InDesign: Magazine Cover Graphic Design

Rolling Stone Cover Project

I created a fictional Rolling Stone Magazine cover using Adobe InDesign.

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Illustrator: Logo Creation

Andrew Lee Yoga Logo FINAL Big

I created my own logo for my yoga business using Adobe Illustrator.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH MUSIC: GOLDEN CHYLD’S “UPHILL BATTLE”

As a Content Marketing Volunteer for Nu Dynasty Music,  I wrote this article for Golden Chyld’s single, “Uphill Battle”, that was used as press release in his email marketing blast.  It was also published on a music blog called  Reggae Around the World .  I used WordPress to create the tiled mosaic collage and Power Point to create the SOS Villages graphic design piece.  Part of the proceeds from all digital downloads went directly to charity.

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What’s your story?  Everyone has one and we’ve all experienced difficult times in our lives.  Although the details of our stories may differ, we can all relate to the lyrics of Golden Chyld’s “Uphill Battle”. This uplifting new single speaks of his own personal journey of overcoming adversity, despite life’s many obstacles. 

It’s a stark contrast to his previous releases, “Joanna Wine” and Rise Up”, that are firmly rooted in dancehall.  “Uphill Battle” is a softer ballad with gospel and reggae influences.  Golden Chyld sets a strong spiritual atmosphere with heavenly strings and soothing saxophones for this soulful single as he sings, “never let the rest of us forget, we have a duty to [help] the less fortunate”.  This isn’t just a lyric in the song; he is taking social action as well.

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Andrew Lee Yoga’s Official Website

Andrew Lee Yoga

As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), I created and designed my own website using WordPress.com for my teaching career.  I applied my copywriting, document/web design and other creative skills to produce an engaging site to attract prospective clients.

How to Handle Bullies using Verbal Self-Defense

By Andrew Lee

Screen Shot 2019-06-11 at 9.01.17 PMPicture this. It’s a Friday afternoon at school and you’re heading to the cafeteria to buy your lunch.  As you walk down the hall, an upper class student approaches you and asks you to lend him money.

“Sorry, I only have money for myself,” you reply.

He continues to pester you and does not leave you alone. Your conscious tells you he is dangerous. After denying his request, he becomes increasingly angry.

“WHY NOT?! What the hell is wrong with you?! You hate me or something?!  If you don’t give me your money, I’m going to fight you!”

Suddenly, you put up your hands, get into a stance, look into his eyes and yell back:

“BACK OFF! STOP! GO AWAY! LEAVE NOW!” you repeat over and over.

“Okay whatever, forget you! I’ll get it from someone else!” he exclaims. Frustrated with himself, as he storms off in disgust.

This is a typical verbal self-defense situation, which could lead to a nasty fist fight. In most scenarios, attackers do not initiate confrontation by yelling at the top of their lungs; they usually begin with a friendly conversation. At some point, these strangers get angry and begin to raise their voice. So how do you learn to defend yourself in these situations?

Verbal self-defense focuses on the three part ABC Module. “A” stands for awareness, “B” stands for boundaries and “C” stands for combat. You need to keep these phases in mind during an adrenal stress situation.

“A” = Awareness

The key to “awareness” is walking tall with your head up and appearing alert of your surroundings. Most times, bullies look for victims with poor posture who walk with their head down and look unaware. Simply being aware will not stop an attack, but may prevent one from occurring.

“B” = Boundaries

The most powerful self-defense skill is the ability to talk your way out of a situation. Most times scenarios begin with a verbal confrontation; if we handle the altercation correctly and effectively, we can deflate or even stop the threat before it becomes physical. This is the hardest part for most people because our fear overwhelms us, which causes us to emotionally freeze. These verbal skills are the most important, but are most difficult to pull off.

Fear can paralyze us into submission. You want to use your adrenaline to transform that fear into power! When faced with a verbal attacker (or “woofer”), use these three components that exude confidence:

Voice

Who says your voice isn’t a weapon? If a woofer’s voice can intimidate you, your voice can conversely intimidate the woofer. Despite this, you need to control your voice depending on how loud the woofer gets. If the woofer speaks at mid-volume, you do the same. If the woofer raises his/her voice, you raise yours. It’s not an exact science, but go with your gut feeling and do what feels right. When you feel bullies are invading your personal space, firmly say “Backup!” Tell them what you want them to do.

Eye-contact

Looking at attackers in the eye shows you are not afraid of them. It gives you confidence and makes it easier to talk your way out of a situation.

Stance

Always keep your hands up with your palms open and stand with hip-width distance apart (a short front stance). You don’t want to go into a deep front stance because you’re less mobile and unable to fight. Keeping your palms open expresses a non-threatening manner. If you tighten your hands into a fist, you’re engaging and taunting your attacker to fight. Also, keeping your hands open allows you to throw a powerful palm-heel strike should you need to transition into the Combat phase.

“C” = Combat

If your verbal skills fail to de-escalate the situation, you need to immediately turn on your combat mode. Remember to keep your striking techniques simple!

So if this is the case, what are the easiest and most effective moves to use when defending yourself at school or in the street?  To find out, visit Herten Family Martial Arts and learn more about our karate classes.

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*Originally published on Herten Family Martial Arts website that I designed.