Become Your Best Self
 [©Bartolomeo Celestino]

[©Bartolomeo Celestino]

Build your Daily Routine by Optimizing Your Mind, Body and Spirit

My whole (adult) life, I fought against cultivating good habits and routines because I didn’t want to feel like I had to live my life by other people’s rules. I wanted to be my own person and do my own thing. Besides, keeping a routine was hard work. My rebel mindset has been showing for many years. I moved from Clermont-Ferrand to Paris, France and finally landed in Los Angeles. I successfully managed to provide for myself as a self-employed for almost a decade now, starting over in each one of these cities, going through highs and lows, with rich and poor days. From buying a car to gather pennies to pay the parking lot... This is what I have learned:

Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be!

By not doing the things I knew would make me better— habits like exercising, meditating, and creating —I deprived my body and mind of the energy that these types of positive activities create. I felt tired… inside and out. And to make matters worse, my dreams and goals were just slipping away. A few years ago I decided to take a different path… creating excellence in my life by establishing a positive daily routine. I realized I was now living in a place I call Home and I do not plan on moving anytime soon which is an amazing opportunity to improve self-love and care—finally. Now that I’ve created and stuck to my own daily practice (I call it my ‘Radical Day‘—find the full routine on the blog), not only do I get more accomplished than I’ve ever thought possible, but I also feel 100 times better while doing it! I’d love to share with you my journey to reach my daily success routine and see if the pieces might help you create your own routine for greatness! 

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Nobuyoshi Araki in Los Angeles at The Little Big Man Gallery

Nobuyoshi Araki, better known under the moniker Arākī, is a living legend within the photography-art world, having pioneered contemporary street photography back in the ’60s and ’70s that would often venture into the realm erotica–and not your everyday gent’s mag level either, we’re talking the deep depths of interplay between sexual desire and dark fantasies. Now 76 years old and sadly with aging issue–after undergoing several treatments for cancer, the iconic talent has lost use of his left eye, with his right beginning to give way–the man is still purveying on with new work.

His latest photographic series, aptly entitled Tombeau Tokyo–which translates from French into “Tomb”–explores the different stages from life to death. It comprises of a series of still images that portray both lifelessness and vitality–perhaps a personal reflection from the creative himself. While many of the images present something morbid, the series doesn’t go without Arākī’s signature foray into hedonism. If you’re in Los Angeles this month and next, make sure you stop by the official exhibition of Tombeau Tokyo held at Little Big Man Gallery, and peep through a few excerpts found throughout.

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Visionaries: Naomi Greene

There is some people you meet in life and it is an instant click! When I first met Paris-born, L.A.-based enchantress Naomi Greene in my showroom in Los Angeles, I discovered her sweet soul and positive energy. I knew I wanted to collaborate and invite her to perform during my events. Which we did, she performed twice and it was very amazing. She seems to float between worlds as deftly as she switches between harp and electric guitar. Her mystical indie-pop at once acknowledges the constraints of the corporeal while celebrating other possibilities, some of which might defy explanation. I am sharing her single “No Skin” Greene found “an epiphany about the power of vulnerability,” she says. “What does it mean to be open? What does it mean to shed your shell? Can we be weightless? How do we stay true to our authentic selves?”

The video for song is a testament to synchronicity. It was filmed in New Orleans, where Greene was working on her friend Meryl Murman’s movie “Ways of Forgetting.” With her friend’s help, performance artist and choreographer Tarren Johnson and artists from the troupe FLOCK joined in to create a netherworld of imagery, shot mostly at the Mudlark Public Theatre, run by puppeteer Pandora Gastelum. “We wanted to give a sense of fleeting realities,” Greene says, “as dreams have when they flow in and out of each other, to portray the introspective search of the lyrics in a multi-perspective collage.”

Somewhere in Greene’s episodic spasms of symbolism, you’ll find a familiar reality.