Today is Valentine’s Day – a day to celebrate LOVE. You do NOT have to be in a relationship with another to honor this day. This day is about celebrating YOU! The beautiful creative awesome person that YOU ARE!
I understand that this day can be tough for so many and kinda depressing. One of the best ways to get out of such a funk is to do something really kind for yourself – what is one thing today that you know in your heart will bring you joy from within? For me it is meditating and drawing. When I sit still for even just ten minutes I feel my heart expand and the calm within appears. We tap into our own divine inner source. When I draw, the flow of life source comes out and it brings joy to not just me but to others as well.
So if you are feeling a bit in a funk today – then go deep and ask yourself, what is one thing that I can do TODAY to love myself more? To bring joy to others? As Pope Francis once said, “The world tells us to seek success, power and money. God asks us to seek humility, service and LOVE.”
May the love of God be with you always as it is within ourselves. So today of all days, do something nice for not only yourself but for someone else. Go buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks. Smile at a stranger on the street. Donate your clothes to a charity. Mentor a child in need. Call up that old friend whom you haven’t spoken to in a while and say hello just checking in on you. Go for a walk today with your dog and say thank you to the universe for this beautiful day. Smile in the mirror and say,
” NAME. YOU ARE FABULOUS. I LOVE YOU! HAPPY VDAY YOU ROCK STAR!”
Go on now… I dare you! You’ve got this! 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day
Happy New Year! Can you believe that it’s already near the end of January?
If you haven’t figured out your goals for this new year do NOT worry at all!
Many of us entrepreneurs are still figuring things out and still planning out what our goals are to accomplish this new year. It is still not too late peeps!
Recently I drew for Nina Kaufman who led a workshop on Courageous Liberation. What does that mean exactly? It means having faith and co-creating with GOD to in three easy steps to accomplish your main goals and getting unstuck when you hit an emotional rut. Believe me, I’ve been there.
So what do you really want to achieve for yourself this year? What do you want for yourself and your business? Your family? Your friends? Your life?
Write down at least one major goal you would like to see for yourself.
Step one is to RECOGNIZE or as I would say ACKNOWLEDGE that there is a greater power beyond our little human minds can see and picture. The universe / GOD can really work wonders beyond our imagination. Tap into the FEELING of how already accomplishing this goal would look like, smell like and feel like. Got it?
Step two is to CONNECT with that feeling of source. What IF you could get this goal achieved? What would the JOY of knowing that anything is possible if you trust the process and take small consistent baby steps everyday towards your desired goal? Make the effort to connect with your higher self. How do you do this? You can tap into your own inner wisdom by doing simple things such as: going for a walk, meditation, sitting with a cup of tea, just being in the NOW and in the MOMENT. This will help you CONNECT within your HEART WISDOM. Desire is from the sire. Which means desire from the father aka God within.
Step three is to DECLARE it or as I would say OWN it. Look into the mirror and affirm what you want to create in your life. What goals do you want to manifest in your life? Clam the powerful words I AM. You could be saying to yourself, “I AM living my life in faith. I AM making $100K a year. I AM loved by my true love. I AM powerful and creating the best year ever!” What I AM statements can you write down for yourself now? DM me and share with me your ideal goals for yourself!
If you want to have a workshop hosted more about this please get in touch with Nina Kaufman. In the meantime, feel free to sign up for my FREE Doodle Your Goals for 2019 eBook right below and share with me your goals! Let’s rock this year together and make great things happen for us!
Click HERE to get your free Doodle Your Goals GuideBook!
Recently I had the honor of drawing and meeting director and founder of the Women’s Educational Project, Zoe Timms. She runs this non-profit organization that has three schools in India: Hyderabad, Telangana / Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh and Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India. The mission of this organization is to assist women of limited means to liberate their inner spark: to become confident, educated, self-reliant and responsible citizens. Plus, they encourage young women to pursue a professional path and develop a fulfilling career of their choosing. I’ve been honored to illustrate several illustrations for their upcoming benefit which you are invited to on November 28th. The event will have a panel discussion on Building the Runway for Young Women to Enter the Global Workforce, which will focus on two issues of compelling importance: preparing young women for fulfilling careers in the global economy and creating a corporate climate that is welcoming, equitable and fair. You can then share the impact of the event with me and I will be illustrating your thoughts and caricature on the Impact Wall. Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres will be served. What a great opportunity to network and get inspired from great thought leaders. For more information click below on the WEP logo.
You can find all the details HERE so do check it out!
As a content creator it’s important to keep up to date with the latest stuff going on in the world of fashion, food, current events, social media marketing and so much more. So, trusting my intuition I decided at the last minute to attend this year’s SheKnows Media BlogHer Content Creator Event. WOW. Am I ever so glad I did! First of all, it was such a fun commute from my home – I was able to take the NewYorkWaterWay ferry every day to the SouthStreet SeaPort venue located by the Wall Street Pier. If you are ever visiting New York City, I highly recommend that you take one of these ferry rides to get some amazing views of the East River and the famous New York skyline. Second, the event was very generous with the food to keep us fueled with energy to network and schmooze! Sponsored by PretAManger we were able to eat amazing croissants, salads and sandwiches, cookies and my favorite of all time – unlimited cold brew coffee all day! Third, the topics and content that was talked about was really informative and helpful. I learned so much. So, here are just a few of my takeaways from BlogHer18:
- All of these amazing entrepreneurs and women started their business based on a PROBLEM that they encountered in their life. They discovered and created a SOLUTION and then found the right target market to SHARE THEIR STORY as a method to SELL their solution, product or service. For example, Jessica Alba founded The Honest Company based on her issue with using a baby product with her first daughter Harper. She received a horrible rash and couldn’t find any chemical free products in the marketplace. So? She decided to create baby friendly chemical free products on her own! She did what she had to get done with patience and humility. For more information about her story click HERE.
- Your business is not about serving YOU. It is really about SERVING OTHERS. HOW can you help your friends out or that ideal client of yours? For example, actress Tiffani Thiessen (yes, from my college days a million years ago I used to love watching her on the original Beverly Hills 90210!) noticed that a lot of her friends had no clue how to cook. So with her expertise and love for cooking, she began to cook for her friends. Then teach them how to cook. Alas, now she has her own cooking show called “Dinner at Tiffani’s” on the Cooking Channel
3. Always ASK. You never know if someone will say “YES!” A great example of this is when SheKnows Media CEO Samantha Skey told all of us attendees how she had recently met
Amy Schumer at an event. Somehow she got her email and contact information (how cool is that?) and decided to simply ASK if Ms. Schumer would be willing to attend her event
as a surprise guest. Of course, Ms. Skey did not assume a response due to the comedienne’s hectic schedule but sure enough, she said YES! Now… how Ms. Skey convinced Ms.
Schumer to say YES to her might be due to the following: 1. The theme and cause of the event (women’s empowerment) 2. Her reputation and vibe (meeting her and hitting it off)
3. Getting cool swag (ha! just kidding although the swag was really awesome) 4. Great publicity opportunity (both parties win) and 5. Maybe she was offered compensation or not.
However it does not matter. The point is – Always ASK because you just never know when someone will say YES. Plus, HOW you ASK really does matter as well. Follow up nicely!
4. BE BRAVE. Build yourself first before you build your business. The other guest whom I was really impressed with was actress Gabrielle Union. WOW. This strong young lady
shared her story about being raped on the studio set at the workplace. She not only had to overcome such a violation but also openly shared her struggles with her infertility (a taboo topic that most women including myself have struggled with). Ms. Union’s story was not only empowering to hear but she emphasized to us all about the importance to really take care
of ourselves FIRST and then others. Everyone struggles with pain and it’s tough to be bold and brave. Ms. Union bravely reminded us all that we truly are really not alone. We
are all one! Address your own hurts first beforehand so that you can heal and make a true difference in this crazy world we live in.
5. My last takeaway (well there are a lot more but click HERE if you want to hear more!) was in order to grow your business, it really is about collaborating and building relationships with
one another. The lone wolf dies while a wolf pack survives! Always have a conversation with your audience and have fun with the conversation as well! Don’t be afraid to ask questions or
ask for feedback from your tribe. I found this great image at the event and it’s so true! YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE! The best way to build a tribe? Talk to people in your
industry, reach out to them, offer a coffee chat or lunch and just connect with others. Find out how you can help and serve them! Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed this please stop
by and “like” my FaceBook page CathyNolanArt and follow me on Instagram too! Enjoy your day and keep plugging away at your dreams! Credit to @giannedoherty on image below
Today I wanted to share with you an amazing experience I had the other day.
Recently I was hired to draw the residents of Richmond Community Center up in Yonkers, NY. Their special day was full of celebration to celebrate FUN FEST! These are a special group of people who have had special challenges in their lives and I was honored to draw them. While I’ve been drawing people at parties and events for almost 30 years, I never had the opportunity to draw people who struggle to express themselves, communicate, or move physically. However, their souls do SHINE! These group of people were so endearing, so cute, so fun to talk to and showed me their fantastic smiles. They are truly a gift and it was such an honor for me to draw them! If you would like have a unique gift with that special someone then contact me and I’ll be happy to connect! All you have to do is just click HERE:
Do you have a hobby that you absolutely love? Have you ever thought about your hobby and passion becoming a full-fledged successful business? Then you need to meet my friend, Sue Monhait. Sue and I met a few years back when the livestream app Periscope just came out. We clicked being both from Chicago and I love her energy and spunk. She runs two successful businesses, The Ribbon Print Company which is a gold-standard business offering custom ribbon printing systems so businesses can provide product personalization right in their store or craft studio. Her other business is Gift Biz Unwrapped where she us the host of the podcast, Gift Biz Unwrapped that provides free content weekly to assist those searching for answers on how to start and grow their business. “The Gift Biz Unwrapped Podcast offers a new episode every Monday morning. It is my hope that people will tune in right away, catch a new idea, tool or piece of encouragement that they can use to create change during the week. By taking single actions continuously, you can achieve big results,” she told me.
She identified the need within the baker, crafter, and maker spaces, for a leader to help entrepreneurs set up their businesses to become profitable and sustainable entities. Pulling from her vast experience, she has recently published a great book called MAKER TO MASTER which is not only a great easy read but it is full of packed and helpful knowledge on what to look for when running a business, how to hire for help, pitfalls to avoid and so much more. I found the book to be very entertaining showing examples through great storytelling and of real true events.
Why Princess Diana Mattered… to me at least!
“Wake up! Wake up!” cried my mother who was shaking me furiously in my bed. Half awake I mumbled “Whah?” being stunned by my mother’s hastiness with me. “Come downstairs now!!!” she ordered. While I wasn’t sure what was going on I did as I was told and slowly crawled down the stairs half awake. It was 3 o’ clock in the morning. What could be so important?
The television was on and my mother exclaimed in excitement “A princess is getting married!” There she was coming out of a beautiful carriage that put Cinderella to shame. A fairytale wedding was in front of all of us to see and it was a huge event back in the 80s. Little did we all know at that magical time what kind of ending this young twenty year old beauty would encounter sixteen years later.
Today is the 20th Anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. While most of us Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers recalled the horrific news of the terrible car crash in Paris I was saddened to read an article today that many young Brits were like “What’s the big deal of this lady? We love Kate Middleton!”
The funny thing that these young folks don’t get is that there wouldn’t have been a Kate Middleton if there wasn’t a Diana. Diana paved the way in helping to humanize the still upper lip royal family by following her heart. She brought a human touch to a royal family that had been way out of touch with the common person. She was a shining bright light that brought humanity and compassion to the masses where it was needed.
Back on 1997 when I was much younger I remember reading the newspaper of her death and was in utter shock. My heart stopped for a split second and wave of tears descended upon my cheeks. The car accident she was in was a huge shock to the world and it was a moment in time when everyone including me stood still.
As I read about the senseless death between my tears I recalled and remember all the good that Diana did in her life. She visited and (gasp!) touched the AIDS patients living the hospitals when people at the time were terrified to go near them. She went out of her way to communicate with ordinary folks and brought a sense of compassion which was lacking during those times. She brought attention to many who were suffering and awareness to many charities and to land mines.
However her greatest contribution to humanity was being vulnerable to the public. She shared openly her insecurities and struggles with bulimia due to being in a loveless marriage. She became a face of compassion and love to those who needed it most and touched many hearts all over the world. She challenged the status quo at the time that it was okay to reach out to your fellow man and actually show that you…cared!
Princess Diana is long gone but why does she still matter? She still matters because she taught us that being kind, compassionate and caring are what the world needs during these difficult times. She was human just like the rest of us and was brave to show the world her own suffering and struggles.
As she would say “Carry out an act of random kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart not the head. Only do what the heart tells you.”
May your heart guide you today to everlasting joy and peace. RIP Princess Diana – thank you for gifting the world your kind beautiful heart.
I’m SO excited about today’s upcoming solar eclipse! Are you? While I don’t have my glasses you can create your own pinhole projector by visiting
www.warbyparker.com and downloading the pinhole document. But hurry! The eclipse is coming SOON!!!
Also please enjoy my FREE coloring earth sheet where you can draw your own eclipse glasses on planet Earth and color her in! ENJOY and remember to never look directly at the sun! Especially TODAY!