I am so grateful for all the friends who came over. And for all the friends who BOUGHT OUR ART! We had 20 framed pieces available. We sold half of them! We had 9 copies of our new book available. We sold 6! We had 8 tshirts for sale, sold 3, and then our crew wore the rest of them to a photo shoot the next day! It was of course, synchronous and perfect. I got to wear the shirt I wanted to wear. Kelly wore a crop top that looks amazing on her figure. Fedé wore a brilliant piece of his own creation, a billabong shirt with the 'billa' covered up by an iron-on transfer he designed.
We wouldn't have even had this event without Ryan and Fedé. We weren't going to finish the Monthly Manifestation Manual in time to get it printed for the show. And we had no art. And no frames. We text Ryan and Fedé, "What if Rave Cave was just us... and maybe Jamar. And maybe Jessica's sister." Fedé replied with "NOPE."
So in order to get the book printed in time we had to finish that night, the day before New Year's Eve. I told Kelly, "I'll just finish it in an hour and send it to print. It's better than nothing."
Ha, an hour. Kelly and I stayed up all night finishing the thing. Ever step closer to completion, the more excited I got. This is actually good. I've been wanting to publish a monthly planner ever since our friend Tracy asked, "How often do you recommend I do each of your worksheets, and in what order?"
The first version of the Monthly Manifestation Manual was all of our worksheets printed out and put in a binder. Months went by and I realized we would have to redesign every single worksheet to have a consistent aesthetic for a real book. The process began slowly. One day around the end of September, I decided to set a day for an art exhibition so I would actually work on this planner. I knew if we held an event, I would do it.
I started really working on the fresh book in October. When Kelly and I housesat in the country, we decided to try working on it just a tiny bit every day. We proceeded to ignore that intention for the first week, getting drunk and watching tv every day. But by the second week of our retreat, we were ready to get down to it. It felt like being a rock star that has to rent a house in a new city to get their album done.
We worked on it a little each day, re-drawing worksheets and figuring out page order and organization. I pulled out a folder I like to call "Ideas I never executed". In it was a flower of life pattern that I had been using to draw my new website (which I never executed). Suddenly I knew I had solved the whole design of the Monthly Manifestation Manual. All of the worksheets would be redrawn onto the flower of life template, making a consistent illustration style.
This illustration style turned out to be so serendipitous. We had made an aesthetic inspiration/mood/vision board while designing the book, and after seeing how the flower of life drawings were taking shape, I saw how much our design reflected everything I wanted in my vision board. I wanted new age-y illustrations that were like Little Twin Stars stationery combined with grimoires combined with sacred geometry. I wanted it to be playful but powerful. You know, real life magick.
Fast forward to what was now 8am on New Year's Eve. Our exhibition was being held Saturday January 10, and here I was trying to send a book that takes 6-8 days to print on a holiday. I whipped out my business credit card, selected next-day shipping, and bought 10 copies. "I'm fully confident this will be the best Rave Cave yet," I'd think to myself every time a worried thought came up about timing. "At least the book's done. Rave Cave will still be good whether the book is here or not." Kelly said, "I know it will get here Thursday." Trusting the universe and deciding to not give a fuck, Kelly and I proceeded to make killer art and find the perfect frames for the show.
The books came Thursday (3 days before the show), and so did the frames. Our friends came the next day with art supplies and tshirts to use for the show. Fedé gave me a gorgeous dress (WHICH REQUIRED PASTIES) that I wore to the show. It was the sexiest thing I've ever worn.
We calmly but quickly put the show together from Friday night through Saturday at about 7:30p. We made the punch (crystal light, vodka, everclear, sprite zero) and the popcorn (butter, garlic salt, dill). I slipped into my dress and had a couple shots. People started arriving and we had a wild time.
The next day we celebrated with brunch with friends and had our place back in order in no time. I finally feel like a successful artist. I am at the edges of reality! If you want to see the photos from the event, they're on flickr.
Tonight we're working on launching the Monthly Manifestation Manual online. I've never been more proud of something I've made. It feels like I've been working on it for 5 years!
I am so grateful to all of my friends who encouraged us to follow through with Rave Cave and the Monthly Manifestation Manual. I am so grateful the party was such a success. I am so grateful to my wife for organizing the event. I am so grateful for people who support our work. I am so grateful for people who GET IT!! I am so grateful for conscious, awake humans. I am so grateful life is getting better every day, for everyone.
Wouldn't it be nice to have the most successful book launch ever? Wouldn't it be nice to sell 1000 copies in the first day? Wouldn't it be nice if the edits were fast and easy? Wouldn't it be nice to have so much fun working on this product launch? Wouldn't it be nice to record an awesome book trailer for the MMM? Wouldn't it be nice to have the perfect photos? Wouldn't it be nice to have a new perspective from which to write about the book? Wouldn't it be nice to make enough money to pay the rent and bills in February and also go to Phoenix? Wouldn't it be nice to trust the universe? Wouldn't it be nice to JUST HAVE FUN and BE LIGHT and COUNT and TRUST and LOVE and PLAY?
I'm switching to the version of reality I prefer. In the reality I prefer, I have perfect timing. I am on the right path. I am in the right place at the right time. I am doing everything right. I am in the flow. I am one with life. Life is living me. I am believing in my magick more and more every day. I believe in the magick life! I truly, deeply do believe in the magick life. I believe in letting go and surrendering. I believe in allowing and receiving. I believe in health and love and joy and synchronicity. I believe that god will take care of me. I believe life is on my side, always.
What do you want?
To count to 10,000.
To have the best product launch ever. Sell 1000 copies in a day. Go viral.
To practice feeling deserving.
I deserve to have my work appreciated. I deserve to see my work with fresh eyes. I deserve to appreciate what I've made. I deserve to feel proud of what I've made. I deserve to feel successful regardless of what I sell because I made the work for myself and it WORKS! I deserve to feel magickal. I deserve to like who I am. I deserve to love myself the way I am. I deserve to have a fun wonderful magickal life!
I love it when I do the work. I love it when I feel magickal. I love it when I trust that the universe is taking care of me. I love it when I feel good about myself and my work. I love it when I BELIEVE IN THE MAGICK LIFE!
Congratulations. You are living the life of your dreams, right now. You are a magickal artist in the right place at the right time. You couldn't be more perfect if you tried. Relax and let yourself enjoy the moment. Relax and pull your mind back to the present. You know what you want, now let it come. Step into the present moment where everything is fun and there's nothing to worry about. Where
Books get delivered on time.
The people you really want to see show up bearing gifts
Your rent gets paid by a glitch in the matrix, or by a miracle of love
Bills pay themselves
People you love win court cases representing themselves.
Life gives you exactly what you need at exactly the right time.
You say yes.
You let it come.
You say thank you
Because you, and everyone you know, are blessed with gifts beyond your wildest dreams.