I’m honored to have the opportunity to share Atiliay’s story on Connect To Confidence, a division of She’s Fit To Lead. They are dedicated to inspiring and empowering college aged and early career women to help them connect to their confidence. They achieve their mission by sharing stories of women (and men) who start their own companies, give back, and/or are a positive driving change in their community.
I think it’s such a wonderful resource whether you are an aspiring entreprenuer/do gooder/mover and shaker or you’ve already been doing this for awhile. I personally love learning about other people’s stories and journeys and since everyone’s experiences are so different, there’s a lot of value in the lessons and advice they share!
If you’d like to know a little bit more about Atiliay, how it all started, things I’ve learned along the way, my favorite quote, and more, head over here to read the entire interview.
Thank you Zara and Connect To Confidence for having me!
Happy 2018! I love the start of a new year and the clean slate and new beginnings it represents! I hope yours has been off to a great start so far. To be honest, the end of December and start of January was kinda rough for me–I got sick right before Christmas Eve and continued to be under the weather all throughout Christmas and into NYE and New Years. At first I thought I just had a cold but after a week, I still had no energy and could barely force myself to do anything! It took me longer than usual to recover and I am glad to finally be back on my feet. If you also caught the flu or whatever else is going around, I hope your new year is germ-free and that you are feeling much better!
Now that I can actually think clearly, I’ve gathered my thoughts on goals/resolutions/habits and set some intentions for the remaining 365 days. It inspired me to create this PDF so I’d have a place to write these things down, have something to serve as a reminder, and help keep me on track. This sheet is up on my bulletin board by my desk and I haven’t filled it out completely so that I have space to add things in throughout the year.
I actually create PDFs every month and send them as a freebie to my newsletter subscribers! As a subscriber you not only get new PDFs but you will also have access to the PDF library so you can download and use any of the PDFs I have sent out previously as well. If you’d like to join in on the fun, click here to sign up.
Here are some of the things I am adding to my “Hello 2018!” worksheet…
Words + Ideas to Focus On: DEVELOPMENT. This year, I really want to make development a priority–product development for Atiliay, developing my skills and interests, and self-development mentally, physically, and emotionally. These are some of the actions I have been taking to make the above happen:
For product development, I have made a commitment to dedicate at least 30 minutes 5 times a week to work on creating new products. This can mean taking an idea from start to finish or just having time to sketch and come up with new ideas.
For developing my skills and interests, I am keeping an eye out for different lettering challenges and prompts. I’ve found that I really respond to the structure and accountability of public group challenges like these. It seriously worked out perfectly that Lauren Hom just started her #homwork series where she provides a lettering assignment every week. I joined immediately and the first assignment was to letter your name surrounded by your favorite things. I had SO much fun making this and Lauren’s video of how she created hers was super helpful! It did take me awhile to figure out how to fill up the spaces but I so enjoyed making something just for the fun of it and feel like I learned several new things. Here’s what I ended up with:
For self-development physically, I have made a commitment to go to my trampoline workout class 10 times per month. (Having a paid membership also helps get me to go because I don’t want to waste that!) Mentally and emotionally, I am trying to meditate for 5 minutes every day.
I’ve found that putting these goals on a habit tracker (another free PDF I offer) has really helped to keep me accountable! I like being able to see how I am doing for an entire month and it’s really satisfying to color in each square when I have done something! It’s also a really good tool to see the things I am getting done and what has a bunch of white squares next to it (insert grimace emoji here). When nothing is filled out, it’s time to re-assess the situation to see how I can change that!
One thing I have really found to be true is that there is no better time than right now to start to build your new habit or reach your goal–meaning even if you fall off the band wagon, you don’t have to wait for a new month or a new year to pick things back up. Start right now! I will admit I am not so good about being consistent with things–like I filled in my tracker and was super gung-ho at first but mid-month I missed a day, then another…I thought to myself, maybe I’ll just leave the rest blank and pick it up again with a new sheet next month. But I decided against it, because I want to finally fill out an entire tracker for a month! I went back and filled it out as best as I could, and am continuing to use it again. So if you’re like me, don’t give up! We can do it! :)
3 Things I’d Like To Accomplish This Year:
1) Teach 4 workshops per month
2) Start blogging again, at least 2 entries per month
3) Streamline my processes
Places To Go: Animal Place, Harry Potter World at Universal Studios
Things To Learn: Different styles of hand lettering, how to better utilize MailChimp my newsletter needs
Books To Read: I have several books that I have either started and not finished or have been on my “to read” list for far too long! My goal is to read 1 book every quarter and these are the books I am focusing on (in no particular order):
1) Contagious – Why Thing Catch On by Jonah Berger
2) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
3) Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver
4) Tell Me About Yourself: 6 Steps For Accurate and Artful Self-Definition by Holley M. Murchison
I’ll let you know how they are as I finish them!
Recipes To Cook: I have so many I want to try! I really love a good cookbook, especially one with beautiful photos, so I am hoping to work my way through the ones I have this year. This coincides with another resolution of mine which is to cook more and eat out less! I actually love to cook and would like to do it 5 times a week and eat out only twice. The cookbook I am currently focusing on is The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. My mom gifted it to me many years ago and I use it fairly often although it’s been awhile since I’ve picked it up. So far I’ve tried a pasta recipe and I made risotto for the first time! After watching Hell’s Kitchen for many years, it was cool to finally make this particular dish, something that Chef Ramsey has yelled about starting from day 1 lol.
What about you? Do you have a word or phrase for 2018? What are some of your resolutions and goals? How do you make sure you keep those resolutions going all year round? Any tips / advice? I’d love to hear and/or see how you’ve used your “Hello 2018!” PDF!
Thank you for being here and reading my first post for 2018! :) (Another goal of mine is to keep up with the blog this year! I think it’s such a great way for us to connect even more–there’s only so much I can fit into an Instagram caption or newsletter lol)
May your year be filled with joy, creativity, adventure, and laughter!
Happiest new year to you!
Add a personalized touch to each person’s place at the table this Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving! All you have to do is print, cut, and fill in each diner’s name. There are two designs to choose from. I hope you like them and they help add something special to your holiday meal!
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Atiliay is thrilled to be part of the second Conscious Corner, a social good block party in conjunction with the ever popular Bixby Knolls’ First Friday! Share and Do Good has gathered together a group of amazing do good businesses and organizations for this pop up–each making the world a better place through the work they’re doing around the world.
Come celebrate the week of “American Beauty” with:
✦ 5000PIES – The most delicious pizza company that transforms the lives of young adults in West Long Beach through culinary employment and life skills coaching.
✦ ALLKIIND – Ethically made lifestyle products that challenge, celebrate, and give back.
✦ ATILIAY – Hand lettering + giving back. Specializing in greeting cards for all occasions.
✦ THECHARITYWRAP – Fashion and accessories that support organizations empower those who have been battered, abused, and neglected.
✦ CHUUZYCONSUMER – an online platform that helps socially conscious consumers find places to shop.
✦ DUDEBENICELA – an apparel brand connecting people through style and stories.
✦ FORBETTERNOTWORSE – OUR SHIRTS COME WITH BAGGAGE. Every shirt sold = A bag of groceries to a child in need in the US.
✦ IMPERFECTPRODUCE – Imperfect’s mission is to find a home for these “ugly” fruits and veggies, starting with our producedelivery subscription in Los Angeles and the Bay.
✦ LIBERTYINNORTHKOREA – A non-profit organization that provides rescue and resettlement support to North Korean refugees – 100% of the proceeds support our work.
✦ LOVEINTHEMIRROR – provides disadvantaged youth and their families with basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning materials.
✦ PURPOSEJEWELRY – beautifully crafted by people escaping trafficking. By Purchasing with Purpose® you are providing freedom, dignity and hope for these amazing artisans.
✦ semillitas_preschool- Partnering with @loveinthemirror & @oceanmaximus to raise awareness on ocean pollution and its harmful effects to our marine life.
✦ SOLIDCITYCOFFEE – sells specialty coffee, roasted on demand. Solid City supports survivors of sex trafficking and youth from at risk environments.
✦ SSEKODESIGNS – An ethical fashion brand based in East Africa with a mission to empower and educate women. Wear Sseko, send a girl to college.
✦ YOUMECLOTHING – One of a kind clothing for the community. Rags into Resources!
To make this night even more awesome we will be having an epic drawing with incredible goods from some of the brands joining in along with a $75 gift card to the Share and Do Good Long Beach shop! To enter the drawing, you just need to stop by that evening to receive one entry ticket in the store and you can receive additional entries by shopping at participating booths. Hope you can make the world a better place with us!
In the latest update I received from Byron, I learned that there’s been some happy news for our friends in South Africa–the government has given Gladys land for the Educare Center!
Since Gladys first opened The EEC, she had been running it out of her very own home–she saw a need for a safe and nurturing environment for local children to stay while their parents go to neighboring cities to work and decided to fulfill that need. You can see from previous updates and photos that her entire house became the center: one room was filled with cribs and mats for naps, there was another room with tables and chairs for classes, special events took place in the living room, the kitchen was where they had their meals, and the outside of her home was painted with colorful and fun flowers, the alphabet, and numbers. Opening her home and her heart is such a tremendous act of generosity, compassion, and kindness by Gladys. For someone who does so much for others, it’s nice to hear that she is able to have her home back and space to herself again.
The new land was not too far and they have already built a new center on it–here are some photos!
Both the original and new center are located within Motherwell, a town located in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Motherwell is a part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. Here are some Google Earth shots so you can see where Motherwell is and where the old and new locations are for The EEC:
I hope you enjoyed learning more about The EEC and what has been going on over there! I also wanted to say a big thank you to all the customers and retailers who provided The EEC with meals through Atiliay’s Valentine’s Day Cards For A Cause! It is because of you that supporting Ebongalethu is possible.
I’m looking forward to sharing another update with you very soon!
How the donations work: Every other month Atiliay makes a credit card donation to Food4Africa.org that benefits The EEC. The donation covers 2 months worth of food for the center which amounts to 1 meal per day for up to 60 children–that’s 2,000 meals per month and 24,000 meals per year. 100% of all credit card donations goes directly to the program to purchase specially formulated packages of nutritious oatmeal. Byron from partnering organization, Miracle Meals Trust, delivers the packets to The EEC and checks in on how Gladys and the children are doing. Byron is also the one who sends me photos and keeps me up to date on what’s been happening there!
These Love PDFs are now available with 100% of profits supporting ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, and the very important work they do! I was planning on releasing this collection when all the pieces were complete but really felt the call to act now.
We are all human beings and I strongly believe we need to act from a place of compassion and understanding and not from a place of fear, greed, prejudice, or hate.
These designs were inspired by love and the belief that everyone should be free to love who they love.
Each design is available for $5 as a downloadable PDF and all profits will be donated to ACLU to support their work in LGBT rights, immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, human rights, and more. Once you purchase the item, you will automatically be emailed a link for the PDF which you can print and use immediately. They are formatted to fit on a regular piece of paper so you can easily print from your home or office.
In the next few weeks I hope to release more designs for this collection.
Thank you for your support!
Here is a list of other artists and makers who are supporting ACLU and other important organizations with their talents (if you know of anyone I should add to this list, please comment here or email me at hello(at)atiliay.com):
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts expressing disappointment, frustration, sadness, and anger today. If you’ve been feeling that way–or even if you’re not, I hope you will join me and turn it into/participate in an act of kindness. I recently learned about a wonderful organization called Uplift Charity through my wonderful friend Saira. They are based in Anaheim, CA and assist an average of 85 refugee families every month–most of which arrive from Syria and Iraq. Uplift Charity is collecting essential household supplies for these families and I hope you will join me in donating much needed items listed on the flier below. .
I am collecting items for this supply drive throughout the next few weeks. Please take a look at the list and see if there is something you can provide–just one toothbrush or one pack of diapers can help! If you are in the Orange County area, you are more than welcome to drop off items at my house or I can come pick it up as well. If you are in the South Bay area or further, I am thinking of scheduling a day to do a pick up. At the end of the month I will take donations to UC’s drop off spot. From there, they will distribute the items to the families they are assisting. Please share with your family and friends–the more supplies we can get the better! .
I know many of us, myself included, were outraged and upset by all the hate speech and acts of racism and intolerance that have been happening lately. What better way to protest against that than by welcoming and supporting those who need our help? Many of us have read about the events happening in Syria and wanted to help–here is an opportunity to do that! I also know many of us can relate to being an immigrant or a refugee or have family members/friends who are. I’d like to think that if we found ourselves in that situation, there would be kind and generous people who would want to help us. .
We might not be able to change the way others may think or act–but we can choose to do something positive to show tolerance and support for our fellow human beings regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation. Thank you so much in advance!
There’s no better time to think about the things we are thankful for than throughout the month of November! This month’s free PDF download is a way for you to reflect on the things that fill your heart with thanks. The PDF has a line for each day of the month so you can jot down what it is you are thankful for that day.
I’m very excited to be a part of Patchwork Show this November! It’s fun, free, and one of the best places to holiday shop (or get some goodies for yourself :))!
Atiliay will be at the Long Beach show on 11/13 and the Santa Ana show on 11/27. Below is the lovely flier (I love the constellations!) with all the details and you can find more info at dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show as well.
One of my favorite things about doing shows like Patchwork is that I get a chance to see your beautiful face in real life! I hope you will stop by and say hi–I’ll have lots of hand lettered cards and prints available as well as fun goody bags for the first 5 customers at each show! See you then :)
The Friday Favorite series features makers, projects, films, books, and other sources of inspiration I have fallen in love with. I hope by sharing them I will be able to bring something new and inspiring into your life!
Favorite Journal / 5 Year Diary by Shopsin’s General Store & The Ice Plant
“This five year diary can be started on any day of any year. Just turn to the current date, fill in the year and write a few sentences about your day. When you get to the end of the year move down the page to the next section. As time goes by you will be able to read past entries as you write new ones.”
I am totally obsessed and in love with this journaling concept! I just learned about the 5 year diary through Rhea, the lovely lady behind @DevotedDiarist (she’s always doing all kinds of cool things)! She had completed her 5 year diary last year and talked about how interesting it was to see the patterns and cycles in her life. When I saw her post, I knew I had to get one!
While I am not always the best at being consistent (I have abandoned my gratitude journal half way through), I think jotting down a few sentences everyday is totally doable! As a teen I kept many diaries and journals and I hope to bring this way of record keeping back into my life. It just so happens that I found out about this diary a few days ago and mine arrived today in the mailbox–on my 32nd birthday! I am very excited to start this writing in it tonight and see where life takes me the next 5 years–and to be able to look back on it (which will be very helpful as I can’t even remember what happened yesterday these days)!
Here are a few more photos of the diary so you can see how the layout is like. The diary itself is covered in a cute pin stripe fabric and is about 6″ long and 4″ wide with 376 pages (there is a section in the back to write down books you have read). It’s a bit on the smaller size which I like, because you can easily take it with you when you are away from home or traveling. I also think it makes for a wonderful gift!
Have you ever kept a 5 year diary? If so, I’d love to hear your experiences! Leave a comment and let me know! For those of you who have not done this, I hope you will try it out with me!
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