Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blissfully Seeking Adventure

This fall 2013 I will be embarking on an adventure of lifetime. I will be living, studying and interning in Dublin, Ireland. Follow my adventures, stories and tips abroad by reading my blog! 

Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 New Year's Resolutions

For the past couple of years I've been creating New Year Resolutions and for the most part I've been accomplishing them. A big reason for that is because I've published them online for the world to see. I also have a print version of my lists in my planner and bedroom wall. Since there is always room for improvement these are my resolutions for 2013.

1. Be healthy. Consistently workout at least 3 times a week (even during midterm and finals!). Eat healthy homemade meals.

2. Improve my grades. 

3. Apply for more scholarships (college is really expensive!)

4. Learn how to balance my schedule more.

5. Summer 2013!

6. Be a better catechist. Seek out more resources.

7. Travel to at least two new cities/towns.

8. Learn how to create and stick to budget, shop quality over quantity and save more money.

9. Learn how to manage my stress.

10. Be a better person, daughter, sister, friend.

11. Be more spiritual, read the Bible and go to mass more often.

12. Cross out more things from my bucket list. Accomplish my career goals.

13. Be fearless!

What are your New Year's Resolutions?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Music Monday: We Are Love [Deluxe Editition]

I have fallen in love with this album. With 17 amazing songs to chose from. I strongly suggest you splurge on the deluxe edition. I ordered mine from Barnes and Noble's website. it is simply amazing. Honestly, I had some doubts on their new music. Their previous album set very high standards yet they did not disappoint. Their songs come in FOUR languages! Italian, Spanish, English and a song in German. Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio are multi-talented. 

Their voices are so sweet yet powerful. Even when I don't fully understand some of their Italian songs, the tone and melody take you to another world. You feel the powerful emotions of the lyrics. Seriously, some of these songs take my breathe away. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Things I Learned: Il Volo takes Flight [Chicago Concert]

Amazing. That is the only word that describes the Il Volo concert I attended at the Chicago Theater on August 22, 2012. It was one of 28 cities in the Il Volo Takes Flight North American Tour. Actually, the words wonderful, phenomenal, and best-concert-ever also come to mind. And to think Piero Barone 18, Ignazio Borschetto 17 and Gianluca Ginoble 16, are only teeangers. The tri-lingual (Italian, English, Spanish) singing Italian superstars have come along way in short period of time. 

1. Opera has never sounded this good.
Il Volo's music is a combination of Opera and Pop. The three teenage tenors have amazing voices. It is unbelievable that they can make people who may not be fond  

2.  I must learn Italian soon. 
Il Volo's music and lyrics are so beautiful and full of meaning. They mostly sing in Italian but they also have songs in English and Spanish. Although there are many Italian to English translations of the lyrics, I know I'm not capturing the full meaning of the songs. Therefore, I want to learn to at least gain a better understanding of their Italian songs. My favorite Italian song is Un Amore Cosi' Grande. Luckily, I am fluent in Spanish so I can have full appreciation for their Spanish songs like my favorite, El Reloj.  

3. Twitter is a wonderful place to win free concert tickets.
As soon as my younger sister mention seeing Il Volo on the amrquee of the Chicago Theater, I went on Twitter. I saw a tweet by Ferrarelle USA, the sponsor of the tour. They tweeted they were giving a way a pair of free tickets that night's show. Obviously, I tweeted them ASAP. Luckily, I won amazing seats for the Il Volo concert. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Jessie Spano Effect

The first time the concept of feminism developed in my mind was at the age of ten. It occurred during the sitcom “Saved by the Bell”. As trivial as that show may have been, it taught me my first lesson on feminism. Jessie Spano, a character on the show as self-proclaimed feminist. In her own way, she fought for women’s right. At times she did contradict her beliefs. She was considered a bit eccentric by the other characters (even her friends), and she would have been considered a fraud by the fans of “true” feminists like those of bell hooks.  Regardless, Jessie’s constant need to proclaim gender equality and a need to stop the “sexist pigs” from dominating their female counterparts became a reassuring feeling to myself that men are not superior to women. Being female does not make me lower than a male. Society does not have the right to force me to do or believe things because I am not male. Growing up in a culture where male dominance was acceptable, this concept encouraged me to confront the status quo (in my own personal way). 

While many viewers believe Jessie Spano made feminism taboo, I became empowered by it. As a 6th grader, I demanded for equal playing time for boys’ and girls’ soccer games during gym class. I occasionally wore my “Girls’ Rights” tee shirt, called boys “sexists pigs” when they insulted my knowledge on baseball and got in a few fights with boys who tried to belittle me during school. As I got older, I learned about the negative perceptions of feminism and retracted from that concept. I have been in constant debates with myself as I still seek to find my true meaning of feminism and how it can improve gender inequality and self-esteem in women. In my own way, I still fight for women’s right; I have new role models but the same belief is still there. But I will never forget Jessie Spano’s ever-present battle for feminism.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Hope for a Better Future

The Illinois 2012 primaries are occurring on March 20, 2012. Rudy Lozano Jr. is a running for state representative for the 21st district. I researched him (more than just his website) and his platform. I have even met him personally. I truly believe he is the best choice to represent the 21st district of Illinois. I have also researched Silvana Tabares who is his opposing candidate. As much as I believe in more women in politics and government, I don't believe Tabares is qualified or a better choice that Lozano. This is one of the most important races for Latinos and Chicago voters. I do encourage for voters to do their own research on the subject. But I was part of the district, I would gladly vote for Lozano. The importance of who wins this election will define Latino and Chicago politics. Lozano is endorsed by various organizations and people including Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Year of Historic Court Cases

As 2011 comes to a close, there has not been a greater popularity in legal drama than the year of 2011. The media had a huge interest in this trials; thus, creating a high demand for material and non-stop information, opinions, and evidence from these cases.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Who is the King of the World?

"Titanic is not just a cautionary tale-a myth, a parable, a metaphor for the the ills of mankind. It is also a story of faith, courage, sacrifice, and above all else, love."
                             -James Cameron