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About two hours ago I woke up from my sunny Sunday afternoon nap to hear thunder, the wind blowing against my window and my phone alerting me of the thunderstorm warning in my area of winds up to 60 mph but as quickly as the storm came it was replaced by a beautiful sunlight glowing into my home that I couldn’t resist but to play with, taking the photos with my phone. I looooveee being in the sun!
My furry child had a very eventful day today, I don’t get the chance to socialize him that much and in 6 weeks I won’t be able to go home to see his excited face anymore. So I took him out with the family to the lake for father’s day, so many children petting him, sniffing other dogs…he actually tried to pee on another smaller dog several times…we don’t know why…but it was so cute, he was so tired by the end of it all he automatically fell a sleep in the car ride home.
For the past few days I’ve been feeling lonely and have been embracing it, the feeling of being human. =)
I’m going to learn how to educate myself more on how politics work, funding from the city and where budgets go, but even as ignorant I am on politics, this is wrong. Education is so important, so very very important, you are still giving young children a chance to learn and hope. Knowledge is power and right now most of these school closings are in areas where these children do feel powerless and scared for their safety.
To take that away and make things more difficult with increasing class sizes and don’t you want to improve your city? Not push your people away? What kind of crap is this?
I was watching my dog in my backyard just now when I came to the realization that I have never really seen any of my neighbors use their backyard. I will see them come out to do yard work but the neighbors with kids are always in the front yard on their driveway or running at each other up and down the street, so the neighbors that got these great playgrounds for their kids to play on are not even used. And then it got me thinking of how other neighborhoods use their backyards, because I thought “What a pity, all that space and green lawn is being neglected,” I live in a neighborhood where the no one is really fenced off either so the backyards just run together like one large football field.
Is it because I live in a safe neighborhood? Or is it because my neighbors are turning their attention to the front of their homes to connect with the other neighbors because of the general sense of safety and unity?
When I was younger and lived in a more populated city and it wasn’t as safe to play in the front yard so me and my friends generally went into the backyard to play, and the funny thing about this neighborhood was that every backyard was fenced off.
And then when I did my project for New Orleans, one of the aspects that came up in my research and important to keep in mind when building a house was the original homes were built with the “Porch culture” to kind of like people watch.
Anyways, it was just a random thing I thought of (I’m too tired to go think anymore than this) because I feel like if the backyards are not being used then we just wasted a lot of land when there are areas like in California for most new developments, I noticed where they get smaller backyards and dinky front yards and also everything is fenced off but my relatives are a lot more inclined to use their backyards. I thought into this more I wonder if when it came to building new neighborhoods there would be a way to make an educated prediction about the use of the land so that we don’t waste that land and build more towards luscious front yards. Or why are all the back of the houses here boring? (Not that the fronts are any better…) Why are we discriminating against of the back of the houses? Why can’t they be pretty too? Back of the houses are demanding not to be flat anymore! They want definition, shapes and curves too!
(Las Vegas Days) Taken at the Bellagio Conservatory and Bontanical Gardens.
“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” – Tupac Shakur
Something way cool happened yesterday, June 1st, I hit 50 followers! And I just wanted to say thank you. Every time I post something new and keep seeing my emails of getting a new follower it makes me feel so good! You guys like my pictures, my random antics, you guys like my post and you guys like my art. I feel very honored and it inspires me to do more. I’m already sad at completing a painting an am trying to formulate a new one in my mind as we speak. I’m excited at every new follow that I am going to set a goal for myself for when I reach 100 followers I want to have my first T-Shirt design. And I’m just inspired to find different ways to design my own life when it comes to completing my dream.
So I went from this to that above. =) I’ve learn a long time ago that when you are feeling down or there is a negative emotion in your heart to turn it into something productive and for not painting in over 4 years I think I did well for myself! My heart feels rejuvenated, it feels free and more importantly full of happiness and love to share to the world. I’m sad I’m done, but I guess that means I need to let my imagination soar to another image locked somewhere in my mind. Let love inspire you!
I just ran into an awesome artist while moseying around on tumblr. Her name is Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and her work is called “Don’t Tell Women to Smile” which focuses on Street Harassing. She lives in New York and this is her fight back against being cat called or harassed when she walks down her street. This makes me think of how many times I’ve walked around in any city and been whistled at or hollered from a random car, it makes me extremely uncomfortable. It goes along with my post about “Violence against Women” that I want to be able to walk down the street and not feel like I’m exposed even when I’m fully covered, it is ridiculous. This is my body, this is my life and I should be able to do whatever the F I feel like it. This is another example of things women just take because it has become such a daily part of life and Tatyana is an inspiration for us to say, “No”.
I am incredibly impressed and will be getting one of her T-shirts to proudly wear. Please visit her tumblr: here and also take time to scroll down to a series of photos of two prints she placed on a building, it sparked a really random conversation with different men and women writing down their commentary, it is really interesting.
Today’s lesson is given by the handsome gentleman in the photo above: Give someone a reason to smile today. =)
There is this thing called “Rape Culture” and which means women grow up learning they constantly need to watch their back. Watch what you wear, don’t be too provocative, when you walk to your car carry a weapon-like hold your keys, when you walk alone don’t wear a ponytail because it is easier to grab you with…and these are all legit things I learn and more. I don’t like it, women shouldn’t grow up learning they have to be afraid for the rest of their lives and if something does happen to us, it is our fault because we didn’t protect ourselves. It’s not right. I used to proclaim I am a man in front of people all the time because I am angry at people looking at me as a “woman”. I stopped because I am actually proud to be a female, but I wanted people I know that even though I am a woman I am capable or even more capable and had more dignity and more strength than most men I know. Now along with that I want people to know that I am all woman: Strong, independent, responsible, level-headed, rational and born to be leader in this world… I don’t want to see women scared to walk alone anymore, I don’t want to read news articles about another girl being attacked and the town turned against her because she is now “dirty”, I want that girl to know she did nothing wrong.
Don’t stay silent and be a leader.
This is an important issue that EVERYONE should pay attention to. There is so much abuse in the world and just towards women and not just physical abuse but verbal abuse as well. Physical or verbal, one is not worse off than the other, both are horrible. Jackson Katz makes a very strong point in here is that if we stay silent then we are giving a silent consent that whatever is going on is acceptable but if we speak up, say what is on your mind you bring the issues to the forefront for everyone to see and slap it into society’s face.
This does not start with women, but with the men. And to be honest I shouldn’t even mention just men because there are women that abuse their position as a woman too and it is not fair to point fingers, I get that. The main thing to take away from this is be a leader and to speak up for your sister, your mom, your aunt, your son, brother, friend, co-worker, whoever! Speak up to protect them.