Inspiring Talks

Once in a while I watch Ted Talks. And they can’t come at a better time for me: when I’m down, there’s always a video of theirs that brings me back to normal. Through Youtube or their website, I enjoy them. And it’s easy to lose track of time, especially if you watch the videos that are more than 15 minutes long.

These videos are inspiring and thought provoking. There are multiple videos on the same topic so they can be repetive, but there are standouts among the pile. You can learn a lot about yourself, others and life through them.

I watched Amy Cudy’s video on body language to prep for a job interview, and her points worked. I felt relaxed and confident during the ordeal. I didn’t get the job but that’s one example on how Ted Talks helped me.

If you don’t like watching videos, the the Ted Blog is stocked with posts that are just as motivational and intriguing as their counterpart. Whatever medium you choose, you will not be let down.

Second Time!!!

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I will be in the audience of my second John Mayer show in 25 days. It’s less than a month away!! When he announced that he was going on a world tour I immediately started scanning the tour dates, looking for a close enough show.

Vegas was it.

I was surprised that my dad was willing to go with me. I was surprised that I suggested we go! I’ve never gotten on a plane to see a concert on a whim. (The first John Mayer show we went to was courtesy of relatives, who won tickets to see him at The Hollywood Bowl). That was a good show: the venue was nice, the audience was having a fun time and the musicians weren’t missing a beat. It was a sold out show.

That was in 2007.

And while April 22 won’t be exactly seven years since the first show, it’s close enough. This will be a special show for me, because I’ll get to witness the John Mayer Trio in person! They introduced me to the blues and opened up a treasure trove of musicians that I wouldn’t have heard of.

That’s what John Mayer’s been doing for me ever since I was 13. I picked up the guitar because of him: Seeing the music video to “No Such Thing” awakened something in me, and I couldn’t ignore it. I played Room for Squares on repeat until my cousin wanted to throw it out the window. Every album he released after, I bought. I own his two DVDs. I used to sit down with my guitar and go through the tab books for his songs. To this day I still get excited when he announces new music. Whenever I get bored of the guitar for whatever reason, all I have to do is listen to one of his songs or watch a performance of his and I’m back.

Say what you want about his personality, but John Mayer is a great guitar player and songwriter.

I can’t wait for April 22!

The Arts

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The arts were an important aspect of my childhood: if I wasn’t in band or reading, what would I be doing? I wasn’t good at math, and while science was interesting, I didn’t like dealing with numbers. Music has numbers too, but it’s not complex like measurements.

When I heard about public schools cutting the arts to pay more attention to exercise, I was disappointed. When my university football program made itself to be in dire need of funds and pushing humanities to the side, I was shocked. People give money to athletic programs, but the arts get left with nothing.

Why?

Now, Trump wants to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and its sister agency National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These are federally funded programs that have done so much for rural America, and saving lives through drawing, painting, reading, writing, music and theater.

I can’t explain the need for continued funding for the Arts in this post, but this article in Paste Magazine can, by looking at how low-income, at-risk children and war veterans will be affected by the proposed cut. And this article in Quartz, documenting how important the NEH is to America’s story.

Yes, we all need to know basic math. We need to embrace technology at work and learn how to use a computer and some software. We need to exercise and be healthy. But we also need to be creative and express who we are. You can’t express your feelings in a spreadsheet.

Best Dressed at Oscars 2017

I’m not a glamorous girl. I’m not into makeup even though I have a white glass tray with lipsticks, nail polish, blush, foundation and concealer. (I only use the concealer from time to time). My outfit of choice are jeans/shorts, t-shirt/nice blouse, and slippers (flip flops, for you Mainland readers). I do enjoy a pretty dress and sparkly jewelry though–I have an obsession with necklaces! But do I want to get dressed up all the time? No.

However, as I mentioned in my previous post, I indulge in fashion when it’s awards season and last night at the Oscars was no exception! There was a lot of gold, metallic, frills, tule, sleeves…the actresses went all out for the last awards show of the year.

Below is my roundup of the best dressed at Oscars 2017.

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Aul’i Cravalho made a huge splash during her Oscars debut. The 16-year-old was in Rubin Singer looking beautiful. The ruffles with gold trims on the dress were pretty and the matching clutch completed the look.

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Giuliana Rancic, the former E! News host, wore a flowing Grecian-style dress by Georges Chakra Couture, and given her tall frame, she pulled it off. The dress draped in all the right places and the color–perwinkle blue–is pretty. (Let’s not mention her awful spray tan, though. That’s a different story. Focus on the dress, people!)

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Taraji P. Henson has perfect red carpet style, and last night she proved it again as a throwback to old Hollywood. The hair, the dress and the pose! Perfect with a capital “p.”

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Alicia Vikander was another elegant woman last night in Louis Vuitton. The lace details of the dress were pretty. The strappy heels gave her the right height for the back of the dress to drape on the floor. Finally, she chose the right hairstyle to highlight her beautiful necklace. A + all around!

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Scarlett Johansson in Alaia, with a statement belt and bracelet. The pink-and-purple cuteness of the dress wouldn’t match with those accessories but they work. The mix of feminine and edgy shone brightly on Johansson.

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There was a ballerina on the red carpet last night!!! Felicity Jones looked just like one in her Dior gown. It was simple with touches of elegant from the tule skirt. Cute!!