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Gallery Crawl in NoDa Charlotte, NC

In Jun E events on October 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Yep! It’s that time again! Next Friday November 5th in the North Davidson Art District, the first Gallery Crawl of November will be in full force starting at 6pm!  We at Jun E Caniel are extremely excited!  For those of you who have not experienced the Gallery Crawls, it is basically a block party for artists of all types and the people who love their art.  You are sure to hear great live music, taste delectable delights (our faves: Cabo Fish Taco & Amelie’s French Bakery), and see original art pieces by local artists and vendors.  Not to mention, your favorite eco-friendly & highly fashionable clothes can be found there as well.  That’s right! Jun E Caniel can be found in The Boulevard at NoDa!  http://www.blvdnoda.com/

Please come out and support us artists, designers, etc.  Bring some friends and partake of the visual feast!  Buy a couple Jun E totes & tees, get yourself a tattoo, mingle with all us artsy folk!  You are guaranteed to have a Jun E good time!  Can’t wait to see you there!  Stay Jun E, people!  We love ya!


Spilled Milk & Dirty Hands

In Thoughts on October 28, 2010 at 3:54 am

I had the privilege of spending an entire day with my newly potty trained, two-year-old niece a couple Saturdays ago.  It was a wonderful day filled with artwork, frequent potty trips, frolicking in the park, and plenty of laughs.  The crying was kept at a minimum and only occurred when we were not able to go to the “big” playground and swing.  Now, the whining occurred a bit more frequently, and the cause of this is what I plan to address tonight.

I brought my cutie pie to my house for the first time.  I’ll admit that I’ve been waiting over two years for her to be potty trained so I could scoop her up and make her my traveling companion.  We drove to my city of residence.   When we arrived, I quickly pulled out huge sheets of white paper and construction paper, some pastels, glue, paint brushes, and different colored sand.  We proceeded to make art with those materials.

I love to encourage others to explore creatively, especially children because they learn so much from creative experiences, and I learn so much watching them.  Pastels are messy and leave fantastic colors on your hands.  The colors on the paper were vibrant and easily smudged and I was delighted by Cutie Pie’s excitement.  She was very excited and at times bounced up and down from the excitement of it all.  However, when she looked down at her hands, she began to get upset.  “Oh no! It’s on my hands!”  I assured her it was ok if her hands were messy.  We would wash it off when we were done.  We proceeded to create art and make messes; glue on our clothes, sand in the carpet, pastels on our faces… Cutie began to say things like “Oh that’s ok!  We will clean it up!”

Later my Cutie Pie and I enjoyed popcorn and almond milk.  Of course, she did not want to set her glass of milk on the table.  It had to be beside her on the floor.  Needless to say, Cutie did knock over her milk and spilled it on the carpet.  She began to whine and cry, again I told her it was okay because it was an accident that could be cleaned up.  This seemed to calm her, and we cleaned up the mess together.

I have said all of this to say that there is no need to beat ourselves up over our mistakes.  Nor should the fear of making mistakes inhibit us from doing things we really want to do.  Sometimes we get messy.  Sometimes our decisions have unforeseen and less desirable results.  We may cry or scream and whine, but it is how we proceed after our mistakes that will determine our final outcome.  I hope my Cutie learned that making a mistake is not the end of the world.  I hope she keeps that “it’s okay!” attitude.  Life is a creative experience!    It’s full of grand episodes of clarity and epiphanies which usually come about as the result of mistakes.  What is most important is how we perceive these so-called mistakes.  Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, let’s focus on the good that can come from our faux pas.

Have you ever found yourself crying over spilled milk?  Were you able to find the good in your mistake?

Just Thoughts

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Oh Boy its a Jun E day! Well it feels really good to be alive and living.  The Jun E Caniel journey has been a great one. Everyday has been filled with hard work, hope, freedom, and unbelievable creativity. I live to create the world that I live in, although sometimes it is lined with struggle. I am a firm believer where there is struggle there is life. During this venture as an entrepreneur, I have seen why people settle for their mediocre lives. It’s so easy to settle and sit back and watch people on TV live their dreams out, but I decided long time ago to be Jun E and define what success is for my life. I challenge you to do the same. Create! Create! Create! Find the gold that is inside of you and bring it to life. Until next time be Jun E!  Join the movement!

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In Thoughts on October 27, 2010 at 5:08 am

When was the last time you had a random conversation? What did you talk about? How long did the conversation last? What did you learn?

MYL Breast Cancer Fashion Show

In Jun E events on October 25, 2010 at 5:26 am

We first want to send a Jun E thank you to everyone who participated in the MYL Fashion Show.  A special thank you to all the young models who represented Jun E Caniel in such a Jun E way.  Ladies, you RIPPED the runway!  Your walks were amazing and depicted the intended idea of strength and power.  Thank you so much! Continue to unleash that LION and reach your full potential.  What an awesome, Jun E bunch!  We love you!

To Tranice, Tiandrea, and Jenny thank you for all the work you do with our youth. Its people like you who give back and create a better world for our youth. Thank you for giving your time to improve humanity. At times, it may not seem as though they are listening, but our youth hear and see everything.  Continue to help them strive towards greatness and unleash your own LION!  We are well on our way to creating a better life and we are very happy to have collaborated with all of you. To the world Jun E loves you! Till next time, be Jun E !

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Your moments, Your Time

In Thoughts on October 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Ralph Emerson once said, ” Guard well your spare moments.  They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

Are you guarding your spare moments well?  Be Jun E and improve the value of your life by taking advantage of the gift of time.

Jay Caniel


In Thoughts on October 21, 2010 at 1:31 am



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In Jun E Caniel Conversation Series on October 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I would like to thank Lorra Moses for inviting us and giving us the opportunity to empower the students at Fayetteville State University.  Also we would like to thank all of the students for sharing their precious time today. I look forward to seeing all of you do well in the future. The future is truly bright if we take advantage of the gift of today! See you at the top, and be Jun E!


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Thinking Jun E!

In Thoughts on October 13, 2010 at 5:34 am

You ever wonder why we were created? I’m sure many of you do. We were created to be Jun E! That means “great” for the people who don’t know. Every life has a purpose, reason, and legacy to fill. We are all legends under the sun. At Jun E Caniel we believe that everyone has a lion within them, just waiting to be unleashed.  Everyone has one direction in which all space is open to them. I like how Emerson puts it, saying we are like a ship in a river; we run against obstructions on every side but one; on that side all obstruction is taken away, and we sweep serenely over a deepening channel into an infinite sea.  You see every man has this call of the power to do something unique, and no one has any other call.  We encourage you to unfold yourself to the world. Make your mark in this life. Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

Stepping Out

In Thoughts on October 8, 2010 at 4:22 am

I never fancied myself a blogger.  Most of the things I write are hidden away in a remote corner of my closet, waiting in spiral notebooks for my death so they may finally be read by someone else.  My closest friend says I have something important to share with the world and blogging is a great way to do it.  So, I will try it (deep sigh).  Instead of worrying about a specific theme for my blogs, I’d rather write about whatever is on my mind.  Lol… I guess that is the whole purpose of blogging anyway, right?

So what’s on my mind?  Mainly my latest adventure called entrepreneurship.  I quit my job! Yes!  Every time I think about being self-employed, I literally giggle.  What an exciting and stressful endeavor! I quit my job at the end of September to pursue fashion design.  I know many people do not understand it or me, for that matter.  This is something I’ve come to grips with.  I’m not fazed.  A part of me keeps saying I should be more stressed, more afraid of what’s to come… I don’t feel it.  I’m too busy working on my business and enjoying my freedom.

Too much of my adult life has been spent on other people’s time.  I gave eight hours or more of my weekdays investing in other people’s dreams, “earning” leave time, and not being fulfilled.  At age 29, I have decided I’ve had enough of other people putting their hands on my time.  I can’t get it back! It’s priceless! It’s MINE!  No one else should have access to it without my say.  I abhor earning leave and then having to ask for permission to use it.  It’s ridiculous.

With that said, I am currently experiencing a so-called down period.  No car (it’s in the shop…$2K to get it fixed), broke (my profits have not physically manifested yet), a few let downs, and very few friends.  I am confident that all of this will change soon.  Stepping out on faith is very hard to do.  I am definitely in an unfamiliar place, but I revel in the discomfort because I am moving toward what I know God has for me.  As soon as I committed to working towards my goals, things began falling into place.  When things go wrong, I appreciate the challenges but I am not deterred from the race to see my vision manifested. I have always been different but I never realized how different until I committed to my goals.  Others look at me differently when I say I am self-employed, some with envy and others with perplexity.  In my mind, I am pretty normal.  I’m just not considered to be by most.  I believe many entrepreneurs can relate to this, especially the successful ones.

T. Caniel

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