KC Baker … her practices work!

I don’t normally do a lot of endorsements on my blogs. But in the case of KC Baker I am making an exception, because I believe in her work. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to attend her Public Speaking Soiree in SF. Those of you that know me, know that I am a very quiet and for the most part very much the introvert. One of the things that has stopped me from being more out there with my work and with my passion for helping women has always been fear. Yes the fear of being seen, fear of speaking publicly and fear of sharing my truth. After the day long seminar I walked away feeling so empowered by her techniques (some of which were unorthodox) but who cares, they work! Not to mention they make you feel beautiful on the inside and help you feel more confident with your message. I’m posting this because attending that seminar was a gift. Something that I will take with me every time I step on a stage or am in the public light.  I’ve already signed up for her seminar The Women’s Thought Leadership Society and can’t wait to be even clearer on my message and to get to the point where sharing my message becomes second nature. It’s been a huge help in teaching me to be a BRAVE MUJER. Thank you KC. Baker. 🙂

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(that’s me in the very purple dress… lol) 

Her trainings are filling up quickly so I encourage you to take a look and sign up. The shopping cart for KC Baker’s The Women’s Thought Leadership Society and her 2 day, absolutely fabulous Public Speaking Soiree in San Francisco CLOSES THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH!

I guarantee there’s no women’s thought leadership and public speaking training like this on the planet. Her practices WORK and they are also highly effective and they make getting clear on your message & finding the freedom to share it FUN.

Women who do her work have major doors open for them. They become known for their ideas. Their tribes grow. Opportunities like TEDx, Bioneers and other major industry speaking events come their way. Their businesses grow. Their missions take off. And most of all, the resistance disappears. They feel totally free to get out there and rock it, and that’s exactly what can happen for you. If you are really ready to get your message out into the world in a big way and see your mission and your work go gangbusters, come see what she’s offering. It’s so gorgeous, it’ll knock your socks off:

 registration-open

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Your expression is unique.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” 
― Martha Graham

Can you imagine what amazing works of art the world would have been deprived of had these women decided to silence their expression. There would have never been a Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt or a Artemisia Gentileschi. 

What if these women had listened to their inner critic and thought… “I’m not good enough”, or “my art is crap” or “I can’t make a living from my art”. What if they had listened to the people around them who said they were crazy, eccentric, or “special” or not up to par in their skill set? Can you imagine the things they heard from the people around them? Frida your lady parts are hanging out or Georgia your paintings look like lady parts!  How sad would it have been had they allowed the negativity or fear to take hold?

I also think of the impact their lives have made on the next generation of artists that are now creating. I think of living artists today, ladies like Julie Zarate, las Lupes – Lupe Posada, Lupe Flores and Maya-Christina Gonzalez. There are so many others doing the work, putting themselves out there. They are brave mujeres.  

So how do you move past the negativity that scares you into thinking you can’t do it? I honestly think that when you get that little urge, that quickening of your spirit (life force, inner voice – I call it spirit), that is when you need to move on it. That’s when creativity is shouting to get out and be expressed. The more you silence that voice, the harder it will be later on to get her to show up. 

Is it easy to be an artist? Absolutely not, it takes drive, determination, perseverance, practice, and then more practice. It means having the toughness to get past rejection, fear of failure, criticism, and periods when you can’t find your muse. But it’s not impossible to be one if that is what your soul is telling to you do. So go pick up that canvas and paint set or if you don’t have one start with pencil and paper or a sharpie and a notebook. Let your expression be seen, let it be heard, let it be written. 

I am encouraged and my spirit does a little backflip when I see a new young artist put her herself out there. Taking a chance, expressing herself on canvas, not caring about what the critics both inner and around her have to say. That’s what I call being a Brave! Mujer! 

I would love hear about your experience dealing with fear when it comes to your creativity. How did you handle the critics? How did you move past the fear?

                          Con amor, 
                           Maria Sanchez




RED Project #6 Corazon (anatomical heart)

RED Project, #6
“Corazon”
size: 3×3 inches
mixed media: red and black ink and pencil on cardstock
My heart breaks after all that happened today. So sad. Praying for the children who lost their lives and those who mourn them. God help us as a society. This shooting is so senseless. I can’t wrap my head around it. All I can say is my heart hurts for those that are affected by this. We need to take care of our children as parents. I don’t know what was wrong with the  person that did this, but I have to believe that had he gotten help for his mental anguish and inner turmoil, this might have been avoided. Parents pay attention to your children and the signs that they let off. Seek mental help, counseling through you church, county mental health agencies, etc. These services won’t seek you out. You have to make an effort to find them. Here is a list of some sources for talking to children about violence and death. 

National Association of School Psychologists on Talking to Children About Violence
What I consider to be one of the best articles on talking to children about death (by Hospice)
Explaining the news to our kids from Common Sense Media.
*links borrowed from Brene Brown mailer today on the subject.

RED Project #5 Tacon Rojo

RED Project, #5
“Tacon Rojo”
size: 3×3 inches
mixed media: red ink, watercolor and black ink,
 pencil on cardstock
Available now in my Etsy Shop.

In support of the Red Shoe Movement I will be wearing RED shoes to work every Tuesday! 🙂 
Red Shoe Movement
If you are ready to prove that women can help other women become powerful, join Mariela Dabbah and the Red Shoe Movement!
Wear your red shoes to work on Tuesdays to signal your support for other women’s career goals. Men can wear Red Ties to show support!
By wearing your red shoes to work on Tuesdays (and whenever possible) and letting people know that you support the Red Shoe Movement (RSM), you will not only establish yourself as a supporter of women but also inspire other women to join the movement. It’s very likely that the sheer peer pressure will drive a new conversation at work about women supporting one another.

RED Project #4 "Lotus"

RED Project #4 “Lotus”
3×3 inches, red acrylic, black ink on cardstock.
available at auction in my Ebay store. 
auction ends: (Dec 20, 2012 13:42:29 PST)
The lotus is flower is  flower with many different meanings to different religions. In Buddhism, lotus flowers mean purity of speech, mind and body rising above the waters of desire and attachment. Different colors of lotus are symbolically used to represent aspects of perfection. Red in lotus represents the heart–its purity, original nature, compassion, passion, love and other qualities. I love water lotus flowers. To me they represent beauty that emerges from water that is often times murky and even muddy. How something so beautiful can come from such murky water is a miracle of nature. A reminder that beauty and peace can come from the darkest and ugliest experiences.