It's October officially, and let me tell you, this is my favorite freakin' time of the year. I love the weather, I love the energy, I love the inspiration from colorful leaves falling from their fruitful summer place, family cozy time, hot chocolates. It's timeeeeeeee!
Okay, so, this is so exciting. First of all, THANK YOU so much for signing up for my first newsletter, Swopes Note. It brings so much happiness to my heart to know that you’re interested in anything that has to do with what I do, how I do it, what I think and everything in between. The most important thing to me throughout all of this is YOU getting exactly what you need out of this every month. Which to me means that I must provide you with something new to learn, something fun to look forward to, and something free to download. Who would I be if I didn’t give back to those who have supported me for so long? Plus, you've been asking to see how i edit for so long... you ask, you shall receive.
But hey! From time to time I will also feature different artists, and not just painters or photographers but thinkers and healers. The world is going in a messy direction but the most important thing to us all is each other’s mental and physical health. It took me awhile to understand that but once I did, oh was life good! Anyhow, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did making it, which was a lot.
And as always, keep your imagination alive. <3
I love getting asked how I got this giraffe into the Skydeck in Chicago. I always answer with "Magic," though it sounds farfetched, I do believe it takes magic to create these tedious surrealistic masterpieces. Make sure you watch it on your phone, it'll be fun in that perspective.
First and foremost, I know a lot of it will probably be very, very new to some of you. On the other hand, it could be extremely easy to many you and you may question why I do something the way I do it. That's just the chance I am willing to take. Ha!
I'd suggest watching on your phone. It's more cinematic that way. Feel free to comment below on what you liked and didn't like and I'll be sure to make those adjustments or keep something up on the next one!
health is wealth
This months health read is by my friend Codie Monowi. Codie is also a model, a photographer, and visual director based in Brooklyn, NY and Southern Maryland. Though as amazing as he is at those things, I really enjoy his writing because it's super relatable without being cheesy, which tends to steer me away from most self help talk. In this write-up, Codie speaks to the old me who used to struggle with finding the strength to find confidence in a world where we are tend to comparison and pressure. I know there's people out there who need a simple push of inspiration.
Ladies and gentlemen, Codie Monowi.
You Don't Need Confidence, You Need This
Google search “confidence” and the first definition you’ll see is “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” In this article, I’ll be referring to self-confidence, or the feeling of self-reliance. This is being able to tell yourself you can and will do something or trusting your ability to handle a situation in the best way possible... READ MORE