Happy Creativity Thursday: Maiden Nations’ Creative Gifts That Promote Social Good for Mother’s Day

Happy Creativity Thursday!

Today, my blog is featuring Maiden Nation’s collection of creative gifts that you can purchase to honor the women in your life on Mother’s Day and to promote social good.

Photo Credit: MaidenNation.com
Photo Credit: MaidenNation.com

Maiden Nation was founded by my digital sisters Willa Shalit, Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, and Juliana Um to empower women through ethical fashion  and to create a marketplace where items are designed with both beauty and social consciousness in mind. Maiden Nation’s designers are of the moment, their products are ethically sourced, and profits are reinvested into women’s entrepreneurship projects. Famed designers such as Yoko Ono and Chan Luu have contributed designs. See photos below.

Photo Credit: Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace bracelet
Photo Credit: Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace bracelet
Photo Credit: Chan Luu's Kiss Kiss bracelet
Photo Credit: Chan Luu’s Kiss Kiss bracelet

Chan Luu’s “Kiss Kiss Bracelets” – named for the signature Haitian greeting of a peck on each cheek – are part of a line of Chan Luu jewelry created especially for Maiden Nation members of Hands Together Cooperative in Haiti, in partnership with the Glamour Women of the Year Fund Initiative and the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative. Each purchase will help the survivors of the 2010 earthquake build a new life by supporting this new business. Additionally, for every bracelet sold, $6 will be donated to Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization to support community development in Haiti. Additionally, to support victims in the U.S. and Haiti coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Maiden Nation will also donate $2 to the American Red Cross.

Click here to visit the Maiden Nation online marketplace.

Happy Mother’s Day Shopping!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with product from Maiden Nation to review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Photo Credit: http://asianpacificheritage.gov/
Photo Credit: http://asianpacificheritage.gov/

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I invite you to click here to watch “From Shanghai to Harlem,” a documentary trailer my digital sister Sylvia Wong Lewis and LS3 Studios created to celebrate her family’s Chinese Caribbean and African American heritage. The film traces the migration of Lewis’ paternal Mississippi line and immigration of her maternal Chinese and Caribbean ancestors as they settled in Harlem, New York.

Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis
Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis
Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis (her trip to Shanghai, China)
Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis (her trip to Shanghai, China)

Lewis’ firm, Narrative Network recently won a Telly Bronze Award in the category of Film/Video – Non-Broadcast Productions – Low Budget (under $700 per minute).  The film also won the AVA Digital Gold Award earlier this year. 

Happy Yoga Monday! 5/6/13


Happy Yoga Monday!

During an afternoon tea meetup at Teaism in February, my digital sister and fellow yoga teacher Julia Coney, founder of AllAboutThePretty.net, suggested I read The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life by Sara Avant Stover. I am so glad Julia made the recommendation because Stover’s book, e-newsletters, and web site have become a lifeline for me as I deepen my yoga practice and commitment to greater health. The Way of the Happy Woman offers easy and natural self-care practices including yoga and meditation that help women minimize their stress, become aligned with their natural cycles, and honor the four seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. I adore and have incorporated the yin and yang yoga practices for the spring season. They have helped me nurture my spirit, heart, mind, and body with greater care. Click here to learn more about Stover and her amazing work.

What books do you use to deepen your yoga practice?

OM #YogaMonday OM!

PS: The Way of the Happy Woman is a great book to read during National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18).

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts That Promote Social Good

Photo Credit: https://authoranandaleeke.wordpress.com/tag/heart-of-haiti/
Photo Credit: https://authoranandaleeke.wordpress.com/tag/heart-of-haiti/

Hi All!

Mother’s Day is almost here. Are you ready? Have you found a unique gift for your mother and/or the women in your life who are mother figures?

This year, I am giving my mother a gift that promotes social good: a handmade picture frame made by a Haitian artisan who creates beautiful work for the Heart of Haiti collection at Macy’s (see photo below).

Heart of Haiti picture frame
Heart of Haiti picture frame

The Heart of Haiti collection features more than 40 home decor items including qulits, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings made my Haitian artisans. The Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid”initiative that was launched by artist and social entrepreneur Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and Macy’s after the 2010 earthquake. The initiative provides Haitian artisans with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families, and pay their children’s school fees. To date, the initiative has employed 750 artisans resulting in financial benefits for an estimated 8,000 in Haiti. What a powerful way to give back and do social good!

In 2011, I traveled as a Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador to Haiti and met the artisans who make the metal frames and other home decor items. Seeing them create and talk about their artwork helped me truly understand how powerful “Trade, Not Aid” programs are.  Since then, I have continued my work as a Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador by using my blog and social media presence to raise awareness and celebrate the artistry and regrowth of my Haitian brother and sister artisans.

I encourage you to give back to the Haitian artisans by purchasing a Heart of Haiti gift for your mother and/or the mothering women in your life. Click here to explore the collection on Macy’s web site.  Happy Social Good Shopping!

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Happy Creativity Thursday – Making Your Creative Mark by Eric Maisel


Happy Creativity Thursday!

Last month, I read Eric Maisel’s new book, Making Your Creative Mark. It was filled with tough love for my creative soul. Why? I’ve been stuck and whining about the publisher’s comments on my manuscript for my upcoming book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online since December. I’ve struggled with making the required edits and had so many moments of doubt. Making Your Creative Mark offered me a series of opportunities to get real about my book and creative life as an artist, coach, and writer.

The book begins with a forceful statement that has become my mantra: “Your first task as a creative person is to “mind your mind.” Maisel’s words forced me to go deep within to define, accept, and take full responsibility for my career as an artist, coach, and writer. It also helped me better understand my doubts and fears.

My favorite chapters (Chapter 1 on the Mind Key, Chapter 2 on The Confidence Key, Chapter 3 on The Passion Key, Chapter 3 on The Freedom Key, and Chapter 8 on The Identity Key) helped me develop a series of affirmations and action steps I am using to:

  • Ground myself daily.
  • Complete my Digital Sisterhood book edits by May 31.
  • Finalize my book publication process with my publisher by June 30.
  • Finalize and launch my book marketing plan by July 15.
  • Increase my creative expression opportunities, clients, and revenue streams as an artist/coach/writer on a monthly basis.

In short, the book was a game changer for me!

If you are an artist, writer, painter, singer, filmmaker, musician, sculptor, dancer, actor, and creative person or professional who is faced with challenges, doubts, and fears in your creative process, click here to buy a copy of Making Your Creative Mark. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: EricMaisel.com
Photo Credit: EricMaisel.com

Maisel is amazing! He is a creativity coach and the author of many books including Creativity for Life and Coaching the Artist Within (two books I plan to read this summer to further develop my own practice and services as creativity coach). He has blogs on the Huffington Post and Psychology Today and writes a column for Professional Artist Magazine. Visit www.ericmaisel.com.

Disclaimer: This blog post was written as a review for New World Library.

Celebrating Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month with Far East Movement at Macy’s on May 9

Photo Credit: Macys.com
Photo Credit: Macys.com
Happy May!

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, an annual celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This year, I am attending Macy’s Celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Far East Movement on May 9 at the Metro Center location in Washington, D.C.

Far East Movement Photo-1

During the celebration, Far East Movement, a Los Angeles-based hip hop band quartet that launched in 2003, will discuss how their culture has influenced their musical style. They will also perform live! I’ll be live tweeting and posting Instagram photos during the event. On May 9, check Twitter for tweets from @anandaleeke, @Macys, and @FarEastMovement.

DISCLAIMER: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about the Macy’s event. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.