2017 New Year’s Resolution: Revisit

Hey everyone! This is a quick check-in on OUR New Year’s resolutions.

We are passing the 6-month mark and now it’s game time. If you haven’t

kept up with your goals it’s not too late!

1. Reevaluate Your Failures

I never look at failures as failures. To be successful you must look

at failures as lessons. In those lessons you can reevaluate you goals.

For example:

January apply for Study Abroad Scholarships–Completed but did not receive the scholarship instead I went to NYC


February: Update Portfolio–Somewhat, I post quick sketches on my Instagram

March: Write everyday– Somewhat, I have kept up with my blog MW. Thank you for reading every week!

2. Set New Goals

It is important to forgive yourself. It’s only failure when you quit completely. Setting new goals can make your New Year’s Resolutions feel fresh. Posting your resolution somewhere where

you can see it everyday can also help. By looking at your goal everyday you subconciously 

set the path to your goal.

July: Get Certification

August: Post First YouTube Video

September: Interview for Out-of-State Jobs

3. Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines.

There’s no anchor to keeping your goal unless you have a

deadline. A deadline give you a finishline to visualize. I set a couple of goals each month and

the end of the month is the deadline. Some goals can take a week, or 3 months but set a date.

4. Remember Your Mission

Your mission is what you consider to be your life’s purpose. Your goals should always be in

alignment with your mission. If you haven’t already, sit down and write a sentence, no more than three about what your purpose is here. Below I have listed mine;

My mission is  to live and work creatively in art, fashion, film making, teaching, and philanthropy.

5.  Visualize the End Result

Lastly visualize you have already achieved your goal. It will help you when you

don’t feel like working out that day, or make excuses for not completing your

goal. Imagine the end so you can increase your will power to do it.




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5 Epic Art Failures

1. Ecce Homo Cecilia Giménez


In an attempt to restore Cecilia Giménez made the painting of Jesus look more like a monkey than the Lord and Savior. She has reported since the epic failure she has been ridiculed by her collages.  








2. What is He Missing Paul Klee


Klee a Swiss-German artist makes a quick sketch on ingres paper and asks, ‘What is he missing?’ I can answer that, a neck and a torso. It is an interesting interpretation on expressionism and cubism, it draws the viewer in to participate in the artwork.  





3.  Women III Willem de Kooning


Women III is one painting in a series of six. The painting is the fourth most expensive painting ever sold, at 137.5 million dollars. The painting was stored away due to strict government regulations. In 2006 it was sold to a billionaire. I guess there’s someone for everyone. 






4.Untitled (1970) by Cy Twombly 


This painting resembles scratches on a chalkboard, but this painting has been in a  prestigious European collection. The painting resembles children learning cursive.




5. Museum of Bad Art


The Museum of Bad Art or MOBA’s motto is ‘art that is too bad to be ignored.’ The gallery is based Massachusettes.  In its collection are bad works of art and epic art failures. 

VACATION TO NEW YORK CITY: COUCHSURFING

Happy first day of summer everyone! I’m nearing the end of my New York series, and one of the things I wanted to talk about was my experience with Couchsurfing. When scrabbling for the cheapest travel options I remembered Couchsurfing. I went to a liberal arts college and it wasn’t uncommon for the more travel-savvy students to use Couchsurfing.

A couple weeks before I went to the website. Since the time I’ve visited, it has updated.  To briefly explain Couchsurfing  is a site that hosts travelers for free. You basically crash on the couch and tour the city with your host. People on the website are very weary of hosting guests without references or verified profiles. I would do both before requesting a couch.

My experience is that the site is lacking active members. I contacted a couple of people and realized they have not been active. The profile would show activity from three years ago. There’s also a disproportionate amount of hosts. Most hosts are male, there are few female host.  Couchsurfing is adamant on safety, and verification but is still lacking in hosts.

The hosts are moving to sites like Airbnb where they receive payment for their room and service.
If you look at my previous posting you can check out my experience with Airbnb. I did notice that Couchsurfing has a great meet-up community. You can check on their website or app to meet-up
with fellow couchsurfers.

In the future, I won’t use Couchsurfing to find a place to stay but I will use it to find fellow travelers
in the area.

Best Breakup Songs

There’s something therapeutic about a good break-up song. A song can speak to your soul and mend a broken heart. Below I have listed my favorite break-up songs.

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Goodbye to You

Michelle Branch

In the lyrics, Michelle says  ‘I’m not giving in this time.’ This perfectly explains giving your all to someone that does not appreciate you. In the video, she pawns her wedding ring and buys a car. She is in complete freedom to love herself.

 

Sometime Around Midnight

The Airborne Toxic Event

The song is very complex. You can feel the emotions of loss, obsession, desire, and desperation. I chose this song because breaking up isn’t easy. You’re going through a wide range of emotions. The point is you’re strong and this point of your life has passed.

He Wasn’t

 

Avril Lavigne

After a couple weeks you begin to remember what a jerk he was. You remember that you deserve someone much better! He wasn’t the one you wanted, no!

 

Goddess

Banks

It’s important to remember self-care after a break-up. It’s easy to fall into bad eating habits and forgetting to exercise. You begin to look like a zombie but remember you’re a goddess. Treat yourself like one!

 

I Will Survive

Gloria Gaynor

You thought I crumble? You thought I lay down and die? Oh, not I !! After a breakup you become stronger. With every defeat, there is a lesson. Now you are prepared to go forward and make better choices in you love life. Go!

 

 

 

Hey, guys. I want to get back to my budget vacation series. The next step of my budget trip

was staying there. Staying in New York especially on the main island can be expensive. Thankfully

Airbnb exists. Airbnb is a website that hosts small independent bed and breakfast, rooms, even houses.

So before arriving in New York, I reserved two different rooms at two different places for two nights. One room was in Queens, the other was in Brooklyn. Airbnb allows you to request a room when approved they take payment. Rooms in Brooklyn are available from 20 to 150 dollars.

I was fortunate enough to stay in Brooklyn right next to the subway. My host was Ms. M, she is an entrepreneur in Brooklyn. She rents out a room in her family home to Airbnb every summer.

The room was only available for one night, so I made another reservation in Queens which is not that far from the main island.  A useful tool on the website is the map tool. You can see how far the hostel is from the attraction. I was doing a walking tour of  Manhattan so I chose rooms close to Manhattan.

Below are a couple of tips for future budget travelers.

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  1. Make Reservations Two Weeks Before
  2. Communicate With Your Host (about your expected arrival and departure)
  3. Be Courteous (Respect your Hosts’  Home, and House Rules)
  4. Make Memories (Airbnb are some of the coolest people on Earth)
  5. Write honest reviews

I enjoyed my stay with Airbnb and hope to use them again in my future budget adventures!

Quick question for you guys, have you used Airbnb? What was your experience?

Modern Dating: Long Distance

While reflecting over the last couple of weeks I realized long distance is not for me.

In New York, I briefly met someone, Jay. He was a bassist, tall tan and handsome.  I didn’t go to

New York looking for anyone but I was still open to the possibility.

The trip to New York was only for a week and I knew that. We started texting back and forth, the conversation was easy and exciting. The day came when I had to leave and I said nothing about where I was from. We continued to text when he said; ‘Looking at your profile and it says your 600

miles away lol.’

I was 600 miles away, and I wouldn’t come back until the winter. I confessed and have not heard from him since. The truth is I am a little hurt but not surprised. Long distance is not for everyone. I don’t think it’s for me either. Long distance requires MORE commitment, more communication, and appreciation.

I know for a fact I am not the best at communication. I assume that people know what I am thinking.

Things like assuming can kill a long distance relationship. I don’t think we were looking for anything serious. This guy ghosted on me so I know he wasn’t ready. As I go through the reasons why this didn’t work, I know the one for me is out there somewhere probably getting his heart broken too. It’s just a matter of time.

What do you think of long distance relationships? Are you in one?

Vacation to New York City: Getting There

The first step was getting to New York. The simplest way would be to fly, but due to my ill planning by the time I wanted to get tickets, it was 300. So I had to do the next best thing, take the train. I know taking the train is a bit old school but it’s still economical.

I arrived at the train station on Wednesday, by the time I got to New York it would be Thursday morning. Honestly, the ride was hard, I don’t like sitting for that long.  The pros of taking the train are that you arrive at Penn Station and don’t have the burden of parking a car. I arrived at Penn Station and took the subway to my Airbnb.

In the future, I will do a couple of things differently.
  1. Buy a plane ticket in advance.
  2. Buy the 7-day Transit pass (unlimited rides)
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions
  4. Subway and Buses are the most effective forms of transportation in NYC
  5. Bring a book and snacks for long train rides 🙂
I found the subway to be an efficient way to travel. I can say that the subway is secure. As a solo traveler, it is intimidating to travel alone. My advice is of you feel uneasy you can sit in the car with the conductor. The subway has emergency buttons throughout the station, or sit next to someone like yourself, like another solo traveler.
 
Do you guys have any tips? Leave a comment below.

Vacation to New York City

Last week I posted that I was going to travel.

Surprise, surprise! I went to the Big Apple, the center of it all.

After going there, it sure was! I didn’t rent a car or stay in a

fancy hotel. This was truly a budget trip, and it was amazing.

I enjoyed the challenge of finding budget-friendly alternatives

to travel.  I hope to do more again in the future, maybe on Youtube?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you guys think.

Anyway, I decided to attend the Governor’s Ball music festival.

It had a great lineup like the Bleachers, Tove Lo, Chance the Rapper and more.

 I was super pumped. Big musicians like that don’t perform where

I live. So I bought my ticket and off I went!

 In the light of everything that happened in Manchester,

you may be hesitant to be a solo traveler. But we can not

fear life.The night before I was so stressed. I did not start packing nor did I know how

to navigate the city. I went anyway, my stomach cramped and I couldn’t

stop fidgeting. (BTW this is my first time going to NYC and traveling solo)

I pushed on anyway even though every thought in my mind said ‘turn back,’

 ‘are you crazy?’, ‘It’s not safe, it’s not familiar.’

I needed this trip because I  was in a rut. I needed to break

free of the monotony of my life. The same places, the same people, day after day

I was sick of it.

I believe that new experiences, meeting new people are the purpose of life.

We are meant to connect.

So I went forward. I pushed past all the doubts and after it all, I’ve become

a better person.

I hope my trip insipres you to do some solo travel of your own.

In the next couple of posts, I’ll explain how I traveled on

a budget.