Summer Replay 2016

The Summer is drawing to a close. This is a fast reply of some of the vacation and travel highlights of my 2016 summer. I’ve noticed I didn’t take too many selfies this year. I’ll try to make that up for the winter.


Wynwood Brew

Like a carefully brewed coffee cup this place has been bubbling to perfection with every cup.

I’m here in the Panther Coffee shop in the heart of Wynwood where the bohemian minded get there java on. They offer an openness about the craft of coffee by showcasing information about the growers of the beans. And share their knowledge of everything from plant to cup. They also offer delicious pastries and other delicacies including beer and wine.

I’m here today in Wynwood because recently I’ve been trying to find if there any authentic areas of creativity in Miami like I always found myself in back home in New York. And the only place I feel that is creating that authenticity is here in Wynwood.

The Wynwood arts district is home to many art galleries, retails stores, and other eclectic bars and shops.

It’s like a spin off from Williamsburg in Brooklyn Where they also converted old warehouses and closed down factories into creative spaces and places to meet, drink, and dine.

There is an eclectic and electric buzz everywhere you’re eyes turn.
On certain nights they have the art walks when this place really bustles.

The walls celebrate a melting pot of artists and styles.

I wish this place begins to experience an influx in the other arts as well. Like more a film community as well as more of a theatre community. At this point it’s basically art and design. I do have faith that it’s a matter of time before that starts brewing here in Wynwood.

There are few places that conjure up that special feeling for me…like Williamsburg or Greenwhich Village and especially Coney Island has in a big way. Now I feel Wynwood may do that with the thought of how its near future will be like. I think this is just the beginning.

I’m going to make sure I come here more often.

As the roasters and brewers practice the art and craft of the brew in the constant search for that satisfying coffee cup – this town of Wynwood is evolving through the art itself.

Creatively Critical

I ask myself am I being truly creative

I have this sense that I can’t find that element that thing that is as original as it can be.

I know there is no such thing genuine originality.  I’ve talked about that in the past.  Since creativity is finding ideas that already exist (they don’t come out of nowhere) and combining them to make something slightly new.  A new relationship.  A new idea.  Then why does that self-doubt creep up.

We say we want the freedom to express ourselves but are we self-awareness enough to know what it is we’re trying to express? Do we see too much of what’s out there and fixate on attempting something similar and not be more independent in our thoughts and creative process?  Perhaps it’s a lack of trust.  Confidence.  Self-criticism.  I don’t worry much about being creatively stuck.  Getting creative blocks is a natural part of the process

So Why do we create? Or why do we want to create. Are we compelled by passion?  Or If I’m asking these questions of myself is it because I’m lacking that passion?

I know I’m naturally enjoy the consumption of other creative works.   We are inspired and motivated to do the same if we believe we have the inclination to possibly reach that level of skill to some extent. . However, there is a point where too much consumption hinders your creative juices.  productivity.

Perhaps we do it because we are trying to discovere discovery something that we weren’t aware that we can produce.  We are searching within ourselves? Or to what extent are we being too influenced by others’ creations and ideas that we either identify or wish we had done similarly.



We’re back!

After months of feeling creatively stagnant and feeling that time is marching on I started to feel that I was losing out in this game of life. But I needed something motivating. I found it from Gary Vaynerchuk. He’s a hugely inspirational motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He talks about not falling into the trap that to achieve you need to be very young. He has given me hope.

Check out Gary Vaynerchuck on Twitter at @GaryVee