Let her love soak you alive.
Made magic with a dear friend, Ned.
Photographer | NED TOBIN
Do visit Ned’s blog for his stunning creation of this piece.
Wake up. Be awesome.
A sneak peek into my yoga practice:
The reason I’m so happy everyday (best job ever!):
Grateful to be raised in abundance of love:
Feeling blessed to be living bliss!
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The sun is shining, the birds chirp-chirping… top it off with a creamy avocado cheesecake to enjoy outside and holy bliss, life is awesome!
It’s been a month full of BIG decisions for me, tumultuous change, and incredible growth. I feel like a little caterpillar karate-kicking out of my cocoon… and shyly peeking out at the world for the first time. A little scared, a lot excited. Oh, the places we will go!
But how lovely it is to settle still for awhile and simply enjoy: the tickling winds, a rich avocado, the giggling kiddies in my yoga class. Life is simple. Life is easy. Life is good.
Wishing you lifetimes of happiness! <3
Coat little cake pan in shredded coconut (to help with sticking).
Chop pecans in food processor, add in shredded coconut, then dates. Pat 1/2 mixture on bottom of cake pan, saving the rest for the top.
Mix cashews and pine nuts in food processor. Slowly add in dates, avocado, bananas + love. When creamy, pour on top of crust.
Put one more layer of crust on top to seal the cake. Freeze overnight. To serve, let thaw slightly, slice and decorate with fresh fruit and coconut!
Bless with happy thoughts and enjoy!
This project can be super fun and easy (also a little messy), with a most gratifying outcome! There are a few examples of do-it-yourself twine-lamp-pendant projects out there if you were to google it. This post however, will hopefully offer a stripped-down, simplified fusion of all the DIY twine lamp posts I’ve researched, while being personable & maybe entertaining! ;D
Sooo, you’ll need twine! One can attain twine at your local hardware store. Any twine will do, from cotton, to jute, to sisal, and even hemp (found at any arts & crafts store). I chose sisal, for it’s “beige-iness” and slightly weathered, natural look. Jute is similar, except that it’s a darker shade. I think cotton & hemp can come in different colors though. Oh! And it’s like… $2-$4, depending on how big ‘a roll you buy. Honestly, you won’t need the $4 something roll… that’s a lot o’ twine.
You’ll also need a beach ball! … found at any party supply store… or probably Wal-Mart. It’s a dollar. And mine was 13″ in diameter.
You’ll need some hardware too. This could be a little tricky, but I just had an old paper lantern. You can buy one though, at an Urban Outfitters store, Ikea, party supply stores… or Wal-Mart. Anyways, the point is, I cut out & kept the metal ring at the top of the store-bought paper lantern, along with the metal cross bar piece, that you’d thread the light cord through. Paper lanterns should be around $5-$6. Also, pretty key, you’ll need a cord kit, also found at the aforementioned establishments. These’ll be about $10. I know, it’s starting to add up, but just think, boutiques/home furnishing stores sell these things for lots & lots more mula!
And now for the pièce de résistance… paper maché mixture, woohoo! All you’ll need is a medium size bowl, mix roughly one part flour (or one cup) to one part warm water (or cold water, whatevs’). If you have corn starch around, that helps too, I’d toss in a couple spoonfuls. If you happen to have some Elmer’s Glue, I’d empty the contents into the mixing bowl (regular size Elmer’s, that is). Aaand, mix, mix, mix, mix, mix! Now… some people say to add a little sprinkling of salt. I think it’s supposed to help, I dunno, preserve the “freshness” of the substance, once it has been applied. I did not add this, however. Now, you are ready to get messy…
what you’ll do!
You blow up the beach ball. Then, take the paper lantern metal ring that you cut out, trace that ring using a felt-pen, or Sharpie, on the top of the beach ball, then again at the opposite end. These circles will just be reference points for later.
Here again, some people would say to spray non-stick cooking oil, such as Pam, all over your beach ball. I’ve found that this just creates a slippery mess, however (even more-so than the slippery mess you’re going to have already). Anyway, what I did was, using some of the twine, tied the beach ball from the cabinet (or ceiling), above the kitchen sink, so that the ball was suspended, but at a comfortable level with which to wrap twine around. Make sure that piece of twine connecting the beach ball to the cabinet, or ceiling above, has the paper lantern metal ring, through it, but not yet resting on the beach ball. I’d take a yard or so of twine at a time, soak, soak, soak in paper machéness, & start a-wrappin’. Here’s what I surmise is the key though, once you’ve got a few strands running vertically on the ball, then I’d rest my paper lantern ring on top, then keep wrapping. When this baby gets dry, that ring will be sturdily embedded in the pendant lamp.
I tackled wrapping the beach ball in two sessions, only because for the latter, I wanted to flip the ball over & cover more of the bottom half of the ball. You should wait 24 hours, though, before doing something like this. That will give the paper maché time to harden. Upon flipping over, I just rested the ball on bowl & maneuvered the twine stategically. Okay then, wait another 24 hrs & your almost there!
Using the Sharpied circle along the bottom as your guide, take the marker again & copy that circle across the twine strands. Now you’ll have a circle drawn on the actual hardened twine. And now for the moment of truth! It’s time to let the air out of the beach ball, every so gingerly! Take some chopsticks, or something like the eraser end of a pencil, & gently prod the beach ball, helping it to deflate. Cut it if you have to, I say! Once deflated, you should have a round, twine shell!!! Now take some scissors, & cut just outside of the Sharpied circle you’ve made at the bottom of the hardened twine. Also, cut a circle out of the top, using the ensconced metal ring as your guideline. Now, ever-so-gently pull the deflated beach ball out of it’s cocoon!
That’s it, you’ve done it!!! You can do many optional steps, of course. I painted the bottom portion two tones, for that, “dipped in” painted look. I then bought some super-glossy lacquer spray to coat & protect the twine lamp (although, I gotta say, I didn’t see any difference). Whatever you do, don’t spray it with fire resistant fabric spray!!! I tried that the first time around & the twine lamp fell apart… literally… I used an LED, dimmable light bulb. Sure it’s more expensive (at around $8), but it should practically last a lifetime, & it stays cool to the touch, thus ensuring that the lamp not catch fire. Hang, & enjoy your most gnarly creation! I too, like the criss-crossing patterns it projects against the walls.
Thanks so much Sufey, for letting me guest blog!
Jason Carr grew up in Northern California, but now resides in San Diego. He is a graphic designer, pursuing his own graphic t-shirt business. He loves illustration, playing soccer, & long walks on the beach. Within the past few years, he’s also gotten into reading, painting, and crafty diy projects. Visit his blog at http://www.jasoncarrdesign.com for his most recent art projects/interests, graphic design portfolio & more. Also check out his etsy.com/shop/jasoncarrdesign, to further peruse his pop-art paintings.
what we see
is merely a reflection
of who we are
for sunshine, sparkles and smiles,
for moments of balance in a life of chaos,
for happy, happy times,
Be not afraid to bare your soul.
Jared Kleinert is the kind of guy you meet and instantly adore.
His warm, goofy smile and kick-ass determination to do good is an inspiration to people everywhere. At only 17-years-old, he is the CEO of a start-up called Synergist, a social network designed to connect passionate entrepreneurs and support them with tools for creating change.
I had the honour of interviewing him live today, and introduce him to you with great pleasure!
Sufey: 5-4-3-2-1… We are live! Jared, can you introduce yourself and tell us what Synergist is all about?
Jared: Hello! I’m a 17-year old social entrepreneur in South Florida. Synergist is a crowd-sourcing site for social entrepreneurs to create, collaborate and share movements and enterprises. It’s really just about bringing people together for social good. It kind of started with the Occupy Wall Street Movement, we’re looking for those kinds of movements. The whole point is to connect people to innovate in a useful way and actually get things done; for people from all different walks of life to come together and make change.
Sufey: Cool! So how do you make this happen?
Jared: People can post an idea in the “Create” section, or if they have an idea they want to test out and need team members (i.e. a web developer), they can find that. Once they make a team, they can move to “Collaborate”, which is a free online workspace for people to build up their idea. Finally, they move to “Share”, which is a crowd-sourcing platform like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to raise money for their ideas.
Sufey: Awesome. You’re one of the first crowd-sourcing sites to crowd-source your own site, aren’t you?
Jared: Yeah! Yeah, we’re one of the first at the intersection of crowd-sourcing social good, very socially-driven. It’s really exciting: Fast Company called it recursive crowd-sourcing, very meta-idea, lean start-up like, we’ll see if it works!
Sufey: So at 17, what are some of the challenges of doing this?
Jared: Well, something you really don’t like is the fact that I don’t get much sleep. Another challenge is the social life in high school. I tend to look more towards the Under 20 community and UnCollege network more for friends- I can relate more to kids like you and me who are doing things at a very young age.
Sufey: Absolutely. What kind of advice would you give to another entrepreneur that’s just starting out?
Jared: Never give up. Entrepreneurship is just perseverance. It doesn’t matter if you start at a young or old age, you’re going to run into problems; it’s natural. There’s never going to be a perfect day. Just persevere, and good things will happen.
Become friends with as many different people as possible. Everyone can offer you something, so never take anyone for granted. Try not to stereotype, just be a friendly person.
Sufey: I love that! Who inspires you in this world?
Jared: My mentor is David Hassel from 15Five, a company I work for in the Silicon Valley. People like Elon Musk inspire me, he juggles two billion dollar businesses and thinks about game-changing plans like electric cars and space missions, which is pretty cool.
I would say the biggest inspiration is my mother. I see how hard she works on a daily basis trying to raise me and my brother. She’s an extremely bright women, entrepreneurial, but she’s trapped in – a good job, but – a somewhat normal life. I want to scale my efforts and make a name for myself, so she’s really my biggest motivation and biggest supporter. I know it sounds cheesy, but it really starts there.
Synergist launches TOMORROW, April 27th, so check ‘em out here and send some love to society’s youngest entrepreneurs.
Kudos and good luck, Jared. The world needs great people like you!
forget the rest