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Co-Rebelles in Creative Crime Andréa Balt Founder Writer, Creative Troublemaker, Communication Warrior, Life Alchemist. In addition to Rebelle Society, Andrea Balt is also creator of the online writing bootcamp 30 Days of Writing: Write Yourself Alive!, the Creative Rehab Art & Adventure Events, the Warrior Woman Rising experience as well as our upcoming ALL-NEW Rebelle Wellness, the health & wellness branch of Rebelle Society & I Art You, our online e-shop for Dreamers & Doers. Andréa Balt holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work, she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Mind, Body & Soul + Darkness & Light into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of her own life & the world she observes and experiences. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as our official Superpower and essential Human Right — to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Visit her website – AndreaBalt.com to learn more about collaborating or working with her and catch up on her latest musings. Connect with her in the social media matrix — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest — and sign up for her Museletter to stay in touch & receive FREE creative goodies, special bonuses & event news. For all communication & business inquiries, you can also reach her via email at andrea@rebellesociety.com P.S. Her name is pronounced un-DREH-ah (like “Andrea Bocelli”). Soumyajeet “Jeet” Chattaraj Editor-in-Chief After a more socially acceptable start to his academic and professional career, which included standing first in his High School exams (and joint seventh in all of India in his education board), a BE (with Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from one of the top engineering institutes in India (BITS Pilani), a 2250 in GRE with absolutely zero preparation, and a first job at Infosys, one of India’s top IT concerns, Jeet decided to venture out into the big, bad world to ditch bookish education and substitute it with an experiential one! In his spare time, which is sparing at best, he loves engaging his geeky side to the fullest extent — and obsessively engages in absorbing random trivia, and solving puzzles of any and every kind, primarily crosswords and sudoku — one of his proudest achievements being able to completely solve the New York Times crossword 137 days in a row before being forced to break the chain due to 18-hour workdays that included weekends. Having gone up to a High Red belt in HapKiDo, before being forced to move due to a job change just before his Black Belt test, he hopes to get back to it some day, and credits Yoga and his newfound love of running for staying in somewhat of a decent shape, while always being mindful of the ever present room for improvement. He also wishes to go back to writing poetry some day, something which has always occupied a special place in his heart, and helped him win awards in college. A universalist when it comes to approaching people from all over the world, he considers himself to be a global citizen first and foremost, instead of identifying with any exclusive and divisive tags. A lifelong and certifiable black sheep (irrespective of skin color, since that would have qualified him as a ‘brown sheep’), Jeet feels uncomfortable with certainty and strives for a meditation-driven comfort in uncertainty. In spite of English and Mathematics being two of his greatest loves, his engineering degree placed him in IT, which is where he tries to make himself useful during regular work hours, and spends the rest of his time trying to accommodate other social and extracurricular activities, with an optional and approximately four-hour gap for sleep. Other than his work as a Jack-of-All-Trades and Editor-in-Chief at Rebelle Society, he tries to spread positive awareness through Facebook, random acts of kindness, and recruiting of fellow dreamers — a la John Lennon — to be his kindred souls in this short journey called Life. He’s a member of the Triple Nine Society, Intertel, Mensa and the International High IQ Society, and can be reached for all Rebelle Society editing/submission/website-related questions at jeet@rebellesociety.com. Shanna Shafer Managing Editor A writer, artist & dreamer, Shanna has been potentiating talent since childhood. She is moved by nature, the arts, and academia, along with the vast mysteries of our inner and outer worlds. She has novels, art installations and several creative projects living inside her mind, each of which will eventually outgrow the cranial limits of both space and time, serving as proof that dreams grow into reality. Shanna has a BSN, and has spent the majority of her career caring for others. She is now exploring new and novel ways to nurse the world back to health, tapping into the powerfully creative powers of Love and Compassion along the way. When she’s not writing or dreaming her future alive, Shanna acts as an agent for evolution, raising up the world’s children so that they, too, may one day change the world. She can be found any place under the sun or moon, and prefers life on the road to living in a box. It is possible to share your dreams & talents with Shanna by emailing her at shanna@rebellesociety.com and you may connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. If all else fails, she’ll likely find you in a dream, in which case, please feel free to introduce yourself. Kristi Stout Social Media Editor. In-House Designer. Kristi L. Stout is a loving spiritualist, inquisitive adventurer, and die-hard dreamer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation. Spending the entirety of her current life believing she was an artist who enjoyed writing, she later learned that she was more a writer, who enjoyed drawing. But then in further discovery, she learned she pretty much loved any and all things creative. Creation is the source of life! Her current endeavors are with Rebelle Society as a contributing writer and social media editor extraordinaire. She also owns a publishing house called The …