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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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Inspirational Drawing Lettering of the Day – Unity

With recent talks of building a wall, sending and turning away less immigrants, I found it my duty to draw about this. To truly live successfully is to live with love for one another, not division. More than ever we have become divided.

Our true colors are showing and many do not like these colors. When will come the day in which we will no longer see color? Or that every color in the box is needed and appreciated so we can live in a colorful vibrant world.

Can you imagine being in just a white stark world? One dimensional? God created us all for a reason. To live to appreciate each of our uniqueness. For this uniqueness to play a part in this intricate world.

Wouldn’t it become dull when seeing everything the same? The action we can take now is to show love and kindness to the people we come across no matter what race, religion, gender they are. Send a postcard, note to someone you know is hurting or scared right now. Participate in the next action steps.

Elizabeth Gilbert one of my favorite people recently posted actionable steps to take on her Facebook page and also follow her on Instagram to follow the steps along the way. Grace Bonney from DesignSponge is another follow to receive actionable steps along the way. Please have a read/follow and act on any if possible.

Sending love and actionable love your way.

 

With TLC,

 

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…

self entrepreneur

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.”

With TLC,

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!

With TLC,

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How a Flower can give Power

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Flower Power, My Carnation Piece

Flower Power. Do you feel power when seeing a flower? Do you give power to the flower for it to grow? Flower power has been a term many have used over the past decades but do we ever stop to really think how flowers make us feel?

These stunning plants give us beauty as we walk along the sidewalk, as we gaze over the stretched land driving to our destinations, in the center of our table, our neighbor’s front yard. Do we stop to smell the roses, to thank mother nature for creating this beauty for us to enjoy?

I explain further as to how and why flowers give us power and to the world itself.

Flower is a good Feng Shui. It is recommended to have fresh flowers inside the home to give liveliness inward to outward. Lately I’ve been following this recommendation. I find carnations do the best for me. They seem to live the longest in a vase. Inspired by their willingness to thrive I created a piece about this flower (above).

And if you head over to Holistic Space you see a list of seasonal flowers to use around your home throughout the year.

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My backyard sunflowers

Not only do flowers do wonders inside but thrive well outside, giving you a reason to step out more often than not. I was lucky enough to have sunflowers grow in my backyard just from leftover spilled sunflower seeds from my bird feeder. Last year I had over a dozen but this year was just one. From a dozen to one it still had me be in the moment by looking at them in awe. Try to have a bird feeder not only will you might have flowers grow from it but will have birds coming near and far, making you appreciate life itself.

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My front yard rose bushes

I planted pink roses in my front yard that bloom through out the year. They have sustained both droughts and floods. Rose have a delicate beauty to them but just below the petals is a thorny stem. The same could be said for us.

Most of the time to get to our inward delicate true self we put up walls and barriers that we force people to get on over to reach the beauty. Can go even further to say that life in general is like this. If you really want something then you will find a way to get over the wall. The wall is there to stop the people who really don’t want it and the ones that do to make the win that much sweeter.

But just like any other plant you need to provide tender loving care. Stats have shown the most successful plants that thrive are from caretakers that talk to them. When you talk to your plants you emit carbon dioxide in which they need to live. But there is something deeper than just chemicals, mentally when we talk out loud to someone or a plant we feel good afterwards and who knows the plants may too.

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The last flower piece I’ve done as of late is a daisy. A simply drawing with a simple short rhymed poem. Grow bright like the daisy, don’t die away from laziness. Flowers keep growing each and every day even if its just a minuscule.

In our own lives we need to remind ourselves to keep growing, keep learning, keep doing, keep making a step into making our dreams true. Cultivate it, feed it and see in awe how it grows.  In my life I set up reminders to write at least twice a day if only for 15 minutes each. A reminder to draw if only a quick outline, to meditate in the mornings, to read a chapter from the bible at night, to exercise, etc. All this doing/growth I feel points me to the sunlight, to the right direction in blooming into my full potential.

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Fill Yourself with Unlimited Powers (Used Leftover Carnations)

My dad’s favorite flower was the bluebonnet. I remember how he would light up talking about it, plant them every year and stop by the side of the road to see them. I wish I’d given him bluebonnets to him as a gift to enjoy. Giving is one of the most powerful medicines. From a vase of a dozen roses to jut one wildflower, give it to someone you love for no real special occasion other than to show them you care.

I end with a handful of Instagram profiles who emit the flower power. Check them out by clicking on their photo posts below!

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How to Get Luck in Your Life

Drawing of Lucky the Dragon by Me

Drawing of Lucky the Dragon by Me

Above is my drawing I did for St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted it to be of a fairy tale mystic feeling using a dragon sleeping on a bed of four leaf clovers because how much more magical is that!

As the day came to an end, I thought of all the stories and myths behind this day. I feel that we can be lucky in all of our lives. We do not need to find the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow or a four leave clover to have luck.

Luck is within ourselves waiting for us to find it and bring it forth. One way finding your luck is meditating to be still to where you can find your innermost needs that your heart has been yearning for.

Another way is to write down what lucky incidences have come your way that day. Where it feels like a serendipitous/ah ha moment coming together too perfectly to be a coincidence.

Just recently I had a lucky moment during the SXSW festivities here in Austin,TX. My coworker and I decided to walk around during lunch to take advantage that we are located downtown where it was all happening. We stumbled upon an event that my coworker had heard by mouth that morning about it being fee and free cappuccino. We couldn’t say no to…yummy coffee!

SXSW Event - Speaker - Chris Guillebeau

SXSW Event – Speaker – Chris Guillebeau

I had no idea what the event was for when all of a sudden I saw their slide show about an author who was going to speak about finding what you were born to do. It all clicked it was Chris Guillebeau who has been interviewed by some of my favorite people like Marie Forleo. Sure enough he soon stepped on stage at the event and was talking about his new book, Born for This. I couldn’t believe we were hearing him speak for free and not only that he handed out a handful of free books that he autographed himself. Come to find out he was originally to speak earlier but he had to be moved to a later time, the time I happened to be there. This was a truly magical lucky moment.

Me receiving my free autographed book - Photo by Rafael Marquez

Me receiving my free autographed book – Photo by Rafael Marquez

So write down, take a photo or draw your lucky moments that you “stumble” upon and feel free to share with others! It’s like a leprechaun steering you to your pot of gold just need to look out for the signs!

I plan on writing a review of this book after I am done reading and next week to showcase all the free SXSW festivities that I attended!

 

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7 Ways to show Equality like Rosa Parks

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My Drawing of Rosa Parks. Used Pencil and Watercolors

As Black History month comes to an end I would like to shine the light on one of the most influential role models in history, Rosa Parks. She helped pave the way to gain equality for all. I am still in disbelief how we could treat other human beings this way just because of color, of race, of being different. When it comes down to it we are all the same, we are all humans but just come in different colors like a crayon box.

Many of us will never know the experiences people faced head on with racism and inequality in their day to day life. I am forever grateful we have evolved where I am able to go anywhere and do about just anything like everyone else. Even though we have grown from it there is still work to do because of lingering inequality we face even if ever so slightly.

I myself have experienced this in my personal life, not as much as others but it has stayed with me forever, making me aware we do not all look the same and are treated differently because of it.  I am half white and half Hispanic but with my brown skin tone many would assume I am full Hispanic.

I faced this realization of inequality in middle school on the basketball team. One day the coach had split us up into two lines interrogating us because someone had stolen an item from the gym. One line consisted those who were thought to have committed the crime and the other line was innocent. I was part of the assumed guilty group and as I looked down the line I saw all were of color, Hispanics and Blacks. Turns out none of the assumed guilty had done the crime.

This has never left me, had dented my self-confidence and put up a shield at that time which has taken me time to put down.

Below I list the top equality attributes/deeds done by this extraordinary woman and how we can implement this in our own lives. Let’s not forgot our history for we do not want to repeat it, treat others equally in the present and pave the future for others to live in an equal loving world.

Photo by NY Times

Photo by NY Times

1. Rosa Parks stood her ground or we can say literally sat her seat no matter what anyone told her. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks paid her bus fare and sat at an empty seat in the first row in the “colored” section. Her row was directly behind the ten seats reserved for white passengers.

Soon all of the white-only seats in the bus filled up and to make room for the next group of white passengers she was ordered to move back to have room for the whites. Three others moved but she did not knowing all along this was wrong. She felt, “they had endured too long, the more we gave in, the more we complied with that treatment, the more oppressive it became.”

Lesson: No matter if someone tells you you are wrong or others follow suite, follow your heart and at the end you will win in victory.

2. After being arrested for a so called crime she had her trial on December 5th where the WPC came together to protest by distributing over 35,000 leaflets reading, “We are asking every Negro to stay off the buses on Monday in protest of the arrest and trial of Rosa Parks. If you work take a cab, or walk but please children and grown-ups, don’t ride the bus all Monday.

Lesson: When you stand up for what you believe in for the betterment of all then others will rise, will support or at least you will make an impact/touch others in some way to move in that direction.

3. Parks became active in the Civil Rights Movements with such leaders as Martin Luther King and member of the NAACP as secretary. Parks investigated the gang-rape of Recy Taylor, a black woman from Abbeville, Alabama where she helped to organize the “Committee for Equal Justice for Mrs. Recy Taylor. The Chicago defender would go on to say it was “the strongest campaign for equal justice to be seen in a decade.”

Lesson: If you are passionate about something join a group such as a Meetup or Facebook group that have like minded folks where you can relate to each other. As a group you are stronger by putting your heads together for ideas to move your passion/ideals forward to the community.

4. She was honored for her actions in later years but suffered during those times by being fired from her job as a seamstress in a local department store along with receiving death threats. On the other hand it opened doors for her where she served as a secretary and receptionist for John Conyers, an African American U.S. Representative.

Lesson: During the times when she was working towards equality she faced many hardships but kept moving forward not giving up. The road to what you are meant to do in life will not be smooth and easy, it will be tough with bumps along the way but have faith for this is only a test of strength to keep going into achieving more than you could imagine.

5. Her past was growing up in a poor family, having to drop out of school to care for her grandmother. She recalled going to elementary school where the school buses took white students to their new school but black students had to walk theirs. She preserved to attain her degree where at the time less than 7% of African Americans had a high school diploma.

Lesson: Let’s not have our past be a crutch or form our present and future selves but let it be a learning tool to overcome those obstacles to become our better selves from it.

6. After going through all these experiences she wrote her story, in 1992 she published Rosa Parks: My Story, an autobiography recounting her life in the South. Later she continued her passion by publishing, Quiet Strength in 1995 which is of her memoirs.

Lesson: When you go through hardships in your life share them with others through a positive creative tool such as painting, music, writing, comedy or however you like to express your feelings. This way you are showing others they are not alone and to help give them confidence to rise above for what they believe in as well.

7. Her legacy continued even after her death by celebrating her through memorial ceremonies. A commemorative U.S. Postal Service stamp, called the Rosa Parks Forever stamp was created in honor of her. Shortly after President Barack Obama unveiled a statue honoring Parks in the nation’s Capitol building. Her legacy lives on and lived a long life at 93 passing away quietly in her home.

Lesson: Remember we only have a short time here on earth so let’s make the best of it. Follow what’s in your hearts, for you at the end and others will know you followed your true self and not that of others.

One of the top 5 regrets of the dying is that they didn’t follow their true selves but instead tried to please others. Rosa Parks rose above following her belief not letting anyone tell her otherwise. Keep this in mind yourself when confronted with an obstacle to stand up and show your rights.

With TLC,

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Sources: Wikipedia and www.biography.com