Greetings,

Welcome back me!! To Chicago that is.

For those unaware that I recently pulled a Thoreau and have spent the past 8 (wonderful) weeks on Big Blue Lake, in Pure Michigan. Quite the experience.

Here are at least 25 photo’s taken during my stay. My favorite is the finale.

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Strengthening my relationship with the Tao was in primary focus while on retreat. Coincidentally, a constant re-appearing analogy for the mind is the mirror effect of a lake– only ever reflecting that which is before it, never holding on to anything, letting go once the moment has passed.

Each day upon rising I opened up the front door, breathed in deep delicious air, and was grateful for all that was before me.

On my final day, Big Blue Lake sat absolutely silent and still. No movement what-so-ever. The sun setting upon it was the perfect example of clarity in the mind. That night was the darkest I’d ever experienced. A cloud cover made it hard to find my own hand in front of me. Here, I felt secure. Awe mazing.

Now that I have experienced what it means to be still in nature, my aim is to carry that  steady flow back here to civilization with me.

Henry David Thoreau, believed that the key to strength lies within the spirit not the mind. What I learned during my stay is that anything that has been learned can be forgotten. That what we hold in our hearts is what is true for us and, that which holds down our hearts is what our minds are attached to. I have come to see quite clearly how this rings true in all of us. Demonstrating it, however is something rather different all together.

If you’d like to test this for yourself, try this: examine your own world. Is there anything in it that brings a furrow to your brow? Does anything come up that you’d rather not contemplate? Or, do you suddenly feel uncomfortable in your own skin? For many of us this is likely to occur.

The hard & fast truth is that there is nothing you can do to change whatever it is. You absolutely can change how you feel about it though. Which will make all the difference in the world. Begin by writing it down.

If you’re having trouble getting over those unpleasant thoughts. Take a deep breath. Breath again, keep breathing, & watch your breath until you’ve moved on from it.

Something else I came to realize while away is the direction that this blog is moving towards. (I’m headed there too).  Changes have been promised in the past. Now there is actually some clarity shining upon it. Hints of it are sprinkled all over already. And, I’m looking for help!! Anyone who has some graphic design skills, web-savvy know how that you’d care to share, a digital camera to donate, ideas, in-put, people to pass the word onto, & possibly some editing skills– please say Hello!!

cheerio

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Your DIY journey begins by Doing

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July will be better for writing. Right now I’m DIYing.

It certainly is not as terrifying

How once i worried it would be.

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Once you hit a major a propulsion

keep moving,

Allow for simple motions

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Failure is not

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Bridge Building Business Professional

It’s important to have fun, keep consistent, and to be easily recognizable.

Especially, in reference to events!!

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Steady Support System

Interestingly enough, it is impossible to move forward unless the established groundwork is solid.

For example, one cannot cross over a river on a bridge that has not yet been built.

The focus recently has been on support & structure. All too often people are pushing forward on ground that is surely to collapse beneath them.

For some years now, I have been watching this happen before my eyes. At times I have even had no choice but to take part in it. Always to my own chagrin.

It has been driving me mad all this time to see others strive towards change, to talk up big game, and to force  themselves into an uphill battle on the very same platform that causes them such grief in the first place.

is AnyOne willing to stop & consider the basis of their actions?

Last year, I was SO upset by this. I felt it was my obligation to point out the world’s misguided direction.  My actions to get people to see what they were doing now seem childish. I practically threw temper tantrums as a 24 year old. Feeling that I had the right answer made me so angry at what was going on,  that my [energies in motion] made it impossible for me to communicate the solution.

In hindsight,  it was an embarrassment to be me. Even more so than it was to be the person or persons who were unknowingly doing wrong.

More importantly, I realize now that it got me nowhere. Furthermore, it only pushed those who I was reaching out to, to do just as they were doing all the more.

In building the cme brand the one thing that is most often considered is its structure.

cme‘s focus is on WHY to do, and HOW to do. To act in accordance with its underlying & overarching values. What actually comes from that is of little importance compared to the mindful steps that are taken to produce it.

I care nothing of making clothes. My wish is to inspire transformation from the inside out!

cme is intended to enrich our lifestyle.

That’s why I’m starting with me!

Ladies & Gentleman,

Thank you, for your patient understanding while Carles blog takes some well deserved time out to reinvigorate the senses.

Progress is fully underway.

Exciting goodness is just around the corner!!!

‘Til then here are a few photo’s to hold you over….

 

Spring in mind

Snow has been falling from the sky for days now. Suddenly tulips popped up!

 

Ever-lutionary Living Quarters

Another current project is to Behance my portfolio.

 

Black & White, still incorporates grey

This guy- Trey!!

 

fashionably, cozy

Axis of Evelyn has joined in collaboration with Post 27.

Go to the near West Side store whenever you’d like & check out the goods–

Give Evelyn a heads up & she’ll gladly meet you there to

style your shape & personality.

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Aligned with Carles Blog renovations & posting my portfolio on-line, I have decided to take on a Self Promotion Project.

Life will move much easier in the long run, if time is wisely used at present to plan & prepare.

Already, it is racking my brain.

It causes me to think drawn out thoughts about the position of people my age, in America, who went to college with big expectations & are now disappointed by  not receiving the intended return — IT’S OKAY!!!

I’m not judging you for working the cash register at Whole Foods or for serving my drinks at the bar. Everyone needs to make $$$ to take care of at least the necessities. Making $$$ is a struggle. On that note: Don’t judge yourself!

Don’t judge others for doing what’s best by them, either. I chose my path long before I ever even went to college. This crazy economic state has actually provided me with the perfect circumstances to live out my dreams. Though, life isn’t a fantasy.

There is an extended version of my thoughts on the way, as soon as I make some more headway on the Self Promotion Project. For now, relax. Do something that makes you feel good about being you & that has absolutely nothing to do wit the material world.

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