Connect the Dots

On a blank canvas there are two dots.

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These two dots have an undeniable imaginary line that connects them together.

They are pleasantly happy being just a dot. Grateful to have one another it seems.

It also seems that being grateful is the imaginary line that brings them together. When we also recognize and value our own worth, and feel gratitude for what we have; happiness becomes the starting point.


The law of attraction in undeniably there too.

True love in not something you take, but something that’s given. So inspire to make a difference in the world and be grateful for what you do have. The soul and brain must work to accomplish this task.

You must choose to redefine your everyday because your external life reflects your internal universe. You connect to life based on how you feel from within so focus on positive.

It’s time to seek somewhere in the future, in a line with the many probabilities of the universe and beyond, that those two dots do belong together. Find essence in other people’s life and find your purpose by letting people get to know the real you.

Don’t be afraid to leap because the connection is so valuable.


The Art of Believing in Yourself



Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The only thing that can spoil a day is people… People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were good as Spring itself.”

Is the world mad after all?

People have issues all day everyday and it affects their mind and spirit. It is an internal unresting state of being. So when we surround ourselves with people we don’t like or can’t get along with then it becomes a realization that we are settling. It’s a trap by our own mind. It’s a choice to keep inviting negative people back into the life and outcomes are always draining mentally and spiritually.

So decisions are so important. Don’t choose to be miserable. At the end of the night, how do you feel? It will always depend on who you included in your life that day. If you like dysfunction then you will surround yourself with dysfunctional people who drain you. Don’t play the victim when we know crazy is not peaceful.

I say to you to walk in the direction of better steps. Because when you love yourself then you want better for yourself. So obsess over studying what makes you feel happy and successful.

Habits will begin coaching you to see thing that don’t exist yet. The law of attraction states that focusing on positive and negative thoughts brings positive or negative experiences into their life.  The need to strengthen of character is to see results in effort because results won’t be by chance.

The effort will pay the dues with still so much to learn and regret is what you learn most. However, if you’re holding on to regret then it will bring you down and not make anything better. Instead, let it fuel you to take action. Raise the standards and get what you want and not just what you tolerate. Take responsibility of failure and be the hero for your life by not accepting fate.

The difference in people are standards. A list to get what you want in life.

Stop the negative thinking as soon as you wake up and believe in yourself.


Coffee w/ a Shot of Expression


Society can seem to be upside down at times. It can become hard to visualize your dreams so you begin to suppress and create problems with a side dose of acne and negative thoughts. What do you do? What do you want?

Me: Coffee shop. What do I want? Shot of espresso in my coffee to make me happy or in other words, “Red Eye please.”

My life mantra is to always find a way to be happy and espresso is my brew of choice. It’s as bold as my expressions and I sip it to explain my existence. The strong flavor lingers on my lips as the sweet-bitterness awaits for another sip.

A life mantra is personal like a well calibrated shot of espresso in my coffee.

In the state of allowing myself to find answers outside of my inner self  will amplify the ‘conscious life’ to transform into a better version of myself.  The transformation is the espresso in my so called coffee/life.

Coffee beans are ground to its perfect measurement, scaled and compressed into a small hockey size puck as it is then inserted into the machine’s group head so that hot water can seep through the fraction sized crevices. Many steps to create just 1-3 oz. espresso shot(s). A lot of pressure for a taste of happiness, but so worth it.

You are worth it.

Accept the amplified emotions of the transformation and own the person you want to be. Change the reality your mind and society has created as a problem and rise above by choosing a new perspective. This is quantum bits turning into vibrational harmony allowing more control of your mind (intuition) to choose outside your circumstances and receive what you desire.

Having the faith that a coffee bean can transform from a fruit into a liquid desired brew didn’t just happen by accident. It was by taking it into our hands from the very start to the finished brew. We must have faith in our inner being by taking control of our process and merge our past and future selves into what we can brew now. It all is happening right now to us.

What is your mantra?

“I wanna to be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Is a fire so bright
That the whole world can see..”
-Different by Micah Tyler

Coffee Process
Rosa Park LB, CA


I loVe <3 BROW Month :)

The year 2015 is almost over and the second half of the year should be our best foot forward. With that said, preparing oneself is important to start a “fresh” new year. Our brows not only define our face, but also who we are before a word can be uttered. Brows should be celebrated and brought back to health with new tips and tricks for a fresh, defined and sexier you.

However, 2016 is not only bringing back brows, but bringing them in a whole new light. Color has everyone talking…check some of these ideas out. Do your brows need more? >: ) #artdaily #BoldBrows“I had a lot of dates, but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.” -Andy Warhol

Its in Your Genes!

Melissa Franco

Hi everyone, I found this article on how a photographer, Ulric Collette, merges two different generations of family members to create a really interesting photograph. Its really amazing how some people look like repeats of an older generation. In the photo below the photographer combined a picture of his mother and daughter and it ended up looking like a photo of one person at different points in life. The resemblance is really amazing. At first I thought this was a picture of one person!

I thought this was a really interesting concept although it might not necessarily work for all family members it could highlight similarities that aren’t really noticeable at first. I’d personally like to look into this more and merge some of my photos with those of my relatives. I think it would be a really interesting project! Below are some of my favorites that I got from…

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Finding Artist in the Family

It’s always fascinating to stumble upon people with your last name…down the line maybe they can be a piece of the puzzle to understand more of oneself.

Tattoo Road Trip/ Artist-tips

Tattoo Road Trip/ Artist-tips

Lesson by lesson tips, and for me, this one was helpful: 

“If you are still uncomfortable with the idea of tracing and would rather freehand but you are still not getting the anatomical image correctly on your surface, simply create a tracing first. Then use that tracing as your reference and freehand that onto your surface. When you use something you’ve already drawn as your reference, that image is easier to follow, because you’ve already drawn it. Your brain remembers.”

A Reminder of Where I Came From

BINGHAM, John L.VU Professor Emeritus Dies. Born Sept. 19, 1919 in Pineville, KY to John Matt and Myrtle Sarah Bingham who predeceased him, died May 2nd. Mr. Bingham graduated from East High School in 1936 where he was honored in 1960 as Alumnus of the year. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees (Phi Beta Kappa) in Romance Languages at Vanderbilt University during which time he was awarded the Taft Teaching Scholarship in Romance Languages at the University of Cincinnati. WWII interrupted his educational endeavors, when he was drafted into the Army (Signal Corps) serving 1942-46. He was deployed to the South Pacific, rank of Sgt., then to North Pacific as an officer, rank of 1st Lieutenant. After the war, he went to UCLA as a teaching assistant of Romance Languages and as a Ph.D. candidate. As part of his work there, he prepared a lengthy analysis of a major work of 19th century Spanish fiction and was awarded Del Amo Scholar at U. of Madrid, summer of 1949. In 1950, he returned to Vanderbilt where he spent the next 40 years as Professor, Administrator (25 years as Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Science while continuing to teach) and leader on a wide range of committees. Among his many achievements, he served as Director of Summer School at Instituto Technologico, Monterrey, Mexico; Director, Vanderbilt-in-Spain, summer, 1977; Director of Foreign Programs (18 yrs.); Dir. of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese (17 yrs.), numerous leadership positions in Phi Beta Kappa Society and several other societies as well. During his years in the Dean’s office, he advised hundreds of students and parents on academic and personal matters and was a productive liaison between the faculty and administration. He was honored with the Chancellor’s Cup in 1982 for outstanding service to students outside the classroom, the Round Table (Peabody) for major influence on a student’s life, and the Edgar A. Jones Faculty Advisor Award. Through his extraordinary gift of teaching, he was instrumental in the spectacular growth of undergraduate majors in Spanish & Portuguese. He co-authored with Monica Morley a grammatical guide of the Spanish language for students and teachers, and prepared for publication a paper for the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference. He has been lauded for his pioneering efforts in the University’s programs of study abroad, and described as a stalwart citizen of the University. His devotion to his students is surpassed only by his love for his family, which has benefited greatly from his example, counsel and generosity. At his retirement in 1986 he was awarded title of Professor Emeritus of Spanish. After his official retirement, he continued to teach in the Freshman Honors Program for 4 years. He later tutored high school students in Spanish and Latin. He enjoyed working at his computer where he learned to play chess online, competing with other chess players, and where he wrote his memoirs –a cherished treasure for his family. He was a devout catholic and parishioner at St. Henry’s Church. After moving to Mary Queen of Angels assisted living in 2008, he continued attending Mass there regularly. The eldest of six children, he was the beloved Patriarch, whose intelligence and wealth of knowledge were constantly being tapped. Mr. Bingham was also predeceased by brothers, Charles Beverly Bingham (WWII casualty), Billy Ray Bingham; sister Myrna Kintgen Stone; nephews John Roy Kintgen, and Paul Kintgen. He is survived by brother Stanley (Mary) Bingham, N. Palm Beach Fl; sister Gwen Gibson, Hendersonville, TN; nephews Michael Bingham, N. Palm Beach, Fl; Earl Kintgen, Jr. (Anna), Fresno, CA; Stephen Kintgen, Milaca, MN; Mark (Stephanie) Gibson, Hendersonville, TN; Keith (Melinda) Gibson, Huntsville, Al; nieces Elaine (John) Nivens, Germantown, TN; Beverly Bingham, N. Palm Beach, Fl; Lynn (Don) Stafford, Collierville, TN; Pam (Tom) Morris, Coarsegold, CA; Teri Bingham, Santa Barbara, CA; Lisa (Dan) Palmer, Nashville TN; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 7th, 5 to 7 p.m. at Marshall, Donnelly & Combs with rosary at 7. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Henry’s Church on Harding Road, May 8th, 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Thanks and appreciation to the kind and caring staff at Mary Queen of Angels as well as Life Care Center of Old Hickory Village where he left this world to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The world he left is a much better place because of his life.

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