The Mustard Seed

Marcie Finney taught me a lot about life in our first meeting. After we ordered our salads and sat down, we got right down to business. She told me that she only works by referral, and it was definitely no coincidence that we met. I knew at that moment that divine intervention was taking place. I have lots of friends that have started businesses, but I went straight to Kelly McCoy, co-owner of Core Elements {which, if you haven’t been to, you are only cheating yourself my friends}, and ask her who helped her with her logo. She shot me back a message saying Marcie Finney was the only way to go, and that was all I needed to hear.

Two weeks later I was sitting at Snappy Salads sharing my story with Marcie, and I knew great things were about to happen. She gave me a necklace, a beautiful piece that she designed. You can find her pieces here, at Mustard Seed Jewelry. She then explained to me that all it takes is a mustard seed to move a mountain, and that she knew I was a mountain mover, like herself.

I put the necklace on, and sure enough… my energy changed. My path, that I already knew was the right one, became crystal clear. My heart opened, and I knew my purpose. I’m not kidding. Things just started happening, like… right then.

Two days later I met The Cure. I got business that fell in my lap. People in my life that I had been wanting to distance myself from, all the sudden, it was like their intentions became crystal clear {see Bitches Man}. I had to email Marcie and say, ummm… is this normal? I’m not usually so forceful, like, ever, but it’s like I can’t stop it… This was her response:

Totally normal question! YES, I will tell you people tell me about magical things happening when they wear their necklaces. TOTALLY NORMAL. But totally individual for each person. If I were to intuit for you with this, I think it’s helping you clear and clean out anything that is not for your highest good! Allowing the old or anything that could represent the old to leave you so that you can be in alignment with the love that you are. That’s the gut feel I get. I’m proud of you girl, you go! We all need honesty in this world. I think the forceful in you, is just that your spirit dear has had enough, it’s ready to be in truth!!! Which is something to totally celebrate!
Much joy and love your way today!
IN JOY & GRATITUDE,

Marcie Finney Ditto
Marcie Finney Design/ owner of Mustard Seed Jewelry

I can’t wait to see what the future brings. If you are a mountain mover I suggest you check out her site {Mustard Seed Jewelry} and treat yourself to a piece today. And go take a class at Core Elements Fitness, your mind and body will thank you.

And remember… sometimes we just have to open our heart, and say bye Felicia.

The People I’ve Come to Know

Meet Riley Holloway. Fort Works Art took a risk when they hand selected Riley Holloway from what some would say, were much more talented and well-known artist. But that is what Fort Works Art does. It challenges the status quo. This gallery is standing strong behind their convictions, and making quite the name for themselves.

By choosing an African-American young, unknown male, they show their support of the Latinos and females and blacks {oh my, how un arty of them}. Fort Works Art is breaking barriers and opening dialogue in a community that desperately needs it right now. Their hybrid of high-end artist and the new risk takers is what makes them stand out among their peers.

Do not miss the opportunity tonight, Friday, May 20th, to meet Riley Holloway in person at Fort Works Art, 2100 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 and support this unique and exquisite gallery.

In addition to this, Fort Works Art supports the youth of our community. Their other exhibit right now is the Betsy Price high school art competition. It’s nothing short of spectacular. This year had over 500 applicants, up from 230 last year. 65 works by 55 students were selected and Lauren Childs, co-owner of the gallery and artist herself said she was “stunned” by their work, stating “It’s so far beyond anything I could do at that age… It’s… very very impressive.”

But please don’t take her word for it. Come and decide for yourself. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 21st there will be a reception for the artist from 3 to 6 pm. The judging will be held at 4 p.m. and the artist will be presented their awards by the Mayor, and strong supporter of education, Betsy Price. Frist Place receives $5000 and the painting will be hung in City Hall for one year. Second place receives $3000, and third place $1000. Judging will be hard. Who would you pick?

Hanging out with a little band called The Cure

I have loved music since I was a little girl and use to belt out Kenny Rogers and Kenny Loggins. My grandmother loved Crystal Gayle, and wanted me to be a country and western singer when I grew up. Well… I do love to sing. And I love to perform. Unfortunately, my kids cover their ears when I sing ‘Happy Birthday’, vocally blessed, I was not. If I was, I would definitely be just as big as The Cure. In my head. Anyway…

Like many, The Cure defined my teen years. Riddled with teen agnst, like many of my generation, Robert Smith was an idol. So when a group of my friends heard they were coming to town this May, we jumped on board to get tickets. We knew the concert was going to be great, but we had no idea what the night had in store for us.

After partaking generously before and at the concert, we made our first adult decision when we decided to walk across the street to the W Hotel and get a room. That decision, was possibly the best one I have made, like, EVER.

Shortly after walking in, checking in, and making our way to the bar, Roger O’Donnell walked in, followed by Simon Gallup and Jason Cooper. Everyone started applauding, including myself, who happened to be standing at the bar. Roger O’Donnell walked up to get a drink, and people started asking him if they could take selfies with him. He was right next to me, and I didn’t have my phone. I ask him if he was ‘the real’ Roger O’Donnell, or just someone that looked like him. He laughed, and we started talking. I proceeded to tell him what a big deal I was, and that he would probably want to take pictures of me on his phone instead of the other way around. He laughed again but played along. Then security rushed over to send him to a private table. My friends Robyn, Claudia, Kristina and Maria were taking pictures with Simon and Jason about the same time.

Here I am using Roger’s phone to take our picture.

And here are some more fun ones.

Security told everyone picture time was over, and to let the band sit down and relax. As they were about to separate us from the band, Simon ask a couple of my friends to sit down. We were all permitted at the table, and the next few hours were some of the best of my life. Drinking and chilling out with The Cure. They were amazing {duh} but we were shocked how cool they were to the five of us. We talked until the bar closed down.

At the end of the evening when we were retreating to our rooms, and riding up in the elevator with Simon, we discovered our room was right next door to theirs. We spent the next couple of hours going between rooms and pinching ourselves over and over. Finally, at 4 am, they said, in their amazing english accents, “Girls, seriously, we’ve got to go to bed.” To which I replied, “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought y’all were the rockstars, my bad.” And Roger smiles and says, “Yes, but we’re old rockstars darling. Kisses and hugs goodnight.” And with that, we retreated to our room. Hashtag, best night ever.

 

Betsy Price High School Art Competition

The Betsy Price 2016 high school art competition finalist have been announced, and you are going to be able to see their work from May 17 until May 28th at Fort Works Art. The reception and judging will be held on May 21st from 3 – 6 p.m., at 2100 Montgomery Street in Fort Worth. These artist are so talented, and I cannot wait for them to be able to show off their work in such an impressive gallery. Please come and support these up and comers. The third place recipient will get $1000, second place gets $3000, and first place, $5000! Cha-ching!

The jurors are Andrea Karns – Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Sedrick Huckaby – an award winning artist and Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Most recently you can see his work on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, receiving the ‘commended’ award for  The Outwin 2016 portrait competition.

The winner of the 2016 Betsy Price high school award will be presented by Mayor Betsy Price herself at 4 p.m. on the 21st. I love our mayor. She is wonderful and supports the arts and a million other things. Thank you Mayor Price!

So come see these amazingly talented high school students. Seriously. Do it.

And bonus, you will also be able to see the collection of Riley Holloway.

Stranger Danger, Part 2

I was upstairs when I hear the doorbell ring. Before I can get downstairs, Luke opened the door, and let a strange man into our home. Yeah. He did. I was thrilled that Justin turned out to not be a serial killer. I was even more excited when he told me what he could do for me. My house, is so on its way to being The Jetsons, and it only took a couple of hours.

Now I can open my door with my phone. I can see who rings my doorbell. I can unlock or not unlock that door. I can control the temperature at my house when I am not there. I can check on my house whenever I want with an App. I can give my children and anyone I want a different access code that will time stamp when they come and go, and best of all, it is operated by a SIMS card that checks the line every 3 seconds. Every three seconds y’all, that’s crazy! That means if my phone wires are cut, if my computer isn’t working, no big deal because Vivint will contact me within seconds to find out if something is wrong. If no response is received, the police will be notified within a minute. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg… I will post more, but if you are interested in hearing about this very VERY affordable security system, call Justin (786)423-8567, and tell him you find out about the company from The Blue Sparrow Blog. Now… to go play with my new toy…