One For The Culture

This can be found at the baseball fields across from the new Yankee Stadium at 161st Street in The Bronx, New York.
“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. 

Give yourself a break.
Namaskar!

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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!

People’s Climate March on 4.29.17

Here we are again marching for a major scientific cause. The People’s Climate Movement is much more controversial but nonetheless critical to the world and it’s habitable nature. It’s taking place this Saturday, April 29th which also marks the 100th day of Trump’s administration being in office. It’s at the same location as last week’s March for Science at the National Mall of Washington D.C.

This march is to continue reminding our world leaders that the future is in our hands. To let them know we will persist in spreading awareness among ourselves and doing what we can as a “superior” race. Climate control is a matter of managing existing pollution and the rate at which we’re extorting our natural environments to produce pollution.

Nature is not any single place, it is the entire earth. It is our only place and only home. It’s a duty for us to respect the foundations of life and human existence. And it’s the only way our species will be able to carry on sustainably for generations to come.

To find local events click here to be directed to their Sister Marches page or click here to download posters/flyers to support the cause.

If you are like me, in the New York City area,
there are local events happening so you too can get involved:

March-Against-Trump (the MAT)
April 29, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

People’s Climate March: NYCHA Takes Action!
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
NYCHA Woodside, HANAC Astoria, NYCHA Ravenswood and Jacob Riis Settlement Center in Queensbridge
50-19 Broadway, Woodside, NY 11377
Queens, NY

Leonia People’s Climate March
April 29, 2017 @ 9:30am
Leonia Middle School
500 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ

Climate Rally Bergen and Beyond
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
Bergen County Courthouse
10 Main St
Hackensack, NJ

For marchers in Washington D.C. below is a map of the march route as well as transit, food, and restroom locations. You can also visit their site at PeoplesClimate.org for all information not mentioned here.

Safety always first. Stay humble. Happy marching!

NYC’s Carryout Bag Fee

The voting takes place today for whether or not New York City will have to pay a carryout bag fee for plastic bags. The rate will be 5 cents a bag which isn’t much at all. It would take 20 bags to hit a dollar mark. It’s looking more & more like this will be a guaranteed thing to happen and will be effective next week on Wednesday, February 15th.

I highly approve of this and advocate for it myself. Plastic in general causes much of the world’s current waste problem and the best, next solution is to abolish its use entirely. Plastic is not disposable! Furthermore, people who label plastic as disposable are exploiting the environment long-term for short-term personal profit.

“Most bags end up in landfills, where they take thousands of years to decompose. Those that don’t end up stuck in trees and bushes, clogging storm drains, and littering beaches.”
NYC.gov

I read into it a bit because I wondered if this was a city tax but it’s not. The fees are not going to the city but to the business owners directly. The state will not benefit from this fee — the environment will. Participants of government-aid related programs will go unaffected by the carryout bag fees.

The proposed fee will, hopefully, discourage New Yorkers from buying plastic bags and encourage them to use reusable ones instead.

Free reusable bags will be given away along with information regarding plastic bag concerns at the following dates, times, and locations:*

2.7.17
Turning Point Brooklyn from 2pm-4pm
5220 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Their website is http://www.tpbk.com/

2.8.17
Associated Supermarket from 11am-1pm
1888 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
They can be contacted at 718.778.8665

2.8.17
Key Food from 2:30pm-4:30pm
1232 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
They can be contacted at 718.856.5058

2.9.17
C-Town Supermarkets from 2:30pm-4:30pm
108-79 Roosevelt Avenue
Corona, NY 11368
They can be contacted at 718.424.2622

2.9.17
Great Wall Supermarket from 11am-1pm
59-16 99th Street
Corona, NY 11368
They can be contacted at 718.271.1888

2.10.17
Associated Supermarket from 4pm-5pm
301 Marcus Garvey Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11221
No contact information found.

2.10.17
Walgreens from 11am-1pm
2817 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
They can be contacted at 718.292.8271

2.14.17
Western Beef from 4pm-5pm
994 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
No contact information found.

For more information please click this link to be redirected to the DSNY Zero Waste Carryout Bag Fee website.

* Please note that some of the Reusable Bag Giveaway events reflect today’s event and future events only. Past events are not listed.