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Why I dance…

3 Jun

Ever wonder why someone chooses to do something… meaning a hobby or a sport or even reading a book for fun? I recently had a conversation with one of my friends about this, we mainly talked about why we contra dance. I first started contra dancing five years ago at the end of spring semester of my junior year, they decided to start a contra dance in Bristol, VA and one friend had been contra dancing for a long while and told us all how much fun it was. So I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did because it allowed me to strengthen the friends I had made that year and when I moved back to Rhode Island and finally had a license and a car I was able to continue dancing and meet some amazing people at home.

A few months ago I realized how much dancing I had been doing the past two years and also noticed the lack of that beautiful feeling of a “dance high”. I honestly think I was slowly becoming bored with dancing, mainly contra dancing, simply because I was contra dancing sometimes multiple times a week. I shouldn’t feel that way about something I love and I think I found a need to write about it because friends weren’t understanding fully why I felt like I needed a break from contra. When I was in school I wasn’t able to dance a few times a week or even once a week, so every time I did get to dance it was fun and exciting and left me wanting more. There might be people who still don’t understand why I am doing this, maybe in time they will.

While not dancing, I have been doing other things that I love like art and writing and reading. I have also been working on things and reading up about social/world issues that I had kind of pushed to the back of my mind after college. And surprisingly everything else that is going on in my life feeling like bad things keep getting thrown at me, I refuse to say that I hate my life, and most people if they were in my shoes might be doing just that.

While I may have digressed a bit from the original topic, it was necessary for that last paragraph. I will continue to dance, but if it’s not every week or only once a week, please don’t say that you disagree with my reasons for not needing to dance every week. Because they are my reasons and not yours. They work the same as opinions, and I shouldn’t have to explain this every time I decide to take a small step back. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from something you love and do all the time, simply to remember why you love it and what made you love it in the first place.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this!


Music is love….

12 Feb

Music is love....

So I’ve posted this photo a bunch. Music is how most of us survive. We listen to music everyday. We choose the songs that fit our mood or have the ability to change our moods to how we want to be feeling. It’s how we express ourselves when the right words are too difficult to find.

Give your hands to work and your feet to walk.

26 Jan

It was Mahatma Gandhi that said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”. At some point in my own life, something happened, something in my brain clicked and I started to look at the world differently. I realized that I made myself blind to the world around me, blind to all of the brokenness. Most of us end up so wrapped up in ourselves and materialistic we fill our lives with that we forget to be thankful for the simple things: Food, clean water, homes, clothes, shoes, medical services and education. This moment of clarity happened starting in May 2008 during a mission trip to Homestead, Florida and then really kind of hit me like a sack of rocks in October 2008 when participating in CROP Walk. Which in a previous post I wrote about that experience, I walked five miles on surfaces including: dirt, gravel, cement, black top, brick and grass. Doing that was humbling and most people wouldn’t be able to fully grasp the mental impact by doing a simple act like that had on me, that five miles was the beginning of something new, something much bigger than myself. However, like most people, that eye opening moment faded and life continued, and up until the past few days was stored in the back of my mind. Fortunately and unfortunately the thing that brought it back to the front of my mind was an actor that I admire for the work he has done, but more so now that he has been able to do work with Unicef in Guinea. Reading his blog posts brought my own moments of clarity back to the front of my mind and continually leave me heartbroken and wanting to be apart of something to help get the word out about these world issues that are seemingly over-masked by more mundane news stories. You can Read Tom Hiddleston’s stories from Guinea here (and I highly encourage you to do so): http://blogs.unicef.org.uk/

Now for some facts that are important to the meat of this post. I will also include the links to the websites I got the information from, some of which are directly quoted.

From Unicef: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_fastfacts.html

  • In 60 countries in the developing world, more than half of primary schools have no adequate water facilities and almost 2/3 lack adequate sanitation.

  • As of 2006 it’s estimated that 158 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are engaged in work labour.

  • Estimated that 650 million people across the globe with a disability. And according to statistics close to 200 million children have sensory, intellectual and metal health impairments.

  • Over 17.5 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, of that 14 million live in sub Saharan Africa.

From Church World Service: http://www.cwsglobal.org/resources/

  • 925 million people do not get enough to eat.

  • Malnutrition leads to almost 1/3 of childhood deaths before the age of 5.

  • Hunger kills more than AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined.
  • One in seven people will go hungry tonight.

Now how do some of these organizations go about visualizing and work to help alleviate some of these issues? Unicef is a huge organization that helps to educate and give financial support for countries on how they can build up their communities, they fund raise and they have celebrity support. Church World Service, their largest form of fundraising and donations come from communities participating in CROP Walk. Those are two well known organizations. However the philosophy and mission of a much smaller organization really hit the points of what is needed to support the developing world, which gives us more of an opportunity to see how as an individual human being we can make a small difference in the world. The smaller organization, I am going to briefly mention is Safe World. I strongly recommend checking out all of the mentioned organizations I have mentioned. Here is the website for Safe World: http://iamsafeworld.org/#/main

I think Safe World said it in the most simple way: Their values “People- At every level… Everyone matters.” Their Philosophy is: 

“We want to create and produce ideas that can cross cultural lines with general ease. Because the needs for belonging and love are universal, we are working to make sure our missional development is the same way.”

Can it be that simply loving and educating, with some added financial support really help to slowly improve the lives of people who have close to nothing? It has also been said that “It only takes a spark to get a fire going.” (Pass It On written by Kurt Kaiser)

While reading Tom’s posts there was one person who had a spark of inspiration, when I read their comment I got ridiculously excited for a project that they proposed and they forwarded the idea to Tom’s publicist, he also really loved the idea. What is this idea? To create a book that holds stories, poems, illustrations and photographs geared towards children between the ages of 5 and 12. We want to bring the same happiness and feeling of be safe in these stories to the children who live in these developing countries. Last link to share with you all, if this project sounds interesting to you please, please, please  click the link and read more details about the project. http://adriftinasea.tumblr.com/

I am definitely not going to be sorry for the length of this post. And if you’re reading this sentence now, thank you so much for taking the time to read the entire post. Go and remember another quote from Gandhi, “In a gentle way you can shake the world.”


Buckets of love to you all,


The eyes are a window to the soul.

1 Nov

I am not sure how many of my friends know this or how many people I have spoken about this to… but I think all of you should know the multitude of which I find inspiration in music and sounds. Everywhere I turn, every quiet forest, every bird, every gentle breeze, every storm, every rainfall, every snowfall, every story I hear… those are my inspirations. I find some form of inspiration everyday… but it takes years to gather enough moments of inspiration to create art that I can truly be proud of and the last piece I was excited about happened to be my senior exhibition project which was almost four years ago. That was up until Sunday night… well before that but Sunday I finished and sent in a design to Threadless for one of their challenges. Yes for people reading this and that have been loving keeping up with the posts on facebook. And if you are thinking this is silly or a pathetic way of getting people to vote, you can think what you want. But I want people to really understand that my art, when I am truly happy with it an excited to show people, that it’s important that everyone in the world has a chance to see it. Many people have said this: “Your eyes are a window into the soul…”. Well this design I am giving the world a chance to see into my soul a bit, at least for the moment the joyous and inspired part of my soul. My soul takes me into galaxies far beyond our own and allows me to dream up things in my imagination that I can never get quite right on paper… That was until I read the challenge presented by Sony and Threadless and my hands and imagination immediately figured out how to work together.

So if you have read this far, I thank you with every morsel of my heart. And I ask that you if not before this please vote for my design and make sure to leave an awesome comment on the design page, and if you have voted but decided to not leave a comment please think about leaving one. Comments are another way a design gets chosen. And then if you could share either this blog post or the link on my designs page with all of your friends, I would be eternally grateful. This isn’t really about winning, it’s about everything I wrote before this, winning would just be an added bonus and to say that I actually won something (which I’ve never been that good at anything). Yes, this may be a bit of a bribe..(but also a brilliant idea from a lovely friend) every comment/ vote I get I will bake a cookie. At the moment for comments (6? cookies) and votes (140 something?). I also bake really delightful cookies. =]

Here’s the link: http://thrdl.es/~/x3h

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