FlipBookits and Leica Cameras

 

 

I’ve written about FlipBookits before (and before and before). Our friends Wendy and Mark are the beautiful souls behind these creations and they are truly amazing people.

 

Well karma is surely glowing at her own magnificence, as Wendy and Mark (and their FlipBookits) have been selected as artist subjects by Leica Cameras. This is a big deal, y’all, as Leica looked at artists from all over the globe and chose 7. Seven! And the spot is so magical, I can hardly stand it. When it was first shared with me, I cried. Those tears were the product of having witnessed beauty. I’m still feeling the effects. You, too can watch this piece here. Please do.

 

Personally, I happen to love these people. I love their art. And now I love this spot. The world needs all the beauty and art it can get. I can’t believe I get to know these magnificent creators of both. I am in awe.

Rock Camp Dates Announced!

 

 

I realize not all of you are in the L.A. area. Heck, some of you aren’t even in America. And some of you aren’t of the lady variety either. So this post may not be at all relevant to you…

 

Rock Camp dates have been announced! Ladies Rock Camp dates and enrollment info can be found here. This powerful weekend provides the opportunity for adult ladies to get their inner rock star on, all while providing scholarship money for a girl to attend summer camp.

 

Rock Camp dates for girls can be found here. This amazing week is designed to empower girls through music. Those of you who know me are more than aware of my commitment to this non-profit and all it does for girls. I am so blessed to have been a part of it the last 4 summers and I’m already excited about this year! If you have a young girl in your life (between the ages of 8 and 17), please look into this. I have witnessed amazing growth in Rock Camp attendees. Honestly, I don’t have enough superlatives to fully express my love for this non-profit. It is more amazing than I can say. You just have to trust me on this.

 

And please, please, please pass this on to anyone you know in the L.A. area who might be interested. Grown women, little girls – share, share, share! You’ll be making someone very happy. And you’ll be producing good karma, to boot. Woo-hoo!

Karma

 

 

“It matters not how strait the gate,

how charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.”

William Ernest Henley

(1849 – 1903)

 

 

Now that the hoopla surrounding moving has died down, I want to share a gift I experienced during the darkest parts of that time.

 

The move wasn’t planned and it wasn’t pretty. There was some ugliness involved, but I won’t go into details out of decency. While trying to process said ugliness, I spoke to more than a few people about it. Over and over again, I heard the same response, “Doesn’t [that person] know about karma?” After a while of hearing that, it occurred to me that perhaps my own karma was somehow at play. If someone would show me such disrespect, what must I have done to deserve that?

 

I am truly a flawed human being. I know this. I also know that I endeavor to be as good a human being as I’m able. That means I do a lot of apologizing. I’m okay with that. But as I looked back and tried to remember choosing to mistreat and hurt someone to the extent I experienced recently, I was at a loss.

 

Still, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. My karma. And as I drove a final carload of belongings to the hotel, it occurred to me that not caring for or knowingly mistreating oneself is just as bad as – if not worse than – mistreating another. That thought was immediately followed by thoughts of how I’ve limited myself and kept myself from growth in life. How I’ve sometimes not allowed myself to fully be.

 

I’m not talking about getting manicures here. I’m not talking about shopping. I’m talking about taking that chance when it’s placed before you. I’m talking about improving oneself, no matter how frightening it may be to take a class/walk/vacation/whatever. I’m talking about leaping, because friends, that net has never failed to appear. I’m talking about moving forward in life. I’m talking about jumping off cliffs.

 

And that’s when I felt it: that knowing I’d just had a revelation. Honestly, it felt like the sun was shining from within. The warmth trickled through my veins, outward from my heart. That new knowledge absolutely glowed. In me. From me.

 

Yes, the karma of others can be a factor. For them. This life of mine isn’t about anyone else’s karma. It is only about mine. And I am solely in charge of that. I am the keeper of my own light. And you know what? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine.