The other side of fear.

The other side of fear | Artwork by Jessica Keaela

I have been having trouble sleeping lately.

Anxiety, worry, doubt. It’s a triple beast. They can creep up and rule your life if you aren’t careful to battle them head on. And when any of these start to rear their ugly heads, I know something must be off kilter within me.

Fear can prevent your from loving without hesitation, it can prevent you from conquering old habits, it can prevent you from listening to your gut, and ultimately can rob you of some of the best things life has to offer. Joy, truth, authenticity…the fruits of a life of courage. I seek this with fervor, but don’t always win. 

Yesterday I read a first hand account from my friend caring for Ebola patients in Liberia. She knows day in and day out that her own life is at risk, but she CHOSE to serve. She chose to help the dying exit this life with someone by their side reminding them that they matter. She is a warrior in my eyes. She looks fear in the face and walks through it’s shadow to the other side of freedom. Freedom to LIVE as you were created to, and to LOVE without conditions.

I wanted to share this quote with you all that I stumbled on that has made it’s mark on me. I asked Jessica of Coco & Mingo to hand letter it for me as part of a series we are doing for The Brand Market. Isn’s she talented?! You can see the rest of the series here.

Have a fearless and mighty Wednesday friends. Why not?

x, Anna

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Guest Curator: UGallery




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I am more than ready to admit I am an art nerd. I was an art studio / graphic design major, and did my fair share of studying all different art mediums. As challenging as some of those long art history classes were, I can say it gave me an appreciation for so many different types of artistry and where it all stems from.

Thankful to UGallery for asking me to be a Guest Curator on their site. These are just a few of the favorites and you can see the full collection here.

I have a thing for travel theme, impressionism, and pop art. I only realized this after viewing my collection!

Have a favorite?

x, Anna

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Shop Scoop: Pen and Paint

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I have so much admiration for pen and ink artists. It takes time and patience and so much creativity. I couldn’t stop staring at Lindsay’s work. Isn’t it beautiful? Her shop Pen and Paint is loaded with beautiful prints like these.

Discovered her shop through The Brand Market (she was a part of our L.A. Tote bags), and decided I need to start collecting her work to rotate as a monthly calendar;) Lindsay works with black and color ink pens as well as watercolor!

Pen & Paint : Shop | Instagram | Facebook

And sending you off with some fun links for your weekend:
You won’t regret reading – The Crossroads between Should and Must (Thanks Mandy for sharing with me.)
A new to me blog. I have been pouring through the archives.
The next hairstyle I will attempt.
Mini heart attack over this mini line!
It is still hot as heck here in Atlanta so I am making these.
We are in the middle of a sugar free whole diet. How I feel about coffee creamer (don’t you dare take it away from me!) and 10 non sugary recipes I will be testing out. Thanks Britt!
Do you ever browse kickstarter projects? I get passionate about ones like this.
Thanks Madewell. How to correctly cuff your jeans.

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