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ANNOUNCEMENT!

PEACE, EVERYONE! I never got a chance to tell you but I’m going to be featured in my VERY FIRST OFFICIAL INTERVIEW! 😀

I’m going to be a guest on Rikki R. Jones​ radio show Hand and Footprints- What is Your Legacy!!! ❤

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DATE: THIS SATURDAY, September 12th, 2015
TIME: 3 P.M. EST
CALL-IN NUMBER: 347-826-9723

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrikkijones

​ YAAAAAY! I hope you all listen in! 😉

❤ ❤ ❤

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Live and Twirl, Pretty Girl!

What’s up, world?! I’m back, I’m alive and I’m feeling BETTER THAN EVER! So much has happened since the last time I posted (both good and bad), but I’m going to share a generous piece of my experiences with you. It’s quite a read so get ready. 😉 A huge piece is the fact that I celebrated another year of life on Friday, July 31st, 2015 (and that entire weekend!), but I specifically want to share with you the very end of my birthday weekend.

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Why…?

Because one of the greatest things that’s EVER happened to me to DATE has FINALLY come true! ❤ ❤ ❤ But let me run it back real quick. 😉

So the day before my birthday, I actually took all my time to pamper and prepare myself for the day ahead. At that time, I was also attempting to wean myself off of social media, so I hadn’t been logging into Instagram or Facebook for some days. Well, I just happened to take a peek at my Instagram and I noticed that an old poet homie of mine tagged me in a post. I clicked on it and…lo and behold….I saw that…MARKUS PRIME WAS COMING TO PHILLY!!!! (One thing you should know about me is that Markus Prime is one of my FAVORITE VISUAL ARTISTS OF ALL TIME! I’ve been following and admiring his work on Instagram for over two years! If you don’t know about him, then you’re missing out big time!) Markus was due to come to that Sunday to live paint at an event called “PAIN’T NO LOVE”. NOBODY could tell me that this wasn’t the most perfect way to top off my entire weekend! I bought my ticket and a new outfit on Saturday and anxiously awaited Sunday.

Sunday finally came.

 

Read the rest of the story here on Ataensic Media!

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“Whatever Happened to That One Painting…

…that you gave us a sneak peek of back in JANUARY, when you were working on it?”

Ah, yes. Right you are! Here it is! It’s been completed and is now fully available for purchase in Zee Art Shop if you should so desire to own it! 😉

I call it: ASSIMILATION is the DEVIL

(and indeed, it IS).

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ZED’s Artisan Craft Fair: RECAP!

Ok! So JUST like I promised, I’m going to tell you all about the event on Saturday! Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get pictures the way I wanted to because I was off being a BUSY, BUZZING, NERVOUS BEE (I’ll explain), but SO MUCH has happened!

For starters, I had to borrow two somewhat small tables from the owner of the shop, Pamela–but guess what? WE MADE IT WORK! No lie, at first, I was a NERVOUS WRECK. Just the thought of sitting there outside all day smiling at strangers passing by me, hoping SOMEONE would stop and look at my artwork, or even BUY something! (I was selling some of my original artwork and face-painting). I started off with fear-based thoughts, “What if nobody even likes my art? What if no one BUYS anything? My art isn’t all that impressive! I’m out here looking FOOLISH! NO, NO, NOOOOOO!!” 😥

NO WORRIES, THOUGH! My ride on that particular Train of Thought didn’t last very long–I made SURE of that! I quickly cast the fears out and changed my point of view of the entire situation! I looked at it as a LEARNING experience instead and opened myself up in that way. I’m still brand-new to vending, so for the most part, I took time to pay attention to what other vendors were doing (their setup, their equipment, their mannerisms, how they interacted with potential customers, actual customers, etc.) and took notes in my small notebook, including a list of all the things that I’ll need to invest in as I get further into this VENDING WORLD!

Once I changed my perspective to one of an avid student learning new things (which is what I am ANYWAY), my nerves pretty much calmed down. As a result, SO MANY DOORS have been opened for me too! Throughout the day, some interesting people DID stop by my table, marveled at my artwork, and we spoke. I even exchanged information with some of them. Out of all these wonderful people who I spoke to, FOUR DIFFERENT PEOPLE came up to me with even MORE vending opportunities at THEIR different events and affairs! C-C-Can the CHUTCH say–??? I’ll tell you more about THAT later on as they draw closer and I’m actually SURE that I’ll be attending these events–I can’t give ALL the good stuff away NOW! 😀 ❤

I was in good company all day though! I was vending next to a kind woman named Dee, and SHE was vending her one-of-a-kind hand-crafted bags! From totes to tablet/laptop bags, to purses–her bags were FLYY (yup with TWO Y’s)! We talked all day and she even bought us some ice cream! (It was HOT as EVER outside with the Sun beaming down on us all Still…I gotta love my ruling planet though. ❤ ) I saw a few of my friends who knew I was vending and decided to stop by to see how I was doing. 🙂

I ended up selling THREE pieces! 😀 How exciting! And so…with that money I made, I bought myself these BIG, BEAUTIFUL silver earrings that’s in the shape of the Adinkra symbol, Gye Nyame, which means “except for God (I fear no one).

The event was from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. When it was close to the end of the event, all the vendors started to pack up, I did the same. Even though I didn’t do any face painting, like I said, I talked to a LOT of interesting folks, gave out almost ALL of my business cards, received plenty of contact information of others along with their events, etc.

So, the event ended, I went to Atiya Ola’s for a bite to eat and I spent the rest of the day with my King… 🙂 ❤

It was a wonderful, educational, uplifting experience overall, and again–I’ll keep you posted on what develops from these new connections that I’ve made.

With that being said–PEACE!

GOOD NIGHT! xoxoxo

🙂 ❤

 

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Where I’ve Been, What I’m Doing…

PEACE, EVERYONE! 🙂

It’s been a short while since I’ve given you any updates as to exactly what I’ve been up to so I’ll tell you real quick what’s been up.

Well, for ONE, I celebrated my birthday (July 31st) and I’ve basically been in Birthday Mode ever since! HA, HA! 😀 I’ve been treating myself and being treated, writing in my journal, still drawing and creating, and reflecting on the short set of summer classes I took at an art school in South Philly. ❤

I’ve also been making MAJOR moves as far as my networking and artwork are concerned. (More on that coming SOON! You’ll see. Stay tuned! ❤ ) It’s like…NOW that I’m RECOMMITTED to myself (because like I said before, I’ve had my little backsliding days) to my 100% HEALING AND WELLNESS and STRENGTHENING my overall relationship with the Most High and my Ancestors…I SWEAR, things have been MOVING for me! Things are manifesting ALL OVER THE PLACE!

It’s FANTASTIC! I mean, yes, there are still a few things that popped up that I didn’t find to be very pleasant–*cough, cough–STUDENT LOAN DEBT COLLECTORS–cough, cough* but guess what? I can say that the manifestations in my life are STILL in effect even with THAT.

WHY? HOW?

Because of the way I RESPONDED to the situation. It’s like…yes, I owe X amount of money, but guess what? It WILL be paid. I’m not even sweating it. I’m focusing on ME and NOTHING will sway, discourage or distract me anymore! I can’t afford to get caught up in ANYBODY’S madness no matter HOW it shows up before me. It’s something we ALL have to remember and apply to our lives.

Now on to the EXCELLENT NEWS!

TODAY, I just secured my vending spot for an event that’s taking place on Saturday in Southwest Philly! It’s called “Artisan Fair” and it’s being hosted by ZED’S Last Minute Gift Shop on 45th & Baltimore Avenue. 😀 I’ll be selling my paintings, some of which are the ones that are featured on my online shop Zee Art Shop! I’ll ALSO be face-painting for the little ones! WHOO! I haven’t touched my face paints since the Odunde Festival! This is a family-oriented outdoor event and ALL are welcome! There’s going to be food, other vendors selling their wares, and it’s going to be AWESOME! I promise to take pictures and tell you ALL about it! ❤

Now I’m just at home in my room, winding down for the day. After I secured my vending spot, I went food shopping. I’m TELLING you…food shopping is a WHOLE MISSION in and of ITSELF! I started yesterday….continued TODAY…it a MANY-PART MISSION! But things are going SO WELL! I’m STILL getting on my mother’s carnivorous nerves, but guess what? Even SHE is making major changes and doing well! Plus, I get to play around in the kitchen again! I’ve got so many ideas!

But all-in-all– it’s ALL GOOD!

NIGHTY-NIGHT! ❤

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OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Ok, so back in June, I created an official page here on WordPress that was intended to be my Art Shop. Unfortunately, the layout was FAR too sloppy and unprofessional and didn’t flow at all, so I took that page back apart until I could properly create my shop.

WELL…the TIME HAS COME! ZEE ART SHOP is OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

For REAL this time! Ha, ha!

Just follow the link by clicking on the “Zee Art Shop!” tab here on the blog or just click on the banner below and immerse yourself into my WORLD of CREATION! ❤ ❤ ❤

Here is where I’ll be selling original artwork, prints, and even MORE special treats coming soon. So STAY TUNED! 😀

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Great News!

SALE

Guess what, everyone? I’m FINALLY setting up my online store and offering my artwork for sale! Interested? Then stay tuned right here, inbox me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SOUL.M.BODY or email me at soularlioness@gmail.com for more details!

Thank you so much to everyone for all the support you’ve been giving me so far! 

LET’S DO THIS! 😀

 

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Butterflies Inside…

Cozy in my belly!
Cozy in my belly!

Welp, TONIGHT is the NIGHT! “COFFEE AFTER DARK!” But MAN…despite all the excitement and eagerness to return to the live painting scene…no lie…um….these beautiful blue morpho butterflies are STILL happy, cozy and comfortable in my stomach! They let me know how happy they are to be there by all the fluttering of their wings. SHEESH!

I’ve spent these last couple of weeks shifting my nervous, pessimistic, negative perspective over to a light-Hearted, blissful, POSITIVE perspective but DAMN! These butterflies just WON’T quit! Ha, ha! I’ve been spending some time alone, reflective and quiet…from reading, writing, and drawing to yoga at home and sunbathing/meditation/nap time in the park on the Westside in my favorite spot. Yes, overall, these things have been helpful (I’m STILL building up my consistency though. Ha.) but the sweet little butterflies….and that PANG I get straight in my Heart every time I’d THINK of the event….it’s crazy!

Well, last night, my King and I talked a little about my nerves….he just told me to STOP and BREATHE….inhale….exhale….yes…. You know, far too often we ALL do have the tendency to underestimate the POWER of the BREATH. But I’ll get into that later (Oh no! She’s starting THAT again! HA, HA, HA! 😀 ).  Anyway, he told me not to worry because it’s normal….and I suppose he’s right. Still, that doesn’t make this any more fun. WHEW!

The point is, I just want you all to WISH ME LUCK TONIGHT! I’m actually about to start getting ready in about ten minutes. I don’t have to be there until 6:30, but me being me, I want to give myself PLENTY of time to get ready, double-, triple-, and QUADRUPLE-check EVERYTHING I need to take with me (even though I repeatedly did that last night), AND give myself time to get there. Honestly, the place isn’t that far away. Germantown ins’t far from me….BUT I give room for SEPTA to play games by being late, early, or if buses are full they keep going past you, etc. Now, now! WAIT! I am NOT being neagtive. I’m being realistically CAUTIOUS. Ha, ha!

Ok, ok….it’s ALL GOOD. And for my Philly people, I hope I see you there tonight!

Off to get ready now! PEEAAACCCCEEEEEE!

❤ ❤ ❤

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TOMORROW, It’s Goin’ DOWWNNNNE!* \(^o^)/

TOMORROW, IT’S GOIN’ DOWWWNE!* Come on out to one of Philly’s HOTTEST OPEN MICS, “COFFEE AFTER DARK!” hosted by the one and only D. Lantz! On top of all the wonderful spoken word, music, food, people, and VIBES–witness YOURS TRULY make the ULTIMATE RETURN to the art scene with some live painting and some wonderful, ORIGINAL artwork for sale AND the chance to purchase your OWN copy of one of my EXCLUSIVE LIMITED PREMIERE PRINTS of my popular, highly-demanded piece “HEAR NOT.” (Don’t forget TEN prints of this young natural beauty! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!) ^_^ ❤

Oh yeah! In all my in-the-middle-of-the-night-HYPENESS, I TOTALLY forgot to upload the PICTURE of the PRINTS of my piece, “HEAR NOT!” Ha, ha, ha! Well, here it is NOW!

Don't forget! There are only TEN prints of this young natural beauty! Claim YOUR print tomorrow!
Don’t forget! There are only TEN prints of this young natural beauty! Claim YOUR print tomorrow!

We will be gettin’ it POPPIN’ over at The Lofts @ Kendrick Mills (6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. That’s GERMANTOWN & PASTORIOUS) $10 Love Donation, $5 for performers. The show is from 7-10 p.m.! COME ON OUT and HAVE A GREAT TIME! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

*NOTE: To emphasize the word “DOWN,” I sometimes tend to spell it “DOWNNE.” Inspired by the beautiful Aaliyah Dana Haughton and HER ability to shut it DOWNNE. ❤

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The Night Owl…

Here I am, up late again (like I have been lately)…but at least it’s the weekend.  So allow me to ramble for a little bit. 😉

Welp, the event I told you about in the previous entry is only FIVE days away, and as excited as I am, I can tell you this RIGHT NOW–BUTTERFLIES have currently made a home for themselves inside my stomach…and they’re quite cozy there! NERVES like WHOA! I’ve been told over and over again that there’s no reason to be worried and I’ll be just fine, etc., etc. But still…ha, ha.

I’m actually preparing all the artwork and things I’ll be selling ON TOP OF the live painting I’ll be creating.

I’m even going to have some EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION PREMIERE PRINTS of my popular piece, “HEAR NOT” available on Thursday at the event for all my Philly folks! xoxo First come, first serve! 🙂

Ah, but anyway…I don’t want to burn myself out so…I’ll take the rest of the night AND this entire weekend to keep to myself, relax, rejuvenate, enjoy myself as my own company, and get ready for the busy week ahead! YES!

Nighty-night. XOXO ❤