Daily Meditation or just take your time to relax can change your life!

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Zen Piggy Meditating in front of Buddha in Sacred Japanese Tatami Room.

(Other than Fine Art work Goddess collection, I make Cute Piggy figurines. 🙂 It is also mind soothing and healing to people’s heart as it brings smiles. I also make them with positive intention! If you want to see more piggies, please visit my ORIGINAL PIGGY PHOTO BLOG, http://originalpiggy.wordpress.com also The Original Piggy store on Etsy, QiCreativeArt.Etsy.com)

Daily Meditation is good for you. You don’t know what is the point of meditating? Meditation helps reduce stress, helps us to focus, help us to relax that promotes various health effects and just so much more.  So how to meditate? Just sit in relax position. Don’t even have to worry about sitting on the floor like typical meditation image. Just sit down and relax. close your eyes and visualize you are in somewhere very very relaxing and makes you happy, make sure that location is somewhere nature. like, imagine you are by the beach in the tropical ocean… or you are sitting by the cliff in Grand Canyon… wherever you like! Just keep visualizing, relax, and feel the sensation just like you really are in the special location. Imagine all your stress goes away, you feel so relaxed, wind, sound, scents, everything washes your stress away. If your busy mind start distract your meditation, try to keep focusing on visualizing you are in the beautiful nature location. At least for about 10 minutes, just keep feeling your relaxation and that is the start! Practice this as often as you can. Then maybe you can go to the next step of meditation. But just doing this will bring all the benefit. The more you do, the more you will see why. Once you get it, you will not want to stop meditating. Piggy knows it. So he meditate everyday. ;)

Every children has possibilities to become Future Presidents.

Here is original video of our project, Future Presidents that involves teen Star Zendaya Coleman, Presiden Jimmy Carter, Celebrity Children and beautiful diverse children from all around America.

We are here just trying to make it happen.

Only 4 more days left until end of our project campaign! Once this campaign ended, there are no more free video offers, Kickstarter Polaroid images from the locations to you, amazing packages of Kickstarter only rewards and much more.

This project can be huge and we want more people to be part of us and help us inspiring people around the world. Zendaya joined us. President Jimmy carter supported us. So many beautiful families Support us.

We will donate to Spina Bifida foundation once this book is published also. Supporting children with disability.

Starting from now, let’s begin doing something positive for our children, for our future. Stop being too busy for youself. Save your energy and attention for our children. Anything positive we do for others, it will come to us in positive way.

I believe in this project and only 4 days left on our campaign, I will not give up and I believe in our possibilities just as I believe in our children’s unlimited possibilities.

Future Presidents by Matthew Jordan Smith

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/futurepresidents/future-presidents?ref=live

Blog post for Future Presidents!

I love seeing others posting about our project. 

When people talk about you, it is much stronger than you talk about youself.

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Guest Post: Future Presidents: An Invitation to Parents to Help Their Children Make History  (Link to the actual Post: http://teachersfl.wordpress.com/)

Future Presidents: An Invitation to Parents to Help Their Children Make History

Every now and then a great project comes along that’s so family oriented people can’t help but get involved. One of the country’s leading commercial photographers, Matthew Jordan Smith is leading the way with Future Presidents, a project to capture the goals and aspirations of children from each state in the nation.

The best part of this project is the excitement of the children and hearing their goals and aspirations.-Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2013

If there was a way to help children be part of a history making project, wouldn’t every parent want to know about it? Welcome to Future Presidents, a project that brings Disney’s Zendaya Coleman and President Jimmy Carter together with thousands of families across the United States.

Children across the country are getting involved in the Future Presidents Project. Acclaimed photographer Matthew Jordan Smith is interviewing and photographing kids in each state asking them to weigh in on Presidential issues, and what they would do as President themselves. Their answers are inspiring, humorous and give an interesting perspective on their view of the world.

Scheduled to be released at the end of this year, the book will be an intriguing read and window to the thoughts of the future leaders of our country. The book includes an introduction by Zendaya and an incredibly powerful quote by President Jimmy Carter written exclusively for the book, Future Presidents.

“The kids I’ve met in this project are truly inspiring,” Smith says, “and it’s been humbling to hear the stories of their families and their hopes for America.”

Smith is searching each state for families to photograph for the project. He makes the kids feel like stars, something his career as a photographer includes, having worked with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Vanessa Williams and Zendaya, just to name a few. In many of the interviews, he involves parents and grandparents (many of whom are immigrants to the U.S.) who also share their hopes for their children and the country. Smith has just 18 states left to finish, and has a Kickstarter page to help complete the project.

“Americans have been overwhelmingly supportive and I’ve heard so many wonderful stories, I wish I could include many more in the book,” Smith says, “That’s why we’ve created the opportunity for all children to share their stories via the Internet.”

How People Contribute: Parents can simply use a poster board to express their children’s dreams to be President, and photograph them holding the poster. No need to be a professional photographer– a camera phone is adequate (tip: lots of light will make the writing easier to read). Then they need to share the pictures on the project’s Facebook page or on Pinterest using the hashtag #FuturePres/

The accumulated online images will be a powerful testimonial to the growing generation. Each day, Smith will feature the most powerful image as the Facebook cover page.

Ever since he was a twelve year old, Matthew Jordan Smith’s passion has been telling stories with photographs. He is now one of the most sought after commercial photographers in the world. The Future Presidents Project will be his third book, along with Sepia Dreams,: A celebration of Black Achievement Through Word and Images, and Lost and Found (The Microsoft Mission Series.)

Our creativity and kickstarter to make your project possible.

Our creativity and kickstarter to make your project possible.

As an Artist, Art is an amzing tool to express ourselves and show and tell world who we are.

We can use art to simply express ourselves.
We can use art to send messages to peaople.
We can use art to inspire others.

As an Artist, you can create anything you want to create and it is totally up to you what to do with your creation.

I am an Artist who is passionate with Beauty of Nature and beauty of our spirituality. I am with someone who is a passionate Photographer. Combine both me and him, we are both creatives and artist, we created this project called “Future President”. Some of you may know as we’ve been promoting this a lot last one month.
It is all bout positive messages for our nation, for our future.

Please visit our project page: http://www.KickstarterPresidents.com

As we work on this project, yes, it costs money to create things. I know many artists feel the same way. We want to create this but it costs too much! We want to do this project but there is no way we can fund this on our own… I know exactly how you feel! but do you know this website called Kickstarter? also there are more sites called “Crowd funding”. This is what we are doing now to make our project possible. If you are creative artist, you might encounter similar wall. so even more so, please visit our project page and get to know what it is. and if you feel inspired, you can support us. If not, that is ok, get to know this website. You may need to try Kickstarter for your own project.

As we are Artists, I hope making of this project can encourage other artists to create their creative projects to inspire our future also.

Who will be our first Madame President?

Who will be our first Native American President?

Who wil be our first Asian American President?

Who will be our first Hispanic American President?

Inspire them today! Zendaya for President 2052!

Pledge to support today. It’s our future: http://www.KickstarterPresidents.com

Art! Working on my new work. :) We all are creating something everyday.

Earth Goddess Collection

 

Simply having good time working on my new panel.
It feels great to follow my heart and do what I love.
Create whatever I want and feel great about myself.

It can be said to anything, not only art. “Create” is not only for art. We all are creating something all the time none stop. We create relationships, we create work environment, we create comfortable home, we create great meal… and so on. It can be any form of creation.

Just follow your heart, create what your heart and soul desire!

Everything else will follow!

My wood panel I am working on now, is the very beautiful and special piece for me and all the mothers. Pure beauty of feminine kind energy.

I just finished the base drawing! 🙂
So you too, create something, anything, just for your life.
Forget about what others want you to create, just follow your soul and heart, that will be the best thing you can create in your life.

 

 

 

 

Find what you love to do in your life and live your life to the fullest.

Qi Art Nozomi "Earth Goddess" Collection Pyrography 2012

Qi Art Nozomi “Earth Goddess” Collection Pyrography 2012

I just had an exciting weekend!

I had my very first ART Show! It is simple step out in Art world, but it was HUGE for me personally as my personal growth.

The event was called “Chocolate and Art Show” held just outside of China town, LA at KGB Studio.

I had never taken my art pieces outside of my home, I had never shown my art works outside of my close friends and family. So what a tickling experience to see many people stare at my wood panels closely and talking about it. I saw many people took my cards,(it has my panel images printed on it, so card itself is small piece of my art ;)), many people took their time just looking all over my panels, many people taking photographs with their phones and many people came talked to me and being amazed how different and beautiful my work was.

I am soooooo grateful.

I stepped into public as an Artist this weekend and I feel confident and I feel so right about where I am.

It is huge deal to me and major life experience.

Because… I had so much  struggle and fights until I came to this point that no one knows.

There are so many people struggling trying to find what they can do to be successful? What they love to do? What kind of jobs or work they can do for their career and they can truly enjoy it.

This is always a major problem and stress for so many people. and for me as well. I am sure some of you who are reading this went through, or going through it now. I know how stressful it is, I know how serious it is in your life, I have been there, and I was there for LONG TIME and yes, I cried for being lost and I just felt so horrible.  But I did not give up keep looking no matter how people was not interested in what I was doing. I kept looking and trying. Years passed, still not found one yet. I’ve tried being Manicurist, got licence, but first day at work, I HATED it. I was stupid enough to think of only beautiful design of nails part that I love, but reality was different. (but I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try it. So I do not regret of my effort.)  I was working at the restaurant just to pay my bills for long time. Working at restaurant was actually so much fun, but I never feel right working as server. But pay was better than most of regular jobs and I continued to working there because I had make living and take care of my son as a single mother.

It was so hard to look for my life time career that I can truly love as being single mother. Because my son was my focus and priority and it restricted me from trying new things and jumping out to risk our lives to do things. I always had to make sure I will be there for him and I will continue to bring money home so my son’s life is taken care of. If I was a college student without child, I probably would have done so much challenge and just jumping into the new world, but things are funny, when I was a college student, my focus was not building my career, it was more trying to make my life set in America.(I am immigrant from Japan) Also, too young to recognize how important it is to have career you LOVE.  I was typical international college kid who was just focusing living in America and learn culture and languages.  But after I had my son and went through divorce and grow older, it is different story. I hit the reality, I had to take care of my son as single mother and can I work at the restaurant rest of my life!? NO! and… especially around the age getting closer to 30 years old, all of the sudden, I felt horrible that I am  grown up age and still don’t have any career I can proud of. Until that point, I put all my time and energy into raising my little son and taking care of my husband and home. I was devoted housewife but I was not being myself. I killed my identity and I became a Housewife.  I really had nothing but Art as my hobby and my son, working at the restaurant. It was very high end restaurant I was working at, so I learn so many great things but at the end of the day, serving job was not the job I want to do in my life. For 5-6 years I was in this journey of “finding myself”.

Going through problems, this 5-6 years is long time. I broke down so many times. I was lost but did not give up. I had my nature I love, I go out to the nature talk to them. They taught me, showed me so much about my life. They helped me to stand where I am today, They helpled me to find my goals and love.

So you, if you are going through this kind of problem, do not give up. Keep seeking. But do not force yourself to do something. Just keep your mind open and do your best to be sensitive to how you feel and what you like. Listen to your heart and follow with energy. Because it WILL come at the right time. In mean time, everything you go through and experience, it is not waste, everything you do in your life has positive affect in your life and you need that experience to learn the lesson, gain knowledge and wisdom.

How my case was…

I knew, I always love art, being creative and make something. I knew, since I was kindergarten, my mother was proud of me because my drawing was outstanding naturally and so many other parents were impressed of my talent.  BUT once I grow up being adult age, no one encouraged me to be an Artist. Instead, people tell me “Oh It is just too hard to make money being a freelance artist.” “Oh Painter? How can you make living?” “Art should be just a hobby. It is not a actual job”. And my family and people surrounded me suggesting me to be an Art teacher, hired comic artist, hired artist for some companies, work at galleries… so on but nothing was my interest and nothing was really creative “my way” to me.

Also, even though I always loved being creative, somehow, I could not find my “Style” that I can  feel so right with.

I painted oil, acrylic, water, I tried cartoon art, I draw using pen, charcoal and different medias, I tried sculpting with clay, I did digital art…

I could not find “MY Style” art. I did not feel right with none of the media I tried. I had good time working with any art, but I did not feel “This is it!!!”.  A couple years ago, some how, all of the sudden, I don’t remember how this idea pop out in my mind,  and it was just a right timing. It was toward the end of my stressful struggling life term of searching of my goals and what I love.  I knew I had the special talent to draw.

Before:  I had artistic talent, but it cannot be a job or I cannot make money being freelance.

NOW:   I have artistic talent and I know, I will be very successful if I put all my passion and “Myself” into my art.

How my view was changed all of the sudden? I met a right person. My boyfriend was a freelance photographer but he was very successful for what he does. He was very professional, he was amazing at what he does, he loves what he does and he was very confident. He is a freelance artist who is very successful, I had never met artist like him and he inspired me and encourage me for the unlimited possibilities for being artist.

About the time I was determined to walk as an artist myself finally after years of struggle, from somewhere, I had wood and beautiful burned color of wood in my mind and I so wanted to try to work this media. I have never tried before and I did not know how this style of art called. I didn’t  even know what kind of tool I use of What was the process of this kind of art style.  Once I searched, I found out, it is called “Pyrography”.

I did not stop, I got cheap tool (I could not afford to buy expensive one especially when I had never tried it and not sure if I would love it), and got some small size wood and started working. and I LOVED it. There must be a reason why this art technique pop out in my mind all of the sudden at such a right time. It must be true universal energy force(or you can call it God) that gives me this idea. I always love nature and woods, rocks…. and this art style is ME, and I created my style of Pyrography, and became today’s my “Earth Goddess” collection.

It is beautiful, peaceful, graceful, earthy, spiritual, soothing, calming, and healing.

I feel so right and so happy to be where I am today. Nothing changed, just myself changed. I found myself. I did not give up. I kept looking and trying. and I know now, for sure, I will do very well with what I do. Nothing is promised, but I just know. I am doing the right thing for my life.

Please do not discourage because of what other people say. Always stay strong with your passion and keep trying and going.

Right thing will come just at the right timing. Everything happens in life is for reasons. Nothing is the waste. It always take some positive role in your life and we need that struggle time in our lives to grow.

Love yourself, and believe in yourself. Be yourself and always try your best to listen to your heart. 

First post! Myself and the blogs!

Sunrise with a tree
Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunrise, beautiful colored sky and a tree. Quiet moment of beauty of the nature

My first official post on my Artist blog!

I will be writing about myself, nature, spirituality, growth, wisdom that will help anyone, art works, creativity, energy that run inside of us and the whole universe….etc.(too much? 😉

Just a little about myself…

I am a fine artist/ pyrographer/ painter/ photographer/ spiritual, intuitive healer/ energy healer/ a mother of a son( 9years old!). I meditate almost everyday for self cleansing and to live happier meaningful life. I go to the total nature area (National parks+) often to be myself, to feel true joy of my life, to gain wisdom of life, to love, to grow, to raise my spirit.  I grow so much spiritually in the past a few years. After going through major life hardship, it opened my heart and eyes toward inside of myself. I realized that everything is inside of myself. and going to the nature always helped me to deeply connect of myself and it is so important to be connected and grounded at all the time. I am very much Earthy person, kind, never get angry, never look at anyone bad way, believing everyone, every life is equal, spiritually awakened strongly.

I have a cat named “Kitty”(very scary cat, people call her she is mean, but she is not! She just has scary personality.;)), and a gold fish named “Fishy”(very friendly! you can pet him).  I am Japanese, born and raised there, I have been in the U.S. for just about 15 years. Currently living in Los Angeles. So my English may sound funny and I still make lots of mistakes writing in English, please forgive me.  I enjoy multiple cultural experience and the beauty of the differences. I love eating great food, I love being outside.

And I…. well, too much about myself.lol

Anyway,

I had a few different blogs to blog about targeted audience, so I had one blog for my spirituality, CORE -Enlightenment store, and I had another blog for my personal views and life…. in Japanese(I am Japanese) and English both and it was getting TOO MUCH! My life is not for spending all day everyday in front of computer!!(I was screaming inside of myself.lol) I am pretty sure there are so many people experiencing the same thing. For your personal use, business use, hobby use… whatever that was, people have multiple account at multiple social medias and blogs.  And I cannot believe that there are sooooooooooooooo many of them today! I am very much a nature minded person, I am not made for computers… My spirit is not happy when I spend all day in front of laptop. I know some people are amazing at it, that is great! but Not me…

So! I just combine all my blogs and twitter account into one, as myself,  have one account. It is self-expression of myself, my art and the wisdom to help others. Someone told me it is the best to have targeted audience for each account, but I realized it was not working for me. So I follow my intuition to combine all. Following intuition is always the best for self. Your intuition could be the message from your guide, message from your god, message from higher self… however you call it. There is always something inside of ourselves that send the strongest messages for the best in our lives.

If you love art and creativity, follow me! If you love photography, follow me! If you love nature, follow me! If you love spirituality and self discovery, follow me! 🙂

Everyday is the celebration of life, life this moment to the fullest and the best will follow in the future. Do not caught up thinking too much of fear toward unknown future or plan too much for the future. The most important thing is TODAY, NOW, that will lead to your brighter future. If you are not living your life happy today, that will lead to your future. Be happy and live life to the fullest everyday!