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by Kristy Rice

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So if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’m a bit obsessed with one little word lately.  I made it my mission in 2013 to inspire myself and hopefully others along the way to live with Bossa.  I fell in love with this word a few years ago, and you can read all about it here.
An excerpt from my post two years ago:

“Bossa happens (and thank you Wikipedia for finally giving me a description for this) when all the right moments collide in a design.  Bossa happens when your mind AND your heart are in harmony.  The perfect brushstroke combines with an effortless sketch and a complimentary paper and in one simple breath you are holding a small piece of yourself that speaks in the simplest way possible of the sweetest emotions there are in this world.  I am grateful everyday that I have found a way to express for myself and my couples these essential emotions.  It is at the same time simple and the most complex.”

At the beginning of this year I was searching for something, a bit of purpose and direction and somehow found my way back to the very first Bossa post.  It energized me and inspired my #bossa2013 series on Instagram.  So everyday I call out something Bossa.  Some days it is a simple brushstroke, others it is quote from a industry friend and often I call out a particular individual who I believe is living with Bossa.  Through this process I am finding more joy and becoming increasingly grateful for those who inspire me and others.  Through this process I’m becoming more keenly aware of what I need in this life to thrive and be the best version of myself.  Through this process I’m learning what needs my focus and what takes away from my vision.


Since we missed the boat on Holiday cards in 2012, I decided to send a Bossa mailing to industry friends.  We crafted nearly 200 notebooks featuring some pretty floral artwork, a drawing lesson and of course more about our Bossa message in addition to ‘lots of blank space for brainstorming.   Since then friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been receiving their books and getting very much into the Bossa spirit!

We’ve received many requests for the Bossa notebook to be made available for purchase and while we’re not quite there yet we do have 5 still on hand!  So I’m looking forward to giving away Bossa notebooks to 5 lucky readers!

Here’s how to enter.  Comment period ends, Friday March 29th:

1.  Read my original Bossa post and the New Year’s Post to get up to date 🙂
2.  Comment on this post and tell me how you have found your Bossa, who you feel is living with Bossa, how you hope to find your Bossa, etc.

So while we only have 5 notebooks to give away, we have a fun mailing to send each and every one of you who comment, so get reading and get commenting!!! XO

0 Comments

  1. Alexandra Rosero

    My daughter experiences Bossa whenever she learns something new. There is such harmony in knowledge, it’s beautiful to watch.

  2. Shaquitha

    I have been debating with a decision and change for a while now. Finally my heart and mind are in sync. I found my bossa. I am making the necessary steps to make the change happen. I feel like a wait has been lifted since everything seems to be coming together. I cannot wait to see how everything turns out.

    Thank you for introducing Bossa and explaining what it means. It is such a great feeling. The notebooks are fabulous and would inspire anyone to find their Bossa.

    • Shaquitha

      I have been debating with a decision and change for a while now. Finally my heart and mind are in sync. I found my bossa. I am making the necessary steps to make the change happen. I feel like a weight has been lifted since everything seems to be coming together. I cannot wait to see how everything turns out.

      Thank you for introducing Bossa and explaining what it means. It is such a great feeling. The notebooks are fabulous and would inspire anyone to find their Bossa.

  3. Erica Stawick

    I love this 🙂 I love following your #bossa2013 on Instagram especially! I’m in the process of finding my Bossa. And when I find her, we are going to be BFF. I just know it. Working through some muck in my mind & in my heart to work on what really matters. And focus on that. And doing more of the things I love for the ones I love to in turn love myself more. And when all of that finally happens & collides, I will have met my Bossa. 🙂 xoxo to you!

  4. Kristen

    I have found Bossa in my work! I work closely with gyms in two states when they want and desire new uniforms for cheerleading. When I find out a gym owners vision and desires for their new look, I get to work sketching out ideas that I know will fit their needs and make them shine. It’s an amazing feeling when something I have imagined/sketched comes to life in official art from our wonderful digital design team and then when you see it come to real life in an actual uniform it creates such a rush of excitement and accomplishment! Seeing the uniforms we create worn for competitions is a surreal feeling when you know that the uniforms those athletes love so much you had a part in the creation.

  5. Abi Losli

    I wrote down the last paragraph of your post about Bossa in my fresh, empty journal over New Years. Your words resonated with my heart and gave shape and purpose to the feelings I’ve been experiencing but had no words to express. For me, Bossa is art. Bossa is painting. Bossa is joy. Bossa is living in a place of overflow from being in God’s presence, surrounded by goodness, love, and truth. Bossa is making big, hard, scary decisions to make what matters happen so I can live my best life – for me, and especially for everyone around me. Bossa is living in truth and saying no to being stuck in negativity, discouragement, and fear.

    Thank you for your beautiful words. You have been so inspiring!

  6. Ericka Joy Walters

    Bossa..sounds like Woosah! And feels like it too!

    I have had half my Bossa for awhile..and in the past 6 months, my glass of Bossa has become filled to the brim! I have been a muralist for 10 years and after having my newest addition, I needed to bring my creations alive from my home. What started out as an idea, with a little help from inspiration, has blossomed into a reality..yes I did it!

    Sugar Smackin’ Step Stools was born! (website under construction)

    “When all the right moments collide in a design” and “my mind and heart are in harmony” all is right in my world! Thank you Kristy for being part of my inspiration. I am so thrilled and appreciative I stumbled upon your amazing sense of composition and color. When I have one of those half filled Bossa days, you are one of the artists I turn to for that little piece of magic to get me going!

    Thank you Kristy for a chance to own a piece of your Bossa!

    I am so giddy I want to pick up a brush right now and get to my Painted Panache!

    Cheers!

    ~ Ericka Joy

  7. Ericka Joy Walters

    I left out the best part of my creative Bossa..

    With Sugar Smackin’ Step Stools, I give little ones a chance to learn & appreciate art, all while helping their little feet reach the counter to help cook, reach the sink to brush their teeth and see their reflections of funny faces, reach higher to be their best Bossa!

  8. Christina Leigh

    After being part of the wedding industry in Oklahoma for almost 5 yearsI finally felt like I found my rhythm, place and bossa… hen God threw a curve ball. I fell in love, got married and landed in Houston, TX. Now not only am I keeping the bossa I found in Oklahoma, but bring it to a new place and finding a new rhythm. I have to remind myself to continually out myself out there and stand up for who I am and what I believe in. Remaining tru to my core and finding mt bossa in a new city is what 2013 is all about! I am excited for this year and where my continual search for bossa will take me!
    Thank you for bringing meaning to the word bossa and encouraging others to find it within themselves and others!
    xo Christina L. Frederick

  9. Linda Williams

    I’m really loving concept. Wow – it has me really thinking (and thinking beyond the excitement of receiving that notebook)! “harmony with heart and mind”. That’s such a profound concept. I’m definitely going through a transitional stage in my life and am missing Bossa – am missing the peace & inspiration that comes from harmony. I dont’ think that I have an answer for this – yet – but will be thinking about it. Kristy, I have to say that your beautiful artistry is always an inspiration to me. For me, bringing that beauty to the b-to-b side of marketing was and is goal of mine. If I don’t “win” the notebook, would love to purchase one! Thanks, Kristy for your authenticity and continued inspiration.