Hey ma, teach me to sew?

My mom has been making me clothes since I can remember. 

I believe that I was her live mannequin. She’s got more than 40 years experience sewing. 

When I was younger she tried to teach me how to sew. The furthest I got was learning to make a pillow. 😲

When I was younger I didn’t want to learn. Not sure why but now I’m curious. My mom gave me a sewing machine a few years ago, and now I’m ready to put it to use for small projects. I’ll share my progress as we go along. 

My mom has the skill to look at something and recreate it. I’d prefer to draw something and have her bring it to life. 

Instead we shall compromise. Let’s see where this goes. 

On A Mission

Sooooo I really wanted to do a big campaign and have a few things ready before telling you but… I have big news! I’m going to Haiti!!!

My mom migrated to the states nearly 30 plus years ago. And she has yet to return. Growing up my grandmother tried to convince us to go. However, I was terrified. She’d tell us Crazy stories and my not being there to experience it first hand made my imagination go wild.

This July I’ll be going on my first mission trip out of the states. I’m not sure what to expect. But I’d like to share my experience, and do more digging in regards to the history, culture and tradition.

I have to raise a modest amount and cover expenses for specific equipment during my trip.

My stay will be just under two weeks and I can’t lie I was hoping my first visit would be for vacationing. I have another trip planned on December to see more of the historical parts of the country.

Not many people get to see their “mother land” and I’ll be updating you with ways that you can help support me through this journey.

Stay tuned!!!

Are You Trying To Be A Writer?

I firmly believe that we all have a story to tell. 

That our stories are in alignment with a greater story being told, that we are all interconnected in some way shape or form.

Am I looking to become a writer?

 No. A story teller, maybe. I have heard time and time again that designers and artists lack verbal eloquence in public speaking and writing about their work or giving presentations.

I’ve mentioned before that I am part of an online design community. Once a year we gather in person and talk about what we are doing and experiencing. Ultimately its a place of like minded individuals hoping to help one another.
For the most part we all have this common struggle – not being able to do what we love, something that during the past few years I’ve heard over and over again. “Just do what you love and the money will come”.

This is horrid advice by the way. 

If no one knows who you are, if you aren’t sharing the work – you wont make money – ever.
In my professional design experience, the design manager speaks for the designer. the designer may get two words in maybe a sentence if your lucky. However, we don’t get to speak directly to the client. We go through the pipeline of sales managers marketing and design managers before we get to the root problem.
It’s like playing telephone. How often does the message get clearly across multiple people? Especially when people with different experiences and backgrounds think and understand information differently?

Anyway, I wanted to use writing to document my journey from here – my current design life and situation to there, where I (think) I’d like to be and what I (think)I’d like to be doing. What does that entail? A series of things: working for myself, collaborating with others- on projects larger than me, working for IDEO, all while sharing the process. 
In between all that I’m simply living life, asking questions and doing what I can with what I have. So no, I’m not trying to be known as a writer. And if showing up everyday for a year has put in your mind that I am a writer – then sure I’m a writer – amongst a list of other things. 
I am certain my English professors would cringe at some of the things I’ve posted without fully editing and rewriting. But I am ok with that. 

The goal (for now) is to simply show up everyday and write.