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My HOLY SHIT Moment

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For days, years, decades … I’d cruise through life knowing I had as much time in the world to explore, travel, experience new things and make mistakes … Make mistakes … make mistakes?!

It was a cold or maybe really hot day in New York City about two months ago when it dawned on me that I couldn’t keep making the same mistakes.  In my twenties I could make late payments on my TMobile bill only to face a light slap on the hand and and a late fee of $4.95.  I could speed and get a traffic ticket with yet another slap on the hand and a fee of $150 – $300.  I could be late to almost anything and have my tardiness covered by a really good friend who got there on time. Everything was recoverable and fixable.

However, how does one make up for lost time and years that I will never be able to get back from long term bad decisions?

One day I was walking down a New York City street only to realize I was walking down the wrong street.  Not a big deal – I can always turn around make a quick right and then left and be back on track within 5 minutes of the unplanned detour.

This isn’t always the case with some of the decisions we make in life.  As women we can make the wrong decision for a years or decades and this is where my “holy shit” moment came!  There are some mistakes I’ve made in my life where the repercussion is well beyond a hand slap.  For some of these mistakes I can’t get back the years and years of pointless tears or using my “naive” ways as an excuse for it will only keep me in the cycle for years to come.

It was time to make better decisions.

Have you ever had your subconscious, or god or the universe or whatever higher being (you believe in)  try to get through to you and you be to scared to take the leap or make that hard decision?  The message is in your dreams and instances begin to occur on a regular basis  that notify you that are going the wrong way.  I’ve been through this several times in my life touching various life related topics and I’m learning that you can’t IGNORE your journey.  Have you noticed that when we move off course “shit just goes wrong” and nothing goes smoothly.  There are a million “do no proceed” “wrong way” and screaming red flags that throw itself in front of your vehicle at every moment and as relentlessly stubborn humans we ignore every sign  because we think we know better or we’re to scared to take the leap.

It’s time to make better decisions. Recently I’ve surrendered to some of my own painful patterns and when I did … the universe started to give me what I needed to fill the void, overpower the ego and keep me moving in the direction of making better / healthier decisions.   It’s still really hard to break patterns and the emotional process is very up and down but it feels good to know that your making decisions that are in alignment with your values, goals, worth and it’s empowering.

My “holy shit” moment made me realize that I didn’t want to waste my life or time doing anything that no longer serves me or my purpose.  Time is precious and it can filled doing things that bring you happiness and abundance so why waste it?  I want to use this year to create new friendships,  unforgettable memories, mastering what I love to do, learning to cook, exploring New York, laughing, eating, dancing and being the best Me I can be …

That’s when I’m the happiest, most fulfilled and I can offer the most to people in my surroundings.  Cheers to 2012.
My top 10 moments of 2011 –

1:   Re-uniting with my best friend Monica Payne 🙂
2:  Going to Prince’s concert – VIP style, hanging with my long time friends Rashida, Monica and sister Shari and dancing on stage with Prince – That was a farewell I’ll never forget. Thank you Rashida!
3:  Launching Unite for Green at NBA All Star in Los Angeles in collaboration.
4:  Moving to New York City (period) and ALL the growth that came with that decision.
5:  My farewell party in LA and SF – Thank you HC and Franboogie and Miguel E.
6:  Creating new friendships in NYC – I feel pretty darn lucky to have reconnected/connected with some amazing women on the East Coast.
7:  Producing my first large event with Red Bull
8:  My nephew saying my name for the first time “Shel shel”
9:  Launching HC in 3 cities
10: The special moments shared with the people closest to me in 2011.  It has definitely been a transitional year.

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HONEY ON THE ROOFTOP THIS WEEK!

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PHOTOS FROM LAST YEARS HONEY SUMMER FUN! WERE YOU THERE?……DONT MISS THIS SUMMER SERIES!

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The Honey Collective is known for throwing some of the best Summer Parties in Los Angeles! – Said the LA TIMES.  Let me know what you think???

Love my ladies!

Dancing! Dancing! Dancing!

Brand Nubian's in the house!

Uhmmm yeah - Good TImes!

My fam! Affion Crockett and John O - enjoying our rooftop!

ERNEST SKINNER AND LOVELY CELESSA!

FRANK 151'S IN THE HOUSE!

LOVELY HONEYS!

OUR LOVELY HONEY PATRONS

MORE HONEY FUN!

OUR BOYS! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

MORE HONEYS...FUN!

WE EVEN LEARNED TO DJ! - THANK YOU SCRATCH ACADEMY!

MORE HONEYS!

SUMMER FUN WITH OUR HONEY PATRONS!

SURPRISED?

LOVE EQ!

THIS PHOTO ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH - LOVE RA!

THEYYY HAD FUN!

GOOD TIMES!

BROOK!

GEORGEEE!

ANTHONY!

BAY AREA FAM! MYK BEANNNN!

GOOD TIMES!

HONEY LIVE – FEATURING TREVOR WESLEY & JACOB LUTRELL

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HONEY LIVE FEATURING ...

HONEY LIVE was amazing last night!  Trevor Wesley and Jacob Lutrell graced the Honey Stage and the crowd loved both of the performances. Encores’ were demanded!  The evening was beautiful!  This event was sponsored by Vibe Magazine and will continue next month – Date TBA.  Stay tuned for photos and more information surrounding the Honey Collective and our amazing events!  Much love!

GOALS + UPDATES + MARK YOUR CALENDERS

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GOOD EVENING & HAPPY MONDAY!

I hope that 2010 has been treating everyone well and the year begun as healthy, productive and prosperous as can be! For 2010, I’ve steadily created synergistic partnerships and programs surrounding movie releases, live music, the dance community and, of course, the Honey Collective.  I really hope to be able to see ALL of you in the coming days or weeks.  There is a lot to look forward too!
STAY CONNECTED TO ME:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/shelleyoto
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/shelleyoto

Dates to Remember:
February 28th 2010:  Honey Live @ Bardot in Hollywood
March 27th 2010:  Styles Upon Styles in San Francisco @ 330 Ritch


STYLES UPON STYLES
I’m working collaboratively with Crazy Legs (President of the Rock Steady Crew), Dennis Infante and Red Bull to produce a series of dance events in various cities.   The series will begin in San Francisco on March 27th at 330 Ritch, and will soon after visit cities such as: Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

In the earlier part of the evening — Red Bull will be screening their never-before-seen documentary, “Bouncing Cats,” which will be followed by a Q & A with the film’s talent.

Styles Upon Styles
is a Lifestyle event that occurs in different cities and features a night of quality music, fashion and dance performances/battles etc. The experience is interactive, entertaining and unique.  Styles Upon Styles caters to the music-loving, fashion-conscious dancer community.   It’s a credible forum where all the freshest dancers get down in the circle, as the sounds of the most skilled DJs penetrate the air.  One should expect dance battles, PUMA giveaways, fresh music, interactive experiences, performances and more.

Talent from past Onecypher.com events has included: The Jabbawockeez and DJ Kool Raul of Supreme Soul (fromMTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew), Soul Sector, Beatz N Pieces, Grammy Nominated Artist Vikter Duplaix … amongst others…
Stay Tuned and mark your calendars for March 27, 2010!

GET INVOLVED: If you’d like to support or participate/support this event, please email: shelleyoto@gmail.com

and cc: Winnie Sui:  shelleyoto_asst@yahoo.com


ONECYPHER

Dennis Infante and I recently re-launched onecypher.com – a credible platform dedicated to everything DANCE. This site will continue to be updated with interesting blogs, articles, interviews, and plenty of media that will aim to showcase the true essence of each dance style.  Only the most credible dance class information will be listed and will be primarily geared towards offering dancers the resources to learn the background of other dance styles as well.

We focus our business towards the dance community, ranging from event planning, talent booking, club parties, dance contests/battles and showcases, as well as business consulting.

STAY CONNECTED TO ONECYPHER:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/onecypher
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/onecypher


THE HONEY COLLECTIVE LAUNCHES “EVERYTHING HONEY”
We’ve steadily prepared to launch a series of new and exciting programs for you to enjoy.  From live music shows to roller skating, from private “members only” events to seasonal and movie release events … let’s just say … we have a lot lined up!  If you loved our two-year anniversary titled “The Show,” then you will love our upcoming concert series LAUNCHING MARCH 2010. More information to be released on that event at a later date… Hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride – 2010 is going to be a lot of fun with the HONEY COLLECTIVE.


HONEY COLLECTIVE @ THE BRAND NEW JW MARRIOT IN DOWNTOWN LA LIVE
This past Saturday evening … the Honey Collective supported the Langston Bar Association and celebrating Lawrence Hinkle as he was being installed as the 
2010 President of the John M. Langston Bar Association.   We partied on the rooftop and Honey’s very own DJ Eque kept everyone dancing – suit, tuxedos, gowns and all!  It was a beautiful night for a beautiful cause at a BEAUTIFUL venue!  We’ll be back!


HONEY LIVE
HONEY LIVE
is a live music series. As you know, The HONEY COLLECTIVE supports the Arts and will be introducing new and upcoming artists between the hours of 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm at Bardot inside the Avalon. You never know who’ll be in the house. ; ). DJ Eque and DJ Rashida, alongside special guest DJs will be on the 1…’s and 2’s. Bardot is a beautiful venue with an amazing sound system! Please join us on our Sunday night Musical Adventure at Bardot in Hollywood!

Mark Your Calendars:  February 28, 2010 @ Bardot (Inside the Avalon)

If you’d like to submit your group/band to perform at HONEY LIVE – please send all submissions to honeylivetalentsubmissions@yahoo.com

To attend this event RSVP:  honeycollective@yahoo.com


HONEY LUXE
This month the HONEY COLLECTIVE 
is launching HONEY LUXE … a series of private, invite only affairs offered to our VIPs 
in beautiful, intimate, upscale, undisclosed locations…
It’s a private HONEY affair with after hours included …
How do you get on the guestlist? 
ssshhhhh…Stay tuned!
If you’re not there – you’ll definitely hear about it.

FUTURE HONEY PROGRAMS:
As I mentioned before … The Honey Collective is excited about 2010. Everything is in the works. If your company is interested in working with us, please email: shelleyoto@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!
STAY CONNECTED TO THE HONEY COLLECTIVE:
Follow Us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/honeycollective
Subscribe to our YouTube:  www.youtube.com/honeycollective
Become a fan on our Facebook:

That’s the skinny.  I really hope EVERYONE is having a wonderful start to this year and I get to see your face soon!  LIVE YOUR LIFE IN THE SUNSHINE. MUCH LOVE!

RISING TO THE OCCASION…

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What a crazy two weeks I’ve had. Actually, instead I should state … “What A Journey I’ve Experienced.”  One of the bumpiest areas in my life I NOW CLOSE.  There comes a point when “enough is enough” and you have to keep moving through it.  Again … “not everyone is like you.”  People have different hearts, motivation, intention and respect.  This last week I felt like “moving to the beach” and just staying there away from everything.  It’s rare that people disappoint me, but when it happens I really feel it.  I doubt that I will ever forget what’s happened but I hope that I will forgive with time.  I hate the way this situation has made me feel inside.  I realize that change is necessary and that sometimes things don’t always make sense … but you have to accept change and stop resisting the urge to try to control what you just can’t.  Just do the best you can and have Faith in GOD that he will help figure the rest of LIFE out with you … but you HAVE TO SHOW UP for him and yourself!

Life keeps moving regardless of what’s going on.  So I had to tell myself to “RISE TO THE OCCASION.”  3 of my new programs are launching in February and March 2010.  In the next 3 weeks I have 3 events scheduled for the Honey Collective + we are launching two new event series.  A music series and a private event series –Both I’m very really excited about.  Styles Upon Styles is launching in March 2010 and we are moving stead fast through the pre-production for that event.  I have just brought on another assistant to help facilitate the daily “action items” of this crazy operation.  Red Bull just signed on to support a minimum of two events for Styles Upon Styles!  San Francisco/ Los Angeles.  Soon to be in Chicago and New York as well.  So yes … the phone calls went well!

New Dates to  Lock In:

February 24th:  Honey Luxe in Los Angeles
February 28th:  Honey Live in Los Angeles
March 25th:  Launch of onecypher.com &  Styles Upon Styles in San Francisco

I look forward to what’s to come.  More good news is on it’s way!  Whenever there’s a storm there’s ALWAYS a rainbow to follow 🙂

THE HONEY COLLECTIVE … BRINGS YOU THE SUITE!

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Hello Honey Family!
Come dance the night away with us.
Join us for a cocktail and good music all night long.

In effort to raise funds for the devastation occurring in Haiti-
We will be taking donations at the door.
All proceeds will go to Partners in Health – a dedicated organization providing relief in Haiti.
www.pih.org

Also, in the month of February, the Honey Collective will be teaming up with other organizations and promotional groups to continue to raise money for this cause. Stay tuned for more information.

THE SUITE
JANUARY 21, 2010

Celebrating our HONEY “Peacock’s” Bornday!

PURPLE LOUNGE
AT THE STANDARD HOLLYWOOD
8300 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA. 90069

9pm-2am

DJS
DJ EQUE
&
SPECIAL GUEST DJS

PRODUCED BY:
Shelley Oto & Monica Payne

RSVP
honeycollective@yahoo.com

PHOTOS THAT MAKE ME SMILE…

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As I was sorting through some of these photos and I realized how lucky I am.  These photos bring back so many beautiful memories.  These photos make me smile.  I’m so happy that I captured these moments in my life. LOVE LOVE LOVE Heals All Things.