Episode 9: Finding Connection in Quarantine

I’ll be honest, it’s rough out here y’all. Like many I’ve become caught in the monotonous daily loop with little end in sight. With my daughter home from school for the rest of the year I’ve added the challenge of being mother, teacher and playmate to my list of roles.

Fortunately for me, a creative opportunity fell into my lap not long after the start of quarantine that is helping to keep me busy and sane. My new role as artist relations and curation manager for Art Parlour is helping me flex my skills to bring artists of all mediums together for one of a kind virtual events, and I’m excited to share it with you all.

Art Parlour is not just an opportunity for the PNW creative community to connect, let’s make this a global movement for artists and musicians to collaborate and network!

For more information on how to get your work featured, send me an email at michelle.artparlour@gmail.com. ❤️

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As always, like, comment and subscribe if you like what you see!

Stay safe and healthy out there.

– Miss Michelle Mai

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Music – “Mint Leaves” by Jeff Kaale

Episode 8: The New Normal

Life is pretty weird for the majority of us right now. Personally, I feel as though I’ve gone into autopilot living within the microcosm of my home. As a result, life just feels as though it’s been “put on hold” due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, there’s not much else we can do as responsible citizens besides stay home, follow quarantine guidelines, and hope.

With all this uncertainty it’s absolutely normal to feel lost, angry or sad. Emotions run high and tempers are short. Being self-employed as a freelance makeup artist, my means of income has been cut to virtually zero, just like many others. Not to mention, as a mother with a school-aged child it’s an added challenge to now find ways to keep my daughter not only occupied, but engaged and learning.

In this episode, I chat about ways I’ve learned to pivot and adapt during these times. Keeping routines not only aids me from going stir-crazy, but helps my daughter cope with these new changes as well.

I’d love to hear ways in which you all are adapting during these unprecedented and uncertain times. How do you stay positive and motivated?

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Sending you all my love and light— especially to those tireless healthcare workers on the frontlines of this crisis. ✨❤️✨

P.S. Please stay home if you can, and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

Episode 7: Side Effects of the Coronavirus

With recent events surrounding Coronavirus in the last few weeks, there’s been an understandable uptick in public anxiety— but unfortunately racism and xenophobia towards Chinese and Asian communities have seen an increase as well. 😒 I say this not to downplay the unending racism that black and brown people have to deal with on the daily, because this is the reality many of my friends face— but I’m here to say that racism in general is NOT OK. So let’s do better. 🤙🏼

It’s important during these uncertain times that we stay safe, but also informed. Spreading misinformation is no help to anyone, and we must all do our part to support our neighbors and community members. A lot of folks are hurting right now and the Seattle economy is being hit hard. COVID-19 isn’t just affecting our physical and mental health, it’s affecting our livelihoods. If you are one of those fortunate enough to be getting paid to work from home, and you are financially able, please do your part to support your local community and businesses. Not to mention, let’s do our best to support all the artists, service industry workers and other freelancers who depend on gigs to pay their bills who are having clients cancel. It’s getting wild out here. 😅

I will do my best to share financial support resources for the local community as I come across them. We’re all in this together y’all, please stay healthy and safe. 🙏🏼❤️ 

Episode 6: Small Changes for Sustainable Living Pt. 1

Wow February seriously flew by! 😳 I’ve had a lot on my mind lately but I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can be more sustainable and make better choices for our planet and our future. That’s why I’ve decided to start a sub-series of my vlog that talks about small, easy changes we can all make to reduce our environmental impact and dependence on single use plastics! ✨♻️✨ Hope you enjoy my first #SmallChange!

Shoot me a DM if you have any questions or if you have other ideas for sustainable and waste-free living! 💕

P.S. Shouts out to my girl Sylvia Wolf of Sylvnos who will be helping host a #BlackHistoryMonth book swap TOMORROW 2/26 from 7pm at Sugar Hill Seattle along with Nemo Jamilla & Gennette Cordova. If you’re in the city, be sure to check it out and support your local black femmes! 📚

Episode 5: More Self Care + Tucson Recap

Woah! I can’t believe it’s almost half way through February already. 😅 Also, Happy Black History Month!!! It’s been a non-stop couple of weeks but I’ve made it a point to make self-care a priority through it all.

Here’s a quick recap of my Tucson trip and a little more on what I have coming next. ✨ #OnMaiMind

Episode 4: Feast or Famine + Slowing Down

The events of this last weekend were a huge reminder to me to slow down. Collectively I know the energy is still so heavy out here— sometimes we all get so caught up in the day to day and forget what’s really important. Here’s a quick life update and some reflections during this super emotionally charged time.

I hope all of you can take some time to do some self care and check in on yourself as well as your loved ones. 🖤

Episode 3: Snowpocalypse 2020 + The Freelance Struggle

Y’all we survived the Snowpocalypse of 2020! 🙏🏼❄️ Being snowed in this week left me a lot of time to think about how I want to shift my mindset from that of scarcity to abundance. This freelance artist grind is truly a lifestyle and I’m committed to making it a success.

How do YOU stay motivated? Tell me in the comments! ❤️

Episode 2: The “Origin Story” + Full Moon Vibes

#TGIF amirite? This week I’m divulging more on my Vlogs “origin story” as well as sharing some thoughts on our first #FullMoon of the year! Do any of you practice any full moon rituals? I’d love to hear!✨🌕✨

Sofia 365: A Year in the Making

This is it.

I’ve finished it.

The culmination of everything I have been working toward for the last year is here.

The reason why I was the “crazy mom” on Facebook that  posted pictures of her daughter every day, it all now (hopefully) makes sense.

Living day by day, sometimes it’s hard to notice the changes of your little one growing, but they happen, and they happen faster than you think.
Sometimes you take it for granted, and once that moment is gone, it’s gone; they will never be this small, or sweet or innocent again, so cherish those moments.

All the hours and time I spent on this project with Sofia  has been condensed into less than 8 minutes of a beautiful, wonderful, transformation.

Every day, every photo, every frustrating moment, every laugh, and every emotion in between had been captured day by day for an entire year.

And this is what it looks like.

Hope you enjoy!

 

Something Fun

Sofie and I have gotten into the habit of singing songs the past few days. She loves to dance and asks me to sing.

Here’s a favorite as of late, “Pumped up Kicks” by Foster the People

Excuse the bad sound quality, web cam mic doesn’t pic up very well!

Sofie was too cute in this video not to share. 🙂

(I’m an amateur at guitar, don’t judge!)