Archive for ‘inspiration’

December 1, 2011

Beauty Beauty Beauty, etc.

So here are two articles that are completely unrelated besides the fact that they’re both about exterior beauty.

Article #1: Lea T the beautiful Model
Isn’t she gorgeous? Nice, high cheekbones, nice plump, pink lips, beautifully-shaped eyebrows……. and wait…
She’s a man. Did you see that coming? Me neither! Gorgeous, right? Well at least I think so.
Full Article here

Article #2: Cassandra Bankson does Make-Up Magic
The amount of work that goes into this girl’s face every morning is intense. Not sad, because she’s good at it and it does help her out. But I just can’t believe that make-up can do this kind of stuff. I mean i knew it, but WATCHING IT HAPPEN IS CRAZY! (cue for video… scroll to bottom!)

Full Article here

In conclusion, I just wanted to reflect on how much effort some people can go into just to make themselves look like what we perceive to be normal. I don’t wear make-up, and not because i just think i’m naturally beautiful. But because everytime I do put make-up on I feel like some geisha doll that’s trying to be someone i’m not. So what if I have uneven eyebrows or blotches on my face?? this is WHO I AM! Granted, for Cassandra, unfortunately she needs to do some cover-up and she’s only 19 so it will probably, eventually go away. But for those people out there that feel like they can’t leave the house without a full face of make-up, I leave you with this: take it all off once and awhile and be happy with who you are. Honestly, who is going to fall in love with a full face of caked-on make-up? Or maybe that’s just me… I dont know but

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oh yea here’s the video:

November 10, 2011

To Put it Frankly


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November 10, 2011

Surfer thinks he’s Jesus

Ok the title is deceiving. He doesn’t really. But he’s practically walking on water here… Right?

Surfing has always been something that I enjoy doing, but scares the living daylights out of me! ( yea, I said that “scares the living daylights out of me” like an OGma)

I believe that people who surf the big waves are seriously cut from a different cloth. There is no way I would ever EVER surf a wave higher than three feet! Ok, Im a wuss.

ANYWAY, there is a point to this post, but someone had too much coffee again and tends to get tangential (yes, that’s a word) when she’s strung out on caffeine.

Garrett McNamara (this guy)

… broke the World’s Record for successfully surfing the biggest wave, 90 feet!!

Full article here

Aaannnddd here he is in action.

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November 3, 2011

Go Get ’em Oakland!!

So the word “occupy” has been springing up in everyday conversation with friends, which means it is becoming “sticky,” as Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point would describe the new craze. And I say craze because, having written my senior thesis on protests in the US, I came to the conclusion that protests spreads just like any other fad or fashion trend out there. It only takes a few celebrities to back the trend until the masses follow suit. And with major protestors like Noam Chomsky and Cornel West involving themselves in this movement, it was only a matter of time until almost every major city in America (and some outside of America) involved themselves in this major “Occupy x city” movement.

Aside from protests and their trendy factor, I also learned the characteristics of the ideal type of protestor. That is, the people who have less to lose simply because they have lost everything already. Most of the time, these are the students because they usually have no image yet created in the community and have no house or family to take care of. In other protests, it is literally the people who have lost their homes and jobs and have nothing to lose anymore so have no choice but to fight.

Enter Oakland, California:

Full Article here
Ranked this year as the most dangerous city in California, Oakland is quite surely ranked as the most dangerous in terms of protests in California as well.

I can contribute this conclusion to the fact that people in Oakland are far worse off than, say, people in Long Beach where the population is huge but not ENOUGH people want to risk their livelihood for a protest. Things are getting bad in Oakland because they have all their cards out on their table. This is their last “Hoorah” for change.

Now, I am not disregarding the crime rate in this city and its contribution to the size and impact of their protests there, but the crime rate and the poverty rate go hand-in-hand and this is a true sign of people who are completely fed up with where they see their economy going.


My hat’s off to you, Oakland.

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October 28, 2011

I’m Sorry for my Absence

Ok I already apologized in my title so I’m not going to do it again! (Ok, i’m really sorry!)

Anyway, I’ve been immersing myself in creativity lately since it IS fall which means it’s the time to let your creative juices flowing! Do it yourself!!

Here is one thing I found today that is super amazing and can be done in any city

Floating Lanterns:

Ok so Thailand has floating lantern festivals where thousands are released at once. They’re like mini hot air balloons.

BUT i found them on Amazon for pretty cheap here!!!!

Go have a floating lantern party in your own city!

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And I promise I will never have a month-long absence again. I PROMISE!

September 18, 2011

Amazing picture of the day

This is truly such an incredible picture. I don’t really have much more to say because I think the picture speaks for itself.

Full article here

Words, not sentences, come to mind in this picture:



-act, not thought

-strive to survive

More importantly, since this guy is from a small village in India, is he more physically and mentally able to handle something like this? That is to say, in comparison to someone who lives in a more urban area that prides itself on a more convenient and “civil” lifestyle.

What I’m trying to say is I can’t see anyone from LA handling this situation as well as this guy!

Welcome to Devolution, America!

September 14, 2011

Art Overload

In the past few days, I have been absolutely obsessed with finding new projects to fill my days now that I’m done with school and missing the orderliness of having a set schedule everyday. In doing so, I have started up a little juice delivery business here in Long Beach with a friend.

We are calling it Salud, which means “health” in spanish. Not only does it mean “health,” but it is also  the word used to cheers drinks!

So it worked out pretty well that way. We’re pretty much saying “Salud a la Salud” or “Cheers to Health.”


So, like I said, we are just starting out. But I decided to make my own stamp for our logo. Just a simple stamp that we can label everything with. I came up with this:

I made two different versions just to see which one came out the clearest. I also used linoleum and not rubber because it was cheaper to do some test runs on. But it came out quite nice!

My friend Cristina was at my house during my art project and she introduced me to this amazing video that one-upped my little stamps to the fullest extent! (Intro is pretty long, but it’s super worth it! You can start the video at 0:45 if you want.)

So beautiful. I can only wish that one day I can have as much patience as these artists. I feel like the process of making stamps, along with any other expression through art, comes at a pretty high price of patience.

“He that can have Patience can have what he will.”

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September 2, 2011

End-of-Summer reflections

I like to compare the end of the summer and the end of a travel journey to the end of someone’s life.

There are always certain expectations you have in the beginning. Goals are set and visions are vivid with adventures and projects to come. You know you only have a certain allotted amount of time, but you also know you will not take any second of it for granted. You will make every second count and live completely in the moment!

Then the first day of summer comes and you find yourself just wanting to lay in bed all day and watch tv or just hit snooze over and over. The phrase “ok tomorrow i will do it!” becomes such a normal expression that you no longer realize how many “tomorrows” have passed you by.

By the end of the summer, you have dabbled in a few of your manifested projects, but you soon lose interest in a good deal when they become too hard to accomplish. You just move on to the next project only to abandon it for the same reason.

Now here comes the end of summer. The nights start becoming cooler. You have to start carrying a jacket with you during the day if you plan on staying out until the sub goes down. Shorts and a tank top are no longer an option.

You are reminded of how short summer is and how much time you wasted taking it for granted. Now, with the last week of summer slowly coming to an end, you have tried to fill every one of your last days doing everything you meant to do during the summer:

Museums, beach, write a story, ride your bike, take a walk at sunset, enjoy summery nights with good friends, drink an iced coffee, read a book on the beach.

However, now you’ve rushed everything so much that it’s become a mechanical chore you find yourself needing to do instead of wanting to do.

The upside to this story is you always get next summer to learn your lesson and start all over.

However, if we’re looking at this as your entire life and not just a summer that comes once a year, you need to start thinking RIGHT NOW about how you want to spend your time. Because life is not a season. This is the only chance you get.

I leave you with a video I made in Peru last September of a time-lapsed sunset over Miraflores. The video was about an hour long and i sped it up to less than a minute. Enjoy!

August 29, 2011

A very inspiring day

Background for this post:

In the last months of my last semester of college, while preparing my 40-page thesis, teaching a remedial history class on campus, taking a full load of other  upper-division classes required for graduating along with working most nights and playing roller derby on the other nights (yes, the 115 lbs. that makes up my body plays roller derby), I received a call from my stepmom that my father had a minor heart attack and was in the hospital. Now this wasn’t TOO surprising since he had been in and out of the hospital for two years before this incident because of his heart. The doctors kept misdiagnosing him: acid reflux, heart burn, etc.

Little did we know that my father had 80% clogging in four of his major arteries of his heart and needed to have an immediate open heart, quadruple bypass surgery.

And they did so two days after he was admitted into the hospital.

MORE background: two months before my dad’s heart attack and surgery, my uncle passed away. How? He had slipped into a coma (he was brain-dead) two years before because he suffered from cardiac arrest, leaving his family to care for him night and day and spending more money than he would have ever allowed them to fork out for him to stay in a vegetative state. There were complications one day and he finally rested in peace at the age of 63.

Now my dad’s family is the epitome of a large, poor mexican family that had to depend on cheap, unhealthy food to feed a family of NINE CHILDREN!! Eating cereal with coffee instead of milk in your bowl was a norm for them because milk was sometimes too expensive. So for my father to have a heart attack and quadruple bypass at the age of 49 and my uncle to die from similar heart complications at the age of 63 is, unfortunately, not surprising at all.

So where am I going with this?What I am saying is that because of my father’s misfortunes, I have subconsciously turned my entire life around. I have found myself dedicating all of my free time to researching our food intake and where it comes from. Concurrently, the other half of my free time is spent sweating bullets in my kitchen, making [sometimes amazing] concoctions of fruits and vegetables and other good-for-you foods.

So, having given you my background, I would like to share two very important documentaries I watched today concerning this exact theme:

1.If you haven’t seen this, you NEED TO! It is a must. Extremely well put together and explained in such a way that even the most average middle-class American can understand the point. I specifically mention the middle-class because I feel like these are the people who need to make the big changes in order to change bigger things.

WARNING: It is pretty graphic. Honestly, if you’re not planning on changing your eating habits, you probably shouldn’t watch this film. Just saying!!

Overall theme for this movie:

Know who’s in your kitchen preparing your food.


Now I suggest watching these films in this order. The first film will make you angry! It will make you want to march right down to your local supermarket and throw red paint on the meat and poultry section! It will make you want to join in on a raid and bash every fast food’s window in. OK OK you get the picture.

Now THIS film, however, will make you just want to eat healthy, plain and simple. I immediately made myself a giant mason jar filled with a blend of every kind of vegetable I could find in my fridge! It is absolutely inspiring. Here is a quote that can give you a little “taste” (pun intended) of this film: “the reason nutrients can cure so many illnesses is because lack of nutrients can cause so many illnesses.”

Overall theme for this movie:

Education, not medication.

Lastly, because you will be so inspired to make your own AWESOME food, I will leave you with one of the easiest and most ingenious recipes for chocolate mousse I have ever found. I found it on an amazing blog called Tasty Yummies. This is a direct copy from their entry on this recipe and you can find so many more deliciously good-for-you food ideas on their blog.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse
serves 2

2 ripe avocados, pitted and chopped into large chunks*
1/2 cup organic fair trade baking cocoa
1/2 cup agave nectar (you could also use maple syrup or honey)
2 teaspoons organic vanilla

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or heavy-duty blender, process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.

*your avocados need to be very ripe and very soft to be able to get that just right smooth silky texture.

I just made a batch with four avocados and I cannot stop sticking a spoon into the giant bowl every now and again throughout the day. So AMAZING! I’ve tricked all my friends. Five-year-old fun in every tricked bite!

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August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs just resigned as CEO of Apple computers.

In keeping with this theme, I’d like to add this amazingly inspirational speech Jobs gave at the Stanford University graduation ceremony in 2005.

Here is his resignation letter:

PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

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