Creativity Coach - Artist Desiree East

You want to THRIVE and live in the PRESENT MOMENT. You want to CREATE THE REALITY YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED through CREATIVE LIFESTYLE HABITS.You want to tap into that hidden, CREATIVE POTENTIAL that is ready to be UNLEASHED to the world. When your inner voice, your intuitive heart --- YOUR creative genius --- is nourished and pampered, you know you can create profound changes in your LIFE that is the art.

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creatively Fit Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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are you ready to drop secret love bombs?

love is the new religion - quote - brian piergrossi - author life coach spiritual teacher - desiree east I stumbled upon this gem recently, after getting side tracked from a link that my mother-in-law shared to me the other day  (Thanks Lynne!). I thought it was worth a share, and I hope it brightens your week. Welcome to the changing season, sending lots of love your way...

On the surface of the world right now there is war and Violence and things seem dark But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something else is happening underground An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light It is a silent revolution From the inside out From the ground up

You won’t see us on the T.V. You won’t read about us in the newspaper You won’t hear about us on the radio

We don’t seek any glory We don’t wear any uniform We come in all shapes and sizes Colors and styles

Most of us work anonymously We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country and culture of the world Cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands

You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice We go undercover We remain behind the scenes It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit But simply that the work gets done

Occasionally we spot each other in the street We give a quiet nod and continue on our way so no one will notice.

During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs But behind the false storefront, at night is where the real work takes place

Some call us the ‘Conscious Army’ We are slowly creating a new world with the power of our minds and hearts We follow, with passion and joy Our orders from the Central Command The Spiritual Intelligence Agency

We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking: Poems Hugs Music Photography Movies Kind words Smiles Meditation and prayer Dance Social activism Blogs Random acts of kindness

Our work is slow and meticulous Like the formation of mountains It is not even visible at first glance And yet with it entire tectonic plates shall be moved in the centuries to come

Love is the new religion of the 21st century

You don’t have to be a highly educated person Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it It comes from the intelligence of the heart Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings

Be the change you want to see in the world Nobody else can do it for you

We are now recruiting Perhaps you will join us Or already have. All are welcome… The door is open

~ Brian Piergrossi, (from the book The Big Glow)

4 honest truths I would share over drinks with a fellow blogger - dean street society style

the 4 part entrepreneur happy hour blog tour with hilary rushford of dean street society - desiree east

Greetings, my friends! The Holidays are officially here, and I've been doing much reflection over the last year, re-assessing what I've accomplished in 2013 and planning ahead for 2014. Whew! It's been a whirlwind of goodness and excitement, and I've also been finding time to wind down, relax and spend much needed time with family and friends.

I was so thrilled when dear colleague and fashionista, Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society invited me to be a part of the Happy Hour Blog Tour (along with 29 other FABULOUS women) to start the conversation about her new book, The 4-Part Entrepreneur Cocktail.

The 4-Part Entrepreneur Cocktail is the book, tribe and toolkit we all wish we’d had when we first launched our blog and hit 'PUBLISH'. Today there are many women who desire to be bloggers and entrepreneurs, which means they’re looking to us -- those of us who are already doing it -- for a glimpse of what could be, and whether they’d love and thrive in the experience.

This blog tour is about sharing a piece of our story. If you are pondering starting your own business or blog, started but don't feel like you're getting traction, struggle with having enough time, finding your voice, or making it profitable, these articles are little gems of advice from your favorite entrepreneurs and bloggers, sharing what they've experienced and learned when they were just starting out.

Today, I share my, grab a fresh cocktail, ladies (and gents). It's time to get real.

book-vertical1. MOTIVATION

Do you ever have days/weeks/months when you don't feel like blogging?

Ummm. Yes.

I still yet have to master what most successful bloggers like to call their, 'Editorial Calendar'. Once I learned how important this was to productivity, I immediately created an editorial calendar, with a list of topics and ideas that are probably as long as Santa Claus' naughty and nice list.

BUT, regardless of this long list, there are times where I just decide to not blog on a weekly basis. And if you've been following me for awhile, you'll notice that is very well true. And I'm okay with that, mostly, because:

1) I usually have other priorities in my life and business that need attention. That, and I truly believe in taking little mini digital vacays. Yummy. So good for your soul.

2) I really haven't found my weekly groove, just yet - it's right there at my finger tips - but, I'm not one to rush it. I've always been a true believer of organic growth, and I have faith that I'll find my groove soon.

3) I've always been one who blogs when inspiration strikes, and when that inspiration strikes, it's like my little fingers just can't stop typing. When I do have the motivation to do a blog post, it's the real me talking, and it's not a forced thing, where I'm creating a blog post just for the sake of hitting 'PUBLISH'.

That said, if there was ONE tip I could give in regards to getting motivated to create a blog post, it's this: Go outside and connect with nature for a few minutes. For me, that means walking out to the beach and wiggling my toes in the sand. Come back in and clear your space. Take 5 minutes to clear the clutter. Put some tunes on and perhaps, pour yourself a glass of wine and light a candle. And voila - you're ready to go!


Were you always a writer? Loved layout and design? Photography and Photoshop? Which elements of blogging were "so you" before you began and which weren't? Which parts might people not know you've really had to work at, or even think about how much time and training it's taken you?

I never thought of myself as a writer, but I'm beginning to believe that all of these years keeping personal journals have given me my authentic voice as a blogger.

And I'm also beginning to show an underlying appreciation for all of those seemingly endless 'all-nighters' I had to pull off during my college years. I had spent those faithful years writing a plethora of essays in MLA format {puke}. Imagine what the painstaking process of writing 25+ paged research and thesis papers will do to a young person's soul...edit and re-edit. Repeat. {puke. puke. puke.} --- spending my time doing that was never my favorite thing to do, but I (surprisingly) did them well.

Design and Layout, Photography and Photoshop: love, love, LOVE! One of the first things (courses/software programs) I invested in, even before I started blogging, was HTML and Photoshop. I fell in love. It's like the mathematical gods and design goddesses met and fell in love.

I will say the 'techie' parts of coding (HTML/CSS, etc.) that one has to get used to can be one that is either loved or loathed --- if you love solving puzzles (like I do) then this coding business will be a real treat for ya. Same goes with Photoshop and any other design programs out there, if you can get past the technical stuff, then go for it! If you are the type of person that doesn't have the patience for getting lost details I would definitely suggest hiring someone out to do the work for you.

Photography wise, my camera and I go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly. I've always loved photography and I'm a bit of a camera nerd (my husband will attest to that). And, as you can see, I'm a visual person, so I've got photos all over this blog, here. It's my 'other' way of communicating and interpreting how I see the world and it's one of the things that come natural for me.


If you offer products or services, did the blog come first or the business? How do you make budget decisions about investing in conferences, courses, coaching to further your blog?

It's all about the money, honey. Or is it?

When I first started blogging, it was all about the love. I was a hobby blogger, and I started this blog as a way to put myself out there as an artist and share my love for travel. As I connected with the online community, little did I know that sharing of my artwork would serve as a vehicle for healing. When I started this blog, I was just getting back on my feet from the Great Recession. Ugh - it still hurts my stomach when I think about it. I briefly talked about how I survived this time in my life, last week:

The Power of Manifesting Your Desires Into Reality

And you can find my very first blog post here, which was published on December 1, 2010:

Hello World!

influencers_blog post by desiree eastI fell in love with blogging, and I fell in love with the fact that I could connect with such a vast community of artists, travelers, and creative entrepreneurs from around the world. I had to share my love of the creative process with others, and I thought the blogging platform would be the perfect way to do this to connect with like-minded souls who are part of the creative movement. And here I am.

In 2012, I decided I wanted to transform my 'hobby' blog into a site where I could help others tap into their creative wisdom. That's when I put my head down and started to go full steam ahead with turning my love for creativity into a business.

How did I get the funds to start?

I'm a bootstrapper at heart. As you may or may not know, I am a Professional Landscape Designer by trade, and that's my bread and butter. Whatever extra cash flow I've saved from my design work is what's been able to keep me afloat as a newly established professional blogger. When I feel I have extra resources to invest in my Creative Coaching business, I budget and prioritize my needs as I see fit.

Amazing Blogging Community vs. Shiny Object Syndrome

Here's the deal. As an up-and-coming blogger, I have been exposed to a world of extremely talented and intelligent entrepreneurs and with so many great offers, it's hard to say NO to learning that 'very last thing you need to catapult you to the top'.

It's a disease, I'll tell ya.

And I know I'm not the only one who falls into this trap of being a 'life-long learner'. Go ahead, raise your hand - are you guilty of this, too?

Saying YES to profits, means investing in your business and doing it in a strategic way that doesn't leave you in a ginormous hole of debt. In other words, stop spending money on program, after program, after program - especially, if you haven't followed through with each module and action step. Stop it, already.

Saying YES to profits, means spending quality time on developing your business and being your own guru, by using your talent, skills, education, intelligence and strengths to get to the next level. You're a smart cookie, yeah? You've got this!

Saying YES to profits, means valuing your talents and gifts and sharing it to the world in exchange for money that is flowing toward you as love and gratitude. In other words, you have a right to make profits, and when you provide things that improves people's lives, it creates a positive, healthy flow of abundance.


Have you ever felt exhausted or overwhelmed by the pace you've set for yourself, your own expectations, or the requests of others when it comes to your blog? What would you go back and tell yourself about those times?

Exhausted? Yes!

Overwhelmed? Totally! Isn't that what happy hours and girls nights out are for? *wink*

Can you give yourself permission to say NO to things/projects/social events/collaborations that don't jive with your bigger vision and also, say NO to the things that will ultimately give you a nasty ulcer that will rot your stomach lining out?

Here is one simple thing you could do to calm the {bleep} down.


Having a crazy week? Try this - even a kindergartener can do it.

If there was anything I could tell my (past) self it would be THIS: "Go at your own's okay to have high expectations, but remember you could still have high standards and take time out to take care of yourself. Remember to re-connect with the things that keep you grounded and centered, because that is when your best work reveals itself. Burning the candles at both ends will not get you to where you want to be will only leave you burnt-out. Work hard, play hard, and also indulge in self-care, because you also deserve it."

As two of my coaching mentors, Stacey Morgenstern and Carey Peters say, when it comes to making sacrifices, "It doesn't have to be, 'either or' you could have 'both and more'." 

ONE LAST TIP: Being part of a community of like-minded bloggers could make a world of a difference when it comes to dealing with highs and lows, and especially when it comes to overwhelm. Most successful bloggers are some of the most honest, generous people you'll meet on this planet. If you have a tribe where you could share your successes and failures, your hopes and fears, and your dreams and goals, having that support will remind you that you are not alone in this ever-evolving journey called, entrepreneurship. So, if you haven't yet, don't forget to connect with the lovely ladies below, who are part of this Happy Hour Tour! Check out what Maria Romaine had to say yesterday, and tomorrow, Erin Souder of House of Earnest will be sharing her blogging wisdom with us!

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mothers day illustration by desiree east

Brendon and I are a million miles away from home...How can we celebrate mother's day this year?

Usually, at this point in the game, you can find us elbow-to-elbow in the stationery store with other well-meaning daughters, sons, children, grandkids and husbands, trying to pick out just the right card for the women who have influenced our lives in every which way possible. Don't get me wrong --- I can get lost for hours looking at stationary. What I love the most --- if I have the time --- is figuring how to create something crafty and handmade. (If you don't know me by now, i'm a little bit of a stationary and gift wrap freak).

For the last few days, Brendon and I have both been wondering, "I wonder what everyone (Suzy, Lynne, Betty, Grandma Campbell, and all of the other Moms we love) is doing for Mother's Day this weekend...???" One thing is for sure: we will miss out on all of the delicious grub --- and spoiling you, of course (wink, wink).

So, this year (because, we are not home to shower everyone with gifts and flowers), here is a time-lapse video/illustration, made from the bottom of my heart. We may be halfway around the world, but we are thinking of you and send muchos, muchos besos...

This is dedicated to all of the wonderful moms my life, and especially to my beautiful mother, Suzy...


Produced and Illustrated by: Desirée East

Soundtrack: “Bonjour” by Fuji Kureta Used with permission under a CC-Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license: Fuji Kureta – Sweets EP

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Q&A with Choreographer Devin Fulton of ZINGDEED: a dance film


ZINGDEED: A Dance Film featuring The Pin-Down Girls

Produced by Devin Fulton & Jamila Glass

Director & Writer: Jamila Glass

Choreographer & Creative Director: Devin Fulton

Soundtrack: AWOLNATION - "Sail" & "Burn It Down" (InnerPartySystem Remix)

Premiered at the Sweat Spot in Los Angeles, CA on January 14, 2012

SYNOPSIS: The Palashakopians are the native, estrogen-powered people of ZINGDEED, a mystical land of otherworldly deer-like super beings. Their world is dramatically altered when their leader sends the pack to a planet called Earth to rescue a lost soul.

zingdeed photo by James Scolari

The Palashakopians: Charlene Bittinger, Genevieve Carson, Devin Fulton, Jamila Glass, Chereese Mackey, Amanda Meyer, Jaime Randall

The Earthling: Estefano Suazo


Featured Artist: Choreographer & Creative Director, Devin Fulton

Q&A by Desiree East

One word: Phenomenal

That is what comes to mind while watching Zingdeed.

And you might say that I am a teenie-bit biased solely because I personally know the mind-blowing talented Choreographer, Devin Fulton. (Or, perhaps it's because I became a fan of Awolnation's music after I had learned that my brother, Kalae Gam, worked as an Art Director for Awol's production of  'It's Not Your Fault' and 'Sail'...)

So yes, I am proud of my family and friends. I am always inspired by Influencers in society, and yes, even though I am a little biased toward (absolutely loving) the work of the people closest to me, here's the reality: the world is filled with pure, creative geniuses.  And their creative intelligence is quite contagious. The dance film, Zingdeed is proof of that. It is evident in everything - from how the dancers interpret the storyline through their movement and emotions to how the allure of post-modern costumes fit the mood of the narrative.

They say if you share your love and talents with the world, then good karma will come back to you ten-fold. Well, Devin has been a huge influence in my (dancing) life for several years, and I feel very grateful and humbled to have the opportunity of being showered with her ingenious bits of choreography in the studio.  I am pretty sure she has shared the same drive and inspiration with other dance students, as well as company members at LACDC (Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company) and in her own company, The Pin-Down Girls. Devin has been blessed with a successful career as a professional dancer and choreographer for many years, and her generous spirit and passion for dance is contagious. And now, after partnering with talented dancer and filmmaker, Jamila Glass of The Cutting Room, it will only open the door to bigger, spectacular opportunities for these truly gifted artists...

Zingdeed. Dancer Devin Fulton. photo by Abby Darby

Desiree East: What was your inspiration for Zingdeed and how did you come up with the concept?

Devin Fulton: The choreography from ZINGDEED was something I originally created for a live fashion show called Urban Odyssey. One of my company members in the Pin-Down Girls, Jamila Glass was part of the cast, and when we exited stage that night she said, "I think we should turn this piece into a dance film, whadya say?" She is a USC film school graduate and an incredible talent, and I trusted her whole heartedly with my work and my vision. I simply answered, "Lets do it" and we immediately started the pre-production process. We wanted this to be more than just shooting dance for the sake of shooting dance, but with a storyline and concept. We locked ourselves in my house for 4 days, until we had a cohesive idea. She wrote the treatment and we sent it off to our dream team. We got all yes replies and were shooting two weeks later. 

DE: From Costumes to Photography, Choreography to Production, and everything in between, it sounds like you had an amazing group of artists to collaborate it safe to say you are hooked on the process of combining Dance Performance with Filmmaking?

DF: Jamila and I are still completely overwhelmed by the 42 person cast and crew who donated their time and skills to make this thing come together in the incredible way that it did. This was so humbling and inspiring and we are absolutely thrilled about keeping the ball rolling! There is not enough dance film making happening in the U.S. and we are excited about being pioneers, if you will, in getting people thinking and producing more in this way. We have started pre-production for the next project, and have about 3 more concepts in mind to follow. It is indeed fair to say, that we are totally hooked :-)

DE: As a professional dancer/performing artist, what do you think is the biggest challenge in the industry? 

Dancer and Choreographer Devin Fulton. photo by James Scolari

DF: I think that there are two main challenges in pursuing dance as a career. 1) Figuring out a way to pay your bills and survive. 2) Being respected in the same way that artists in other forums are. These two things go hand in hand really. I will fight to my death about dance being by far the hardest art form to go after. I am still trying to figure out why we are so under appreciated and how to help in making changes in the right direction. 

DE: As a choreographer, what is your creative process like? How do you get motivated and where do you draw your inspiration?

DF: My inspiration first and for most, comes from the 9 insanely talented dancers in my company. I work with the most unique and versatile women, which makes it so easy to create dances and shows that have many layers, and different tonality that is constantly changing and evolving. I believe in hiring dancers who can do a whole lot of everything, which keeps it fun for me because I am then able to apply all of my background and training, and also keep trying new things and pushing in new directions. When doing these things, I believe as an Artistic-Director that you must create a safe environment for your dancers. Also, a balance between a fun and productive work space. Second to all that, music of course is a huge part of where my motivation comes from.

DE: Do you have any advice for young, aspiring dancers for overcoming any of the challenges they may face?

DF: No matter what path you pursue in your life, there will always be challenges that come along with it. It is so important to do and go after what YOU love, not your mother, father, or Sally Joe down the street. I am scared to death every time I try something new. That is never a valid reason not to try it out though. In the brilliant words of those Nike ads..."Just Do It!" Trying not to give a shit what others think about you is a perfectly normal battle that I think most people face. I am still learning how to not give a shit, and Just Do it. The result in doing so, is usually incredibly fulfilling. 

ZINGDEED. photo by James Scolari

Producers: Devin Fulton & Jamila Glass Director & Writer: Jamila Glass Choreographer & Creative Director: Devin Fulton

The Palashakopians: Charlene Bittinger, Genevieve Carson, Devin Fulton, Jamila Glass, Chereese Mackey, Amanda Meyer, Jaime Randall

The Earthling: Estefano Suazo

Music: AWOLNATION - "Sail" & "Burn It Down" (InnerPartySystem Remix) **We own the rights to the choreography, not the music. This falls under "Fair Use" as no revenue is being generated from this film. Purely for entertainment.

Associate Producer: Jessica Bodner Cinematographers: Brad Haskell & Ben Clarke Costume Designer: Kellsy Mackilligan Headdress & Harness Designer: Kittinhawk Sculptor & Boot Designer: Jessica Bodner Set Designer: Kathi Leineke 1st ADs - Connor Casavan & Tiffany Sweat 2nd AD - Estefano Suazo Editor - Jamila Glass Camera Operators: John Kennedy & Raymond Demeritt Makeup & Hair - Michael Kelley Salon Sound - Taylor Quinn Set Wardrobe - Sara Duarte Set Photography - Abby Darby & James Scolari Catering - Duke Gervais

transformational creativity coach desiree east

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creativity Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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