Por Mae Pinong Lao. This is what that piece of shit Peter Whittlesey had to say to me about my petition. Let all the Lao children of this generation and next generation know this is who that douchebag is. He’s a jerk. He went back to labeling his website Lao-Thai because of all these Khon Lao Khai Saat like Nor Sanavongsay, Catzie Vilayphon, Bryan Thao Worra and many others. The Lao government retreated and I moved on with my life but here’s what he sent me on Facebook. He’s a real piece of shit. Last I heard, he canceled his trip to Laos because he is scared.
I’ve been to 12 countries so far this year…..
Australia (well I do live there)
Vietnam (well tomorrow technically)
When I started my business it was to create a better life for myself and my family.
We had NOTHING. Couldn’t afford a car or to even eat meat.
I didn’t want to be on struggle street anymore. And used that as my why to push me to achieve great things.
Over time my why has changed.
It started as lifestyle and freedom.
Then changed to fulfilment.
Then again to contribution and connection (giving back and changing lives on a global scale).
I say it’s changed, but I guess now it’s a mixture of all of the above.
It may sound cliche but if your WHY is bigger than the reasons you CANT you will succeed.
Having something bigger than you is so important.
When you focus on the bigger picture the small stuff just fades away.
It feels insignificant.
The bigger you grow in business the more you need to simplify.
The more you need to automate processes.
And the more you need to create team that help you grow.
Unfortunately most people get scared, stay stuck in what’s easy and become a slave to their business.
It’s time to do the things that scare you.
Step out of that comfort zone.
And create a business that works without you needing to be there every single day.
Who’s with me?
Millennial consumers are 43% more likely to call out a brand on social than other groups…new data from our team.
As a Gen-X’er, I’m more likely to leave backhanded, passive-aggressive compliments toward a crappy brand on social. Or if I’ve had my coffee, I’ll make it a teaching moment. How ’bout you?
Tomorrow! Women who Submit joins #90X90LA CIELO galleries/studios at 10am. WWS will go over strategies for submission and let me tell you, they know their stuff! Come for a warm, supportive environment to share your work in and get published! Once I started going, and learning to submit as practice, I started having more stories published. bring a snack!
Another lovely night w/ #90X90LA CIELO galleries/studios/ Shades & Shadows at 90×90 w/ Carlos Allende, CB Lee & Martin Pousson. Lauren Salerno reminded us of the importance of community and words in these troubling times. Afterwards Lena Cole Dennis cracked us up with birthday stories and reminded us the importance of going places and talking to new people. So go some places, talk to new people, it’s curative.
Really lovely article by friend Gita Jackson about dear friend Benjiman Jackson and how the world went to sleep after the Civil Rights movement:
He thought he could change the world. “Do you think we still can?” I ask.
He paused. “I think that was the mentality in the ‘60s, that we could,” he said. “I don’t think we have that. But it can come back. We can come out, in numbers, singing and shouting, and we can bring it back. We can change the world, for the better.”
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This year I will breathe freely and hug w/ certainty
Make taking things less personally a part of my personality
Loyal in totality
say no to meetings
say yes to being
be real about my time
honest about my realty
sign up for therapy
Mirror up my inner g
This year is balance over bravado
you’ve done thee work
Confidence over ego
you’ve done thee work
less promises sold to ppl
live in all caps no italics just BOLD
This year I will make my vulnerability more visible
Let you know that you’re listened to
Be more honest about my hours
Write more while in the shower
Worry less about what isn’t ours
When no one is looking
Do it for my approval
Remember I’m destined
Be thank for my arrival
Move w/ certainty
Take more care of me
Let go of what hasn’t happened
Because it hasn’t happened
be the friend I wish I had
show more love to thee ones I have
Answer your text
give more of less
invest in yourself
Create things I have no idea if ppl will like
Even if it means being
This is thee only spell I remember how to
Bleed in everything we art
Loving even who we aren’t
Even when it’s hard
Loving as a whole
Even when we’re apart
And firing all my insecurities security guards.
If you read this far that means you love me.
33. /// :: Hollyvinyl Gable
My 5 year old announced, “I wish my brother was my twin so he could be good looking like me. And I like looking at me.”
My wife joined in, “I wish your dad looked maybe 10 years younger, taller, more hair, abs–pretty much a different guy.”
I said, “I wish my wife looked like someone that would stop talking!”