#Coachella2014 Memories

#Coachella2014 Memories

It was all sunny days on Saturday! We would see Pharrell, Nas and their special guests along with Solonge and Chromeo! Great music!

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#Inspiration — First Days Project: Sharing stories from South Asians about their first day in the U.S.

#Inspiration — First Days Project: Sharing stories from South Asians about their first day in the U.S.

This project is definitely one that inspires me! I was able to have a conversation with one of the creators and we spoke about the void of the storytelling that gets passed down in communities of color. The project asks participants to tell a story about their first day in America. These stories are told through text, voice, and video. The project focuses on primary South Asians, but I would love to do a similar project. There is an organization called Densho in Seattle that does something very similar collecting stories about the experiences of Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII. They also attached curriculum for schools to discuss these issues. Stay tuned, as I build!

-AmbassadorNique

New Orleans Day Two

Day two of my trip to New Orleans would be fun filled. We’d visit a catholic church, the French Market, eat delicious cheese cake and visit the zoo!

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The market was fun. The day was beautiful and I was able to by the exact Saints beanie I was searching for. 

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My aunt told me that she wouldn’t mess with the swamp tour, but she did in fact take me to the zoo where we found many children and very few gators.

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This was the only gator I saw.. Not sure what’s going on with his mouth.

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Who Dat?!

All in all my trip to New Orleans was great. I wish it was longer, but my aunt and I managed to squeeze ALOT into two days. She showed me a great time and I can’t wait to come back for a visit and actually go on the swamp tour. Definitely have to stay longer next time, come during a Saints game, check out a jazz club and just have more time to roam in the city.

New Orleans never fails on showing southern hospitality. It will forever be home and one of my favorite cities. Until next time.

AmbassadorNique 

Life Hack “Creating Positive Change” (Day 30) LAST ENTRY

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

I feel gratitude for being able to complete this challenge! Its something that I will continue in a new form, some how and some way. I am grateful for new friends and new connections, most of all I am grateful that today we will move closer to accomplishing our goals.

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours.

Yesterday was wonderful, my time off to complete my Photo project was approved! I am super excited to share what I will be doing. My friend Courtney came through from San Jose with her partner Mike and we had a great time catching up and kicking it. The night was very low key. Shoutout to my roomies and Tony for also hanging out too!     

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Yes

Reflection: 

I really enjoyed this challenge. While I was far from perfect and my consistency wasn’t flawless, the goal was to change the mindset and initial thought process that comes to mind when reflecting on the day. My definition of success is happiness and as long as I can find happiness in every day, than I will always be successful. New challenge coming soon!

Life Hack “Creating Positive Change” (Day 29)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

The 3 things I am grateful for are my friends and family who travel and keep me motivated. I’m grateful that my health is well, and my bills are paid. Lastly I’m grateful for MUSIC! 

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours.
In the last 24 hours music helped me overcome a rough day and D was there to listen and relate to my deeper thoughts on the need for people of color to aspire for executive and decision making roles.   

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: No

Life Hack “Creating Positive Change” (Day 27)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

The 3 things I am grateful for are the time I have to work on my goals; the financial stability to travel this fall, and tools I will need to accomplish my goals.

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours.
Last night D and I took a walk in the rain to the produce stand, and had a chance to talk with each other about our goals and plans and what it will take to be successful. Even in the down pour it was still a great walk.  

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: No

Life Hack “Creating Positive Change” (Days 25 and 26)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.
I feel gratitude towards the institution I work. While they have their issues like every other place, I’ve met great people. I am grateful for for the rest I’ve gotten lately. Lastly I am grateful for the feedback my friends have given me on my photo project.

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 48 hours.
Last night I attended our department welcome BBQ and I was able to meet the new students and speak with some of the old ones. I had a great conversation with a faculty member about his past where we spoke about the NYPD, Harlem in the 80s ect.

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Yes

Life Hack “Creating Positive Change” (Day 24)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

I feel gratitude for the fact that I can walk into different spaces and still be comfortable with myself. I am grateful for my upcoming travels and lastly I am grateful that I can say I speak to my mothers and father mutiple times a week via text and phone. 

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours.

Last night I was able to attend the APIChaya open house event. The event was a nice small event and I was also able to meet an old friend from my Americorps days who encouraged me to come meditate. I definitely look forward to giving it a try. 

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Yes

Life Hack “Creating Positive Change” (Day 23)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

I am grateful for my communication skills in understanding that many times more than conversation communication can be about body language, what you are wearing and assertiveness. I’m feel gratitude that my parents raised me to believe in what I say and ask for what I want. They didn’t allow us to be shy. Lastly, I am grateful in the fact that I am able to stay optimistic through rough times.

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours.

In the last 24 hours a positive experience I had was being able to attend my friend Richie Le’s going away celebration. As he takes his next step in life I am beyond proud of him and excited to see what he does next.  

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Yes

Life Hack “Creating Positive Change” (Day 22)

1. Write down 3 gratitude’s.

I am grateful for lasting friendships. Some of us are lucky enough to have friends who come through for us and understand our ambitions. For those of us who are young and trying to get it, often times we can’t make it to every celebration, event, or get together. I’m grateful to have a few resources of my own that I’m able to share. Lastly today I’m grateful for the happy feeling I’ve had lately. I guess that was the point of this project. 😉

2. Journal about 1 positive experience you’ve had over the last 24 hours.

In the last 24 hours a positive experience I’ve had was taking Jessica (who is like my little sister now) to her first class here at UW. Its awesome to know that the amazing woman she is today will blossom into something even greater with her commitment to education. 

3. Exercise: Yes

4. Meditate: No

5. Write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network: Yes