Saturday, January 31, 2015

That Starving Artist is Out of Style // AGCM Book Club // Lifestyles of the Authentic and Creative Hustle Guide

It's the year of the entrepreneur, I'm declaring it. It's time for us to go for ours this year in 2015. If you're not in your dream career now, you probably daydream about what you'd like to be doing. What puts a fire in your heart and makes your soul dance uninhibited? If it's something creative, you may feel like it can't support your current lifestyle or your family and bills. Some of us can't afford to be or feel we're too old (or grown n sexy) to be living the starving artist experience. Lifestyles of the Authentic & Creative: Hustle Guide says that whole broke and starving artist living is for the birds. It's over and played out. Artists' contributions to the world are just as necessary and fundamental to the human experience as doctors, engineers and lawyers are. Author Meca McKinney jam packs this publication with interviews with artists and creatives living their professional dreams and doing more than just getting by, they're thriving. Meca interviewed artists of various mediums who are making their passion/s their paycheck. Some artists included musicians, fashion designers, crafters, even a shoe cobbler and accessory designers. Many of these artists, including Meca, have children also and through working for themselves were better able to maintain a work life balance. The interviews share their journeys and some of what makes them tick. Often, as the outsider looking in, we only see the end product and think people have always had it that way. Learning even just small portions of their journeys and thought processing gives more insight and encouragement that if they can do it, we can too.

This e-book inspired me immensely because I declared that this year I am more actively pursuing and indulging in my art, creativity and things that I'm passionate about. I will become wealthy working for myself doing what I love. It excited me and inspired me to go for mine; that I am totally able to support myself, and my future family one day, doing what I love and on my own terms. If you're feeling hesitant to pursue your passions, reading this book may inspire you to go forward with less fear and doubt. You CAN make a living doing what you love. You CAN pay your bills and live the life you want doing what you love and are passionate about. This is so encouraging and exciting. Just keep at it. Your passion can be your paycheck.

Edited 2/3/15:
Forgot to leave the link where you can purchase! Purchase the e-book HERE

Note. This book was given to me for free to read and share my thoughts. Though I received the book for free, my thoughts are genuine and I am going to purchase a copy of this book to support the author, that's how much I enjoyed the publication.

Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

My Dream Engagement Ring

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I'd rather have an awesome marriage and no ring than a stunning ring and a shitty relationship. This is just how I see it. I'm in it for the experience, not the things, but if the Universe is taking requests and wants to conspire with him to propose with a pretty thing like a ruby one, here's mine! Thank you in advance!

Today I'm daydreaming HARD about what I would love for my future engagement ring to be when a lucky man presents it to me and asks for my hand in marriage. I am not in the market to get engaged right now but that doesn't mean that a grl can't daydream about what kind of ring she secretly hopes her Prince Charming proposes to her with! A part of getting what you want is identifying it: what it feels like, tastes like, smells like, looks like; you get the drift. Then you allow yourself to feel good about it right now and then carry on with your life knowing that your request has been received and is being worked on by God/the Universe. I even like to pretend sometimes I have whatever it is that I'm desiring already. Sometimes I get immersed in the experience and how it could play out and feel. It's a lot of fun if you have a vibrant imagination like I do.


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