One word #MyIntent

Is there one word that describes you? One word that wraps up who you?

What are you passionate about, interested in, excited about? Is there a word that represents that?

Is there a word that encourages you, challenges you, motivates you or keeps you on track? 

If you had just one word, max 14 characters, what would it be? 

"MyIntent Project is a catalyst for
meaningful conversations and positive action."

"We believe there is purpose inside each of us and we want our efforts to encourage people to share more truth and inspiration with each other. We are not a jewelry company - we are a service project." -MyIntent

Once a year my work puts together "Make A Difference Week". Its the most celebrated week at CHG, dedicated to charity, love, and fun! One of the events this year was the MyIntent project. You choose a word within 14 characters and its engraved on a little circle you can choose to wear as a bracelet or a necklace. The money made is donated and you walk away with a bracelet with YOUR word on it. 

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I signed up for a bracelet immediately! I dig anything motivational ESPECIALLY when its inspiring and does some good for the community. 

I bought my bracelet and then froze when it came time to pick my word.

I think its pretty obvious that I am incredibly wordy so picking just one word thats under 14 characters was hard. 

I toyed with a few ideas. Took to google, Pinterest, and instagram. I searched so many different options and looked at all the inspiring options others imprinted on their bracelets. 

My message, "Walk The Earth With Love" is too long. "Love and light" (although great) just felt typical.

I started writing down words and phrases I identified with that were under 14 characters....

"Already Here" - "This Moment" - "Spread Light" - "Explore - "Create" - "Believe in Magic" - "Discover" - "Do Epic Shit" - "Be Bold" - "Glow from Within" - "Glow Within" - "Create Magic" 

The list goes on and nothing had that ahh hah feeling...

Eventually I started looking up crazy other words in different languages with a meaning that was longer than 14 characters. 

I loved the word "Tapas" which means glow. "Sat Nam" is one of my meditation favorites, meaning truth identified. "Hunkaar" was cool, it means the sound of a dozen lions to the beat of a drum. I am a Leo dedicated to expression so I liked that but the words itself was a bit too masculine. 

Eventually I came across the word "Meraki". 

Along with Meraki sounding like a cool font or a Casino in Vegas its actually an IT company in San Francisco. The meaning itself is rad...

"To do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work"

It was perfect. It felt right and it summed up why everything I do takes so much energy. I put a piece of myself into EVERYTHING that I do. Relationships, friendships, work, hobbies, blogging...

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Blogging takes time, a lot of time. Creative expression takes energy, a lot of energy. The struggle has always been pushing through the desire to take a nap or binge watch shit on Netflix. I am a fan of Netflix and chill but I actually like to lay there and do nothing. After the exhaustion from work, mom life, and just getting through the day I would so much rather come home and crash on the couch with my family.

But the desire to blog is ALWAYS there, its the mental energy that's in short supply. I love connecting, sharing, and inspiring others.

I love this bracelet, I let it move me, motivate me, and encourage me everyday. 

Every time I look at it I think of my love for expression and this space on the internet I have created where I can put all of my passionate energy. I don't ever take it off because it reminds me to stay consistent even though its exhausting sometimes. My problem is consistency, this has ALWAYS been the problem.

Blogging takes time, a lot of time. Creative expression takes energy, a lot of energy. The struggle has always been pushing through the desire to take a nap or binge watch shit on Netflix. I am a fan of Netflix and chill but I actually like to lay there and do nothing. After the exhaustion from work, mom life, and just getting through the day I would so much rather come home and crash on the couch with my family.

But the desire to blog is ALWAYS there, its the mental energy that's in short supply. I love connecting, sharing, and inspiring others.

This bracelet is my reminder to get my ass up, grab my laptop, and sit back down haha. Seriously though, its a reminder to contribute to my passion and I have learned that although it all takes energy I end up more burnt out and exhausted when I don't contribute to my creative hobbies. Its like food, you need it to thrive and have energy but you need energy to digest it. 

Check out MyIntent > HERE! < use the code SHARE10 to get 10% off your order! Let me know what would your word be, tag me in a photo on insta - I would LOVE to see it!  

Much love, 

-Magnolia Rose

A Safe Place...

Because of lifes latest hiccups I haven't really been in the mood to create, ANYTHING. I have made an appearance here and there on the internet but for the most part i've been absent for the last few months. The inspiration, motivation, drive, passion, and thirst for creation just hasn't been there. I think everyone needs some form of expression and/or creation to be happy. I need it to function.

Along with the lack of creativity, I have also experienced some technical difficulties in the YouTube department. After multiple iMovie hiccups and eventually it deleting ALL of my content, I downloaded a free trial of Final Cut. Which worked great until my free 30 day trial was up and I realized it was $300 to continue. For now I have to work with what I have (iMovie) and start over. 

In fear of running into the same issues i've deleted iMovie and reinstalled it. I think (I hope) I figured it out. As of now its downloading all of my Disneyland footage from our anniversary trip. It said it was going to take 4 hours to import, so whilst its taking its sweet time I decided to take a look at my blog. 

As i'm here, checking it out, looking at how i've branded myself, and ultimately looking at ME at my very best self. I had a really great "feel good" moment. Ive really done an awesome job at creating this space on the internet that represents who I am, who I want to be, and what I want to share with the world. Of course my blog has its imperfections but thats part of what makes it perfect and thats part of what makes it me. So as I toured my own blog, read my about me, updated my faqs page, and looked at my past content it gave me a "sense of self" that felt really good.

I think when life gets shitty its easy to lose yourself in all the chaos. And then from there its easy to feel even shittier about loosing yourself in the chaos. Its a vicious circle of shit and chaos. 

I've felt so incredibly lost the last few months that I haven't wanted to do anything but escape via World of Warcraft or by sleeping. Which is a great distraction from the chaos but as we all know life goes on and eventually you have to go back to being a normal functioning human being. This also means facing your struggles. 

Having things (like my blog) in life that help ground you, get you back to who you are or who you want to be, and remind yourself of your accomplishments, your dreams, your goals, etc...are what makes the chaos in life feel a little better. Or at least it does for me. I realized today that my blog does that for me, and for that I am grateful.

I had always wanted to start a blog. I wanted a place to express myself freely in hopes that it could be a landing spot for others. I want to be that positive person in someones life that lifts them up and inspires them. I want to share my stories, life experiences, and opinions with my readers and I would love it if it helped someone (ironically when they are feeling like I am now). Until today I never really thought of my blog, my writings, and my space doing that for me. I guess thats what makes this kinda special.

Its nice to know that my blog will always be here, its my space to be me. Its safe, creative, fun, expressive, passionate, sarcastic, and here always for YOU and for ME. 

Much love as always 

-Magnolia Rose