special announcement


I have good reason for being gone.


Real good reason.

I can’t promise I’ll be back daily, but I will be back periodically.
Tons of things are changing. For one, I’m going to stop making jewelry for a few months (probably closer to a year). Before I do, I really want to have a sale til every last piece is gone on to a happy home. I’ll be back with details on that. I’d like to be done with that before the year is over.
Also, I’m trying to concentrate more on writing and some other projects that I’ve been sitting on for months and want to develop. So let’s see where all that goes. In the meantime, I’m here. Say hi. :)

Support Prologue: From The Shelter Of My Mind

I have finally resurfaced! I’ve got a ton of recapping of my mom’s trip to do but that will come later this week. Today I am dedicating to my great friend, wedding officiant and sometimes spiritual mentor Adam Tillman-Young. He wrote a book! Do you know how unbelievably difficult it is to write a book? I remember we had a conversation years ago about writing books and he’s gone and done it. What an inspiration! It’s called, Prologue: From The Shelter Of My Mind. He’s an outrageously amazing and hilarious and sincere person. Just completely rare. While I don’t want to oversell him (I don’t even know if that’s humanly possible) I am leaving this space with one MAJOR request.

Watch his video. Go to his Kickstarter. Support his project. You will be a better person for it. The world will be better for it. Adam will most likely catch a fit of delight from it. Please let his flower grow. If there is anyone who is more deserving, I’d have a hard time finding them. He is just tops!

He is almost at $1,000 and needs another $5300 to complete his goal. Let’s make his dream come true. Let’s say you can’t afford even $1 (it is possible), I’d love EVERYONE to spread the word. Post it on your facebook page, your blogs, your tumblrs, twitters, instagrams, whatever else there is!

Thank you & I love you today and everyday.


What I’ve learned

Inspired by Sarah at Fairytales are True, I’ve decided to start a short little series about my 20s. I find hers interesting because so far the guest posters are all still in their 20s. Yes, I may only be 30 (as opposed to being well into my 30s) but I think it would be good for me to reflect on the decade now that I’m outside of it. I have the entire 10 years to think about.

I’m not exactly sure how I’ll be posting these thoughts, but I think next week there might be a bunch of tales and lessons and things of that sort, especially since chances are I won’t have most posting time available because MY MOMMY WILL BE IN TOWN!! Yay!

In the meantime, I really want to kick this off by sharing this poem my beautiful friend Aja Monet wrote and performed in collaboration with Camovement, filmed at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Enjoy.

Being an inspiration junkie

When the idea for this post came to me, I wasn’t sure if I should make it business related or personal. I’ve decided to take a stab at making it both, but in two (or maybe more, you know how long winded I can be) posts. First I’ll tackle personal.

All of last week, my sweet friend Aja stayed here with us. For those that don’t know, she is an amazing accomplished poet. After a long series of “Have you read this?” and “Did you see this documentary?” and my answer repeatedly being “No”, I just started to think about how often I get revved up. Juiced with inspiration and then the moment passes and nothing comes of it. I’m trying my hardest to take a stand to cut that out NOW.

Hence today’s post. Something I pretty much never do, despite my wanting to start sharing stories on Saturdays.

No time like the present to break stupid habits of the past. I have been abundantly blessed these past few weeks and all the days of my life but particularly these few weeks to witness things. Warmth, live music, conversation, love. I’ve been so so so blessed. At the very top of that list and easily one of the top performances I’ve have the luxury of experiencing was Dwight Trible. Not only did he totally tell me I’m a good looking young woman, he literally reached on in and snatched up my soul. Danced with it, opened the heavens and let it rain on me. Such an outstanding, powerful performance. I think that was the start of my larger than usual spiritual opening up. Energy is through the stratosphere. Deal with it.

Last night I had a not so pleasant dream about someone I might have conjured up this week in private chats with Aja. But in some ways, as the day has progressed I am feeling much better about it. Happy about it because in some minute way, I don’t think I ever fully emotionally dealt with it. I have arrived at a new point and coupling this feeling with another friend of mine in Cali telling me she dreamed about me and the entire dream was calm and happy made me feel really good.

But on to being an inspiration junkie. Hi, I’m Sherisa and I really can be a hard core inspiration junkie. Instead of allowing all these ideas pop into my mind and fizzle, I’m taking the bull by the horns. The key to my success is going to being able to trust that others are willing to help me when needed and make these things come to fruition. Also, stopping to take a moment to write out my ideas in one book so I can go to it when something beacons me.

Right now one of my bigger priorities is getting this online project off the ground that I’ve been thinking about for the better part of a year and I plan to introduce this summer. It’s going to focus on history, race, culture and identity. After some conversations with friends this past week, I realized I’m basically creating in my own way the PhD dissertation I would write if I were to go back to school (another topic for another day. That is always something up in the air.) Why wait on money and sit in classes and write because I have to instead of wanting to when I can do that right this very second. This is also very much a part of what I feel in my soul as a some of my calling. And when I’ll need the help from you, my family, I’ll be certain to ask.

Another thing I want to mention is that I’m taking a day-long intensive sewing course with Jennelle next week Saturday. I’m really stoked about it because by the end of the day I’ll be re-introduced to the wonders of sewing and I’ll go buy a machine and start hopefully making my own clothes. Finally, something else from my 29 at 29 list that can help cross off a ton of items. See, I didn’t forget about it one bit.

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