Monday play time

One of the things that I love to do when I get into my office here at Green Spaces is to talk to people and see how their day is starting. If I can, I like to spread positive cheer and motivation along the way. When we engage with others, that positive energy can motivate us and thus change the course of our day, all the while we can spread that energy. I realized this morning that this is in my Zone of Genius! Instead of feeling like this is a distraction, I want to incorporate it positively into the day, knowing that this communication time is valuable.

When I first get to work, I can be distracted by a million different ideas. That’s okay! I’m learning to let these ideas come and go, write them down, and let them exist, while simultaneously narrowing in on what my focus of the day is.

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Today’s random and fun ideas included the following:

  • Creating a little track that the people who pace around while on phone conversations can walk around like a miniature train station. My fellow co-Green Spacer and I talked about how fun it would be to have mountains and neighborhoods and shopping centers and country scenes on our walkable train set. All the while, people who are pacing are also generating energy for Green Spaces. Now this idea is just a silly fun idea, but the conversation energized us both. We talked about it, drew it out, and then both said, “Okay! Time to get to work!”
  • Make a little surfer that can be clips into wings and feather hairdoos. Again, another idea that Margaret and I had over coffee that inspired creativity and silliness. Again, we both said “Okay! Time to REALLY get to work!”

Don’t forget to play! That play time in the morning is such a great way to start the day. After we played, then I began to make my to-do list and find my focus. Go with what moves you. Allow your creativity and business prowess to be inspired by your actions.

 



In my mind. In my heart.

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Photo by Lynn Nguyen

A year and a half ago, Sahar Paz and I were on our #WordLoveTour in Denver and LA. Our friendship starting instantly on the dance floor at Dazzle and 8 years later, a tour, inspiring others to Find Their Voice and Do What They Love.

In the past year and a half, Sahar has written a book, gone on a book tour, and continues to inspire the masses by sharing her story and her light.

In the past year and a half, I fulfilled a lifelong dream to go back to my birth country, turned 40, realized that I needed to move out of my studio that I have grown to love, got in a car accident and lost an amazing friend.

But in that time, I have also gained a new roomate (my brother!!! AWESOME!!!!) as I joined him in his beautiful apartment where we can see the stars, I can swim, and Olive and I can play up on the rooftop of the parking garage, grown to find peace in my commute to Denver, and am happy to be right here at this moment in time. I don’t have one foot out the door. I am here.

J’suis ici.

I have nourished old friendships and have begun building amazing new friendships, both of these opening up my heart and soul and learning so much about me in this safe place. I am so grateful!

I’ve been creatively inspired in new ways with music, writing, film, and even thinking.

I am getting out of my comfort zone. Interestingly enough, getting out of my comfort zone means getting into my ME. Learning about places within myself that I haven’t explored much of. The sides of me that I want to work on, let go of, and become better from. It’s scary. It’s surprising.

I am a work in progress.

My relationship with God has been the strongest that it’s ever been. It’s giving me strength and courage to explore the darkness and know that everything will be alright. It’s helping me to understand my light and be able to shine my light brightly, even if it means being vulnerable.

I feel grounded. I feel myself growing. I feel myself preparing for something amazing.

Even through the darkness, I know there will be light. Even through the light, I know there will be darkness.

We just have to keep pushing on, surrounding ourselves with positive people, being the positive person when things feel negative, keep being the light.


Sisterhood!

12027306_10152979128690518_5827594644991463957_oI first met Shelley Hunter Hillesheim at a fashion event and within 20 seconds, fell in love with her. Her energy is so very grounding while simultaneously hilariously fun. We made plans to hang out again and upon that hangout session, we laughed more while having serious conversations about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Shelly’s wisdom, advice, and passion inspired the heck out of me and every time I get to hang out with her, I leave a more grounded person.

I’m so happy to be in attendance at this event and wanted to share it with others that may want to be part of an inspiring weekend getaway!

ALMOST SOLD OUT – 5 SPOTS REMAINING (out of 22)!


Join my girlfriend Shelley Hunter Hillesheim, self-care & personal success coach and founder of A Nourished Life, and your ‘soul’ sisters in a retreat experience that is all about YOU!

A Nourished Life presents the FIRST EVER Self-Care & Sisterhood Sleepover on October 24 and 25 at Keystone Resort, featuring luxury accommodations at The Meadow House. Make yourself a priority, retreat to a sacred sanctuary and walk away feeling truly nourished & ready to take inspired actions that are in alignment with your fundamental self-care needs!

Don’t think you know anyone going – come anyway! This retreat is a GREAT opportunity to meet some new mindful and supportive sistas! 

Register here!


7 Reminders & Lessons that popped into my head while driving

Driving and reflecting about the past couple weeks and here are my recent reminders / lessons.

1) Be grateful for where you are and enjoy that space. I am not in a rush to get out of Broomfield. I thought I was, but.. really, being a roomie with my brother is pretty wonderful and I’m still down in the city a lot anyway. And.. it’s quite fun to have visitors up here! I act like I’m so far away, but I’m a 20 minute drive to downtown Denver.

2) Don’t let yourself go down any kind of rabbit hole of negativity and self defeat. I started to do that today but instead of dwelling on what I was lacking, I moved forward getting stuff done. This is a struggle, but I’m working on it.

3) Surround yourself with positive people (duh)… people that make you laugh, understand where you’re coming from, and that can lift you up and you, them!

4) Learn something new every week that’s related to your passion. At the moment for me, it’s learning a new song on my ukulele.

5) Let the people in your life know you are thinking of them and tell them how much you love them <3

6) Call your parents and grandparents. Even if you don’t feel like talking to them. They want to hear from you.

7) Take time off to enjoy life and be lazy. And do it guilt free.

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Space is the place!

My Golden Triangle World Headquarters is up for sublease! In the heart of the Golden Triangle with storefront windows in the hustle and bustle of the city, my 1,445 square foot space is available for an amazing company / collective / organization to move in!

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The sublease ends at the end of December and there will be an option to sign a lease and move forward in this beautiful space that has brought so many wonderful opportunities and adventures to me, Fashion Denver and Dreamer – Doerville!

Why am I leaving this space for now? It is time for change. I’ve been in this space for 5 years and my soul is yearning for new experiences. Since I’ve returned from the Philippines, turned 40, and this year, celebrate 16 years as an entrepreneur, I am focussing on my essential and taking the time to figure out what that essential is. I am embracing this change and welcome new opportunities!

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This space includes some amazing perks too! 

– A little makeshift kitchenette
– Some absolutely beautiful custom fixtures built by Brad Benefiel
– A relaxation loft
– A storage room under the stairs (complete with hidden door to access storage (and you can lock yourself in there in case of a zombie apocalypse!)
– GREAT energy
– Close to amazing coffee shops, restaurants, salons, and galleries
– I’ll even throw in my white tables!

But wait… there’s more!!! Well… really, I just want this space to go to amazing people to keep the positive flow of energy coming out of 1070 Bannock. I love this place with all of my heart!

If you are interested, call me at 303-842-7298. I want to put this out to my network before we publish it to the public!

 



Summer Special “Let’s Do This” Package

Summer is almost here (minus the rain!!) and I’ve met so many amazingly talented people that are ready to get going on their dreams and make them reality! I am here to help and have created a summer special designed to finally get the tools you need to start making it all happen!

I have been building websites and designing marketing materials since 1999 and holy moly has technology changed! Whether you are an artist, a musician, a boutique owner or  a mad scientist, you need these tools to get yourselves out there. LET’S DO THIS!

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To learn more shoot me over an email and we can talk about pricing and details. I look forward to working with you!

This summer special includes:
• Logo Design – designed for print and web to be used on all of your materials
• Website – Basic pages to include about you, blog, testimonials, services, contact page. Does not include e-commerce but has the ability to incorporate that into the website
• Business Cards- Front and back / full color / 500 in quantity / includes printing

 

 

 


#CleanWaterPhilippines

Baby Girl Gonzales I am absolutely with all of my heart, honored to be part of the #CleanWaterPhilippines project taking water filters down to the Philippines to communities that have been affected by the typhoon. Besides being able to help these communities, it will be a personal journey for me to go back to the place of my birth and see where I was from. I haven’t been back to the Philippines since I was adopted at the age of 16 months and to make this pilgrimage back with my fellow Filipino adoptee Sammy T., is an absolutely joy!

Please watch our video and learn about our project and if you can make a donation, help spread the word, or just send us love, that would be much appreciated!!

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Much love,

Baby Girl Gonzales aka Brandi Sue Shigley