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Talk – Action = Bad Gas

I have to give props to this excellent blog article that caught my eye with its fabulous title the other day: Talk – Action = Shit by Bradley Richardson (http://www.bradleyrichardson.com/blog/thoughtleaders) As we are coming up with our new leadership program in July, where being your word is the quintessential cornerstone to running a great business…it reminded me how on both a personal and business level people use the the Internet as a veil to talk a big game, but when it comes down to the action of their words its just a cloud of ‘gas’.

What is Leadership?

If there is a question I ask myself every single day, sometimes unintentionally, it is ‘what is leadership’? I may not even ask it in those precise words. I may not even ask it in the context of a group of people. But in order to take on the things I do, and the things I want to accomplish, every day this question must be posed.

Leadership is often a term people give prestigious status. It is often looked at as something only people with certain gifts can obtain. But in reality, it’s something we can choose to take on at any moment. In the moment we are presented with a situation, we can choose to handle it from a context of Leadership, or not. This choice is neither right or wrong, good or bad. It simply is a choice that delineates a result with a lasting impact, for a larger vision, and likely benefit more than oneself.

How do you know you are on the right path: World Malaria Day Project Conclusion

I’m sitting here with fingers paused above the keys because there is just so much to tell you, so much to share, I almost don’t even know where to begin…

So let’s start with a review. The past few months I have been sharing my thoughts on how you know you are on the ” right path”. Concurrently I have been describing my journeys in Africa working on this World Malaria Day project as an example of events that give me signs that I am in fact exactly where I’m supposed to be. In review, the key essential points I have touched on are as follows:

How do you know you are on the right path? (Africa Part 2)

This article is a continuation of Africa Part 1

I’m just arriving back home in the states from the second out of three planned trips to Africa, where I’m co-creating this massive project to make a difference with malaria. Perfect timing, because I’m so excited to continue sharing more of my journey with you and how it relates to knowing when you are on the right path. If you missed the first part, travel back a post to catch up!

How do you know you’re on the right path? (Africa Pt.1)

Often times I hear people question their current path. Is this what I was meant to do? Am I fulfilling myself, or the purpose I was truly meant for? We’ve all had these thoughts. Sometimes we think we’re an enigma, alone in thinking these things. As human beings we are constantly looking to fill a void, or be defined so we feel useful. Even if we have chosen a path, excel in it, and everyone else sees us as expert…we still question ourselves.

So how the hell do you know for sure who you are supposed to be, or what you are meant to do? Yes I know…pretty deep for a makeup industry blog article…But it directly correlates with the experiences I’m currently having as an artist. You’d be surprised how relevant it can be to you, and how important it is for you to consider.

What makes a great educator? Pt.2

In my last article, I started sharing stories with you about my best teachers, and why my experience with them was so amazing. My intention is to help you recognize what you need in an educator, so you can choose education that really supports your goals and propels you towards them.

To recap, here’s what I expressed I need from my educators so far:
-Patience/meeting me where I’m at.
-Break it down for me, one time
-Don’t let me get away with shit

What makes a great educator? Pt.1

Just to be clear this is NOT an article about ME as an educator. Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than talking about myself, or listening to someone else talking about themselves for an extended period of time….so rest assured that is not happening here. Nor is this a ploy to give myself some gold stars and get you to sign up for our workshops (Haha, can you imagine? I’d be thinking “nice marketing, but what an asshole”). The purpose of this article is to spotlight the difference between a good educator a great one, who we become attracted to versus who offers long term learning benefits. I would like to tell you about some of the great educators in my life, and what they did that really resonated with me, helping to form me into the artist and mentor I am today. I definitely assimilated a lot of these amazing attributes into my style of teaching because of the powerful impact they had on me. The intention is to recognize in yourself what educators are best for you, so you can choose appropriate education for yourself and learn how you can use it to be a teacher in your own area of expertise.

Too much education out there! How do you choose what is right for you?

It has become more apparent to me this year than ever that there is an overwhelming amount of people and organizations offering education to our industry. More than I’ve seen before, people are tapping into teaching as another way of making money. Since it is easier for people to communicate to an audience by way of online marketing, webinars, YouTube, online deals and easy registration programs, there are less hoops to jump through when producing education events. But this recent surge in educators can be a problem: so many choices in your face at all times makes it hard to choose, and creates a “dime a dozen” mentality, turning education offers into white noise. You may be familiar with the Facebook group called MUA Workshops Workshops, which is a constant rotation of new events, seminars, membership programs, YouTube channels, etc. I know if I post something there, within minutes it will travel far down the thread until someone likes or comments on it.

A cure for the hoarding makeup artist

As I unpacked my kits from the myriad of traveling jobs I’ve had recently, I realized I have enough makeup for 4 makeup artists! I also realized I have a tendency to hold on to products that are no longer relevant to what I do, and have such an over abundance of that it’s hard for me to keep track of what I really need. As I began the process of purging I understood more clearly there has to be a better way to manage this. If I could simplify what I have, I wouldn’t hate packing my kit as much when I have a job. If I became aware of everything I have, then I wouldn’t have those moments of panic that I forgot something, and wouldn’t need to pack unnecessary things that make my load unbearable.

Resolution VS. Commitment

As 2014 comes to a close we’re are looking back at the last 12 months. What was this year about? What did you say you would do? What did you actually do? What were your successes? And what were your biggest challenges?

It’s this day of the year that millions of people decide to create “resolutions” for the next 365 days/52 weeks/12 months. Quite honestly I have never been into resolutions, they kind of seem like bullshit to me. The actual definition of a resolution is not what everybody thinks it is:

A res-o-lu-tion – noun – The act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.: the act of resolving something: an answer or solution to something:

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