How to UNBLOCK YOUR, CREATIVITY, advice from Clutter Expert - Mel Mason [podcast with Daniella Platt]
“We are all born with creativity and we get blocked.”
I caught up with Mel Mason, the ‘clutter expert’ to talk about how to unlock your creativity so you can accomplish.
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Who’s Mel Mason? International best-selling author Mel Mason is the clutter expert and sexual abuse survivor. She grew up depressed suicidal and surrounded by clutter which she realized after coming back from the brink of despair and getting through her own chaos was that the outside is just the mirror of the inside.
Mel is on a mission to empower people around the world to get free from clutter inside and out so they can experience happiness and abundance.
Mel, what do you mean by “clutter?” Ultimately, I know people hear the word clutter and you automatically think of “stuff.” For me, clutter is within. We were all born connected to the divine. Throughout life things happen and we get clogged up and access to that flow gets blocked. Clutter is anything that blocks access to that flow that keeps you from being one with the divine.
How do you unblock to let your creativity flow? The most important thing: I’m giving you the keys to the kingdom right now and everything in your life changes. Clutter whether it be physical stuff in our environment or the excess pounds we carry on our wastes or our stomachs, it all comes from one thing our avoidance of what's uncomfortable. we turn our attention away from what's uncomfortable and we avoid it.
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There's one answer: Turning towards oneself and be present for yourself. We're so conditioned to avoid ourselves. Perhaps you can relate to these scenarios. We write an email broadcast to our list and it gets uncomfortable. You don't know what to write. You go to the fridge instead. It's a relearning of being able to turn your attention just towards yourself. Become willing to stop for five minutes. Sit with your eyes closed. Pay attention to your breathing and just notice what it feels like to be you in your body.
Getting uncomfortable with yourself is an ‘act of self-love’ to truly experience the ultimate success.
I was the cluttered messy kid where you couldn't walk in my room. My entire floor was covered and it wasn't just stuff, it was trash too. I was fine living like that. Only, I needed to do things differently. And as a result of learning how to be present for my own personal experience, I just spontaneously started clearing my environment, I went from someone who was fine living like that to someone who could no longer tolerate clutter, and learning to be present from my own experience in a non-judgmental loving space.
What's next for you? My show, the Mel Mason Show is in production and will be scheduled to air this July. It's your birthright to experience happiness and abundance in every area of your life. This show is about bringing you experts that aren't just me that can help you address all the different levels of clutter and you have access that that divine flow of abundance and you're experiencing happiness.
I’m also speaking at our local chapter on leadership, I guess I'm valedictorian. I've also been a vegetarian for a couple years and also went vegan.
Now, I started reevaluating things and decided that I’m not going to be rigid about anything in my life. Now I no longer want any labels. I'm no longer vegan or vegetarian. I'll eat what I want, when I want. I’ll just choose to eat healthier but not Rigid. The point? To deliver our truest best version of ourself and to be comfortable in that Space.
Where can people find you? Get my book Freedom From Clutter free at freegiftfrommel.com
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The American Nightmare of Roosevelt Morris Led Him to FUNDING for CREATIVES. Follow Your Dream — Not the cash.
His wife left. He lost his job. A Retired US Marine, Funding Expert, Roosevelt Morris Lost Everything and lived in his car. He made the decision: His American Nightmare was not going to happen to anyone else.
Today, Roosevelt Morris is on a mission to keep businesses in business, for people to chase their dreams – not he money. [He makes access to money sound easy too].
After taking a bath in his car one day, he popped into Goodwill. He ran into a former marine who told him “Sergant Roosevelt, you saved my life, you were in charge we call come home.” He was then offered an opportunity: To learn about investments.
That homeless, car bird-bathing day changed his life.Today, Roosevelt is a recognized funding financial expert, an author, and he's on a mission to keep American’s in business. No one should suffers the pain he endured to achieve success through his company, 133 Approved Funding Incorporated.
When you feel there’s no hope, he can provide you with hope.
We caught up to talk about the “the I can't afford it syndrome.”
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You make it sound easy. Why do you love this business? I see people’s faces go from feeling defeated and having these puffy eyes to hope. I love to see the blood and the life come back into people when they see that there is hope.
A local pizzeria near here was hit with hard times just before Covid. If she had not taken funding, she would have to close, loose her house, and everything because she had nothing else to fall back on.Fortunately, that day I went in to get a homemade pizza. When I told that there was a way we could potentially help her, we filled out the application right then and there online she was approved right then. We provide you a solid solution on how to get out and we can help you follow that plan. Within six months to a year you're out of that problem depending on how big it is. You’re flourishing and prosper because our premise is no business no business should go out of business. --> How can you get funded? See here
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How does Lindsay Rae give women permission to feel beautiful exactly as they are? Daniella Platt caught up with the Body Image Activist for a chat.
We caught up with Lindsay to talk about fashion and it’s impact on self-image.
By Daniella Platt
Lindsay Rae wants to give women permission to feel beautiful exactly as they are. As a photographer, Lindsay has photographed over 600 women, most of whom struggle with body image and these women have stripped down for private sessions. More than ever, Lindsay is hearing the term "covid 15" referring to the negative impact of the quarantine on weight gain and body image.
Stemming from a background of trauma and abuse, it took Lindsay years to find self-worth. Through a healing journey, she learned invaluable lessons on how to truly find peace with yourself.
Lindsay, why are we having a conversation about fashion and body image?
As women, we compare ourselves to the most is the younger versions of ourselves so whereas we're not just fighting against an entertainment industry, a fashion industry, the makeup industry, we're also fighting against ageism and our own ideals and struggles.
I want to help women realize your body is beautiful at every step in the journey, whether you're a zero or a size 20.
How are you stepping into your power and going to change the world?
We're going to raise the generation that's going to change the world because women are stepping into their power in a way that we're impacting our children to be kinder individuals.
When you feel good about yourself, you move through the world with more kindness and love, compassion and empathy.
I believe people come in all shapes of fabulous, in fact, I write about body inclusivity in my book. Being every size and shape myself, I can empathsize. What message do you have for brands and women for plus-sizes?
I recommend the brand ELOQUII to plus-sized women like myself.
I want brands to hear this: If brands veered off into more diverse body types, I have money to spend on it if you make it my size.
“Fashion is my weapon” is tattood on your arm. Why?
That means, the way you dress is the armor that you put on to attack the world. Necklaces, scarves, pieces you wear are your weapons, and the elements that make you an individual, they make you stand out, and you take them to battle.
They're my confidence. Everybody's got that thing. What’s yours?
Why is shifting body image your mission?
What people don't understand is that in the movies and in photography, the subjects don't have flawless skin. The camera operator has diffusion filters over their lenses which scatter the light and diffract it to create a sense of blur over the skin. The entire beauty industry that was built upon destroying your confidence to build it back up and that's something I refuse to play a part in.
Often children will emulate negative patterns when they see a parent insecure. Our children look at us and say, "Oh, Mommy doesn't like her belly. Well, now I don't like my belly." I remember a time my daughter was four years old, she had on the cutest little baby crop top that she kept pulling down. This moment is vivid in my memory, she looked at me and she said, "I don't like my tummy, Mommy."
My heart shattered like it has never shattered before because a four-year-old doesn't learn this from watching TV. They learn it from watching their mothers tear themselves apart.
That was my motivation to change. I wasn't intrinsically motivated to change for myself. I made a pact to change the way that I communicated about my body to everybody else in the world, and most importantly to my daughter.
Why does the way you speak about yourself matter – even when it comes to jokes?
Self-deprecating humor always got me through things, but it's also part of what kept me down. I love laughing. There is nothing better to me than a belly laugh that makes you almost pee your pants. For years, I was the subject of the joke.
Now, I made myself the subject of the joke. The only way that I felt comfortable interacting in a room of people was if I could make them laugh, because how could they like me for just me? How could they like me for my fat face, my scars, my chin hair from hormones? So, I make fun of those things first so that way, they couldn't do it.
I controlled the narrative and then I began to believe myself.
What are some body image safe social media practices?
Create an emotional bubble for yourself.
Pick who you scroll on Instagram. Pick what you watch on TV. Choose how you see the things online and relate them to yourself. Remind yourself that there are diffusion filters that most professional cinematographers use.
Lastly, share your life-changing Ah – Moment. During a George Floyd march in Albany NY… what happened?
2020 was an extremely volatile and explosive year for race relations in our country. After George Floyd was murdered at the hands of police, rallys for Black Lives Matter began popping up all over the United States. The one in Albany was particularly destructive to local businesses. As local business owners a few cities over in Troy planned for an 11,000 person March, many of us made the decision to board up our storefronts and paint the boards with words of support.
To me it was a beautiful act of community solidarity. My Muse, Destini, an elegant, intelligent, and powerful Black woman went around town with me to memorialize the art.
As we were taking pictures, a local business owner passed by and I asked if he wanted to jump into a few shots with Destini.
That exact moment in time my perspective and place as I saw myself as a white woman shifted. He said "You see art, I see people afraid of me, we are not having the same experience."
I put my camera down to discuss, with Destini, her perspective on what transpired. Initially she saw the art like I did, until the shift in perspective was brought to her too. "These painted boards are here to protect you from me?"
Together we decided no more photographs in front of the boarded storefronts. We grabbed my gear to head back to the studio, as we did, we passed the police station, barricaded from its own citizens it is designed to protect.
I asked Destini if we should try one more photo. She bravely jumped on the barricade and placed her fist with Black Power into the air.
This moment captured is my most powerful photo. It sits on my living room mantle as a reminder of my privilege and the strength that occurs when women listen to each other and raise each other up.
What last words of wisdom do you want to leave people with – today?
It is my life's purpose to share the message of radical self-acceptance with as many humans as I can.
Where can people find you?
My website is www.Bodyimageactivist.com or on Instagram @bodyimageactivist. I am also on episode 2 of Looking Good with Daniella & T. Coffee – tune in. Find the episode at ww.daniella.today.
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"Shopping for Swimwear Is As Scary As Public Speaking," meet Cat Oshman, Global Swim Fashion Designer for Nautica and BCBG.
Catching up with Cat... [make sure you get to the giveaway at the end + watch her on Looking Good with Daniella & T. Coffee, ep6]
Cat Osham has designed thousands of swimwear styles for women of all ages, from super sexy to more conservative. Throughout her journey as a designer for 25+ years, she has traveled the globe for inspiration, spoken with countless women, buyers for major retailers and specialty shops, engaged in focus groups and spent countless hours trying on swimwear to find out what works and doesn't work.
If you have ever been to a beach or pool, you likely have seen her designs on brands like BCBG, Nautica, Tahari, Caribbean Joe, Stella Parker Swim, the list goes one.
In your words, you said:
“Shopping for swimwear can be as scary as public speaking. It’s one of people’s biggest fears. Imagine, half naked in public. Designing swimwear is a beautiful art that marries creativity with technical expertise. It’s taking a small piece of fabric and making it go to work!”
What sparked your love for fashion especially with designing women's swimwear?
Growing up, I’ve always loved art and because my Mom was in the textile industry, I spent a lot of my afternoons in that environment. I learned how to sew in the 7th grade and embraced wanting to create something different for myself, especially with not growing up with a lot of money to buy the latest trends…and it was more fun to make it! I used to stay up all night finishing a garment just to wear to school the next day.
I fell into swimwear. My design portfolio reflected the type of clothing I wanted to design…it was music inspired with metallics, patent leather, fish net. In fact, some of the models in my portfolio were wearing hand cuffs…..it definitely stopped people in their tracks during an interview for a job.
I landed a job with one of the big swimwear companies that specialized anywhere from competitive swimwear to fashion. Definitely a great way to start my career. I fell in love with women’s swim and stayed ever since.
When I started my career, I never realized how being around tall beautiful models would test my self-esteem. I’m petite….much shorter than the models and most of my colleagues. I have a little joke that I’m the perfect height for fittings with models because I’m at eye level with their chest.
What is your favorite part about designing swimwear and what inspires you – you mentioned, you see your pieces worn around the world?
When I meet women, they have a tendency to point out all the reasons they can’t or don’t like to wear a swimsuit. It more often than not, turns into a therapy session. I love to create. I design with a lot of different women in mind. It’s a challenge for me to give her fashion but address her needs.
My favorite part of what I do is empowering women to feel confident in her style. I love traveling the world, getting inspired, photo shoots and it’s always wonderful to see women wearing my designs. Wearing my design means you’re taking a piece of my art with you for pool time or away on an awesome vacation to build memories that can last a lifetime
What are the most important factors to look for when shopping for swimwear?
Walk us through some trends in swimwear and any of your favorite looks.
I love color!
A lot of us have been home, not traveling or going too many places, how do we get into the mindset of putting on a swimsuit.
I say, let’s lift up your mood and transition into the mindset to get out again. What I love about a great cover-up is that it’s a perfect gateway to inch our way back to getting out. The weather will start warming up even more and vitamin D, the outdoors does wonders for mood boosters.
My mission is to empower and boost people’s confidence so that they can feel better about what they see from the inside out. Don’t let the negative self-talk hold you back from having some fun. Get out there, splash around and make waves!
How can people find you, Cat?
What's next for you?
I am launching a crowd-funding campaign so that I can build a sustainable foundation that will provide resources to empower women to become bolder believers in who they are. Some of the advantages of women in charge of her beauty is a huge spike in her self-esteem. When a woman feels better about herself, often her relationships with her husband, family, friends and associates grow stronger. She taps into her power to make bolder moves in her personal and professional life.
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ezort Collection’s COVID-19 essentials support the restaurant industry
Influenced by the current events, designers Catherine Liss and Francis Sango partnered to launch Rezort Collection, a capsule collection of COVID-19 essentials. The collection will drop a teaser line of products which includes a hoodie and a throw blanket.
The designers’ core belief is that when you feel good, you do good. Rezort Collection aims to help its customers by enhancing their lifestyles with meaningful pieces and enlightened basics. Liss and Sango were frustrated by the limited choices of comfortable yet elegant and stylish clothes that look effortlessly sexy. So, they created Rezort, which benefits consumers by supporting their lifestyle.
“We think of our designs as little stepping stones of positivity, inspiring that self-confidence to help you journey across the rushing waters of the day,” Sango said. “We also want to share in a greater sense of gratitude toward the world and all its gifts by conducting socially-conscious business, remaining mindful of our blessings and always seeking to uplift others.”
The dominant art within the collection is the Rezort logo, inspired by a peacock. The peacock symbolizes vision, self-expression, spirituality, awakening, integrity, freedom, guidance, protection and watchfulness, the co-founders said. In some cultures, the peacock also represents patience, kindness and luck. All of the aforementioned traits are much-needed during these uncertain times. The COVID-19 essentials are a prelude to the Rezort apparel collection launching later this spring.
In an effort to support the struggling restaurant business, the COVID-19 essentials line is giving back to The Barstool Fund. The founders are big fans of dining out and witnessed how negatively the coronavirus pandemic impacted the restaurant business. Developing this drop and contributing to The Barstool Fun is aligned with their company mission, they said. With every item sold, Rezort will allot a portion of funds to philanthropic causes related to the restaurant industry.
Daniella Platt is the host of “Looking Good with Daniella & T. Coffee,” an author and an apparel industry coach/consultant. She is also the co-creator of the Jungle accessories collection. Connect with her at email@example.com. For more information about Rezort, contact Adriana Lerga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Melissa Shea, Founder and CEO of Fashion Mingle.
Fashion Mingle is a global network for fashion industry professionals. With over 6000 members in 100+ categories, Fashion Mingle connects fashion pros to the resources and services they need in every major city in the world.
With over 20 years in the fashion and tech industry, Shea is fueled by a love of learning about the “next new thing” and has built the first platform to connect local fashion communities in every major city in the world.
Shea has managed media teams for New York Fashion Week and was the creator of the official New York Fashion Week Networking Party, held every season since 2017. Fashion Mingle clients include international fashion and beauty industry professionals, and is known for producing fashion shows with unique themes, such as Times Square Fashion Week, and Covergirl NYFW Designer Popup. Shea loves creating experiential events like NYC Fashion Industry Tours and Influencers Unscripted, as well as at iconic venues like the Sydney Opera House and Argentine Consulate.
Why did you create Fashion Mingle?
With a background in web development and marketing, a chance meeting with someone in the fashion industry inspired Shea to build Fashion Mingle. She instantly fell in love with the wildly creative designers, photographers, models, makeup artists and hairstylists she met, and as she learned more about their businesses, she quickly understood how difficult it was to grow a business that would sustain themselves and their families. As someone who is always looking for solutions to problems, the concept of Fashion Mingle was born.
Who should join Fashion Mingle?
Fashion Mingle has over 6000 members, and 100+ categories of fashion industry professionals. The idea is to connect everyone in the fashion industry, from the moment the designer has the concept, all the way through to getting the designs to the customer. A designer’s collection passes through many hands, from the original sample production, to the Lookbook shoots, and through retail operations. A designer can put together their entire team, right from our platform.
Tell us about some success stories?
One of my favorite success stories, which we call a “Mingle Match”, is when a successful denim jean designer in Louisville KY reached out because she needed a patternmaker that specialized in denim and she couldn’t find anyone locally. We were able to connect her with 10 different companies in 3 different countries. She tried out 2 and was very happy with her final decision.
What is the core mission of Fashion Mingle?
Fashion Mingle’s mission is to solve problems for fashion industry entrepreneurs.
Fashion Mingle provides networking and educational opportunities to introduce our members to experts in business, marketing, production, and media. Members have the opportunity to attend virtual networking events, take courses and workshops, and connect directly with mentors.
We also provide a full suite of marketing services designed to create a strong foundation for fashion businesses. From digital marketing, website development, and concierge services, we use our global network to connect our clients to the resources they need for success.
What's next for the Fashion Mingle?
We’re ready to launch our new service - a jobs portal that will allow our members to post full and part time jobs, freelance projects, internships, as well as barter and volunteer opportunities.
The bottom line is that everyone in the fashion industry needs to make money. Fashion Mingle is providing the platform to make that happen easier, and faster than ever before.
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A few fun things to mention: Fred started off as an engineer. Then, he was part of the tech - .com world in the early stages. He almost retired a single guy in Brazil! He came home to Phili with an entirely new perspective. He had his ah-ha moment of wanting to create personal wealth, and clarity that no matter how good you are what you do, you have no security working for a company. That's how he came into real-estate, note investing, and now educating.
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