Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Road To Accomplishing Your Goals

In high school teachers were always stressing the importance of setting goals. I was even required to take an elective class to thoroughly learn how beneficial goal setting could be in life. Of course, just as many of my high school peers, I paid no attention to what I learned that semester. Even when I was in college, I never set goals. It just never seemed important.

One day, well after college, a friend was telling me about a first date experience. During the dinner conversation her date asked her what her five and ten year goals were. As we laughed at the cliché question I thought to myself, what are my five and ten year goals? If anyone would have asked me that question I wouldn’t have had a response; I had no plans for my future. In realizing this I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted out of life. In doing so, I decided to start writing out yearly goals for myself.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Lost & Found"

"It's not always easy to trust others' eyes to see your dream the way you see it. When you're under construction, everyone becomes an architect. They want to rearrange your dream to fit what they think it should look like or what they believe is more attainable. They say things like, 'Don't dream so big!' and 'You can do better,' or, worse 'You'll never build a life like that.' " ~ Sarah Jakes

Friday, April 25, 2014

Everything Isn't For Everyone

During my hiatus I saw this book cover floating around on Facebook. People were outraged that such a book would be published and targeted toward children. Some of the comments I saw ranged from people being mad at the publisher and author; to others commenting that this book should only be in the hands of teachers and adults (people who can control which kids read it). In other words, it shouldn't be available to the general public.

Here's my take on this: 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NEGRITA Documentary

"NEGRITA, written and directed by Magdalena Albizu, is a documentary about the Afro-Latina identity and experience in the United States. In their own words, empowered, self-affirming educated Afro-Latinas, located across the United States, share their experiences of living with a changing, often contested identity in a racialized society and how it affects their personal and professional lives.
NEGRITA aims to establish a ‘black’ consciousness across all generations by reigniting a movement to embrace Latinos’ African roots through a trans-national dialogue on race, identity, ethnicity, nationality and community-building."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Art by Ariel

"We are all here for a purpose. Our mission is to discover exactly what our purpose entails.
Mine is to create art. I was born with a pint brush in hand." ~ Ariel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Could This Be The Future?

Last week I read an article based on National Geographic's 125th issue, regarding what Americans will look like in 2050. Here's the article link ---->  Policymic

With the help of photoshop, the above pictures are projections of what continual mixing of races and cultures will result in. I found this to be so interesting and very true; as I've already seen evidence of it within my own family. Other than features somewhat being similar, the newest generation of children being born in my family are a variety of different skin colors.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Embracing My Widow’s Peak

“Mom, why does my hairline come to a point in the middle of my forehead?” I asked one day while staring at myself in my parent’s bathroom mirror. “I don’t know why, but look mine grows like that too.” My Mom answered while pointing to her almost perfect hairline.
This pesky V-shaped point has sat at the top of my forehead my entire life. But it didn’t start to annoy me until I got to middle school. I was at that age when all girls become aware of their “imperfections” and wished they could change them. My “imperfection,” my widow’s peak.

Although it was something I never got made fun of for having, at least not to my face, I hated that part of my hairline. I often thought of it as the part of my hair that didn’t want to cooperate. It was like it wanted to stand out from the rest, screaming “hey everyone, look at me.” But I didn’t want any attention drawn to it.
Fact is my widow’s peak made me very self-conscious, and I was uncomfortable and embarrassed of it. In my mind it was the first thing people saw when they looked at me.
I often felt different, like I didn’t fit in because I had one. And in the rare event when I did see a person with a widow’s peak, I always thought theirs wasn't as bad as mine.
Read more: Here

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Everyday Chica"

I'm featured on Ain't I Latina? today!!!!!

"Ain't I Latina? is a is an online destination created by an Afro-Latina for Afro-Latinas. Inspired by the lack of representation in mainstream media... In addition to offering celebrity news, career advice, lifestyle coverage and exclusive interviews with today’s hottest Latinas, Ain’t I Latina? offers you, the reader, an opportunity to share your story."

Read my "Everyday Chica" interview here ----> Here

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coconut Oil Pulling

I first learned about Coconut Oil Pulling on xoVain and millions of other places online. 

So what exactly is it: 
"...oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment that simply consists of swishing high-quality oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, without swallowing it... the process is supposed to attract and remove bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kick-Starting Your Freelance Career

Having a successful freelance career takes more than just the desire to be your own boss. It takes dedication and organization to keep track of everything you normally wouldn’t worry about if you worked for someone.

I quickly learned this and more when I decided to quit my job to start freelance writing and editing. 

At the time I had no idea how to get started. I often found myself worried about how I would get clients and if I would be financially stable (thankfully I saved money before quitting my job).

Since I had no idea where to begin, I did some internet research. I looked up as much information as I could about freelance writing careers. Doing research was a great starting off point because it helped me prepare for my career and led me to do the following:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Material Girl: Frugal Finds NYC

A few weeks ago I attended Frugal Finds NYC's pop-up shop and fell in love with everything in the room. I knew that would happen so before getting there I promised myself I wouldn't splurge... and that was very hard, especially since they discounted all the items for the event.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's Okay to Smile

While putting the last box in the back of the car it hit me. I’m going to have to make all new friends when I get there. As I moved out of my parents’ house that day to start my college life in the dorms, I told myself not to worry too much about it. I figured that making friends would happen naturally on its own, which it eventually did.

But in the beginning it was hard. I found myself not knowing what to say to people, and no one went out of their way to talk to me. When I spoke to my mom about this she suggested I smile and make eye contact with people.

At the time I had no idea why she suggested this or what the outcome would be. Having nothing to lose I decided to take her advice, but it didn’t work. One specific morning while walking from the dorms down to the campus; I decided to smile at everyone I made eye contact with. I got a few smiles in return, but those were overshadowed by the many eye rolls and quick once-overs I received.