Motivational Mondays: A Week of Thanksgiving

Inspired by my friend Angie who writes a neat blog titled I Really Lived!, I took a cue from her and decided to post each day giving thanks to all that I have.

Today, I give thanks for my life. ¬†No matter how many worries I may have in my life, one thing I am definitely grateful for is life! For this occasion, I’m posting Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Apparently that is the title since my whole life, I thought the title was “Don’t Worry About a Thing.” ūüėÄ

 

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Motivational Mondays: The Sweet Spot: Glee and Arts Education

I want to take the time to share this wonderful article with you about the power of the arts.  Honestly, this Motivational Monday is more for me and my need to stay positive and motivated as I continually look for work in Art Education.  I feel that for me to stay positive, I can help other people be positive too.  I gotta practice what I preach, yah know?

The Sweet Spot: Glee and Arts Education


One particular quote in the article stood out for me:

“Arts education can literally save lives. I work with kids that are struggling with a lot in life whether it is poverty or violence or trauma. Having an outlet and a teacher to guide them to express themselves creatively as opposed to internalizing or responding to violence with violence is vital. It is, in fact, an intervention.” –by writer and youth educator Carrie Leilam Love

And that is why I choose teach art.

Thank you!

Monday turned out to be a really great day for my blog.  According to wordpress, Monday was the best day for likes so thank you to everyone for the love.

In particular, a big thank you to Leaping Tracks for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

 

There are three rules for accepting a One Lovely Blog nomination:

  1. you pay tribute to the giver of the award
  2. you describe seven facts about yourself
  3. you nominate other bloggers to receive the award

So here we go…

1. ¬†Leaping Tracks–liberating my downloads, one track at a time.

Throughout the years, I accumulated hours and hours of music. ¬†I have 10.9 days worth of music and when I put my iTunes library on shuffle, I’m still surprised with the variety I have. Leaping Tracks documents the thoughts and feelings that comes when listening to songs one forgets they have. ¬†Sometimes, old memories come up when I hear a song in my library that I haven’t heard in a long time. ¬†So to Leaping Tracks, THANK YOU and happy listening and blogging :).

2.  Seven Facts about Me.

  • For three summers in a row, I worked at sleepaway camps, ¬†one in East Windham, NY and one in Glen Spey, NY. ¬†I never went to sleepaway camp as a kid but I’m glad to experience it as an adult. ¬†There’s always some sense of community and tradition that goes on in camp. ¬†I also find it amazing how people bond so quickly during summer camp.
  • Remember Scratch Art from elementary school art class? ¬†Over the summer when I was an Arts and Crafts specialist, I found some scratch art paper and basically scratched away. ¬†When I got home, I bought some Ampersand Scratchbord and did a couple of really cool pieces (to be posted soon!). ¬†I find the scratching process really relaxing and engaging.
  • I love shopping! ¬†When I’m in stores such as H&M, Uniqlo, or Michael’s, I always end up buying something :/.
  • I do some freelance illustration work through fiverr. ¬†Check out my gigs!
  • I love to cook. ¬†My famous recipes include Penne a la Vodka with Turkey Meatballs, Baked Chicken with Mushroom Soup, and Ranch Burgers.
  • I met my fianc√© through Facebook back in 2005 when it was still limited to college students.
  • I have been consistent with my Motivational Mondays and Instagram Fridays post (besides a hiatus because I was in camp). ¬†Let’s hope I keep up the momentum!

3.  People I want to nominate

Blogging is new to me so I admire the way these people approach their blogs.

Diane Ravitch:  an educational historian who stands up for teachers during a time of teacher bashing.

Illustration Age:  I love the artwork featured on this blog.

Rpdpod: Lovely nature photography

Artsy Forager: More lovely artwork and inspiration featured in this blog

Once again, thank you to Leaping Tracks for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award  and to all of my readers who encourage me to keep writing.

Geeky and Awkward is the New Cool (and long overdue!)

Lately, I’ve been thinking of a trend in the media of characters proudly identifying or at least accepting as being “geeky” or “nerdy” or “awkward.” ¬†First, I thought, “Where was all this when I was younger and wearing glasses wasn’t cool?” ¬†But you know what? ¬†Better late then never right? ¬†Here are some examples in the media about letting your freak flag fly.

Example 1:

Mindy Kaling (Kelly from “The Office) wrote a really hysterical memoir last year titled Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns). ¬†She dedicates a chapter in her book on how she was always the quiet and not popular kid in the background in high school. ¬†She advises young people that it’s okay to not peak during high school.

I just want ambitious teenagers to know it is totally fine to be quiet, observant kids.  Besides being a delight to your parents, you will find you have plenty of time later to catchup.  So many people I work withРfamous actors, accomplished writersРwere overlooked in high school.  Be like Allan Pearl.  Sit next to the class clown and study him.  Then grow up, take everything you learned, and get paid to be a real-life clown, unlike whatever unexciting thing the actual high school class clown is doing now.  

Example 2:

I am a HUGE fan of the show “New Girl.” I totally relate to the main character Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel) not only because she is a teacher like me, she’s unapologetically goofy, awkward, and nurturing. ¬†She’s even been described as “adorkable.” For example, she makes home-baked goods for her guests and wraps them up in cozy blankets. ¬†She’s also kinda clueless when it comes to getting back into the dating game after being in a six year relationship. I also love the other characters especially the douchy but lovable Schmidt (played by Max Greenfield).

Bonus video! Schmidt talks about his knowledge of India:

Example 3:

Anyone who knows a middle school student probably has heard about or even read the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney or even seen the movies. ¬†The protagonist, Greg Heffley has your typical middle school problems. ¬†He’s not the most popular kid in school. ¬†Also, he’s one of the smaller kids in his grade next to Fregly, an awkward kid who loves boogers. ¬†Home life isn’t a piece of cake for him either. ¬†He’s the middle child and has an older brother Rodrick who terrorizes him at home and a little brother Manny who always gets him in trouble. ¬†I admit, after reading the first book and seeing the first movie, I thought Greg was kind of a jerk. ¬†But as I kept reading and watching, Greg is definitely relatable to your typical middle school kid. ¬†Even though he wants to fit in, he is very self aware, observant and hilarious as evidenced in his doodles. ¬†Greg has a best friend named Rowley, a chubby kid who acts a bit more childish but not because he’s immature. ¬†Rowley still likes things that most kids his age would think is childish but the cool thing about it is that he never changes for anyone. ¬†He knows who he is and won’t apologize for it, even if it makes him look less cool to your average middle schooler. ¬†Both Greg and Rowley make “wimpy” look cool.

Here is a hilarious clip from the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie where Greg and Rowley and their moms attend a “Mother-Son” Dance. Click on the link below:

http://youtu.be/F8kd_02xmQE

Fun fact:  Robert Capron (who plays Rowley) is dancing with his real-life mom in this clip!

Another hilarious scene where Greg sings “Total Eclipse of the Heart” when auditioning for his school play. ¬†Note that the drama teacher made everyone audition with this song because I don’t know of any middle school student who would choose that song for an audition.

http://youtu.be/iN9g-MD1RDM

Example 4:

GLEE! ¬†One of my favorite shows because it embraces diversity and the power of the arts. As a quiet art kid back in high school, I’m really glad this show exists albeit 6 years after I graduated. ¬†Even though the Glee kids get slushied and bullied every week by popular jocks and Sue Sylvester, they still are proud of who they are as people. ¬†The show also deals with different issues that teens today go through such as first romances, sexuality, bullying, teen pregnancy and texting while driving. ¬†If I had to pick a song that summarizes the Glee Club as a whole, it would be the original song “Loser Like Me.”

Thanks for reading my fellow geeks! See you tomorrow for Instagram Fridays!

Save the Arts!

As you can tell from the content of the blog, I am a huge supporter of the arts.  Recently, I heard that the Los Angeles Unified School District has voted to eliminate its arts budget for its 535 elementary schools (http://adoptthearts.org/mission/).  Yes, that Los Angeles where Hollywood calls home.  Here is a video starring a few celebrities including Jane Lynch and Steven Tyler.

I’m not going to lie though. ¬†When I saw Jane Lynch play the nice art teacher, I thought she was going to turn into Sue Sylvester! :D.

Learn more about Adopt the Arts at http://adoptthearts.org/