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Writer’s Block is a common condition that plagues many writers. Did you ever have a report or article to turn in and you just couldn’t seem to think of what to write? Sometimes your mind just goes blank when having to write about a particular topic. I recently endured a short spell of writer’s block, where I couldn’t bring myself to writing any article’s for my blog. During this temporary blockage, I decided to do some research on writer’s block. I have shared below my findings on writer’s block and how to overcome the block.
According to Wikipedia , “Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown.”
1.) Step away from whatever you’re writing and do anything that’s creative. Paint pictures, write poetry, design images in Photoshop, make a scrapbook or collage, or if you’re masculine, build something in the garage. Work on another creative project for a few hours or days and then go back to writing. When I’m stuck, I paint paintings or work on my website or blog. Jumping to other projects really activates my creativity. The key is to keep exercising the creative part of your brain and eventually you’ll tap back into the flow of writing.
2). Do freewriting. Spend 15 minutes or more a day writing whatever comes off the top of your head. Ignore punctuation. Just write freely. Allow it to be totally random. You might change subjects many times. You might mix fiction with journaling or vent frustrations. The process trains your brain to tap into the words inside your head and gives them a place to live on your computer screen or journal. Do this for a week and then return to your writing project. An alternative is to freewrite 15-20 minutes to get your thoughts out and then immediately return to writing your book or article. Some of my freewriting entries inspired new ideas for my books.
3.) Move your body. Dance, practice yoga or Tai Chi. This may sound funny, but when you get your body into flow, your mind follows. Meditate and take long, deep breaths. A relaxed mind is more open. An open mind is more imaginative. You can focus longer when you are in a peaceful state. Sometimes I step away from writing, do some yoga poses and breathing, then return to writing in a more creative state.
4.) Eliminate distractions. Turn off the phone and unplug from the internet. Clean up your work space. A cluttered desk puts the mind in a state of confusion. Carve out some time in your schedule just for writing — at least 3 to 4 hours. Ask loved ones to honor your space so you can write without interruptions, or write when everyone in the house is sleeping. Giving yourself time and space to be in solitude is important to staying focused.
5.) Write early in the morning. When you first wake up, your brain is still in Theta mode, the brainwave pattern that your mind is in when you dream. My best writing happens when I get up at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. I’m amazed at what my mind comes up with while I’m still half asleep.
6.) Write while you sleep. Your subconscious mind is always problem solving, even when you’re sleeping. Sometimes when I’m stuck on a chapter I’ll write for 15-30 minutes prior to bedtime. I’ll think about the problem chapter as I fall asleep. The next morning I usually wake up with a solution to the problem and get back into the flow of writing. I’ll see the scene from a fresh perspective or my characters will say or do things that take my story in an exciting new direction.
7.) If nothing else works, I resort to my number one, lethal weapon to cure writer’s block: the Glass-of-Water Technique. Before bed, fill up a glass of water. Hold it up and speak an intention into the water. (Example: My intent is to tap into my creative source and write brilliantly tomorrow. I choose to be in the flow of my best writing. I am resolving my story’s issues as I sleep and dream). Drink half the water and then set the half-full glass on your nightstand. Go to sleep. When you wake up the next morning, drink the rest of the water immediately. Then go straight to your computer and write at least an hour without distraction. This may seem a bit out there, but give it a try. It works! Do this technique for three nights straight. It gets me out of my writer’s block every time, often the next morning and definitely within 72 hours.
Miami has been rated one of the top spots to live and work for Millennials. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area ranks No. 1 among the 40 largest metro areas in the U.S., according to a new study of startup activity by the Kauffman Foundation. Miami sees the nation’s highest rate of new business entrepreneurs and startup density. Millennials migrate to the Miami area for various reasons. Diverse employment opportunities, a thriving downtown, walkable neighborhoods, state-of-the-art museums and top entertainment venues make Miami the second-most desired U.S. city for Millennials, according to a 2017 Realtor.com study. Miami’s beautiful beaches and great weather aren’t the only reasons Millennial’s desire to live there.
Millennials have found an entry point into the Miami market that enables them to build their own businesses and flourish. Tourism and entrepreneurship attracts Millennials to Miami, especially to neighborhoods like Wynwood and South Beach, and Miami’s unemployment rate is only 5.1 percent, according to the report. Millennials between the ages of 25 and 34 represent 13.1 percent of the Magic City’s population. According to niche.com, the best suburbs for Millennials to live in the Miami area are, El Portal, Glenvar Heights, Lake Belvedere Estates, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Miami Shores. New high rises, multi-family homes and condominiums in other Miami neighborhoods like Wynwood, Midtown, Brickell, South Beach and Coconut Grove have helped increase Miami’s walk score to 79.2, according to Walk Score.
Millennialsdrive the art and music culture in Miami. You can find the works of various Millennials throughout the streets of Miami. Wynwood murals, museums, the Design District, and art events hosted all over Miami are the real heart and jewels of the city. Miami is also home to Art Basel Miami Beach, the biggest contemporary-art fair in the United States and one of the largest in the world. To learn more about how Millennials drive the art and music culture in Miami read this story,Innovative Millennials Drive Art and Music Culture in Miami.
Another Record Breaking Show: Palm Beach Swim Week 2017
Over 18 summer fashion shows will hit the same runway for Palm Beach Swim Week this August 25th through the 27th. Over 270 press pass applications were applied for and so many designer submissions from around the world that the producer has dubbed the grand finale show date International Designer’s Show Day. Shows will be taking place August 25th through the 27th at the Lakefront Pavilion located at 101 South Flagler Drive in the Arts and Entertainment District of downtown West Palm Beach with the media reception being held on the 10th at 539 Clematis Street by invite only.
Designers will be traveling from as far away as Columbia, New York, and include several from the country of Kazakhstan featuring internationally acclaimed fashion designers Anjelika Venalu, Nurgul Rysklova, and Julia Skubilina who have been seen in Russia Fashion Week and the renowned Kazakhstan Fashion Week. Styles range from exquisite summer and resort wear to swimwear of the finest detail and design.
Fashions to be shown are all new, never been seen before designs to be shown on the runway for production of the 2019 summer/spring fashion season. Shows are open to the public, media, and professional buyers such as retailers, merchandisers, and boutique owners for the placement of orders to be produced.
One lucky designer was able to obtain at $250k contract with a large retailer from the last production of Palm Beach Swim Week. Pre-show events kick off with the Media Reception on August 10th at the all new Fusion Fashion & Art pop up gallery at 539 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach on the corner of South Rosemary Avenue. The media reception will include all approved media by invite and make available for interview the designers, models, others involved in the shows, and the artist of Palm Beach Swim Week who will also be taking their art to the runway as well.
Palm Beach retro lifestyle artist Sharon Tatum will be exhibiting her art pieces along with her new art inspired resort and active wear. Previously she has highlighted her art on women’s fine silk scarves which were featured in the last Palm Beach Swim Week. Now for Palm Beach Swim Week 2017 she has evolved the look into the quintessential Palm Beach resort and active wear collection. Also exhibiting their art at the media reception, acclaimed collage artist Kenny Ruiz of Magchop from Chicago and now a very prominent collage artist in Miami and has an extensive fan following has turned his love of art into the art of the bikini to develop his new label Magchop Swim. His new swimwear has been featured on the cover of Low Rider magazine, VIP TV, and Designer Ruiz is the official sports memorabilia artist for celebrates such as Professional Trans Am Racer Ernie Francis Jr.
Designer Ruiz supports Charites such as Blooming with Autism, Liga Contra el Cancer, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Sheridan House Ministries. Also, in the movie industry fashion art swim designer Kenny Ruiz has worked with the 168 Film Festival in California called “Robin’s Glove”. He has been a featured artist for Planet Fashion TV, Featured artist for 2015-16 Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibition of Broward County, Published in Observer News, Florida Creative Living Magazine and sponsor of the 2017 Widescreen Film & Music Festival.
Also available for interview will be the Palm Beach mother daughter team of designer Anna Hess, Le Parasel Umbrellas. For a first time ever this much essential summer accessory each unique and some with one-of-a-kind art will hit the runway with a itty bitty bikini themed show for fun and fashion in the sun. Fashion Designer Karen Troncoso-Howard of Palm Beach, Little B’s will be on the scene and showing Children’s summer wear which is a first for Palm Beach Swim Week. Swimwear designer Gabriel Diaz of ‘Anya Bikinis was featured in Miami Swim Week, however, like her collection featuring the “Ever-Summer” bikini line, she is far from done and will be heading north for more fun in the Palm Beach sun and runway.
Heading south to Palm Beach from New York for a second time is celebrity swimwear designer Kasia Roginska of Karo Swimwear originally from Kraków she has been featured in Sports Illustrated twice and too many other publications to mention. Her all new collection combines reversible women’s swimwear which mixes glam, function, and comfort. Fellow celebrity designer Karen Nottage of Legacy K who is originally from Jamaica and now calls Palm Beach home will be joining us as well. Previously featured on WPTV and FOX for her award winning gown which was featured at the Florid Sunshine Ball for the presidential inauguration. Legacy K will be reviling her all new stylistic diva big and tall plus size brand named CAITLIN ARD “Irish for tall girls” using the slogan “Embrace your Height and Love your Curves”.
Also, heading south from Georgia is Tepuy Activewear by Elena Carné with an all new high quality luxury active wear collection targeted and function, style and affordability made in the U.S.A. Another swimwear designer returning to the shows is Victoria Bornelli Brazil to Palm Beach, who was featured in the first Palm Beach Fashion Swim Week show in 2014. Originally from Brazil she now designs and manufacturers her top of the line quality swimwear in Palm Beach County. Finally, CJ Golden from Orlando, who was the hit of the last Palm Beach Swim Week will be returning. Golden Designs will be showing his all new Star Boy collection
Palm Beach Swim Week 2017 is the 7th annual fashion production in Palm Beach County by 2nd generation fashion industry professional Lilyana Lovela who is the president of the Florida Fashion & Apparel Chamber of Commerce and creator of Fusion Fashion & Art™. Details and show schedule can be found at More designer announcements to follow.
Art Hearts Fashion Opens and Closes Miami Swim Week with Sexy Swimwear for a Great Cause!
Miami, FL – Art Hearts Fashion kicked off Miami Swim Week at Funkshion’s Collins Park Tents, with Nick Cannon opening the show. The opening night featured 8 designer including: Vichi Swim, The Eight Continent, Grayson Boyd, Courtney Allegra, Hale Bob, Cirone Swim, Elie Madi, and the grand finale presentation by none other than Mister Triple X by Erik Rosete who’s show opened with Men’s Physique world champion Michal Komosny and closing with superstar Nick Cannon. Guests enjoyed amazing shows, a great reception with complimentary sponsored goodies, and an art presentation by Miguel Paredes. Following the shows all guests were invited to the after-party Swim Gala taking place at Ora Nighclub Miami with a special performance by Zoey Dollaz.
On Friday July 21st the Art Hearts Fashion swim weekend team joined forces with Planet Fashion to produce shows for OMG Bikinis, Karma Bikinis and a closing showcase by DSquared2 at the SLS Hotel South Beach.
On Saturday July 22nd Art Hearts Fashion closed out its 3 days of shows with an epic finale at the SLS Hotel. The event featured 3 designers at 8pm Du Aqua Swim, Argyle Grant, and Holidolls Luxury Swim. The opening showcase was followed by Gabriela Pires and Just Bones boardwear presented by Planet Fashion. The event wrapped up in an epic manner with Billboard chart topper Dyson opening for the finale presentation featuring Honey Bee Swim, Alina Petra, Courtney Allegra and Rocky Gathercole. Guests enjoyed a closing party at Hyde Beach.
Woody and Amy Michleb led the backstage hair styling team to create a multitude of hairstyles for the Art Hearts Fashion runway using the amazing Style the Runway hair products, Hairdreams extensions and Cliove tools! April Love Pro team created the beauty looks with the help of Rickys NYC, Poise Cosmetics and Bdellium tools. Titos Vodka, La Croix Sparkling Water, Evian, Peroni, Fashion Week Online, and Monster Energy Hydrated the packed house of fashionistas.
The event presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation highlighted its #KeepThePromise campaign to promote awareness and safe practices. Other sponsors included: Shibue Couture, Alfa Romeo, T Mobile, In The Weeds Natural Skin Care.
“Art Hearts Fashion” events are a leading platform for artistically inspired celebrity and couture designers to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting. AHF events have been held coast to coast as a national showcase for designers to participate in New York, Miami, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, China and Los Angeles Fashion Week. Founded by Philanthropist and Designer Erik Rosete, Participating designers can be seen worn by every major Hollywood celebrity including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, and countless more. The platform is unequivocally intertwined with the causes and organizations it supports.
To Request more info please e-mail Press@ArtHeartsFashion.com
We all make mistakes, and staining our clothing is one of them. For the fashionista that may not have a Tide pen handy, try using Coca-Cola to remove grease stains from fabric and clothing. This cheap alternative to expensive stain removers is great for the frugal fashionista. Grease stains can be difficult to remove, but they are no match for Coca-Cola.
To use Coca-Cola to remove your grease and oil stains, the steps are very simple. Add one can of Coca-Cola to your wash with the usual detergent. The carbonic and phosphoric acid are the main active agents that help break up the stains. Coca-Cola has more uses than the average soda. You can also use Coca-Cola to deodorize your clothing. See how you can remove heavy grease and oil stains from clothing by watching this video.
Millennial’s have added their own flair to the way we receive and relate to music. Through social media platforms innovative millennial’s have changed how we engage with music and technology.
Millennial’s Share Music Through Social Media
Millennial’s use social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter the most communicate with their peers daily. These social media sites are used to share information through visuals and text. Millennial’s use sites like YouTube to upload videos, view others’ videos, and find information on various topics. Sites like YouTube have become the go-to for millennial’s to learn any type of new knowledge fast. YouTube plays a large part in the music world and millennials look to YouTube for the latest music videos. It is a popular platform for music artists to upload their music videos to share with the public. Twitter is another popular tool that many millennials use to communicate their thoughts to their followers. Millennials like to post about their experiences, and Twitter offers them the option to post real-time updates. Many millennials post about the music they are listening to, and post captions using lyrics from the hottest songs. 84% of millennial females ages 18-24, typically share updates on social after a music event.
Streaming is the Millennial Way
There are several popular music streaming services that offer an alternative to traditional radio. Based on the research conducted by Pandora, millennial’s are the largest and most engaged audience on Pandora. Pandora believes that if you tap into the passion point of music you will be able to tune into millennials. Music streaming services like Pandora, study millennial behavior in hopes to gain knowledge of how to better target the millennial audience. Millennial males ages 18-24, spend approximately 35 hours a month listening to music on their mobile phones. Millennial’s rather stream music than listen to traditional radio. Based on Electric Jukebox’s survey, 44% of 18 to 24-year-old millennial’s find streaming to be easier. Streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play are popular services used by millennial’s. Per, 17% of millennials prefer Spotify, while 21% of millennials prefer iTunes. 93% of millennial’s use sites that serve ads prior to use, like Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube. Gen X and Baby Boomers still find CDs and radio to be more user-friendly. Per Music Alley, millennial’s make up 16% of total population of generation streaming music. In the eyes of a millennial having a streaming service with fewer commercials beats traditional radio commercials any day. With all the hours spent listening to music, who wants to hear annoying commercials?
Miami millennial, Monique Woodland is a 33-year old entrepreneur and the founder of Club Rapunzel, hair system. After having problems with her own hair, and nights of brainstorming and deliberating with friends, Club Rapunzel was birthed to bring about a new hair care product to the market. Club Rapunzel is a 4-Step hair and growth program for heat, chemical or color damaged hair. Monique aims to help women repair and grow their hair while interacting with others to document their journeys publicly. The most important part of this program, is the added support from your peers as they partake in the Club Rapunzel hair journey with you. Monique is the expert in Club Rapunzel hair care and growth procedures. She has researched and sampled many of the competitors in her area. Her determination to find a worthy solution to growing stronger, healthier, and more beautiful hair with no success, led her to create Club Rapunzel.
This interview taught me that no idea is too small or too large. Monique was able to use Kickstarter to raise money for her business and to gain lots of followers. She always wanted her own business and even though she was afraid to ask for donations to start her business, it benefited her. Her campaign raised enough money to start her business and expand her business through her collaborations. Technology and social media has brought her company in front of a larger audience then she could have reached without.
Club Rapunzel can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On her Twitter page, you can find hair care posts engaging her followers to engage with her across social media platforms. The Club Rapunzel promotional video “Let down your hair! Club Rapunzel” has several views on YouTube. This video provides viewers with information about the Club Rapunzel program and how it works. Using video to promote your business is a current technology trend across industries. Monique has also used social media to effectively cross promote on multiple social platforms. To review Monique’s professional digital resume follow her on LinkedIn, which gives her viewers a way to connect with her and review her professional history. Monique offers her followers a personal relationship, and the ability to connect with her and others with the same hair problems. The journey to healthier hair can be a difficult without guidance and support. With the Club Rapunzel system, you will be able to grow and manage damaged hair in no time.
Millennials have found new and innovative ways to start new ventures. The usage of donation-based websites such as Go Fund Me and Kickstarter, have opened a new lane for building the entrepreneurial empire. Entrepreneurs can now brainstorm on an idea and request funding from their peers and friends of friends. This has started a new wave of new small businesses, through small donations. With technology at your fingertips you can now create a business with no money and turn it to profit.
The focus is now on how innovative millennial’s affect technology trends in the creative industries. Monique Woodland and Alessandra Gold are Miami-based millennial’s that have introduced innovative products into the market. These female experts are based in the Miami area and have found innovative ways to manipulate their industry. Social media has aided these entrepreneurs in raising brand awareness and engaging with their targeted audience. They have found a way to use technology trends such as social media to refine their industry and connect with broader audiences.
Monique Woodland, founder of Club Rapunzel is a Miami millennial that started her own hair care business after having issues with her own hair. Monique wanted to create a system that promoted self-repair through hair repair. After nights of brainstorming and deliberating with friends, Club Rapunzel was born. Monique raised money for her company Club Rapunzel through Kickstarter. She created a campaign to raise money to start her business and received enough support that Club Rapunzel is here today. Monique uses all four of the most popular social media platforms to communicate with her followers.
On her Twitter page you can find posts engaging her followers to connect with her and view her latest video. The video “Let down your hair! Club Rapunzel” has several views on YouTube. Followers can view this video to find out information about Club Rapunzel and how it works. This promotional video is a prime example of using millennial technology trends. This is also entrepreneurship at its finest when you use social media effectively to cross promote on multiple platforms. You can also find Monique on LinkedIn, where she holds a professional digital resume that gives her network a way to connect with her and review her professional history. Google+ had the least amount of activity and engagement with her following.
Alessandra Gold, is a creative director and lead designer at Kruzin Footwear. Alessandra has changed the game by innovating stylish and super light-weight sneakers. This Miami millennial is also a well known and acclaimed fashion stylist. She created her own lane in the fashion industry and has used social media as a tool to strengthen her brand. With the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ she has built a network of fashionable followers from all around the globe.
Her post about millennial partners opening a flagship store in City Walk shows the significance of millennial collaborators. They have taken an idea and made it into reality by opening a line of retail locations and launching online e-commerce stores. She is a millennial that has innovated her way through the industry by connecting with like-minded professionals and building an empire through her creative vision. Through LinkedIn she is connected to a lot of well-known millennial pioneers in the industry.