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Do me a favor and glance at the calendar. Did you know we’re 4 months away from 2014? Don’t know about you but I got caught by surprise. Time is a flyin’!

Now, recall your 2013 resolutions. How have you fared in those commitments? Great? Not so good? Well, maybe you’re the “today is a new day” type or a "I’m waiting for January 1" kind of person, but in any case, a recent post I saw got me to remember how important it is to focus on the bright side. I could be wrong, but I’d bet that not very many people can say they are exactly where they want to be, have what they want to have, or are who they want to be. If you are one of those people, holler back and share with us what it’s like to be on the other side! For the rest of us though, to echo Andrew Truong, let’s "take a breather and realize what we have".

I could go on listing off everything I’m grateful to have, but today I want to focus on one: living in an environment that allows me the freedom and provides me the resources to be creative. I define creativity as the ability to create something tangible out of a thought, idea, or vision. To me this encompasses everything, from choreographed dancing, sharing stories through media, planning an event, creating a resume… I would even go as far as saying the process of getting a new car is creative; translating that desire into hard work at the job, frugal spending, saved money, and eventually playing with the power windows and blasting your favorite tune down the 405.

I’d like to take this time to be thankful and recognize those who are helping keep the creative environment alive in my world. From newsfeed posts to face-to-face conversations, every little bit keeps me connected and thinking, not just following. In the twitter words of the homie DJ Miles, "What’s the opposite of inspire? To expire." Thanks to the following folks who keep me alive and thriving through their creativity. Here are my favorites thus far from this year:

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12Footprints - For young professionals to network with like-minded individuals while giving back to the community!

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Eayikes - Empowering youth through arts, mentorship, and child-like wonder!

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The Nectar Collective - Spreading positivity, creativity, and a sense of adventure!

Wishing everybody a prosperous 4 months as we venture into 2014. Keep on keepin’ on!

- Yooney

It’s been a little while since we last posted, we have been doing some behind-the-scenes ground work for our community and future projects.  We want to make sure our vision is clear before we embark on this journey, and want to be able to share that with all of you.  We were very happy with how our first year of events went, and now it’s time to keep our feet moving!

As we briefly mentioned before, we are super excited for our next event this weekend at the LA Brewery Art Walk.   The bi-annual LA Art Walk at The Brewery in downtown hosts over 100 art, music, and tech showcases at the world’s largest artist-in-residence complex.  Centered around the infamous Brewery formerly owned by Pabst, the two-day event will bring in thousands of people to enjoy the arts, food, drinks, and good vibes.

We have a bunch of great artists coming out to showcase their work this weekend, including graphic designers, photographers, DJ’s, pop-up vendors, and a live band.

There is also some great news we would like to share with you about the future of The Donuts, so come join us as we create a space for great people in our community to share their arts!

Check out full event info and artist lineup HERE.

… and as always, free donuts :)

A special message from Man-Eating Cats:

Hello! Man-Eating Cats will be at this event, The Donuts present: Jelly-Filled Fridays this Friday at 9:30PM. In addition to playing a short set, we are hosting an OPEN-MIC for emcees. Take the mic and rhyme over some MEC grooves. Freestyle, written, other people’s verses, it’s ALL GOOD. COME

Creativity. Positivity.. Community… It’s ALL GOOD!