is one of the lessons I got this year, you can read more in MY LESSONS) because it feels soooo good. Lord knows, there are still so many things on my INCOMPLETION list to complete (Dang, can’t wait to complete them but for now, I can say that I am complete with them being incomplete) However, I can directly say out loud, “This is officially complete.” Like, declaring, this year is 2012 100 PERCENT COMPLETE! Here we go!
***2012 was the the year I pushed myself past my fears, past my comfort zone, past my physical limits, waaaaaaaay past where I would usually say, “I can’t do anymore”—ANNNND I did more. (i.e. when I worked on the murals in LA, I got up at 5 am and worked until 10 pm for 3 weeks. My physical body was waay past tired and my mind was in high gear everyday. During the fundraising for the Souljourney Truth Tour 2012- 2013, the schedule was similar. I have not worked so hard in my life than this year AND I LOVED IT!) Not only did I do more, but I gave more heart & soul. I shared like waaaaaay past how I thought I could ever fully express myself. I stepped into the unknown, dark, ugly and uncomfortable places of myself. I did not step over anything–I did not NOT say anything, or hide anything. I put everything in the LIGHT to truly get FREE.  2012 was a year where I met and made new BEST FRIENDS & Familia: Lah Tere (Teresita Ayala), Binni (Robin Fifita) and Carol (Carolina Bonilla). These amazing sisters who have come in my life, like they were always there. I absolutely love these sisters and I thank them for all they have given me and taught me. 2012 was also the year to truly let go of people in my life that did not serve me. I let go of 3 people in my life that I considered “family.” Because I was not stepping over anything in my life and not “tolerating” the smallness in my life, I had to let these people go. 2 of these people were friends that I have known for more than 12 years and this year, 2012, was the year for me to say, “No, this is not what I want. This is not making me grow. Why am I settling in these friendships?” I didn’t just walk away from these relationships but I completed them powerfully. I had closing conversations with them and told them why I am ending this. I gave them a chance to share what was there for them. I listened. No drama. No yelling or fights. Just completion conversations. 2012 is the year where I truly owned my voice. I shared my feelings. I confronted confrontations. I asked non-stop for what I wanted. I did not stop at a NO–not even when I when I was the one who was saying NO. I took myself ON like nothing else before. I went deep into my fears and I am so happy I did 🙂 Now I can fully own all those dark places of my self cuz I really get that I can only be a light worker–and my light can only be seen–in the dark. 2012 where I experienced myself as the artist that I say I am: a poet, a painter and an actor. 2012 is the year my favorite uncle died, Saia and when my father started chemo. My birthday this year was so amazing because I got to go to sleep and wake up to my dad and mum’s voices 🙂

MY ADVENTURES: 1-(Jan – May 2012) I was a part of the most amazing team I have ever worked with in my life, like no kidding, this team was freakin’ incredible! I was hired by CUNY’s (City University of New York) ASAP Program Headquarters to be a part of a team of 17. It was truly fulfilling and one of the most amazing teaching experiences I have had in my life. The ASAP Program is only offered in any of the 2 year colleges in CUNY (Hostos, Brooklyn College, Laguardia, I’m missing 2 others). It’s an incredible program which offers ANYONE (you can be 17 or 77 years old) free tuition, a free metro card all year long, a career specialist and a counselor to make sure you graduate and received your associates degree. More than 80 percent of the students from the ASAP program move on to get their Bachelors degree. Out of the 17 of us, 4 were Leaders, including myself, who partnered with 1-2 Student Leaders (Alumni of ASAP) per workshop. We traveled all over NYC. I went to high schools all over NYC I never knew existed. I saw for myself, the education system in NYC. I went to places in the Bronx I have never been to, I absolutely LOVE the Bronx. I was the leader who focused on leading in the Bronx and Harlem (Uptown, baby, we gets down, baby) but I also did workshops in Queens and Brooklyn too. My Student Leader Team was the best! Their stories, which were shared everyday at the workshops, were not only an inspiration to all the students but to me. Ohhh, I can share on and on about them. The high school students we met thought they never were gonna go to College, or ever leave there hood. By the time, our workshops were done, they were like, I’m going to College, where do I sign up?! They got to see that nothing could stop them–if they were undocumented, if they were failing classes, if a parent was incarcerated, if they were currently homeless, nothing was going to stop them, absolutely nothing. With my Student Leader team, we led workshops to 1,200 students and altogether as a team of 17, we led workshops to over 5,000 students in NYC!!! At our closing event, our team was recognized to accomplish the most in a short amount of time, in the history of CUNY in general. We not only met our goals but we surpassed them. We got national attention in The New York Times and Harvard University gave us shout out’s for bringing EDUCATION to ALLLLLLLL. I give major props to Melissa Fernandez and Patricia Hicks who were the head honchos in leading our team of 17. If it was not for your leadership, we would not have accomplished so much–and have the most Fun and Best time while doing it!
2-My paintings were in 7 exhibits this year in NYC, San Francisco and Florida. (Broadway Housing Gallery in Harlem, State Capital Building in Harlem, The Central Park gallery and the Steve Kirsh Gallery). I got to exhibit with amazing artists like Leon Golub and Kiki Smith. I got to talk to Felipe Luciano about my paintings on the radio. I sold a painting for $3,000.00!!! ( At the beginning of 2012, I said, I’m going to sell my paintings for $3,000.00 or more. Even more importantly, I know how I did it, so I can do it again and again in 2013! I started owning the value of my artwork and myself.)
3-2012 was the birth of my first international art project “WORLD LEADERSHIP: Women, Presence & Power.” I absolutely love this project–it’s so amazing. 2013, is the year when she starts to walk. 2-I did 6 solo performances of my poetry & monologues: in NYC (Mama Tingo Closing event), Chicago (National Writers Conference), Washington DC (Busboys and Poets), Arlington, Virginia (twice! for SULU DC and SULU DC’s collaborative event with the National Asian Conferrence) and Dublin, Ireland (For the Adult writers group, Write On).
4-I was in the VAGINA MONOLOGUES!!! This for me, was really a dream come true. I absolutely love Eve Ensler and her work. I was in 2 performances in the Vagina Monologues in Harlem (That monologue I performed, I really got to have a blast with it and share my acting skills.) Also, this year, Eve Ensler publicly became one of our Supporters of Mahina Movement’s Souljourney Truth Tour.
5-I went to LA twice to be with my family and to create the “Raices Murales.” I worked with over 160 students and adults in Bell, California. It was my very 1st mural project.
6-I lived in Manassas, Virginia from July 2012 to today and I’m moving back to NYC in 2013. (THIS is alllll For LOVE, FOR LOVE). I have traveled from VA to NYC more than 20 times this year (by bus, by car). I HAVE MY OWN CAR and you can witness me zooooommming! (Yup, he gave it to me for my Birthday!) I got to do a road trip with my BFF, Gabby to New Paltz from New York and then drive back to Virginia. I have been and seen places in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia for the 1st time. I have never witnessed the U.S.ofA like this before.
7-Mahina Movement did 27 performances and led 7 workshops in 2012. We performed with Angela Davis for the 3rd time and we also had the amazing honor to perform with Alice Walker, Russell Simmons, and Tibetan monks. I got to meet Cynthia McKinney and Majora Carter! 8-The Soul Journey Truth Tour jumped off and we performed in our 1st International Country! We raised $15,000!!! $822.00 went to Hurricane Sandy relief communities! We had 5 people travel to Ireland to perform and do workshops in Dublin, Bray and Arklow, Ireland. We created over 190 LOVE FLAGS representing NYC, Ireland and Indigenous people of North America.
9-I had my 1st photo shoot for re:spect! I actually had 2 photo shoots for re:spect! Thank you to the most amazing photographer, William Orellana and all my models who made these events so great.
10-I led 3 Silk Screen workshops including 1 at the United Nations and 2 at The Brecht Forum. I also got to lead a workshop with Ping Chong and Jesca about the Undesirable Element curriculum that I have been a part of for 13 years.
11-LEADERSHIP in the house!!!! Self Expression Leadership Program in the hizhows! I coached (I had 5 participants that completed their program successfully! from Jan – March) and am now head coaching the Self Expression Leadership Progam at Landmark Education (I have 4 coaches and 13 participants). Our SELP ends on Feb. 28, 2013. I absolutely LOVE the SELP. I can’t wait to lead the SELP in 2013!

MY (s0-called) FAILURES:
1-I was a finalist for this mural in Harlem. I didn’t get that mural but I know why. The waitress I spoke to on the phone. Now I am the lead artist for this mural in South Bronx about Mothers and their children from West Africa. Meet the Artist and workshops start in March 2013! 2-I applied to 5 fellowships/projects and I did not get any of them. But I still went 100 percent out for them!!!! And that gave me one of the best experiences/lessons of my life: I can give 100 percent of my best self to something or someone and if I don’t “win” it doesn’t matter because I am not stopped. This is what it means to be truly unstoppable. 3-SULU DC’s Artist of the year. I did not get it but I was so happy to be recognized by the community! 4-I set out to go to other countries in Europe for our Souljourney Truth Tour: Italy, Spain, England and Portugal and to do a mural in Ireland. None of this happened and I’m okay with it. It didn’t happen but now I can see clearly what I have to do to make it happen! 5-Pay back all my DEBT–no I still have mad debt like alllll my Student Loans for Columbia University and New York University. Instead of avoiding and hiding in my student loan debt (I got no credit card debt, that’s right) I am OPEN and OUT about it. I’m truly FREEEEEEEEEEE! And I am handling my business!

MY LESSONS:
1-Be what you want. Like for real real. You want Love then you got to be love. You want Inspiration, then you gotta be Inspiring. The same goes for this: You are bored, that means you are boring. You are not having fun because you are not fun. BE IT and then GET IT.
2-There is no where to go. Yup, there is absolutely no where to go. You think that one day, it’s going to be Ding, Ding, Ding, I got it! Um, No. Not True at all. The time is now. There is no prize to get. Every day, breath is it. There is no where to go.
3-This is it. That’s right, this your ONE life. We got what we got and we don’t got what we got. What you gonna do?
4-Wine is good (And this is coming from a Mormon raised gurl). Yo, wine is really good. Meaning that Fun times must happen. I learned to really relax and have fun with my friends and celebrate. I’m such a workaholic, that many times, I would not want any time for leisure. I would just burn out and sleep for days. Instead of burning out, I really got to play and have fun this year! Like go to Sephora and get make-up done, eat lots of ice cream, pie and pastries, watch lots of good movies, and take long drives while following the moonlight. 5-Request galore. Ask away. Why wait? I ask for what I want. You should too.
6-100 percent completion. I love being 100 percent complete. Also, I know that I can be complete with being incomplete. And when I am incomplete, I’m getting complete, when? NOW. 7-People Matter. Friends Matter. Everything  do and am, I get because I have really good friends and people around me. I can show up because they listen to me as my TRUE ME. 8-Your Mind is not a terrible thing to waste. Your mind is terrible. period. I 9-Cheer Leading Squad in Full Effect. I have a whole cheer leading squad around me because I cheer and support people in their dreams and make sure they accomplish them. This entourage is the new black. You should get one too. 10-I have the SOUL of the Artist. I truly 100 percent know that my soul is that of an ARTIST. There is no turning back now. Only forward. 11-Being Unstoppable! Nothing and no one can stop me. Not even my own dang self.MY PRAYERS for 2013!
FREEDOM FOR ALL! Freedom for Palestine, Freedom for the DRC! Everyone eats gooood, healthy food! All the abundance in the world to you and your family! Blessings to everyone to really getting we are already enough. Sending you the most delicious juicy love and brilliant light!!! ‘Ofa lahi atuuuu!
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Shout outs to all ye amazing, beautiful peeps in mi vida! I’m so THANKFUL for you! MALO ‘AUPITO! Mi hermanas: Lah Tere, Robin “Binni” Fifita, Carolina Bonilla, AJ, Melissa, Trish, Charles Browning, Marie Varghese, Iman Khan, Re Perez, Bethany, Karen, Donte, Summer Sheridan, Tiffany Kapri Johnson, Melissa Corbett, Kambale, Omar and Janvieve, Regie Cabico, Kazembe and The Brecht Forum, Jamie Campbell and David, William Orellana and his family, Maria Marisigan, Aurora, all 300 people that funded our Souljourney Truth Tour, alllll the amazing youth and families that I met this year from LA to NYC to Ireland!!!!!!! ahhhhh yeahhhh! Mi brothers: Frank Lopez and Luke from The Peace Poets,  JL Umipig, My IRELAND gente: Niamh, Frannie, Mermaid Theater, Axis and Ballymun, Jamie for being “Amazeballs,” My SELP Crew: Ernest Biscardi who is simply the best leader, Nikki Brown, Olga, Vonda Roney, Ahimsa, My BFF, familia: Gabby “Gab*Star” My Mum and Dad, and to MSQP, te amo baby. ‘Ofa lahi atuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
okay, I gotta do now, MSQP is calling me, we got a Polynesian celebration to go to in Maryland and we got some vision boards to make tonight. 2012 you are officially complete. 2013, here we are!!! Let’s goooooo! Let’s get it! HAPPPPPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
LOVE YOU!
‘ofa lahi atu,
MoLuv
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This is for you.

This is for you.
You are Dreams Fulfilled. Don’t Stop. Everything has already turned out to the best and this right now, is the journey.
This is it. This now is it. You got this. Life has just begun.

with all my love y deep respect,
‘Ofa atu,
moana

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jumping off cliffs y building my own wings on the way…UP

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
-Ray Bradbury, r.i.p.eace, power & perfection

On the day of his death (June 5, 2012), a friend, Lauren Over, shared with me as she was driving me to Orchard Academies in Bell, California (A city in Los Angeles county) Ray Bradbury’s (above) quote. It stuck with me since that day. This is my life. It was another day of painting a 14 wall mural 18′ x 354′ at Orchard Academies. This is my first (evaaa!) mural project that I am the Artistic Director and Lead Artist! That’s right, I had a lot to learn and am still learning. There has been a lot of stumbling and falling and tripping and climbing (I was on scaffolding on the daily, going up, coming down, going up, coming down. My hands had blisters and they were so use to climbing bars that after 24 hours off the scaffolding and on the other coast of the USA, my hands were still in the climbing bars position when I was sleeping.) I was in LA for 3 weeks and will return July 22, 2012 – August 19, 2012 to complete this mural which is called, RAICES MURALES.

The “real” Zainab standing in front of the painted portrait of Zainab. North East wall (Wall #1). Bell, CA

First day of priming the walls! I got paint in my face and in my eye and I love it. Awesome. Bell, CA

We are creating and painting the UNIVERSE!!! Bell, CA

CHILDREN OF THE SUN: Zainab, George, y Armando.
North East wall (Wall #1). This wall is almost done. Bell, CA

for more pictures of RAICES MURALES, check out my album on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150351344916858.397322.632536857&type=3

My life more than ever–choosing being Artist, choosing living life by my truth and art and owning it with my heart, mind, body and soul–is jumping off cliffs and learning how to fly. Like NOW. Not tomorrow or later in a few minutes. Now.  (Thank you Lauren. Thank you Mr. Bradbury for sharing a beautiful life, imagination, commitment, and your truth on this planet. I remember reading your stories when I was a kid with my big brother, David. David loooovves your stories.) I was sharing with my mentor/comrade/coach/co-leader/friend, Ernest, that I am scared and nervous–I’m taking on a new adventure. I will definitely share with you about it later–and he told me, “Moana, remember, it’s context. That same energy can be excitement. Which context do you choose?” Dang sun, I choose excitement. I’m helllaaaaaa excited! Dang, sometimes I don’t know what to do with  myself except just live my dreams on tha daily. LOL. palabra. Excitement it is and I’m excited in building my wings.

I am now in Manassas, Virginia (was in NYC for a day yesterday) and will be here for the next few weeks to get some much needed rest (When I was in LA, I was waking up at 5:00 am on that daily, started painting at 6:00 am and stopped painting at 9:00 pm, just to clean up and leave the Mural site at 9:30 pm sometimes 10 pm); PAINT, PAINT, PAINT (I absolutely love painting!!! I will be doing some new paintings!!! My goal is to do a painting everyday); doing some more production/prep work for RAICES MURALES (there is soooo much to get done before I return to LA later this month); launch my very first World Mural Tour kickstarter campaign–ahhhhhhhh, it’s happening! 1st confirmed wall is in DUBLIN, IRELAND with the Axis Arts Community Center in Ballymun, mi familia, I love this community. I will also continue working on the production and prep of Mahina Movement’s SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR 2012, ohhh sookie sookie. Shameless plug: Listen to us on WBAI RADIO NYC 99.5 FM. We were live on the program, “First Voices Indigenous radio” hosted by our good friend and brother, Tiokasin Ghosthorse. Click on this link and look up First Voices Indigenous radio Thursday June 28, 2012 9:03 am  http://www.wbai.org/server-archive.html. Mahina Movement is going to have our working weekend retreat next weekend and I’m so looking forward to some fun, hard work and lots and lots of gooooood food. That’s how we roll, peeps. Also, I’m catching up on some much needed journal writing time and meditation, dog walks, reading, reading and reading and spending countless hours on the phone talking to family/friendz all over the world…. And are there any cooool movies/documentaries/films you have seen lately? Send them my way and I will check it out. I luuuvvvv chilaxin’ watching some good flix before I go back out “into the work” and “into the wild.”

And tonight…Are you in NYC?

I’m sending a huge shout out to my best amazing friend, sister, fam bam, Gabriella Callender for her show tonight, “LANDING ON EARTH.” I am so proud of her and I am blessed to have this amazing musician, singer, song writer on my path. If you are Brooklyn tonight, stop by and give the rest of my fam bam some love.
Here is the info:

Tonight! Friday June 29, 2012 Come join us for Landing On Earth!
Gabriella Callender/ DJ Oja!

* Children friendly, bring the whole Family!

Opening the Set with Singer-Songwriter Kyra Gaunt w/ Tomas Doncker on guitar /vocals!

Projected Visuals by Vanissa Chan!

Visiting Organization: Friends of the Congo!

Landing on Earth: A Monthly Folk Fusion Experience

The Last Friday of Each Month @ Two Moon Art House and Cafe

315 4th, Brooklyn, NY

7pm!

Performed by Gabriella Callender and DJ Oja!

$10.00 cover Drinks/Food for purchase

Next show: Friday, June 29th

Landing On Earth is a monthly celebration and inquiry of the human experience through the use of song.

On the last Friday of each month, in a cozy cafe in Brooklyn, Gabriella Callender and DJ Oja take you on a herstorical journey of the human experience from the dawn of time until the present.

In a musical conversation between the artists and the audience we dialogue about peace, war, patriarchy, domination, love, power and the human propensity to overcome the ego.

Folk music is the basic element we use to take this journey and it is fused with beats, sound, visual projections, and readings from herstorical texts.

We showcase independent visual artists, vendors and organizations.

Please come and join us for the next Landing On Earth show

P.S. Our intention of our Mahina Movement SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR 2012 is to have each and every woman (the woman inside of every man, boy, girl, trans on the planet) own her voice. I shall begin with owning my own voice. I will be making more and more art. I’m unstoppable in my art making. Whether you like it or not, hate it or love it, that is not my job nor is that a part of my intention. The intention of my art making is to hold the integrity of my voice and it’s TRUTH. My job is to keep on making it, non-stop. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your listening. ‘Ofa atu.

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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

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Millionaire Joy

You don’t have to tell me twice. You don’t have to pay me. You don’t have to remind me or set your alarm or watch. You don’t have to use force. You don’t have to flatter me or compliment me. No need for manipulation or cohersion. You don’t have to like it or even love it. I’m gonna keep on keeping on. This can never go bankrupt. Checks will never be bounced from this “account.” I don’t got to hide this “stash.”  I don’t fear someone will rob me or steal this—for they have their own and I will show you, if you wish.  I get pure joy from doing my ART. That’s right, for the JOY of it. Doing my ART (poetry, painting, acting, photography, graphic design, y mas) is not work but JOY. No one has to tell me to do it or pay me (UNIVERSE, thank you for giving me the blessings of people & community purchasing my ART, axe. YAY! I can make a living from what I LOVE and what gives me and others JOY!) This joy is forever ever. This joy is worth more than millions—its infinite  and the source is everlasting. Yep, Unstoppable Abundance, right heeee-aaa.
I am doing exactly what I said I was going to do with my life and that’s what keeps me going.
This is what I call a millionaire’s life—JOY. ABUNDANCE. LOVE. Can’t buy that. Not for sale. Purely generated organically straight from my heart.

What’s your Joy? What is something you can do every day for the rest of your life that gives you pure satisfaction?  What makes you feel like you are walking on PURE GOLD?

I love my family! Check it out, I’m taking you back, where my sister, Fui, was the Tongan Madonna, for reals…

~My sisters y brother in Provo, Utah in the Trailer Park where I grew up~ L to R: Me, holding a homemade carebear, My Sister, 'Amz, My Sister, Fui and My brother, David. 'Ofa atu!

P.S.> Check out this link for my upcoming workshop, reading (I will be in CHICAGO!), performances with Mahina Movement y I am the VAGINA MONOLOGUES!!!!
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/VAGINA-MONOLOGUES–UNITED-NATIONS–CHICAGO–y-mas—.html?soid=1109315887457&aid=fLx60TgQfEE

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On my way

I’m on the bus as I write this. I am on Bolt bus (you betta recognize this, shout out to Bolt Bus and our awesome busdriver, who greeted us with, “Good Morning family! I hope you don’t mind me calling you Family, for you are my family!) riding from Washington D.C to mi NuevaYorkCity this morning. Gotta get back to NYC by this afternoon to teach a workshop in the Bronx. I can make it. #Let’sGetIt! #ASAP!
I woke up this morning at 4 am…stayed in bed til 4:55 am and then actually rised and shined to head out to catch the train at 5:41 am to Washington D.C.

I get now more than ever that being on my way is where I’m going to be constantly and that is where life happens…and that is where life is happening….now….and now…and now…and forever…There is no where to get. It’s all a journey. Doesn’t stop. Ohhhh, is that where being Unstoppable comes from? We are constantly going aka learning aka gaining experiences aka living aka getting the “present.”

I share with you “my present” this morning as we left Wash D.C. Please see below the sunrise. I have not seen the “sunrise” or “sunset” for quite a long time now. It reminded me, that we too, on tha daily, are always rising and setting. And that we are on our way…again…again..and again. We are unstoppable. Life continues. Life has just begun!

For you, From me, with LOVE. I miss my family in Utah y California. Shout outz to them and immense holding y loving arms

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Millionaire Communities

Poor. Shame. Broken. Broke. Brokeeddddd. Not good enough. Scarcity. Scared. Not enough.
These were the beliefs and thoughts I had about myself. I am realizing and making my self aware on the daily, THESE ARE JUST CONVERSATIONS. I can shift the conversation at anytime. ..

Do we grow out of our scarcity conversations? YES. HEAVEN YES. WE MUST. A good indicator I give myself to let myself know I am in an abundance conversation is when I do not have this conversation: Keep on comparing myself to my past–this is good enough for a Tongan Kid. This is good enough for someone who grew up in a Trailer Park.

So much has been going on for me, even just in these past few days, that I have so MUCHO MUCH to SHARE! So please STAY TUNED, as I get all my thoughts, ideas, pictures and videos together to share with you on this blog!

GAME ON!
We are not just one Millionaire.
We are a COMMUNITY.
A COMMUNITY of MILLIONAIRES.
MILLIONAIRE COMMUNITIES.
What we buy feeds us, sustains us, goes back into the community.
We INVEST in us: our culture, our history, our education, our beauty, our community.

check it.
Peace.
Paz.
Salaam.
Shalom.

Millionaire Communities Launching Now! Feb. 2012!

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