Category Archives: Living your dreams

Ex-Girl Scout Finds Cause: No Cure Magazine

I’l admit I was never a big fundraising person. Call it my shyness, or being a little too empathetic to put people on the spot. Call it, Beth – someone who watched her dreams of earning Girl Scout badges slip away… all because I wouldn’t sell the d*mn cookies. (On the bright side, our freezer was a wonderland of Thin Mints and Savannahs.)

I never would have guessed that one day, something I truly believed in would pop up, in need of my help – NO CURE MAGAZINE. It’s an online publication I write for, that gives innovative design, art and music, a platform to be seen and heard; and artists, a voice they may not otherwise have. The editor, Mark Zeidler, is like any one of us who has a big dream: he’s spent countless hours bringing this piece to life bi-monthly, as well as whatever’s in his back pocket. But it’s slowly paying off: Mark is on the brink of taking No Cure to print across booksellers and News Agents (that’s stores that sell magazines, to my US friends). This is a tremendous opportunity to keep innovations moving, artists creating, exposure happening. This is especially crucial during a time when arts funding is often cast to the wayside.

Using the Pozible website (an awesome, community forum that lets you pledge the amount of your choice to make creative projects happen), No Cure has been running a fundraising campaign with the financial goal of $6000 to get the magazine printed. Currently, we’re just under $1500 away from making this happen. The catch: we only have 5 days left, to do so.

So… (insert ackward, foot-swooshing Beth here) if you’re a big believer in keeping the arts scene alive and thriving, consider donating the amount of your choice to this project by clicking here. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love the no-pressure situation of the Pozible site – it’s totally legit, and whatever amount you donate is processed ONLY if our $6000 goal is reached. You’ll also have the chance to receive some pretty cool incentives if you donate anywhere from $5 and up.

And even if you don’t wish to make a donation, check out Pozible anyway for even more creative projects on the brink of existence – with your help. Or, if you have an idea you’d like to get off the ground, Pozible could be your platform.

This is a time where paying it forward could have a big payoff, if you truly believe in the arts.

Thanks so much for your consideration, and for listening.

Happy creating!

Beth xo

No Cure

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No Cure? Oh yes, there is.

Fellow artists, creatives and dreamers…your cure for “creative block” is back.

No Cure Magazine has just released its third captivating issue. To put it quite humanly—as I prefer to be—writing for this magazine has been as inspiring for me, as the articles themselves.

This month, I had the opportunity to interview the men and women who defied the economic downturn by starting mobile businesses. Prepare to be motivated by the unquestionable drive you’ll feel from their personas, word by word. And if you’re into all things visual, you’ll love how these visionaries prove that standout design (on their trucks or trailers) is crucial to the success of any business dream. So, if you have a little start-up in mind, these folks will get you revved up and ready to roll.

Read the feature article here: Driven: The Journey of Nomadic Businesses

And remember embroidery–the craft we all used to associate with wall-hangings made by our grandmothers? Not anymore, after you meet Jazmin Berakha, a cutting-edge, embroidery artist from Buenos Aires. Talk about talent at the fingertips. Check out her intricate, dreamy works, then learn a bit about the craft’s long, fascinating history – finally recognized as the true art that it is.

Read the article here: Jazmin Berakha

Don’t forget–the whole magazine is a feast for creative junkies, so have yourself a good read.

And special thanks to Editor Mark Zeidler–an incredible designer–for making it all possible.

Enjoy! xx


Have you written your manifesto yet?

It’s not necessarily easy to live exactly the life you want for yourself. We all have to pay the bills, right? But what if you could live by your inner, life manifesto?

The founders of Holstee sustainable lifestyle products have based their entire business upon theirs. Brothers Mike and Dave Radparvar  began their company with the dream of an environmentally ethical lifestyle. Soon after, they decided to write a manifesto – a ‘call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity and passion’ – to back up their company, which went viral across the web (in different languages), T-shirts and posters.

Most importantly, this life-purpose statement has inspired people worldwide to live fulfilling lives – okay, and probably purchase the products (even world-acclaimed Alchemist author Paulo Coelho ‘Likes’ Holstee on Facebook). Meanwhile, the brothers reportedly still use their manifesto for guiding product decisions.

Manifestos are ‘powerful tools’ for steering life and business choices, according to Fast Company executive editor Noah Robischon. And if Holstee’s written statement isn’t enough to convince you, check out the inspiring film version here. I think a manifesto is worth a try. How about you?

Courtesy of Holstee

Courtesy of Holstee