August 26th 2018 – Day 2
My awesome friend Kim invited me to attend AfroPunk and the entire day seemed to be a culminations of firsts for me.
It was my first time:
- Attending AfroPunk
- Having a Badu Live Experience
- Seeing Janelle Monáe perform
- Attending a festival or concert without having a press pass
- Drinking RedBull
I must say, it was a positive experience standing in the hot crowded field, befriending strangers and just having a genuinely good time.
The group of people that surrounded me seemed to be handpicked to make an already amazing experience even better. We laughed, sang, screamed, complained about the heat, took turns fanning each other, finessed our way into getting free water for our entire section, protected our space in the crowd by ensure that no one walked on “our” blanket while wearing shoes (long story) and in the end we all shared a moment in time together never to be repeated again.
That was priceless.
I put together an Instagram Highlight with some cellphone footage that I collected throughout the afternoon.
Below are some photos that I took while walking around. I asked Kim to choose my photo subjects (all of the posed images). Otherwise, I captured moments as I felt moved to.
If you use any of these images, tag me on social media @jaylabastien or link back o this site.
If you recognize anyone in the photographs, please share in the comment section. I’d love to tag them.
Before You Leave, Share Your Thoughts
Did you attend AfroPunk? How was your experience? Were you pleasantly surprised about anything? Any other event that you think I should attend?
Let me know in the comment section below.
You might use honey in your coffee, tea or favorite food recipe, but have you ever considered using it for your skin?
Providing that you aren’t allergic, adding honey to your skin care regimen can lead to healthier clearer skin. Here are three surprising ways that honey can help you boost your skin care.
Moisture, moisture moisture
It’s well known that a moist skin is an ageless skin and being a natural humectant, honey draws moisture from the air directly into your skin.
- After washing your face in the evening, try spreading a dollop of raw honey on your face, let it sit for a few minutes then rinse away with lukewarm water.
Dark Spot Eraser
A great way to decrease the appearance of scars and stimulate tissue regenerations Is by adding the following honey-rich concoction to your daily routine.
- Mix a quarter sized amount of honey with another quarter sized amount of coconut oil together into a paste. Then massage the paste into the areas on your face that you want to treat for one minute. Rinse a washcloth in warm water and place over your face. After five minutes wipe the paste off your face. Repeat every day.
Sweet Exfoliation & Acne Fighter
Honey turmeric mask is the perfect antioxidant, anti-inflammatory mask to help you rejuvenate your skin.
- Mix one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of turmeric into a sweet paste. Massage the paste into your face. Let the mask remain on your face for five minutes, rinse of and repeat the next day.
Have you tried any other holistic skin treatments? Leave them in the comments below, I might give it a try!
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Ideas are beautiful
Once in a while we get ideas that seem like rare gems. Because of this, we sometimes hold on to these ideas so intently that we inhibit them from thriving. This behavior is sometimes due to a lack of understanding concerning the true nature of an idea.
Ideas are not meant to remain the same from inception to maturity. They are designed to transform, grow and blossom.
In truth, ideas are meant to lead you on a fun—and sometimes scary—journey of exploration and experimentation. When we place expectations on how ideas should manifest, we’re essentially stunting their growth potential.
Failure is Good
So, how do we know when it’s time to allow our ideas to level up? In short, failure.
Sometimes, we can be so dedicated to an idea that we continue to pour energy and time into it, even after noting that there aren’t any signs of growth.
To avoid going down this path, it’s important for us to create a plan for our ideas. We should also establish growth timelines that are reflective of the energy and resources that we’re pouring into the development of our ideas.
This will make it a lot easier for us to track our failures. The quicker we are able to identify our failures, and change our methodologies, the faster we can bring our ideas to successful maturity.
In essence, failure is a not a red light— it’s a green light for pivoting.
Pivot, Pivot, Pivot
The book, “Fail Fast and Fail Often”* offers some solid business advice. However, instead of failing fast, it is much more useful to “Pivot Fast and Pivot Often.”
In fact, the more radical our ideas are, the more pivoting we have to do—this is especially true if we’re working within an innovative field, where we must create our own pathways.
As soon as failure is detected—usually by a missed checkpoint on our growth timeline—we should move into pivoting mode.
Pivoting calls for us to reassess our growth methodologies, tweaking a few processes and taking note of the results that are yielded due to those changes.
Calling it Quits
When we’ve done the testing, market research and pivoted countless times with no viable results, is it time to call it quits? Not quite.
If our idea has failed to reach a notable point of maturity after multiple rounds of pivoting, we should consider moving the idea to a back burner. This will ensure that we do not allow frustration, resentment or low-energy to fester throughout our work.
Here’s why we shouldn’t quit just yet:
Some ideas are so ahead of their time that even after doing all that is possible to stimulate their growth, the timing might just not be ideal.
The good news is that, ideas love company. So while, our amazing ideas is simmering on the low fire, it’s important that we stay open because another idea will be bestowed upon us in due time.
Share your thoughts. Have you been struggling to breathe life into an idea without pivoting? Share your story in the comment section below.
I’ve put together a short list of font pairs that not only compliment each other but would look amazing in any of your designs.
Click the links below to download each font.
So…what pair is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below.
(Updated to Add: Pikwizard.com)
If you’re still using Google Image Search to find photos, this list is for you—because getting sued for copyright infringement is not the goal.
A decade ago, I vividly recall how tedious it was to get free, good quality, digital stock photography online. Thankfully, this is no longer an issue. While this list of free stock photography sites could easily be fifty options long, for now I’ll only share the top five free stock photography websites that I use regularly—for everything from personal project to client-work.
At the time of writing this, these websites allow you to use the photos for your projects and commercial work without giving credit—although credit is encouraged. Feel free to visit these sites, Evernote or bookmark them and add them to your stock photography rotation!
While these free stock photography websites also have great quality shots, I tend to use the less frequently that those listed in my top five.
Death to Stock
Burst by Shopify
Do you still want me to make a list of fifty websites where you can get free stock photos? Let me know in the comments below.
Typefaces speak volumes.
If you’ve been using dated sans-serif fonts in your projects, no worries, I’m here with an update. The right typeface can take your design from basic to fabulous.
Today, I’m sharing ten of my favorite free sans-serif typefaces—I especially love using these for minimalist designs.
Do you have any other free sans serif font favorites?
Share them below.