Words on Wings

I offer you words of inspiration, of comfort, of pleasure, of encouragement. From my heart to yours.

"I make a little wishSo that the world will seeMy humanity.”This is a piece that I entered into a contest that combined the elements of wildflowers and BJDs.Here the doll wants to blow on a dandelion and make a wish that she were human.  Of course, there’s a lot of deep symbolism here.  Perhaps this symbolizes a human who doesn’t feel “alive,” or who feels fake, and she wants to feel her humanity.  Perhaps it’s a human wishing she were a doll—without a heart, yet loved by many people.  Etc…There are a lot of explanations for this.  I would love to hear your thoughts. 
Best wishes to all who are entering the contest!
View closer on my Deviantart: http://sonjataylor.deviantart.com/art/Wish-477106340
It’s Gaara!!! xD
She made an amazing Gaara (my favorite Naruto character!!), and she was so nice! *I even got a hug :P*

Stay awesome, Gaara Cosplayer!

kaurawr said: your cissnei cosplay is spot on! you look great!

Wow, Kaurawr, thank you so much for the compliment! :)  I really appreciate it, and I’m glad you enjoyed.  Cissnei is one of my favorite Final Fantasy characters, so it’s an honor to be able to do her.  “Wings symbolize freedom!”

What a beautiful day!  I (cosplaying as Cissnei) met her voice actor, Carrie Savage.  It was amazing! xD  She was so sweet to me, and even recognized me as her character (and she took a picture of me!)  I told her that Cissnei was a big inspiration to me, but I really wish I would have delved even deeper to how important Cissnei is to me.  I relate to the character so much.  *Wings symbolize freedom!*  *I want those wings too!*

She requested to take some pictures together!  Best Con moment ever!

And she signed my Cissnei badge!  Now I will carry her signature every time I cosplay Cissnei. <3  I am so honored.

Excuse me while I fangirl. xD

Forty-four Leadership Tips to Live and Lead By (Leadercast)

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I attended Leadercast 2014, and here are the highlights of the inspiration and knowledge you can glean from:

1.  It’s not just about YOU.  It’s about THEM.
2.  Take #Yousies, instead of #selfies.  Brag about another instead of yourself on social media.
3.  A “Beyond-You” leader is a leader who fearlessly and selflessly empowers other leaders around them, as well as those coming along behind them.
4.  Pour your self into someone, even if there’s no “benefit” to be had.
5.  The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away.
It’s not about how much you did…but about how much you gave away.
6.  Learn to empower others to make decisions.  Your job is to just ensure that those decisions are right.
7.  Work for your team.  “What can I do to help?”
8.  You are often smarter than you think.  You can do BIG stuff!
9.  Be someone’s motivator.  Meet with them, and encourage, and believe in them.  Be that one who took the time to take them under your wing.
10.  If your leadership isn’t all about you, it will live beyond you.
11.  Stand in the void, and bridge the gap.
12.  You are the leader that the world is waiting for.
13.  Be a leader worth following.
14.  Create spaces for others to grow.  Give up some of your control—just define what another will control.
15.  Live with no regret.  Don’t keep one foot on the pier and one foot on the boat.  You won’t get anywhere that way.
16.  Use your platform wisely.
17.  Never fail to see the future.
18.  Thank those who work behind the scenes.
19.  Good leaders listen.
20.  Good leaders are accountable.
21.  Good leaders know when to retire.
22.  Reach out to those less fortunate than you, and offer love.
23.  Open up your eyes and heart.  See beyond your world.
24.  “Throw a lifeline to those in need, or grab hold of it if it is thrown to you.”
25.  Believe in someone as people have believed in you.
26.  Lead by example.
27.  Kindness can change lives.
28.  “An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time place and circumstance.  The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”—Chinese Proverb
29.  Nothing teaches more than experience.
30.  Have people around who love to laugh.
31.  Popularity is fleeting.
32.  In stressful times, it’s important to carry on with the normal, simple things of our lives as though nothing were wrong.
33.  Treat all people fairly.
34.  “We are all heroes.  We must save the world.”
35.  What can I do with my life to make my biggest impact?
36.  Be open in every situation.
37.  Be ready to answer to opportunity.
38.  Celebrate your victories.
39.  Don’t let anyone take away your winner’s dream.
40.  Leaders are willing to sacrifice themselves for others.
41.  The only characteristic that leaders need: courage.
42.  Leadership is a practice.
43.  Tell the truth.
44.  Leadership: choose to look after other people.