Your Dreams Are Valid

by La Shonda on March 4, 2014

One of the highlights for me of the Oscars is the acceptance speech from Lupita Nyong’o who won the Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.

You can listen to her entire speech by viewing the embedded video. But my favorite line was the last sentence of her speech. She stated “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

I am so glad that she uttered those words to the entire world. When she said those words I felt a release in the Universe of dreams that have been deferred for both young and old. She started acting late in her life and what if she didn’t believe her dreams were valid….she wouldn’t have attended Yale School of Drama and may have never tried out for the role that ultimately graced her with an Oscar.

So, now that you know your dreams are valid what are you going to do about it? And why don’t you take it a step further and validate another persons dream. Encourage someone’s dream and see how they light up.


Setting Intentions for the New Year

by La Shonda on January 8, 2014

2014-01-05 18.01.25Last weekend I hosted the first #IndieMeetup for Northern NJ Indies in my new Nyah Studio.  There were eight of us in total who came out on an icy Sunday to spend a few hours setting intentions for their New Year through the creation of our own personal vision boards.

I no longer set New Years Resolutions but use tools such as Lucky Break Consulting’s Mandala to help me set intentions for how I want to feel when 2014 is complete.  I also recently purchased a book entitled “2014 Create Your Amazing Year” Life and Biz Edition Workbook by Leonie Dawson. This book is great in helping you work out the things you want and you compile it all in one place so you have a place to go back and reference later in the year. Plus it is fun and colorful so you really don’t feel like your are doing work.2014-01-05 17.52.52

Now don’t think we sat there in complete silence as we contemplated what we wanted to manifest in our lives for 2014. We ate awesome food and beverages that everyone chipped in and brought with them, we listened to Soca music to keep the mood alive and upbeat and we looked through a bunch of magazines searching for words and images that represented the things we wanted drawn to us this year. There was however one rule and that was we couldn’t use anything that was a “should”. Do you know how hard that was? At least for me it was because I knew I should be eating better, exercising and losing weight. However, my fellow creatives wouldn’t allow me to use any of the words or images.   Instead I chose words like “It’s Time”, “Just Done It”, “Effortless”, “See More Volume”, “Harmony” and “Unstress”.

This board was different from my normal vision boards being that there were no shoulds included. Even the images were of people smiling, having fun or simply relaxed. They all reflect the way I want to feel in 2014 – FABULOUS! One of the participants even mentioned to me that I had nothing related to soap on my vision board.  Wow! How did that happen?

2014-01-05 15.38.07-2So as the new year begins what are your intentions for 2014? Not your resolutions but what things do you want to see manifest in your life for 2014?

Mark your calendars for the next North Jersey #IndieMeetup set for March 2, 2014 at 2pm.  It is guaranteed to be just as great as the last one.

On a side note: One of the participants lost 40 pounds in 2 months using the Paleo way of eating and recommended this great book which I have since ordered called Practical Paleo.  Which embraces eating no refined foods such as wheat and sugar products. I’m going to give this a try. What do I have to loose except 40 pounds I hope!! Who will join me?


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Recently I had a large soap order which left me with over 30 pounds of soap ends of perfectly good soap. Instead of throwing those pieces of soap away or having them take up space and months to use personally I decided to rebatch the soap. So how do you exactly rebatch? Well it is […]

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Hurricane Sandy Soap Donations

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Back at the end of October Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York like a sledge hammer. Many were lost their homes, lost power for weeks and lost the businesses. Being a resident of the State of New Jersey I felt compelled to share with those who may be in need of one life’s commodities, soap. […]

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