Pardon My Poetry

I might have mentioned a few times over that I’m in love ❀️ with poetry. I’m not sure when this crush began or morphed into a such deep appreciation of words. During college I was first an Engineering student and do not remember taking any creative writing courses. So, I suppose it began on the streets of NYC, where I listened to beat-box artists on the subway or spoken word at local cafes.

My knowledge of POETS is always expanding. I lean on the New Yorker or Paris Review to introduce me to New writers. The latest one is Frederick Seidel.

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Do you feel anything?

There’s something about how I’m feeling today. It’s slightly different than usual and I want to explore share my thoughts with you. I’m actually writing this post from my iPhone so bear with me as I dig a little deeper…

Yesterday I had a semi-stressful day because I was dealing with a graduate πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŽ“ group assignment that’s been hard to organize. It’s Thanksgiving holiday so who wants to study?! Also, a romance interest of mine went dark.

I think he disappeared into outer space.

Between balancing emotions and rational thought about either topic I didn’t want to loose myself, to not feel exactly what I needed to so I asked myself “Do you feel anything? I was surprised to discover that I really did, aside from the frustration of either scenario.

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Wind Therapy

I’m not sure what’s going on with Mother Nature but yesterday’s wind by the bay was incredible. As I tackled my daily walk I couldn’t help but sorta dance in it! πŸ’ƒπŸ½ Read More

Black + White

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Photo of Yoko: https://www.biography.com/news/yoko-ono-moma-exhibit

xoxo πŸ’‹

All other photos by me.

You Can’t Deposit Excuses

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I received a friendly reminder from a friend that it’s been a month since my last post. #OUCH

Yes, it’s true. I completely let fiesta go by the wayside as I took a trip to NYC (yipee!) and indulged in being offline. Not that I don’t want to keep consistent or have fiesta be unsuccessful, it’s just…I needed a break. At first I made excuses as to why I wasn’t posting: not enough time, no wheaties, no engery, family emergencies, blah, blah, blah. But these excuses weren’t 100% truthful. When I sat down this morning and asked myself “Why, Moni?” it was simple: I didn’t’ want to. This sheer fact made me a bit sad but relieved. I’d finally owned up to myself and it felt goooood!

Take yourself by the hand and roll with it.

Giving myself the room to be real is long overdue. I’m happily one year older and wiser with a spirit that aims to live my life unapologetically. This blog, this tiny space on the internet, lives and breathes upon my will and if I’m not ready or willing to write, it’s ok.

Give yourself room to chill.

I do have some exciting news in lieu of my absence: I’ve decided to move to Austin, Texas. I’m thinking that this step forward will be nothing less than thrilling…hello live music city! Returning to my home (20 years ago) is sort of daunting. Everyone I know there is quite settled and I will be the complete opposite. So, here’s to leaning on opposites attract πŸ˜‰

xoxo

Moni

As Told By A Woman Entrepreneur

Good morning, how are you doing today? Let me know in the comments section so that I can keep up todate on your happenings and on that note, I wanted to share a new update from me: I’m kickstarting a new series entitled “As Told By A Woman Entrepreneur” and will be writing about being starting my own business and invite other bloggers to share their stories too. This post recurring theme came to mind because I have recently launched this blog which means that I’m officially an somewhat of an entrepreneur again.Β Here are a few details on how that happened plus a brief history of my journey as a woman entrepreneur.

PAST: I OWNED A CRAFT BUSINESS IN BROOKLYN, NY BETWEEN 2009 – 2016
That’s right, before fiesta I was a sewing artist living and thriving in NYC by the name of Sew Moni. My business was focused on empowering people to explore the art of sewing or any textile art we could teach out of my sewing studios. I managed to build my business from my Ft. Green Bedroom to actual store fronts in two Brooklyn neighborhoods. Also, I continued to freelance in the PR and Marketing Fashion Industry bringing even more awareness to my crafts company and bottom line: revenue. Owning Sew Moni taught me the grit of business and importance of passion. If it wasn’t for being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2016 I would most likely still be up and running but life has it’s own sweet agenda.Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 9.37.40 AM.png

PRESENT:Β IΒ AM AN MBA STUDENT AND ENTREPRENEUR, AGAIN!
While recovering from cancer and encephalitis (brain inflammation) I’ve had ample time to think about what I want to do next with my life. In the beginning stages of re-self discovery I honestly thought nothing could top my NYC life experiences. To this day, I miss cobble streets, bustling streets, Prospect Park and the list goes on and on and…But I was SO wrong. Enter an online MBA program via TAMU-CC and Arbonne, two new chapters of life that have swept me off my feet. Let me explain.

Getting an MBA or some sort of Masters was something I’d thought about doing before I was diagnosed with Cancer. And, right before I was hospitalized, I had been accepted to Brooklyn College, as an undergraduate to take prerequisite courses for a few master’s programs I was considering. But I got sick and life took it’s course. Fast forward 2 years and I was contacted by a recruiter about TAMU-CC online MBA program. Being an Aggie alumni I thought, “Well, why not?! I love business and having been an entrepreneur via Sew Moni, this seems like a good step. It’ll give me something to do while undergoing immunotherapy and recovery.” So I applied, was accepted, and now I’m only 5 classes away from finishing! TheΒ perfect scholastic storm had arrived and it was up to me to ride it’s winds. Seriously, if it wasn’t for this MBA program, I’m not sure my mind or body would’ve survived chemotherapy.

Being a student has allowed me to engage online with fellow MBA students all over the world, create new friendships, dive deeper into business logic, and learn. How cool is that?

While plugging away at my MBA I found myself searching and dreaming of ways to get my mind back. You see, cancer and encephalitis drugs can leave you zapped, sluggish and overwhelmed. BUT they do not take your mind away, your thoughts and words, unless you let them. So, hence my new blog.

At first, I was skeptical about blogging, but after a few posts, I’m in love.

Enter a whole new world of words and ideas that I can’t wait to express. and there you have it: a true story as told by a budding woman entrepreneur!

xo Moni

DIY: Address Book Makeover

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Since I’m still old school, I searched far and wide for a notebook where I could handwrite my contacts as well as keep in my purse. Also, I envisioned one with sideΒ “letter” tabs. It felt as if I’d never find it but I finally did at the Dollar StoreΒ πŸ™ŒπŸ½Β ! Only, it’s cover wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as I wanted it to be. Not to fear because a simple #fiestabymoni DIY came to mind: decorate my address book with paper tape.

Metallic Paper Tape or Matte Tape is somewhat buzzing in the DIY world. From using it in journals to posting “don’t forget notes” on your fridge, it’s an easy way to stick and create! For my planner DIY I simply did the following:
1. Cut enough strips of tape to cover my target design area.
2. Place first round of tape (bottom layer) side by side
3.Β Take top layer of tape (Metallic as shown above) and weave through base layer of tape.

The difference is kinda uncanny and all together perfect 😍 Let me know if you give this DIY a try and cheers creativity in the future. xo Moni

 

Friday Mood

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Woke up this morning and made a few inspiration images and self encouragement pics via Canva for me to stare at all day long and then I thought to myself, “Why don’t I share this via fiesta?!” Sometimes I forget that the purpose of my blog is open and real about anything.Β So, maybe you’ll relate to my dry shampoo secret not-so-much secret or my mental “I’ve got this!” motto that I repeat to myself at least 8 times a day. These routines of mine bring me comfort in knowing that all it takes is just a little self love to get me through the day, especially Fridays.

xo Moni

Sunday Inspiration

Sundays are for sleeping in, dreaming and taking time out to relax. I used to work furiously on Sundays, burning my candle at both ends but no more. I’m over that and honestly, I’m not sure why I took to working on Sundays with such a vengeance.

So many retail Sundays.
So many Soho Sundays in a grand loft office in front of a Mac.
So many sluggish Sundays sewing, a passion that would grow tired because it became work.
So many Sundays catching up.

I alone am responsible for my Sundays past and allowing myself to squander what’s supposed to be a day or rest. Yes, there was money to be made and responsibilities to be met, but at what expense? I guess what I’m trying to express is that I’m finally at a point where I say no to work on Sundays at whatever cost. I now have personal boundaries, Sundays included, as well as set by me and me alone. I do not want to work on Sundays because I’d rather commune at church and reflect on the week ahead; make plans for my future with family and friends. And when I’m not doing the later, I want my Sundays to be sacred. PJs in bed, french press coffee, eggs, toast, jam, reading, napping and repeat all day long.

What about you? How do you feel about your Sunday?

PS. Below are images I snagged from the world wide web, the first actually being a sketch of what I hope will be my garden soon.

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