“Sometimes you win sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” This was a pretty powerful yet subtle message I received today. Some events in our lives can leave us wondering, “Why now?” Those are the moments where we should be taking a break and appreciating what is. That may mean self-care like I regarded in my post The Many Meanings of Self-Care or may even mean to practice mindfulness. The ability to be in the present moment, not worrying about gains or losses, can bring a sort of bliss. Taking a break doesn’t end worrying but it does relax the mind enough to encourage new ideas and reinforce positive thoughts.
There is something astounding you feel within when you share a certain kind of suffering with someone. It was naïve of me to think that there was no one else out there who’d understand my sentiments. Yet here we are. I’m a Nuyorican. And for anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a Puerto Rican from New York. Yup — we have a name. Growing up apart of this community comes with its own way of life… like everyone else on earth.
I was able to really identify with the poem in this video because both the author, Noel Quiñones, and I had struggled with one of the same Nuyorican problems. Not speaking Spanish. All of what he mentions resonated deeply with me, some things more than others. Like for instance… it struck a nerve when he said it was like a countdown when you encountered someone who spoke Spanish to you or when he said, “it’s not lying if I feel something,” when I try to speak my “native” tongue. I hope you guys can enjoy it as thoroughly as I did. The video is below.
And I will say one last thing — people like us do belong. We create the identity of those like us and build our own space to thrive. And we don’t prevail even if it means using Google translator.
Hey there bloomers! Yesterday I started the conversation about oceanic pollution and how it affects the entire world. You can click here to view the World Environment Day post. But to recap here — this week I’m spending time on bringing awareness to this environmental problem that affects our entire ocean. Today I’m continuing that convo by introducing an Instagrammer who’s taking a stand against oceanic pollution, plastic use, and making it social.
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Her name is Carolina and she’s from Costa Rica. She founded the Instagram @5minutebeachcleanup as a challenge to everyone all over the world. Would you sacrifice 5 minutes of your beach time to tossing trash? I think any person who naturally cares about the world wouldn’t mind at all.
As inspiring as this is, it doesn’t stop there. Carolina invites her followers to tag their own clean-up photos and may very well repost yours if you participate. You can easily tell that she’s passionate about this when viewing her pictures & captions. I had the opportunity to reach out to her and thank her for the work she’s put into such a great effort.
Although 5 minutes does not sound like a long enough time for the perfect clean-up… every little bit counts. When more people are involved, the same 5 minutes can become hours, days, and even weeks added up. Imagine how much cleaning up can be achieved in that time if we shared the responsibility locally. I think environmental change truly comes from the human conscious understanding how each of us is apart of a much larger whole. But first, think with compassion and sacrifice some 5 minutes.
This is the perfect chance to take a stand against people like Donald Trump who don’t take evidence of climate change and environmental protection serious. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids, family members, friends, colleagues, etc. about the importance of oceans, beaches, marine life, and how it relates to us.
Below are some more snapshots of this amazing cause. Please follow @5minutebeachcleanup and take part in the challenge at your local beach!
With the a new month starting and summertime around the corner, StayBlooming.com wants to send a message of positive reflecting. This summer, don’t count your struggles as what held you back but as the challenges that came up during your success. I love this time of year in New York City. Summer usually signifies the break period from the seriousness of 9-5 jobs and educational institutions. It’s all about what’s trending in fashion and fun-filled events. But with breaking and taking time to relax, we must also take time to reflect on how we’ve grown in the last year and re-evaluate what we want for our future.
“La lucha continúa” (which translates to “The struggle continues”) is a public work of art that is garden-side along the Lower East Side’s own Houston Street. I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the struggles of societal awareness in the last year. And I’d like to remind everyone that the struggles of the world continue with summer and we must take our breaks but use them wisely. Reflecting is a great tool to stay at your best and only get better.
I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend in one way or another. I’m spending it by relaxing with the mixed weather we’re having here in NYC. Anywho, I wanted to share this search engine called Ecosia that I’ve been using for over a year now. It uses the ad dollars companies put up to show on search engines to plant trees. So essentially when you’re doing research, using Ecosia, each ad plants a tree. All you would have to do is either install it as an extension on your current web browser (I use Google Chrome) or go to Ecosia.org like you’d go to Google.com.
With environmental concerns and awareness becoming more & more substantial, I always think of how I might be able to help. And also, how can other people get involved even if it’s remotely. If you can’t find time to participate in things like volunteering or activism as much as you’d like so this adds value to something you’re already doing in your everyday life. When you’re on your individual computer’s Ecosia page, it will even tell you how many trees you help plant in the top right corner. Unfortunate to say though, it resets for every different browser and computer used so there won’t be a total tally unless you’re probably keeping your own record.
Furthermore, I have found Ecosia‘s search engine to be lacking on the information side. You always have to be careful when you’re looking up facts in the first place but I was not fully satisfied with the results it yielded. Google has always been, by far, the best search engine tool in the last almost two decades of existing. But when researching something that I know is an easy search and rather direct, Ecosia is the way. It’s for such a great cause!
I have the privilege of being well acquainted with the lovely artist of the piece I’m showcasing today. It is called The Birth of Fem and it’s reflective of newfound confidence in her creativeness & self-identity. Being in her humble presence makes her work that much more captivating. But I hope sharing it with you guys with the short interview below brings ideas of loving, exploring, and discovering yourself.
Q. Can you tell me about it? Like, what does it mean to you?
A. I just relate a lot with Venus and Aphrodite and to me the birth of Fem is like the awakening of my inner Goddess. Because I know that she’s always been within me.
Q. Why’d you choose Fem?
A. It’s just being my true self. That’s my art name, it’s like realizing my inner Goddess through my art. I feel like I have an alter ego which is Fem.
Q. What did you find challenging about this piece?
A. Well, what I found most challenging was getting to a point where I was comfortable and confident enough with myself to allow people to see me nude. Although I’m not full blown naked, and I am covering my lady parts, I’ve always struggled with my body image. But I kept telling myself that Aphrodite is a Goddess and she didn’t have a flat tummy either.
Q. Is there anything you want to share about it that someone may not realize just by looking?
A. I feel like this is the first piece where I really challenged myself and tried to think out of my normal box. And I really see it as the start of some great art reflective of my self-realization and inner spiritual growth. I find a lot of inspiration in flowers and clouds and I will be trying my hand at different mediums to continue to challenge myself so expect a lot of that. 😊💕
If you did not feel her, then follow her! For more insight into Fem, her art, and her spiritual nature… view her Instagram feed @venusflower_ and be sure to stay tuned for more of her work.
Because it’s Friday and this song always makes me wanna get up to celebrate my individuality. “Soy yo” translates to I’m me in English. And it’s oh, so appropriate since here at StayBlooming.com we always celebrate you being you unapologetically!