Once I decided to quit my regular job to pursue henna art full time I had travel in mind for my new lifestyle. When I imagined where I would go first I saw myself in the vast green landscape of Ireland. I saved up my festival money and bought a one way ticket to Ireland. Not only did I want to see the nature there for myself but I wanted to connect with family that is scattered about the island. It was surprisingly easy to find my family as Ireland is so small! I connected with relatives, hiked, and saw things I have never seen before! I met up with an successful artist cousin who hosted me a few days and was able to learn a bit from him and try cutting crystal in his studio. His work is in the national Museum in Dublin and I am extremely inspired by his work. Check out Fred Curtis online! I also got to see the farm my great grandfather worked on and meet all the cows! I am a city girl so it was the best thing ever for me to shovel gallons of shit while the farmers looked on dying of laughter. After Ireland I went on to Scotland and absolutely fell in love with the old city of Edinburgh! Highland culture is also still alive there and I loved the rugged landscape. Now that I have accomplished one of my goals of traveling on my own it has sparked a passion for discovering more of the world. I plan on saving more and seeing what else the world has to offer me. I need to develop more of a plan so that Im less stressed out about finance and more able to enjoy myself. I learned so much about myself and others along the way. I am so grateful for the opportunity to travel and hope that people will continue to enable my chosen lifestyle (for now) by supporting my art!
WHATS HAPPENING NOW IN THE LIFE OF MOONCHILD?
I am currently going through a transitional period where I am stepping back to take stock of what I need to do to be the person I want to be! I'm excited to say I recently quit my part-time job to do henna full-time. OH BOY! :) Henna is my passion so it feels great to follow my interest... But big changes like these don't happen easily without doubts, growing pains and fears. I'm scared I wont be able to support myself, scared my passion could turn sour with the pressure of making an income off of it, scared I'm not even good enough at times or wont be able to handle the pressure of relying on JUST me. Its so comfortable to be able to clock in & check out in your mind to make your money and go home. SCREW THAT! Despite normal doubts and fears I'm also freakin' excited! I want to get better, want to share my talent with more people,want to travel, want to enjoy the freedom of setting my own schedule and being my own boss, even if its for a little while. I want to bring my lil dog Smee everywhere with me and I want to cook! I have a million things to do!
So I'm taking a short time away from social media to re-focus on my goals and be present. Social media can be an amazing tool that I love but it can have its caveats. I love using it to interact with others and get inspired but it can also distract me or cloud my vision. It gets draining and can weigh me down if I compare myself to others or am constantly checking it to reply or see if I have likes or new followers.. How about liking me in person or following me in person? WAIT! Please don't follow me in person. Its all good...my point is what I need is to be present in the real world for a sec, living every moment, not worrying about that shit for now. Nothing like waking up in the morning and scrolling through... NOTHING. Maybe I will start writing to inmates again! Maybe I will use that bath bomb I have had sitting in my bathroom closet for forever! The options are endless! But forreal.. I will probably be furiously dusting off my crystals, journalling, practicing my spanish, walking my dogs, day drinking with my dogs jk (not jk), talking to said dogs, hiking, networking and working on all things HENNA!
I am devoting 2 hours a day toward practice & honing my craft. Thats not including private appointments and events. I use practice hands and sketch pads but please email me if you can model henna for my portfolio! I'm currently looking for diverse ranges of models open to body jewelry themed lingerie henna or Mamas to be to model belly blessings. Or any males to model some MENNA! I do realize a big part of being a self employed artist is promoting yourself.. So I will still be doing that as much as possible in person and through other channels for now! Don't worry, I will be back soon!! I have too many Instaspammer friends that I'm sure will be missing my weird stories.. I'm also planning a road trip to Miami to see my family and friends soon so get excited to see that go down in the coming month! I was going to be in Miami for Art Basel but don't know if I will make it there in time. WELLL thats all folks, FOR NOW!
Email MOONCHILDMEHNDI@GMAIL.COM if you need me or care to comment/respond/encourage/inquire. I think you can comment here but this is my FIRST blog post! What do I know? AHHHHH :)
PEACE LOVE AND MASHED POTATOES, XOXO Moonchild Mehndi aka Mishelle
Pictured below: "Trust the Universe" Some henna medicine for myself.