I celebrate the ability to grow life inside my body, and the ability to give my first child and my two year old daughter the intimate bond of siblinghood via my unborn son. I celebrate the love my husband and I have for each other and each of our children. I am looking forward to seeing my older child and new infant interact and navigate both love for each other as well as the inevitable jealousy involved in sharing your home and parents with a new crying tiny stranger. I'm excited about capturing this time. I like the way my body looks when I have a nice pregnant, round belly. It's a very short-lived period in pregnancy in because for most of the time you can't see, feel it or it's very subtle. I like to feel it to move inside me. It tells me that he's doing well. Luckily for me pregnancy hasn't been hugely uncomfortable. It's been pretty healthy and active so I feel lucky. If I had to tell him one thing: enjoy it in there - it's like an all expenses vacation that's climate controlled. I imagine it's nice in there. It's like having a hotel with a hot tub and a mini-bar and a buffet. All-in-one.
Today and every day, I celebrate individuality. I've always struggled with being a tad off-stream - I dance more passionately, cry more intensely, speak more theatrically and sass more freely than most. But being different, being *more* than most is what drives me -- no matter how scary or anxiety-inducing that may feel at times. It's taken some reflection, but I've realized that If I can't rally a group to spontaneously go to that morning rave or to that lip-sync battle or that secret comedy show tucked in a TBD location in Greenpoint, that's okay. I don't need a crowd. I'll stick to sticking out of the crowd. People will always try to put you in a box, a box tightly sealed and wrapped, with a big, fat label slapped on. Well, I resist. No one puts Baby in a box (unless it’s filled with confetti).
This is my life and it's up to me to make it how amazing I want. I did have that personality where if something went wrong the first thing I would think of is: who do I blame for this? Now anytime something happens, I think: how could I have adjusted myself differently to be able to keep this from happening next time? And just that switch has turned me into the happiest person in the world. How can I not be? I'm alive. If I don't have a relative or loved one in the hospital or dying right now then I have no reason not to be happy today. No matter how bad it is going to get, nothing is going to get as bad as that. So that's kind of how I live my life - everyday has the potential to be amazing. So I celebrate everything and I celebrate today: the moment I wake up, take my first conscious breath, blink open my eyes, move my limbs and feel my heartbeat. Any day alive is worth celebrating.
A: You've changed my life in every single way possible. I'll always love you like the older sister I never had but you're actually my older sister. If I had the choice, I wouldn't choose anyone else to be my mentor, my coach, my older sister besides you. I wake up every morning, especially on Tuesday's and Thursday's when she teaches at 6am. I just can't wait for her to come in. I always ask her for hugs too. It never gets old. Whenever I think about how much you've helped me through things, it makes me so emotional that someone could care about me so much because I never thought someone could until you have.
R: I love that you make me feel that I'm really accountable for my actions, especially when you're asking me for advice. It's kind of magical to see you make these changes and see how far you've come in one year because you made it happen for yourself. You actually used my advise and that makes me really proud of you. You're really fierce and I wish you wouldn't doubt yourself so often because a lot of people aren't like you. Don't stop chasing your dreams.
For me the most pivotal decision of life involves every morning: asking, is this a celebration or a condemnation? For years I lead a life condemned by the matrix and societies definition of success. Their success: I studied business. Got drunk. Got laid and pressed repeat. One day I woke up arrested and my soul whispered, 'this is not YOUR success.' From that day forward I dedicated my life to continually waking up and striving for personal success. I found fascination in empathy and started facilitating confidential open dialogues with university students to breach vulnerability. I wake up everyday with a dream. I dream, as it were a mantra, a call to action for the universe. I choose to celebrate the ride of life...
I choose to celebrate the deliciousness of the present moment. I'm extremely passionate about mindfulness in all forms. I like to spread love and free spiritedness however I can. I get out of bed in the morning to soak up whatever the universe has in store and see how I can rise to meet it where it's at, hopefully with joy and calm. I stand for being grounded but also staying open to whatever is coming next.
I celebrate that my body is expressing my feminine creativity at all times in my womb. I celebrate that my husband and I have created a new life together. I celebrate that I am blessed to create a new generation in the lineage of my family and carry on traditions, while making new memories. I would say in terms of preparing to not listen too much to other people. It's not a journey outward of figuring out outside of you what you need but let it be a journey inward, connecting with yourself. I feel, at this point, that labor and delivery is trusting the unknown. The more you can listen to cues from your body and get that mind-body feedback, I think that's probably the most you can prepare yourself. It's trusting that you can get through whatever comes up. If I had to say one thing to Ryder right now: you are magic. I think that's all I would say. And I love you, no matter what.
I knew I was given a chance for something. Somebody out there said this type of energetic composition is not going to leave this consciousness at the moment and it needs to go through the process of learning something. There's fear, there's desire, there's absolute celebration of everything I can create. And if I can't create, I can't celebrate anything. Literally a month ago I said: what is my purpose? What's the purpose of this composition of me that came together and is speaking this way and is in this consciousness? What's the purpose? Is the purpose to share the story? Is the purpose to bring smiles to as many people as possible? Is the purpose to really use my power of alchemy and disrupt? I disrupt everywhere I go. I disrupt when I walk into a room and people don't speak the truth. I disrupt when I dance. I disrupt when I ask questions. I disrupt the status quo continuously. And I love what happens after that. I love the reaction from people because none of us are comfortable with change. I love that change. If I can then somehow learn to recreate and create and help someone create something they want where they can exude their best clarity, their best purpose, their best value, their best talents - then that's what truly drives me and propels me up.
What absolutely gives me this sense of feeling that I can accomplish anything is music and alchemy. The ability that I can walk in somewhere and say to somebody: okay, you trust me on this. Let's go on this journey because I will change the way you think. So alchemy, music, innovation and continuously just being in peace with the waves of life. I won't even call them disruptions or changes - they're just waves of life.
I don't wake up everyday all rosy. There are days where I wake up and all I want to do is pray. I'm not sure if that's rosy or not, I just want to pray. What gets me out of bed though is change and innovation. It's opportunities. It's what am I creating today that are moving things forward? It's just movement. It's continuous and it's continuum. And it's spirituality - this thing where I wake up and talk to the light. I'll say I'm grateful for this great little cat I have on the door - the zen cat. I'm grateful for my friends. I'm grateful for my family. I'm grateful for every soul that crosses my path. Or today give me strength to speak to people from my soul that touches their soul. Show me the way that can show me to touch more magic. So I don't wake up rosy everyday - I wake up sometimes with anxiety and bad thoughts. Shit, this is miserable. Look at my room. It's messy. Look at that, it's messy. There are so many things. Then I go: wow - time to stop. Then I just sit and go to the floor and do yoga breaths. But I think what really ticks me is that I can work hard and earn the other beauties in life. I'm not blessed with a rich mother or rich father, where I can peace out and travel for my life. What ticks me is people and cultures and music that I've gotten to explore my whole life. This is the 14th place in the world I've lived in. That I touch, feel, work in, go to school in - that I feel and explore.
This is a funny question to answer because my family complains and makes fun of me because I celebrate everything. I'm very grateful because I know that I've lived a life that many people dream of. On the opposite side I was in foster care and I came from nothing so I have a lot of determination. It's that in-between for me. My life has always embodied being young, wild and free. I love to workout and play sports but I got in a huge accident that almost killed me in 2009. They were telling me that I need to calm down. I ran a half marathon last year. Does it hurt? Yes, but it is what it is. I've worked too hard to become who I am today to not enjoy every good moment in between. I think the best is yet to come and I'm just getting started.
AARON: As cliche as it may sound, Sara makes me a better person every single day. I call it "Sara-mosis" (newly coined) whereby just being around her I am able to soak up all of the positivity, happiness, strength, and beauty she regularly radiates. On the surface, we oppose: she's extroverted, I'm introverted, she's buoyant, I'm mellow. Yet at the core, we share an appreciation and mindfulness of all the ways our differences complement each other as strengths. She is my biggest cheerleader, I am hers. I support her unconditionally, she's my backbone. Our relationship is in a constant state of upward growth, grounded in a firm foundation of our shared upbringings, morals, and family values. From the start, Sara's challenged me in so many ways, and I have become more patient, confident, expressive, and giving as a result. She only has my best interests at heart, which is why I embrace everything she throws at me. I feel beyond lucky and grateful to have her by my side for the rest of my life, and together we will create a home filled with joy. Sara, I love you with all my heart, and cannot wait for our next chapter together.
SARA: I celebrate Aaron's insatiable desire to explore and fully experience the world around him. I celebrate his openness - openness to people, things and ideas that may differ from those he previously held to be true. I celebrate his calm quiet strength that has the ability to put everyone who crosses his path at ease. I celebrate his ability to listen fully with openness of both heart and mind. Sometimes I feel like we are yin and yang - that our differences blend together so perfectly to create something so much more beautiful than the sum of its parts. Other times I feel that we are so incredibly similar - that our mutual desire to explore the world and experience everything that life has to offer creates an incredibly strong force that has the ability to fix all of the world's ailments. It is our similarities that help us understand each other and allow us to feel safe, and our differences that challenge each other and allow us to be better. Aaron - I never thought I would know a love so deep and so honest and so real. I never thought I would find someone who makes every day as exciting and fun as you do. I can't wait to be one of those old couples on the streets of New York City exploring the world with our canes and our happy sparkly eyes. I have no doubt in my mind that the life we create will be a life filled with colorful confetti, and that as a unit we can and will take on anything that life throws our way. I love you endlessly.
I am celebrating femininity and surrender. A lot of it is about finding a soft, feminine power and attracting the perfect things in. Flowing powerfully, and not struggling or hustling. I am also starting to celebrate my body more -- the strength, the lines and the utility. I notice that I look at pictures from the past (which I thought were terrible) and now see the beauty in them. I get out of bed for surprises. I wake up and I'm excited to see what's in store for me today, from unexpected connections, from taking a brave action and reaching out for a big business deal, to the beautiful things I might encounter. Also in accepting heartbreak, pain or challenges as opportunities to open myself further and grow. Right now, I stand for vulnerability, gratitude, audacity and adventure... and keeping it sexy! :)
I celebrate the unforgettable journey of pregnancy. To experience first-hand what a women's body is capable of is a beautiful thing, to know that every day you are creating this little life is something indescribable. To see my husband who is always so loving, love me on a whole new level. This morning while hugging my belly he said, 'Can you be pregnant forever?' That's been the sweetest part, seeing him that way. To feel the love that I have for this baby grow with each little move and kick. If I had to say one thing to him or her right now, it would be that I will always be there. Forever. No matter what. And thank you. Thank you for making me feel love like I've never known before.
What wakes me up everyday is not the expectations that other people have for me or that someone is telling me to be somewhere at 8am. It's not because I want to impress anyone. It's because I f*cking love what I do and I know that I connect with people who I really know are passionate and if someone is not passionate I don't connect with them and I really believe that my role is to go out there and bring people together that are passionate so that they can make their art better because I think as a passionate person sometimes you can feel lonely. I celebrate fire, passion and relentless creativity. I feel like my job is to find those weird freaks out there and connect all the freaks of nature and do cool sh*t because it's awesome. But I also feel like my job is to interact with everyday people and ignite them in a way they haven't had. I just love when I can make people smile or I love when I can make people feel empowered or better about themselves. I don't sugar coat life but I'm definitely optimistic and I love complimenting people for what they rock at. If I'm going to find that thing that you rock hard at, then I'm going to tell you that you're a bad*ss. Inspire people to be authentic. That's why I created #halfthestory. We're all just people walking around. Sometimes I look outside and am like: woah, we're all just little ants on the earth. It's okay.
I celebrate knowing that there's a life inside of me that I'm responsible for. It's the biggest responsibility of my life and I am both scared and excited to be starting this journey. So far it's been really great and I have no complaints - in fact I feel like being pregnant has really brought me out of being completely self-involved. I'm still me but I want to make sure that everything I do now is helping my baby be the best she can be. I want to be a mom who's fun but firm and I want my daughter to know that no matter what I'll always be there for every question and concern. I'm really grateful that this baby is a part of me and Moses. He is just the best person in the world and the thought that she is part of both of us is what gets me through everything. It's what got me through this horror show of an election. It's like: Donald Trump might be president but I'm giving birth to an actual amazing person and I know that she's going to be amazing because she's part me, part Moses. That sounds so conceited but I just know she's going to be great. And not just looks wise. I feel like he and I really complete each other and now that's all coming together in one person. That just makes me so happy. Just knowing that the good thing that's going to come out of this is that she is going to be born and that we get a chance to guide her into becoming a really awesome woman.
I’m really proud of myself for everything that I’ve done in SoulCycle because I feel like I was never really one of those people that was very confident in myself. I also feel like the setbacks helped me. This surgery I had for instance. I was so terrified but at the same time I have people in my life like my sister there who decorated my rooms with balloons. I taught me to appreciate what I do have. I can’t curate a list because there are so many things that pass by us and I don’t realize it until I sit down and actually think about it. There’s so much that could be wrong. I’m so lucky I have a family that can get along with each other. That’s something I’m really grateful for. I choose to celebrate the memories in my life because there are so many things that I look back on that keep me going. Like when me and Adrianna would have fashion shows when we were younger. She would put these clip-on scrunchies all over my head and make me look so ugly. It’s so fun to look back on those times because whenever I do it makes me genuinely happy. When you catch yourself daydreaming. I always think back to my grandma when it was her birthday and she was eating cupcakes. I feel like it’s one of those things that we build upon. The good or the bad, I feel like it’s one thing that always sticks with us.
I choose to celebrate intrigue, the delicacy of words, and the beauty of the bodies around me. I stand for print books. I stand for history's most invaluable vehicle of knowledge, of wonder, of inspiration to never die. I get out of bed in the morning for the next greatest line. My dream is to someday build a publishing house that only produces literature from those that have gone unheard.
I'm standing up for myself. A combination of turning 30 this year and also being surrounded by positive people has really lead me to reevaluate my life. I've spent too many moments worrying about others, doubting myself and having regrets. It took up so much of my energy. Recently, my husband and I were hiking in Utah and I was complaining about steep switchbacks. He said, "...but we'll never be as young as we are right now." This phrase put my life into perspective and really resonates with me still. I will never be as young as I am right now, which is why it's imperative, to me, to stand up for myself. It will always be a work in progress, but I'm learning to direct my energy towards self-love, adventure and awesome people.
I'm new to the city, country and continent so I'm excited about everything that I come across. I've never considered suddenly changing everything so drastically - dropping everything within four days booking a one way flight to NYC and leaving my everyday life behind. In Europe, if I’m far from home, familiar faces are always around and grandma’s cooking is maximum a three hour flight away which makes it feel safe and secure no matter where I am. I lived in 10 different cities around Europe, yet nothing has ever felt so new like this place does – so unexpected and unplanned. I had no time for planning or making assumptions so I came with an open mind.
Bring it on. Whatever comes along you just have to take it or leave it.
And it makes me learn a lot. I'm grateful to be in New York because it opened my eyes to explore, play and constantly learn. If there's any place where anything can happenit's definitely here. I love walking around and just taking everything in. Like a sponge- the lights, mixture of cultures, the art.
And most importantly people. Different values, upbringings, particular stages in their lives, cultures and habits. People doing things that I've never considered human beings could do. Characters here are true shapers of the place, they are the art. It was ,however, probably the most difficult thing(yet the most refreshing) to learn to say yes to everything and be grateful for it. Understanding that I can't really rely on anything else but the expectation that I set up. And then let go, get out of my comfort zone and make things work. It is always a lesson, yet always a precious one.
For that I thank NYC every day.
I choose to celebrate another year of a great friendship bringing in the new year. We were in gym class. I didn't have any friends or anything. We were doing laps or something like that. She was really welcoming. After that she invited me to her house and we've been friends ever since. This other one I met on Facebook but we knew we were going to go to the same school, already knowing we would be friends. Then we got together and it worked out.
There's been this progression of events, people and places that have put my mind, my body and my spirit - my spirituality - into a lot of growth and progression. It actually hasn't always happened in parallel. There's been really strong emotional growth that hasn't been matched with physical growth or spiritual growth that lacked emotional growth. I don't think I've found my life in unison, a real synergy between all of those things. They've all grown in positive ways but I don't think I've yet to find alignment or true connection in that space. What I'm most passionate about is love. But not love the term: the act of energetic, physical and emotional giving. There's a knowing to it. You can know you can love. It's not just a concept. I actually think it's an action and a force. It is mutual. It is about connection. The thing I care about most is human connection. Through love and through the language of love. That process is the pinnacle of the most important thing. It transcends anything: hate, violence, your history or your future. It's like this perfect present. And the possibilities created through love are very genuine and worthwhile. When I think about what I should wake up for that day, it's love. You haven't unlocked all that you can in yourself if your ability to love is blocked. It truly lets you go places you haven't imagined so that pursuit is really important and it takes form in a life journey of grappling with the complexities of love. I also think love is something one provides. I want my friends to know me as the person who genuinely, unconditionally loves them. And the same for my partners, brothers or family. That's what I would want to be known for. I am passionate about bringing joy to people's lives and seeing them for all that they are. I think within love there is mischief and playfulness. It's not boring. There is excitement and craziness to it. I don't think it's this calm thing, which also makes it fun. It also goes back to service. This mantra my dad always put in my head as a kid: Love all, Serve all - that is what I stand for. I get joy out of service. Whether it's helping someone on the street or somebody asks you to speak to them after a hard day or your neighbor is moving all of their stuff and you help them for three hours and you didn't sign up for that. You serve everyone. It is the action of loving and going about your day with that pursuit. If you choose love, everything is possible.
I think about what needed to happen to get to this point in my life. I spent most of my life protecting myself so it has taken me a long time to understand certain parts of who I am in a deeper level. I mean, really understand them. I had struggled with binge eating for most of life, and went into treatment and into recovery after a breakdown when I was 25. In June 2017, I will celebrate 20 years in recovery.
I found on a bike at SoulCycle what was the perfect combination of things to do to learn to be in my body and to feel. It is what was most similar to my experience as an opera singer, but with much more freedom. Because of that freedom to be, to breathe, to heal, I sort of started becoming myself through riding. Music & movement I really believe is healing and awakening. As I took on the responsibility as an Instructor of helping other people discover who they are through music and movement, I began to discover and own parts of myself I had set aside.
I had to take a look at whether or not I was living as my heart spoke to me. And if I wasn't, what changes did I need to make? I knew after answering those questions, now was the time to make the changes I needed to live as truthfully as I could not just for myself, but for my son. It was now, not 5 years or 10 years from now. Scary? You bet. Worth it? YES!!
So I celebrate so many things. Womanhood. Motherhood. Sexual freedom. Freedom to choose at any age. Gratitude. Joy!!
My grandmother always used to tell me "si, se puede" - loosely translated in English to mean "yes, you can." Growing up this phrase has meant a lot of things: yes, you can sleep in your own room at night, you can learn your multiplication tables, you can make the varsity softball team as a freshman, study in a foreign country for a year, graduate a semester early, get a job and move into NYC. Yes, you can. Settling into New York as an adult has brought on some big personal challenges and a new meaning to the phrase that has now become my mantra. Last year I set out to accomplish some pretty hefty goals. With this mantra in mind I can reflect with a smile and say: it started with an amazing organization that turned family. Dancing the sun up countless mornings in clubs, on boats, on roofs and even on the High Line resurfaced a confidence and attracted the friends that first made NY feel like home. From there followed a new job, a spontaneous trip to Cancun followed by trips to New Orleans, Austin, Denver (twice!), Philly and Seattle, a new apartment with new roomies, a festival on the beach, a cabin in the mountains for Memorial Day weekend that rolled over into a ridiculous Hamptons adventure and crew. In addition to cultural experiences like variety shows, art exhibits, concerts, secret parties and picnics came countless nights in Brooklyn on rooftops with views, reconnecting with old friends, tales of meeting new ones and the best nights sitting on floors and couches with those closest to me - the most meaningful adventures of all. A year later, relying on my own “si, se puede”, I did it: make NYC home, build a community and travel – check, check, check.
I said I was going to move here since I was four years old. It was the only promise I ever made to myself and everyone else, not even fully knowing what New York was - but I knew it was a place for people like me. Right now, the most important thing to me is creative work. Thinking. Creating. Writing. That’s what I wake up thinking about. That’s what I want to do all the time. My favorite part of myself is my creativity. What I’m amazing at: thinking of ideas. Am I as good at executing them? No. But I have a lot of ideas. Sometimes I think that it’d be awesome if I could be a little idea factory.
It's important to celebrate the present moment - and at the same time, honoring our past and getting excited about our future. But I think it's also very critical that we all know we have the capacity to completely change it all - to REBIRTH ourselves if we feel like we are heading in the wrong direction. As far as I know, I only have this one life - so it might as well be as incredible as possible.
I like to say that we are only truly living when we are OK with 'living in the question mark'. Nothing is certain in life - we can plan, plan, plan away - but oftentimes, the universe has other things in store for us. And there is a reason for whatever comes our way. The sooner we become ok with this, the sooner we can really be present in our bodies and in our minds - and experience the richness of life. It may not always be an easy pill to swallow, but it's a pill that will take us on phenomenal journeys of self-introspection and towards our greater purpose.
I chose to leave my old life behind several years ago because it wasn't serving me - and I haven't looked back. It hasn't always been an easy ride, but making that choice was definitely the most liberating thing I have ever done during my years on this planet.
I celebrate my ability to multitask - growing a human inside of me while doing all the other things in my life that fulfill me on a daily basis. I've been very lucky to have an "easy" pregnancy, which has afforded me the time to embrace other challenges in my life, professionally and creatively. I've been inspired by the experience of being pregnant, so much so that I wrote an entire show about it with my best friend who also happens to be pregnant. This 10 month period has been opportunity to learn to love myself more and have more confidence in what I'm capable of as a woman and a human being. I look forward to keep flexing that muscle once my son arrives, showing him that you really CAN do anything you work hard enough at. It's simply a fact of life.
I celebrate enlightenment, connection, equality and peace. It gives me an abundance of joy to see people (and/or animals.. 'coz, people are animals too, right!?) connecting with each other- after all we are all part of the same consciousness. We are all strange little floating souls filling out the universe. I'm excited and exhilarated by life forces embracing that and celebrating the differences and quirks we all have. I'm a biocentric secular humanist, which sounds contradictory but is actually two parallel schools of thought. Its all about equality and respect for living things. I'm driven by creating art and connections that embrace that idea and am lucky enough to communicate that with audiences bi-weekly in our show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. I try and blend realism, logic and optimism in my work- so as to promote ideas that are solution based. That's what gets me jazzed!!!
I love working on cool projects that have a give back component. What gets me up even earlier in the day is a surf sesh:) that would be in the ocean, not the web! I love love. Find your tribe. Love them hard! Meditation has changed my life. The best feeling in the world is serenity. So, lots of positive work actions mixed with serenity keeps life interesting...and don't forget to love.
What Do You Celebrate
How Does The DIVINE Influence Your Life
I AM DIVINE
I WALK ON WATER
What Are Your Passions and Pleasures
Why Do You Get Out of Bed in The Morning
LOVE OF LIFE
What Makes You Tick
What Do You Want to Stand For Right Now
GO FOR YOUR DREAMS
YOU ARE DIVINE
THE DIVINE FLOWER • GUENEVERE RODRIGUEZ
I get up for love and happiness. You’re catching me at a time where I’ve been so into enriching my world but for a long time creativity and challenge was what got me up. The idea of meeting a challenge. I’ve always challenged myself. Before it would be more in a work setting. Now it’s more about being compassionate to myself and being in a zen place. Also, food is a huge part of my life. I’ve always loved food. My dad was a chef. My last name is Sause. I love to cook but would never do it professionally so I have found the perfect job: an event director at a catering company. Even if I wasn’t doing that I would be a foodie. I find that I relate to people through food. I love starting everyday knowing it’s a brand new day and I get to see my husband when I come home from work. We are just figuring out the next steps in our life. There’s something about a wedding that makes you realize what’s really important. I don’t know if I’m that career hungry woman I thought I was. Suddenly, I’m craving a house and backyard. There’s been a shift coming into these realizations. It’s this really exciting time where we’re both on the same page in starting the next chapter. We don’t want to give up our nice little life in our tiny little apartment in the city just yet though.
I celebrate the successes along the road, whether they be minor or major. Got a new job? Awesome. Found a dollar on the ground? Amazing! I’ve recently realized I’ve been emerged in a very superficial setting since I moved to New York. It’s taken years of appreciation and dedication into pursuing my dream of working in the fashion industry to realize that it’s only a mere aspect of the big picture. The truth is that a garment is only shaped by the individual wearing it and that’s the real subject of admiration, everything else is simply icing on the (red velvet because that’s my favorite) cake. If I were to choose one specific thing about what it is I celebrate in life it would be realization. It’s the instant moment full of force that hits us with honesty. And although brutal, realization is the obstacle we become masters at overcoming and to be frank, that’s quite triumphant in itself! I’m passionate about traveling. I’m not passionate about sightseeing, or going to every museum in a new city. What truly satisfies my curiosity is sitting at a coffeeshop or a bar and just observing those around me. During the summer of 2015 I decided I needed to explore more of the world in order to gain a better sense of belonging and understanding. I had the immense blessing of being able to go abroad to London, Dubai, Bali, Gili Trawangan, Ibiza, Barcelona, Marrakesh and Paris. As I made my way through every city I really put forth the effort to become one with everything around me. There’s a certain feeling of satisfaction and coziness in knowing that I too can blend in with older women having tea on the rooftop of a Riad in the medina, or that I too can be a local by having nasi goreng at your local warung for USD $1.20 overlooking a rice field-not because it’s a picturesque view but simply because there’s nothing else around. To be lost yet alone, and to center myself with others who I’ve always had the preconceived idea of having little in common with, is perhaps the most satisfying feeling I’ve ever experienced.
Why do I get out of bed in the morning? My black cold brew does the trick. On a more serious note, my family is my everything. They’ve done it all for me and I feel it’s only right to do the exact same for them. I’m motivated by having and being everything I’ve dreamed of, but also understanding that sometimes a little less isn’t always a bad thing. So what if all I want is a house in Connecticut, 3 kids, a French Bulldog and annual vacations in Key West? If I continue having the right people in my life, there’s nothing else I could possibly need or want. I stand for getting through with school and making damn sure this degree makes a difference in my career. I stand for Benny’s Burritos or Chipotle after a hard day at work but I also stand for being a healthier and better me. That’s where Soulcycle kicks in. As someone who has had some pretty intense body image issues his whole life, this company has come through and absolutely changed me in the exact cliche way Soulcycle does. 45 minutes. In and out. Sweaty. Done. I stand for making sure that I don’t forget to turn the stove off and that I don’t lose another set of keys. I stand for learning to appreciate the little things because if I learn to do that (which I need to learn more of), I’ll stand for the true meaning of gratitude.
I celebrate the power of being as silly as possible, especially when life gets too serious and hectic. I always have so much going on with schoolwork, my social life and my family so I try to keep things light and silly as much as possible. If I don't take things too seriously or getting too wrapped up, my life would slowly eat at me with anxiety. So I make it a habit to really enjoy my quirks because that's what makes me laugh throughout the day. I love to make people laugh, whether it is with me or at me. Simply not caring about other's negative judgements is what I've always done. It's hard to do that in today's society though when people obsess over everyone's imperfections. People like to impress others without actually impressing themselves. That's why I think there is power in looking silly and not caring that you do - it's about liking who you are and impressing yourself first.
I feel like if I ever let the child go I will let myself down. So down in fact that I would become suicidal. Because there is so much pain that I feel. And I feel that if I don’t go to sleep at night thinking that the tooth fairy is going to put money underneath my pillow or go to sleep at night and think of dreams I’m going to have or go outside and make up some fake story in my head and it ends up happening - because that’s what happens. When you make these stories in your head and believe in them, they can happen. A child has unconditional belief that fuels their imagination that adults shoot down with reality. Whatever reality is for us. So I think for me what helps me get through is to never let go off that. New York looks so much prettier when you look up. It’s a whole other city. That’s the wandering child in me.
I know my friends indefinitely. My family I don’t know as well. I don’t know anyone past my grandmother. They don’t know much about me but my shock value. My grandmother knows I work a lot - that’s pretty much what she knows. What my grandmothers remembers about me is the fact that I’m 22-21-23 and I keep moving to new cities. She’s not really understanding why. She’s an elder Dominican woman from the island. She doesn’t get why I’m not in school. I think I do all these things to keep that child alive. I think my family didn’t take enough risks. I was the biggest risk that my mom took, having me and I feel like I should live out that legacy. I have to make my birth worth it because she went through so much to have me, whether it be the physical pushing or the emotional abandonment from my dad. I was the peace treaty between them. These are all stories I’d heard. I just know that for her life doesn’t make sense as to why did she go through so much. I have to make this worth it. My family doesn’t deserve to see what they see. There’s so many things that I notice that my life has gotten and their life hasn’t and I never understood because we came from the same vessel. Each person in my family has a certain complex - some complexity that has stopped them from doing what they want to do. I’ve had my own restrictions and I don’t think it’s fair to continue that legacy. I should show them the unbelievable sides of life.
There’s nothing more powerful to me than building up a group of women. You should build up any woman you encounter because they face a lot of obstacles. I find it thrilling and exhilarating the power that women have when they support each other.
I would say I celebrate storytelling. Passing ideas forward using one kind of narrative form or another. The actual telling of the stories themselves provides a kind of lesson for the teller and the audience. A lesson in the act of listening, reading, watching and understanding. Once transmitted orally, the story is lost to the teller and may be lost to the world if it is not remembered or has not suitably impressed anybody. In fact it could be lost even if it has made an impression. So there is something sad or elegiac about the whole storytelling process. That fatalistic awareness goes hand in hand with the good parts, the group dynamic of the telling and the cathartic experience of the teller. Everybody has stories to tell but not everybody is a story teller. As a teacher and a writer I get lots and lots of practice. And of course I often wonder how much of what I say gets confused or even lost in the transmission.
A child’s innocence is amazing to me and how they perceive the world. I want to do that with her. I want to bring her into a world of positivity. I love the fact that when we get up in the morning we can mold the day. Are they all going to be flowery? No. But there are positive spins on everything. I think that’s what I try to do every morning. Everyday could be a new day and it doesn’t have to be magical or perfect but there are always positive encounters. New York City has an energy that you can feed off of or you can have it make you crumble. Having a baby and bringing them up in that environment and showing them that the world is awesome. You have to contribute to that. There’s a lot of innocence in being a child and being a mom of that child - realizing you’re going through it with them. I’m really looking forward to that: rebuilding faith in humanity.
Good Morning beautiful world. Today and everyday I celebrate family. My circle of strength...no matter what is happening in this crazy, screwed up world, I can rely on my family. We show love to one another everyday. We laugh a lot. We respect one another. We say please and thank you. We use kind words. We celebrate life. We support one another. We say, "I love you." My family is my wealth, they are my world, they make me tick.... and the world is a more beautiful place because they are in it.
I celebrate learning how to live and feel unapologetically. I realized that by default I was often feeling self imposed pressure to pretend I was happy when I was not. I didn't want my mood to adversely affect those around me. At times it was exhausting, secrets are heavy. I made a choice to be honest about how I feel and to never apologize for it. In doing so I have attracted genuine people in my life who appreciate my openness and vulnerability. I feel more confident with who I am and what I want. I believe having real conversations is essential to truly connect with those around us. In having the courage to share your authentic feelings you empower others to do the same. You show others that they are not alone; often you learn that you are not alone. Our society teaches us that if we are sad it is a problem to be fixed. I think sadness has beauty in some way, it means that you cared so deeply about something that you feel it's loss. It is okay to feel sad, to embrace your sadness and accept it. The entire universe abounds with people and things you can love and connect to. That is what makes life magical. Each moment, person, anything that makes you feel something is worth celebrating.
What I’ve realized over the last year is that I am this connector. I’m definitely someone that jumps into things and when I find something I like that’s all I want to do. I have this incredible network that I’ve build my whole life. I’m trying to figure out how I can bring this light into everyone that I know’s world. Ultimately people and connections are what drive me. I’m fascinated by human connection and the power that people’s energy can create. When I was trying to figure out who I was outside of college, I knew I was different and I knew I needed stimulation and creativity so everyday I wake up and I’m like: what’s next? What am I going to do today?
I celebrate communication, introspective and outward. Especially communication that breaks any boundary. Whether it's someone watching a hundred-year-old Shakespeare play and somehow still being able to understand that language and the still-prevalent human themes within it. I celebrate breaking the boundary of language with someone, either through their culture of food, or body language, or that unspoken yet profound middle ground. An agreement of experience in a shared look. We want to understand one another over time, over distance, over class and walls of privilege. Communication (both speaking and listening) can be an act of acknowledgement of each other, an act of bravery and of humility. I'm trying to have a wider understanding of the world, and politics, and what my actions do. I stand for asking questions constantly, and for getting excited about not knowing the answer.
I feel like what I’m celebrating now is really coming back to myself and really valuing creativity, expression and being of service of others. My existence in the grand scheme of things doesn’t really matter. The world is so big. I’m so insignificant. And with that comes this complete freedom to be the best and most expressive and take the most risks and be full of love because why not? I feel very clear in this place that we’re here to love and celebrate and then we’re going to die. It sounds strange but it’s the realization of how unimportant I am that's given me the freedom to be the best person I can be.
At my grandmother’s funeral, they said that she would use this expression: grow where you’re planted. I’d never heard her say that before. I didn’t really ask but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What does that mean to me? I carry it with me now. You might not always be in the best situation or exactly where you want to be in your life but you need to find a way to grow, be happy and appreciate what’s happening around you. That’s hard at first because it has to be a conscious decision to be noticing things and appreciating but then those things become habits. Happiness habits. I try to adopt them into my life. For instance, I hate doing dishes more than anything in the entire world but mindfulness when you’re doing dishes - it smells good, this is making my hands soft, I’m making something clean - changes the experience. Even with people. A lot of times it’s easy to notice things that other people are doing that make you upset or unhappy. You don’t really notice the things that they’re doing well or qualities you like. Making that your focus completely changes your mindset or a negative cycle that a lot of people get stuck in. You get use to it. It’s our responsibility to change our situation if we’re not happy about it.
Sometimes I put myself in low’s just so I can create. I want to put myself in those situations: to suffer, weirdly. I don’t want to lead this constantly happy life. Not that I don’t want happiness. I do but I really enjoy the other parts. In regards to communicating, I use that for creation. Now I get to express all the time through my music. The greatest advice I ever got was: the earth is constantly in motion so for us to be anything but to constantly moving is going against the natural orders of the world. To be at a standstill and to constantly contemplate is fighting the motion. Always move. And if you don’t like it, then go back. To be constantly moving leads to new discovery. You can only discover by doing, by moving. Not to think so much.
Celebrate what you’re passionate about! Follow your dreams, even if they are changing. Right now I’m working on The Goaldiggers Club. A Goaldigger is a passionate, sophisticated, career-driven lady who is rebellious and unafraid to do things differently. I met a lot of inspiring women along the way and I just wanted to share that. Not everyone have supportive, inspiring women around them so I wanted to create this space for everyone. I’m not afraid of taking risks. That’s what I always do. I believe that if you know what you want you will get it. But what if you don’t know what you want? So I’m very happy that I’m in a place in my life that I’m taking a risk again. I feel so bad when I’m in my comfort zone. Now I’m attracted to people who are doing the same thing.
I never want to forget this moment...the feelings that come from falling in love. Being scared because you now have no reason to. The moments you both try to hide how excited you are to see each other after only a few hours of separation.
I feel like I gave up everything to be here and then I felt like: holy shit, here it comes again the rug pulled out from underneath me. The only constant in my life is change: a really bad breakup, a really bad move, a tragic situation - constantly picking myself back up, dusting myself off and having to move forward again but this time, it wasn’t as tragic as the other times. This time I thought: fuck it, get up on your feet and just go. I kept having it in my mind that I was building, gaining that momentum, working all these long hard hours so I could establish myself and pay off more debut and get closer to my dreams. I want to own my own venue. I want to own my own business and do creative things in it. I want to have a family. I want to be better, smarter, a leader, trailblazer. I was getting closer to that person and had it striped away yet I’m not falling back down the ladder. It is making me better because now I can go grab a better opportunity. I’m not going to fall this time. I’m not going to take any time to stop. I’m going to go faster and harder. Resilience. I’m pushing again. My focus is building that momentum and being a stronger person.
I want to be an artist. And to say that took me so many years to say. I almost felt like I needed permission from other people to be an artist. But I realized that when I was sharing my art, people were taking it in and it was making a difference in culture. I’ve been feeling very connected to Basquiat and the 27 Club lately. I can tap into his energy, especially since I teach in the same place that he created. I want to walk at fashion week like he did. He wasn’t a model. He was a unique creative. Fashion has always been inside me but I don’t want to be in any of these worlds. I want to be that person that is part of it all. I want to be an artist. I am an artist. I want that to be even more of who I associate myself with being. I want to accept myself fully for that. I don’t want to go off the cliff that everybody else is falling off of. I am now constantly trying to follow the steps that I feel lead towards my own personal content. I am slowly learning that life can be however one imagines or hopes it can be: there are powers in and around us that are available for our use. By latching on to this light energy we can truly assist in creating positive changes in our world. I want to be remember as a healer, a pioneer. The Mormon pioneers are in my blood. That is the biggest thing I took away as a kid. Look inside and trust yourself. No one is going to have my path.
I celebrate being the Boss of me! Imagine not having to work a day in your life!!! That is the life I want. I want to lead the masses out of Rat Race Inc- I want to orchestrate the new revolution where people hold passion driven positions that allow for revenue streams that are not dependent on a paycheck. I want to lead by example by doing what I love,taking huge leaps of faith and sharing my wisdom. My passion is being happy and reveling in LOVE and teaching others to do the same. I stand for revolution. I stand for smiles. I stand for change. I stand for happiness. I stand for freedom.
When I came back to New York, I realized: holy shit, we’ve built this community here. It’s so strong. Every Sunday we have brunch with twenty people. I’m so fortunate to have so many people who love me and I feel the same way about them. I don’t think it’s replicable. I don’t think I could go somewhere else and remake this community. The longer I’m in it the less I think it’s possible. I think communities can be built anywhere but I think what we have here is very, very majestic in a lot ways. And I think that makes me get out of bed in the morning every single day: being able to further that community. Make it larger. Find more gorgeous humans and surround myself with them.
I love to explore. My life is one big crazy adventure: a beautiful, tangled, synchronized hullaballoo. I love meeting new people, hiking new trails, tasting new dishes, admiring new art, climbing new trees, learning new skills.... I get excited very easily and very often and I don't bother hiding it. How can you when there are so many amazing things happening at any given moment?! I wear my heart on my sleeve because I want to live in a world where people are more genuine and supportive of each other. Seeing others break out of their comfort zones and overcome the imagined limitations of silly social constructs is a beautiful thing. I celebrate the opportunities that lurk behind every corner, waiting to be grasped. I celebrate people who inspire me with their talents, passions, and unapologetic expressions of creativity. I get out of bed every morning with a swarm of butterflies in my stomach, eager for the day to unveil its gifts. Then, I crank up my Spotify and try my best not to slip in the shower.
It has been sublimely awakening to feel so present in every connection, to celebrate and be grateful for the energetic force that is positivity. These past two years have been a kind of mental shift for me. I had this book sitting on my shelf for years called ‘The Celestine Prophecy,’ and one day, it was finally my time to open it. I felt like my visions and intentions were crystal clear. Leaving behind a veil of fear and questions. The book discusses basic laws of the universe - energetic connections, the law of attraction, and manifesting your deepest desires and dreams. What stuck with me most was how everyones thoughts have the power to become palpable things. And when you choose to vibrate out a positive frequency, the opportunities, adventures and connections are endless. I have always considered myself to be a positive person, but there was a brief time in my life where I felt like everything was closing in of me. I didn’t like the point I was at and I knew it wasn’t like myself to feel sad all the time. Then came the profound moment when I realized that the environment I was living in was bringing me down. I needed to start focusing on the positive and look out further into the sea of opportunity if I wanted to live everyday celebrating life. Part of what makes us humans special, is the ability to feel deeply through our emotions. But the true question is, “What part of those emotions do I want to focus my energy on?” Now, whenever those low feelings resurface I take a moment to think back on these simple laws of the universe. Since I began this practice, new and wonderful experiences continue to manifest before my eyes. Everyday I spend a least one moment visualizing a life that fulfills my hearts desire; journeying on a positive path where my vibrations ascend high into the cosmos.
The city itself energizes me in ways that surprise me: the unexpected inspiration you can draw from unexpected moments. That can take many forms - not just creatively or professionally. I draw a lot of energy from the unexpected elements so one of the reasons why I wake up in the morning is to harness what that is and some output I have control over. I guess, more concretely, I have creative goals and creative pursuits that I’d like to do. That’s the life long struggle. This city makes me feel like the possibilities are there. You can actually latch on to them. And what I mean by that is that it’s not so far fetched to consider relinquishing the 8-7 existence. I think, for me, often times what I celebrate is quiet. The moment when you get off the train after a party. A really loud, awesome party where you’ve meet people. There are people that you know. There is intellectually stimulating conversation. And all of that means a great deal but the moment when you’re walking home right off the subway and you have the opportunity to digest that - what that means to you on your own. I celebrate a Saturday morning by myself when I wake up in my apartment after a long week at work and it’s my time to think about the same types of questions you and I are discussing right now. It’s not solitude. It’s the ability to think with some clarity: to digest what has occurred.
I feel like half of what I do all the time is delving into myself and trying to change, develop and adapt. What I’d like to embody is the ability to bend and laugh - that’s how I want to be able to react. I’m having this image in my head of being a flexible blade of grass. When it gets pushed down, it springs back up so that to me is knowing there is struggle. I got my first tattoo last month and it says “Embrace Struggle” because I realized that I want to find the joy in the struggle instead of getting knocked down. I want to find the joy in getting back up and honestly the joy in getting knocked down. The joy in saying, “It didn’t work but I did something! It didn’t go the way I wanted it to but I was there and I did my best! I learned something or I explored something.” It’s not even resilience exactly, but it’s the ability to derive joy and humor from the process of being and having things fall out. Welcoming the discomfort but to find what’s joyful about the discomfort - what’s good about it, what’s special about it, what’s funny about it.
I believe in making myself into a channel for the world to pour through.
I believe in igniting and destroying and resurrecting and recreating myself over and over again in the sacred cycle of burning life.
I believe in micro-orgasms: moments and people and ideas that ignite and delight, that waken my atoms into a buzzing dance.
I believe in macro-orgasms: rites of passage that shake awake my foundation and connect me to my ancestors and to what it must feel like to be a mother.
What is an orgasm? An orgasm is a release, it is an unshackling. It is an act of vulnerability, it is an act of bravery. It is a giving back.
I choose to celebrate SPACE. Both inner and outer, literal and figurative. The all encompassing concept of this unoccupied, vast and dimensionless expanse. I choose to celebrate this notion with BREATH. Breathing. Recognizing that the gift of life is present in every inhale and every exhale. I like to nestle up in that space between each breath. Get all cozy and cuddly in that strange territory of the unknown. Finding peace with that unknowing and finding comfort in that space... in-between and underneath, upside down and deep inside. I am passionate about creating such space. Both personally and socially, psychologically and physically, in order to allow for more PLEASURE, more PAIN, more TRUTH and more BEAUTY, more REALNESS and more FANTASY (by golly, more fantasy!).....that's probably what makes me tick...fantasy.
I had a friend that said he will spend three hours in bed watching TV before he gets up. I’ve never done that in my life. Ever. I grew up with pets so I’d wake up because my pets would wake me up and I would have to feed them. So I’m not good at staying in bed. I’m also not good at not wanting to go out and run around in the world. I have to work hard to go home and clean my room and just sit there. It’s not FOMO. I just like to be experiencing things, even if it’s in a cafe reading a book. I just love adventure and questing and having an inventory of goods on my person used to make something. I will often leave the house with a weird sequin dress in my backpack - not necessarily with a destination in mind - but in case I get somewhere and I really want to be wearing a sequin dress or a ball gown right now. That is one way I wake up everyday and feel excited is that there is always all of this potential. It’s not like everyday has to be the most exciting day of your life but if you take that desiring of questing and apply it to your own reality, you can make everything tinged with magic. I’m a practicing witch and I love witchcraft which is basically look at a modality of looking at the world - for me - through a lens of intentionally making actions ritualistic and performative. Ascribing a potentiality to simple things to how you relate and sit in the world.
Working with students at 100cameras, it’s beautiful because what we celebrate in our work is the power of perspective and that perspective is different for every individual human being, for every individual culture all across the world. We are all functioning in this shared space together and really celebrating the differences but also the similarities. In these student’s images, you see their celebratory hearts in it. Their three hour walks to water in Sudan, you see that they’re still kids and grateful in that moment and that’s what they portray in their images. In that, it frees me in a way that I respond to that and I celebrate that with them. Its not even a matter of feeling guilty. When I first came back from India, I felt guilty for being born here in this experience vs another. Some wise people challenged me to see that my perspective is all backwards. I should be so grateful that I am born here and that i experienced that different perspective. And reminds them that their perspective is important and reminding me that perspective is important. Not demonizing it. That’s an important part as to why I do what I do and get out of bed everyday. Some days I do that much better than others. There are definitely seasons that I forget to celebrate. You can definitely see it in me as a person, in my relationships, in my work, me in my positivity for the organization of its future. You can easily lose yourself in that. Celebration is a really important reminder.
I think I get hypersensitive at certain points to overstimulate all my senses. I don’t know if that’s spontaneity inside that’s brewing. In the past I would always try to think that down or think it away. It got to a point where I changed group of friends and became more of an individual that I act on those impulses and that would push me into new experiences and the right time of people that I would feel genuine happiness where I wasn’t just wearing a smile. Attacking fear instead of swallowing spontaneity. Letting it out and going into the unknown. You don’t know where that impulse will lead you. All the conversations I have in New York and following that path. None of it has been regrettable.
A defining principle in my life is hard work. I’ve always been in the mindset that I can work through this. I always want to rely on myself to be strong. Something that guides me is that I want to feel free. I’m making my own decisions. I’m living the life I want to live. I’m doing things that make me free - that don’t tie my down. I don’t want to do anything that makes me feel like I owe anyone anything or I’m doing something because I have to. Feeling free. I’m enough. I’m strong for myself. I’m self-reliant. Those principles really drive me. That’s my strong side and I think in career and life that comes out a lot but I definitely have a softer side where I’m always feeling like I’m understanding people. I think that’s what drove me to a career in journalism. I always want to understand things. Once I’m interested in something I really want to know. I have that strong side but also that emphatic side, wanting to feel that I am relating to something that makes me feel connected.
Right now I’m trying to make the most of my senior year of college. Trying to do things. Last semester I really didn’t get out and explore enough. I said no to so many different plans. It was depressing almost. Now, whenever people ask me I go for it. I’m all about doing spur of the moment things. I’ve always loved painting and drawing. The ability to create things is exciting and gives me purpose. I love creating things that other people enjoy. Whether it’s putting together an outfit or photos, it can really be anything. It’s the passion that matters. My parents have always said “find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” So I’m trying to find that right now.
Every morning my first thought is that I’m glad I’ve woken up. I think that’s a privilege. That is already an achievement. It’s like exercising in the morning: the rest of the day is yours because you’ve already gotten it done. I really celebrate the love in my life. I roll over and just stare at Brett for 5 or 7 minutes every morning and just breath in his breath out’s. It’s really good. I’m just glad that he’s there and he’s asleep and I can look at him without getting up. I really celebrate my body. I stretch every morning. I try to do push ups every morning. Everyday I wake up and I’m grateful that I have independent movement. Then I’m just glad I can really do what I want. I have responsibilities but I celebrate my freedoms. Showing in Williamsburg and then not needing to be in the Village for an hour and being creative and motivated and open enough to think, “I think i’ll walk the bridge instead of taking the L.” I’ve been maximizing everyday on this earth for 10 years or so but not longer than that.
I celebrate HUMANperception: this unique, conscious ability we all share that lets us communicate and understand each other without words. Its giving your full attention to someone, picking up on the frequencies they are communicating with you. Listening to this information gives us understanding. And by choosing to feel others, we choose to create this two-way connection that naturally elicits a reaction (such as a sense of compassion, or strength).
And because I choose to feel you, I celebrate you. Therefore I celebrate PEOPLE.
Our abilities to grow, to evolve, to create, to Love. Selflessly.
People inspire me.
//Love one another//
Oh, and dont forget Campari. Campari, olives (with pips), mangos and big black booty's. Things worth celebrating everyday!
Taking those really big risks has always been consistent in my life. I have moved to three new big cities completely by myself with nothing. I went to New Zealand after I graduated college. It’s okay that my life doesn’t look like my friends life right now as they all go off and get jobs but I need to go travel. And then I moved to London. Again. I’ll totally pick up my life and move it to a city where I really don’t know anyone and figure it out when I get there. Being comfortable taking those risks is something that’s really important to me and spending my time doing things that are important to me but being aware of doing things that aren’t important to me.
I celebrate silence. As odd as that sounds coming from a singer-song-writer, but that is where i find my muse, I can clear my thoughts and let the music find me.
That and then when I have the music playing for people and sharing that music :)
Passion is what it means to celebrate in being a human being. When you feel like you need to do anything just think of why you’re doing it: is someone else telling me? Is society telling me? I like to break it down it to a yes/no: yes, do I feel good about it? No, do I not feel good about it? You have to listen. Dissecting what is making you happy. There’s anything and everything. Simply just talking to people. That for me is huge. You can meet anyone, especially in New York, that has accolades and achievement but when I meet them they have insecurities just like I have insecurities. That’s what power is. You’re confident. You know what makes you happy. You’re not doubting it. That person is another human, just like you.
I took this feminist class this summer that impacted me a lot. Everything is vulnerable at its margin lines. OK, Don’t quote me on that. I forgot who it was that said it. That point of transformation from A to B. I’ve been in transition for about a year. Trying to live in the margin lines because of that transformation. I’m super into boobs right now because they’re these squishy things. They’re very fun to play with. I always thought that it was two portal bounce houses that I got. How cool for my hands!
I choose to celebrate the truth. Honesty. For me, it took a LONG time to be honest with myself. To accept who I am and embrace it. I did a lot of things that weren't me. I went down a dark path, but I have no regrets. It brought me to realize who I am not. That i'm not going to waste being who I am not and embrace who I am. Love who I am. Be my own best friend. I celebrate the truth because it's what matters to me, personally, but also to the world. There are so many lies out there in media, in relationships, and corporations....why lie to myself? Why be a part of that? I finally let go and told myself no more once I hit rock bottom...ever since then, i've found myself in ways I never thought I could.
My passions and pleasures...I think I just enjoy talking to people. I love seeing humans be, well, human. I love painting and capturing moments with my camera. I love hearing stories. My biggest passion is storytelling, and making sure everyone's story is heard.
I get out of bed in the morning because I promised myself I would never give up on me. I used to be in a head space where i'd ask myself...what's the point? Why should you get up from bed? Why should you even wake up? Be alive? That was and still is, a battle within me. But I promised myself to fight. Never give up on you. Because I deserve to be alive. I deserve to be here.
I think my biggest pet peeve is ignorance. It bothers me SO much when there are people out there that have no idea what the fuck they are talking about and spreading all this misinformation. Knowledge is power.
What I want to stand for....I want to stand for the unheard. So many people have SO much to say. Their story matters. The truth matters. I want to make that truth heard.
I celebrate the brilliance in everybody! I celebrate by dressing up like every day's a celebration. I celebrate because every day IS a celebration.
I'm driven by curiousity. And that curiosity goes everywhere, which means I spend a lot of time reading and have a head full of delightfully useless facts. I celebrate my friendships, the loyal and the thoughtful and the lovely people I've met. I also celebrate this city and its energy, I came here when I was 16 on holiday and was floored by it and now I've returned and it's exactly as electric as I remember.
I celebrate Love - and by Love I mean the eternal infinite union, source. I am here to serve Love.
The mind can create infinite realities and interpretations. The hearts knows only one reality: Love.
Love is the most powerful, healing force in the universe. I am it's Devotee.
I celebrate belief in the impossible dream.
When I get flustered in life I go back to the mantra of what you can control. It sounds so stupid and simple. Half the conversations in life are people bitching about things that are outside their control. At the end of the day, life is short. There are only so many things you can do. It's a path. It doesn't get any easier. There is no finish line. Care about the things that are in your power. If it's something you can't do, act on it. People are always in that panic mode. So make your ask or send a letter to someone. Once you've done it you've done it and be proud of what you're doing
I celebrate the power and beauty and joy that is being a woman: the female spirit of sexuality, friendship and community.
I celebrate la Vida! and every amazing thing that makes me feel alive. Love, laughter, music, dancing, sunshine, mystery, adventure...that high you get from a curious mind - inquiring, exploring and shedding light onto new unknowns. I celebrate all things that take me to my playful center and remind me of the wonderful lightness of being (*cough* *cough* thanks Kundera...) All those things that let me recognize and let go of my fears, thoughts, and insecurities, and jump into life's mystical unknowns. I get out of bed each morning excited to greet the old and meet the new and wonderful things that open up my heart to the magic that exists all around us. To dance with the turbulence and live to let the present be.
I celebrate moments; the times when we consciously stop to take in what we are experiencing with all our senses. The act of drinking a good cup of coffee in the morning, enjoying the scent that wakes me up almost as much as the caffeine. Or when the subway rumbles to a stop on my evening commute, stirring up the air as it whips by and shakes the ground as it grinds to a halt. Or the distinct click of my film camera as the shutter snaps close and flicks open again, embodying my internal appreciation of object in time. Moments that slip me out of the daily grind and bring me back to my most human instincts, those are what I celebrate.
I celebrate overcoming fears, constantly stepping outside of my comfort zone and being completely vulnerable about it. I love people and inspiring them through my own personal transformations. To do better than yesterday. My Human Design is a Projector which means that I feed off of others energies and I'm here to guide. People and the interactions I have with them is what makes me tick.
My heart beats for the synergy between living things- most of all human beingness.
I strive to create experiences that shove people's faces in pie. I want to wake people up even more! Make them laugh uncomfortably! Feel! QUESTION! Challenge the norm! Feel brave enough to be whoever! DANCE hard! Get weird!
This life I've been living has been charmed so far- so I live this gift like an art project and do what I can to enable others to do the same- I create darkly comic political satire; I perform on stage with every ounce of pleasure I have in me; I produce Morning Gloryville- a space where people can express themselves without judgement, feel embraced by a community, experience natural highs and authentic connections. Looking forward I want to tap more into my role as a healer and explore bodywork healing on people suffering from trauma.
I believe that giving the body what it needs- nourishment and movement- is where everything begins and ends. So everything I do- the theater I create, the parties I produce- involves total physical engagement.
Lately, I am VIBING off of feminine energy and sisterhood. I want to connect all of the brilliant and beautiful women I've met all over the world, collect more and start a new world order that is feminist, socialist and nature-worshipping. For real though. Trying to dismantle the weird f-d up knots we've inherited through patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism, white-supremacy... etc. etc. I've got some ladies in my life who have been fighting these forces on the front lines- I want to stand with them.
I like the gray area and the mystery. I am celebrating the story, to find out what happens next, to be engaged.
I like the multi-faceted way that this world operates. I like moving forward, reflecting on experiences we've gone through, how they shift our mindset and bring in new people we want to connect with.
It's about accepting that it's not as straightforward as we thought and grasping a little less.
Integrating the subtle angst and discomforts. I'm starting to feel that the more you can tolerate, the more you'll understand. The more you understand... the less it makes sense. And I'm accepting that. It's what makes the story interesting.
I am driven by a desire to help people love themselves and love each other. I celebrate my alive-ness and the fact that I've been able to transform my experience of myself from inadequacy to wholeness. I believe that we have the power to re-write the story of our past, present and future and in doing so, we can heal and find the courage to love.
i celebrate life. all of fucking life. the parts of life that most people hide away from, they turn their eye on the unknown, the slightly risky and the difficult to explain. I embrace the magic, the serendipity and the perfect fucking timing of everything in life. I choose to celebrate the freedom we have been given, the chances we can take and create something that we weren't even sure was available to us a moment ago. I vow to always celebrate and be grateful for the unseen, the guiding force that puts two and two together, creating the right place at the right time for the believers. I get out of bed to live a little bit deeper, maybe I am behind a desk or on the road, but each day I am to do something to get myself closer to this vision I am gently holding on to, one of freedom, adventure, creation and pursuit. I get seriously turned on by hidden gems, the under discovered and the waiting to be explored. I get moved into motion by the daringly curious that have already paved a way and set an example for elevated living. Right now I stand for awareness. A heightened awareness for what it is we desire, what we value in terms of everything in our life from our clothing choices to the people around us to what we literally spend our time thinking on. I am making it a mission to be present to the dark corners of my mind that try and keep me down, hold me down and to rise up and beyond their limiting thoughts and narrow vision. We think out, we create the visions and chase them, we get their in ways we didn't ever really see but we just trusted they would appear, the gifts that keep on coming because we celebrate their existence and the possibility that each day, we can live better, just live a life that is whole.
I choose to celebrate happiness in my life. Happiness to me is the connection of my inner light to the light of the universe. My passions and pleasures include creating art, traveling, yoga, and being outside. I get out of bed in the morning because life excites me and I cannot wait to live each day everyday. Something that makes me tick is when people think of themselves as victims in this world, I want to enlighten everyone and empower people to live the life they desire and to embrace the hardships and the mishaps as just another part of life. I want to stand for happiness right now, and remind everyone that they have the right to happiness and not be afraid to strive for it.
I celebrate the grit: the drive and stamina to pursue things, to stick to your goals and achieve them, no matter what those are. It can be seen as a synonym for passion but it's also a lot of work and determination! I overall consider myself very fortunate, even if plenty of things I've done and experienced didn't come easy at all to me but I celebrate all of that journey! Just one of couple of "adventures" I was in: I got admitted to the best business school in Italy and only later found out I had to study entirely in Italian - a language I didn't speak at all. Looking back, I still don't know how I pulled it off but I gave all my exams in due time and maintained the scholarship - and I know it was the grit I felt in my stomach that made me do it. There were then other obstacles in my career and there always will be but because of my past experiences I learned that the perseverance and effort combined with good spirit will create a platform for success. I stand for working on living the life you want to live - whatever that may be.
I celebrate expression. I celebrate authenticity, creativity and surrender. The dark, the light, the surreal and the so very very real. The human experience is what gets me out of bed, this beautiful wild ride of emotions and the perception of reality we create. I celebrate our togetherness, our eternal connection, the love that is shared by all beings.
I choose to celebrate my brother who past away at the age of 24 so I celebrate him in all the experience I have. I celebrate this beautiful life!!
My passions kids, friends family and my lover
My pleasures taking care ppl. Dancing, being silly ,and amazing sex. Oh yeah cheese fries with gravy.
I want to stand for equality for everyone because it's not about being girl boy gay straight white black etc it's about being human
Life is a flow of love; your participation is requested.
We all have a need to communicate with the world and those around us. Whether it was sharing stories, songs, or paintings around a fire in cave or doing the same around hors d’oeuvres, beers, and lattes. Our ability to communicate is our art. Our most beautiful art comes from when we can express ourselves completely and unabashedly. I often come back to a conversation I had with another guy in this book, whose mantra is fearlessness - we discussed how a person’s art is essentially their brain’s path of least resistance. I always truthfully joke that I only write because I can’t draw. Where some folks see the world in kaleidoscopic explosions of colors, shapes, and textures, others are more in tune with the music of it all; they hear the melodies I see as metaphors. It’s this crazy magic that we all share and the reason why it jams me up when we can be so cavalier and reckless with the way we discount and treat the inherent artistry in every one of us. Let’s celebrate us. Let’s dance freely to the music played by us, singing the words written by us, and paint the world in a self-portrait of us. Let there be no resistance when we communicate.
I carry the words "create what you most need to find" I celebrate discovering my own inner truth and cultivating it through creativity and love. I practice the A course in miracles and am now teaching it through my work as an artist + as a creative guide. Each morning i rise with the words " i choose love" and practice morning devotions ~ practicing my hand-lettering through intuitive affirmations.. i am inspired + faith filled + spirited. I lead by my intuition. I am passionate about creating creative opportunities for individuals to explore the space within and uncover their own inner truth. I am passionate about affirmations and create custom affirmation beads with hand-lettered I AM affirmations. I carry the words " trust in your truth, honor your journey, I AM a moving devotion, unfold into all you are, be brave, only love, stay close to your practice. I am passionate about yoga, indoor cycling, journaling, ripping paper and documenting my journey through book arts + photography. I am a indoor cycling teacher and a beginners yoga teacher. I teach art journaling, love to travel, love downtown, coffee, music. I stand for truth. connecting with your inner truth - here is where change takes place in the world is when we are willing to go into the space within - choose love - and live boldly in our truth. I am just launching my new site art of daily practice that encompasses the last 2 years of my journey stepping into the words artist nichole rae. I have been creative since I was 6 years old. I am from MN and spent 8 years away from the area in southern CA. i was in NYC in 2005 for 5 days and documented my journey there through book arts. my website artist nichole rae and art of daily practice has a lot of my words and art. I am so excited to connect with you and honored.
I choose to celebrate adventure, connections with friends/families/strangers, and time.
I'm passionate about music, painting, poetry, and skipping/dancing down the block. Trying new foods, smelling and touching and breathing in new experiences and objects and people, and feeling that aha moment - when you're 7 beats into that new song you just discovered, when you're halfway through a painting, when you're in the middle of a conversation with someone you just met or have known for however long, and then -- everything clicks and you experience that brief, surreal moment of something or someone vibing with you and literally striking a chord in your soul. That gives me pleasure. Both the little things and the momentous that pluck away, reminding me that I'm part of something bigger, that I'm connected and not alone.
I get out of bed in the morning to discover, to feel all I can feel and strengthen connections with people whose stories are unfolding in front of me and embracing me as well as people I'm only just discovering and brushing finger tips with - the chance to embrace a new connection in my life emerging in my arms. There is always so much to do and and so much of the unknown to run towards. I spent too much time internalizing negativity and focusing on the past. I know I'm young and have a lot of time in front of me, but I want to make the most of each day and extend each moment, preserved in stories and pictures and memories. There's so much to learn.
I am guided by intuition and gut feelings, my emotions ebb and flow, mixing into the energy I'm feeling from others. I've been told I'm too emphatic, too emotional. But empathy is both my greatest strength and greatest weakness. I am expressive. I've cried when my roommate killed our plant or someone's shared an emotional part of their life with me. I am me, but I am a reflection of my experiences, my family, and the people around me. Give and take, ebbs and flows. It is a combination of these things, stirred up with how deeply I often feel things that really make me tick and keep me going.
I stand for conversations that lead to actions, speaking about subjects that make others, myself included, uncomfortable and unsettled. Engaging in and encouraging conversations that should be happening more often, and standing up for those who are unable to speak for themselves. I stand for empowerment and freedom of expression. I stand for growth and change, for supporting and caring for others, even and especially if/when they stop caring about themselves. I stand for being human, for building up the community around me.
I spent a good deal of my younger years harboring various unconscious negative attitudes about being a girl. Through a colossal amount of introspection and work, I am now finally owning my femininity. I am so thrilled with the woman i am becoming -- which, as it turns out, is all pink flowers, passion and grace and I've never been happier. I've also been helping young girls find their own happiness and value through mentoring, which has been such a radical experience. Witnessing the moment when someone realizes their worth...that potential is what gets me excited to engage with the world every morning . I celebrate the warm, compassionate, curvy experience of being a woman and I celebrate worth.
My pleasures are simple and mostly organic: pink flowers, grapefruit and the sunset. The sunset is an important one for me. I feel more embodied in the setting of the sun than its rising. I think it speaks more to my reflective nature than the tendency to anticipate the future. Whenever I catch those gorgeous pink and orange streaks in the sky at the end of the day, i'm reminded how beautiful gracefully letting go of things that aren't meant for you can be. It makes me feel lucky not because i get to catch the sunset, but more because it means so much to me to do so.
Lastly, I celebrate YOU, my darling Jelena, for being such a wild, creative force and for illuminating the beauty in the friends around you. You have a gift and you are brilliant; and in your brilliance, you make others shine. Proud to know you :)
I choose to celebrate positive exploration. I choose to take chances and greet every opportunity with an open mind. Too many of us are stifled by fear - I'm working to get past that. I get out of bed to better myself and those around me. I try and create as much as possible - artistically and otherwise. I love listening to and creating music. Music is a medium that connects people all over the world. It's a language we can all speak. It evokes emotions we all feel. That sense of connection is what I strive for. Being a DJ allows for this connection. The conversation I have with others through music is a delicate one. If I'm steering the crowd in a direction they don't want to do, they'll tell me through their energy and body language. Reciprocation and validation is key. Through music and art we create this open and honest dialogue. This is what I strive to practice in everyday life. Sometimes you have to remind yourself.
For me, music has always been something that speaks for me when I don’t want to and to me when I don’t want to talk to anyone else. Whether you’re upset, happy, irritated, depressed - I can name the whole rainbow of emotions - it’s a constant. It’s the one thing in my life that’s always been a constant. And you can always rely on it to be there. It gives life more meaning all around. I can’t imagine a world with no music. I really think it’s a luxury and easy to take for granted. The fact that we have music as a creative outlet and therapy when you’re going through something: it speaks for you when nothing else really can. Everyone can find something that speaks to them. It’s such a universal thing and there’s a sound for everybody.
I celebrate positivity, creativity, & the overall advancement of inspirational ideas.
Pleasures: Tongue out emoji
I get out of bed in the morning to try to make others happier
People make me tick when they try to use you and/or devalue your hard work.
I stand for pushing the boundaries and maintaining positivity.
I choose to celebrate being a smart, self-actualized woman. It's so important that we set high standards for ourselves and others and not apologize for them. I dream of a world in which there is equality specifically in Hollywood, where everyone can see themselves on the screen properly represented. I want to empower women to become their dreams. We can have all that we dream of in this one life.
I also greatly love to dance, it is the ultimate catharsis for me and helps me through the best and worst times of my life. <3 <3 <3
I've been thinking a lot about tension. About the contradictions that we embody and that make us who we are. I believe that our greatest strengths and our biggest weaknesses are always intimately tied. What that means is that the qualities that allow us to create can also destroy us. Depth of feeling, a desire to work hard, the search for Home: these are the things that have allowed me to connect with the world around me, succeed in my professional life, and forge strong connections with the people I love. Existential crisis, the need for release, and the urge to get lost: these are the underbellies of my best qualities, and each has had a hand in the times when things fell apart.
I am loyal, and I am duplicitous. I am giving, and I am selfish. My search for meaning clashes with my desire for material pleasures, and my desire for confident momentum is at odds with my self-doubt.
But what does it mean? How can I be both, at every turn? How can the girl who is so committed to her work today be the same girl who, a year ago, was wandering around southeast Asia, lost for the sake of it?
I'm still figuring that out. The one thing I'm certain of is this: wherever you go, there you are. The qualities that make me great are always going to be at odds with the undercurrents of self-destruction. I think that ultimately, happiness has to be in embracing that tension. If I can understand and accept the light and the dark, I then have the power to choose. The world isn't black and white, and neither am I.