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2 0 1 9 | I S S U E N O . 1

ONLY IN THICKK!

IXCLUSIVE

SHOOTS

9 Fashion Parties!

over 75 +

of Chicago's emerging

creatives

make it work!

SPECIAL

ISSUE!

1ST

XA'VONNI

TALKS

LIFE &

ART

page 132

IX-PLORE

10 TRENDY

TOPICS

Chapter 5: SPIRIT

FLOW..

"Do we have a

soul?"...You answered!

page 63

Artist

Spotlights,

Articles,

we have it

all in...

THICKK

MAGAZINE


special

on: Spotlight

Editor-in-Chief

EMILY CORREA

TEAM

IMAN PEDEN

Production & Public Relations Assistant

JAMES SMITH IV

Music Manager - Musician - Scout

BRIGGS PILOKOFF

In-House Photographer

JOSE SANCHEZ

Behind the Scenes Manager

JOCELYNN LOJACONNO

Talent Scout - Chicago

JORDAN JEFFERSON

In-House Photographer

KATIE MCCUE

PR Assistant -LA

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CHAPTER 1: "LOVE + SEX"

IXSHOOT: FORGOTTEN VALENTINE

WRITING CONFESSIONS #1

WRITING CONFESSIONS #2

IXSPOTLIGHT: RUSH BOWLES

CHAPTER 2: "WHOLE-ISTIC HEALING"

IXSPOTLIGHT: ERYC SIMPSON

WRITING CONFESSIONS #3

YOU ANSWERED! HEALTH TIPS

IXSPOTLIGHT: DEVON NEFF

IXSPOTLIGHT: MACRAMEZING

CHAPTER 3: "BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE"

NIGHT OUT CHICAGO PART 1

NIGHT OUT CHICAGO PART 2

YOU ANSWERED! BEAUTY TIPS!

NO ARTIFICIAL (YOU) ALLOWED

WRITING CONFESSIONS #4

IXSPOTLIGHT: BENITA BUNGER

IXSPOTLIGHT: SASHA M. & RISER61

CHAPTER 4: "THE MONEY GAME"

FAST MONEY SOLUTIONS

INTERVIEW: ELEKTRA B. YAO

IXSPOTLIGHT: TRAFFICK FREE

EXPLORE OUR SERVICES!


XAVONNI'S TIPS ON CASHING OUT

IXSPOTLIGHT: GERMAINE MOODY

CHAPTER 5: "SPIRIT FLOW"

IXSPOTLIGHT: IMAN ALI

SYNCTUITION

XAVONNI'S TIPS ON SPIRIT FLOW

IXSHOOT: TAURUS IXFASHION PARTY

WRITING CONFESSIONS #5

WRITING CONFESSIONS #6

MANIFESTATION PLANNER

IXSPOTLIGHT: SERENA ELIS

CHAPTER 6: "URBAN FUTURA"

IXSHOOT: URBAN FUTURA 3064

IXSHOOT: HOODHIPPIE FASHION

IXSPOTLIGHT: MA-OR DAV

CHAPTER 7: "THE FIFTH DIMENSION"

ARCHANGELS LUXE SHOOT!

IXSPIRITWEAR FASHION

ULTIMATE SPARK COACHING

WRITING CONFESSIONS #7

IXSPOTLIGHT: MAFER LUNA

CHAPTER 8: "UNDER THE MOONLIGHT"

IXSHOOT: GEMINI IXFASHION PARTY

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CHAPTER 9: "LIFE IN FLIGHT"

XA'VONNI TALKS LIFE & ART

XA'VONNI'S TOP TIPS TO MOVING

IXSPOTLIGHT: GAURI CHOPRA

CITY in FOCUS: CHICAGO

IXSPOTLIGHT: MANDY PENNINGTON

CHAPTER 10: "SPOON"

OFFER: IXDINING SOCETY

IXSPOTLIGHT: ARACELIA MARTINEZ

IXOFFER: RESTAURANTS

IXSPOTLIGHT: ERICKA PORTER

FINALE: THANK YOU


What is

THICKK Magazine?

We are a new hot! fashion-forward visual and

literary arts publication that is in celebration of LIFE

and all sizes of women...

our symbol is the Queen Bee...

The bee symbolizes community, brightness and

personal power....an enlightened symbol of wealth,

good luck and prosperity, since early times of

humanity.

They also symbolize hard work & cooperation which is

what Innova X Arts is all about. Since the honey bee

will protect it's home at the risk of it's own life, it

represents loyalty and courage.

All creatives in this publication represents OUR HIVE,

our TRIBE and our Collective,

It's our own creative expression...

I will show you now... - Xa'Vonni

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Subject:

Emily

"Xa'Vonni"

Correa

Age: Millennial, Level 3 (30-ish)

E D I T O R ' S N O T E

City: Boston, NYC, Miami, Chicago

Sign: Sagittarius

Favorite Color: Green

Highest Degree: Master's in Business

Psychology

Race: Human / NUYORICAN

Secret Talent: A little bit of Mind Reading

& Never being Boring...

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY ALT

WHY I CREATED THICKK

MAGAZINE

I can only speak from experience...the experience of a size 8 (sometimes 10/12) woman that her entire

30-something years on this earth, has been trained by society that the only way to be truly beautiful is

to be slim or underweight instead of simply "your best self".

The experience of reading hundreds upon hundreds of magazines over many years that featured

only size 0 - 4 models, saying that theirs was the only "beauty standard"..

The experience of being a 5-year certified modeling instructor at the modeling schools, training over

1,000 young females on how to truly be beautiful on the inside and outside.. and to at the same time,

know that the modeling industry represents petite models and size 14 +“plus size” models...then we

have the IG loving "Insta-famous" fitness & beauty models, the Glamour almost Porn Style

models...

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But where are the fit, sexy, HEALTHYmid-sized

models represented?

Where are my real women? Where are

my real "people"? Real art, real fashion,

and real culture?

Well, we have that here in THICKK

MAG. We are ready. We are the

"Queen Bees", honey!

We as women globally are constantly

told to lose weight to get much smaller.

If we are frustrated with our diets and

exercise habits, we may go up in size,

but usually, our weight does NOT

fluctuate to either extreme and if it

does, who cares? Curves are sexy!

THICKK IS IN!

Another point is that for some of us, as

women in the middle of these sizes,

well..we are lost in a size range that

judges us and SUITS no one, affecting

our self-esteem, other’s perceptions of

us as "doing something wrong or not

being good enough". We must break

that perception.

back in the

day..2012

Every woman IS the PERFECT WOMAN.

In these pages, we aim to inspire you to

be a WEIGHT RANGE not a SIZE.

But even more so...it is NOT ABOUT your

LOOKS..it is a Body-Happy Woman that

is EMPOWERED. Is that you?

The goal of THICKK Magazine is to

“CELEBRATE the "Modern Power

Woman Making Moves!”

Alongside some totally great..well,

FANTASTIC CONTENT.


-Xa'Vonni

"We define

THICKK-NESS

as a depth

in a Fashionably Creative

Kulture that reflects her

best confident self, one that

is THICKK with ideas,

potential + possibilities to

bring more greatness

to this world.

#THICKK in

BODY, MIND & SPIRIT."


-Xavonni

In these pages, I aim to reveal a collection of

women, men, ideas, opinions, artwork

& freakin' amazing! life hustles and

tips that spoke to us at INNOVA X. Also...

- To show off what INNOVA X can do! from

design to writing to talent selection.

In her pages, you will read some unique

things, like "Do we have a soul?" answered

by REAL PEOPLE in the INNOVA X network, to

"What is the Future like in 5 Years?" to

7 Writing Confessions, plus get access

to IXSpecial Offers, Artist Interviews, our

Luxury Theme Photoshoots, explore our

Artists in the Spotlight! Wow we have it all!

This magazine shows you a YEAR of

production of our work! with our fellow

supporters, collaborators & IXTeam.

We are a movement!

And who do we have here? Well, featured in

these pages are some of CHICAGO's best

talent! Do you recognize anyone?

Or perhaps Miami, NYC or Internationally?

We invite you to join our projects this year!

Issue #2 2020 is underway!

If you are a celebrity, imagine HOW much

underground your influence would be if you

represented THICKK women on our covers, or

in a post to the Chicago with our THICKK

MAGAZINE? The possibilities are endless..

...2018


B O D Y T R A V E L S

B L I S S F U L B O U N D L E S S B I T E S

L O V E + S E X

G U A P O K I S S K I S S

S A C R E D H O T S P O T S H O T S

M A K E

L O V E

N O T

W A R

S K I N W I N S


- Andre Bland

think. It's much harder to be in a

LOVE + SEX

WHAT MATTERS MORE

NOWADAYS? LOVE OR SEX?

IS A RELATIONSHIP

WORTH IT ANYMORE?

"Sexy love is the best. You can have sex

in any relationship but true love will

never lack sexiness. The saying that it

takes the right person is very true. You

should be open to try, attempt, consider

your significant other's feelings.

Sometimes you gotta do stuff that you

dislike, within boundaries and

consideration from both sides. Love

these days seems about how long you

can be with someone and not about

being one together". - Juan Hernandez

"I believe in Karmic

Partners, I believe in

multiple soulmates..I

think it's all a life

lesson, a journey. A life

partner that is a

soulmate AND a karmic

partner is the most

intense but the most

complete."- Xa'vonni

best sex is

"The

sex."

relationship

-M.V.

get older and learn what life truly is

"As you

what you have to learn about,

about and

others, but yourself, you will quickly

not just

an understanding that love

to come

actually comes in different forms. It isn't just

the sex, it's the time you've spent with each

"Love matters more. But we should

other, the sacrifice, the commitment.

be clear that unconditional, real love

Now a days, relationships aren't worth

"It takes

matters more. Conditional love falls

fighting for or even to be searching for, I

below sex. Without intimate sex,

many relationships can crumble."

relationship now then back then.

both"

Everything use to be so innocent like

"Love will ALWAYS matter more. It should

always be the foundation of any

relationship you enter, whether platonic

or otherwise. If there is an absence of

love, there is an absence of the glue that

will ultimately hold the relationship

together once the excitement from the sex

wears down, which it inevitably will. Our

society is currently over-saturated with

sex. It is easy to find. However, love is the

hidden treasure that makes you search,

work and fight for it. It's the only thing

that makes a relationship truly worth

fighting for." -Fa'darryl brown

- B.M.

is more important,

"Love

is meaningless

Sex

it. We are no

without

then animals if all

better

did was reproduce and

we

on to another. I

move

in waiting and

believe

your body as a gift

giving

the man or woman you

to

in love with." - J.S.

are

holding hands was a big deal. Nowadays

the kids are numb."

- Darlene Pham

"You can’t have rice without the

beans!! One magnifies the

purpose of the other, making for

a healthy life. Sex connects

energies best when REAL LOVE

is active. It’s always worth it,

however difficult it may seem to

find;) ARROZ Y

HABICHUELAS!!!" - K.B.

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FORGOTTEN

Above

Text about the article photo

would fit perfectly here.

I decided to start my first Chicago Fashion Mixxer for

18 'FEB VALENTINE

Innova X Arts in Pilsen AFTER Valentines. Why? Well...With so much

focus on V-day coupling, what about the countless almost gf/bfs that

were forgotten?

That don't receive that "Happy V-day Babe! Thinking of you"

text? That are through that first month or....going on 4 months! and

still not "official"? Why is True Love so much harder nowadays?

Why are so many people broken, unhealed and full of baggage?

MODEL: NAFTALI

KARK

PHOTOGRAPHER:

VINCTANK


MODEL: JENNA MARIEE


We seek "oneness"

with another...but

are we "#1" with

ourselves? Are we

loving and healing

ourselves as we wait

for the"one"? So

much pain and many

choices nowadays,

with endless ways to

run away at first

moment of conflict.

...Fix the damage

within NOW.


the past and Forgive

poor choices. your

It starts with you..


heal me...


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#1

kiera pietra

Writing Confessions

Why I’ve never written about this relationship.

I had thrived off of my own romantic misfortune for eons. Goofy mishaps with strangers,

relationships that just didn’t work, and the like have really fueled my writing. I pulled from every

dark corner, every silly encounter, every bump in the road. But that all stopped when I entered this

one. I couldn’t find the words, I couldn’t find my voice,

I just couldn’t. At first, I thought it was a good thing, that I was happy and that’s why writing about

him, about us, was not happening. But as I reflect on the last year and a half, I have realized that

wasn’t the case at all. I don’t write about this relationship because being honest with myself

regarding him scares me shitless. Let me start with saying he isn’t a bad guy, but over the year (s)

I’ve realized we are just simply two totally different people whose compatibility is nonexistent.

Writing about us, meant writing me out of us, and that scared me. What I didn’t realize is that

through not writing about what was happening in the now, I stopped writing in general, thus feeling

eternally lost to the person that I have always known myself to be. Sometimes you encounter a

person, polar opposite of you, and the relationship works. There is enough give and take, and the

compromise exists on both sides. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out, and through trying and

trying you begin to lose your identity.

Honesty with yourself in any relationship is so important...It’s been almost two years, and I don’t feel

any closer to him than day one and I feel even further from myself. I’ve stopped recognizing the

human that stares back at me in the mirror.

Stopped doing the things I love because they don’t interest him. I’ve become one of those

girlfriends so desperate to keep it together that internally I lay in shattered pieces strewn about

this studio apartment I can't afford on my own. How do you tell someone they don’t feed your soul?

How do you tell someone that through them, you’ve allowed yourself to stop feeding your own soul?

I’m starving. Because when you stop listening to your needs, you stop taking care of you. You begin

to put everything they want in front of your own wants, and that my friends leaves you lonely. I feel

alone in my relationship.

The way we differ is both simple and unbelievably complicated. I live in a consistent oxymoron. I sit

and imagine all the different outcomes, all the different types of things the future could hold. I go

back to when this all started and I think about... “what if I just kept it as friends?” I mean, we started

this whole thing closer than ever and I sometimes think that it should have stayed platonic...

To be Continued...at www.InnovaXarts.com

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T h o u g h t o f Y o u

I

t h o u g h t o f y o u w i t h b i t t e r n e s s ,

I

t a s t e d s i n u p o n y o u r l i p s ,

I

p a i n t t h e w a l l s w i t h g i b b e r i s h ,

I

c a r r y p a i n s o f e m p t i n e s s ,

I

s a w t h e s t a r s i n y o u r e c l i p s e ,

I

b e a r t h e b r u n t o f i t s h e a v i n e s s ,

I

n d c a s t m y c r i e s t o t h e a b y s s .

A

’ m s i c k n o w b e c a u s e o f t h i s ,

I

p l a c e d m y r o s e s o n y o u r h i p s ,

I

d o n ’ t r e c a l l h o w w e s t a r t e d t h i s ,

I

n d l o n g i n g l y c a l l f o r o n e l a s t f i x .

A

s t a r e w a n t o n l y a t m y w r i s t s ,

I

t ’ s n o c u r s e , t h i s w i l l p e r s i s t ,

I

a w a i t t h e d a y I c e a s e t o e x i s t ,

I

n d p r a y t o p u t a n e n d t o t h i s .

A

’ m f r a u g h t w i t h a c h e s t h r o u g h o u t m y c h e s t ,

I

a n c e d o n r a z o r s a n d c o n f e s s e d ,

D

h e r e ’ s n o o n e h e r e ,

T

h e r e ’ s n o t h i n g l e f t ,

T

a m n o t h e ,

I

a m n o t b e s t ,

I

#2

Writing Confessions

andrew reed

A n d p l a n f o r t h e A p o c a l y p s e .

S o , l e a v e m e h e r e ,

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.gtmo

L i k e t h e r e s t .


L O V E & S E X

A R T W O R K

Rush Bowles was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Considered a "Futuristic Surrealist", he

has traveled around the world to study the arts and evolved his craft.

Rush was "Artist of the Year" for the Miami Dade Coastal Conservation Association and

was chosen by Miami Dade Transit as "1 of 10 artists to have their art on the back of Miami

Dade Buses" in partnership with Transit Loves the Arts in 2016. In 2017, Rush was named "1 of

the top 6 new emerging artist by the prestigious Wynwood Life Street Festival."

Says Rush, "Art became my religion by chance. Although I have always been creative since

a young child, I didn't become artistic until I nearly became blind due to a tumor that nearly

blinded me. During the time that Baskin Palmer Eye Institute diagnosed me with the tumor

till the day they released me in good health, I used my art work as self therapy to escape the

fear of permanent blindness. From that day forward, my art work and creating it, is who I

am..."

https://www.facebook.com/rush.bowles

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E A R T H L Y V I B E T R I B E

F R I E N D L Y F L O R A F R I E N D S

W H O L E - I S T I C

H E A L I N G

M I N D O V E R M A T T E R

C E L L U L A R A L C H E M Y

H E A L

T H Y S E L F

A N C I E N T A N C E S T R A L E L I X I R S


WHOLE-ISTIC HEALING

SHOULD WEED BE LEGAL?

MEDICINAL OR

RECREATIONAL?

"Weed is a natural plant that

mankind didn't create. Well, the

truth is out anyway. Same people

who use to fight it made it legal.

In a matter of time, it will be legal

globally."- B.M.

"Legal Freedom.

=

Freedom responsibility.

=

As don't

people as long

"high" their allow to

others, on trespass the

has

historically substance

"Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s

CNN special titled “Weed”,

when you see a small child

having over 300 seizures per

day go to between 0-3 per

day after taking drops of

medicinal CBD, when you see

people suffering from cancer

who can’t eat be able to eat

edibles and have some level of

comfort then what is there to

argue?

What about veterans and

others with PTSD who use

marijuana as a successful

coping mechanism?" J.K.

are old

"Blunts

weapons

school

rebellion" -O.T.

of

alot of weed,

"Smoking

detoxing, can open a

while

to higher

portal

of deep

consciousness,

and self-

thinking,

That is why it

awareness.

been illegal for so long."

has

-M.P. -

been safe...and much

safer than alcohol."

- Bill Roberts

"Weed opens your

mind to ask the

questions of the

questions you never

thought to question."

- J.S.

"Herb is the

healing of a

nation, alcohol

is the

destruction."

-Bob Marley

who "He

not dares

the grasp

should

thorn,

crave never

rose." _

the

Bella Lily

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Photography

Eryc Simpson




#3

anna jean

Confessions Writing

Chronic invisible illnesses. That is a thing. The problem with them being invisible, is they are extremely tricky

to diagnose. I am going to tell you what went through my mind the day I learned I am a Zebra in a field of

horses. But first, I'll tell you a very brief history, as I don't want the point of this to become about the the

"disease" but more about how the explanation helped me.

I had been struggling with health issues since I was 8 years old. Started out minor, stomach aches. They

progressed over the years. Symptoms like body aches, extreme exhaustion, and injuring myself way too

easily became noticable over the years. They came and went, along with the chronic nausea and stomach

problems.

I would go through "spells" you could say. I was sent to Mayo clinic for a week, and refused to go back for

6 weeks for "Pain management" because I knew there had to be an answer other than managing

symptoms. In 2015-2016 I contracted mono, battled MRSA 6 times, underwent gallbladder and appendix

surgery, as well as getting nerves in my back burned because I was told I have moderate arthritis in some

facet joins in my spine. This was all in a span of 8 months. BUT, and here's the good news. This ALL helped

lead me to the day that changed my life, oddly for the better.

Getting diagnosed with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome was surreal. Some people fall into a deep depression when

they get diagnosed with a chronic condition, which is understandable. Because if it can't be cured, what's the

point in trying? I, however, look back on that day is a day that will change me for the better.

I was numb when the doctor finally told me, after 12 years of not knowing and being told I was making it

up, I finally had answers. I didn't know what to think. I had hope and prayed that day that I would finally

get answers. But when I did, I felt so many emotions, it felt like I had none. After the shock wore off, there

was sadness.

I spent a few days in tears. But I made a deal with myself, I wouldn't look on the internet for too much

information because my body is my body, my story is my story. I soon too realized that this diagnosis

doesn't change much. This is not something I just got, this is something I've always had. Finally, this lead to

me making my own little "motto."

This isn't a disease, this is an explanation for what I'm feeling, explanation leads understanding,

understanding leads to acceptance, Acceptance leads to peace." This mindset truly made me realize that

this syndrome is as much a part of me as my finger or toe, but it is NOT me.

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Then healing took place when I

made peace. I started truly listening

to my body. I was careful who I

listened too, because I'm 1 in

10,000-15,000 and chances are

my body may not react to it the

same way as theirs.

I started working on one symptom

at a time and taking baby steps,

literally. It started by walking with

my cane to the end of the driveway

and back.

That was it. starting small, and

building my body up. I was

committed to finding a new normal.

A new, healthy, normal. It wasn't

easy, it still isn't.

The change that happened within

the last year still astonishes me, and

I am excited to see how far I will go

in the next I went from not being

able to walk up a flight of stairs, to

going up and down them 15 times a

day.

I lost 27% of my body weight (56lbs)

which I had originally gained from

being sick and on bedrest. I decided

to go back to school.

I was told my dreams of being a surgical technologist was not the best decision for me. So, I found

a new passion aside from a new subject in college I'm thrilled to be studying. I found my creative

side. Being stuck in bed so much, some days I physically was too exhausted to eat. But the days

where I felt better, I learned something new about myself.

I like to teach myself things, I taught myself how to do makeup, play a few songs on the Ukulele,

made some hats and customized beer mugs, because why not? Having that time to get to know ME

as a person, as this new person, was something I didn't think was possible....

https://www.facebook.com/anna.jean.144

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Photo Credit: Jose Sanchez

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N A M A S T E A L L D A Y


SPIRIT FLOW

DO YOU BELIEVE WE HAVE A SOUL?

DOES IT LEAVE THE BODY UPON

DEATH? GOES WHERE?

"Well I had one near death

experience when I was 19. I felt that

all I had was my mind in a hollow

dark space, I could see my body and

I felt far away from it. I saw the

light. I know that sounds weird but I

really thought I was dying and my

conscious said that to myself "don't

die yet". A few hours later, I was

conscious. Maybe thats why I live

on the edge because life is short.

Life is precious. That's why it's good

to have a pure heart."

- Serena Ellis

"Absolutely! We're not robots, its what

makes us human. Each soul eloquently

made up and uniquely crafted. Death is

just an abrupt stop to what was. Our

earthly bodies give out...our spirits are

raised up."

"- Ruby Bergeron

"Yes we all have a soul. As soon as this body

cease to exist, the soul immediately

returns back to its creator. Everything that

is created, all have a creator. Death is

transition and is very much similar to sleep.

As soon as you close your eyes on this side.

You immediately open your eyes on the

other side. A very quick transition."

- Orrick Quick

"At 15, I had an out of body experience where i

heard a voice tell me that there was

"a god and i must follow him. " this was 3 days

after meditating and studying buddhism and not

experiencing anything. I had decided to be an

atheist and give up up further studies. next day I

I had this experience of body paralysis,

I forced my eyes open to see my teenage room

visually enhanced to see all items in full

clarity full peripheral. I floated forward

about my room only soul then!..well..I will

share the full story of this one day"- Xa'Vonni

"If we as people have a spirit or

energy, science tells us that energy

cannot be destroyed it only changes

form" -Christopher Fisher

"I believe things differently,

We don't "have" a soul, we are a soul. Our "physical", material selves are better

explained by quantum physics, who we are is more than meat, fat, bones and

what is external of that, who we are is what our soul is and as to where it goes

after, I think the answer is no where, we have never left or arrived anywhere,

energy cannot be created or destroyed, we are where we shall always be, the

origin of the energy that makes us is simultaneously alive everywhere and

always, before and after conscious perception of any individual. Our bodies

"die", the soul is only "ours" during that brief period that we are allowed to

consciously perceive a body and the world we see."

- Ronnie Soto


the John Hopkins and Mayo Clinic to

From

Osher Center for Integrative

Northwestern

to the best oncology centers in

Medicine

Reiki is the fastest growing and most

Australia,

backed energy therapy treating

researched

patients and practitioners alike.

both

Ali, RMT, a Reiki Master Teacher

Iman

the technique nearly 5 years ago

discovered

is now helping expand the use of Reiki in

and

and non-clinical settings throughout

clinical

a Research Assistant for

Ali,

University Feinberg School of

Northwestern

and its Osher Center for Integrative

Medicine

collects data on the impact of

Medicine

receiving integrative therapies like

patients

and Reiki.

massage

Osher Center at Northwestern is one of six

The

centers, including Harvard and

academic

a beautiful model, where MDs

"It's

and Massage Therapists (who

Chiropractors,

Reiki practitioners) all work together under

are

roof to address the entire person and not

one

journey toward wellness began back in

Iman's

after her father died suddenly of a trauma.

1995

the tender age of 18, Iman found herself in

At

hospital after having to sign for her father's

the

and a pill couldn't truly heal her

answer

wounds. In the fall of 1995 she

emotional

Yoga and Meditation and took her

discovered

class, learning to reconnect mind, body

first

was taught healing visualization

She

by her Japanese meditation

techniques

and her journey toward wholeness

teacher

began.

energy centers of the body. Chakra is a

the

word that means wheel or disk. In

sanskrit

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Chicago, IL

the country.

Vanderbilt, designed to study, teach and

practice integrative medicine.

just the illness," said Ali.

body and plan his funeral.

doctors wanted to medicate her,

While

she knew that medication wasn't the

intuitively

and spirit.

meditating for nearly a decade, in 2005,

After

took her first "chakra" class to learn about

she

Yoga,

THE BEAUTY OF

REIKI

with Iman Ali

There are seven major chakras along the spinal cord starting from the

base of the spine through the top of the head.

These wheels correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each

chakra contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our

psychological, emotional and spiritual state of being. Because everything

is in motion, it's essential that the seven main chakras stay open, aligned

and fluid. When there is a blockage energy can not flow.

Blocked or closed chakras cause many issues that if left imbalanced can

cause physical and psychological dis-ease. What Western or alopathic

medicine is now understanding is the integral connection between mind

body when it relates to disease, and there is not one that is not rooted in

some type of prolonged emotional or mental dis-stress.

Reiki is a deeply relaxing therapy that stimulates the human energy field

to encourage it's natural healing process. Reiki is a performed with light

touch or hands hovering slightly above the endocrine system. The

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the

Natural Institute of health classifies Reiki as "biofield therapy or energy

medicine."

Due to the fast, dramatic results of Reiki, it is now performed on

individuals in nursing homes, hospice, spas, and hospitals throughout

the U.S.

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A 60-minute Reiki sessions is performed with the client fully dressed on a massage table.

There is no manipulation of muscle or tissues. The practitioners hands are either slightly

above or along the endocrine system, major organs, and charkas,on the front and back of

the body.

Warmth or tingling sensation can be generally felt by the client during session, along with

a deep sense of relaxation, calm and clarity of thought.

"What i love about Reiki is that it is gentle of both the client and the practitioner. There is

no back-wash of energy or transference of energy on the practitioner like with massage.

And Reiki is a great self care technique for therapists," said Iman.

As a Reiki Master Teacher, Iman is certified to teach Reiki 1,2 and Master Levels.

As a practitioner you can book a private session with her or see her at the following

locations, The Ruby Room in Wicker Park, Essence of Life in River West.

She also will be performing Reiki in clinical settings like Advocate Illinois Masonic Cancer

and Infusion Center as a part of The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, founding by

fashion icon Donna Karan. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy treats Pain, Anxiety, Nausea,

Insomnia, Constipation and Exhaustion using Reiki, Aromatherapy, Restorative Pose,

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Top Coaching Tips for....

Xa'Vonni's

in the Flow! Getting

1. Recognize that your SPIRITUAL JOURNEY is your OWN JOURNEY.

It is all a PERCEPTUAL REALITY. What does that mean? That your

view of life is actually from your own VIEWPOINT and a VISUAL

CREATION. It all related to your upbringing, your beliefs, your past

and your inner knowing and voice! So worry about you! Don't judge

someone else's journey! They "see" things differently. Truths of

perception DO resonate though.

2. If you never attempted Yoga before, locate your closest local studio

and try a free class (they all do it), go for Beginner's Yoga like Vinyasa

(Slow Pace). Ashtanga is great too (more faster pace, and meditative).

Come early and sit in the back to calm your nerves! I first took yoga in

my art school at age 18, it was unique to take in theater class, and it

allowed me to then practice on and off for over 10 years! Really put a

standard to my body! Yoga will help your joints and bones age better, so

your body is more flexible. Starting now is better than never.

3. During one of my first meditative yoga classes at 17 years old, I fell

into a trance where I was able to touch my toes, and be more flexible

than usual. In sitting position, a WHITE FLOWER appeared before me,

of which I could "smell the taste of the flower" or "taste the smell", an

intermingling of senses past humanness, and basically felt a spiritual

awakening with this unknown imagery. I left the studio feeling an

incredible light aura around me. Strangers noticed it and smiled at

me. It wasn't until later that I realized the white flower was...THE

LOTUS which is an incredible symbol across cultures in Buddhism,

Egyptian cultures etc. of a "Spiritual Rebirth." This experience was one

of many.

4. Try a CHAKRA cleansing, my favorite tool is Deepak Chopra's

Chakra Cleansing CD. Its on Youtube for free! I didn't believe we had

chakras nor know what they were! until I listened and FELT them

cleanse IRL


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awareness, derived neither from perception

energy, some more subtle than others

ideas, inspiration this way. It’s also been

Now, meditation tends to intimidate

people. I hear things like “I’ve tried, and I

thing, it’s not hard like some people

think. It can be as simple as listing to a

All of the psychic teachers I’ve had agree

that psychic abilities and intuition is like

a “muscle”. It can be developed.

Tapping into intuition and getting a

feel for the fact that everything is just

and it is all around us is a great start.

S T E P

1 Meditate

This has been the number one way I’ve

tapped into my own intuition. I’ll often

get “downloads” messages, thoughts,

how I’ve transformed my thought

patterns and created a happy, peaceful

reality because our thoughts really do

I’ve been on an intense spiritual journey of

self-discovery for about 9 years. This has

create our reality.

lead me to discovering nearly three years

ago that I’m a psychic medium.

can’t do it”. Meditation isn’t about

Psychologists define intuition as

“immediate understanding, knowledge, or

stopping our thoughts so much as

becoming aware of them. Here’s the

nor from reasoning.”

10-minute free guided beginner’s

It’s an automatic, effortless feeling often

meditation. Really, that’s it.

psychic teachers I’ve had agree that psychic

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quickly motivates you to act. All of the

abilities and intuition is like a “muscle”.


many of us, our minds have been conditioned to

For

at what’s lacking and the negative side of things.

look

can re-program this through intention. By focusing

We

what we’re grateful for it raises our vibration.

on

has its own vibrational frequency – the table

Everything

the car – the picture frame – the rock – even our

and feelings. It is all governed by The Law of

thoughts

Your vibration is how high or low your

Vibration.

the beauty and magnificence hidden all around us

See

the time. The more you appreciate these things the

all

are moved not by the goal itself but by the

“You

of the process of moving towards the

Visualization

goal.” - Unknown

need to “fall in love” with what you want in order to

You

in the correct vibrational state.

be

start by letting the universe, and yourself know what

First

is you want. Get clear.

it

on the words “this or something better”, in order to

Tack

limit your possibilities. Mentally or verbally ask your

not

never want to set intentions from a place of ego.

We

of what it is that you want, whether it happens

Regardless

Founder of THICKK MAG thinks it's also

Xa'vonni,

to "expect" positive results. Confidence is key.

important

2

Practice Gratitude Regularly

S T E P

3

Visualization and intention Setting

S T E P

Photo Credit: Conrad Castelo

emotional and feeling state is at any particular point.

Acting from a place of gratitude is much more powerful

higher self and your spiritual team for assistance.

than a place of lack and need. When our vibration is

high, that is how we can reach a space of accessing

other realms. Spirits vibrate very quickly and in order to

reach them we have to meet them in the middle, where

the term “medium” came from. Make a list of positive

or not all comes down to your frequency and whether

you’re in alignment with it energetically.

affirmations and read them to yourself every day.

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more you will notice them happening.


"TRUST

AND

ALLOW"

-

W W W . R E A D I N G S B Y B A . C O M


uma

venkatraman

HEAVEN

S i l e n t l y t h e m o o n p e e r s t h r o u g h

t h e b i l l o w y d r a p e s , i t ' s s i l v e r l i g h t

s k i m m i n g p a s t a s i l k e n t r a i l ,

t o s s e d a s i d e b y a t o r n a d o

o f d e s i r e , u n l e a s h e d b y

a f r e n z i e d m e e t i n g o f l i p s .

#6

T h e s t o r m b r e a k s , y o u r b r e a t h

s l i t h e r s d o w n m y s k i n . .

Y o u r m o u t h s t o p s

a t e a c h d i p , e v e r y p e a k

t a s t i n g , p a u s i n g .

M y b o d y a r c h e s , m y n a i l s r a k e a s y m p h o n y

o f p a i n d o w n y o u r b a c k ,

m y l e g s t w i n p y t h o n s

c o i l i n g a r o u n d y o u r w i l l i n g f o r m .

Y o u s l i d e i n t o l a v a

p o u r i n g o u t o f m y c o r e ,

m i n g l i n g w i t h t h e f i e r c e g u s h

o f y o u r r e l e a s e .

W e a r e e m p t y , y e t f i l l e d ,

s p e n t y e t f r e s h ,

T h e m o o n g a t h e r s s l i c k b o d i e s

i n t o i t ' s c o o l e m b r a c e .

U n n o t i c e d , t h e s u n

s l i p s i n t o t h e r o o m

u n w i l l i n g t o l e a v e .

I s t h i s n o t h e a v e n t o o ?

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WHAT IS THE FUTURE GOING TO BE

LIKE IN 5 or 10 YEARS? IN DATING,

TECH AND CAREER?

"Statistics show that marriages are

taking longer to happen in a couple,

but it is more a serious, no-divorce

decision and partnership. This is

healthy considering how toxic

relationships equally have become

with the dating apps, which are

slowly being seen as tacky. But

then we have potential sex robots

coming out within 10 years, and

then we have virtual dating. If we

awaken as expected, then dating

should be more truthful and heart

centered. We will have driverless

cars within 5 years. Uber is gone or

replaced with driverless feature.

Sadly, robots taking most of the

jobs, so alot of the human jobs will

be digital, virtual, educational.

People to People interaction will be

worth more and cost more."

- Xa'Vonni

""Tech- higher rate of data transfer will definitely

create an interfacing system that's implanted

internally so no need for phones or personal

computers.

Dating will be virtual and a lot done through VR

including sexuality though people will still prefer

the old fashioned way ha ha

Work will be done primarily from home office as

tech increases there will be no need for meetings

or conferences. Also a lot of international

meetings done over VR platforms." - Alexander

Gersch

" What’s dating? Do people even do that

anymore?


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DO YOU

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN PARALLEL

UNIVERSES? ANGELS? GHOSTS?

UFOS? PREMONITIONS?

"I believe in Parallel Universes, it makes

sense due to the concept of probability

within this "perceptional matrix". As for

Angels, I had one tap my shoulder one

day and even push me out of the way

getting hit by a car! I have smelled baby

powder and candy in church once when

the preacher spoke of "a sign from

heaven" . I had my life saved from death

more than a handful by divine

intervention! About Ghosts, seen one at

18 at my old house, that my friend saw as

an "orb", and had one approach me in

sleep about a potential death. Seen 4

UFOS in Miami, and have had intuition

since youth. Yes, Life is weird." - Xa'Vonni

"Parallel Universes..yes.

UFO, yes but government

got few of those toys"

- Shane Dodson

Parallel universes? I’m not sure. But I believe there are

multiple realms for sure. How it all works, idk. I have my

theories. Angels (as in spirits of light), yes, I’ve seen

some. Ghosts, I’ve seen some and have had witnesses.

UFOs, I’ve seen some and have had MANY witnesses.

Precognition, I’ve experienced it and have witnesses

and stories.- Andre Bland

"Live in one, watched over by

one, haunted by one, seen one,

want to meet one." - Dre Boyd

"Yup to all of thee

above....I've had UFO/ET

contact when I was in

Bolivia in 2016."

- Marlo Alvarez

"Yes, it's all connected

It's a puzzle which as pieces

everywhere some people can't

see the truth but only parts"

- ALton T. Pettway

yes, yes, yes,

"Yes,

- Dolores

...."

"I don’t just believe it’s

also a feeling."

- Vicky Williams

"Multiverse"-Eric Ivasiecko

Petersen

"Parallel universes yes. Angels, not as depicted in

mainstream thought but definitely. Evil spirits

absolutely. Ghosts, no not as depicted but certainly bad

energy and cursed places. UFO by definition, yes there

are many things we as civilians cannot identify. In

understanding the vastness of the universe and

boundless expanse that is infinite, I'm certain we are not

the only sentient and intelligent beings. Simply not

possible."

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STAR

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by Christina Buczek

You see, the moment you were born, a

snapshot of the cosmos was taken. This

I’m guessing you know what your is your Natal Chart. A Natal Chart is the

Zodiac sign is. Depending on your key to unlock the doors of the unique

birthday, you may be a Libra, Gemini, or you!

Aquarius. This is what’s called your “Sun

sign” because the Sun was transiting a The five main keys to these doors

particular Zodiac sign when you were include the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus,

born! In terms of astronomy, the Sun is and Mars. Let’s open these doors oneby-one

and discover what’s in the

the center of our Solar System–

sustaining all life within it.

rooms.

Symbolically your Sun sign directs your

outward personality and “how you

shine.” Pisces, for example, is

understanding and gentle.

They are comforting to be around and

have great empathy towards others.

Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac;

thus, they relate to all other signs. Aries

individuals, on the other hand, are the

first sign of the Zodiac.

in a comfortable environment. Geminis

They initiate action in all they do. They

are the talkers.

are true leaders and like to be in charge.

But what about the rest of the Solar

System? Your Sun sign just barely

scratches the surface of your unique

cosmic profile.

For example, my Sun is in Leo, Moon in

Libra, Mercury in Leo, Venus in Cancer,

and Mars in Taurus.

As I have previously mentioned, your

Sun sign directs your outward

personality. Just as the Sun behaves,

your astrological sign shines brightly

with its radiance. Leos are gregarious,

natural leaders, and possess great

passion. On the negative side, Leos are

egotistical and impatient.

In contrast, Capricorns are patient,

wise, and immensely disciplined. They

may appear shy or aloof if they are not

If you know someone who won’t stop

talking, they are probably a Gemini.

Their communication skills are their

best assets. While your Sun sign lights

up your persona, your Moon sign dives

deep into the unknown waters of your

inner-being.

Truth be told, you have many more

layers to your psyche–your unique

blueprint of personality.

Your moon sign dictates your....

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unconscious predispositions, emotions, and how you behave

in relationships. For example, Moon in Libra natives desires

harmony, peace, and safety in their relations. Their strong

need for balance often leads them to appease people too

quickly. With the airy quality of Libra, sometimes they tend to

rationalize emotions inadvertently. Direct emotions simply

confuse them, unlike Moon in Taurus natives for example. As

we keep opening different doors, we find even more mysteries

to your personality unveiled.

Your Mercury sign encompasses anything to deal with

communication, how you make sense of the world, and logical

reasoning qualities. Mercury is ruled by Gemini (air) and Virgo

(earth).

Your Mercury sign encompasses anything to deal with

communication, how you make sense of the world, and logical

reasoning qualities. Mercury is ruled by Gemini (air) and Virgo

(earth).

This gives us clues into how Water signs behave in Mercury. For

example, Mercury in Scorpio (water) natives are the most

intense speakers. They tend to “sting” you with their uncanning

ability to debate topics. In fact, Mercury in Scorpio

natives is almost always national leaders or heads of states.

In contrast, Mercury in Leo natives speaks with passion and vigor.

They do have much authority when they speak, but you will find

them speaking with pure passion. They are the best storytellers

of all the signs. They may lack in detail, but nonetheless, you will

be genuinely entertained in their communications as they see the

bigger picture. While Mercury aids in the way you communicate,

Venus uncovers your love.

Let’s talk about LOVE! Venus is the Queen of love and beauty. Not

just the physical beauty, but Venus gives clues into your artistic

tastes and your social relations. What are your values? How do

you love your partner?

For example, Venus in Cancer natives craves safety in a

committed partnership. They are the most sensitive and intuitive

lovers. They have strong values to their family and home. They

may come off a tad dry to a Venus in Leo native who desires

gregarious affection. Their love for you is shown through their

utmost devotion and caring nature towards you.

Mars is related to action, impulses, and our temperament. Mars

holds pure energy, unlike creative or intellectual predispositions

like Venus or Mercury. Mars in Taurus natives, for example,

demonstrate stable goal-setting. They have refined tempers–you

will rarely set them off easily like Mars in Aries natives.

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"Look up at the stars and not

down at your feet. Try to

make sense of what you see

and wonder about what makes

the universe exist. Be curious."

-Stephen Hawking

Their sexual nature is all about the visceral experience. Candles, music, perfume/cologne, and touch please them

the most of any sign. Intellectual stimulation during sex only aggravates them. They are the most physical of any

lover–they are sensual in bed. If you want to have an understanding of say, your main squeeze, look at his/her

Mars sign to understand how they act in bed.

These fascinating and complex dynamics are found in each individual’s personalized Natal Chart. You can unlock

the intricacies of your psyche to gain a crystal-clear insight. The study of Astrology is like walking through

unknown rooms–each unique and rich in information. Your life is written in the stars, but do not confuse this with

destiny. We all have free-will at our disposition. All you need to do is relax in this certainty, and work with the

stars. Many unanswered questions can be answered through Astrology.

Below you can find the most comprehensive website about Astrology. There are hundreds of Astrology websites

and I swear by this one. Simply go to cafeastrology.com and click on “Free Reports & Calculations” in the dropdown

menu. Then click on “Natal Chart.” A detailed report of your Natal Chart will generate. The only information

you need is your name, birth date, birth time, and place. If you want to find your partner’s Venus or Mars sign all

you need is their birthdate. Simply Google “Venus or Mars sign tables” and you’ll find it.

Have patience in your Astrology study. Astrology is the key to understanding yourself. Trust in the accuracy of the

cosmos, they are a valuable and powerful tool.

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1. Who are you as an artist? What is your story?

I'm the Founder & CEO of RAW: natural born artists. RAW is an independent arts organization based in

downtown Los Angeles, that operates in 70 cities around the globe. We're the largest independent arts

organization in the world.

RAW was born in 2009 with a mission to provide tools, resources, education and exposure for artists that

are just beginning in their creative journey. We do this both online and offline through a robust web

platform and our signature showcase events, respectively.

Our showcases take place on a quarterly basis and feature 50-60 local artists from their specific

community in 10 different creative categories (film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art,

beauty, accessories, photography, craft & tech).

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2. Who are some of your favorite artists and

influences?

It sounds cliché but I really am inspired by

almost everything. I think inspiration

strikes at the most unpredictable times by

the most unpredictable things/people/places.

I would say, I'm heavily influenced by music

of all genres, travel, philosophy and cities.

Cities really energize me with creative

energy. Randomly, I also get really inspired

in airports. Ha!

3. What makes your art worth it? To the

world? To your fans?

I think what I do daily has and continues to

make a difference to the creative community

at large.

It certainly hasn't been easy busting through

barriers of "how the art world should work",

or being ahead of our time with a

crowdfunding model, but it has certainly been

worth it.

I get emails daily from artists all over the

world thanking our team and me for the

opportunity to be seen and heard.

ARTIST: BRYAN BRUNO

These are nice reminders that pushing through

the challenges, while uncomfortable at times,

makes an impact to so many others.

4. What is the future of your art and the

arts/entertainment industry?

I think the future of art is even more

democratized. There has never been a better

time in history to be an independent artist.

C I T Y L I F E \ \ A S H T R A Y N U T Z

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creative field is a click away. I think we'll

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5. What’s your Poison?

I think "poison" for any creative comes from three

main things:

- Comparing yourself to others

- Being complacent in your skillset/education

- Not taking risks

While I've personally been guilty of all of these

things from time to time, I make a concerted effort

to not let any of them become a detriment. Being

self-aware is half the battle.

6. How is your ART “your Religion”?

I have worked on and for RAW for almost a decade.

Most everything I do is for or because of the

organization. I would say that is indeed a religion!

Ha! Ultimately, I want to see RAW as a platform,

community and industry standard be the best it can

possibly be.

- Hard work

- Persistence, persistence, persistence

- More hard work

The only guaranteed return on investment I've ever

seen (whether it be in my own life or in other

success stories) is hard work. It's the only way to

achieve anything.

9. What is your favorite inspirational philosophy in

life?

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional". -

Haruki Murakami

10. Where do you see your career going in five

years? 10 years? Next year? Next month?

I'd like to see RAW on every continent being able to

expose new cultures and communities of artists

everywhere.

7. What is the message of your art?

I think RAW is a bit of a rebel in the art world

(without the negative connotation).We don't really

subscribe to the rules of how things...

should or shouldn't work. We've carved our own path,

independently without any investment, large source of

funding, giant corporate sponsors, etc. Much like our

artists, we're independent through and through.

I think if there is one message we send, it's that

you can do it your own way with a lot of elbow grease

and care.

8. What do you really think it takes to make it? Tell

us 3 keys...

11. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you

want your fans to remember you and your art?

I want RAW to be a warm home for independent

artists.

Somewhere they can go to get nourished with

everything they need.

I want artists to regard us as a community they

can both participate in and give back to.

I want us to continue to help launch careers,

realize dreams and ensure creativity is incubated

everywhere, because I personally believe creativity

can, does and will always be the biggest instrument

for change in our world.

I C O N S I D E R M Y S E L F V E R Y L U C K Y ! H O W E V E R , A S T H E O L D Q U O T E

G O E S , " T H E H A R D E R I W O R K , T H E L U C K I E R I G E T " .

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G O O D B Y E E A R T H

M O V I N G M A S S E S

L I F E I N

F L I G H T

A I R Y A U R I C A D V E N T U R E S

TAKING

IT ALL OFF

N O M A D I C & E R R A T I C


LIFE IN FLIGHT

IF YOU HAD UNLIMITED FUNDS,

WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU

LIVE?

- Andre Dixon

"Amsterdam"

London!!!!!! -

Proctor Doug

me in

"Catch

- Jose

Dubai"

"Well I would live in South Beach and produce my

show and perform and hold parties for all from

around the world and bring in my friends.. AND

support causes raise funds for education and

healthcare. Thats my idea of retirement LOL" -

Indra Patel

Garcia

❤ " - "Puerto Rico

Ahram Shiereen

"I would have my own island RESORT for

creatives, like richard branson, or I

would be on another planet, another

galaxy (Yes, I dream big, a typical

sagittarius )."- Xa'Vonni

"Puerto Rico ❤ " - MOM

"Here in Cali...

Newport Beach..."

- George Halsapple

- "Narnia"

Connor

Cranston

"Anywhere? Idk. Probably San Diego. But as

much as I love it there, I also feel like I’d get tired

of it just like I get tired of anywhere. So I’d be

happy where I am as long as I can travel."

- Andre Bland

"Mars. I’m

actually not

kidding."- Justin

Komori

"Right where I am... buying better dog treats

for Libby and top shelf bourbon for me."

- Kevin Lahvic


XA'VONNI

T A L K S L I F E & A R T

PHOTOGRAPHY: JERRY ALT

PHOTO ILLUSTRATOR: MEDIHA SANDHU

MUA/HAIR: BIANCA NARANJO


When I was a child, my big requests every Christmas

were crayons, colored pencils and blank drawing pads.

I had the mind of an artist even back then. For me, seeing

the endless colors all displayed like rainbow-hued candy

inspired my young creative mind and helped me express

myself as I drew the world around me.

With each passing year, I experimented with different

forms of art while observing the world’s interaction with

the creative part of society, not really sure where it

would all lead.

My love for the arts started with drawing, then moved

unto devouring hundreds of books, soon enough a

fascination for writing grew within me. My interest then

turned to poetry, which led me to create over 80 poems

in my teens.

Finally, when I was 16 years old, I became obsessed with

acting and theater of which I truly fell in love and felt

creatively free. I received classical acting training

through various scholarships and by combo of fate &

luck, entered an arts conservatory junior

year..eventually that led to teaching and leading others

within the arts.

Ultimately, what truly inspired me was the psychology of

an artist, their contributions to society and also the

business side of the industry. Since 2012, I chose to give

back to the artistic community as a thought leade,

content creator and life/business coach, in a niche I was

once part of and knew so well.

In 2019, I feel higher levels of understanding on my

creative purpose and a culmination of sorts through this

publication, which connects all my creative projects . I am

truly living “inspired.”That is what art does to the honest,

brave and self-aware person. It allows people to reach

into the innermost core of who they are as creative

beings. I use that to DESIGN, this time with the WORLD.

At your most deepest core, you are a creative being

because you were created by an introspective universe

that wanted to explore the meaning of the world through

you. So live a LIFE in FLIGHT & explore!

R E I S E | P A G E 4


Bonus Section

Top Coaching Tips for....

Xa'Vonni's

Cities Moving

1. Spend at least 6 months researching your intended city, from

neighborhoods, to top spots, To the subway routes, to crime stats, to

employment opportunities, to referrals from friends of people to

connect with...never go in blind on a move.

2. I have lived in Boston, NYC (3 years), Miami (3 years) and now

Chicago (1 year) on my own, barely knowing anyone in the last 3 cities,

but within the first year, hosting my own networking events, quickly

knowing many creatives and becoming recognized in the community

for my work. You don't have to know anyone to make it in the city. It

can! be a fresh start, but you have to be incredibly outgoing and street

smart.

3. You don't need an incredible amount of $ moolah! to move, the least I

have had was $2k. I recommend an average minimum of $5k for a

good move (without guts or glory!) You simply need to move to

SUBLEASE for your first 3 months to settle into a good job (or 5),

check out the neighborhoods, go running around to events to make

friends, and to snag some online dates.

4. (Yes, online date IF SINGLE, it is your RESEARCH, let your

potential friend tell you ALL about THEIR CITY's hot spots (plus you

save money sightseeing). The ego boost as they brag about the

greatness of their city will be EXTREME.

5. Join meetup.com to meet people fast! In NYC I even created my own

group and soon had a 330 member group of creative for my new life

coaching business.

6. 3 Months before the move, apply for JOBS like crazy. Best sites for

speed of application are LINKEDIN and Craigslist.

7. SHIP your items via the POST OFFICE, they do pick it up. I moved to

Chicago with 4 LARGE BOXES, weight 120 lbs, cost = $ less than $400.

Sell all you can on offer and CL.

8. Contact me for a Free Life Transition Coaching Session...


"LIFE IS ALL

ABOUT COMEDY

& JOY."

- XA'VONNI


- ARTIST GAURI CHOPRA

artwork

. . .DIPPING UNDER.

DIVE

“ART IS MY ESSENTIAL TOOL FOR SUSTAINING A

FULFILLING LIFE.“


"What is important is that even

though I was told that I am a

woman and my goals were

unachievable, I still kept on

going and followed and kept

true to myself at all times, by

following my heart."

- Gauri CHOPRA

Why Do You Make This Type of Art?

It all started with this one moment when I realized that “society” does not fit me.

During my early years as an artist, maintaining my artistic values and originality was the single most

challenging task in a city like Mumbai. This situation pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I spent many

years traveling and interacting with the natural beauty in and around India, looking for an environment that

would be conducive for creating. In the process, I was able to communicate with natural shapes, new textures,

beautiful colors and hues, that I couldn’t even think of recreating on paper, and yet, sadly the urgency to keep

the environment clean was unfolding at every step in my journey. After years of interacting with and

photographing different elements on land, I found myself speechless when I experienced the Indian ocean

through my lens.

The yellow sun piercing through the dense blue Maldivian waters, the sound of my breath rising to the surface

in the form of shiny silver bubbles, the slight crackling sound of the reef and the vast blue canvas to empty the

mind, was an inspiring experience. No element had ever woken up all my five senses, in such a seamless

fashion.

It was the perfect environment to plant the seed for my desire, to create more value through my art. In the

search for creating more awareness of the artist within myself, in 2009 I graduated from the Brooks Institute of

photography in Santa Barbara, with a bachelors in, industrial/scientific photography. In 2012, I quit my

commercial photography job in New York and dedicated five years of my life to studying and capturing the

wonders of our oceans and its inhabitants in the Indian ocean.

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Have you won any awards in your field? In which galleries have you exhibited your work?

In addition to being published in online and in several Magazines, I have also won international photography awards like IPA, TIFA,

LICC, in the the field of Architectural , Underwater and fine art photography. I have self published two books on itunes and I am

currently exhibiting at the Monteserrat Contemporary art gallery in New York.

What Does Your Artwork Represent?

The urgency to create awareness about the coexistence of the symbiotic relationship between humans and our natural environment

is the base coat for all my artwork. Along with photography exhibits, I also create digital artworks and art edutainment products like

apps and ebooks, in the hope to inspire the younger generation, to help build awareness about the benefits of a cleaner environment.

How Do You Make It?

Creating images underwater is very different from taking a photograph on land. The mind has to multitask with diving meters and

camera gear, while also focusing on being suspended in water. Due to surge and currents, many times one is required to use a hook to

help stay put in one place. Shooting underwater can be challenging, but the key to making good images is “patience.”

I wait for a certain level of interaction before I select my subject. Each species has its own home and language, and only a few like to

interact. Understanding the species and their different languages take time and practice, but once there is some friendly energy

around the selected location, I begin composing. In a sixty minute dive, on a calm day, I would probably hope for five good images.

This slow and interactive process of creating itself is the message “ let's take time to understand the ocean in our unique way because

we need it as much as it needs us.”

What Does Your Art Mean to You?

Every human being is an artist, and every artist is on their own time.” Gauri Chopra

The art of following your hearth is not an easy route. To achieve this one has to be aware of the coexistence of “possibility” in every

situation. As an artist living in society has not been easy and breaking the mold of sociological constructs, and fighting to be on my

own time, has been a very intense but highly educative experience. My art is an expression of the transformation of the struggles and

victories, that elevated my perspective and helped me find myself, during my journey over the years.

See past exhibits and artist work:

Instagram@chopragauri(GC)

www.gaurichopra.in

www.finebalancephotography.com

www.oceanwonders.in

www.watermatterz.in


CITY SPOTLIGHT Chicago

Photo Credit: Artemio

Gonzalez

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moved to this great city after 6 months of research, with only 4 heavy boxes shipped of my entire life and a one-way ticket. Left

I

to a city I had some important family in, a gorgeous 1 year old nephew and to conquer my 4TH city.

Miami

missed having 4 seasons, rocking my biker boots through the cold, dense snow, or kicking some reddened leaves in fall. I missed

I

all cultures of people, but I needed a place different from NYC, which held too many distractions and uncertainty.

seeing

I found great, truly great! in Chicago, my FAVORITE CITY of the 4 was the depth of the people, their general friendliness

What

with that tough city exterior, their intelligence and acceptance of who they are, their humility to work hard and openness to

mixed

energy of teamwork blossomed my projects in Chicago within the 1st year, of which I completed 10 fashion parties and spent

This

whole year working tirelessly with many cups of coffee on THICKK MAGAZINE.

the

Chicago, I had so much great food, so many good memories, nights out & adventures, and have worked with so many awesome

In

and ambitious people. You might recognize some names or faces here!

creative

you do (and want the 411) or would like to be in my next projects in any of the ARTS (and issue #2 of this MAG) let us know at

If

We celebrate MUSIC-FASHION-VISUAL ARTS-DESIGN-FILM-ACTING-MODELING-DANCE you name it! If

Info@InnovaXArts.com.

Photo Credit: Travon

Christon Printis

A City Explored...by Xa'Vonni

CHICAGO. A CITY ALIVE WITH POSSIBILITIES. THE 3RD BIGGEST CITY IN THE US.

collaborate with others.

you are equally great, join us at Innova X Arts! - Xa'Vonni


Photo Credit: Evelio Mendez Rodriquez


Photo Credit: Kevin Lahvic


LIFE IN FLIGHT

M U S I C

Mandy

Pennington

https://www.facebook.com/mandyreneepennington


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SPECIAL THANKS TO....

Everyone that was part of this project from models to photographers to our sponsors to our

writers & the city of Chicago! We are nothing without your mutual collective efforts to produce a

publication like this representing the future of the arts & entertainment industry! your faith for

our work at Innova X Arts is so appreciated. look at what was accomplished in one year of work!

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Bonus Section!

TOP SECRET TIPS TO...

Healed Body

"Massages! Your muscles get knotted from stress, and if you're not massaging

a

regularly, that stress is building up in your body. Stress is the worst poison there

is." - Alejandro Rodriquez

"After decades of chronic illness I have learned that healing is not linear and

never finished. The secret to a “healed body” is to never stop doing the work of

healing, whatever that may be. It must be a way of life."- Whitney Williams

"My tip is go non-flouride in toothpaste and deodorant as much as possible,

detoxifies the pineal gland, which is our spiritual eyesight on this reality. And

meditate & pray daily! Listen to affirmations & binaural beats." - Xa'Vonni

"Plenty of rest. Rest is how the body repairs itself." -David Monroe

"Fast for 28 days.. Replenish your body by changing your food ..your environment

& the people you're around ...alkaline water and diet ... only greens and fruits

organic ... no processed foods ..workout ... change ph. level to 8.7 for water ... no

meats, no dairy ... stick to nature and you'll find your true nature." - Jose Garcia

"My tip is taking "time off" from social media every once in a while and focus your

energy on your life. Imagine if we used the hours we spent on social media to

meal prep, cook, ride bikes, or meet a friend for lunch!" - Crystal Scavuzzo

"Oooh me, me!!!! Garlic, ginger, Apple cider vinegar. Herbal concoction that I swear

by. I have not gotten sick in so many years. I agree with massages, but self

massage too." Elaina Schyb

"Meditation." - Iman Damon

"Self love and compassion. When we take time away for ourselves each day, even

just a few minutes, we can recenter! Meditate, or exercise, focus more on eating

from the earth foods, adequate rest, time in nature, and away from social media,

we can heal and reflect. Most importantly to pass on that love and kindness to

the earth and those surrounding us. Our energy feeds other souls!" - Danielle

Maddox

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Model &

aspiring

Actor

Photography: Briggs polikoff

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Devon Neff

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BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN

BEAUTIFUL? THICKK OR THIN?

IS BEAUTY REALLY IN THE EYE OF

THE BEHOLDER?

"The way she

"It really is in the eye of the

beholder. The beholder

dictates their

interpretation of the word.

Someone I’d like to be

holdin may not be the same

as what someone else

would like to be holdin..." -

Christopher F.

"When a man or

woman has

experienced

unbelievable grief or

pain in life and is still a

kind compassionate

real ass person. My

man is literally my

"WHEN I SEE A

WOMAN HAPPY

IN HER SEXY

SELF, I AM

HAPPY."

- XA'VONNI

"Many attributes can

confirm a woman's beauty.

For the most part as far as

I'm concerned, it's how she

moves about the world in the

midst of people more than it

is physical. Looks fade!!!

How she treats people will

play a BIG ROLE in whether

I find her to be BEAUTIFUL

or not."

- Rebecca MC Vaughns

screams in bed...just

being honest."

- Connor C.

"Problem with today’s

generation they can’t

separate attraction from

physical attraction , it’s all

about the body and features

instead of looking deeply

into the soul that’s where

the real beauty is." - Miguel

V.

"Strength. The strength to

love themselves & others

when they’ve been hurt.

The strength to follow their

dreams & inspire others.

The strength to accept what

they cannot control.

Diana P.

hero."

"Eyes of the beholder and

culture you subscribe to.."

-Shawn Briggs

Inner beauty is Strength

wrapped in self love." -

Desiree Alexandra

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Just Dance...

Making movies..or moves?


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C E L E B R A T I N G F E M I N I T Y ,

N A T U R A L . F R I S K Y & F R E E

NO

ARTIFICIAL

(YOU)

ALLOWED

B y X a ' V o n n i

What does it take to be a naturally curvy you? I

truly believe all women are beautiful regardless of

their shape!

Slim, bigger, biggest, it is all beautiful and

something to behold, but only in a good balance

with health, ladies!. You can be as thin as you like,

but if you are not eating fruits and vegetables, or

under-eating, partying etc. you are wrecking your

health!

If you have paid for enhancements and plastic

surgery, looking "perfect" on the outside, but doing

drugs that wreck your system, that is not

BEAUTIFUL nor healthy!

Beauty is a balance between the body, mind and

spirit and an acceptance of being 1. Grateful you

are Alive 2. Striving for your Best and 3. KNOWING

your potential.

It is ALL a JOURNEY. Every woman is on a journey

to her ULTIMATE self. Her GODDESS state. If she

is ALREADY there, she may be an INFLUENCER.

But remember ladies, be a weight range! Exercise

daily, it is your LIFE TAX. Eat to celebrate but

HONOR your bodies! Celebrate your youth! Our

Femininity is a blessing. Remember that!

- Xa'Vonni

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YOU ANSWERED!

Bonus Section!

TOP SECRET TIPS TO...

Beautiful Self

"Love urself...everything else will come after smoothly..." -Eric

a

Sullivan

"Drink more alkaline water...Stop smoking and drinking it ruins

the skin. "- Eddie N.

"I drink plenty of water, rest and cleanse my face with baby wipes.

Good for pampering a baby and it's good for pampering me!" -

MoeTalk

"Take time to pamper and love yourself...Don’t expect anyone to

treat you like you can. There’s only one of you, be mindful of what

you put into your body, eat clean, exercise and the more natural

the products for your skin the better. Live long and leave a

legacy." -Elisha Monique

"Water, moisturize,, and a little mascara" - Moiselle Cobb

"Use paper to wash your face instead of a wash cloth" - Dae W.

"Be yourself. Years ago they asked a preacher what he thought

about makeup. He said “If the barn needs painting paint it." -

Loren Calvert

"Don't hang out with people better looking." - Robert S.

"Coconut oil is a great make up remover. And is also good for the

skin. Drink more water. Clean your make up brushes. Fake lashes

are great but make sure they are the same size as your eye (not

longer) cut them if needed. Also let glue sit for a couple of

minutes for it to get tacky before applying." - Briana S.

"Whole Foods or Trader Joes! Go for Organic as much as possible!"

- Xa'Vonni

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ANGIE

Model:

ALOVE


#4

eshwardai ramsaywack

Look into the mirror and tell me what you see.

Why can’t you be happy?

Look, into the mirror and tell me what you see.

The reflection in your eyes tell me, you can only see your flaws.

You point them out as if it’s a contest, and you must win them all.

I see the way you look at yourself, as you hate every inch of your body each day.

I see you grabbing your thighs, as you poison your mind with disgust, about yourself.

I can hear you telling yourself, that a skinny jean is your worst nightmare, as your

thighs will have them bursting at their seam.

I can hear you aloud, you can’t see me, but I can see you. Why can’t you be happy?

Look, into the mirror and tell me what you see.

Tugging at your skin and pulling at your belly, in hope that you’ll see another rib

appear. Disappointed you become, because you’re the same as yesterday.

You questioned yourself,

what’s happening?

You’ve avoided food as much as you can, and the little that you ate, came back up

with the force of your hand.

Why can’t you be happy?

Look, into the mirror and tell me what you see.

I hear you aloud, thinking to yourself;

Should I skip dessert?

Should I put the muffin down?

All the other girls are done, but here I am for another round.

Disappointed you become, because you’re not the same as yesterday.

You’ve become horrified by the sight of the scale. You tell yourself, nothing looks

good.

Why can’t you be happy?

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Y O U S N O O Z E Y O U L O S E

F E A R N O D O L L A R

T H E M O N E Y

G A M E

M O N E Y M A V E R I C K S

M A K E S T H E

W O R L D G O

G O R O U N D

P R I C E L E S S P O W E R M O V E S


THE MONEY GAME

IS MONEY REALLY THE ROOT

OF ALL EVIL? OR JUST

ENERGY? WHY OR WHY NOT?

"The ‘love of

money ‘ is the root

"Money to me is not evil but it

does have a history. I strongly

urge people to not FEAR

MONEY nor the lack of it, it is

merely "energy".

It is also a socially constructed

illusion that is used to control

the masses. It is an energy

exchange, that can be used for

positive or negative outcomes.

At it's base, it is just paper,

numbers and not real. At it's

best, it is transformative,

life-enhancing and healing to

the world when in balance. It

matters."

- Xa'Vonni

"The things ppl do

with money is the

evil!"

- Moiselle Cobb

that

"People

have it

don't

that!" say

Cary Leiter

-

"Evil people like to be

paid with a lot of

money. Real evil

people just take the

money."

- Bruce Cohen

"Gotta have

sense(cents) before

u make dollars.

Without it u become

evil tryin to get

it."- Ruby Merie

Bergeron

of all evil."

- Charles Becco

"Money isn't even real,

it's just something

everyone agreed is real.

Those who have it are

deemed powerful, and

Power is what truly

corrupts the soul."

- Alejandro Rodriguez

"People make

money evil.

Money in the

hands of Evil

People."

- Marv Kinnel


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A SPOTLIGHT ON

ARTIST VISA ATTORNEY

ELEKTRA B. YAO

by Xa'Vonni

"What is your specialty as a lawyer in the arts?"

I am the owner and principal attorney at The YAO

LAW GROUP.

I run a immigration law practice, and I represent all

types of artists, including: performers, chefs, fashion

designers, jewelry designers, directors, producers,

musicians, performers, writers, and more!

I help artists secure their temporary artists visas and

their green cards based on their extraordinary ability

in the arts. My own artistic background in film, TV,

and theatre gives me a unique perspective and assists

me in understanding the artists that I represent.

"What shaped your career and artistic path?"

I have always been very active in the arts. For 10 years

I studied and performed musical theatre in NYC

before expanding into TV and documentary

filmmaking. I worked in production at MTV, and The

Style Network and produced and directed two

documentary films which were screened in Austin, TX

and NYC. After working behind the scenes, I attended

Lewis and Clark Law School, a nationally ranked, toptier

law school, and I knew that I wanted to work as a

lawyer in an international capacity.

Given my strong background in the arts, I knew that I

wanted to work with artists and support their work in

a meaningful and life-changing way. I chose to

specialize my practice in the entertainment industry

because I simply love art.

" I K N E W T H A T I

W A N T E D T O W O R K

W I T H A R T I S T S A N D

S U P P O R T T H E I R

W O R K I N A

M E A N I N G F U L A N D

L I F E - C H A N G I N G W A Y "

- E L E K T R A Y A O


By representing international, in my way,

I am enriching the cultural and artistic

landscape of the US.

"Tell me about your art."

I develop my clients’ portfolios and represent

them against USCIS to prove their

extraordinary ability and the level of

distinction they have reached in their field.

Being a lawyer is not strictly an art form, but

there is definitely an art to architecting a

petition.

My job is t translate their artistry and their

artistic achievements in a meaningful way so

that USCIS will be compelled to approve

them. Just as my artist clients tell stories with

their artworks, my job as their lawyer is not

only to tell their story, but to zealously

advocate for them so they can continue their

artistic narrative in the US.

Creative analysis is a tool that I use daily as

an attorney representing artists. I’m in a

unique position, because I understand and

have direct experience with the creative

process, therefore I can extrapolate the

meaning and importance of my clients’

artworks.

My artistic background allows me to

strategically craft a strong petition to USCIS

to secure the O-1 artist visa and Green Cards

for clients. It’s exciting and rewarding to

represent artists and to utilize my problem

solving and creative analysis skills.

"What are some previous clients you have

worked with?"

I’ve worked with performers, singers,

dancers, jewelry designers, textile designers,

fashion designers, scenic, graphic, chefs,

visual artists, writers, PR professionals, and

producers!

My client base consists of a large crosssection

of professionals in the arts that has

continued to expand.

I have worked with artists from South Korea,

Germany, Italy, France, China, Hong Kong,

Thailand, Canada, Japan, Brazil, and many

other countries.

"What is the future of the arts industry and

why do artists need a lawyer more than

ever?"

The future of the arts industry is more artists

being empowered to have creative control

over their livelihood, and more international

artists infusing their traditions from their

cultural origins into the U.S. arts industry.

Now more than ever, artists need to protect

their art and their livelihood and lawyers

such as myself help to make their security

into a reality.

E L E K T R A @ Y A O L A W G R O U P . C O M

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Bonus Section!

Top Coaching Tips for....

Xa'Vonni's

out! Cashing

1. I believe there is material wealth, and there is SPIRITUAL wealth

that exists in the spiritual plane. What does that mean? I think if you

are working hard, doing good things, you are due for a CASH OUT

one day from your efforts. You can either get small amounts of

money over years or you can work hard and get a HUGE jackpot one

day, it varies. Believe in your dreams and just KEEP WORKING

HARD. ALSO DON'T FEAR MONEY OR IT'S LACK EVER.

2. Read ALOT of self-help books about money, the millionaire

lifestyle and wealth. The first such book I read at 19 was "Think and

Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill and it is still my favorite book. It

completely transformed my mindset from inner city gal who was

highly intelligent but lost, to a go-getting BA then Master's educated,

then Master-Certified Life Coach/Businesswoman Extraordinaire!

This book is a must for all people. But don't stop there, read "Rich

Dad, Poor Dad", the "48 Laws of Power" and read sales books!

All of that will greatly help your "wealth mindset."

3. Also read ALOT in general, learn and study. Most millionaires read

an average 52 books a year, the average person barely reads 1-2. Think

about it.

4. SAVE ALL YOUR MONEY, especially if you are an entrepreneur.

Be frugal, go for deals, learn to negotiate better, get Wikibuy on your

internet browser, shop for sale, I can go on and on. Believe in Law of

Attraction. More than half of Americans don't even have more than

$1k in savings. Be careful! SAVE ALL your money, THEN spend.

5. Always negotiate for a better deal, or better rate, or even do trades

or barter. You don't get what you don't ask for.

6. Charge YOUR WORTH when you HAVE WORTH but be humble!

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Fortuna Aduivat!"

"Fortes

Xa'Vonni -


Photo Credit: Jerry Alt

Photo Illustrator: Mediha Sandhu

Mua/Hair: Bianca Naranjo

...means "Fortune Favors The Brave"! Are you going after your dreams with

persistence and smart strategizing? Building alliances & a strong team? Pulling

together proper systems, resources and organizing it all with great software?

The Life of an Entrepreneur demands all of this..over a LONG PERIOD of

TIME, with as much FAITH and CONFIDENCE in your plans as much at the

DREAM state as the Launch state. What you need to make it is to be

FEARLESS. To be RELENTLESS. To be PERSISTENT.

Anyone who truly changes the world ignores naysayers & CHOOSES their

own SUCCESS. This INSPIRE others. - Xa'Vonni

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