Before You Die

The Before You Die Mural was one of the most powerful murals I got to bear witness to this fall 2015. It posed the simple question that required it’s audience’s to fill in the blank with chalk scattered around the board. Me and my friends happened to uncover this by chance driving in San Antonio.

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As I did more research into what this mural was I discovered this was one of thousands of murals around the world. The answers posted by its writer’s ranged from long life dreams ,promises,  careers, and everything in between.  My own sister posted wanting to meet her fictional husband John Snow from Game of Thrones. (We can all dream.)

In my research I found out the original mural was created in New Orleans and happily found it after much sweating and panting with my girlfriends.

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To be honest this questioned has always been at the forefront of my brain since I have many career/travel aspirations I want to do. Something felt so finite about setting that in stone and proclaiming it in a public setting. There’s a fearless wonder I had in doing that and sharing it with my friends. Have I met that goal yet in 2015? Not yet, but I do plan to execute it to my fullest extent in the coming year.

Check out the story behind the mural: http://candychang.com/before-i-die-in-nola/

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Ending 2015 #whatliftsyou

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So its been awhile, I mean a really long while since I posted a blog post on here.
Life to say the least was fleeting for me this semester. I would love to rant, roast and tell you the gory details, but I instead want to turn the conversation to a brighter note.
Leave the 2015 on a higher platform because that’s where I am at now. I am in a better place physically,  mentally,  spiritually and emotionally than where I had left off back in September.

September was busy, whew that was a crazy month, but I discovered a wonderful artist back in September that set me on a path of self-reflection with a simple statment. What lifts you.

I stumbled upon Kelsey Montague through random instagram posts where I saw these beautiful,  intricately drawn murals she leaves in random parks and venues all over the world in the hopes of inspiring people.

Crazy concept right? With three words and a stencil she creates a message of hope for her audience. She travels all over doing this for a living, leaving her mark like a footprint in the sand.

I dragged my best friend’s to see one of her murals in New Orleans and after 30 minutes trekking in the sun it was worth it. A lovely birthday gift I’d been set on obtaining for my eyes and camera.

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In New Orleans I was happy to share my wings with my best friend because she’s lifted me up since the day we met over 10 years ago.

I began following Kelsey on social media and checking to see where she was going to be creating murals at next. When I was in San Diego with my boyfriend we failed at finding her gaslamp mural, but I’ll forever be grateful for the 1 hour drive he spent looking with me in downtown San Diego.

Now when I got to see she was drawing murals to leave in San Antonio I was escatic and my mom made the trip with me to uncover her latest gems in downtown.

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As she continues creating and traveling  (hopefully in Chicago soon) I look forward to following her path and letting her message inspire me. As a fellow artist wanting to make my own mark and fumbling through grad school to create art worth leaving behind I will never forget to remind myself of What Lifts Me to begin with.

So here’s to ushering in a new year and being thankfuk, grateful and blessed for the opportunities, friends and family I have had behind me.  i challenge you to question WhatLiftsYou and are you living for it?

Check out Kelsey Montague and follow her on instagram.

http://kelseymontagueart.com/