Life can be just like Riding a Bike

“The only truth there may be certainty in is that life is always going to be like riding bike. At first we are full of fear, doubts, and excitement but once the feet touch the pedal the going gets going & all we do is push forward. Yes we may fail or forget to pedal sometimes but is nothing more than getting back on that bike and doing just what we have always been doing pushing forward.” #sopedalmyfriend

*Something I wrote to myself a little while ago when I was feeling a bit nervous of starting something new.

Love this pic I found in Google!Song of the Day! HERE –  Secrets – OneRepublic (LIVE Piano/Cello Classical Crossover Cover) by Jennifer Thomas

Enjoy 🙂 <3

Don’t Let Anyone discourage you…

Yesterday I woke up in a great mood, made myself delicious breakfast and then decided that it was about time for me to write another post but before I started writing by some stupidity I clicked on a video and I felt completely discourage after hearing the video about writing because in the video the girl goes on and on about how much she dislike “personal blogs” specially if they are from a “nobody/not well know” person. But you know what today I was like F-that I enjoy writing, I write this blog for the pure enjoyment of writing, if someone wants to come along to read it is great! And of course I hope people read it and comment etc… but I am not going to stop writing just because I am not consider a “well known” person, I am still a human being and in my book that counts for a lot so that next time you hear or read something that discourages you from something you enjoy DO NOT listen. You matter, I matter, everyone matters so do what you love and send Flower Bombs to anyone who wants to make you fall off your Unicorn!

inspire someone Ain't no Stopping1Little Inspo pic… A Peace Diner I made… Me-last night…& Breakfast from yesterday-YUM!

So instead of pulling each other down let’s inspire each other, to do more, to be more, to be brave, to be the best that we can be! 🙂

Sara BareillesBrave – I had posted this one before but it doesn’t get old & it suits this post!

NYC Trip – Finally!

During Summer my best friend Loh & Me decided to take a NYC trip, we have both already visit NYC but we figured it will be a little nice to take a trip and really enjoy the city. 3 of my favorite things from this trip was trying Couchsurfing for the first time! Meeting new amazing people who made me laugh harder than I had laugh in a very very long time! And discovering a little Island I had never heard of which is right in NYC!

Lets talk through pictures now!

Lovie, Me, & the lady who photobomb Lovie haha

Lovie, Me, & the lady who photobomb Lovie hahaWe are both wearing Sunglasses from an awesome vintage store called Flying A!

Roosevelt Island - How cool is this little Island!? Beyond peaceful there too, is like having NY & the peace of the Countryside all in one!

Roosevelt Island – How cool is this little Island!? Beyond peaceful there too, is like having NY & the peace of the Countryside all in one!

Walking to take the train to NYC or you can also take The Tram - The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan! AWESOME views!

Walking to take the train to NYC or you can also take The Tram – The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan! AWESOME views!

Amazing Bridge view & Friends hanging in the little park in Roosevelt Island. Love it! #Parklife

Amazing Bridge view & Friends hanging in the little park in Roosevelt Island. Love it! #Parklife

The Cutest Apartment - thank you Evan for giving me an Awesome First Couchsurfing Experience

The Cutest Apartment – thank you Evan for giving me an Awesome First Couchsurfing Experience… Not the best picture but I didn’t want to intrude too much, it was nice enough that we got to stay at his place completely free!

With Our Awesome Host - Evan!

With Our Awesome Host – Evan!

Some Street Art of Course!

Some Street Art!

Some Bathroom Art! I LOVE bathroom art or any type of bathroom silliness that catches my eye!

Some Bathroom Art! I LOVE bathroom art or any type of bathroom silliness that catches my eye!

We had to check the a museum so to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we went! This place is huge so definitely you need a lot of hours or a few visits to cover the whole thing.

We had to check a museum so to the Metropolitan Museum of Art we went! This place is huge so definitely you need a lot of hours or a few visits to cover the entire place.

When on Vacation... one thing is certain you will eat, eat, drink, eat, and then eat and drink again!That's me on the corner trying Escargot for the first time- LOVE IT! Don't let the disgusted face fool you is just a little joke.

When on Vacation… one thing is certain you will eat, eat, drink, eat, and then eat and drink again!
That’s me on the corner trying Escargot for the first time- LOVE IT! Don’t let the disgusted face fool you is just a little joke. Bistro Les Amis!

We went to Ana Carolina's Concert - a famous Brazilian singer, she was unbelievable, so happy we went to see her! BTW I have an fascination with Brazilian culture, people, language!

We went to Ana Carolina’s Concert – a famous Brazilian singer, she was unbelievable, so happy we went to see her! BTW I have a fascination with Brazilian culture, people, language, simply love them!

Some where in Brooklyn - here we went to a Couchsurfing "meeting" aka we met some cool couchsurfers & got tipsy!

After the Concert we went Clubbing!

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Some where in Brooklyn – here we went to a Couchsurfing “meeting” aka we met some cool couchsurfers & got tipsy!

For Chocolate Lovers!

For Chocolate Lovers!

Really Beautiful Place - MarieBelle @484 Broome St.

Really Beautiful Place – MarieBelle @484 Broome St.

Chocolate Galore!!! inside MarieBelle

Chocolate Galore!!! inside MarieBelle

Last Day- we had a picnic in Roosevelt Island! #Parklife

Last Day- we had a picnic in Roosevelt Island! #Parklife

Had to leave my mark in NYC hahaha

Had to leave my mark in NYC hahaha

Enjoy your Sunday! Or Happy Monday! 🙂

The Thing About New Year’s Resolutions…

List to Do for ‘13!

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski …  LET’S CHANGE THIS! – Me
  1. Be HappyDon’t forget the Contract!
  2. 1 Trip Abroad
  3. Go See Grandparents -DR
  4. See another State
  5. Do Yoga 5 times a week
  6. Save money – NO impulse shopping
  7. Read 15 Books – pending LC, FS/3, HG/3, TWOWS, & Stoker’s Dracula.
  8. Take GRE
  9. Write & Paint more often
  10. Learn Photography
  11. Bedroom Renovation
  12. DON’T Forget ALL you have accomplished at such a young age!
  13. Less time Apologizing & More time Doing Right.
  14. Dear Dani, Please Finish what You Start!

Pursue a job that’s in keeping with your love of ART, MUSIC, & BEAUTY.

The thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that we often expect too much therefore when we don’t accomplish all these “resolutions” we feel completely unaccomplished.  But I think it is still important to write them down so we can come back to it by the end of the year and see what we have accomplished. BUT one thing I think is pointless is telling the whole world your “New Year’s Resolutions” because it won’t help you in my opinion if you truly want to accomplish something the cheers from those around you will help but at the end of the day is really up to you to move forward with your wishes and desires.

Here are all the details on how my whole List went down…

I made this list at the beginning of 2013 because I wanted a few things to change in my life, if I was going to be happy I needed to make these changes to my life. So far I have to say I have not accomplished all that it is on the “To Do List” but I am pretty happy with what I have done so far. 1 – Being happy, I have definitely being a lot more happy this year, I feel like I have a better sense of what I want and I am trying my best to cope with life as a real working adult. The part about the contract is a contract I made with my cousin & roommate about being happy. 2 – Sadly I have not taken any trips abroad but I did go to NYC & Florida. 3 – Sadly I didn’t accomplish this one. 4 – I have not seen a new State but I did see Roosevelt Island, an island I had never heard of that lies between Manhattan and the borough of Queens. 5 – Okay, I have not become a professional Yoggi but I have definitely done more Yoga than ever this year, I signed up for a entire month of Bikram and loved it, have not gone to many more classes after that month because yoga is pricey but I use YouTube videos at home to keep doing Yoga at least once per week! 6 – I have finally learn to save money! I have used a lot of what I have saved but I have actually saved money and not touched it for months which is incredible considering I am the worse at saving money because I always want to live in the “now” and NOT later, soon I will write a post on my saving technique! 7 – Reading 15 books – this one I have failed at miserably, I have barely read 6 books so far, I have read a lot of blogs and articles but 15 full books no. 8 – The dreadful GRE uggghhh I do not want to take that damn test, I HATE long test, and still have not taken it. 9 – I have definitely being writing a lot more specially now that I started the blog btw my apologies for the LONG post. As for painting I signed up for a painting class and it was AMAZING, it was super chill but it taught me and help me so much, I have taken it twice already that’s how much I love it! 10 – I decided to use some of my taxes and invest in a DSLR Camera, I completely LOVE how awesome and clear the pictures are BUT I have to admit that I take pretty good pictures simply with my iPhone 4S, and I am really starting to believe that the quality of the pictures is more on how good the person is at capturing a moment/lighting than the actual quality of the camera itself. ALSO learning photography is something that is ongoing and you know what they say “Practice makes perfect!”  11 – A Full Bedroom Renovation has not happened but a few new improvements have being made. 12 – I am constantly reminding myself all that I have accomplished at such a young age and I even wrote it all down once, is important to remind ourselves of our worth. 13 – The apologizing part comes because of the word “Sorry” which is truly a hated word of mine because I feel that in the States we use it so much that the word has actually started to loose is meaning for me, so now I only try to use it when I truly mean it. 14 – This last one makes me laugh because seriously I am so great at starting anything but sometimes I started to self doubt myself and loose interest in finishing what I’ve started though little by little I try to push myself a little harder every time and that is what life is “trying” we are constantly trying to better ourselves, to survive, to enjoy, & to be happy as much as we can because we are only certain of YOLO.(Shameful but I totally needed to use YOLO here)

Does anyone out there makes these a “To Do List” or “New Year’s Resolutions”?

Line from the movie  "Un amour de jeunesse"

Line from the movie “Un amour de jeunesse”

Mi Quisqueya La Bella

Xmas Downtown Boston '13

Xmas Downtown Boston ’13

Damn I miss DR… today I am feeling beyond nostalgic for my little island, for the grandiose Christmas spirit such a tiny island can have. It is Christmas Eve and I am sitting at my desk working a half-day, if I was in DR I do be at the market picking up grapes, apples, and Telera (very famous bread Dominican’s eat around Christmas time). Growing up in DR I remember Christmas was such an extra special occasion, even when I didn’t get to spend it with my father, mother or brother Christmas was still very special to me. Is funny but even something like eating apples & grapes was extremely special because I would only get to eat them around Christmas time, here in the USA apples and grapes are super abundant all year-round therefore it is no longer a thing I wait anxiously for. Is funny how not having things at the tips of your hands really makes you appreciate it them so much more.

One fun thing I remember is the “Aguinaldos” this is very strange but super cool, you get together with your friends and neighbors and go around houses singing Christmas songs with a drum, guira, and acordeon. Usually you are given ginger tea, coffee, cookies, hot chocolate, or any other little treat when you get to the houses or also one house could be assigned to have sort of “the last stop” and this is where everyone gathers to have jengibre-ginger tea! This ginger tea is super famous around Christmas time in DR.

I remember having very simple Christmas trees in DR… I will cut a branch, paint it white, decorate it and voilà there is my Dominican Christmas Tree! Once I decorated the tree with this gummy candy that comes in separate wrappers, aslo another thing you don’t get to have all the time is just sort more famous around Christmas over there. Also I never received gift on Christmas morning usually my gift will come on the 6 of January by the Three Kings and not Santa. We usually have a few Secret Santas, in school, with close friends, and family. Another cool thing is Fireworks! Yes! We have Fireworks on Christmas Eve!

These little traditions and things is what I miss so much around this time of year.  I think what the problem is that I feel like I no longer have a set tradition, I no longer fully have a full on Dominican Christmas or a full on American Christmas. But don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy Christmas here too but sometimes I just can’t help to feel nostalgic of the feeling that Christmas was to me growing up in DR. But I am thankful and blessed to be able to share my new Christmas with the part of my family I didn’t get to celebrate with growing up and that’s a bright side! Another great thing I do really like of the “American” traditions are the whole sitting down to watch Christmas movies and baking cookies as I didn’t have this growing up.

I wish you all an exceptionally awesome Navidad anywhere in the World that you may be.

*Quisqueya is Dominican Republic – name the local’s use sometimes.

My Favorite English Christmas SongSarah McLachlanHappy Xmas

My Favortie Spanish Christmas Song is – Alegre Vengo de La Montaña

Merry Christmas!!! 🙂

 

Fun Facts – Random Things

I always love when bloggers post fun facts/random things about them because I always get that feeling that now I know them a bit better. So I thought to do that same!

Here it goes!

  1. I hate going to sleep or leaving the house without making sure my closet door is locked and makes “the locked sound”.
  2. I put ketchup in almost everything I eat, once even on macaroni & cheese, gross I know but Ketchup is LIFE! So I will excuse myself on that one.
  3. I have live 11 years in the Caribbean & 11 years in the USA – in 2014 it will break that even numbers if I stay in the USA.
  4. I am pretty creative in the kitchen! I am one of those people that can open an empty fridge and I will still come up with something- one talent I am very proud of, super modest here haha
  5. One drunken night on my college campus I lost my iPod making snow angels, a few months later when all the snow melted a guy found my iPod and return it to me! After that I wholeheartedly believe that good old people still exist! Thank you Matt!
  6. I was lucky enough to go to Vegas for my 21st & because I was flying on my birthday they gave my best friend and me first class seats! Thank you ATL ladies!
  7. When I truly like a show I often like to just watch it by myself as I really dislike interruptions, I get extremely focus to that point my house could burn down and I won’t notice until the fire is right on my face.
  8. I love searching for other people’s culture and traditions… sometimes I even like to bring those traditions into my life – for example when I went to Germany I learned how to make mulled wine or Glühwein now I like making it on my own!
  9. I am pretty sure one of my boobs is bigger than the other.
  10. Once I had to rap in church camp to “Candy Shop by 50 Cent” but with churchy-worthy lyrics- it was pretty hilarious.
  11. And to finish off with an odd number… When I chop tomatoes it makes my hands itch like crazy but I can eat tomatoes & nothing bad happens, weird…

I couldn’t end this post without posting my 3 favorite songs of the moment!

CLMD vs. KISH feat. Fröder – The Stockholm Syndrome – HERE

Truls – Out Of Yourself – HERE

HAIM – The Wire – HERE

*Finally, in the name of Random, here are a few little Random pics I have taken lately! – Even a #Shameless Bathroom Selfie but hey at least it was a beautiful bathroom, so that makes it a little better right? eh? 😉

In the name of Random, here is a little Random Collage!

Okay that’s it! 10 Fun Facts/Random things about be… Anyone else out there with fun little facts? Tell me!!!

THE HOLIDAYS – COOKIES

People need to cut it out with the Christmas cookies DAMN IT hahaha … No but seriously I have ate so many cookies lately and I found this video which is pretty hilarious about the whole #HolidaysCookiesProblem if we can call it that. There is cookies or some type of sweets everywhere I turn at work making it super hard to resist.

P.S. Clearly complaining about too much cookies is a #FirstWorldProblems

Glamour presents: SRSLY, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS: COOKIES from SRSLY. on Vimeo.

Indoor Piquenique … Indoor Picnic…

Indoor Picnic!

Indoor Picnic!

Oh my little baby Blog is been a while… Life happens… so here we go…

Let’s talk about “Indoor Picnic!”… As much as I love “Parklife” sometimes that weather is just not suitable for the occasion. But are we gonna let that stop us? Are we? Nooooo!!! Haha I am crazy but hey the crazies have more fun so is okay! When the weather doesn’t cooperate with our plans we bring the picnic indoors! If you have the space I say go all out and put a blanket on the floor, I live in a small place so the floor is not much of an option but I still managed, so I set the picnic in a small table. We laughed, we ate, we drank, and we simply had a good time regardless of the snow and cold weather outside. Sometimes we can’t just let life get away with things we have no control of, unless we are biffles with ‘Mother-Nature’ but we can certainly outsmart it and try our own new ways, sometimes it will work other times it won’t but at least we try!

Little fun fact – the super yellow cheese on the pic is from my lovely island Dominican Republic and is one of my favorite cheeses, is called Queso Geo! Queso means Cheese!

Of course I could not finish a blog post without giving you a song of the day, so here it is Endeløs by Danish singer Ramus Walter… Endeløs means Endless. HERE enjoy! 🙂

Haunting Me… Sneak Pic!

“You may hate being an artist… but if you are, it will haunt you until you’re doing it.” – Catherine Westergaard

Took this quote from an Insta pics of Interview Magazine and just completely love that quote… The painting below I named it “Haunting Me” before I even read this quote as the shapes in the painting had been just haunting me, I could not forget them or get them out of my head. Therefore I simply just had to create the painting! Sometimes I think is important to create those art pieces that won’t leave our minds until we get them done because even though they may not mean much at the moment maybe to someone else they may mean everything and I think somehow there is a bigger reason even bigger than ourselves pushing us to get somethings that just simply need to be done.

I remember writing about putting some of my art piece up here on the blog… so here it is a sneak peek of my art work!

Straight from my Art class on the Springtime which I signed up for again this Fall!

IMG_4803The painting is almost done, today I was adding some finishing touches and soon after that I will take pictures with my nice camera and post them! This pic was taken on my iPhone with Instagram, you can find me on Insta under dgdisla or click HERE!

Best song for “Haunting Me” – Clint Mansell – Requiem for a Dream Orchestral Version

 

Yoga – is a love-hate relationship….

Truly is more love than hate because I really do love yoga, I love how serene I feel after I finish a class and I love the somehow even if you thought about a bunch of nonsense throughout the class you still get little moments of pure bliss. I have been back and forward doing Bikram – which is hot yoga in a room with a temperature of 105°F or 41°C… Soo yup you sweat like a Motherlover in there and every drop is sooo damn good hahaha is actually a bit gross but once you get over that is natural human nature. On top of that you loose weight, makes you feel so much better body and mind wise, in general I love it, definitely completely suggest anyone who hasn’t tried it to go try it because only one class and you will feel the goodness… Though beware that yoga/hot yoga is no for everyone – for example Martha-my cousin went with me to yoga and she did not like at all, she is a Gym-rat therefore for her to wrap her mind around yoga is very difficult but I think if she would had kept going she may have like it just as much as me.

Bikram yoga is not easy but is not impossible, seriously you don’t have to even push yourself over the edge, if you at least show up to class you are more than halfway there. Because even showing up can be difficult for some people, it is hard to put ourselves out there, we may feel embarrassment, ashamed of our body, scared that we won’t know how to do the poses. But try, try your best to DELETE all that from your mind, there will always be beginners in everything, everyone in the class is going in the class most likely with a similar mind set –yes they may be amazing a doing some of the poses but hey you have no idea how long it took them to get there, so STOP judging yourself so harshly, just show up.

What I hate about yoga is that I am just like all the little humans–in a rush… In a rush to get the poses right therefore I get discourage a bit when I can’t get them. But this is also my fault because I go then stop going then go again and the cycle continuous… Is better to sign up for an amount of time that way you will be more likely to want to take advantage of the money you pay so you will push yourself harder to try to go as much as possible.

Okay now I’m rambling off so my advice is JUST SHOW UP!

Here a picture I took of my Best Friend Loh in our trip to NYC

Yogi Lovie

Yogi Lovie

Favorite Yoga Places:

Mystic Fitness & Bikram Natick

Relaxing Music – HERE

Feel free to ask me any questions!

Are you a Yogi?

Namaste (: