behind the scenes
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ~ James Morrison
Most of us don’t fit into boxes, categories or easy definitions, and those who do, should get out and run for their lives.
As long as we’re still alive, every moment is a sweet invitation to break free and return to our original selves.
Most people spend their life in the waiting room. We wait for the perfect time, for our turn to share, to shine and to explore the realm of unique creativity of ‘living’ that exists within every cell of our body.
And while we’re waiting, the life we’re waiting for passes.
But your life is already an organic work of art.
It happens in your walk, the twinkle in your eye, the way you express yourself, the depth of truth within your thoughts and within your honest reactions to the world. It’s happening as we speak and every second between the rising and setting sun.
Every heartbeat is creation.
Every breath is a second chance.
After years of trying to find our way through a desolate labyrinth, we suddenly realised that there was no door to be found, but one to be created…by us. So we began from scratch. But neither of us was a carpenter.
So, we started collecting tools and sketching blue prints all the while fully knowing that we could never return to the life we had been pretending to live.
Co-Rebelles in Creative Crime
Co-Founder & Co-Editor-in-Chief.
Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. Aside from spilling out her creative guts on Rebelle Society she is also co-founder and Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab.
In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration.
Connect with her in the Social Media Jungle via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr & Google+ … and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Rennaisance. You can also contact her via email: email@example.com
P.S. Her name is pronounced un-DREH-ah (like “Andrea Bocelli”). If you call her AYN-dree-ah, she won’t answer.
Co-Founder & Co-Editor-in-Chief.
Co-founder and Editor of Rebelle Society (you are here). She’s convinced that she once swam the deepest ocean’s depths and in the next round, grew over two hundred feet tall. In this life, she’s a vulnerable creation in process. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & a Master’s in Business.
In 2009, surrendering to the good fight within, she became a certified teacher of yoga. Now a full-time devoted student to the sacred art of self-discovery and creative expression, she spends her days on her yoga mat, in wellness experimentation and tilling the fertile soil of Rebelle Society, sharing bouts of black sheepish rebellion, self-acceptance and the beauty of darkness and well-being. She’s also Co-founder and Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness.
CFO & Advertising Manager.
He has a Master’s in International Business and a Bachelor in something long forgotten. He spends his working hours juggling multiple personalities like the marketing consultant, the creative writer, the co-founder of a pro bono online forum for recycling and the rather self-taught and exclusively self-employed accountant.
In the real world, he spends his time on clay tennis courts, on his rusty old bike, inspecting nearby natural areas, on a yoga mat wondering why his tendons won’t cooperate, in the company of his furry, mouse-chasing best-friend, or in his apartment searching for his keys, his wallet, his phone or whatever he might currently have misplaced.
He has a sweet tooth but continuously tries (and fails) to substitute cakes, candy and ice cream with fruits, nuts and other pretenders.
Managing Editor, Writer, Dream Weaver.
Tracy has a BA in English Education and is currently working on her MA in Mass Communications at USF. She’s called Mom by countless children, even though she only gave birth to two of them.
She has the obnoxious habit of blasting out of bed each morning before the sunrise, eats left-over dinner for breakfast and can’t stand coffee. Her favorite place to work is on the enchanted porch her hubby built where she’s surrounded by birds, koi and her two cats. She is fascinated by nature and can only thrive in warm, sunny climates.
Nothing upsets her more than people’s inability to see themselves in others and it is her life’s goal to chip away at that disease one story, status update and encounter at a time. When she’s not clacking away on her laptop, she loves to find empty trails so that she can dance with her shadow as roller-blades and fears she will one day become the next viral video.
Black Belt Lead Editor, Resident Site Grammarian, Poet, Jack-of-all-Trades Extraordinaire.
After a more socially acceptable start to his academic and professional career, which included standing first in his High School exams (and joint seventh in all of India in his education board), a BE (with Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from one of the top engineering institutes in India (BITS Pilani), a 2250 in GRE with absolutely zero preparation, and a first job at Infosys, one of India’s top IT concerns, Jeet decided to venture out into the big, bad world to ditch bookish education and substitute it with an experiential one!
In his spare time, which is sparing at best, he loves engaging his geeky side to the fullest extent – and obsessively engages in absorbing random trivia, and solving puzzles of any and every kind, primarily crosswords and sudoku – one of his proudest achievements being able to completely solve the New York Times crossword 137 days in a row before being forced to break the chain due to 18-hour workdays that included weekends.
Having gone up to a High Red belt in HapKiDo, before being forced to move due to a job change just before his Black Belt test, he hopes to get back to it some day – and credits yoga and his newfound love of running for staying in somewhat of a decent shape, while always being mindful of the ever present room for improvement.
He also wishes to go back to writing poetry some day, something which has always occupied a special place in his heart, and helped him win awards in college. A universalist when it comes to approaching people from all over the world, he considers himself to be a global citizen first and foremost, instead of identifying with any exclusive and divisive tags.
A lifelong and certifiable black sheep (irrespective of skin color, since that would have qualified him as a ‘brown sheep’), Jeet feels uncomfortable with certainty and strives for a meditation-driven comfort in uncertainty. In spite of English and Mathematics being two of his greatest loves, his engineering degree placed him in IT, which is where he tries to make himself useful during regular work hours, and spends the rest of his time trying to accommodate other social and extracurricular activities, with an optional and approximately four-hour gap for sleep. Other than his work as a Jack-of-all-Trades and Editorial Butler at Rebelle Society, he tries to spread positive awareness through Facebook , random acts of kindness, and trying to recruit fellow dreamers – a la John Lennon – to be his kindred souls in this short journey called Life.
Kristi L. Stout
Social Media Editor & Writer.
Kristi L. Stout is a loving spiritualist, inquisitive adventurer, and die-hard dreamer.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation. Spending the entirety of her current life believing she was an artist who enjoyed writing, she later learned that she was more a writer, who enjoyed drawing. But then in further discovery, she learned she pretty much loved any and all things creative. Creation is the source of life!
Her current endeavors are with Rebelle Society as a contributing writer and social media editor extraordinaire. She also owns a publishing house called The Angel Publishing, LLC and has just published her first work, The Quest of Heart: An illustrated, allegorical short-fiction which is the first in a series.
The following is a compilation of various words, all of which Kristi dominantly associates with, but is not limited to: Lover. Mother. Daughter. Warrior. Goddess. Seeker. Do-er. Dreamer. Writer. Artist. Scientist. Existentialist. Spiritualist. Naturalist. Idealist. Realist. Romantic. Ninja. Jedi. Unicorn.
She loves the smells of Scotch-tape, roses, day-old cologne, fresh-roasted coffee, rain and the forest floor. Is riveted by angels, sand dunes, thunder, black Andalusian stallions, silk and the Pacific Northwest. Participates in dance, aerial acrobatics, aerial yoga, social coffee drinking, astrological study, philosophy, vegetariansim and emotions—every kind of emotion. Has been brought to instant out-of-the-blue tears by seeing the Milky Way from the Andes, a music venue by Jónsi, the movie Avatar, reading Harry Potter, and a handful of times by extra precious things her daughter does.
She currently resides in Southern California (though she has moved more times in her life than she can count).
Creative Talent & Dream Scout, Rebelle Recruiter.
A writer, artist & dreamer, Shanna has been potentiating talent since childhood. She is moved by nature, the arts, and academia, along with the vast mysteries of our inner and outer worlds. She has novels, art installations and several creative projects living inside her mind, each of which will eventually outgrow the cranial limits of both space and time, serving as proof that dreams grow into reality.
Shanna has a BSN, and has spent the majority of her career caring for others. She is now exploring new and novel ways to nurse the world back to health, tapping into the powerfully creative powers of Love and Compassion along the way.
When she’s not writing or dreaming her future alive, Shanna acts as an agent for evolution, raising up the world’s children so that they, too, may one day change the world. She can be found any place under the sun or moon, and prefers life on the road to living in a box.
It is possible to share your dreams & talents with Shanna by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org and you may connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. If all else fails, she’ll likely find you in a dream, in which case, please feel free to introduce yourself.
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