LADIES! What if you could make MORE of your LIFE?

life coaching, consulting, online, self help

I regularly meet with the most amazing people who are energized and ready to really live and do what they love.

But they are STUCK.

We often FEEL stuck, because we are so busy trying to please everyone around us as if our martyrdom is our ‘gift’ to mankind (or just our family) … But in the end, the best gift you can leave with humanity is to love and respect yourself enough to be true to your dreams, desires and gifts.  I’m not talking about ego crazy self-indulgence here – but good old fashioned self respect and worth. We live in a society that esteems us based on our appearance, accomplishments and self sacrifice. I know, as a mother, that it’s all too easy to give and give, thinking I’m performing my humble service – when in reality, when I do that, I’m only giving them a burnt out woman.

It’s time for a paradigm shift, friends! WHAT IF, that spirit of universal motherhood in all of us, was calling us to a life of divine bliss, compassion and incredible fulfillment? I believe it is, wholly and loud, ready to rock your reality!

LADIES. We’ve spent far too long trying to be what everyone else wants us to be. It’s time for CHANGE. Now, I don’t know your background or what you have been through. But I have lived. I’ve done what people told me was the ‘RIGHT THING TO DO’ and I’ve ‘rebelled’ against those things too. I’ve been treated like people’s property with no RESPECT for my body or my voice. I married young, created beautiful children, loved what I made but forgot how to LOVE myself. I forgot my PASSIONS. I neglected my CREATIVITY. It wasn’t long before my downward spiral led me to a darkness that left me feeling alone, empty and rejected. But then, as it always does, THE LIGHT RETURNED and I learned what it truly meant to LOVE myself. To DEMAND THE BEST and to be fully present IN THE BEAUTY OF LIFE. The future was mine to CREATE. INSPIRATION was IGNITED and my fired BURNED. I received love, laughter, healing and FREEDOM from my past. It was time to LIVE AGAIN…. But for the first time. This JOY born in me is contagious. And I have every INTENTION to spread it.

ARE YOU READY?

LET’S DO THIS THING.

TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE.

DIVE IN TO DESIRE.

FOLLOW YOUR BLISS.

*For those who are ready to live fully and dive in to bliss, I invite you to join us for the “Dive In to Bliss” Course to beginning Feb. 5, 2014. It is a 6 week, online introduction into empowerment for the dormant or unsatisfied sould with a desire for MORE in life. Please email with interest and I look forward to igniting your year!
navae@solomonartistry.com

Travel Light, Be the Light

1514431_10202289448071125_276460936_nIt’s New Years again.  Hashtags like #resolution & #dietfail get to claim their place on the trending belt, while hopes, dreams and goals, flirted with for a few weeks, are predictably set on a shelf for the rest of the year and revisited around Christmas. (at best)

Why is that??  Well, let’s back it up a little bit here.  Every year, December rolls around with all the hustle and bustle that we all know is coming.  Some have a nostalgic association with the busy holiday while others remain proudly unaffiliated.  But with all the lights, giving and family gatherings, we seem to subconsciously (or consciously) begin to take an assessment of our lives, whether it be family, finances, relationship, careers…  Then the bitterness sets in.

It reminds me of what I went through a while back.  I had just divorced and  was living in less than desirable conditions with my 3 children.  We had just decorated our beautiful Christmas tree and were sitting in the glow of the golden lights, as I quickly transformed in to the scroogiest version of myself.  Suddenly, I felt so overwhelmed with anger toward everyone.  I was angry at my upbringing, my failed marriage, my drifting dreams, my abuse, feeling forgotten by my family … and all this pain became the justification for my constant partying and searching for whatever would ease the pain of betrayal and self loathing.

But then…  as it tends to happen…  just as I was content to swim in my self pity, life beckoned me to awaken and see the truth.  I betrayed MYSELF.

I was angry at the abuse, rejection and betrayal that other people had inflicted on me and forgotten to see that the biggest betrayal of them all, was to let them determine who I AM and what I deserve.

~ I swear, this is going somewhere wonderful, so keep with me here … your heart will thank you! ~

In the time of the year where the days are longest and the darkness feels maddening …  light whispers of it’s return and we are inspired to live again.  The year shifts and we are given an opportunity to renew, be healthy, love, succeed …. and just try.  But the fear of the darkness, judgement, failure and rejection stunt our attempts, leaving us frustrated and discouraged at what we have chosen to believe as ‘lack of self discipline’, ‘weakness’ or ….’it’s just the way I am’.

It’s time to answer the call of the light and FEEL LIGHT.  BE LIGHT.  Stop living in the fear of not pleasing the people around you and please yourself!  I’m not asking that we all become immersed in our ego’s, but for goodness sake, stop playing the martyr by sacrificing yourself to your jobs and family; and then proceeding to resent them for your limitations!  You are only limited by your beliefs.

What if the New Year came with *internal* resolutions?  We are so quick to set external goals and get pissed at the external circumstances that get in our way.  But internal?  That’s all yours, friend. You are the owner of your heart, soul and mind.   The inward change is what creates outward results.   By recognizing that you have the power to place yourself in healthy situations, to set boundaries, to learn self respect and self love …  these are the resolutions that create change.

Life is too short to sit around abusing yourself for what you haven’t done yet.  You want change?  You want to grow and follow what makes you feel alive!  YOU CAN.  You are the only one in your way.  So step aside and find yourself in gratitude for the beauty and allow it to multiply.  What we focus on determines our direction and what we will experience.  The lies and baggage we carry on our shoulders, slow us down and limit us from living the possibilities out there waiting for us!  Let them go.  Be the master of your heart and choose to love yourself unconditionally.

Don’t let other’s determine your destiny… rather, forge your road and travel it well.  Leave behind the heavy burden of resentment, fear and anger …. Travel light.  BE the light.  Be YOU…. and resolutions will follow.

#desireandbe

*as it can be in life, if this journey of change and self empowerment is calling you but feels too enormous to tackle alone, I’m here to coach you through it.  Empowerment life coaching and Creative Strategy: Desire first and be in touch…  I’m just an email away  navae@solomonartistry.com http://www.navaeinspired.com

Come now, let’s be Unreasonable…

You know that secret box you keep under the bed and hope to holy heaven that no one ever finds? Or maybe it’s not a physical box, but you know you have one in your mind. For some it contains little messages, written to self, that proclaim the deep desire to learn to sing. (yikes!) Or move to Italy. (mmmm….) What about letting your sexy wild side out in bed? (spicy!) Or do something noble like sell your business and commit to an orphanage in Mexico or China?

All of the above and alike are desires that people everywhere all over the globe have tucked away secretly but are too afraid to really pursue. Why? Because everyone has a reason they can’t! Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of loneliness…

In this short but sweet post, I have a favor to ask of you.

Get out that box and look through it. Finger through the photos in your mind, of the places you desperately want to travel to. Imagine what it would feel like to be surrounded by the people that inspire you. See yourself doing what it is you always wished you could do, but dismissed, because of lack of money, support, courage or drive … and awaken the passion. Just see how it feels and swim in it. How does your spirit feel? Are you smiling?

Be unreasonable. Think outside the box and imagine a reality that’s more colorful and full of more possibilities. And for heaven’s sake – don’t get caught up in “that could never happen” !! All I asked of you was to entertain the imagery and to involve your senses.

I can’t say if we have one life or more, but what I do know is that a life lived without passion is a waste of life. There are so many possibilities out there but so many people get hung up on the most limiting question: HOW? Really?? So many creative and innovative individuals and we let ourselves get short stopped by that damn three letter word.

What if we change the question? You want to change your life? I can help you. Step one and two: Change your thinking and change the questions. Begin to ask yourself, “What is possible that I’ve never allowed to be possible?” Don’t try to answer it… Just ask… You’d be surprised at the inspiration that will follow.

I hope you allow for unreasonable ideas to flow into your incredible mind today. Allow your imagination to be enlightened and match those desperate desires inside of you.

If that overwhelms you, that’s ok. This can be a rough process, but that’s why I’m here to help. Feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to creatively coach you through the next steps. I don’t want to see anyone limited in their dreams and aspirations.

Be Unreasonable. Dare to dream. Dare to be.

Yours Truly,
http://www.navaeinspired.com

Are You Smiling?

Just checking.

Are you smiling?   Have you laughed today?

Whether this is the start, middle or end of your week, I swear you have something to smile about.  If you can’t find that *something*, then darlin, something is WAY off track.

Today, I was recalling when my beautiful grandma, ridden with various illnesses, was slowly dying, in worlds of pain and had just had her leg removed due to diabetes.  Counter to what I expected, she not only had a  smile on her lips, but it was also in her eyes.

The Christmas season brings up these memories for me and can be emotional for me because my family always poured themselves into the festive winter holiday.  In our home, there were always grandparents, aunt’s and uncles …  with cousins always scheming to see who would sleep over just to keep the party going.  Predictably found in the kitchen, usually warming more coffee and tamales, we all knew my wonderfully strong grandmother as a foundational woman in our family.  She was our bond and our glue.   Unfortunately, her death was the awakening in us all that we could no longer lean on HER strength for OUR happiness.

But I remember standing there, next to her bed, post op – admiring the space that once held her warrior leg and I thought to myself…   She is my hero.  This woman had taught me endless lessons in my life and now she was leaving.  Heart wrenching as it was to watch her go, there remained the gift she gave and this was her smile.

In the face of rejection, she smiled.

Watching her family taken by poverty, abuse, neglect, drugs and alcohol – This miracle of a woman still had her smile.

I realize now the secret to her road of bliss.

Gratitude.  Gratitude in the wake of chaos is what leaves your heart at peace and ultimately grows a smile that reaches to not only your lips but also to your eyes.

No matter your place or pain, there continues to be beauty all around.  Life, love and abundance waits to be experienced but it only increases as you see and appreciate it.

I have my ups and downs, but I know what I desire.  I desire to love and live more. To see the miracles and be them.

Please don’t get distracted by the pain that comes and goes. Instead place your focus on what you want to grow and remain!  You have the chance to create your life to be a miracle that spreads inspiration like wild-fire to the world around you.   What will you do with that?  Choose the course of your day.  Choose YOUR smile. It’s starts with now.

Desire and be.  Life is waiting.

Completely You

We love working with incredible artists.  Some of our favorite artists are musicians.

One thing we are pretty damn good at and looove to do, is brand that musician!  Now, don’t run away – I didn’t say “create sell-outs”.  That’s a common misconception. A HUGE misconception.

Let me explain.  If a musician or band simply wants to create art and use it as a form of expression, fantastic!  I fully support that.  However, I have heard SO MANY musicians complain about being ‘starving’ artists and that the music industry sucks.  Well, yes, the music business can be very difficult to break into.  Thing is, there are two very key words I just used.  Industry and business.  That’s what it is folks.  If you want to succeed as a musician, as in – get paid for what you are absolutely incredible at, then you, sweetheart, are entering a business and industry where there are some basic rules.  Do following the rules promise that you will win the race?  Of course not, but let me tell you – the ones who DO win the race, DO follow most of the rules.

SO.  Getting back to branding.  (Can we just do away with all our pre-conceived judgements of the word?)

Let’s instead, use the word EMPOWERMENT.

What if branding were truly empowerment?  The way we do it, it absolutely is.  The people in the industry – the venue owners, the producers, labels, bookers, promoters, media etc…  all want to know WHO and WHAT they are buying.   What’s your packaging?  Is it dependable?  Does your EPK reflect your genre and personal image?  Is that consistent in your videos, photos and web presence?  How do you hold yourself on stage and in interviews?

Don’t get too overwhelmed… but all that really does count when you are wanting to get ahead in the music industry.  What WE love to do is get down to your heart – your roots – who you REALLY are.  What does THAT look like?

…. See, branding doesn’t have to be placing and image ON you… rather, we think it should be far more authentic:  taking your strengths and making sure they are your consistent signature in all that represents you and your music.

When you are able to accept that, you are able to see how authentic branding is an empowering tool for the musician’s success!

We are on your team and want you to succeed with your musical integrity in tact.  You know your dreams and what you are capable of.  Don’t let the “rules” scare you away from the game.

Simply be the strongest and most confidently fearless version of yourself…  and claim it.

If you or someone you know are a musician, feel free to find that cute little ‘link’ icon at the top of the page and get in touch.  We are happy to be of service and happy to keep that fire in your step to living your bliss!

Be Completely You.

Wonder Woman & Miracle Max

Wonder Woman.  We all know about her.  Miracle Max?  You know, he’s the witch doctor played by Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride.  IF you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, grab your beverage of choice and indulge in that incredible cult classic.

Getting back to the point.  What I want to talk about is a kind of ‘mom thing’ at face value.   But whether you are a parent or not – there are truths here for you; either that you will relate to, or at the very least give you a reason to cut the rest of us some slack or treat us to a well-earned spa day.

It’s incredible how  a cold snap in the weather or an unexpected flu can cause you to take what you THOUGHT you were going to get done that day and force you into an extra degree of creativity.  I realized today that though I did hours of computer work, I hardly sat down.  Every 10 minutes, I was needed for food, drink, band-aids, ice packs, hugs or mediation!

However, as these announcements of hunger and boredom began to layer themselves in my ears, I remembered how incredibly lucky I am. These moments of chaos can either blind us with anger or allow us the opportunity to see beyond the veil of confusion and panic to see the joy and beauty that’s all around.  This day like every other had limitless possibilities for joy, love and abundance and I was hell-bent on swimming in it!

What if……   What if these stretches of repeated chaos are simply arriving in our reality to allow us to see beyond? What if these circumstances are giving us a chance to see what we really CAN do with that wonder woman cape of ours?  What kind of miracles could we create in our families, homes, dreams and careers?  You know….  miracles hardly happen during the calm.   They tend to happen in the storm.

In the end, I have to say that in my ‘wasted work day’ there was a treasure to be found.  What I thought was bound for failure, instead gave birth to new ideas and projects that I’m SO excited to get busy on. (stay tuned!) But in the end… that’s the point!  I chose not to limit my day by a near sighted ‘realistic’ perspective… rather took the chance to ask, “What else is possible, today?!”  Because these are the questions that invoke action and creation.

So this is what I will leave you with:

What do you desire to feel?  Who do you desire to be?  Feel it.  Be it.   Chase after what others deem impossible and be the miracle.

 

It’s time. Be Empowered.

I’ve decided it’s absolutely not too early to start those New Year’s resolutions.  And even if you don’t agree, I won’t care because I have based my life on forging new roads contrary to what others deem possible or ok.

SO, sit back and enjoy my rant for a moment or two.

In case those of you don’t know, Solomon Artistry was formed in order to provide a platform for individuals to be empowered and succeed.

Our team is strongly committed to getting your creative talents and ideas seen and heard across the globe.  We have a holistic approach, recognizing that big industries aren’t the only thing with the ability to hold you back, but also your health, status, parenthood, spiritual growth and many other things that can leave you with that ‘underdog’ mentality.

Ok – well, even though it’s entirely unproductive to hold on to that personal and career martyrdom – I realize how common it is and how badly it needs to be addressed.

So whether you are here for styling, consulting, creative direction, PR …. or just here to cozy up and be encouraged… that’s the whole point.

You are here.  You are reading.  Great.  Then be encouraged and know that all the things you think are holding you back, just don’t have to any more.  There are infinite possibilities waiting for you regardless of your path.  Just be open to them.  Be true to yourself.  For more tools, ideas and inspiration….   Subscribe and follow our posts.   We’re excited to get you LIVING.

Ciao.