Friday, March 29

How To Do A 24-Hour Water Fast Properly

Water fasting is amazing, but if one has never done it before it could be quite intimidating. Well, I'm here to help and guide you through the entire process. Today I'm going to be water fasting myself, and I'll document everything throughout the day.

If done right, water fasting is a safe and healthy way to heal the body. The results are astonishing! Most people do it for weight loss, which is great, but there's so much more to it than that. Scientists have studied water fasting, and have observed that bodybuilders that fast once a week gain more quality muscle tissue faster. This is because the body is cleaner and more efficient. It's truly capable of healing anything, and only toxins and weak tissue will be expelled.

Sounds wonderful; so how do we get started?  Pick a day that's free of any burdens. No chores, no school, no work, no schedule, and even no exercise. The fast day is truly a time to relax and reflect. Even something as simple as exercising can disrupt it. The expects at True North Health Center recommend to stay calm and at peace throughout the day. So enjoy the time off, and we don't even have to prepare food!

I like to prep for my water fast by eating well the previous day. So my meals consisted of organic blended juice and fresh raw produce. That's pretty much my diet anyway, and that alone is very cleansing. It's a good way to transition to just water for fast day. That means nothing but water for an entire 24 hours. This includes all cosmetics, because these enter the body through the skin and go straight into the bloodstream.

Use the best water that you can find for the fasting. Yes, filtered water is an excellent choice, but if you don't have access to that it's okay. At least boil the water in order to sanitize it a bit, and have plenty ready to go. That, and only drink from glass. No plastic or metal should ever be used.

Here's a great video that shows how to get good water and explains why glass is important:



Also, if you're interested in more, I documented a seven-day fast here:

So that's pretty much it. Drink about 7-10 glasses of water throughout the day. Rest, meditate, read, sit in the sun... The day is yours!

Woke at 6:30am
Got up naturally without the alarm clock, full of energy, and ready to start the day. I went downstairs, opened up all of the currents and got my first glass of water. I started writing this blog shortly after, and got my second helping of water. This time in a tea cup, to help simulate warm tea. No tea, of course, just warm water.

10:00am
Got the beginning of this blog post all wrapped up, and am working on my third glass of water. I'm doing great, and plan on going upstairs to sit in the warm sun for a bit to reflect. Just me and my thoughts. 

1:00pm
So, I've had three more glasses of water. I'm just chilling and catching up on some reading. It feels so good to do whatever I please. No Google Calender for me today! I'm a little hungry, but it's not that noticeable.

3:00pm
I'm having one more cup of warm water and enjoying my book. I'm probably going to finish it today or tomorrow. It's nice to escape for a bit. I've got a really tiny headache, which is one of the side effects of fasting. Releasing toxins no doubt. I find that it gets way easier every time that I fast. The benefits completely outweigh the minor temporary discomfort. 

5:00pm
This is going very smoothly today. The more that I fast, the easier it becomes. Also, I'm probably not detoxing as much because of my clean diet. That's great. So there's a tip: Make water fasting easier by eating more raw foods daily! My headache's gone too, but I'm still hungry. To be expected though. I've also had one more glass of water, so that makes eight now.

8:00pm
Still reading! It's been fun, and I'm surprised by how fast the day has flown by. Now that the sun has gone down, I'm starting to get a little sleepy. I pretty much plan on reading until I go to bed.
 
10:00pm
Tomorrow will be another day of wonderfully tasty juices and fresh produce. So breaking a water fast is pretty straightforward. All one does is refeeds with the proper foods for half of the time as the fast lasted. Only organic homemade juice first, then blended juice with all of the fiber, and then whole raw produce. This can all be done within one day, but I like to space mine out a bit. So just juice tomorrow, then blended juice the next, and then whole raw produce. Then one can return to their usual diet, but of course with healthy choices in mind. So I'm off to bed; good night everyone. I'll talk to you again soon.

♡ Claudia

Thursday, March 28

Virtual Master Class - Cameras

Awesome video alert! If you're looking to get into filmmaking or photography, check this video out. They touch upon all of the basics, and really explain things well.



Cheers!
~Claudia

Wednesday, March 27

How to Write the Perfect Blog Post

So you want to be a blogger and share your amazing ideas with the world. Welcome! That's wonderful news, but where do we go from there? Writing and blogging, just like any practiced skill, takes patience and determination. It will not happen overnight, but I can promise that you will reap whatever you sow. If one puts a little in, one gets a little out. If one puts a whole lot in, then well, that's when the magic begins.


Writing tips for blogging:

- Just write! Writing and posting daily is a wonderful exercise. Nobody's perfect at the beginning, and one will learn and grow fast from their mistakes along the way. I've written over 400 posts now, and they sure do add up fast. How many hours of practice is that? It's a vital part of the process. So don't hold back one more day. If you want it, then do it, and don't stop.

- The world needs to hear what you have to say. The internet is one of the most beautiful things in existence today. It connects us in ways never thought possible, gives us community, friendship, knowledge, and entertainment. We can help each other out in new ways that weren't possible years ago. There's always someone out there that can benefit from your wisdom and is yearning for connection. Students, young people, apprentices, etc. Being a mentor will positively change and impact someone. They will teach and help you as well in their own way. Give and you shall receive.

- Speak from the heart. Pick a subject that you're truly passionate about. Something that's so wonderful that the words will pour out from you. It's natural, not rushed or forced in any way. If it is, then reconsider it. It has to stay fun, or it wasn't meant to be. You will know deep down if the topic's a match, because it will be enjoyable. I've experienced this myself. I know that this is what I love to do. It's not work; it's my dream and my passion. The same excitement is there 400 posts later.  

- Always write for others, not yourself. This is huge, and it's probably one of the most important points. It's vital that the message be written for your audience. A writer is there to serve and engage the reader. That's why people seek out blogs, because they need to be helped or entertained in some way. Take these sentences for example: "Today I spent some time at the beach. I enjoyed myself very much because it was so relaxing and tranquil." Compare that to this: "The beach is a wonderful place to go and relax. So take some time off, and enjoy the tranquilly." They're both basically the same message, but the former is selfish and the latter is written for others. Writing specifically for others is so much more rewarding. You're still writing about your passion, and yourself in a way, but wording it so that others can relate to it better. That's what people are more interested in. It's all right to give personal examples that further the writing, because those are useful and have more impact when used sparingly. They also give personality to the writing. Just use them accordingly. Think back to some of your favorite blog posts or articles. I'm sure that they were implementing this, but were still written with you in mind. Others should always come first.     

- Study grammar and writing. Reading books and watching videos on writing and grammar will significantly improve one's own writing. It did for me. Find something that's similar to your needs and study it. Or study your favorite bloggers. Why are they successful? Why is their writing always so damn good? Pay attention to it, and use that inspiration to write. Also, a post full of smiley faces, text shorthand, and exclamation points is not at all professional. Is a book written like that? No, probably not. Save that fun for the comments section.

If blogging is truly your passion, then go for it. The world is waiting, and nobody
has said it the way that you have yet. Your voice is unique and special. Have at it!

Cheers and happy writing.
~Claudia

Monday, March 25

Living a Healthy Lifestyle: Tips on How to Start

I get asked this all the time, "Claudia, I want to be healthy, I just don't know where to start." And my response to that is, "We will always have time for the things we put first."

It's truly as simple as identifying and changing bad habits one by one. Take tiny baby steps, or tackle a whole bunch of things at once. Whatever your style is, just do it, and stick with it. It's not about doing it for a month and then quitting. It's about making slow progress until you wouldn't have it any other way. It becomes natural, and a way of life. The benefits are endless.

If you're curious about my path, it's pretty well documented on this blog. Go back to the beginning of the Health and Lifestyle section and work your way forward. I started my journey almost a decade ago, and I must say, it's one of the most important choices I've ever made.


The Plan:

- Mind. Learning, visualization, and focus are key. Pick up books on healthy living, watch YouTube videos on the subject, spend time at the library, find a person that's living the way you want to live and study them. Next, get a clear image in your mind that you want. Picture yourself outdoors, smiling, having fun, with that lean sexy body that you've always wanted. Then focus on it. When we focus on the positive, instead of the negative, we have something that motivates and excites us. Get emotionally involved with that image and start taking action day by day to make it happen.

- Body. Schedule time each day to go outside and be active in a fun way. It could be as little as walking for five minutes. Maintaining these small good habits is vital, so that we can't fail and we have something to improve upon. I'm reminded of a story about marksmanship training. The new students started with the target a foot away so that it was easy to get a bullseye. Then the instructors slowly moved it back. This method was very successful, because of the little victories along the way. Don't set yourself up to fail; set yourself up to win! Change how the game is played. This goes for diet as well. Changing everything at once can be very stressful. The body will go through withdrawals. So to get more fruits and veggies into the diet, start with the ones you do like. Then the next step would be to replace some of the junk food over time. Begin with the foods that you're not too attached to first. Or instead of eating cooked veggies, try raw veggies instead. One by one replace the bad habits. We all know deep down which ones are harmful.

- Spirit. Forgive yourself, and let go. The past is past, and nothing can be done about it. We all paid for it in someway, but what's important now is that we accept that and make a shift in our ways. Rest, relax, and go slowly. It's more about what we let go of in this life then what we add to it.

Small changes turn into big changes, and then before you know it, 
you're living the way you envisioned. What can you start with today?

♡ Claudia

Friday, March 22

Change Your Life: Watch Bob Proctor and Tony Robbins

It's incredible how something that seems so trivial can change a person's life. I've started to watch or listen to motivational speaking everyday now, mostly the work of Bob Proctor and Tony Robbins, and it's changed my life so fast that I can hardly keep up. I truly mean that.

Perhaps this has happened to you before? You know that feeling you get deep inside when you realize that you have grown as a person? Some skill, talent, practice, or habit has changed to the point that it's obvious that there's growth. Well that's what happened to me and it's the quickest it's ever happened.

I started listening and learning more about personal growth when I broke my toes and was in bed with nothing else to do. I had never made time for it before, even though I knew it was a good thing that I should get around to one day. Then I got well again, and stopped learning. It was obvious to me that I was at a stand still again. So I began to yearn for more, and I wouldn't go a day without listen or watching something new. Continuing to fuel the mind, and make adjustments in my life along the way.

Now, I can't even express how much has happened. I've learned to control my mind and thinking more over the past three mouths than I've done so in years. I'm working on projects, and goals to help make dreams a reality. Some of which are already manifesting in exciting ways.

So what's your goal? I'm sure that when I asked that question just now there was a gut reaction. Whatever it may be, it can happen. You can make it happen. Start by moving towards it in some way. It's the little things along the way that add up, and before you know it, you're there. You've obtained it, experienced it, completed it, etc. Watch or listen to these two gentleman daily and take action to implement what they say. That's key. Listen, learn, change, and take massive action. Begin right now. The past is past, and the choice is yours. It's as easy as that to get started. 


Here are their YouTube channels:


I want to hear all about your success stories! 
~Claudia

Thursday, March 21

How to Treat Seasonal Allergies Naturally

Oh it's that time of year again, when we are high on medication and running out of tissue before we can even go to the store to buy more. Seasonal allergies are a big deal to a lot of people. They can turn an otherwise wonderful time outdoors into a stuffy red-eyed nightmare. Well I'm going to tell you that it can all change. Get ready to plan that dream trip out in nature, because it's time to say goodbye to allergies once and for all. I did, and so can you.


Get rid of allergies naturally:

- Eat fresh organic raw foods daily. As always, the food that one consumes will either strengthen the body or weaken it. Simple as that. Make food thy medicine. Allergies are the result of the immune system being weaken, and therefore reacting to a harmless substance. If the body is unhealthy, it overreacts and proceeds to protect us against the unnecessary threat. Watery eyes, runny nose, and trouble breathing are all symptoms of this. So the problem is not the plants or mold, it's a sick body. Healing and strengthen the body is as easy as changing the diet. Greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices are all a daily essential. Also, I notice too that if I'm eating poorly on vacation, I'll start to lose my immunity and get stuffed up. So it's as easy as correcting one's food choices. 

- Take raw organic honey from your local area. Bees are brilliant little creatures, and they make just the thing to help you. Eating raw honey from your area will help strengthen your immune system and build up your tolerance to local plants by ingesting small amounts of pollen at a time. Find a good beekeeper in your area at a farmer's market and take a teaspoon or two a day when symptoms occur.

- Remove pollen by washing facial hair. When suffering from allergies, it's important to wash off any facial hair that the pollen tends to stick to. This includes eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, and nose hair. No soap is needed, just rinse off the affected area quickly and gently. This has saved me loads of times!

- Constant over showering and bathing will weaken the immune system. This is huge when it comes to overall health. Sure, cleaning oneself when dirty is awesome, but when it becomes a routine just because, then that's when it becomes very problematic. To quote Doctor Nora Sarvetnick, "The cleaner everyone is, the less stimulation their immune system gets. Their immune system tends to be incomplete." Exposure to daily dirt, dust, bacteria, animals, and plants is natural! When we fight that we become sick. Especially when chemical toiletries and cosmetics come into play. Traditional soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shave gel, etc. causes disease by entering the blood through the skin. So stop using them, or switch to a non-toxic natural product, and watch your body recover.   

- The mind is powerful, so control negative thoughts. When we believe we're healthy we tend to be, and oppositely, we can convince ourselves that we're sick as well. I'm sure you know some people like this. They're always happy and healthy, and never have to see a doctor. Then there are others that focus on their pain and are always sick. This is so true. I used to describe myself as a person with allergies, telling people that they would come around about twice a year. I defined myself as being sick with something that I would have to live with for the rest of my life. Then one day that changed, I noticed that the allergies were affected by my lifestyle. I changed and the allergies went away! I don't have them anymore, and I now define myself as a strong healthy individual that has complete control over the situation. All naturally too, without drugs. I'm reminded of the great saying, "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." It's nice to really reflect upon that for a while.

So ultimately our health is in our hands. We know deep down what causes it. 
I wish you all well this beautiful season, and may you create many new happy memories 
playing outdoors. Follow the tips above and allergies will be a thing of the past.

Love Claudia xx

Wednesday, March 20

5 Steps to Cleaning a Room

It's the first day of spring up in the northern hemisphere, and we all know what that means: Cleaning! Oh yes! Tidying up one's environment is always an exhilarating experience for both the mind and body. It's the perfect way to celebrate the season synonymous with freshness, renewal, and purification. So shall we begin?


Here are my five steps to cleaning a room:

1. Let there be light and fresh air. Start by opening up all of the windows in the room to get the stale toxic air out. Most carpets, paint, and furniture (if they're not eco-friendly, organic, natural, or non-toxic products) emit toxins because of the chemicals they're made from. So inside air is always not the greatest, especially during the cold months when no fresh air is let into the home. Opening up the windows will not only let new clean air cycle in, but it will also help breathing conditions if dirt and dust are stirred up while cleaning.

2. Let go of the clutter. Everything should have a place in the room. Surfaces like tables and chairs should be free of stuff so that they can be used. Sometimes it's not always easy to part with things, but it's always for the best. If there's doubt, put the object in a box and store it away for a few months. If you don't need to retrieve it from the box within a set time, then it's time to give it away. Don't throw things away either. That's extremely wasteful and harmful to the environment. There's always a reason to give and always someone in need. Sell it online, have a yard sale, or donate it to charity. In the future be conscious of the things that are brought into the room or purchased. Being happy with less will truly set a person free.

3. Dry dust first. I'm particular about the way that I clean, and don't like streaks one bit. To achieve the perfect surface, use a rag (I recycle mine out of old clothing), and dry dust the dirty area first. Do the tallest things first because some dust will fall as one works their way down. That way we don't waste a lot of time. I find that most surfaces can be cleaned this way and don't need addiction washing. It will keep the surface streak free, save money on cleaning supplies, prevent unnecessary wear, and save time that we would have otherwise had to have spent buffing away wet marks.

4. Wet Washing. If there's a surface or object that isn't coming clean with dry dusting, then it's time for wet washing. I find that walls or mirrors sometimes need a little more attention. So with a natural cleaner, I like to use a mixture of water and vinegar, lightly mist the area and use the arms to buff the spots away. Then with a dry rag go over the area until there are no streaks. This will take time, so put on some awesome music and have fun with it. It's great for the upper body as well. I like to switch arms to give both of them an adequate workout, and just like the dry dusting, always work top to bottom.

5. Finish of with vacuuming and fabric freshening. Vacuuming is key and it will get all of the remaining dust that might have fallen or accumulated. Don't forget to get underneath furniture, computers, in closets, on shelves, decor, and lastly, the floor. Like always, work highest to lowest as to not have to repeat any needless work. Then after the entire room is clean, finish off with a lovely natural misting spray. I like using a mixture of essential oils and water to spray soft surfaces to freshen and give them a light pleasant aroma. Also, consider buying a house plant to help clean up the air as well. They do an excellent job of providing fresh oxygen for indoor areas, and they last longer than cut flowers as well.

I find that it's always best to focus one's attention on one room or one task at a time. Have fun with it, and marvel in the beautiful space that you've created when you're finished. It always feels so good, and is truly rewarding after the job is done.

Cheers and happy cleaning.
~Claudia

Tuesday, March 19

Reasons to Buy and Reuse Glass Jars, Bottles, and Containers

When I tell people about how harmful plastic and metal is for preparing and storing food they always get super excited to make a change. Then they rethink it and make excuses like, "It's way too expensive to replace all of my stuff with glass, and it's a hassle." 

Well, that's not the case at all. If anything, it costs close to nothing for most glass things. Sure, one might have to save up their pennies for a nice set of glass cookware, but storage is as easy as buying food in glass. After the food is eaten, one has a beautiful glass container just waiting to be reused or made into something. Get creative, because the possibilities are endless.

From left to right: Lotion, vitamin, apple cider vinegar, spice, flaxseed oil,
eye cream, jelly, almond butter, vanilla, spice, applesauce, vanilla, and vanilla

It's super easy to only buy glass or paper at the market. I ended up replacing all of my containers with glass. I didn't have to go out and buy anything extra because they all came with the food! Also, what's super nice about it is that if a lid tarnishes or a glass breaks, it's easy to replace it and recycle the old one. They're charming as well, and if one collects a nice set of them, they can be used for all sorts of things.

Also, here's a great little collection of ideas:

So there you have it. There's no need to buy plastic or metal, because glass is just too fun!
♡ Claudia

Monday, March 18

The Perfect Face: Heal Everything

Recently I've been so happy and I want to tell you all about it. Why you might ask? I've noticed that my years of healthy living are catching up with me. My body and face are regenerating in ways that I never though were possible. Sure, I read about it in books and studied the potential of the mind, but I never thought that it would happen so fast.

So I have a zit on my cheek, and the reason that I'm telling you this is because I haven't had one in two to three weeks. I know exactly why it's there too. It was chemical salad dressing full of processed sugar that I ate at a restaurant. Like clockwork, one's complexion is affected and spots will show up if one doesn't care for themselves properly.

Seeing this on my face made me realize how much control we have over our circumstances. Not just spots, those are easy to deal with, I'm talking wrinkles, redness, freckles, puffiness, etc. The skin is a reflection of what's going on inside, and the body will heal if given the opportunity. I don't have a single winkle, and I'm even seeing some of my freckles fade away. It's all a choice.

This also saves on foundation and concealer. Any makeup artist will tell you that less is more. I'm reminded of going behind the scenes with Oscar makeup artists that touch up the stars right before they go on stage. The secret is to only cover what's necessary so that the natural texture of the skin can be seen. No cakey or powdery faces allowed! With a healthy lifestyle in place, which includes diet, exercise, sunlight, stress-free living, rest, and love, one can return to their natural state. That beauty will return to you and people will ask you what your secret is. It's so simple, but most make it so complex.

Letting go is key. What things can be shed to lighten the load. Perhaps cutting back on soda or TV? Choosing how to react to life is vital too. Some stress is natural; most is not. Focus on how to react to outside situations out of our control. Remember, we can't change people or circumstances, but we can control how we react to them. Study learned happiness and make it your default state. Angry people get angry, sad people get sad, and stressed people get stressed. It's all a choice. Choose to be at peace, and you'll never be the same. Then watch your body reflect that. It's incredible.

How to cure common facial issues:

- Acne. Mostly caused by poor diet, lack of sleep, and high stress. Find balance again and make time for improvement. Whether that's one thing at a time, or going for it cold turkey. Let go of old, harmful habits and watch acne disappear for good.

- Wrinkles. The colon, liver, kidney, and most importantly, the mind need help. The skin is a reflection of this. I highly recommend reading Markus Rothkranz' book Heal Your Face. He goes into detail about what causes what, but the gist of it is to detox both mind and body. The power of the mind is amazing! I watch too much TED and NOVA to think otherwise. How one sees themselves in their mind is what manifests in the body. Do you sit there and tell yourself that you're old and saggy, or are you convinced that you're a timeless beauty? Respect and love yourself. It does matter.

- Redness. Again, this is related to health. Once upon a time I thought that redness on the face, especially around the nose and chin, was natural. It's not, because mine is already fading. Pretty neat, huh? It's all thanks to a balanced lifestyle: Diet, movement, sun, low-stress, and rest. Now, some healthy veins can be seen through translucent areas of skin on the face, like a little on the eyes or perhaps a healthy blush on the cheeks. Everything else is not. Redness can indicate internal problems. Areas around the nose are the heart, cheeks are the stomach, and chin is the kidneys. Stop eating processed sugars, carbs, and drinking alcohol. Then watch it disappear.

- Freckles. This is not just the sun. This is the combination of a poor lifestyle mixed with sun exposure. I never wear commercial sunscreen, and never will again. It's toxic and bakes into the skin under the hot sun. Freckles and moles mean that the organ relating to the area on the skin is weakened. Ever notice how children can heal their freckles? It's because their bodies are still strong. Strengthen the inside, and watch the outside change. Any toxin that the body cannot handle is expelled through the skin. It's our largest elimination organ. Chemical cosmetics are also problematic. Those toxins sit on the skin and cause pigmentation issues when in contact with the sun. Get rid of the toxins, and freckles will fade and the body will prevent new ones from forming.

- Puffiness. This is much more serious than most think it is. This normally means that too much salt is being consumed and the body is fighting back by retaining water, or the corresponding organ is inflamed. This is the case of puffiness under the eyes, and is specifically related to sick kidneys. Proper food and rest is key, and can work magic. Cut out salt, isolated sugar, and get plenty of quality sleep.

These issues are not all here by accident or because they run in the family. Sure genes are a factor, but those bad genes have only been triggered by our lifestyle. Telling ourselves those things dictates the outcome as well. I'm reminded of a story about a man that got stuck in a refrigerator train car: He was a worker that accidentally locked himself in at night and he knew that he was going to freeze to death and die. He crawled up on the floor to conserve energy and started writing his last words in the frost. Sure enough, his colleagues found him dead the next morning. This is a true story. What was interesting though is that they had found that the train car was malfunctioning that night and it had never dropped below 49 degrees! That man could have survived, but he already convinced himself otherwise.

What's your story? Are you beautiful through and through? Or are you a helpless victim? Choose now. I did, and I'm not any better or different than anyone else. We're all the same, but it's the choices we make day to day and our mindset that makes all the difference.

Cheers,
~Claudia

Friday, March 15

H&M’s Conscious Campaign

This Spring 2013 H&M is doing something awesome. The Conscious Campaign that they're coming out with features sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and tencel. It's refreshing to see a company trying to make an effort in some way. They've also started a wonderful garment recycling program to help minimize waste and help charities.

"If you’ve got something worn, torn or hopelessly out of style – don’t throw it away or let it pile up in the back of your wardrobe. Bring it to us and help reduce the amount of fashion being wasted. Bring your unwanted clothes to any H&M store. For each bag of clothes you hand in, you will receive a 15% off one item of your choice coupon." - H&M


Learn More Here:

Other Ways H&M is Taking Action:

For me, this is great because I wear my clothing until they're pretty worn out and I donate a lot to charity as well. It's important to give just as much as one receives. Please spread the word about this. It would be great if it doesn't just disappear over the year because it didn't work out. I don't condone consumerism or shopping for no reason, but if one is in need of something new, it seems like this would be just the place to go.

Love Claudia xx

Wednesday, March 13

Positive and Inspirational Thoughts


I've been reading this wonderful booklet that my sister Carla made for me called Positive and Inspirational Thoughts, and it's so beautiful that I have to share it with you. It's a collection of affirmations, quotes, and words of wisdom that she wanted to pass down, and I've found it to be a huge source of motivation and inspiration for me lately. I'm on cloud nine!

So here are a few of my favorite excerpts. May they be beneficial and encouraging.

"Your life is but a reflection of the predominance of your thoughts."

"Be alive and enjoy the adventure."

"We are all creators, and this world is our joint creation."

"Change from within."

"I don't have to worry about anything. If I do, then I'm choosing to worry, and it's not necessary."

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."

"Giving happiness to others is the best way to give happiness to yourself."

"Notice what inspires you."

"Things don't have to be a certain way. They can just be."

"We have to aggressively pursue our dreams."


♡ Claudia

Monday, March 11

Kids

“Make things as simple as possible but no simpler.” - Albert Einstein

I can't stop listening to this song. It's an old favorite, and it's been playing over and over in my head. Of course everyone has their own translation of it, but for me, it's about losing touch with what's essential in life: Being human. I've forgotten that along the way; I'm sure most have. What's important though is that we rediscover that. A new chapter in life if you will. And remember: Control yourself, take only what you need from it.

Listen to the song here, and play it loud:
MGMT - Kids

"Kids"

You were a child,
Crawlin' on your knees toward it.
Makin' mama so proud,
But your voice was too loud.
We like to watch you laughing.
You pick the insects off plants.
No time to think of consequences.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wanted, To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wanted, To be haunted.

The water is warm,
But it's sending me shivers.
A baby is born,
Crying out for attention.
Memories fade, like looking through a fogged mirror.
Decision to decisions are made and not bought,
But I thought, this wouldn't hurt a lot. I guess not.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wanted, To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wanted, To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wanted, To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wanted, To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wanted, To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of treeeeees...

Friday, March 8

Will This Glass Help in the Future?

This video was brought to my attention recently by a dear friend and it made me think about the possibilities that the future will bring.


First, watch the video here:

The way that I see it is that this glass has the potential to reduce plastic consumption and perhaps minimize e-waste. Which is a huge global problem that's interestingly enough caused by wealthy first-world countries. Our idea of 'recycling' is shipping old electronics off to China, India, and Africa to be salvaged by the locals for pennies a day. Which also, of course, causes sickness to most exposed to the dumps.

This is why my cell phone is seven years old. An upgrade isn't worth it to me.

I'm a huge fan of the streamlined, minimalistic design of the engineered glass. It's incredibly beautiful, so I welcome such a change from an aesthetic point of view, but what about the more important factors? The other question that comes to mind is if it's a greener solution to these problems, is this glass easily recyclable? What are the costs? Every product has one; not just monetarily, but environmentally.

I encourage you to share your thoughts. What do you think about this matter?
~Claudia

Tuesday, March 5

Help Regain Your Voice

A dear friend of mine is doing something very beautiful that I wanted to raise awareness about. She's dedicated almost her entire life to helping others in many different ways, myself included, and is such a kind soul. Eliina and I meet at university and she was one of my roommates, but not just any other roommate, she was THEE roommate. Shortly after meeting, she opened up to me and became my best friend. She's now like a sister to me and I credit her for changing my life for the better.

She showed me how to be compassionate, loving, and caring. I also credit her for teaching me how to care for myself, because before that I just wouldn't put in the effort or would give it all away to others. So I cherish my friendship with her very much and trust her beyond all measure.

Eliina started a little project back at AAU to help sexual assault survivors 'regain their voice'. It was an amazing collection of photography and writing that showcased people from around the San Francisco Bay Area that wanted to share their stories with the world. This series was shown at a number of different galleries and touched the hearts of others because it showed that this could be your mother, father, sister, brother, friend, or even yourself. It was empowering to see all of these wonderful people come together and talk about how they overcame what they faced. They're not victims; they're survivors.

Well now this project is going to be taken to a whole new level. She's inviting you or others to participate in the "Regain Your Voice Project" by submitting a photo online or writing about your story.

Share Your "I'm A Survivor" Photo

Share Your Story

Read More About The Project

Please spread the word about this. Reach out and share it with anyone you know that might be in need of it. We want to help. We care, and it's time to regain your voice.

"I hope this project makes Survivors of Sexual Assault feel like they are in control again; these are all powerful, strong and intelligent men and women. I just want to give their voices back. I had a voice, but it wasn't heard; now it will be." - Eliina

Much love,
Eliina and Claudia

Monday, March 4

OMG Pirates! Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag

Okay, so I first heard the news of this when it leaked over the weekend and I want to play it so badly already. You know me and pirates, and this world looks amazing! The protagonist, Edward, looks awesome too. I've never actually played an Assassin's Creed game (only watched), so this one's definitely for me.


I'm going to buy it on Steam and play the uber version on the PC. It's been a long time since I've been so excited about a game. That, and the last pirate one, Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, never came out. I was a sad poppet.

A pirates life for me!
☠ Claudia

Friday, March 1

Look of the Month :: Spring 2013 :: March

Spring is always a wonderful time of year, but especially when the seasons are shifting. A little new warmth can be felt in the air, the rains start, and the beautiful cherry blossoms are here just for a moment it seems. There's a lightness to spring that I very much enjoy. Speaking of this lightness, the digital face chart for this month focuses on just that.

Jennifer Lawrence was the definition of elegance at this year's Oscars celebration. Her makeup was fresh and lovely, something perfect for the springtime. It even matches the blossoms! I did a lot of research on this look and found that her makeup artist worked backwards from lashes to liner and shadow, attached several individual lashes, mixed taupe, teal, and grey eyeshadows, added iridescent cream on her lower lash line and middle of her upper lids, used mineral makeup for a fresh glow, balanced the bold eye with a sheer nude lip, and used an opaque soft pale pink on her trimmed nails. So here's my recreation of that same look with the products that I have in my kit. 

The current look is:
M A R C H  2 0 1 3


Color inspiration:
Soft petal pink, taupe, light slate grey, white, and silver

Current motivation for the look:
 The Oscars, the leading lady, and Jennifer Lawrence


Previous Looks this Year:

J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 3

F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 3

Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

 xoxo,
~Claudia

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