Smash… With No Hesitation

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When I was young I could always sense when I was about to go through a change in perspective, a metaphysical growth spurt, so to speak, leaving me feeling revitalized and renewed and open to new inspiration and creativity and all things beautiful. Sometimes it would evolve naturally and sometimes it was ignited by lyrics or the mood of a song or even a movie. And upon accepting this awareness of the universe and beauty into my life, I always found a new part of myself that I hadn’t known existed prior.

As an adult, those “aha” moments come at rarer intervals. Life and responsibilty and to-do lists get in the way of organic, natural thought and presence, awareness, and beauty are easily overlooked. Since 2007, my creativity, inspiration, and motivation have been driven by this blog, which I’ve poured my heart and soul into and loved every minute of. But lately I’ve been craving new sources of motivation and inspiration, maybe a deeper sense of purpose beyond it and behind it, instead of because of it.

Maybe it’s just because a new year is beginning, or maybe it’s the transition of leaving my part-time job of 11 years and committing to full-time blogging and writing and working from home… but I’ve been searching for a new part of myself to explore beyond what I already know hard lately. When I StumbledUpon this dance video the other day I felt that “sense” rushing through me, that “spark” I haven’t taken the time to pay attention to in years and it was energizing! I think I watched it three times in a row, each time feeling more intensity than the last. The song by Imogen Heap has quickly become a favorite, as have the rest of the songs on “Speak for Yourself” {2005} which I have been consumed with ever since.

Though this is seemingly just the beginning of my journey towards a deeper existence and finding a new aspect of who I am, I hope it will make for a fuller blog experience as well, all things considered… and inspire you to be more and feel more and see more as well. Cheesy? Maybe a little… but I’m on that path at the moment ;)


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.


  • Katie

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    Imogen Heap is amazing! I need to go listen to that album ASAP.

  • nik

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hello! I just found your blog and I think it’s AMAZING! The pics are great and I can see that You really like what you do here! I love people with great ideas, like you!
    Your blog is inspiring! I will follow you!

  • Angie

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you for posting the video this morning. I’m going through a bit of a dark patch and the video really spoke to me.

    My very best wishes for you at this transition point. I enjoy seeing your posts and photos and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for you and the blog this year.

  • astr!d

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    i loved her voice and those dancers are beautiful. i love this!!! the art that people create with their voices, hands, and bodies is so amazing!

  • Alison

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    Kate Jablonski is my favourite choreographer. You need to check out all of her work, esp Lie in Our Graves.

  • Mary Ann

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    How interesting for you to post this video. My dance company danced to this song originally in 2008 (and we revived it this past June). Here’s our video from ’08 if you’re interested. ;-)

  • amanda*rose

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    The same’s been going on in my world…the same kind of “spark” has been reignited in me this month, and I was thinking on it a few hours before I read this post. Isn’t that weird? :) I’ve already written a few blog posts set to appear on my blog in the next few days that deal with a lot of the same things. “The Shift” I called it.

    I’m excited to see how the sentiments of this post evolve.

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Jessi

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    Watching and reading gave me goosebumps and tears threatened to spill. I’m at a crossroads kind of place as well, starving for inspiration and feeling so numb with hunger but not much is satisfying me… but the goosebumps and tears are a good sign that the fire is not completely out inside, maybe just little glowing embers that need to be fanned back into flame. Thank you for helping contribute to that process for me :)
    xoxo J

  • Samanta

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    I found your blog few days ago and I like it !
    Your pictures are so beautiful, and your story touched me
    I think you are a great and beautiful person
    And, I love my dog like you love yours xD
    Hope your blog will be here for a long time

    PS : sorry if my english isn’t good, I’m French and unfortunately not bilingual ^^

  • Mikala

    December 29, 2011 | Reply

    When I am in a sad kind of mood, I like to watch the Chooky Dancers

  • Rumah Dijual

    December 30, 2011 | Reply

    wow interesting experience, very good video

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