:: W E L C O M E ::
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and allowing me the opportunity to officially welcome you, and orient you to who I am and what this blog is all about.
:: With the Help of Michelle ::
This blog launched back in May of 2008. I was able to launch it with the help of my good friend, Michelle Ward, who designed my first blog banner and organized all the nuts and bolts to make it happen. For quite some time, the focus of my blog's content revolved around my role as Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio. It was a lot of work, and it was rewarding to be recognized for the work. Fun times.
:: Leap & Launch ::
In 2009, I decided to take a leap and launch CRESCENDOh.com. You can read my farewell letter to artists in this post to give you a better idea of what all contributed to my decision to make the leap.
:: I Love My Family ::
Nothing I do could be done without the love and support of my family. I am married to Gerardo, and together, we have a daughter, Monica, and a son, Andrew. The four of us have a great time together and we also love our Silky Terrier pups, Toby and Scout. Get to know them here:
:: I Love Music ::
I grew up in a highly musical home. I play the cello, piano, guitar, and I've been learning to play the ukulele.
:: I Love to Laugh :)
And I actually love to try and make people laugh:
- Side Effects of Latreese
- Shut Your Face (Yes, I grew up in Bakersfield and I worked at Der Wienerschnitzel)
- Uh-Huh, Uh-Huh
- Constructive Criticism Deconstructed
- Bigger Fish
- Top 10 Funniest People of 2010
:: I Love my Alma Mater :: UC Irvine ::
Aside from family and work, I give my time to my mother soul. Here's a speech I had the honor of delivering as Commencement Speaker for UC Irvine. (UCLA is also my alma mater. It is where I earned my graduate degree. But the thing is, I was an Anteater before I was a Bruin.)
:: ART SAVES ::
The term ART SAVES was something I started to say after watching the awesome film, Walk the Line. The most powerful scene for me was when the music scout told Johnny Cash the secret to singing and connecting with listeners. I highly recommend the film if you have a chance to watch it. For me, I know that when I'm totally lost, the way I can get back on track is through the creative process. There are a few speeches I've given that touch upon that:
- Frida and the Street
- Squam Art Workshops 2009 Opening Remarks
- Silver Bella 2010 Closing Remarks
- Pay it Forward & Enjoy the Process
:: AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP, COMMUNICATION & FOCUSED COMPASSION ::
Aside from the topic of Art Saves, I also like to give talks about leadership, communication and focused compassion. Like these:
:: Water ::
I am passionate about the topic of water. It is the foundation for life. And there's a whole lot of people in this world without proper access to water. It's unimaginable. I want to try and help. I'm going to help.
:: Crafting My Best Life ::
One of the things I really love doing is teaching online classes through The Creative Lab. Check them out here:
- The Keys to Publishing & Building Creative Momentum
- Crafting My Best Life
- Crafting Fitness
- Knit Crochet Love
- I also love to motivate and help people dig deep and find ways to move forward, get unstuck, manage conflicts, clarify values, develop communication skills and more. I have a special place where I do that here:
:: Books ::
I create books. Here are the ones I've made (so far):
- Journal It! (November, 2012)
- We Make Dolls! (June, 2012)
- Hand in Hand (April, 2012)
- Creative Pilgrimage (January, 2012)
- Art Saves
- Signature Styles
- Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration (co-author)
:: Categories ::
The main categories on the left side of my blog are what I mainly focus on these days. I also write about other things too. I hope you'll visit often as I work to craft posts that can help inspire you and help you find ways to prioritize creativity in your own life. I'll also periodically update this page as important posts and other welcoming ideas emerge. Thank you for being here.
PS :: There are other things I love ... like hard workers, active listeners, staying fit, knitting, hot shoes, and ... well ... I'll let you discover the rest as you look around.