Have a Little Faith

Two years ago I had an a-ha moment. I was trying to determine a way to channel my creativity. I wanted to do something different with events, but not planning. I would have moments that I wanted to just shake my hands and get the creativity out. Doing graphics wasn’t enough, I needed something tactile, something I could touch and share.

My a-ha moment came through a name change. The name Native November came naturally; a combination of my Native American heritage and my birth month of November. I wrote it down and just liked the way it looked. Then I came up with what that meant, and how could I make that come to life. What did I want that name to represent. I went with things that are important to me or represent who I am and what is special about my birth month; it’s the fall season. Things like natural fabrics with simple colors and patterns. Simple but functional. Coming from the event world, I wanted to create something that was functional both in the home and at an event. I wanted to create something that made a guest or attendee at an event say “hey I would love that pillow in my guest room.”

Things somewhat started to fall into place the moment I just let the creativity take over. I created these for a fundraiser, then decided I should take a class to make sure I knew what I was doing, as far as pillows. In that class, I took in all the information the teacher had, beyond pillows, and really learned a lot and just kind of let things take their own path.

I say all this to say, things fall into place the way they’re supposed to. I’ve had this proven over the years. Many times I didn’t pay attention or wanted something else to happen instead. I tried to create a path like I thought it should go, but fate and nature had other plans. It is kind of hard to put into words, but sometimes in life you have to just let things happen without your force or input. It leaves you open to the possibilities.

In the past month and a half, I have taken a 9-5 job that really was a whirlwind happenstance. Someone I knew on social media said they had a friend with an opening, I said I was qualified, she referred me, I got a call back two days later, I had three interviews in one week, and started by that following Monday. It’s been an interesting ride ever since. Many fall into the pit of not following their paths once “work” gets in the way. But I’ve been finding that it just furthers my possibilities and opportunities. The people I meet, the situations I am put in, and just being where I stand. That has been a really interesting place to be.

Needless to say, I am still ready to create and be productive. I just want to let the path show me where it is going instead of trying to make one where there is none. May seem a little stagnant, but I have been learning that it is truly best to let faith be your guide.

Women’s Month Playlist

So March is National Women’s Month. In honor of some powerful women in music, this list will inspire, lift, and get you moving. Let the strong women in your life know that they are appreciated and that you see them. Women have enough to deal with, we have to lift each other up.

Weekly Playlist March 20

Madonna “Who’s that Girl”
Sade “Soldier of Love”
Karyn White “Superwoman”
Klymaxx “Meeting in the Ladies Room”
Feist “Inside and Out”
Mary J. Blige “Just Fine”
Mary Jane Girls “Candy Man”
Monica “Don’t Take it Personal”
Beyoncé “Who Run the World (Girls)”
Rihanna “Disturbia”
Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do”
Shania Twain  “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
Lorde ”Royals”
Missy Elliott “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly”
Mary Mary “Go Get It”
Carrie Underwood “Wine After Whiskey”
Christina Aguilera  “Beautiful”
Roxette “It Must Have Been Love”
Carole King “It’s Too Late”
Kylie Minogue “Get Outta My Way”
The Cardigans “Lovefool”
Robyn “Show Me Love”
Whitney Houston “How Will I Know”
Mariah Carey “Breakdown”
Janet Jackson, Carly Simon “Son of a Gun”
Brandy “Full Moon”
Imogen Heap “Loose Ends”
Roisin Murphy “Let Me Know”
702 “Where My Girls At”

 

You can find the full playlist here.

#WomenRule #GirlPower

Merry Holidays!

Merry Christmas everyone! Just wanted to take time out to say Happy Holidays to everyone and I hope that your Christmas was full of family, friends, and fun. Enjoy your holidays!

*Merry Christmas*

All That Jazz | Music Monday

So last week after we finally got home from New Orleans, the kids were in a Jazz Workshop camp all week ending with a whirlwind of performances this weekend and tonight. So I’ve been immersed with jazz, and that is no complaint, just an observation. I grew up listening to all genres of music, but jazz was one that really stuck with me. It is one that is always soothing to the mind and soul, it is one that I can set in the background and it will make everything seem better. I love old school jazz, but there are some new artists that are really making a mark in the jazz world that are worth noticing.

I got a little help from the oldest kid with his favorites because he has an old soul and is truly going to change the view of jazz soon. He will be next on your radars soon!

Weekly Playlist July 17

Kamasi Washington “Truth”
John Coltrane “I’ll Wait and Pray”
Michael Franks “When Sly Calls”
Miles Davis “Blue in Green”
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane “My Little Brown Book”
Christian Scott “Isadora”
Johnny Hodges “I Didn’t Know About You”
Diana Krall “Blue Skies”
Snarky Puppy “Shofukan”
Nils Petter Molvær “Little Indian”
Dave Brubeck “Take Five”
Terence Blanchard “Transform”
Horace Silver “Sister Sadie”
Miles Davis “So What”
Joe Henderson ”The Shade of Jade”
Dizzy Gillespie “Con Alma”
John Coltrane  “Miles’ Mode”
Miles Davis “Oleo”
Art Blakey “This is for Albert”
Miles Davis “Milestones”
Hope you enjoy this little jazz list. Here is the full playlist.

N.O.L.A. Beat | Weekly Playlist

So the past week has been a whirlwind. Went to New Orleans for the first time, and boy was it adventurous. We stayed on Bourbon St. right in the middle of all the insanity, got to hear the oldest kid perform with a real New Orleans jazz street band, and discovered some cool restaurants. Even took a tour of the city, which satisfied my nerdy historic side. It was a very interesting trip, but it had some crazy twists. The charter bus we were on broke down in Kentucky, and we were stuck for 4 hours before we could get a replacement bus home. We spent 27 hours on the bus! Talk about tired and sore, my legs are still swollen and sore. But overall, I gained an appreciation for the history of New Orleans and that is this week’s playlist inspiration.

I love me some jazz and a little bit of southern rap, so this list represents both sides of the musical spectrum. Enjoy these N.O.L.A. artists!

Weekly Playlist July 4

Big Freedia “N.O. Bounce”
Lil Wayne feat Babyface “Comfortable”
Plies feat Keyshia Cole & J. Holiday “#1 Fan”
Mystikal “Danger (Been So Long)”
Lake City Stompers “Basin Street Blues”
New Orleans Heritage Hall Jazz Band “Bourbon St. Parade”
Lloyd “Get it Shawty”
Dr. John “Down in New Orleans”
Treme Brass Band “The Treme Song”
Master P “Make ‘em Say Ugh”
Frank Ocean “Thinking Bout You”
Juvenile, Manny Fresh “Back That Thang Up”
Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong  “Dream a Little Dream of Me”
Aaron Neville “Tell it Like it Is”
Big Tymers ”Still Fly”
Hot Boys “Down Here”
Mystikal  “Bouncin Back”
Louis Armstrong “La Vie En Rose”
The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra “Creole Belles”
Rebirth Brass Band “Do Whatcha Wanna”
Check out the playlist here.