Black Lives Matter

As a performer, human on this earth, and individual who has worked in the policy, human rights and legal field, Black Lives Matter! Here are (some) resources that I pulled together from organizations taking action for equality. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and won’t solve the deep roots of systemic racism that are embedded in American society since the first slaves were forced onto stolen land. I hope it is a start for necessary change…

The Triumph of Life (Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1789)

In this time of unimaginable chaos and global suffering, I have felt the need to turn off. I haven’t been able to write, draw, sing or create. I know that throughout other trying times in my life, I have always turned to different forms of Art to process what was happening around me. This is one of my all-time favorite poems. I hope it brings you peace. As always (and especially now), be (radically) kind~

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Surreal Reality of a Pandemic.

It’s a bit bizarre (and terrifying) to realize that we are all living through a pandemic. As one of my friends said, “it’s like fighting with air”.

But during this time of high anxiety, self-quarantine and the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), be sure to take care of yourself and to think about those around you who are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. The Asian community (or anyone of Asian descent) is not responsible for spreading Coronavirus. Even if you are not (yet) showing symptoms, please remember that the elderly -their risk increases as their age increases, people with chronic medical conditions (heart disease, HIV/AIDS, lung disease and diabetes) and health care workers are at higher risk of contracting it.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day 2020.

Stand up and question societal norms and expectations, stand with and for all of the females in your life…even try to stand up for the ones you don’t know personally. Listen to their stories, believe them. A lot of women have suffered in silence, there’s more behind that “pretty smile”. Be empathetic, be (radically) kind~

I’m Officially Lady Reina Colombia 2020!

In the words of one of my lifelong idols Aaliyah, “If at first you don’t succeed (first you don’t succeed), dust yourself off, and try again, you can dust it off and try again, try again…”. I’ve had to keep this under wraps since January but I’m officially Reina Lady Colombia 2020 in the Reina Intercontinental Pageant! I’ll be heading to Costa Rica to compete.

Valentine’s Day 2020.

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day alone or with a loved one, take this day to practice unconditional self love. You can always treat yourself to something lovely too (like a few flowers, some sweet chocolates or a bubble bath with your favorite glass of wine). Spread the love!

Pageant Dress Shopping & a Pizza Party.

1 days away!!! The pageant prep continues! I spent most of Saturday dress shopping and then I babysat my iki türk elmam (my two Turkish apples) in the evening. I babysat my two former students -who arrived dressed as bats for Halloween 🎃🦇 (I’m avoiding all of the bars/club scene & not drinking alcohol until after the pageant) so their mom & dad could have a “date night”.

Pageant Preparations…

I think one thing that has helped me to stay more calm (I can honestly say that I have had moments where my anxiety has completely kicked in and was through the roof) is that I have thought of this whole journey as if I were rehearsing for another role in a play…