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Featured Dream Chaser UPDATE: Misha Vaidya Does NY Fashion Week 2012!!!

That’s right, former Featured Dream Chaser, and creator of By Misha clothing line, Misha Vaidya is headed to  New York Fashion Week 2012. If you remember her inspiring story, then you know that someone’s been doing some major grinding in 2011.

Having recently completed her 2nd photo shoot EVER, Misha is on her way to the land of opportunities abound for a fashion designer. Not too bad for newbie ;-). Check out the official invitation and RSVP if you’ll be in the area.

I’m still drooling over her “Tea Time” Collection. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Check out some pictures from By Misha’s Tea Time Collection… the vision that started it all.

The Crippling Disease Know As FEAR: Has It Gotten In The Way?

I write this post  from the deepest place of empathy and compassion, with hopes that at least one person who reads this will become so self-aware that they no longer allow this horrific disease to ruin their life.

Yes, FEAR has long been known to be the most destructive enemy of mankind, and it has caused more heartache and physical harm than any other known disease.

How so? Or better yet, why? Because fear is the most silent and unsuspecting state of thought. It causes all kinds of discomfort in the mind and the body. Think about it… when you are scared, all kinds of thoughts run through your head; mostly negative. Your heart races, or you feel anxious at times. Sometimes people have panic attacks, while others just simply shy away from life, or avoid what it means to truly live.

Fear can stop the most ambitious person dead in his/her tracks and cause them to give up on their dreams… Why? Because they may be “afraid” that they don’t know how to do something, or they become too scared to try something new because they don’t know how things will turn out. Some are just too “fragile” to be vulnerable because they fear “failure”… Yes, as if getting an F on your mid-term or breaking up with your ex who means you no good equates to the idea that the world is ending.

What ever happened to studying harder to do better next time, or practicing something so much that you become a master at it, or learning from your past mistakes so that you do better the next time. So what if the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th times were a complete flop? Pick up the pieces and try, try, try until something works! Yes, even if it takes a lifetime (none of us really knows what’s in a lifetime until we’ve lived and died anyway).

“You Can Rise From The Ashes of Your Life”-Oprah

So many times we worry ourselves sick and become prisoners of our own minds, often feeling as if we have lost control. But the truth is, the only thing we have true dominion over is our own thoughts. We can decide whether we will allow negative thoughts to consume us in a way that keeps us in bondage and from living our best life. Yes, that is the one true god-like power that GOD gave man; the power of thought (and within this, the power and right to “choose”).

It is my wish that each person reading this will become more open to change. My prayer is that you (the reader) will see change as a great indicator that you are the all-powerful being that GOD intended for you to be. And that you excercise this power by choosing to rely on a greater power beyond mankind and yourself. When you trust that a “set back” is just a “set up” for you to be greater than before, for you to aim higher than you ever have, go further than you’ve ever gone, dream bigger than you’ve ever dreamed, and don’t stop at the 1st few attempts, or the first few “NO’s”… You can rid yourself of the indicating symptoms of FEAR before you fall severely ill, only to become completely consumed by it. It will steal your joy, your health, your wealth, and your life, only if you let it!

Be courageous and trust that if no one else supports you, at least YOU and GOD/the Universe will always support YOU.

As a lover of Hip-Hop for all the right reasons, I came across this video interview of rapper 50 Cent and the BBC. In this video 50 discusses his recently published book where he talks about how overcoming fear can be helpful and harmful in business. Of course the lessons in the video, as well as this post is about life as a whole, not just business. Check it out and let me know what lessons you’ve drawn from both, in terms of your own struggles.

Fashion Inspiration

This throwback photo of Super Model turned mogul, Tyra Banks, puts me in a place of empowerment and reassurance of my own life path. I’ve been working with a project that’s beauty/hair related for the past few years, and seeing my vision for it slowly unfold has been a dream come true. The patriotic top that Ms. Banks is rocking symbolizes that “It’s made in America…” It makes me feel inspired all over again, which brings me to this song: