As T.I. and Rhianna once said.. “So Live Ya Life!!”

Hey Everyone !! Hope you all had a great weekend !! Even though Monday is lurking around the corner, lets enjoy this Lazy Sunday and reflect on our weekends ! So yesterday, I had no plans like ZERO and Ive been hinting a New York City trip but I was like “eh maybe not cause no one wants to go with me” Also, I never been alone in the city by myself like EVER so I was always codependent on someone when I traveled. Basically, I said “Im gonna go to the city by myself and walk around and enjoy my time !” So catched a train and was on my way ! After 2 hours and a 1 min (yes I checked the ride time because I am a total noob) I was finally there ! Took a uber to Columbus Circle to meet up with my best friend from highschool Jason !! I havent seen him in, 5 years since we both graduated highschool but we always been super close and I was so exicted to see him ! So we met at the shops near Columbus and legit we had this adorable moment when I was so exicted to see him ! Like in the movies !! Where ya havent see a person in so long and you guys get super exicted ! So basically that is what happened ! We walked around Central Park, because I was dying to see Strawberry Fields I tried to go a couple of weeks ago by myself when I stayed in the City for a music festival, but I winded up getting lost and had to call my brother who lives near the park for directions to get out of the park LOL it was very bad but I survived. Sorry about that odd flashback but, we walked around and finally found strawberry fields ! (I obviously took a photo with it) and I saw the cute boats on the water and I begged Jason to come with me and do it, and hes like nah and I was like yeah I understand. (If any cute boys reading this who would like to take me on a cute date like that pls don’t be a stranger and message me) haha so after that idea failed, Jason took some cute photos of me ! I loved how he grasped me being my happy self and enjoying the moment !! (Also they’re very good dating profile photos as well) LOL okay I have to stop ! We walked around near the met !! and went to this small tiny diner ! Also they didnt give us our iced coffee and diet coke (very mad about that still) But around 5 I left ! It was a great day !! It’s always good to reconnect with old friends from your past ! Yes, you get older , life becomes more crazy ! But the connection is always there ! When I saw Jason legit nothing has changed between us we are still the goofy kids who would sit on the bench on our off period senior year and talking about our inside jokes ! All together what I want to get out of this blog post is, be grateful for the moment and the people who still are in your life ! Even though if you havent seen them in a while or talked to them in years, talking to them you realize you stil have a connection and a close bond it makes you realize why they were in your life in the first place ! Thanks all I wanted to say and share love you guys !

Brooke(:

Why Ive Been M.I.A …

Hey Everyone ! Long time no write (I thought I was being cleaver when I wrote that.. but I failed miserably) Anywhoooooo , So the reason ive been basically M.I.A for about two months. I have been writing on and off, but I started to give up and not believe what I was writing was good enough. I gave up and just delayed writing all together which was bad because I wanted to write but then I thought “Oh Ill do it later! Not a big deal !” Which made me begin to procrastinate and unmotivated and started to lose interest. A couple of weeks have passed since I last wrote, and I started not to feel like myself and I gave myself some “Me” time mostly consisted with hanging out with friends, going out exploring new places (nature preserves), and discovering my own happiness and trying to do things for myself independently . Honestly, it was the best decision to take some time off and work on myself. . Its good to take some alone time for yourself, we get so caught up on we need to get our lives together so we can live happy lives and become successful. Taking time for yourself does help you in the long run, a step back makes you become refocused on the goals and dreams you set up in the long run ! During this mini break I realized, I should not be so hard on myself in writing and in my personal life. Sometimes when we are so hard on ourselves (I know because I am my own worst critic) we give up on achieving what we want to become and goals we set out for ourselves and I noticed I was doing that and I slowly began to give up. Step by Step I started to better myself, whenever it was going away for a day doing something out of the ordinary, or exercise (yoga) , and just taking time for myself. I started to get more inspired and refocused. I think its a good thing for anyone in general to take a step back from your prioritizes in life and focus on yourself because you are the most important not other everyday tasks we focus on ! So that was my little rant ! I’ll be posting soon ! I got some good trips this month and I cant wait to write about it !! Love you all

Brooke(:

Goal of Summer 2019.. Be in the Moment and Chase after Sunsets (:

Hey Guys ! Sorry I haven’t written in a while.. Life is super crazy at the moment ! Now that Summer is around the corner, Ive been trying to go out more to enjoy the warm weather and we have longer time with sunlight (Perks of the Summer) Ive been planning trips and buying tickets to go see some my favorite artist perform live (Tame Impala and Govball bless up 2019 already) and my friend Susan asked if I wanted to go shopping and of course I said yes because I needed new clothes 😛 So we went out to the Outlets and we got some Starbucks and when we were talking my eyes went straight to that LONG ISLAND SUNSET and my first thought was “I need a photo” so we jumped out of our seats and got in Susan’s car and chased that sunset. We looked up the closet beach near by, so we drove there and walked down closer to the beach and the view was amazing !!

As we got to the bottom of the stairs we saw how amazing the view looked I felt like I was seeing cotton candy in the sky ! It was totally breath taking, Susan and I (Mostly me) was freaking out screaming about how beautiful the sunset was and how we are so lucky we are in this moment ! She was laughing at my pure excitement. The little things in life, going on unexpected trips and hanging out with your friends! This is what I live for happy moments with others.

I am just gonna post all the photos I took when I was there ! CAN WE JUST NOTICE HOW THERE IS NO VSCO FILTER AND THIS IN REAL LIFE CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT !! In conclusion, I just want to let everyone know, this summer we should just explore and enjoy each-others company we are all in good moods because the summer time is here ! We should make new memories, meet new people, escape our comfort zone ! BE IN THE MOMENT ENJOY THE TIME ! Sometimes when you least expect it something amazing comes out of a memory ! (: The goal I wanna put out there for Summer of 2019 or just 2019 in general get out of the house, explore new places you never been too, go to that concert by yourself and enjoy the music, talk to that person you have a crush on, and just don’t let anything hold you back ! Live in the moment and see what happens, my new motto ! Don’t expect anything go in with a clear mind and something good will come out of it ! Take the chance !! What’s the worst thing that could happen? Anywho, thanks for reading guys ! Sorry I haven’t been posting in a while, I’m gonna start to write again now I have some cool things happening this summer and im really excited to share with everyone !!

Brooke(:

Can art help you Let go of your Negative Thoughts?

Hi Everyone! Today I wanna focus on the importance of our negative thoughts how it can consume our day. Sometimes we need a distraction to remove those thoughts and focus/ distract us when we are having a bad day. IF you put our energy into something else, we stay focus and determined. If we work on a activity it can help us block out the world and put are focus on the activity we are all working on to feel complete. For example, I always wanted to go back into drawing I am not the greatest but it does help me focus on something else and escape my mind. So today, it was a beautiful day out and wanted to escape my room for a bit and enjoy the weather. Did some yoga to put myself in a good mood while drinking some water, and decided to write a quote “I’m still growing” I believe we are still growing as we get older, finding out what we like or dislike, what do we really enjoy doing, and find the true meaning of happiness. I believe I am still growing as a person, still going through good and bad times to help me become a stronger person. I’m still learning about myself, at the age of 22 and I’m excited but still nervous to see what will happen in the future. When I was drawing this I thought about plants (just like the old saying “Plants make People Happy” which I finally realized was true) My favorite plant is a sunflower, I went to a sunflower field over the summer and It was so beautiful and amazing. I wanted to resemble myself as a sunflower I am standing tall and through my ups and downs im going to make it through while standing strong. During the day while drawing this I stayed focus listening to some calming music I created on my playlist. Feeling relaxed and calm I believe art really helps me forget about the worries I have in the world. I believe if we focus on something to get our minds off of certain things we can excel and find true happiness and joy through the process.

Brooke(:

My Spontaneous trip to Hudson Yards !

So last week, I decided to get out of the island for a bit and explore somewhere. (Shocking) I heard they just opened a new mall in the Hudson Yards, my mind at 4 am decided “Hey lets go, I wanna check it out!” The best thoughts and ideas happen at 4 am, don’t deny it at all. So I woke up around 9 am and asked my dad to come along with me, (needed someone to take some good Instagram shots of me) and he enjoys city trips! So we took the drive out there and was gazing upon the tall buildings, and was memorized. Finally, after finding parking (which took forever) we walked around and we finally got to the Hudson Yards Mall. We wanted to check it out, because it had just opened about maybe a month ago so we had decided to experience the new Mall.

Here’s the picture inside the Hudson Yards Mall, it had 5 stories and it was super huge. (obviously because there were 5 levels) It was super unique, there was a tiny art museum in the mall I wanted to check out, because I saw a beautiful painting of Audrey Hepburn (My Idol) but sadly it was going to open at 3 pm and we were there at 11 am (struggles but I got to look at it and admire from afar) When walking around we wanted to check out The Vessel, it was super helpful people were helping us find it because, me and my dad circled around the mall to find it (I am super clueless when it comes to directions) So we went outside and saw The Vessel it was amazing, seeing it in real-life was breathtaking.

Stepping outside seeing The Vessel, It was super unique I never saw a building like that and its interesting now a days seeing how people are designing buildings in the city. While on my way to the Hudson Yards I was super upset I didn’t get to take a photo of the building. I like the idea of how they are changing the buildings up and making them more unique and modern. When I saw The Vessel, my dad and I decided to wait on line to go up but I am afraid of heights. (Ask anyone I have a panic attack) but I thought hey! let me go and do it! Experience something new and what not, As we reached our turn we realized we had to pay for our tickets before getting on the line. The line at that point was crazy long so we had to take the long walk of shame. So, in my head like every girl wanting to look cool I asked my dad “Can you take a photo of me behind The Vessel!” So he had taken a photo and it came out sick (Perks of your dad being a videographer he takes rad photographs)

Also, I thought It was really amazing the art that was shown around the mall. I saw some of the artwork but this really stood out to me the most, “We Believe The Future Is Ours” meaning that we decide what our future wants to be and the world is behind us, reaching our goals. When walking around the mall I saw a lot of cool quotes (I wanted to look at all of them and take photos of them) But, in conclusion is was a dope mall, (ew can’t believe I just said “Dope”) next time in the city you should totally check it out!! It was a hip mall, and out of the gate trips are the best I was so glad to escape into the experience and enjoy my time in the city!

Brooke(:

How to Change “I Hate my Body” to “I Love my Body”

This is the first Christmas were I decided not to get all dolled up, I felt so insecure about my body. I couldn’t even wear I dress without feeling disgusting in it, looking at my stomach, thighs, and my arms. Looking at this photo right now you all are probably thinking, “Brooke what are you talking about, you aren’t even fat”. But, it was much deeper than that I was not happy with myself and it started to reflect on my physical appearance. Sometimes when you get down on yourself, it begins to reflect on yourself and your interactions with others. One of the reasons of me being so down on myself was, I hated my body. I let myself go, it was to the point I would eat all the time for comfort and didn’t even care what I had put inside my body. It was to the point I would have to wear big sweatshirts and sweatpants to feel comfortable in my own skin. It was to the point I had to wear spankx under neath my clothes when I would go out.

In this photo you can see myself wearing the sphanx, every time I would go out with my friends I would compare myself to all the other girls at the bar. That was one of the worst things I did, compare myself to other people based on physical appearance. Now a days with social media such as, Instagram it’s very hard for people to compare themselves to others in their selfies, trips, and showing off their body. I tried to loose weight but not in a good way, I tried to eat only one meal a day, stayed in bed all day didn’t so I wouldn’t eat, and wouldn’t even attempt to work out. I wanted to change and wanted to be happy but I had no idea how to start, one day i realized I had to get out of this funk I was so adapted to and start doing something. Little baby steps can make a big impact on your life, you have to leave the comfort zone to grow as a person. If you stay in your comfort zone for the rest of your life how are you suppose to grow as a individual? Taking these steps will help you go on the right path and work towards your goals to find true happiness.

This is me now, I started to eat more healthier and I began to join a yoga studio near my house and I feel good emotionally and mentally. I didn’t care about loosing weight like I was in the past, all that matter is that I was happy and I take some time out of my day to work out and relax my mind. In the photo, this was my first time wearing a crop top in 8 months and a skirt. I felt super confident, and did not care what anyone else looked like and carried out my own positive light the whole night I was with my friends and just focused on the good. I’m now in a comfortable position to say “I Love my Body” I realized if you put the time and effort into yourself the outcome will be successful. What i’m trying to say is we are all beautiful and our bodies come in all different shape and sizes. We have the power to change how we feel by taking actions and working hard for our goals. Right now, I am in a good place physically and mentally focusing on the good while doing things that make me happy and I feel great eternally and it reflects in my spirit and the way I carry myself.

Brooke(:

Let’s Namaste for a Month (: (Focusing on my Physical, Spiritual, and Mental Health)

Namaste (nah-mas-tay) “My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, & peace within you, because it is also within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.”

Hey Everyone !!

Like the intro of the blog ? Today I am going to talk about how I will be attending yoga for a month, to focus more on my physical, mental, and spiritual health.

“How did the idea of attending yoga for a month, come to mind?”

One of my goals this month was, getting back into shape and feeling better about myself. Recently, I have not been happy with my weight recently and that has affected my self-esteem and people around me with my constant “I’m so fat!” and I would want to hear the reassurance of “No! Brooke you are so thin!” I decided to get out of this funk, and thought about joining a gym but the downside is I HATE working out (I can only work out for a good 5 minutes and i’m basically done) and I didn’t wanna waste my money on something that I know I’m not going to enjoy so that idea was off the table. But, I had thought “How about Yoga?” I went to a yoga studio near my house and it was an absolute amazing experience. After a couple of classes I stopped going because I was busy with work and school so I stopped showing up (main reason my groupon there was expired) Recently Ive missed it a lot, and it had made me feel good about myself and had a positive affect on my life.

“Were you nervous to get back into Yoga?”

I signed up for my groupon on Sunday, I wanted to start the week on a good note and spring is now here so I decided to get out of the house more often to attend yoga and maybe do a walk around the park afterwards (: When I went on Monday, I was super nervous I thought “Oh my god what if everyone is better than me?” Of course when you get back into something, your negative thoughts resurface but don’t let it get the best of you ! You’re doing something good for yourself and something that makes you happy that’s pretty amazing in my book !! My first class back, my instructor Laura made me feel welcomed and that helped me overcome my negative thoughts and fears in the yoga session. The people who were there also in the class were super nice any time someone walked in they would always greet you with a smile and its great to know you are in a place where everyone accepts you without even knowing who you are, its a judgement free zone. I look at it like this, we all have one goal we want to focus on whether its waning to become more fit, do something we enjoy in our free time, we should be proud that we took the first step into achieving our goals, and whoever is making fun of for it or wanting us to fail is losers who are to scared to step out of their comfort zone.

“What do you want to get out of doing Yoga for a month?”

My goal out of this month is, to find true happiness within myself. I believe Yoga will help me because, it helps you take a moment out of your day to focus on yourself. How we should be grateful for this moment we have and we can go at our own pace and no one is judging us, as my yoga teacher said to the class the other day “This is your journey, just focus on your breathe and go at your own pace.” What I want to do this month is, recently I have been going to Yoga in the morning because its a great way to wake up and start the day also working out in the a.m. helps you be awake and give you endorphins. Also, I am trying to go 7 days a week, I know its a lot but I want to take the time out and for a moment to focus on myself and know everything is going to be okay just keep calm and continue the flow in and out of the yoga practice. I hope yoga can open new doors for me to become more confident and help me loose weight by doing something I really enjoy! I will write about my yoga experience in month, on how it had changed me mentally, physically, and spiritually. I just wanna say to everyone thank you for taking your time and reading my blog, I enjoy writing my experiences and my ways of self-care ! The positive feedback means everything to me !

Brooke(: