Friday, November 7, 2014

Why You Should Care About Voting

Has anyone been thinking about the election this week? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the results, turnout, etc.

No, this post is not about my political beliefs - though if you know me, you know they are pretty strong.

Instead, I prefer to talk about why I think it is important to vote - and how I think we totally and utterly blew it this election.



I've always been one of those people who absolutely embraces the rights she's been given. I try my best to be aware of rights and of the rights that I believe in that are being denied. I've always tried my best to be aware and to stay involved.

In high school, I used to register people to vote. I couldn't even vote yet, but I wanted to make sure other people were voting. In the 2008 presidential elections - my first election - I manned a booth on the Ohio State Campus registering voters.

These things matter. Many people have many opinions - including the opinions that our vote's don't actually count. Yes, voting is complicated. We don't technically get to choose where our electoral votes go - directly - and we do have input in popular. However, we do get to pick the people who make those electoral decisions for us.

Hence why midterm elections can be so important.

Not only that, I think that voting for the props and measures are so important because those are going to affect your daily life. It might be difficult for you to wrap your head around foreign policy and world politics. Luckily, we can appoint people to deal with that for us. If anything, though, you should be voting for your props and measures. I can't say it enough. It's your chance to speak up about your community, your state and your life.



I'm not sure if I am so political because of my lifetime as a feminist, or if it is because of the friends I hung out with in high school. But I am grateful for the education that it has given me. Thousands of people fought the constitution for me to be able to vote  - a non-white (because I'm not fully white), woman who does not own property. Don't you see how far our country has gone...because people have voted!!

I must admit, this election year I was not as prepared. I left a lot of spots empty on the ballot - yet another right that I have. I was sick before the election, so I only had time to research our props and measures, not the people.

I don't like to vote solely based on the political party I am the closest to, because there may be someone who will let me down. I prefer to look at their campaign, history, etc.

Speaking of campaigns, they are getting out of control. No wonder voter turnout was down this year - it is extremely difficult to shift through all of the B.S. that is put out there in the world. I don't blame you for feeling overwhelmed. Generally, I try to do a non-biased breakdown on my blog, and hope to do that for you in the next two years.

I don't care which way you vote, just please...rock the vote!!


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Anastasia Amour + #ProjectPositive

I have not been on top of my A game since this school year started and that is seriously starting to bug me!! I hate leaving days without posts and days without time to read other blogs. It makes me the saddest.

What makes up for that, is keeping up with Anastasia Amour! Anastasia's been on my sidebar all month, and I must admit, I let out a girlish squeal when I saw that she wanted an ad on my page. Excuse my blog crush, but I can't help but gush about her.

First of all, she's a warrior queen through and through. Anastasia's blog is all about loving yourself! I mean, hello, that's part of being a Warrior Queen!!



What first caught my eye about Anastasia is #ProjectPositive. She's actually about to jump-start round 2 at the beginning of next year (seriously, it's closer than you think) and I can't wait to jump on board. If you want more details you can go here.

You might be wondering how Anastasia started her blog. Like most of us, it came out of a love for writing - and a desire to have her own slice of the internet.

"I've always been a writer, and starting a blog was something that I had on the backburner for a verrrrrry long time (5 years - yep, that's some serious procrastination!). During that time, I experimented with other platforms such as Tumblr and Blogger, but never really found the platform for me. I had all these thoughts swimming around in my head but they weren't clearly defined and I knew that I wanted to have a defined pathway for myself before I started. So when I finally gathered my thoughts and worked out how to carve my niche, I started - and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made!"

Just like me, it took her awhile to figure out where she wanted to go with her blog. I feel as though we're soul sisters or something! Maybe we'll have to do something collaborative in the future ;)

Not only does Anastasia have #ProjectPositive but all of her blog posts kick you in the teeth with passion. Seriously, this type of passion can't be faked!!

Here are her most recent posts...not even her "top" posts, just the most recent to give you an idea of how motivating this girl can be. Seriously, she should be my best friend andItotallyrealizeImgushingbutIdontcare.

What happens when friends and family are unsupportive?
How we police girls' bodies and why it's a problem
Why we need to stop trading authenticity for approval                     

Have you checked out Anastasia's blog yet? Seriously, get your booty over there. There are afterall...big things in her future.

Don't believe me. Here are her words: "The future of AnastasiaAmour.com is HUGE! I don't want to spill the beans right now, but there are some pretty major things coming up that I can't wait to show you all! You'll just have to wait and see ;)"




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Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekly Wishes #14 + Habit Talk

I thought I was going crazy last week when my laptop decided it didn't want to turn on. Like at all. On Friday, I was taking a nap when I nudged it off of the couch and it fell a short way. Then it wouldn't turn on and I was so, so freaked out. My warranty expired in May, as my laptop reached it's 2 year mark, so this is what I like to call dangerous waters. I try to be extra careful with my laptop until I can afford a new one.

But, after much panic, I drove it to my dad's work and somehow he turned it on just fine. -__- It's this crazy computer phenomenon. Something bad is happening on your computer, you tell the person who can fix it, and it automatically works before they do anything to fix it. Whenever my students say " I swear it wasn't working!" I believe them, because it always happens to me.



Today, I am talking about my Weekly Wishes (from two weeks ago, since I was sick last Monday) and it is also time for another Make A Habit, Break a Habit. I think I am going to go with Break a Habit this month.

The Pinnacle Project

Last month for the Make a Habit, Break a Habit I wanted to attempt no poo, wash my face daily, and wear lipstick more often. 

I think I succeeded in all of that. I have been doing no poo and loving it!! Today is a hair wash day, actually. I may not wash my face daily (I slacked while I was sick last week), but whenever I wear makeup I am sure to wash my face and I have begun exfoliating every couple of days, so that is definitely a step up! I would say I now wear lipstick 5 days out of 7, which is quite a step up from one to two days a month.,

This month, I want to focus on breaking the habit of leaving a mess. Oh gosh, I know this is a big one. I just want to focus on putting things away as I use them, and doing the dishes regularly. This one is going to be so tough for us!! Iman is doing this goal, too. I also want to make the habit of taking my vitamins daily! I've been trying to do this for months, but maybe this month it will actually stick!


Now for my wishes! 

1// Feel Balanced. I think I succeeded at this one! 

2// Work at Home Plan. Yes! Hello, #fireworkpeople and your amazingness!

3// Take pictures at my adventures! Yes, we took lots of pictures!

4// Bake something for my grandpa's wake. No, I didn't end up doing this, but neither did my cousin who I was going to bake with.

The Nectar Collective

1// Check things off of my to do list. Got to love this mundane tasks!

2// Make a Habit, Break a Habit. I'm determined!

3// Vote! Tomorrow's the day!

What are your weekly goals? Do you have any habits you want to make or break? Join me in linking up with Melyssa and Lauren.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

So You're Engaged...Planning Your Engagement Pictures

You would think I might be on a different time zone, but really just on sick girl zone. Apologies for the two late in the day posts in a row. #GetYourIshTogether.

I wanted to write this post a  few weeks ago, but my Wednesday mornings have been iffy before work. The coffee shops I go to keep having NO internet. WTF mate, how am I supposed to wait until I'm home after a long day of teaching to post?



Iman and I began planning our engagement photoshoot right away...and then did not go through with our original plans. I sense a trend here...we changed our engagement photoshoot idea because we moved away from L.A. so we ended up with a different photographer, too.



When you're looking for a photographer, I have a couple of suggestions.

First, figure out if any of your friends are professional photographers. You may not realize that a friend has a professional photography side business, and they're focusing on building their portfolio. P.s. I'll be highlighting my favorite friend photographers in SoCal soon :)

I definitely recommend doing this for your engagement photoshoot, but not your wedding photography. Portraits and pictures of the two of you stationary are easier to capture than photos at an ever moving ever important wedding.

Of course look at their portfolio first.

As far as engagement photoshoot ideas go, I recommend searching all of the blogs and Pinterest boards you can find. On top of that, really brainstorm something that exemplifies you and your fiance.



Originally, Iman and I wanted to do fancy schmancy pictures at the L.A. Observatory. The pictures would have been gorgeous, but it is so not us. I mean, we've been to the Observatory once and it is so, so cool, but it doesn't show who Iman and I are.

Ultimately, we decided to go with some nice pictures and a paint fight in the parks surrounding our old childhood town. We had a lot of great memories in those places, so it was way more personal. A high school friend of ours did our pictures, and she gave us a killer deal. She was amazing. 



While doing your engagement photoshoot, make sure you have everything you need beforehand - including water and a friend to help in ways you might not think. i.e. Iman and I wanted paint thrown at us AS we were kissing and our photographer didn't have three hands. Luckily, we were at the park by my old house and my maid of honor was 6 houses down and came to help.

Note to all: If you're having a paint fight, don't open your mouth to oncoming powder paint #bluespit


Take a ton of pictures because chances are, the two of you are not used to having pictures taken of you, so there are going to be a ton of awkward giggles and faces.




Hopefully, your photographer can make you feel at ease. Definitely get to talking with your photographer before you dive into the pictures.

Mostly have fun with it! Have your save the date ideas ready, so that you can make sure you get the perfect picture! We decided to make t-shirts with our date on it (Lucky we did this AFTER we changed the date).

Here and here are my past blog posts on my engagement photoshoot.

What advice do you have? Or what problems did you run into for your  engagement photoshoot?

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