Follow Up On My EarthDay Inspired Vlog Post. Including HelpFul Links List.

Earth is our home. She provides for us, cares for us, and even when we think she is hurting us with her storms etc she is actually trying to heal herself from the damage, destruction, and pollution we alone ave created. Humans are her only inhabitants that let there selfish needs, desires, adn greeds consume them while hurting her :our home. As well as destroying all living beings that live on her lands , skies, and oceans. But you can make a difference. You can help heal her by changing your selfish lifestyle, opening up your eyes, and living in a reality filled with compassion, awareness, and knowledge. Wake up people. The problems of the world are no longer far from you. They affect us all whether or not we want to see them. Change isn't an option anymore as much as it is a NECESSITY. The negative effects we have created are now creating a domino effect of problems that will continue to get worse if we don't make changes. It started with us and needs to end with us. We can help for our generation and those to come. If not, then the blockbusters we once looked at for entertainment won't just be thrillers or action packed movies but instead warnings to a reality that is only a few years away. As I said in my Vlog#7 post, "Whether you want to change for selfless reasons, or selfish reason....change is inevitable ...so just DO IT"

I spoke in the post about reusable bags and recycling as well as how there are plastics and things that are NOT recycable. Here is a list of examples:

Unacceptable Materials

  • Plastic Bags / Film -  Disposable plastic shopping bags and other plastic films are best recycled in dedicated collection points such as grocery and department stores.
    • Please do not put recyclables in plastic bags. 
    • Place your recyclables loosely in your City recycling bin or cart.  This helps with the sorting of recyclables at our local processing facility.
  • Non-food & beverage metal containers (i.e. metal blinds, pots & pans, etc.)  
  •  Wire clothes-hangers -  Wire hangers are "springy" and can pose an eye hazard to workers as well as damage sorting machines at the MRF
    • Return hangers to your favorite dry cleaners for reuse or recycle them at the Covanta metals recyclingbox noted above.
  • Waxed covered paper (i.e. political signs, wax cooking paper, waxed cardboard etc.)
  • Ceramic Cups and Glasses 
  • Styrofoam and Packing Peanuts  
  • Plastic cups, trays and containers:    While all plastics are potentially recyclable, the market dictates which types of plastics are currently acceptable.   For more information on recycling plastics, please read the following article "Recycling Plastic: Complications and Limitations."   Plastic items that are typically non-recyclable include:
    • Clam shell type plastic fruit or salad containers
    • Styrofoam cups and trays
  • Small Large propane tanks (i.e. camping stove propane tanks). 
  • Helium tanks 

Acceptable Materials

The City's Residential Recycling Program Accepts:

  • Mixed Paper -  White / Color paper, office paper, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, phone books, paperback and hard-covered books, paper board boxes including cereal / tissue / cracker boxes, etc. 
         Note:  Please remove the newspaper from any plastic bags before recycling.  
  • Cardboard  - Clean, unwaxed cardboard may be recycled in your cart along with all other acceptable recyclables.  Larger cardboard boxes should be broken down to fit inside the cart or set beside the cart for recycling collection.  Please remove any styrofoam, plastic packaging or other contents! 
    • Empty pizza boxes are acceptable
    • Any cardboard boxes containing trash will be collected along with the regular trash collection and not recycled.
  • Gable Top Cartons and Juice containers -  Refrigerated Milk and Juice cartons are now recyclable in the City's residential recycling collection.
       Please visit Earth911.com for more information.
  • Glass Bottles & Jars -  please empty all contents and fluids before recycling.
    • Note:  Window glass and drinking glasses are not acceptable
  • All Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Jars, Tubs, Pails, and Buckets - 
    • Lids are now acceptable for all plastic, glass and metal containers.   Simply leave them on the container when recycling.
    • Remember - the number on the bottom does not necessarily determine its recyclability. 
    • Please read the article "Recycling Plastic: Complications and Limitations" for more information about recycling plastics.   
  • Metal Food & Beverage Containers Only -  Learn how to recycle your small metal items below. 
  • Shredded Paper - Please place all shredded paper in a paper bag, folded shut.
    • Opaque plastic bags with unknown contents will be treated as trash.

I also HIGHLY SUGGEST you click on http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org to learn more about this. Also please take 4 minutes to watch this video with Jeff Bridges for the sites plastic pollution awarness:

As for the leading cause to our climate change issue as well as multiple environmental issues is by far ANIMAL AGRICULTURE which is affecting our lands, our climate, our oceans, our environment overall, and even world hunger. 

 

Many documnetaries have done an amazing job at opening many eyes and minds and souls to the facts and rasining awareness on the issues at hand. BUT you have to WATCH THEM. Luckily big names such Leonardo Dicaprio, Susan Sarandon, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrian Grenier Mark Ruffalo(to name a few) are starting to catch the attention of a pop driving media audience by using their voices and platform to raise awarness and help people understand the issues at hand with eye catching informative documentaries and actually inspire people to change for the better. Some which I suggest you take the time to see asap and are available online for cheap or for free Netflix for example are:

  • Cowspiracy
  • Forks Over Knives
  • Earthlings
  • Food Inc.
  • Blackfish
  • Dear President Obama
  • Fed Up

Thats just to name a few. So many more to come I'm sure but these will open your eyes on so many issues and ways to better your lifestyle as well as help our planet and well being of all living things in the long run. Once you watch these I would love to hear your feed back so please come back to this page or my Vlog#7 post and comment below.

Change sometimes feels scary, and the truth really can seem inconvenient when we are use to a certian lifestyle. BUT believe me when I tell you from my own experience that it isn't as hard as YOU make it seem. Esp. once you are informed and open your eyes as well as the love with in. You can no longer be blinded by mass media to the problems of the world or the problems that surround us esp if you are PART of the problem. BE THE CHANGE. BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF. You will be happier in the long run in every way by doing so. 

Congratulations on your path to awakening within...and as always I send you MUCH LOVE.<3

 

 

 

35 mm Film- B&W... June 2015-Sept 2015

I LOVE FILM. Polaroids, disposable cameras, and manuel camera's that use film. There is something lovely about capturing a moment on film, not being able to edit it (like they do with digital pictures) and simply framing it or having it in your hands as it is ...forever. Here are some pictures I took with my 35mm Canon AE-1 manuel camera. I recently bought a flash for it so I will start using it going forward in times when I do need to have more lighting. Which you will notice in some of the indoor photos with low light hehehe. ENJOY! xo


The Best Fashion starts with the one that money can't buy.

There’s nothing wrong with loving fashion, in fact I also enjoy the occasional new pair of shoes or finding a new lovely outfit. But there is a difference between only caring about your exterior without working on your most important asset, which is your interior. Good fashion is like the cherry on top of a sundae. It makes your treat alluring, the pop of color catches the eye and it has that taste that just gives the sundae a little extra kick. However the most important part of a sundae isn’t the topping, it’s the ice cream, which is the base and your the biggest component. Your mind, heart and soul are the ice cream. No matter how much money you spend on trying to impress others and to look like what a superficial society might deem “cool”, your not going to be as attractive or as alluring as the person who is in jeans and a t-shirt but is a wearing a smile on their face, or whose heart and soul is ever loving to the point where it starts to show and glow around them. Therefore lets start with working on making our inner selves as beautiful as it was meant to be, that way whether you spend $2 on our favorite t-shirt, or $300 on a pair of shoes…. Or whether we choose to never throw away our $17 chuck sneakers from high school (yes I still have mine); we will still look like a million bucks because a good heart, a good soul, and a positive mind are the brightest diamond accessories on earth that we can wear and shine.

The “We only live once. Let's live life to the fullest." Syndrome.

      Why is it that us humans have a tendency to have no problem taking a chance on something that might be harmful or damaging or even life threating, but we find it so difficult to take a chance on something that may result in a happier, healthier, or life extending outcome? This theory of “lets do what we want, when we want, no matter how bad it is, because we only live once”…is ridiculous. I can’t even say it’s “childlike” mentality because I have more respect for children than I do  most so called “adults”.If anything, trying the EASY way out by going down "negative" fuled choices tends to never have good results. By history standards, results most likely end badly with this idea of life because people listen to this and assume it means to do everything BAD - and do it often. By bad, of course, I don’t mean what society standards of bad are but what LIFE, SCIENCE, and LOGICAL standards are. If you eat too much bad crap, you will become unhealthy, overweight, diabetic, have a heart attack, get depressed, and potentially die, etc… If you do drugs, you will be unhealthy, damage your mind, lower your soul vibrations and potentially die. If you have too much sex with strangers (Esp unprotected) you risk STDS, unplanned pregnancies, multiple energies emobodded onto your aura from people you may not even want in your life, and potentially life changing issues and or death. See a pattern? Basically: Why ? Don’t you WANT to live a HAPPY life?  The logical fact is no matter what you do there is such a thing as the law of "Cause & Effect." So it's safe to say that making good choices & taking positive risks on things that have a potential for an EMPOWERING, LOVING, GROWING, & POSITIVE outcomes; will lead to a greater domino effect for you and those around you. Self-love leads to good choices which in effect lead to good results.

    I’m a huge risk taker. I love challenges. I love the eccentric, the weird, and the unknown. In a way, you may call me a rebel (with a LOVING cause lol) but I'm not an illogical person, hence my current risks are more focused on good options that lead me to a love filled positive lifestyle vs the negative choices I use to make that lead me to a negative & empty life.More so, I finally know how to follow my intuition a bit better,  which is the key to not going down the wrong rabbit hole. Granted it took me a lot of dark rabbit holes for years before I finally decided to take in this positive path, and I am still learning, but I'm definitely well on my way. I may have been more naïve when I was younger but I’ve lived and learned. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do in life: LEARN…. BUT if you can learn from someone else who has been through the fire then why risk getting burned yourself? I wish I would have listened to my sisters’ and or mother’s warnings at a younger age because I would have saved time and tears on a lot of crap. However, it’s never too late to change and be happy and apply the lesson LEARNED. PLUS, I am not my past or my future : I am my present. That being said...this theory of " Lets live life to the fullest" is great if used in a positive and productive way. Instead of risking all the bad things in life because you may not believe in afterlife or reincarnation…. How about taking chances on things you might not understand or believe too much yet but hear, read, and see that they may have positive everlasting happy results? For example, how about eating healthier.  Not happy with your body or your current health? Take a chance and try eating no meat and more veggies, and shopping organic, or buy that juice maker that is always on TV… or try that yoga thing everyone’s talking about. It's not about doing it because society has its ideas on beauty (cause thats ridiculous); instead its about loving yourself enough to want to take care of the well being & health of your body. Medicine not working? Look into holistic remedies and Chinese doctors and Eastern medicine, maybe even research more about what foods or tonics can help you. Your place is a mess and so is your life? Try and Google or YouTube how to Feng Shui and organize. Love life sucks, and your tired of being used? Change your pattern of love interest: Learn to say no and start loving yourself first. TRY… why not? What do you have to lose?

      Worse case scenario, with THIS new mentality of positive risk taking, nothing changes and you stay the same. Best case scenario, your life gets better in THIS life and you become a happier and fulfilled person. No death, no miserable constant sadness, nothing gets WORSE. And lets just say that perhaps there is REENCARNATION., and bettering your soul now doesn’t just make THIS life better but makes your NEXT life better… and that becomes YOUR evolution...well then consider that a BONUS. HOWEVER in full disclosure, like many laws of the universe, taking your own life to start a new one does not fall into the positive lifestyle credo. In fact, that isn't loving yourself. SO DON'T EVEN CONSIDER IT. Instead, focusing on not giving up on the one you have so that you can get closer to evolving as a soul of light & love.  A chance for a greater exsistence after learning lessons in this life:  GREAT! Well then that’s something to look forward to even more. Worse case, what if everything BAD you’re doing to yourself and to others now not only has consequences in this life but even more in your next life? Personally that’s a risk I’m not willing to take. I’m awake, I’m alive, and I have intuition….as everyone does. Therefore, having no soul would be the only excuse someone would have to be so harmful, and that IS IMPOSSIBLE unless you’re a robot. So out with that old mentality…. In with the new evolved mentality: LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLIEST - a FULLY POSITIVE life.

LOVE Above Everything Else

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Love. We all want love. Whether its romantic love, family love, mass love, love from strangers on the internet, friends love, or even our own love. However, that’s the problem... many of us set out to seek Love without realizing that it starts and EXSISTS within us first. When I refer to Love, I don't just mean love as a couple (romantic etc.); I mean Love the feeling of comfort, trust, security, compassion, kindness, expression etc. LOVE to me is the ultimate truth. It's the feeling we have, the minute we are inside our mother’s womb. The feeling we have for our family, our first pet, our first friend, our first significant other, our dreams and goals. LOVE. To me love is the most universal and important language, religion, law, belief, and action. Love transmutes hate, it stops pain, it changes millions of people, and it has the power to create. The beauty of Love is that we ALL have it. We seek it, but it's actually inside each and every one of us. That is why, to give love, spread love, be loved... you must accept the love with in yourself first; and LOVE yourself. This means being your biggest fan. Don't bring your self down with self-hate, self-harm, self-destruction. Don't be the most negative person towards yourself. Yes, we are not perfect, but we have a choice to be the best version of ourselves. So when we see something about ourselves (internally or externally) that we don't like... don't just hate yourself: change it. Be your own cheer crowd. If you don't then you become this ball of negative energy and that is what you will attract as well as give off. How can someone who is constantly in the dark see anything? But if you start to let your light shine bright.... then you can guide yourself as well as others. It's domino effect. Love, positivity, kindness, compassion, good will, etc.; will attract good vibes if continued.

             Two of my favorite agreements from my FAVORITE book; The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz which you will see me referencing a lot in this blog, is "Be Impeccable With Your Words" and "Always Do Your Best". The reason I love these two agreements is because their true. Words are POWERFUL. The more negativity you say esp. about yourself "I'm ugly. I'm fat. I hate myself. I'm a looser. No one loves me" then like repeating cliff notes, eventually your brain will only remember these words and start to believe them and they become your reality. Change that. Change your thoughts and esp. your words towards yourself and to others. We all have negative and positive inside us. It's our choice to choose what kind of person we want to be and life we want to live. I choose to emobded my postive sideas much as I can: Love, Happiness, and trying every day to be the Best Version of MYSELF. And you accomplish this by starting to first LOVE YOURSELF and then spread love by your words and your actions towards others and towards life. "Always do your best" yes... again we may not be perfect, but why do anything harmful towards yourself or others? What do you gain? All that will come from negativity and hateful actions is more hate and more destruction. Eventually karma kicks in and the cause and effect will happen. Which means that awful thing you said or did will come back to you. Now this doesn't mean to "pretend to do good things" simply because you want good things to happen. The universe is smarter than that. You have to truly become the positive side of yourself because you WANT TO BE and you BELIEVE in it . As for self-harm: NO POINT. The brief feeling you THINK you are getting of relief from the pain that you are allowing yourself to have by not taking over your own thoughts, will NOT go away by hurting yourself. That isn't love. So stop. Stop counting days, stop playing the victim to others: JUST STOP. Instead be the hero; your own and others, because you can. Also, find a better outlet. Something that in a positive way makes YOU FEEL BETTER. Do you love to draw:  then do it. Do you love to simply sit under a tree alone on a cloudy a day: then do it. Does singing out loud and out of tune make you happy: THEN DO IT. Do things that will produce constant happiness in a loving and positive way so that the overall results will eventually be good energy that attracts good energy into your life. As long, as they don’t hurt anyone, including yourself, or promote anything negative (which is the opposite of what love is) then do it.

       When I say that you have a choice in life to be happy and have love no matter what, I don't mean that you woke up and chose to be clinically depressed or that you chose to have any illness or be born into a bad situation etc. and that you can fix that in ONE morning. NO. What I mean is that no matter what: YOU have the power and the choice to say NO, TODAY I'M GONNA FIGHT MY OWN DEMONS AND FORCE A SMILE. TODAY I CHOOSE TO GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE IN THE FRESH AIR, TODAY I CHOOSE TO TRY AND BE HAPPY AND TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF : I CHOOSE TO BE BIGGER THAN MY PROBLEM. The more good thoughts you have, the more you try and try.... eventually you can be or believe in this. Doctors make money off you having to take pills constantly. Most therapist now a days don't even really fix your problem, they just write you a prescription. So I don't trust when western doctors say you have THIS so take THIS and thats that. I was raised differently. I was raised to believe that because your soul is what you reencarnaite then your body is your vessel and anything bad that may happy is a lesson or a test for your spiritual growth. So, we meditated, tackled illness even mental with lifestyle and clean healthy food changes, we read books to about life and the soul and alternative holistic beliefs, we talked and talked and talked till our ears felt like they were burning to get to the core issue of a problem that perhaps manifested into a physical illness but started as an energy or trauma. I believe in the soul, I believe in energies, I believe in the souls evolution & reincarnation. I believe your social environment and your food intake affects your state of mind and your soul. These are my (and many others) beliefs. You don't have to agree, but ask yourself: what results have you seen so far with continuing to just give in to your illnesses or your sadness etc. and not try an alternative way of simply not giving in and taking charge of your own life.

      What’s so wrong with trying to have a positive outlook on life and not giving up just because we are told that we have no choice? Well, I refuse to believe so. When I was in my early 20s I thought I knew everything. I went through a brief but dark phase and stopped listening to my family and decided to party and go wild like everyone else. Lost myself in everything opposite that I truly believed in.  Went through many life tests and obstacles. I hung out with the "cool" kids and made some poor decisions. I was my worst enemy and even my journal writing and poetry was dark. My lowest point was drinking alone one night, depressed from life, from a break up, from loss of hope in my day to day life, from self hate, and alcohol being a depressant didn’t help get me out of this. In fact, it lead to giving me suicidal thoughts. If it wasn't for the last minute realization that I had my family who would miss me dearly and then them literally forcing me out of the mental state I was in, and opening my eyes to the fact that life CAN be beautiful... I may not be here today. I'm so thankful for the love and strength my family esp. my mother has had for me and shown me. More so the guidance my family gave me that lead me to want to change my life perspective from a negative lifestyle to a positive one.  It is from so many of my dark and growth experiences that I feel confident to talk about change today. I am proof. I don't live in my past. I don't regret it, but that wasn't me. We aren't our past, we are our present, and who we choose to be today. That was the negative side of me trying to take over. My positive side and my quest for love is my present self and the real me. My true self is who I am happy to be now, and it shows in my day to day life outcomes. LIFE is proof. LOVE is proof. HOPE is proof. CHANGE is proof. I love myself. I love LOVE. I want to spread happiness as much as I can, in my way, but perhaps you can spread it in your way. Follow your intuition, no matter  what anyone says (including me) you know deep inside what’s right. Not what we are programmed to believe by others who may be blinded by their own negative programmation, but what we genuinely feel is right. LOVE is always right. So start loving yourself. It is the best feeling when you become so confident in your own soul and person; that NOONE and NOTHING can destroy you.

   My homework is for you to write down all the things you love about yourself and also the positive things  that you want believe about yourself. Start by writing "I am....”; for example "I AM LOVE" "I AM STRONG" "I AM KIND" "I AM BEAUTIFUL". Write a list down and place it somewhere you can see everyday. Then start FEELING , almost as a brief moment of meditation, what its like to BE STRONG, BE LOVE, BE KIND, ETC ETC. The power in the visual words is in how you feel, believing them to be true and how it feels when you are living THAT reality. Whenever you start feeling down, you can say these words out loud and start to repeat them so much that you start to believe again. Like exercise for your mind. Try it. I will write more about this subject another time, but for now my final point is LOVE YOURSELF first. Start letting your love glow inside so that you can then let it show outside through your words and actions. We are all powerful, no matter what, so join the #LoveMovement because we are ALL #LoveWarriors , and add some goodness, love, & positive light to our collective conscience which is Earth (and all living beings with in it).

Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with Integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
— The Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz