about

Laughing ColThings to Do in NY When You’re [Alive] is an occasionally-irreverant, always-loving homage to all of the fabulous personal growth I’m experiencing on a daily basis … always, always written with a smile on my face. When you read it, imagine me winking at you, k?

I am constantly stunned, awed and inspired by the wealth of wonderful tools available at our fingertips and I love sharing my latest revelations with you! (Yes, YOU!) πŸ™‚

YOU are a beautiful gift to this world. Remember that!

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Some people have been asking: “What do you do?” I’m a designer who creates beautiful imagery for people who desire their spirit to shine through in their logo or on their web site. I love doing what I do and I love the people I get to work with. See some of my work over at Muse :: www.designbymuse.com

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While I’m at it, let me tell you the story of my inspiration Anna and my jewelry. Anna and ColAnna is the little 7 year old girl I worked with for three years and Anna has autism. She is just this bright light, I can’t even begin to explain it to you.

And each little step I see her take in life is like this amazing, joyous celebration … She conquers one little thing and it’s like I just won the lottery or something. She impresses me every day with what she’s capable of.

My ex-boyfriend’s nephew also has autism and knowing him was what prompted me to begin learning about it in order to find out how I could communicate with him. At the time, I had never even heard the word “autism” before. I only knew that he didn’t speak but when I walked around the pool holding him and singing to him, he would burst out into spontaneous language when I’d never heard a peep from him before. I would always try to reach him and when I heard about the opportunity to take a class on autism I just jumped at it.

But that’s a long story. I could talk forever about these kids, I really love them.the jewelry I make

I’ve been in the business of creativity for 16 years and counting and I continue that on the side since the pay for working with a special needs child is pretty pitiful! Not complaining but wow!

Anna has infiltrated all of my life so you now see her influence coming out in my creative endeavors too. Like the “I Love Someone with Autism” name bracelets I make for AnnaRoseJewelry.com (name sound familiar? πŸ˜‰ … and the fact that I give 20% of the profits from all the jewelry I make to programs which promote understanding and interaction for children with autism.

If I’m not working with her, I’m trying to figure out what game will help another child to connect with her or I’m drawing PECs for her or I’m looking up books which will help explain autism to other kids. Helping her and other children with autism has become a big piece of my mission in life. I’m interested in developing a program where typically developing children interact with children with autism in a controlled environment … a FUN, yet controlled environment πŸ˜‰

I see in school so often that the other kids really do want to get to know the children with autism and once they’re taught HOW, they do step up to the plate, it’s beautiful. I really believe that if we seize the opportunites which their willingness and their open hearts allow, we can get far.

Much love,
Colleen

annarosejewelry.com : : mothers bracelets : : autism support jewelry

Wanna drop me a line? E me: bloggirl … at … gigablonde.com


2 Responses to “about”

  1. My beautiful new friend– hello!
    I am in the middle of a shoot, but a taking a moment to respond because your comment troubled me so….

    “I’m Through With White Girls” is the name of a film directed by Jennifer Sharp that shows that in the case of the film’s hero race was not the problem, but his personality was. Much like in my novel Dare, the character must be introspective to grow.

    The entire post was in salute to the filmmaker and her tenacity. Please read it here: http://thegoddessfactory.blogspot.com/2007/11/im-through-with-white-girls.html

    For me, the joke of using the film’s title as my post title was that of course I would never feel/say anything like that.

    Thanks for reaching out, and expressing yourself. Perhaps many others were confused and didn’t have the guts to leave a comment. So thank you for that my new friend!!!

    Yay– glad we cleared that up.

    Sending you love, light, cookies and joy…

    xoxoxox,
    abiola
    http://www.daretogetalife.com

  2. A big, joy-filled *WOW* with curlie-Q’s and fireworks, I am so happy to receive your message. Thank you, Abiola! Laughing at myself for seeing the big, bold headline and not the REPEATED reference to the fact that this was the name of a film … DUH!!!!

    Funny thing about it is … (laughing even MORE at self now) … I even DID read through some of the post … and I am just LOVING this life lesson. Here it is:

    ** You get what you are looking for. **

    What a great one, right? It’s so fascinating and full of learning opportunities, I am just eating it up with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Here is what I did:

    “Abiola said she’s through with white girls. Why? Let me find out. Ok, here she said it, wow and really big too, she must reeeally mean it. Now she’s talking about some girl making a film, I don’t need to read that part … now she says she feels as if some of her white fans have deserted her after she began working on BET, wow I just got here and already I’m out just cuzza those peeps! … ok, now she says it again, she’s through with white girls … now she’s talking about this girl making a film again, I don’t need to read that part …”

    Look at that! I was skipping the VERY pieces which would have EXPLAINED EVERYTHING!!!

    WOW, WOW and WOW AGAIN right?

    Thank you for being so graciously and lovingly open to receiving my question and for your immediate and light-filled response.

    xoxo,
    Your new friend,
    Laughing and learning,
    Col

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