What makes people is based on two primary elements: the DNA we are born with and the environment we are surrounded by.
Since September, I have been knee deep and going deeper, into the psychological trauma’s and moral injuries brought home by those who have been to war.
I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing it first hand through my cousin and her family. Her husband, a Marine accidentally stepped in an I.E.D. blowing up major parts of himself and a few of his buddies.
The good part about this story is that there was actually a sniper nearby ready to take him out officially. This “accident” saved his life.
The NY Times article, In Unit Stalked by Suicide, by David Philipps clearly illustrates the detriment faced by warriors once they return home.
The more I read it, the more I cry.
Prior to running into Paul Alt (a fellow yogi) at a coffee shop, I had been focused on my artistic skill set of creating environment. Considering ways in which this could be pitched to move my career forward.
Our work for warriors, Veterans and their families has its origins in our collaboration with inner-city youth, teachers and multi-disciplinary teams including behavioral health experts.
Paul Alt has such a great understanding of what it takes to process, that I amlead to believe that simply by working on this project I am also healing my own wounds.
I am certainly being given the tools.
My one day a week, writing press releases, can be slightly daunting since it is my job to speak the language fluently.
So to stay abreast I spend my personal time listening to Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried on tape, and watching other war films. Interesting to note, is how much courage I have to muster just to turn on Band of Brothers I am THAT SCARED of the fighting scenes.
An interesting comparison in consideration of the Veterans and what they have had to experience first hand.
A title : seems a bit silly, except that it’s totally necessary to give a name to what you’re doing. My preference leans towards poetic tongue twisters which accurately describe the base function. i.e. Bridge Building Business Professional or Closet Consultant. Although
E-mail Signature: Include a phone number, your business title, & LINKS!!
Smile: even more silly than #1 huh. A smile is a winner every time! It will open doors for you & encourage potentials to move in your direction instead of the other direction. It also gives the message that you LOVE what you do. And, if you don’t than why are you doing it?
In effort to build steam I ask all who I work with to Yelp me.
In doing so I’ve learned two things:
1. Endings are not always as welcomed as one would hope. People are my schooling.
2. A Yelp review won’t even be posted if its written by an inexperienced newby.
To counter act the second issue I’ve taken to “checking in.” With pictures.
In honor of the first I’m officially writing up contracts. And, adhering to my gut knowings.
Finally, I’ve decided that it’s a wise decision to write about Failures. As well as Successes. Because it’s in failing that we get the Lessons.
Please, take a closer look. Notice the scar that sits between them.
I used to joke that it was from a breast reduction. Haha!! I have super tiny tits. Funnier than that is when people believe me.
As a Figure Model, I find it intriguing how so many artists fail to include this very important aspect of me.
In this business, folks are supposed to draw what they see. Yet, this is the first one in a year to include my scar.
In reality, I was born with a heart murmur. At twelve I went to the doctor for some common kid ailment. The doctor of the house was out that day, luckily. His stand in noticed my abnormal heart beat.
Open heart surgery was put on the table immediately.
The second reason for my making this post today is the joke that coincided with it. Breast surgery. Woman have work done on their breasts to eliminate cancer too.
A favored sculpture student, Blaire, is a Tai Chi teaching grandma who raised her family in New York making waves through the 60’s. She had massive tumors removed from her breasts yesterday. I pray that she’s okay.
Maybe those who draw me would rather not think about what I had to go through to get the scar across my chest– as reason to ignore it.
Perhaps, it is easier for us to focus on anything but the pain. It is art class after all.
In conclusion, keep Blaire in your prayers. And, all the other woman out there who suddenly have to go through life without their breasts.
Space, Space, Space. This post is all about SPACE!
As young entrepreneur I have found (to my own chagrin) the necessity of the proper environment for getting down to business!
This pursuit has taken me many places. Has even motivated me to move in some cases!
Perhaps, this could become a Category for my writing. And, in fact blogging about Public Libraries is how this bloggirl began her career. (Inspiration can come from anywhere, BAM!)
Now, dwelling lake side in the top hat of our city, Rogers Park! I arrived to town puzzled on where to get work done.
First, let’s discuss the motivating factor of getting out of the house: IT HELPS! At present, I live with a man who counsels people in the room next to mine. Receives phone calls throughout the day. Our walls are paper thin. And, my initial desk placement put me working right in-line with the afternoon sun.
Having set up a coffee table at the edge of my bed, I prefer to work there propped up by a block.
After a week of accepting my own unemployment budget yesterday brought about an extreme case of cabin fever & I HAD TO GET OUT!! : )
Attempting initially to stick within the $0 budget and began by heading off to the NEW Edgewater Library. Which quickly reminded me of what it means to be “institutionalized.” A rant for a different day. No seating near windows. Flourescnt lighting overhead. And, worse a crappy internet connection.
Now, let’s elaborate on the Public Library Problem. Not a single one of them opens before 10am. Most open at noon- which is absolutely ridiculous! Who starts work at noon? And, they all CLOSE way too soon. 5pm on Friday??
My budgetary dreams intend to cut down on police forces & open library doors.