“Yogic Surrender”

You sink into low push-up,
your thoughts begin to thin.
Now your heart shines through,
filled with gratitude.

Limbs linger at their fullest expression.
Love radiates off your lengthy legs,
you are grounded into this pose
let yourself bloom into bliss.

Meditating on the present
and surrendering to the movement,
you maintain the meaning
and every moment is magnificent.

Inhale positivity, exhale negativity
your breath moves you forward.
Surrender to this single second,
close your eyes and just breathe.

-Julianne Meskanick

Happy weekend, everyone! I was feeling inspired by my growing yoga practice and wrote this poem for my daily blog post. I hope this inspires you to find your mat this weekend or make time for meditation.

Namaste!

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My Focus for 2018

My phrase for 2017 was “planting the seeds and sprouting”; between discovering and beginning praxis, developing my jewelry and art business, and my immense personal growth, it was a big year for me. However, I have even bigger plans for 2018 — this year’s phrase is “growth and blooming”.

My focus for 2018 is the continuation of my personal and professional growth. Come June, I will start my apprenticeship and my career. I’m excited to see how it will evolve. I also hope to have 100 sales for my Etsy shop. In the short term, I am dedicating time to productivity like blogging, research, and reading and spending less time watching tv and procrastinating.

I am a huge advocate of health and wellness; I plan to blog health, wellness, positivity, or yoga related articles once per week. With that being said, I also want to grow my yoga practice and nail a hand-stand by the end of the year.

Overall, I plan on persisting the value-creation mindset and prioritizing positive habits. I know this is going to be a year of exponential growth for me and I’m stoked to see the outcome. What are your goals and plans for this year? Comment Below!

Feburary Blogging Challenge

For the next month, I am writing a blog post every day. This challenge will certainly push my boundaries, but will also help grow my value creation mindset.

Prioritizing is key to this challenge. That’s why I’m disciplining myself to sit down and write every single day—even on crazy, busy days like I had today. Between my day job, Etsy business, praxis boot camp curriculum, and my side hustles, I am always occupied. After it is all said and done, it is now 11:19 pm and I am still going!

With that being said, I’ve also become quite the night owl. Another goal for February 2018 is to regulate my sleep schedule. Month-long challenges are a great way to kick-start your mentality and build a habit. By the end of this challenge, I hope to improve my consistency and discipline. You can do anything that you set your mind to. However, it is up to you to follow- through.

 

How I Came To Be

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. From being a youngster using finger-paints, to today, creating digital art, oil and acrylic painting, and crafting jewelry. I love finding my creative flow.

In addition to art, I LOVE being a problem solver. In fact, I am like a dog-with-a-bone when it comes to finding solutions. A few years ago, our garbage disposal broke. We had our handyman Uncle look at it; he deemed it useless. I second-guessed his judgement and went straight to YouTube. After watching some tutorials, quick trip to Lowe’s, and some physical labor – voilà, good as new!

At the age of 13, I created my first business. I began by walking dogs and babysitting for local families. With some elbow grease, marketing, and basic entrepreneurial skills, I found my first niche. My business clientele and demand grew to summer nanny jobs and over-night dog-sitting gigs. This kick-started my entrepreneurial drive.

Now, I am developing my entrepreneurial skills with my side-hustle art business. When looking at my art, people would often say, “I can’t believe you made that!” or ask “why don’t you sell these?” This sparked an idea! I decided to turn my passion for art into a business. Currently, I have a shop on Etsy and I am working hard to expand my skills and business.

What really sets me apart is my individualism. As much as people tell me that they LOVE my artwork, I sometimes get negative feedback about “being a starving artist”. I shrug off the comments because I think differently. I am not okay with being content. I only feel fulfilled if I am moving forward. Between Praxis, my art business, current job, and other part-time/side-hustles, I am making my dream a reality with dedication and hard work.

For a synopsis, I am an artist with an entrepreneurial mindset. I am passionate about improvement and solving problems. Between my art business JewelsFromMars and Praxis, I am hitting the ground running. I am ecstatic to be on this course and I cannot wait to see how it evolves!