letter FLOW …

Remember I said I’d share some of my mad fauxlligraphy skillz with you, well here’s a little sample. These were name tags I made for a work event. I was so grateful to be asked to do them and soooo enjoyed the entire creative process! It’s usually more enjoyable when they look this bad ass ;)

Need some cool lettering done? Holla.

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follow your PASSION …

“If you don’t have a clear passion, and somebody blithely tells you to go follow your passion, I think you have the right to give that person the middle finger. Because that’s like somebody telling you that all you need in order to lose weight is to be thin, or all you need in order to have a great sex life is to be multiorgasmic: That doesn’t help!” -Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Well, being multiorgasmic COULD help, but I’m not here to write about that, soooo …

“Go follow your passion” is something so many of us have said or heard. I’ve said it to myself and had it said to me a whole bunch of times. I knew what my passion was in a general sense, but not enough to just quit what I was doing and go follow it. Now, as some of you know, I did actually quit what I was doing a little over a year ago. I just knew I couldn’t continue doing the passionLESS job and life I’d been doing, so I went in search of new adventures. At that point, my passion still had no legs to stand on. All I knew was that I wanted to do something in holistic wellness and something creative. Well, I suppose that’s something of a start, but there are literally thousands of things to do in either of those career genres.

I struggled for months to figure out what my passion looked like through researching jobs and different types of holistic wellness options and through drawing and hand-lettering. Nothing screamed PASSION to me until I discovered IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) on the handy-dandy Facebook. This was the second time we’d crossed paths on FB. The first time I saw it, I was slightly intrigued, then kept swiping to capture photos of other people’s children and where someone I don’t remember from high school is now eating dinner with their friend I never knew. But, hey, that first time, I wasn’t in the right place to realize that IIN would lead me to half of my passion.

This second time struck something. Once again, there was intrigue, yet stronger this go around. In lieu of scrolling down FB any further, I went right to IIN‘s website; sent a request for more information; got a call shortly after from Pablo (I still remember his name, which has to mean something!) who described the program fully and eloquently, and I could feel my excitement growing at every word (maybe I am writing about being multiorgasmic); found out that my amazing Life Coach graduated from this program; and I signed up a week later. It felt right. I was being pulled to do it. I had finally found something solid that I was passionate about. And I was so fucking ready for it!

This happened almost a year ago. I started the program middle of January 2016, and I will be graduating in less than 2 months. Wow, Time, where have you gone?!? Throughout these past 10 months, it has become more and more apparent that health coaching is exactly where I should be. I am so excited to guide others on their own journey to health and happiness (I know, cliche, right?). My focus is working with women, in their 20s-40s, who are unhappy in their careers and struggling with managing all levels of stress, in order to help them find and live their truth and passion every day.

There’s that word passion again …

The word Elizabeth Gilbert prefers is curiosity. Try anything and everything you may be slightly or largely (and everything in between) curious about and see where it leads you. I have been curious about millions of things since entering this world and this curiosity has taken me on many adventures. Being curious about IIN led me to finding my passion. One passion at a time though, as I’m still working on the something creative part. I’ll let my creative curiosity run wild and see where that leads me ;) stay tuned …

If you’re curious to try a 60-minute complimentary health consultation, let your curiosity lead you to my inbox … dleuzzi@gmail.com

Adventures await :)

THANKS for reading my blog …

Some of my latest greeting card creations, which I actually made for work to use. I always enjoy making these cards, yet rarely take the time to sit down, spread out a whole bunch of paper and stamps, come up with cool ideas and then clean up all the tiny leftover fragments of paper and put all the supplies away! The cleanup always seems way more overwhelming then it really is ;)

Thank you to my work team for the opportunity to make these pretty paper creations of gratitude. So much thanks going around!!! Soak it in!

how’s the LEATHER ?

This is some gorgeous leather craftsmanship. I recently purchased this clutch from a local company, Grassroots Leather. And I was so happy with this uniquely designed and crafted bag that I had to share on my creative blog, obvi. Check out their Etsy shop for more beautiful leather.

HI my name is …

My first stab at fauxlligraphy. Took this class on Skillshare to try my hand at a new lettering technique. And loved it. I’m gonna keep practicing and playing around with it. So fun and flowyyyyy!!!!!

Side note: As I was putting the finishing touches on this beauty, the song “Feelin’ Good” by Nina Simone came on Pandora…the words go a l’il something like this: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day … [plus a bunch more words that don’t really apply to this post] …” Pretty cool, eh? I’ll have to add that to my “dawn” playlist (a random ass mix of songs with the word/name d[D]awn in it. Let me know if you hear any to add to it!

Have yourself a fun and flowy day!!! :)

BETTER late than never …

Did you know this? I learned of it from my local library. The library is chock full of neat information! ;)

LOOKING FOR LOVE

A strange passion is moving in my head.
My heart has become a bird
which searches in the sky.
Every part of me goes in different directions.
Is it really so
that the one I love is everywhere?

. Rumi .

pretty beer, pretty BEER …

Does anyone else think that beer is really pretty? Look at the caramel colored crispness of the Pilsner at the top and the chocolaty richness of the Stout (that was my beer) and the frothy gold hue of the IPA … those may not be the best descriptors to give their beauty justice, but I know you can see it too.

Not only do I find beer pretty, but I also love drinking it. There have been a few times in my life where I have cut back on drinking, yet I couldn’t bear to let the beer go. When I was training for my first half marathon (ages ago now), I realized that drinking often was really not helping my body, so I cut back to 1-2 beers once a week when I went out with friends. Then, a few years after that, I was practicing a fairly strict Paleo lifestyle … except that I refused to give up beer (which is far from Paleo!!) and chocolate. These days, I drink a whole lot less than I did when I was living/working in the city and drinking makes me feel crappier now (actually, I’m just more aware of the crappy feeling and no longer using it to drown out my unhappy lifestyle), but I still won’t quit beer. I love beer … looking at it and drinking it (the latter preferred).

Now don’t ask me what this has to do with being creative because I got nothing. I just figured you all would want to see some beautiful beers and hear my story. Next time, you drink a beer, cheers to creativity! Or draw/write something bad ass on your bar napkin (and send me a photo pretty please) … see, creativity can be linked to anything ;)

innovation CREATION …

 

If you actually made it down to the bottom of this post, I will share with you where these inspiration-invoking questions came from. My wonderful friend Lauren recently moved to the wonderful city of San Francisco. She had visited the The Innovation Hangar a couple months ago when I was starting out this new inspiration-invoking blog, so she sent me these photos to share on my blog (check out the installation pic below). Yes, I’m just now getting around to posting them, and I also had to ask Lauren to resend them as I never saved them to my phone ;) Man, I am too damn honest with you people sometimes.

I hope at least one of these questions sparked something in you! Maybe a thought or maybe you journaled about it or maybe it will come up for you a month from now. Either way, we can all create something magical in this universe together if we stay true to ourselves and follow our passions!!!