Trump’s Broken Campaign Promises

In light of recent events involving our 45th president acting out in completely unpresidential ways… I wanted to share this. It’s a list of pledges he made and promised to implement 100 days into his presidency. Bullsh*t. It’s quite brutal to see how he’s acted completely opposite towards all of these supposed promises. Do what you will with it but I do suggest sharing. Stay aware bloomers.

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– Senator Bernie Sanders


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The 5-Minute Beach Clean-up Challenge

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.

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!

From Israel 🇮🇱✨סבבה Sababah! Cool! 💙💦💜 THANK YOU! #Repost @kelsfyfe ・・・ The future #5minutebeachcleanup

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#Repost @surfrider ・・・ Let's make single-use plastics a thing of the past. 📷: @woodswheatcroft

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From Mexico 🇲🇽 #Repost @guadafk GRACIAS ♥ Consciousness ♥ Education ♥ Responsability ♥ 👏🏼👇🏼 ・・・ Every day, on the beach, there are tons of plastic brought from the ocean. What if we all really take 5 minutes each day we go to clean it? – why do we expect anyone else to clean the plastic we consume every day from out beaches? – every act of kindness goes a long way. Dear Tulum voyagers; let's carry a portable ashtray, let's pick a bit of plastic every day, every little counts. Imagine if we all do it as our holiday routine? – imagine if we teach that to our kids?- But most importantly, let's be conscious of the plastic we use every day. There are ways. Let's not get too comfortable around trash. #tulum #tulumbeach #betterworld #5minutebeachcleanup #fiveminutebeachcleanup #loveyourplanet🌎

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World Environment Day 2017

Today is…

I’m going this to use this very appropriate week to spread awareness about oceanic pollution. I say appropriate because not only is today World Environment Day but this Thursday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. So today I’ll be sharing information on the environmental problem of oceanic pollution and over the week I’ll go over some ways we can help locally.

I’ll share a bit of personal background about myself. I have studied biology, environmental science, and environmental policy in higher educational institutions. (I struggled with changes of heart in majors like so many of us do…) But I’m not only familiar with those things because of learning about them, it’s also based on a natural passion and real love for the world. Personal indeed because I absolutely thrive when surrounded by nature and natural elements. Some of my dreams and aspirations include helping create a sustainable planet for us and future generations to come. Personal indeed but it is my passion and what feels like my life force.

Moving forward.

National Geographic published this article Deepest Place on Earth Contains ‘Extraordinary’ Pollution Levels back in February 2017. Please take a moment to read if you can, if not, I’ve tried to summarize the info so you can continue reading. When I initially read the article, I was completely devastated by my own naive thinking. How could I honestly believe that the Mariana Trench would be untouched by human impact?

For starters, the Mariana Trench is the deepest known place of the ocean. It lies in the western Pacific Ocean, closer to the continent of Asia. With it being the deepest place in the ocean, it’s easy to get caught up thinking that it’s too remote for dangerous pollution to reach. But it’s quite the contrary and National Geographic has brought to light the extremely high levels of toxic pollutants built up in this area.

It’s needless to say that the source of this pollution is the industrialization in nearby countries over extended periods of time. It’s partly due to catastrophic weather that displaces chemicals that wouldn’t otherwise be in the ocean. But also, water flow is naturally slow there and it does not help the state of the Mariana Trench. There has been scientific evidence supporting high levels of toxins in animals living in those depths. But to fully grasp how this is an issue, you must understand the inter-connectedness of the ocean. The food “chain” or “web” that humans thrive on is connected to the ecosystems of the ocean and land alike.

This is an open-ended post because this could not possibly have an immediate resolution. The only “fixing” comes in creating awareness in conversations, preventing pollution, and changing our current behaviors to always consider where human impact will end up. Stay tuned for tomorrrow’s continued talk about oceanic pollution and how one woman in Costa Rica is trying to help via social media.

Stay green my friends!

Summertime Enthusiasm

Happy 1st of June everyone!

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.

Stay blooming my friends!

Memorial Day 2017

It’s weekend like this one that we use to commemorate those fallen during active duty. I want to take a moment to recognize those individuals and the courage they’ve shown. It must not be an easy life to devote to your country… so many of us never think to sacrifice leaving our families behind and the pleasures of creating memories. Thank you to those fallen, they will always be appreciated & remembered for their selflessness. 🙏🏽