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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!

With TLC,

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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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Why to Follow the Values of The Addams Family

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Mixed media by Me (reused ground coffee beans)

TBT’s drawing I did in honor of The Addams Family which we could learn a thing or two from them.

Family can be a headache at times. Hate to admit it but I’ve avoided calls from my own blood lines. I enjoy my alone time so breaks are needed, because let’s face it we can get tired of family….for most of our years they have been a part of our lives.

BUT I believe we were each chosen a family for a reason. Reason being to learn more about ourselves, to learn what we want to do and do not what to do with our own children and to love others by practicing through them. It can be challenging especially if we didn’t win the jackpot but if we try to find what we are grateful for from our family then we too can find gratefulness about ourselves.

I’m grateful for The Addams Family  who have a complex dynamic framework that we can follow for our own family and ourselves. I gathered up a few scenes from their movies describing how close of a webbed family they are.

  • First of all Morticia and Gomez show their unconditional love for each other through words and actions whether it’s behind closed doors or in front of the entire world.

  • They stand out by not blending in with the crowd. Not looking for other people’s approval of how to live their lives.

  • The adults go over and beyond to be part of the children’s lives, whether it’s just having dinner with them, teaching them a new skill or helping out on school projects with fun over the top ideas.
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  • They throw the most extravagant fun parties for each other! After a hard days work doesn’t hurt to let loose and party it out.

  • They respect their elderlies, listen to their wise stories and learn from them. And there is no such thing as a nursing home, they live all together under one roof.

  • Even when troubles come upon them they stick together finding ways to overcome the obstacle and achieving at the end. They take consideration for their kids well beings through the tough times.

  • At the end of it all they are their for each other no matter what.

Make it a point to tell your family members how thankful you are to have them and why, through a text, a letter, over the phone or face to face playing a flying and catch skull game (ok maybe not that far). I am sure they will appreciate it however you reach out to them 🙂

 

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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9 Love Notes to Send to Yourself and to Others

I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you’re in the world. Words by Elton John that travel straight to my heart. Words are powerful that can make us turn a 180. I’ve set a challenge to send love notes to my loved ones and possibly to strangers. I list a few that I have and am trying along the way.

My goal at the end of it all is to discover how or if it improves/impacts our lives. I hope you can join me on this challenge as well, would love to know how it goes and what ideas you all come up with as well!

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  1. Sticky Note It – Whether it be on your bathroom mirror, your bedroom door, a desk, a computer, stick it down with a simple written message to how you hope their day goes, how you feel about them or a good quality about them. So far I’ve seen/heard appreciation after sticking it to my boyfriend especially with this one above!
  2. Chalk it out – Buy or create a chalkboard to write an inspirational quote or just a hello message. In my previous home, I painted a part of my entry wall with chalkboard paint. Just need a set of chalks and you are set! This created a community activity that my roommates and I enjoyed updating along the way. chalk-board-rev
  3. Dry Erase marker it – These are easy to use, come in different colors and a no fuss clean up with a damp paper towel. Write a colorful message that can color their day!
  4. Self Portrait – Draw yourself or others and write down qualities that you or they embrace. self-portrait
  5. Text it – Not just any text but a good morning text. I give daily morning texts or I receive one from my man which makes me feel wonderful. How about a step further where you also send to family and friends? Just the other morning I received a text from my friend Visa that read, “Good morning and hope you have a great day”. Just this simple text had me start off the morning with an extra smile.
  6. Journal it – Write what you are grateful for and or write what you are grateful about others and share it by sending a picture of it to them.
  7. Draw a feeling – I read about a husband who drew him and his wife crying and holding each other tight in their car after a miscarriage. Draw what you are feeling or an experience that you or others went through and share it.car-couple
  8. Email signature–  You can reach many with your email. What better way than to spruce up your signature. For the last couple of years I have added a picture next to my signature and try changing it up every month. This month it’s of two owls snuggling. I’ve received feedback such as, love it, made me smile and made me laugh. This makes an impact that can reach many. Signature-screenshot
  9. Email letter –  Instead of a handwritten letter, how about writing a letter by email to your loved ones. I send emails to my close friends similar to how we wrote letters back when I was in school. Soon you start a back and forth communication through email letters!
  10. Now your turn! Are there any other ways you let yourself or others know how much they are cared about? Comment on this post, would love to hear it!

 

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!

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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!

 

With TLC,

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Wonderful Things Around the Web

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Illustration and Poem by Me (reused used coffee ground beans)

As the month of Love and Black History has passed I would like to showcase items around the web that honored these themes. The links listed below fall into categories such as relationships, self-love, fun date ideas, music and role-models.

♥ Sarah Wilson writes how Thich Nhat Hanh teaches to welcome the emptiness and fill it with ourselves rather than finding an object to fill it for us.

All the wonderful things that you are looking for–happiness, peace, and joy–can be found inside of you. You do not need to look anywhere else.”  — Thich Nhat Hanhu

♥ This lady, Jessa Crispin finds happiness within herself through a sole journey in Spain discovering the stories behind the historical women in the past.

♥ Baggage Claim sorts out the luggage of being in a new relationship approaching it with new eyes instead of already predicting it will go down like past relationships.

♥ Here are signs that say your man is a good one by Huffington Post and discovering if you are heading in the right direction.

♥ While you are on the right track with your partner check out these adventures you two can go on to celebrate Valentine’s day or any day of the year!

♥ Positively Present did a Find the Good February where you find the good all around and in you. Every week she wrote a blog post with a theme to find the good in it and welcomed all to join. It’s not February anymore but doesn’t mean you can’t practice some of these activities.

♥ Go on this journey of Aisle’s engagement, first post is the story of their first date and how it led down the road to him proposing.

♥ A white man seeking to find friendship through black people as he finds himself slowly more and more being surrounded only by white people.

♥ An African-American author, Octavia Butler who passed away recently but left behind her journal entries of her vision for success and from it to help other African-Americans along the way.

♥ Gala write’s about unearthing your seduction into full mode without shame.

♥ Why Queen Bey’s new music video, Formation is the national theme for all Blacks and for all others to stand at the bleachers cheering on. Gala also writes her take on it as a white female.

♥ Saying thank you is like saying I love you which will improve your relationships.

♥ Zen Pencils does a comic based on Robert F. Kennedy’s extract from his speech he gave after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

♥ I also wrote a post in honor of Black History Month an ode to Rosa Parks and how we can learn from her actions to gain equality.

♥ ZenHabits gives a guide how to let go of attachments and why and another great post of how to become the world’s greatest lover by loving all without judgment.

♥ Luvvie wraps up Black History Month as saying one of the Blackest Black History Month Ever.

♥ And I recommend to watch Straight Outta Compton if you haven’t already! I was a little late to the party but when I saw it, it was a party to remember!

Vantastic Videos!

 

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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.

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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.

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How and Why to Make a Vision Board

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I admit I was a skeptic at first, thinking why would I do a vision board, it’s just superstitious. The more I thought about it though the more my perception changed of this project. I always loved crafting things together so began to see this project as right up my alley.

I have done a couple different vision boards that are now almost like fun hobbies that I now recommend anyone to do! It gets your creative juices flowing, has you start thinking of goals you want in life and with some action behind it these vision aspirations can turn into reality. I feel now it is my duty to share with you my boards along with giving you some direction into creating your own!

The above board is my original creation but through the last couple of years I have added on more imagery into a finalized product I am happy with. Quite a few of these images have and are coming into fruition. Below are the steps I followed and hope you do as well. Let me know how it goes!

Very first step: Rough Draft Plan

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Write out a rough draft plan of your aspirations, goals and dreams you want to aspire to and don’t be afraid to go big! The bigger the better! A couple of points I laid out for my board was family, friends, love relationship, children, home, traveling, job, hobbies, spirituality and health.

First step: Blank Canvas

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You need a blank canvas/backboard to be your sounding board. I used a black poster board but you can use anything you have on hand or a quick trip to the dollar store or hobby lobby will get you what you need. Could get a cork board, poster board, canvas , sketchbook or just a plain legal sheet of paper (my second board was made out of this).

Second step: Images

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Collect images along the way, keep your eyes peeled of what draws you in. Most of my images are from magazines and computer but I also drew out my images. Other items that can be used are books to get your inspirational quotes/wording, construction paper to cut out shapes, tissue paper, images from computer to print out, fortune cookie slips, flash cards, post cards, greeting cards, dried flower petals. The more colorful the better!

Third step: Tools

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I used a few simple tools but thinking outside the box is encouraged. Scissors, pencils, pens, markers, paints, Mod Podge, cloth, lace, glue, tape and anything that pieces the images together into a whole.

Fourth Step: Layout

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I liked placing my images in order from what I wanted to accomplish first to last along with writing out quotes and descriptions next to the images. Once the layout is done then you’re ready to glue/tape/mod podge, thumb tack it however you want together. The second vision board above shows you a clear direction of what all I want to accomplish throughout my life but really is like a full circle of life.

Fifth Step: Location

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I have set up my board around a couple of places like my office space, in the bathroom and now currently on top of my bookcase that is somewhat of an alter surrounded with a few of my favorite pieces. The best place is where you know you’ll be viewing it on a regular basis.

I find physically putting your dreams together into a finalized creative piece gives you a stronger sense that your dreams are closer to coming true. Of course I don’t believe just looking at a board will make everything into reality. You also need to put action into your vision but action that feels good to you when doing it along with trusting the steps will fall into place.

Think of it as a fun goal setting planner that you then follow through with and you will slowly realize all that comes into your life is what you had aspired to since the beginning. Let me know how your process goes and show pictures of your work!

Bonus: A little poem quote I made below to get you goin!

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With TLC,

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