Much to our collective disappointment, there's no rulebook for how to live life or handle unexpected stressors related to our careers and other events. In this, a prolonged moment of seemingly neverending uncertainties and ‘unprecedented' circumstances, and in the midst of what feels like a "global time out meets tornado," it's more important than ever to make self-care a top priority.
On January 25, join Meryl Vedros for a talk focused on methods to care for ourselves – including our hearts, brains, and spirits – that draw from both art therapy and humor and learn how to make your own "how to take care of yourself" guide. Then, stick around for a short meditation session led by Sam Yates.
A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Loveland Foundation, an organization seeking to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, with a particular focus on Black women and girls, and that is committed to showing up for them in unique and powerful ways. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more, the Loveland Foundation hopes to contribute to both the empowerment and liberation of the communities it serves. Its collaborative resources and initiatives prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing.
If you'd like to make an additional donation to the Loveland Foundation, we invite you to do so on the checkout page.
About Our Hosts:
Meryl Vedros: Kansas City native and international designer, Meryl Vedros has worked for a variety of studios including Pentagram, The Type Directors Club, and Mucca. Through those experiences, she gained a broad range of knowledge, but after coming face-to-face with her struggles to create from behind a desk, she realized it was time to be her own boss and increase her step count across the globe.
In 2016, Vedros purchased a one-way ticket to Berlin despite having no contacts there and never visiting before. Within a month, she started Vedros Studio, a design and research practice dedicated to traveling the world to help its clients gain cultural insights and develop brands with a real pulse.
Today, with over 30 countries under her belt, Vedros has bridged the gap in the industry between cultural research and branding. She considers herself a modern nomad, a designer with ADHD superpowers, and an open book when it comes to discussing challenges, growth, and self-confidence. Her life motto is, “design your life, don’t let it design you.”
IG: @merylvedros / @vedrosstudio
Sam Yates: Designer and past AIGA KC President Sam Yates has been practicing Hatha Yoga for more than 10 years. Evolving from an athletic upbringing, Yates found herself in a deeper consciousness through practicing, eventually leading her to complete a 200RYT through Zen Zone Yoga, focussing primarily on Vinyasa Flow for beginners.
In her classes, Yates likes to combine breath and movement using rhythmic flows accessible for all body types. She plans her classes with the intent of leaving all worldly problems at the door, fully focusing on internal growth guided by soulful energy.