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I’ve been cooking up a storm!

OH mannnnnnnn have I been cooking up a storm. Since #whatididforlove is over with now, I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging around the house just doing things for myself. Feeling guilty about it of course but in between pangs of guilt I’m enjoying it thoroughly lol. That is sooo lame lol sometimes I read the words I write as they hit the screen and I’m like…. HAH whattt am I like? Anyway I’ve taken a major liking (or re-liking in some cases) to the following ingredients:

  • Sweet potato, Peppers, Carrots, Broccoli
  • Brown seedy wraps/tortillas, Brown Rice
  • Chick peas, Mixed beans, Red Lentils
  • Tikka masala sauce, Korma, Jalfrezi, Jalapeño hummus

OH MANNNNN I wish I’d been taking pictures because the amount of delicious things you can make with these amazing foods is unreal! I’ve been having sweet potato, lentil and pepper jalfrezi wraps. Or broccoli, chickpea and pepper korma. Mixed bean, broccoli, carrot and pepper tikka masala anyone? With a nice heaping pile of brown rice stopppppp.

Then I have been thrown into baking again. Apple or blueberry anything at all really. Can’t help myself- I’ve made apple pie, blueberry tarts, apple crumbles and the like over the past couple of weeks and I can’t even help myself! Anything for a hot dessert with a bit of ice cream.

Then I started to notice a pattern. Less dancing, less writing, more cooking and baking… it’s my newest latest escape.

I’m a head-case. 100 percent. I know it. Being extremely empathic makes me that way. Being hard on myself also makes me that way and so does perseverating. So because of those things (that’s the shortlist) I find myself needing a lot of “me” time. However, as we all know, life can be crazy and it’s easy to feel like certain things need to take priority over others. Aka – laundry, dinner, bills, work, kids, partners, etc over you.

SO the way I cope is by engaging in activities that allow me to enjoy myself and have a bit of introspective me-figuringoutmythoughtsandfeelings- time. Usually and most often it’s dancing. But a lot of the times I write (especially when I physically can’t or don’t have access to dancing). Lately like I said I’ve been cooking these delicious lunches and dinners and desserts. It has really kept me going and it has allowed me to meditate in a way. Just let myself absentmindedly carry on while my body is focusing on one or a couple repetitive tasks.

I’ve listened to TED talks that have changed my perspective on how I see myself. I’ve listened to spiritual talks about how to care for myself better. Then I’ve just let my thoughts and the contents of my brain marinate for a little. I’ve literally been cooking up a storm… a brainstorm.

I’m really enjoying it though like I said, because after an hour or so of the cooking/baking I’m left with the following:

  • a clearer head
  • a microgoal or two
  • feeling better about myself than previously
  • a calm mind
  • SOMETHING DELICIOUS YAHHHHH =D

How can you go wrong? Do it.

Thank you for the Liebster Award Nomination

SO! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely that90’skid. This is funnnn =D thank you very much! I’m looking forward to a new little opportunity to connect with other people in different parts of the interweb. Here we go!

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Go ahead and check out that90’skid fun blog!

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Here are the Award rules to follow:

Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.

– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.

– Nominate 10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.

– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.

– Answer the ten questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.

– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

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ALRIGHTTT it’s time for me to dish:

1. Are you a night owl or early bird?

Interesting question… I used to be suchhhh a night owl but then I started to realize how productive the morning time could be so I’d like to say I’m an early bird but in reality… I can’t wake up before 10 and I can’t stay up past midnight… lol lame.

2. Which song lyric do you relate to the most?

A few years back I was on the beach walking along the sand and I was listening to John Mayer (love him). He has a song that goes like this: “Check your pulse it’s proof that you’re not listening to, the call your life’s been issuing you.” – After countless repetitions of that song over years I finally got it that day at the beach and I will never forget it. It changed my life.

3. Do you believe in ghosts or anything supernatural/paranormal? Have you ever seen or witnessed anything of the sort?

Emm… I don’t actively believe in it, but I know there are things out there. I feel very in touch with the universe and I know that there are things out there.

4. Which question(s) do you hate being asked?

I hate when people ask me my favorite song or favorite movie. It’s not like I don’t have one it’s just that when people ask me all of a sudden I feel like I’m on the spot and I can’t seem to think of anything at all! Total brain fart.

5. What is your pet peeve? (Chewing loudly, crinkling of plastic etc.)

I have a disease… I forget what it’s called but I know it’s a proper brain disorder now (isn’t everything?) … anyway it has to do with people chewing loudly/making any kind of disgusting mouth noise at all. Can’t stand it. And I’m not sorry about it. Close your mouth =) lol

6. Which book changed your perspective on something?

A book that is called This is All: The pillow book of Cordelia Kenn. I actually wrote to the author after I read it the second time. It was thrilling. There were soo many good things in it and I remember I kept a list of quotes from it on my phone, I just couldn’t help myself because I wanted to remember everything. My favorite book to this day apart from The Picture of Dorian Gray.

7. How many languages do you know? Which ones are they?

I know English, Spanish and Spanglish lolol.

8. If you could go back in time, which decade would it be? Why?

Ooohhhhh the 1920s! Definitely. They had a great time back then. Well this is if I was in the states. Otherwise I’d love to go back to live in Downton Abbey times – was that the same decade actually? Either or. I’d love it.

9. You have to choose between eating sweet or savory for the rest of your life. Which one is it?

Savory. Hands down. Cheeseburgers. No questions asked, no need to explain.

10. If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite any 4 people to attend (fictional, real, dead or alive), who would they be?

Four people… Ellen Degeneres, myself in 20 years, Harvey Spector and … Belinda Davidson (look her up she’s great)

Well that was actually so fun! Great questions for sure. Now it’s my turn and I’d like to nominate the following writers for this award as well: (to be honest I have no idea how many followers you all have! So I may not have done the whole <200 thing right)

https://somesmallsolitude.wordpress.com

https://mojowritin.wordpress.com

http://pintsizefiction.com

http://momentarylapseofsanity.com

https://animateurlife.wordpress.com

https://yummyinsidemytummy.wordpress.com

https://incisity.wordpress.com

http://lololomay.com

https://kanikatripathikt.wordpress.com

https://citystatewritings.wordpress.com

Please answer the following questions and be sure to let me know when you have so I can read them! =D

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. What is your favorite meal to make for yourself?
  3. What is a meal that you love but you only get when you go out to dinner?
  4. Would you rather be honest or loyal and why?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do by yourself?
  6. What is the first thing you usually say when you wake up in the morning?
  7. What are you passionate about?
  8. Who/what makes you laugh the hardest?
  9. Who could or wo you spend all day around and not get annoyed with?
  10. What is the best advice you have ever gotten/best advice you could give to someone else?

THANKS everyone! This is such a fun thing and I hope you will all participate =)

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Something worth fighting for.

OHHHHHH my head is clogged. There are so many things going well and then other things that still are a bit messy to say the least. I’m studying about philanthropy on coursera … so naturally it’s making me think about what kind of things make me feel like getting up and doing something for good.

Then I started thinking… omgsh am I selfish?! Everything I can think of comes back to a statement that’s like – yes and I am good at that or I have experience in that so that’s why I can do it.

I panic. No one wants to be thought of as a selfish person. So I’m sitting here yelling at myself … on the inside of course lol yelling out loud is probably considered crazy (which I have to admit I definitely care about because I just do. #typical). Anyway I just keep saying to myself : WHY DO YOU DO THESE THINGS!? If you’re doing everything solely for yourself then are you a good person?

If the things you do … though they are for yourself … benefit someone else – then what?

The purpose… the purpose has to be there. The intention!

I think I’m losing it sometimes because I’ve been spending so much time thinking about this lately… and I’ve concluded… there has to be intention behind EVERYTHING we do. In a perfect world.

Good intentions = good people

Bad intentions = bad people

Is it that simple? Apply it and let me know.

Whatever way you classify your intentions let them be true and always remember your intentions when you embark on a new journey. If you get to a point where you feel like you  have fulfilled your intentions then you have succeeded. Equally if you feel like you get to a point where you have failed your intentions… you have experienced and you will learn (if you’re smart).

Let’s take a simple example, forgetting about the good person/bad person thing for now (thanks Daily Post)- traveling:

When I go on vacation I like to do NOTHING… nothing = chill, beach, nap, eat delicious food, read a book, anything that I don’t have time to do when I am home doing 5000 things a day (or procrastinating on all of those things).

SO if I go on vacation and I accomplish any of those things – because they are my intentions I’ve done it. I’ve succeeded and I’ve succeeded successfully (lol how is that for a tongue twister?).

Let’s take a poignant example: #MarriageEquality (think about your good person/bad person rules here):

Everyone is entitled to an opinion … and some at the moment (Ireland in specific) are entitled to a vote: Will you vote yes or no to legalize marriage equality?

What is your intention: Mine is to support it because:

  • I am helping myself and my significant other
  • There are so many other people in this world who are a part of the community of people who are denied the rights to marriage, irrespective of qualities that actually define a committed relationship
  • The world has always been this way, with different people of different preferences and we consistently battle against them – the time to fight the change is not now.

So I just keep thinking… though selfish in some ways, my intentions are good right?

What are your intentions? How do you support them? Think about it. What can you offer to back up your opinions and how will you act on those opinions when given the chance?

And this… this is why I’m doing it:

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Because people love it and they are inspired by dancing and how dancing can express what so many can’t seem to say.
My intentions: To spread the #love.

Too deep? It should be.

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The Story Of My Life

Everyone has to fight to be with the one they love, there is no need to make it a legal battle as well. – If you are in Ireland VOTE YES on May 22nd –

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And so it begins, the tale of the experience that changed my life. I’ve had to work my buns off and the stress (in the form of grey hairs) is real. BUT I’ve become a better communicator, leader and dancer through the process. Everyone learns differently ya know? I learn the hard way. So I’ll share my story with you in hopes that you can learn through me and you might be better off when you get to your epiphany project- the project that turns things around for you. Welcome to the Epiphany Project- the Story of my Life.

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That’s the book I’d write if I could right now. It would be a memoir type of book. And it would be about how much I’ve learned throughout the process of being involved in a dance video entitled ‘What I did for Love’. This video uses movement via dancing to tell a story about love and relationships. The piece makes a statement about equality- a strong one- and it turns out that we are able to do our part in this year’s Marriage Referendum in Ireland because of it! I just don’t even know how to express how I feel. I can’t watch the video on my own because I just sit there and cry. It is so real and it is so relatable. I beam with pride at what we have accomplished as a group and I just want to share it with everyone!

So please… Watch What I did for Love’  and share if you LOVE it =)

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This is my idea of motion, inspired by the Daily Post.

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‘What I did for Love’

Yesterday marked the 7th and final day of filming a piece entitled ‘What I did for Love’. This piece is about love and relationships. It’s about how everyone has to work hard or even fight to be with the person they love and it certainly does not discriminate against gender and/or sexual orientation. That is not the way myself and this brilliant group of dancers see our world anyway. We had the chance here to showcase our talents and support a great cause. Anyone should be able to be with their person and that is exactly how we feel and what we show through choreography and striking visuals.

We had an absolute BLAST playing with holi powder this week while filming. This powder is used to emphasize the idea that people’s true colors aren’t always the same as someone else’s and they aren’t always what they “should” be. Couples in the piece struggle to let their true colors shine until they are united with the person whom they are truly meant to be with. Then we celebrate that with a blending of colors and the use of every single color of the rainbow to tie the piece up at the end. I am the Director of this video, as well as having been the choreography director and creative director so needless to say this project has been my passion for the past few months and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am so proud of the work we have done and now that I have 5 seconds to myself I could not WAIT to share a few bits from our experience over the past week. Check out these photos, capturing the essence of the holi powder perfectly as it floats in the air while the dancers perform. And please please please watch the promo video here.

  

 

This is what afloat means to me.

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Taste the Rainbow

Think about this… When was the last time you painted a rock? If ever?

When was the last time you just did something fun and silly, the last time you played pretend and really let your imagination run wild. Do you take the time to let the young spirit in you have a little fun or do you just live each day plainly. Are you a grey stone?
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Or a colored rock?
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I spent the weekend with kiddies. I have cousins who live in Galway so that’s how I’m lucky enough to go out there every once in a while. They have so much energy, a lightness of being that we should all hope to maintain! Every time I’m with them they remind me that not everything in life has to be so serious. I believe it. We should all take some time to paint rocks.
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Think about what that means to you, it could be going for a bike ride, roller skating, making jewelry or friendship bracelets even! Playing in the back yard or going for a long walk on the beach. Going to the carnival and riding a few roller coasters! Playing pretend, having an imaginary tea party or army battle. Why not? Let it out, live a little!

And one last thought for this gorgeous Tuesday in Dublin: Not everything has to be tied to reality and everything that’s important doesn’t always qualify as “important”.

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Emerald Isle of Enchantment: Ireland

I have been living in Ireland over a year. I feel so comfortable in this place that I think I forget to look at it. I spent an afternoon a couple of weeks ago in Bray, Co. Wicklow, then this afternoon in Roscam, Co. Galway. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I actually opened them to appreciate what’s right in front of me. Absolutely,  breathtakingly, shockingly beautiful. Only because I have simply been failing to look. Check it.

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Bray, Co. Wickow

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Bray, Co. Wickow

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Roscam, Co. Galway                                        Bray, Co. Wicklow

This is a bit blurry… only because of that giant ball of fire. It basically is a huge blur anyway. A huge, gorgeous so so bright it’s white ball of blurry goodness. I couldn’t help myself. I snapped a little photo. It is beautiful to me. Daily Post.

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Roscam, Co. Galway

 

As a last note, cheers to the Daily post – no three letter words! HAH!