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Spotlight on: Natasha Lakos

Meet one of my favorite people on the planet – Natasha Lakos!

We get into a lot of trouble together. When I suggested a spur of the moment trip to Paris – she was all in! – and we had the time of our lives. When she suggested we jump into a helicopter to see a bird’s eye view of NYC – I said – yes! – and we had a thrilling ride. Whether I’m dragging her to a Tony Robbins seminar in San Diego, or she’s dragging me shopping in Soho, we always have an inspiring hilarious adventure – usually complete with a divine cheese plate and wine.

She’s smart, funny, talented and has a killer combo of bright outlook and biting insight. And I love her dearly for that!

An incredible artist and designer, Natasha and I first met when collaborating on the redesign of my blogsite in early 2011. While she’s currently putting her magic on my brand once again, I had the opportunity to photograph her on her most recent trip to NYC…

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I loved photographing all the little details that inspire Natasha… design, fashion, handwriting, books, quotes, black and white…

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If you ever get the chance to meet or work with Natasha, jump! You’ll leave that meeting inspired and seeing even more beauty in the world. Here’s a peek into how Natasha works, thinks and keeps inspired. Best enjoyed with cheese and wine…

What do you do?
I run a manifestation atelier masquerading as a design firm. I’m a Creative Director + Graphic Designer who works exclusively with heart-based entrepreneurs who are ready to be propelled into their future and serve the greater good.

Can you tell us a favorite inspirational story of someone you’ve helped?
The stories of each of my clients inspire me because it’s truly a courageous thing to dare to be ourselves in order to be of service to others

What inspired you to start this career?
I’ve always been drawn to art, commerce and personal development. Then, when I was starting my business, a friend was diagnosed with cancer and everything became crystal clear: nothing matters except love and our contribution to it.

If you could ask the world one question, what would it be?
Who are you really?

How do you keep inspired?
I make inspiration-gathering a priority. Taking time to get or be inspired used to feel indulgent. Now I understand it’s necessary. As a friend says, it’s part of being a Creative with a capitol “C”. I pay attention to things that intrigue me. As Einstein said “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

What are you most proud of?
My relationships. My life is full of incredible people.

When do you feel your most beautiful?
Naked!

What’s your favorite book?
The War of Art

What’s your favorite piece of art?
Right now I’m loving anything by my 4 yr old niece.

What’s your favorite quote?
Current fave: “Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you have to do is put it on your head.” – James Baldwin

What’s your favorite object in your home?
A crumpled up tube of white oil color that used to belong to a teacher of mine. It’s framed and hangs above my desk.

What’s your favorite hangout?
The ocean. Or a swank, chill cocktail lounge.

What’s your favorite can’t-live-without item?
Passport.

What’s your #1 tip for fellow entrepreneurs?
When you have an online presence that reflects your true identity, the world re-arranges itself to gather at your feet. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel

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I just love Natasha’s favorite piece of art and tip for entrepreneurs.

Here’s to being yourself and staying inspired!

Love, Christa