HumanKind Fair Trade

Friday, August 4, 2017
6:00 pm
HumanKind Fair Trade
982 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo
, CA

This month HumanKind is excited to feature the beautiful photographs of Alison Cebulla. Also, for your listening pleasure, we will feature Jasper Creek a local, fun folk band that features cover songs as well as original tunes. Join us on August 4 from 6-9PM.

Alison Cebulla is returning to her roots at HumanKind Fair Trade after 4 years away living in NYC and Austin, TX. She was the Store Manager of HumanKind 2011-2013. She currently works as a life and health coach, helping people overcome stories hold them back, learn how to develop resilience through painful life experiences, and how to accomplish great things for a fulfilling life of deep purpose and meaning.

Check out her photos of Big Bend National Park, located in Southwestern Texas on the Mexican border, taken last fall.

"I never thought I had permission to be an artist until a coach I worked with helped me see that I was allowed to notice every day simple beauty and that all of us are artists. This insight led me to start an Instagram account of my photographs dedicated to kindness, nature, and philosophy that have grown to over 10,000 followers. 

My road trips to National Parks were all soul journeys. If there was something on my mind I needed to resolve, I would download every audiobook on the subject I could find, then plan a long course of driving to somewhere beautiful. Along the way, I would get life-changing insights and feel at home in the wild and on the road.

I struggled with addiction during my teenage years. I realized last year that I hadn't done the deep soul searching yet on my relationship with addiction and what that period of my life was about for me. The photos from this trip represent healing, self-compassion, and self-love. They represent my decision to get to know myself better. Though it was difficult and painful to go inward and dig through the trenches of my emotional history, I knew it would be worth it. On this trip, I visited family members from whom I'd been estranged most of my life. I asked a lot of questions. I wanted to get to the heart of the emotional legacy of my family. Questions I took with me were: 'What are my family's strengths? What are our traumas and hurts? From where did I come and what did I inherit? What am I choosing to heal and what am I choosing to let go of? What will I take with me?' Most importantly I asked myself, 'Who will I become with this new way of seeing myself, my family, and the world?'

These photos represent the scenery I encountered on this journey. The stark, dry desert landscape was a soothing blank canvas for my mind to paint a new idea of my identity. Big Bend is so immense: the dry, flat brush that goes on forever, meeting distant mountain ranges, and the tall, red, river filled canyons that seem to meet the sun are overwhelming in their scope. It's an inspiring landscape from which to admit a certain healthy amount of defeat: that we are but bit players on this massive Earth, that there is more we do not know than what we do, that we can't truly ever be certain because our perception of reality is always shifting, and that the problems we face today won't matter 100 or 1000 years into the future.

I hope everyone gets to do a soul-searching road trip through the desert at least once in their lives. There's just nothing else quite like it."