I've been feeling so inspired lately, and I'm beyond excited because I had been feeling so stifled by all of the constraints around me. School, work, paying bills and the constant monotony of my day to day schedule has been making me feel trapped. I went to this leadership lecture last night and it was amazing! The speaker was talking about how the only way you'll be able to make the changes that you want to your life is to step outside of your comfort bubble. Now, he wasn't saying to go rob a bank or anything but he was encouraging everyone in the room to pursue their dreams. I think that often times the daily hum-drum makes us forget the reason (goal) that we are doing all of these monotomus things. But it's important to remember that we are not our surroundings. While our friends may be doing this, that or the other. It's never to late to step away from the crowd and forge a path of your own. A path where there is no judgement and you are able to freely pursue your dreams. Time waits for no one. And if you keep waiting for "the right moment" your dream will slip right on by.
|image via Dual Ism and Etom|
Candy Chang is an artist and designer based in New Orleans, she's created countless projects but this one is one of the most inspiring. One day she just took over an abandoned house in her community. She painted the side of it in chalkboard paint and stenciled in the sentence:
“Before I die I want to _______.”
The beauty of this project is that it allows you to get to know your community members in addition to functioning as a piece of public art. The project has spread to other countries all over the world. It's been replicated in 30 countries, including Kazakhstan, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Australia, and South Africa. Every person, no matter their location, comes together to share your dreams. Chang's hope is to better communities and give people from all over the chance to be heard. It's so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives and forget what really matters. This project encourages all of us to reflect and remember the dreams we once had, in hopes of reigniting the passion that was once within.
"At their greatest, our public spaces can nourish our
well-being and help us see that we’re not alone as we
try to make sense of our lives. Each passerby is
another person full of longing, anxiety, fear, and
wonder. With more ways to share in public space,
the people around us can not only help us make
better places, they can help us become our best selves."
The 26-year-old isn't just working on her music though. She wants to put her fame to good use by generating money for a charity, much like Angelina Jolie. It's a shame that more stars don't use their artistic abilities for good.
image via tumblr.
After the show we all went to The Bronze Peacock Room and we started dancing. It was this big open space with all of these strobe lights and badass music. We were just dancing when Marley came up to us and started dancing with us too. It was so funny! We were all just laughing and being silly together. Then the bar offered them free drinks and they decided to share with us! Super nice of them. Marley had a thing for Dani so he was talking with her but then the bar announced that they were closing and they moved all us into this secret room next door.
It was like an Indian/Bohemian paradise in there! They had belly dancers and electric violinists, lights, blacklight artists and everything in-between. I couldn't believe that I was in America! The club felt more like an exotic place, or far off land. They even had light up hula hoops and we were all playing and dancing with them. I don't know what it was about that night, but it was a ton of fun. We left and Marley came with us to a local Taqueria. We got to ask him all kinds of questions, and talk about different philosophies. We asked why they didn't play "Heart of a Lion" though and he let us know it was because the previous lead singer had played a huge part in bringing that track to life and they no longer play it because it brings up toxic memories. which is completely understandable.
We stayed up talking until about 4:00 a.m. and then I drove him back to his tour bus. The strangest thing was that he didn't even ask for Dani's number at the end of the night. He kissed her hand and told her goodnight. It was so bizarre...but it was pretty cool at the same time. His parents named him after Bob Marley so I guess I should have expected him to be a little eccentric. He was super nice though, and thats what really counts in my book. Afterwards Madison wanted me to just crash on her couch, instead of making the long trek home, but she had a huge dog (like Scooby Doo huge) and I didn't want him messing with me in the night. So I made the drive back the same night, I was wicked tired and sleepy but I made it! And then I promptly passed out haha. That night was the most fun I have had in a long time. A night to remember for sure!