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A 50th Anniversary of Love – Portrait Photography

 

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I had the honor of capturing the love between two people who have spent five decades together. I’ve known then for a handful of years and since then seen the strong bond they have between each other. They have an a warmth surrounding them making you feel right at home instantly. Upon first meeting Mrs. Brooks, she right away wanted to know more about me and oozed me with confidence when I told her I owned my house working as an independent women. Never did I see a look of pity like others do when I state I am unmarried childless. She exclaimed how strong and proud she was of me as if she was my grandmother giving me a loving talk. Her husband, Mr. Brooks is a ball of bright positive energy who makes you feel right at home. I know without a shadow of a doubt they are meant to be together, after all 5 decades is proof enough.

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Inspirational Art of the Day – Circle of Life

 

We are all part of this earth. All interconnected meant to love each other, appreciate our surroundings, give it thanks and grow like everything else. 

I’m afraid though at this time it is questionable. More than ever I feel this urge to help in whatever I can through action. Whether a simple smile to someone, highlighting another’s work or attending an activism group.

I feel tides are changing to get us into the deep sea, forcing to see our reflection. That we must not keep on the way we are doing at the present moment. That our world is fragile needing us to protect and serve it.

Many risks are attacking us like waves wanting to crush us. But we must rise, swim with hope and take action. Like they say after the rain comes a rainbow. At times things have to fall apart in order for us to truly see what needs to be put together to complete the puzzle.

If we don’t then I feel we will be destined to perish, settling into dust, into nothingness in space.

I wanted my illustration to have a feel of connection between us humans (all races/gender), animals and nature. A guide of how each elements is important to the cycle of life. One missing piece like the bee, can be the collapse of it all.

This video below gave me tingles, leaving me with a sense of urgency. We must not let humanity fail. Like the video states what will save us is, love. Love of strangers, love of the future and love of the truth. Love does make the world go round.

Found a source in which you can make or become part of a local activism group to stand up for our rights and create rights for all living things. Stats have shown taking action locally will have a greater chance of your voice being heard to where collectively combined all these groups can make a grand impact for change.

 

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Drawing Message of the Day – Rosa Parks

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With the women’s march at an end, I want to keep up the momentum. For us not to forget, to keep going, to keep our eyes open and ready for action at every turn that is against us.

My illustration of Rosa Parks is to remind ourselves that we too like her can continue to stand up for our rights. She never gave up even when she was taken to jail after not giving up her seat in the bus for a white passenger.

Many of us will never know the experiences people faced head on with this type of racism and inequality back in her day. But we must know that we are still experiencing some of this currently in our lives. Especially after this past President’s 2016 election.

Many of the signs at the women’s march stated, “we will see you nice ladies at the next Black Lives Matter march?” Now move than ever we must stand up for others that are not like us but are being deprived of the same rights. Equality for all for there should be no color in our eyes nor gender. Let’s not fail the ones that came before us. Let’s keep on keeping on.

 

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Drawing Poem of the Day – Princess and the Pea

My Drawing Poem of the day

Thoughts can be overwhelming and at times so confusing you do not know what is true or not. This is the time to sit up, be still and listen to your inner self. And asking be it in the form of prayer or just asking asking to yourself can help answer your questions. If these thoughts are a way of reaching your dreams, don’t have them sleep away.

 

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Adios 2016: My Visual Survey of 2016 and wishes for 2017

 

Following up with Gala Darling’s post about her visual survey, I have answered back in visuals as well.

Many have stated this year as glad to be over due to being dreadful, upside down, sideways, topsy turvy and so on.  But it’s important to also note the good as well as the bad. To question how we can grow from it or how we grew from it and what we can do next.

Many highs and lows in my life, growing can be as they say growing pains. But we need this in the process to become our fully grown beautiful self.

The beginning of this year I was living alone and now I am sharing a new home with my loving man. We have had our ups and downs by adjusting to our quirks but in the end I have learned and loved so much from it.

So here we go with mine below and in Gala’s words if you wish to do a summary visual, “have fun with it. Add questions in if you want! Post your answers on your blog or Facebook, or even email them to your friends!”

2016 SUMMARIZED IN ONE PICTURE… 

Up and down and all around

AND… 

seeing the light but seems so far away and tiny to enter into

MY BIGGEST INSPIRATION IN 2016 WAS…

OPRAH!!! With her Super Soul Sundays to Supersessions I have learned and been enlightened

HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE REMAINDER OF THIS MONTH…

reminiscing and enjoying our current mother nature

MY 2017 VIBE…

not caring what others think, be confident and attain my dreams/vision

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MYSELF…

loving myself

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY LOVE LIFE…

Joy, laughter, united, only eyes for each other

MY CAREER GOALS…

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HOW I WANT TO DRESS ON A DAILY BASIS…

AND LIKE THIS…..

WHEN I’M FEELING UNSURE, I’LL REMEMBER TO CHANNEL THIS…

my inner fighter, my inner universe, my inner mother nature

AND THIS….

I WILL SPEND MORE TIME……

traveling

AND…..

reading, cuddling, my safe-haven

HOW I’M GOING TO ROLL INTO 2017…

with love

HOW I’M GOING TO FEEL AT THE END OF 2017…

in charge and conquering my dreams/visions in a colorful life

This was a ton of fun! And in Gala’s ending words, “If you end up doing this too, please let me know — I’d love to see your answers.”

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My Halloween Inspirational Poem Drawings

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Inspired by the month of Halloween and following the #Mabsdrawlloween Instagram Challenge, I drew from a prompt along with a poem. Now that Halloween is over I’ve decided to showcase all the pieces below to give out a bit of inspiration and that anything is possible. Enjoy!

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The Scarecrow that Did

Don’t stay stagnant like a tree
Break from the ties to be free
Don’t be scared to let out your crows
For what makes you is your highs and lows

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My Sinister Goblin

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Ms. Vampire

Fill me up with red beating blood
Until I brim over like a rushing flood
I crave to live this hunger forever
To seek life is my only endeavor

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The Witch and her Witchy Pup

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Jacklyn the Pumpkin

She was called many names like Jack-o-Lantern
Because of her almost toothless wide grin
And her extra large hazel yellow eyes
But she kept growing up to the skies
The ones who terrorized her now live in despair
For she blossomed even when life seemed unfair

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The Love of Wolfmen and Wolfwoman

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Frankenstein Operation

His name is Frankenstein
But of a different kind
He broke loose from the injections
Free from a false bubble of protection
Not to be made into someone else’s dream
His true self was redeemed

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Childhood Halloween Memories

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The Mask

She would remove her mask
Every single Halloween night
But this time would be the last
Her true self forever shined bright

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The Haunted House Down the Street

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The Dancing Duo

The rats danced around the candle light
When all were asleep at night
Their shadow hovered over like a creep
But they kept moving their nimble feet
They were as quite as can be
For they never even let out a peep

 

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Runaway Tree

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9 Lives

She celebrated Day of the Dead
In remembrance to all her cat lives
While some have one life they dread
Each new season she revives

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Two Creatures

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Her Tombstone

She stumbled upon a grave
In horror she read her name
Past memories came in a wave
From now on she wouldn’t go on the same

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Dorothy

And I end with a drawing and quote of Dorothy since she can be categorized as a cult costume. My dog and I even dressed up as the part this year. Hope you all had a great Halloweeen month and to many more!

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Why President Obama is an Inspiration and will be Missed

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Piece by Me

As the last debate drew to a close, I starting thinking about our current President. How would it feel to no longer have him guiding us as a nation and I couldn’t picture it. It has felt natural him being our President for so long. But soon he too draws to a close, on his presidency.

Each candidate had to state their case of why they should be the next president to which Trump stated, “if you vote for me as President then we will end the streak of Obama.” When these words came out of his mouth, uneasiness swept over me. I knew right then and there we were going to miss President Obama.

I listed my top reasons why President Obama has been inspirational to us and will be missed. He shown a light upon us that I pray will not be blown out but instead to keep fueling it. I believe at this point Hillary is the best candidate to do so.

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He has acknowledged the not so wealthy people. I fall under this category so I know first hand how it as impacted me. My mother has been a single parent for many decades along with being self employed by cleaning houses (not a glamorous job at all). Before Affordable Care Act, she was without healthcare due in part to the high rocketed expenses and getting denied because of her age along with minor past health conditions. But because of this Act, my mother now has health care and CAN afford it and many more now have health insurance than ever before. This literally brings tears to my eyes as I write this because my mother has worked so hard all her life. She has put all her energy in her kids and into this country so them giving her something in return is rewarding.

Many of my mother’s clientele need people like my mother to do this type of work that so many others that are born here would never consider. My mother came from a third world country, Honduras to this country legally for a better life. Obama has promised he would help many people from other countries become legal and transition as an American successfully. Although this promise hasn’t been fully met, I have seen steps in which he helped many people in need such as accepting Syrian refugees into our country. Much work needs to be done in this area but if Trump is president I feel all will go backwards and hit an actual WALL.

VULNERABILITY

He is not afraid to show his emotions. Quite a few memorable times in which he let out tears during public speeches/announcements. Many thought this was a weakness but I saw it as a strength that he was able to show his vulnerability. Not caring what other people thought, being REAL. Letting out his emotions showed he deeply cares about us and about life in general.

Through these emotions, he believes we need to end the war that started before him. Although his vow will not be fulfilled he has removed many of the prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and bringing home a large amount of our soldiers back to us along with fewer troop casualties. With Clinton I am hoping this continues onward to reach the goal of entirely ending the war. 

Not only is he vulnerable to us but he is as well to his family. He is not afraid to show affection in public to the first lady, Michelle and their two daughters. The care you have for your family speaks volumes of your character and gained trust from many of us.

LOVE FOR ENVIRONMENT

Not too long ago he was on the show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Bear led him along the Alaska region showing him how much the icebergs have been depleted over the years. I could see how intently he was listening, knowing we need to take action. He wanted to be on the show so he could reach a bigger audience to show that global warming is really a thing. This touched me deeply of how he cares about our Earth. If we are in denial of helping our planet then we are in denial of giving our future generations a livable beautiful place to be in. Just recently the world came together at the Paris COP21 for climate talks to reach a historic deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is a start into the green direction.

And I end with a video and recap! 

His presidency wasn’t perfect and a lot more work needs to be done but along the way there were improvements with refreshing new ideas. I could list a ton but just a few more was how our economic has expanded now 78 months straight, unemployment has dropped and enjoying longest period of job creation. Along with having legalized same-sex marriage, and Iran stopping and dismantling nuclear weapons.

I end with a video of President Obama asking what a good sendoff for him would be and I second that! At the end of the day vote for who you believe will improve our nation and inspire us to do better!

 

With TLC,

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What to Love around the Internet Web

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“The Beloved Web” Piece by Me

That time again to go travel around the web of finding what inspires us to keep going in this thing we call life. Take a break and enjoy the cyber content out there that can motivate us into creating our own aspirations. What better way than to start off with a drawing I did above of a web, simply writing the words, “I Love You”. (a play on of Charlotte’s Web)

Amazing Articles!

♥ A simple short layout of how to start when you are struggling to stay on course by Zenhabits 

♥ How to live a good life that Positively Present was inspired by The Ten Golden Rules book 

♥ A new spin on how to visualize by seeing it as extreme daydreaming by personal self

Personal Self also shows a great way of how to overcome the poverty mentality 

♥ Love to learn different ways of approaching morning routines this is a great one by Pick the Brain

The Middle Finger Project shows what it means to have a really good life

How Gala wants you to keep your passion flame going when it starts to dwindle

♥ Pick the Brain says don’t worry you are exactly where you need to be!

Hawaii holds a spot in my heart since visiting a few years back and Universe Letters writes the inspirational meanings behind Aloha, which I loved using  the word in Hawaii and really should use here! 

How RuPaul has the stick-with-it-ness down by GQ

10 natural ways to increase your brain’s happy levels!  by Collective Evolution 

♥ 10 writing tips from Rebecca Solnit

♥ Positively Present gives our her ultimate book gift list to check out! I always need more books in my life : )

♥ Galactic Wanderlust asks what differentiates us between the animal kingdom

Inspirational Instagrams! 

Universe Letters– Inspiring daily messages and photographs

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Idillionaire – Inspires to conscious living

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itsmebillielee – Inspiring quotes to do what you love and representing the transgender community

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amberibarreche – artist creating inspiring messages on anything she can get a hold of

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augustwren – inspiring beautiful paintings and does a 12 month painting challenge for anyone to join

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Pondering Podcasts!

Holistic Spaces talks about how to make your bedroom feel peaceful, love the idea of adding plants!

I’m a little late to the Serial train but if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! It’s a great mystery story.

And once you are done with Serial go ahead and listen to Undisclosed who goes into more depth about the convicted high schooler, Adnan

Loved music from Jewel back in the day and love her even more hearing her on Altucher’s podcast with her conscious philosophical in the moment strive for the best message

Join the ProBlogger blog challenge! He will be stating a challenge once a month with a Facebook group to join as a way to share your blog and share others

Vantastic Videos!

Great tips on how to find a mentor and it doesn’t have to be face to face!

I’ve now decided to attend the School of Life! (through watching their videos that is)

How Maggie the Cow taught about letting go

Don’t stop, keep going and you will get to where you want to be

 

Hope you enjoyed! If you have any of your own inspiring web content to share please feel free to comment!

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How Money can be Your Good Friend

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Most of us have heard/read the saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” But does it really not? Throughout the years we’ve been taught money is evil, that to follow your passion you need to be the starving artist.

Although a mind shift seems to be happening in that money is actually good for us. That money can treat us right if we see and treat it as good. Heck even the researchers state one of the main reasons marriages end in divorce or the cause of stress in relationships is due to money issues.

I had a difficult time creating the above piece because thinking people would perceive me as a money hungry monster. But I let this monster out to show how much love it can give us and vice versa.

I researched two grand videos from Marie Forleo, where I listed her points of having positive minds shifts about money along with my own two cents.

$ Organize your money – Don’t necessarily need to iron out every single bill like Marie does but straightening them out and placing them in an orderly fashion into your wallet can suffice! Just like they say a messy bed is a messy head well messy money can make you a messy junkie (my own words).

$ Pick up money – If you see anything lying around even a penny pick it up! Heads or tails it’s good luck as long as you believe in it! Keep this loose change in a jar then retrieve for dollars. Giving the time to acknowledge any type of money sends a message of respect to money and money to respect you back.

$ Give yourself a reality check – Many other countries get paid squat an hour compare to our hourly wage. Think of all the things you do have, even the simple things like a roof over your head, clean water, and food. This is giving gratitude to what you have which in turn can give you more.

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah 

$ Bring Your Own Luxury – Instead of going to a restaurant for a nice dinner have it done at your own place by using any nice plates, candles and music. Or instead of going to a spa place how about drawing up a nice bath with bubbles, salts, candles and music. Creating a luxurious environment can make you feel like you are living the high life.

Get an ATM Machine –  ATM also known as “Automatic Transformative Mantra”. Any time you make a check or pay a bill say, “There is always more where that came from. Basically say feel good statements about money to yourself but feel it in your bones away from scarcity.

$ Create a fun fund – Make money fun! For example this money can be for a date night, traveling or just buying yourself a little treat. You will start realizing how money can pay off in a fun way towards your experiences in life.

$ Build your money knowledge – Watch and read up on money through blogs, sites, videos, podcasts, seminars and books. My favorite book is Rich Dad Poor Dad which had me start my first big investment and my favorite podcast to create wealth is Smart Passive Income.

$ Spread the wealth – Give back. Even if you don’t have much, give a dollar to the next homeless person you see or invite your friend/family member to a cup of coffee. There are many online charity groups to donate of your choice. Marie personally donates to the charity, KIVA loans that change lives.

Bonus points (from me personally)

Write a check to yourself – Jim Carrey did it and it worked for him! You can print out a check template here. Keep it in your wallet and don’t forget to look at it every once in a while to remind yourself that you deserve and will receive this money.

Check your account – Look over your account statements and transactions. I used to dread this by avoiding it all together which lead to overdraft fees due to my lack of knowledge and denial about my money. But the more you check the more you will feel at ease. And when checking your numbers say to yourself, “my money is overflowing.”

$ Set up automatic payments – Not only does it decrease bills in the mail but decreases your worry about making these payments. Creating a trust between yourself and your money.

Let me know your thoughts of these points or if you have any tips on how you spend your thoughts about money!

 

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How to get a Passport to get Closer to your Dreams of Traveling

travel-poem2I have many travel ideas that vary from taking an RV across the US vising every state to traveling all over Europe with my old college friends leading the way (which note I haven’t talked to in years).

Saying these plans to myself and out loud can seem at times irrational. Some reactions are of a surprised look along with a fake smile, or a look of knowing I won’t make it without even so much a smile, or just the mere rolling of their eyes is enough of a message.

My own mother gives me a look of sheer terror saying to me my thoughts are crazy and don’t I want to settle down. My answer is of course I want to settle down but I don’t have to settle down in one spot but settle all over the world with my significant other.

But I have wondered as of late, maybe I deserve these looks of disbelief. Sure I’ve traveled here and there but they have never reached my grandiose made up travel plans. So I have decided to take actual steps leading to all my travel dream destinations.

These beginning steps are not out of this world yet rather mundane and may seem common sense. But these steps are needed, to solidify dreams, to see the progress you make. Small steps lead to the big picture.

First Step: Get a passport.

Side Note: If you are renewing a passport but is expired more than 15 years (like mine, missing by one year!) then you will need to present yourself in person and offer more documentation as you would as applying for the first time. I had the luxury of my mother always setting me up with my passport, heck she even has my birth certificate! But I am a grown up and grown ups do their own responsible tasks right!??. If renewing then you fill out a different form and all your documents can be mailed off. 

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Steps:

  1. Take the picture. This picture can be taken at your local drugstore or post office. Be sure not to wear a white, or very light shirt for you’ll seem to have a floating head that is taken in front of a white background (great for Halloween spoof). Take advantage of this picture taking by gettin your hair did, putting on your favorite lipstick or chapstick and an outfit that screams you! You’ll be seeing this picture for a while so why not do it the best you can.
  2. Have your documents ready! I had the mistake of not having my birth certificate and having to go through steps with my mother to get it into my hands. They do not accept a copy so be sure to bring your actual certificate along with another form of identification such as a drivers license.
  3. Fill out the documents. Visit here to fill out and download your DS-11 paperwork. Be prepared to provide your parents information such as birth dates, your most recent passport book number (if you have one), and emergency contact information.
  4. Show up in person. At the end of filling out your paperwork the site will lead you to a list of location nearest you of where to submit all your items. If possible choose a cool location! I happen to choose the Travis County building which is a historical courthouse built 84 years ago.
  5. To receive the routine of 4 to 8 weeks you will pay $110 if you are 16 or above. You can have it expedited in 2 to 3 weeks by paying a bit more. Be sure to have it as a check or money order because they do not accept cash or a card! The processing fee of $25 will be paid to the department and can be paid in cash, card or check. Payment details are here.

After this step is accomplished check it off your travel goal list! You will feel relieved, accomplished and ready to move on to the next step as you get closer and closer to your travel dreams.

To wrap it all up in a bow, how about you do a drawing of this step or write about it in some artistic way once completed like I did above? Further showcasing this step will let the Universe/God know that you are ready to take on the work to achieve what you have always desired.

 

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